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GOLF ROUNDUP: Kite has record-breaking 28 in 9 at U.S. Senior Open

Tom Kite set a U.S. Senior Open record with a 28 on the front nine, finished with a 5-under 65 and leads the tournament by a stroke going into today's second round. (ADDS: Matteson leads John Deere Classic)

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Ex-Albany High star Mullins signs with East Georgia

Albany High girls basketball star and Herald Super 6er Chasity Mullins signs with East Georgia.

Two charged with running gambling room

Dougherty County District Attorney obtains warrants and has two men arrested on charges of running a gambling operation in Albany.

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OLYMPICS ROUNDUP: U.S. men’s basketball team blows out Dominican Republic, 113-59

The U.S. men's basketball team embarrasses the Dominican Republic, which had more turnovers than made field goals. (ADDS: Michael Jordan laughs at Kobe Bryant for saying 2012 Americans are better than 1992 Dream Team; Michael Johnson takes Olympic torch to Stonehenge)

Albany Police busy with arrests

According to Albany Police Department reports, a 12-year-old boy started the blazing destruction of a multi-story structure at 141 N. Jackson St. at 2:40 p.m. Monday.

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SUMMER OLYMPIC COUNTDOWN -- 14 days: Wimbledon champ Federer eyes his first Olympic gold

Roger Federer regained his footing on top of the tennis world last week with his record-tying seventh Wimbledon championship, but the 17-time Grand Slam champ is missing one thing in his trophy case — an Olympic gold medal.

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State releases school CRCT results

The numbers represent a mixed bag for public schools in Dougherty County.

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Braves pitcher Sheets returns to the big leagues Sunday vs. Mets

Ben Sheets hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since July 19, 2010 when he and the Oakland Athletics lost, 2-1, to Boston, but now he is back and ready to provide some much-needed help for the Braves’ rotation.

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Westover wins another Region 1-AAA All-Sports Trophy; Crisp County takes 1st in Director’s Cup

Westover wins its sixth straight All-Sports Trophy, while Crisp County takes home the Director’s Cup award for best postseason performance.

Wadley receives new trial

Despite multiple legal motions, the Court of Appeals of Georgia sends a former APD officer back to trial.

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Rough day at Georgia Amateur for local golfers

Darton had seven current or former golfers in the field at the Georgia Amateur Championship, but most of them are staring up at the cut line.

Penn State image forever tarnished

There was a time when Penn State was seen as the exception to troubles that seemed to plague college football teams, largely because Joe Paterno was seen as the type of coach who wouldn’t allow that sort of behavior.

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Churches should look at fresh ideas

The Rev. LeeAnne Watkins, rector of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in St. Paul, Minn., wrote a thought provoking article describing how the church continues to invest in activities that no longer produce results. (“This Just Isn’t Working,” Christian Century, June 13, 2012, p 10-11).

Police/Fire/EMS report for July 13, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 52 incidents.

Darrisaw receives endorsement

Voters should choose the best qualified candidate for State Court judge and that candidate is Magistrate Judge Victoria Darrisaw.

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Former DWS star Young fails to make Golden State’s Summer League roster

Former Deerfield-Windsor star Andre Young’s bid to make Golden State’s Summer League team falls short, but he leaves the Warriors feeling good about the experience and his future

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Final verdict

An eight-month inquiry into Penn State child-abuse scandal concludes that legendary coach Joe Paterno ‘concealed critical facts’ about Jerry Sandusky’s child abuse.

Darrisaw a voice of reason in court

I served as the director of Victim Services with the District Attorney’s office for 15 years from 1995 to 2009.

Price has a vision for Dougherty schools

I have worked with Lane Price in a variety of capacities; currently, we are serving on the same church search committee. I have grown to appreciate her integrity, wisdom and administrative ability.

Warren right person for State Court bench

Having practiced law for almost 30 years, I have had the pleasure to meet many fine people. One of the finest men I’ve met is Christopher Warren, a candidate for State Court judge

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Carter, Deen to star at cancer fundraiser

About 80 tickets have been sold for a fundraiser set to feature Jimmy Carter and Paula Deen.

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Benefit to aid Ty Ty child

“Jam’n’ for Jaxon” is scheduled for Saturday night at Albany’s State Theatre.

Squawk of the Day - July 13, 2012

Make your comment about today's Squawk of the Day!

