News for Monday, January 2, 2012

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Hawks hand Miami first loss of the season

Joe Johnson scores 21 points and Tracy McGrady hits a pair of big 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to help the Hawks improve to 4-1 with a 100-92 victory against the Heat.

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We each can be an ointment for wounds

Sometimes I wish I knew exactly what to say that someone needed to hear. Each week I pray for that. If only one person might find something I’ve shared useful to their lives and relevant to their experiences, then I am most grateful.

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'Dirty Harry' makes clean sweep of filthy chimneys

A chimney fire at an Albany man's parents' home was the spark that ignited his career as a chimney sweep.

Albany area spared holiday traffic fatalities

In all, there were 12 fatal crashes in Georgia during the New Year's holiday traveling period.

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Fires displace families in Lee, Worth counties

The Lee County Fire Department is issuing public guidance on space heater use following a Smithville fire Monday morning.

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DWS to retire Young’s jersey Tuesday night

Clemson senior and former Deerfield-Windsor star basketball player Andre Young will have his No. 11 jersey retired during Tuesday night's DWS game against Tiftarea.

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Smith hoping to learn from playoff losses

While coach of the Falcons, Mike Smith has gone 0-2 in the playoffs with a loss to Arizona in 2008 and a loss last season to Green Bay, but Smith thinks both him and the players have learned from those losses and are ready to upset the Giants.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Oregon wins first Rose Bowl in 95 years

No. 6 Oregon’s 45-38 victory against No. 9 Wisconsin is the highest-scoring Rose Bowl ever played, beating the record of 80 combined points by Washington and Iowa in 1991, while Florida, South Carolina and Houston also win their bowl games Monday.

Squawk of the day - Jan. 3, 2012

Check out today's squawk of the day!

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America’s best days are ahead of us

Actually, 2011 wasn’t such a bad year.

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Don’t die stupid in dumbed-down culture

A friend of mine hands me what looks like a business card. It says, “Don’t Die Stupid.” As America begins another round of voting to select the next president, or retain the current one, what we need is a stupid test. Flunk it and you shouldn’t vote.

Police/Fire/EMS - Jan. 3, 2012

One arrested for Taser, kidnapping incident.

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Kick in the gut

Georgia Preseason All-American placekicker Blair Walsh fails to come through in the clutch for the Bulldogs, missing a game-winning field goal in the first overtime against Michigan State in Monday's Outback Bowl, then has his game-tying third try blocked as the Spartans prevail in stunning fashion, 33-30, in triple overtime.

Charlie Lee Wyatt

Charlie Lee Wyatt, 76, Leesburg, died December 31, 2011

Louise Hester Mullis

Louise Hester Mullis, 86, Albany, died January 1, 2011

Bonnie Ruth Crum Pope

Bonnie Ruth Crum Pope, 84, died December 31, 2011

Barry V. Yarbrough

Barry V. Yarbrough, 57, Fitzgerald, died January 1, 2012

Louise Hammond Prince

Louise Hammond Prince, Americus, died December 31, 2011

Charity Jackson Rivers

Charity Jackson Rivers, 83,Omaha, GA, died December 26, 2011

Anna Doris Slattery

Anna Doris Slattery, 91, Dublin, GA, died January 1, 2012

Tracy Blocker

Tracy Blocker, 43, died December 27, 2011

Roosevelt Clark, Jr.

Roosevelt Clark Jr., Americus, died December 30, 2011

Deacon Joe Franklin, Sr.

Deacon Joe Franklin, Sr., Plains, died December 31, 2011

LaDon Burke

LaDon Burke, 68, Donalsonville, died January 1, 2012

Stacey Lynn Johnson

Stacey Lynn Johnson, 42, Camilla, died January 1, 2012

Harry L. Daughtry

Harry L. Daughtry, 73, Baconton, died December 31, 2011

Pernella Spence

Pernella Spence, 76, Camilla, died December 31, 2011

Gloria Reeves

Gloria Reeves, 53, Albany, died December 31, 2011

Willis James Williams

Willis James Williams, 52, Albany, died December 30, 2011

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Take that, Tampa!

Roddy White becomes Atlanta’s all-time leading receiver Sunday as the Falcons avenge an ugly 16-13 loss earlier in the year to Tampa Bay with a 45-24 home rout of the Buccaneers in their regular-season finale, setting up a wild card showdown next week in the Big Apple with the New York Giants, who beat the Cowboys late Sunday night to win the NFC East.

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NFL ROUNDUP --- WEEK 17: Packers win shootout with Lions as NFL records falls

The Green Bay Packers --- with former LSU QB Matt Flynn at quarterback, and not Aaron Rodgers ---- outduel the Detroit Lions on Sunday, 45-41, thanks to a franchise record six TD passes from Flynn. (ADDS: Giants beating Cowboys in Sunday's late game)

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NFL PLAYOFF ROUNDUP: Patriots, 49ers, Ravens all get byes; Broncos win AFC West, despite losing Sunday

Tom Brady rallies the Patriots from a 21-point hole Sunday against the Bills for a 49-21 win to secure home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye, while the 49ers lock up No. 2 in the NFC after surviving a scare from the Rams and Tim Tebow is terrible yet again in a loss, but with the Raiders falling to San Diego, the Broncos somehow sneak into the playoffs by winning the pathetic AFC West.

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