News for Sunday, July 1, 2012

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Leesburg’s Posey named MLB All-Star starter, sets National League record with 7.6M total votes

Giants star Buster Posey is the top vote-getter in the National League, MLB announces Sunday, earning the Leesburg native his first All-Star start.

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Next stop ... London!

Albany native Angelo Taylor dominated nearly the entire 400-meter final at the U.S. Olympic trials on Sunday, but a late stumble on the ninth hurdle pushes him to a second-place finish — but that was still good enough to earn Taylor a spot on the 2012 Summer Olympic team that’s now headed to London. (UPDATED: 11:46 p.m.)

Internet political rumors hitting in-boxes again

In a letter to the editor, Marty Heldenberg of Parrott notes that internet political rumors are hitting in-boxes again.

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Washington's lessons helped give nation birth

America, America ... ‘tis a strange and wondrous name, having the distinctive quality of attracting attention as well as a certain mystique (an aura of heightened value), that appeals to the senses.

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Sherwood hosts Freedom Festival

Thousands gather to celebrate America's birthday at Sunday's festival, hosted by Sherwood Baptist Church.

Squawk of the day - July 2, 2012

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Red Cross issues emergency call for blood

Donors on July 4 can win a free car wash or tickets to the Atlanta Braves, courtesy of The Albany Herald.

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Outreach center helps families cope

The Alzheimer's Caregiver Time Out program at the Alzheimer's Outreach Center averages 20 participants a day, officials say.

Lenora Lowery

Sarah Lenora Lowery, 72, of Camilla died Friday, June 29, 2012

Alton Mims, Jr.

James Alton Mims, Jr.,68, of Dawson, died unexpectedly at his residence on Saturday, June 30, 2012

Randy Hatcher

Randy Hatcher,62, of Baconton died Saturday, June 30,2012

Lamar Taylor

Mr. Lamar Phillips Taylor, 79, of Tifton died Saturday, June 30, 2012

Dyra Kent

Dyra Ann Kent,70, of Albany died Saturday, June 30, 2012

Mr. and Mrs. Seward Sawba Jartu

Shabreka Lenora Farrey, daughter of Gracie Lunsford

Bobby McCray

Barry McCray, 57, formerly of Albany, GA died Saturday, June 20, 2012

Walter Foreman

Mr. Walter Terry Foreman died Thursday, June 28, 2012

Annie Vicks

Ms. Annie Doris Vicks, 36, of Camilla died Saturday, June 30, 2012

Elaine Bonner

Elaine B. Bonner, 80, of Albany died on June 30, 2012

Michael Jackson

Deacon Michael Gerard Jackson, 41, of Albany died on June 30, 2012

Skylar Thomas

Little Miss Skylar Leeamber Thomas, 5 weeks old, of Albany died on June 27, 2012

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Back-To-Back!!!

For the second year in a row, the Albany Panthers arena football team ends the season as champions after downing the Richmond Raiders, 60-56, on Saturday night in front of 6,194 fans at the Albany Civic Center.

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Keselowski pulls away to win at Kentucky Speedway

Brad Keselowski was in his backup car Saturday night, but that didn’t matter to the driver they call “Big Bad Brad,” who won at Kentucky Speedway.

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Braves beat up on Strasburg, Nationals, 7-5

Unexpectedly, NL Cy Young candidate Stephen Strasburg can’t beat struggling Atlanta starter Mike Minor on Saturday as the Braves avoid losing any more ground in the NL East race to Washington.

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Woman passes halfway point of Cuba-to-Key West, 100-mile swim

British-Australian swimmer Penny Palfrey passed the halfway point Saturday of her 100-mile swim from Cuba to Florida, which she is attempting without the aid of a shark cage.

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OLYMPIC TRIALS: Southwest Georgia track stars Akins, Roulhac come up short of Olympic dreams

Bainbridge's Ty Akins and former Albany State star Brandon Roulhac fail to qualify for the American Olympic track & field team.

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WIMBLEDON: Less-heralded U.S. men move on, but Roddick loses

Andy Roddick’s run at Wimbledon is over, but fellow U.S. stars Brian Baker, Mardy Fish and Serena Williams play on.

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Local boxing bouts called off after long delay

The pro debuts for local boxers Jeffrey Murray, Terry Roscoe and Tony Warren didn't go exactly as planned Saturday night when all of their fights were cancelled.

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Did Ephron liberate or debase women?

With so many assaults on the boundaries of governance and sovereignty in the news lately, reflecting on the career of writer and Hollywood director Nora Ephron, who died this week at 71, may seem off-topic. But upon reading through many glowing Ephron appreciations, I realize that in her work lies another broken boundary. It is a cultural one, and every bit as significant as lines on the map or in the Constitution.

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