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Israel is on its own against terrorism

The Washington Free Beacon reported this week on the continuing omission of Israel from a U.S.-sponsored organization called the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF). At a recent forum meeting in Spain, Maria Otero, U.S. undersecretary of state for civilian security, democracy and human rights, delivered a speech titled "Victims of Terrorism," but, in her roll call of victims, she didn't mention Israel. The conference at which she spoke was described as a "high-level conference on the victims of terrorism," but Israel wasn't a participant.

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South Georgia Tech names new women's hoops coach

Coastal Georgia's James Frey takes over for Brandan Harrell, who started the women's hoops program nearly a decade ago but has left to take on the same challenge at another school.

Leola Lewis Davis

Leola Lewis Davis, 85, Camilla, died July 7, 2012

Katie Mae Carter

Katie Mae Carter, 71, Albany, died July 7, 2012

Albert James Davis

Albert James Davis, 69, Albany, died July 9, 2012

Mattie Brooks

Mattie Brooks, 101, Tifton, died July 12, 2012

Tony Curtis Dukes, Sr.

Tony Curtis Dukes, Sr., 56, Camilla, died July 7, 2012

Robert Moody Willis

Robert Moody Willis, 82, Crescent City, FL died July 11, 2012

Marsha Thomas

Marsha Thomas, 30, Columbus, died July 6, 2012

Bridgette Murray

Bridgette Hunter Murray, 50, Fitzgerald, died July 10, 2012

Gregory Bryant

Gregory Bryant of Unadilla, GA

Lula Mae Davenport Moore

Lula Mae Davenport Moore, 67, Albany, died July 6, 2012

James B. Ervin

James B. Ervin, 49, Albany, died July 10, 2012

Edith Brownlee

Edith Brownlee, 78, Tifton, died July 11, 2012

Barbara Anderson

Barbara Anderson, 62, Baker County, died July 11, 2012

Betty Jean Barnes Reddick

Betty Jean Barnes Reddick, Sumter County, died July 4, 2012

Deal removes Velvet Riggins from DCSS School Board

A spokesperson for Gov. Nathan Deal's office said this afternoon that the governor has removed Dougherty County School Board member Velvet Riggins from office.

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City and county begin sales tax negotiations

Albany city officials and Dougherty County leaders began negotiations on how locally-collected sales taxes are split amongst the two.

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Turnout strong in first week of early voting

More than 450 people have already cast ballots in the for the July 31 primary, a larger-than-usual turnout, elections officials say.

City reviewing broadcast of campaign event

Ethics rules prevent taxpayer assets from being used by political campaigns, officials say.

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MLB ALL-STAR NOTEBOOK: After Verlander, Cain named starting pitchers, Posey says catching Mets ace Dickey’s knuckleball would've been 'challenge'; all eyes to be on young guns Harper, Trout

Former Lee County star and NL starting catcher in the All-Star Game, Buster Posey, was somewhat relieved to find out Mets ace and renowned knuckleballer R.A. Dickey was not named the starting pitcher for tonight's game --- primarily because Posey has never caught the tricky pitch at any point during his career.

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Players are excited about new-look Hawks

The players on the Atlanta Hawks are excited about the moves new GM Danny Ferry has been making to overhaul the team.

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FSU’s Reid arrested on marijuana charges in South Georgia

Florida State star punt returner and defensive back Greg Reid, a Lowndes graduate and Valdosta native, is arrested Tuesday for possession of marijuana.

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SUMMER OLYMPIC COUNTDOWN -- 15 Days: Life is strained for Olympic alternates

For Olympic alternate gymnasts like Steven Legendre and Sarah Finnegan, the next two weeks will be full of pressure an anxiety as they try to stay focused and prepared just in case they get the chance to perform in the upcoming games in London, where they have trained so hard and long to compete.

Two armed robberies under investigation

An Albany man is robbed at gunpoint, and a mother acts to protect her baby during a robbery.

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Albany Bowl-A-Rama under new ownership

Bob Brooks said by Friday he’ll be the new owner of the long-time area bowling center.

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Living the dream

The Joiner family makes sacrifices so sons Tyler and Jacob can play in junior golf tournaments.

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Taylor endorses Price for school board

Former Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor says he is excited that a person of Price’s caliber is running for the BOE.