News for Thursday, July 26, 2012

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2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS: London welcomes world again for Olympics

It’s been 64 years since London last hosted the Olympics, and much has changed in London — and the world — since 1948.

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2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS: Bolt says his recent losses to fellow sprinter Blake were because of a bad back

Usain Bolt lost to fellow Jamaican Yohan Blake twice in recent races, but the reigning Olympic champ says his fitness — and ailing back — are all better.

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Georgia Southern, Appalachian State to mix it up again in Southern Conference

Defending Southern Conference champion Georgia Southern was picked by league coaches and media to take a second straight crown.

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Florida State’s Fisher stops players from tweeting

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher has told his players they can’t use their Twitter accounts for the rest of the year.

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Manning Era begins in Denver with packed camp

Many NFL teams hit the practice field Thursday for their first day of training camps, and the crowds were heavy in Denver to see the debut of new QB Peyton Manning.

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ELECTION 2012: Dougherty County School Board at-large - Anita Williams-Brown

Dougherty Board of Education incumbent Anita Williams-Brown says passion for children drives her.

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ASU to play at Soldier Field against Kentucky St.

One year after playing at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, the Albany State football team will travel to Chicago to play in another NFL stadium.

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Ryan driven to improve in 5th season with Falcons

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is 0-3 in his career in the playoffs — including a disappointing 24-2 setback last season against the Giants — and enters training camp ready to achieve more than merely regular-season success.

Rachals defender for those with special needs

In response to accusations against Reggie Rachals regarding special-needs kids:

South Georgia doesn’t need new sales tax

I don’t live in your county, but what you are being asked to do will affect me very much.

Fowler brings experience to coroner’s position

Dougherty County voters have the opportunity to elect a uniquely well qualified coroner this year.

Fowler committed to serving young people

Michael Fowler, candidate for Dougherty County coroner, is committed to serving young adults and youth in local and surrounding communities

Police/Fire/EMS - July, 27, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 47 incidents

Endorsements for State Court, coroner, commission

Today The Albany Herald Editorial Board is presenting its endorsements in the races for State Court judge, coroner and county commissioner for District 3.

Bicyclist killed, two injured near Dawson

A Florida man dies when a tractor-trailer rig hits him.

Feds taking a look at DCSS E-Rate funding

Once again, the Dougherty County School System's free and reduced-cost lunch numbers are called into question.

Graper responds to Title I issues

The Dougherty School System's federal programs director has hired a lawyer and says she feels "humiliated."

ADDU: Bath salts lead to violence

Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit Maj. Bill Berry fills in the Gang Task Force meeting on the threat of illegal-drug "bath salts."

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City commission tabs Chehaw, aviation members

One seat still remains vacant on the aviation commission.

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Bush endorses Williams-Brown

The Dougherty School Board chair calls incumbent “the best-qualified” candidate.

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GBI says that Fowler ‘assisted’ autopsies

GBI officials say only medical examiners are said to “perform” autopsies for the agency.

Albany Crime Stoppers Most Wanted July 27, 2012

Albany Area Crime Stoppers has four Most Wanted fugitives this week. All fugitives on the Albany Area Crime Stoppers Most Wanted List should be considered armed and dangerous.

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Special-needs child brought into Lee sheriff’s race

A fired Lee County Sheriff’s Office jailer has become an issue in a bitter battle for Lee sheriff.

Squawk of the Day - July 27, 2012

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Anthony Green

Anthony E. Green died 07/18/12

Brandon Johnson

Funeral services for Brandon Marquis Johnson, 21, are scheduled for Saturday, July 28, 2012

Joanne Jackson

On Sunday, July 22,2012, surrounded by her adoring family, Joanne Marie Jackson was called home

John Citorelli

SMSGT John J. Citorelli, US Air Force (Ret'd), 82 of Albany died July 26, 2012

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Mayor wants commission, staff briefed on state Open Meetings/records law changes

Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard says she wants elected officials and members of the city's various volunteer boards to be briefed on changes to the state's open records and open meetings laws.

