News for Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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They meet again: Federer vs. Nadal in Aussie semis

It’s rare that a Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal meeting would happen anywhere but the final of a major, but with Novak Djokovic taking over the No. 1 ranking, tennis’ best men’s rivalry will see its latest chapter written this morning at 3:30 a.m. in the semis of the Australian Open after both win Monday in the quarterfinals.

‘Murder’ spices dinner

Audience members can help solve a murder mystery over dinner this weekend.

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Opportunity nothing to be squandered

Over lunch, Debbie and I were having a conversation about someone we knew in our youth and were wondering what had happened to him.

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‘Hunting with Hap’ in Albany, a good time

DESOTO — On a cold day — not biting, but just right for quail hunting — the hospitality of the hosts warmed the atmosphere considerably.

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Obama: American dream in peril, fast action needed

President Obama calls for help from Americans during his State of the Union address.

Police/Fire/EMS - Jan. 25, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 17 incidents

Crips gang trial jury selection under way

Jury selection began Tuesday for the trial of three alleged Crips gang members on charges of, among others, gang participation.

Lee tables action on garbage ordinance

Lee County officials are looking further at the county's controversial garbage ordinance before taking additional action.

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Phillips makes splash in 'Idol' debut

A Leesburg man takes the area and the nation by storm, hoping to become the next "American Idol."

Food stamp recipients have wrong priorities

In a letter to the editor, Geraldine Barronton of Albany says that food stamp recipients have the wrong priorities.

School rankings can be found online

In a letter to the editor, Carin Reese of Albany says that school rankings can be found online.

Man lies about shooting

A man who lied to police about being shot in the hand could face charges.

Animal control issues bite reports

Albany police reports note three animal-bite cases in the month of January.

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Solid-waste crew sickened by strong fumes

Officials say a chemical reaction may have been responsible for fumes that sickened Albany Public Works personnel.

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Those 'QR code thingys' are cool

Late last year, the Herald began experimenting with a technology that has been emerging in the newspaper business for years.

Squawk of the day - Jan. 25, 2012

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JoePa leaves uncertain legacy

If America does nothing else right, it celebrates the legacy of its sports heroes. And so the country has, in the wake of his death Sunday at age 85, tried to come to grips with how it will remember former Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno.

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School employees tarred with same brush

I ran into Brent Fowler, the excellent young assistant principal at Albany's Lincoln Magnet School, this weekend. After we exchanged greetings, he looked at me expectantly, and I did the same. He was waiting for the inevitable question, and I guess I was expecting a response. Finally I settled the issue: "I'm proud of you," I said.

Robert Myers

Mr. Robert Myers, age 100, of Blairsville , GA passed away on January 20, 2012

Elizabeth Gibson

Elizabeth (Betty) Barbara Augustine Gibson of Albany, GA, passed from this life on January 9th, 2012

Beth Lindsay

Mrs. Beth Lindsay of Albany died January 24, 2012

Ruth Ringstaff

Mrs. Ruth Davis White Ringstaff, 83, of Webb St. in Albany died January 24, 2012

Billy Lisenby

Mr. Billy Rabon Lisenby, age 78, of Blakely, GA passed away on Monday, January 23, 2012

Hollis Floyd

Mr. Hollis Floyd of Sumter County, GA died on January 20, 2012

Thelma Hancock

Mrs. Thelma Adair Hancock, 96, of Acree died Tuesday January 24, 2012

Rose Calloway

Ms. Rose Lee Brown Calloway, 55 of Metter, GA and formerly of Dawson, GA died on Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Sherry Pickett

Ms. Sherry Dean Pickett, 55 of Dawson, GA died on Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Mary Upshaw

Ms. Mary Upshaw, 79, of Tifton,Ga departed this life January 23, 2012

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Albany-Dougherty 3-1-1 named "Trendsetter" by GMA

A more user-friendly website and a smart phone app are all planned for 2012 for the service center, officials say.

A more user-friendly website and a smart phone app are all planned for 2012 by an Albany-Dougherty County service center.

Oscar gets nostaglic - 2012 Academy Award Nominations

Martin Scorsese's Paris adventure "Hugo" leads the Academy Awards with 11 nominations, among them best picture.

Helen Howell

Mrs. Helen Smith Hatton Howell, 79, passed away Sunday, January 22, 2012

Ceolia Fowler

Ceolia Mae Fowler, 91, of Albany died on January 23, 2012

Josephine Kaminsky

Josephine Crook Kaminsky, 84, of Plains died on January 23, 2012

Ossie L. Glispie

Mrs. Ossie L. Glispie, 92, of Albany died Sunday, January 22, 2012

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Romney's tax returns show $3.1 million paid to IRS

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney paid about $3 million in federal income taxes in 2010.

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Serena ousted in Australian Open

Serena Williams has a nightmare of a match and falls to Ekaterina Makarova, 6-2, 6-3, in the quarters of the Australian Open.

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Hawks come back, beat Bucks, 97-92

Joe Johnson scores a season-high 28 points and leads the Hawks to a 97-92 comeback win against the Bucks in Milwaukee on Monday night.

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FURMAN BISHER COLUMN: Remembering Joe Paterno

Furman Bisher writes about the late Penn State football legend Joe Paterno, who died last week.

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Prep Peek: Includes Fab 5 poll, By the Numbers, Quote of the Week, schedule and local roundup

Albany High beats No. 2 Early County to solidify its spot at the top of the boys poll, and Westover’s girls stretch their season-long winning streak to 19 games.