Othorus Rogers

Othorus M. Rogers, of Albany, GA died Thursday, July 26, 2012

Bernice Cross

Mrs. Bernice Garrett Cross, 72, of Albany died Sunday, July 22, 2012

Henry Spurlin

Mr. Henry Arthur Spurlin, 55, of Albany died Sunday, July 22, 2012

Vivian Goad

Vivian Ozelma Justice Goad, 86, of Inman, SC died on July 20, 2012

Floyce Griffin

Floyce Griffin, of Leesburg, GA died Thursday, July 26, 2012

Frances Fulkerson

Frances Fulkerson, 79, of Leesburg, GA formerly of Albany, GA died Thursday, July 26, 2012

James McClain

Mr. James McClain, 67, of Albany died on July 26, 2012

Emmitt Hill, Sr.

Rev. Emmitt Doward Hill, Sr., 89, of Albany died on July 21, 2012

Emma Thomas

Pastor Emma Devorce Thomas, 61, of Richland died on July 22, 2012

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Metro Albany unemployment hits 10.3 percent

New jobseekers are the primary contributor to a rise in the unemployment rates in June, officials say.

Clifford Brantley

Mr. Clifford Brantley of Dade County, FL, formerly of Americus, died on July 20, 2012

Charles Hawkins, III

Dr. Charles Edward Hawkins, III, 88, of Albany, died Monday, July 16, 2012

Emma Brown

Sis. Emma Brown, 98 of Dawson, GA died on Monday, July 23, 2012

Joanne Wright

Mrs. Joanne Wright of Ashburn, Georgia, departed this life on Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Rosie Nealy

Ms. Rosie Lee Nealy, 93, of Ashburn departed this life July 20, 2012

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Penn State players unite, say they're not transferring; Florida State, Clemson, North Carolina lead Atlantic Coast Conference preseason awards; creator of Aubie mascot dies

Many of the star Penn St. players being openly recruited by other schools in the wake of the penalties handed down by the NCAA say Wednesday they’re “going to see this thing through.”

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2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS: U.S.A. men’s hoops unbeaten --- but certainly not unbeatable

The Americans’ latest version of the Dream Team has looked shaky in exhibition play — but they still remain perfect as the real games loom.

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MLB NOTEBOOK: Phillies re-sign Hamels for 6 years, $144M; A-Rod breaks hand

Philadelphia backs up the money truck to Cole Hamels' house Wednesday and unloads $144M in his driveway over six years.

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Braves' Hanson walks 7, gives up 7 stolen bases — somehow gets 7-1 win

Tommy Hanson has a weird outing on the mound Wednesday — to say the least — as the Braves hammer the Marlins to take the series and score their second win in a row.

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MLB TRADE ROUNDUP: Shortly after Braves GM declares deal for Dempster dead, Cubs ace loses game — and his cool; Marlins deal Ramirez to Dodgers

Ryan Dempster says he will be "thinking" about still accepting the trade to Atlanta today on the Cubs' off day, while Braves GM Frank Wren declares earlier in the day that the deal is all but dead.

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Falcons report for first day of training camp

The Atlanta Falcons reported to camp Wednesday as players get set to fight for jobs and guaranteed contracts before the season begins. (ADDS: Panthers center predicts Super Bowl victory)

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Mother of MLB Hall of Famer Ripken abducted, returned unharmed

Cal Ripken Jr.’s 74-year-old mother was found with her hands bound in the back seat of her car Wednesday after she said she was kidnapped at gunpoint.

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2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS: Inquiring minds want to know --- what’s up with that weird tower?

The peculiar, newly constructed Orbit Tower is gaining about as much attention in London as the Summer Olympics themselves.

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Great start!

The opening ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games may not be until Friday, but the action officially kicks off Wednesday when the reigning champion U.S. women’s soccer team downs France, 4-2.

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2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS: Greek athlete kicked off team for racist tweet

After making a racist joke on Twitter about African immigrants, Greece triple-jump star Voula Papachristou is banned from the London Olympics.

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Junior golfers win titles at Stonebridge

Westover grad Jerrell Hubbard and Deerfield's Ethan Shellhaas win a pair of titles Tuesday at the Albany Junior Open golf tournament, while Flint Bekkers, Thad Clark, Boles Middleton, Caroline Griffin and Chauncei Pettit also capture championships.

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