News for Saturday, July 28, 2012

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T-SPLOST question to be answered

Voters in 12 regions throughout the state will decide Tuesday whether to levy an additional 1 percent sales tax in their regions for transportation projects.

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Hamlin wins Brickyard 400 pole

Denny Hamlin captures the 11th pole position of his career and his second this season Saturday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where he will try to win the Brickyard 400 today. (ADDS: Keselowski wins Nationwide race at Indy)

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Medlen to replace Jurrjens in Braves' rotation

Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez announces that Kris Medlen is coming out of the bullpen and replacing Jair Jurrjens in Atlanta's rotation, beginning Tuesday against the Marlins.

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LOCAL GOLF: Albany Cup Challenge gets underway

Grand Island and Doublegate County Club tied for first place in the opening day of the 2012 Challenge Cup Golf Tournament, which pits Albany’s four golf courses against each other.

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2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS: U.S. women's hoops team overcomes sloppy play, beats Croatia

The U.S. women's basketball team looked vulnerable in its 81-56 win against Croatia but still hung on for its 34th straight Olympic victory. (ADDS: Tennis, Gymnastics, Roundup of Saturday's events)

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Minor Ks nine, leads Braves past Phillies, 2-1

The Braves keep pace with the Nationals in the NL East and remain four games back, thanks to Mike Minor’s eight brilliant innings on the mound Saturday.

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Hydrangeas have ‘Deep South’ look

The August Gardener

I have long been fascinated with Bigleaf Hydrangeas. I am not sure if it is the huge blooms, the color, or just the fact that the “snow balls” are so Deep South looking. What a beautiful display from just a few blooms.

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Dinner with friends always rounds out a day

Preston, England, is my final destination of a fortnight which began in London, where I arrived in time to see the televised singles final at Wimbledon with English friends.

Births July 29 2012

Unless otherwise noted, the following births took place at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany from July 8-22.

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Looking Back July 29

Each week Albany Herald researcher Mary Braswell looks for interesting events, places and people from the past. You can contact her at (229) 888-9371 or mary.braswell@albanyherald.com.

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Good fitness is a ‘core’ issue

In fitness, “the core” and “core training” are terms thrown around often, and are buzzwords usually associated with the abdominal muscles. Contrary to the popular belief that the core refers only to the abdominal area, the core consists of all the muscles that connect to the spine.

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Falcons tight end Gonzalez leaning strongly toward retirement

Future Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez, who became No. 2 in NFL history in career receptions last year with 1149, indicated Friday that this season will likely be his last.

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ASU AD: Bigger schools ‘scared’ to play Rams on football field

ASU Director of Athletics Richard Williams says that he has reached out to larger schools, such as Division I Alabama State, about adding them to the Rams’ schedule.

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2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS: American women’s soccer advances to quarterfinals

The American women's soccer team stays unbeaten by cruising past Colombia, 3-0, and guaranteeing a spot in the quarterfinals of the London Games soccer tournament. (ADDS: Dispute between U.S. goalkeeper Solo and former soccer star Chastain)

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Police/Fire/EMS report for July 29, 2012

APD responds to at least 95 incidents.

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All for one, one for all

Leesburg is headed to the Dixie League World Series with a close bond and an all-for-one spirit that has made this ride even more special.

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2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS: Lochte wins 400 IM gold; Phelps falls to 4th

Michael Phelps, the winningest Olympian of all time, didn’t even medal in Saturday’s 400 IM, while Ryan Lochte captures gold in a blowout.

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Tears of gold

Albany native Angelo Taylor has shed plenty of tears — of both pain and joy — and is one gold medal away from becoming the greatest 400-meter hurdler of all-time.

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GOP trio vie for chance to challenge Bishop

Rick Allen, Ken DeLoach and John House are running in the GOP Primary for the 2nd Congressional District.

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Enthusiasm high at Youth Summit

Parents, students and others turn out for the first 4Given Youth Empowerment Summit Saturday.

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Dougherty schools slate open houses

School system officials say that student safety is a paramount concern.

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Kitchen inspections for July 29, 2012

Here are thee results of recent kitchen inspections in Dougherty, Lee and Worth counties.

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Travis promoted to Air Force surgeon general

A three-star U.S. Air Force general with Albany ties will supervise more than 42,000 medical personnel.

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On the Job with Eric Belusko

Jim West holds a Q&A with Eric Belusko, owner of Albany Hand Therapy.

Squawk of the Day - July 29, 2012

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Jamie Franklin Spence

Jamie Franklin Spence, 36, Camilla, died July 26, 2012

Donald Rueben Garrett

Donald Rueben Garrett, 80, Blakely, died July 27, 2012

Eulalah C. Gardner

Eulalah C. Gardner, 96, Coolidge, died July 27, 2012

John Henry Arnold

John Henry Arnold, 87, Albany, died July 27, 2012

Annie Lois Dunlap

Annie Lois Dunlap, 85, Sumter, SC, died July 26, 2012

Loran Leonard Parker

Loran Leonard Parker, 68, Newton, died July 27, 2012

Floyce D. Griffin

Floyce D. Griffin, 93, Albany, died July 26, 2012

Carolyn Ruffin Alligood

Carolyn Ruffin Alligood, 64, Albany, died July 27, 2012

Chester Anglin, Jr.

Chesterfield Anglin, Jr., 79, Camilla, died July 27, 2012

Johnnie Lee Perry

Johnnie Lee Perry, 74, Leesburg, died July 28, 2012

Jakie Hart

Jakie Hart, 78, Albany, died July 27, 2012

Johnny Calvin Ward

Johnny Calvin Ward, 48, Dawson, died July 27, 2012

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PREP ROUNDUP: Lee County star wide receiver leaves team; Lee County wins All Sports Trophy

Josh Cabrera, one of the top receivers in the area, leaves Lee County. (ADDS: Lee County winning the Region 1-AAAA All Sports Trophy)

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Top 10 albanyherald.com stories July 21-27, 2012

These are the Top 10 visited stories on Albanyherald.com for the week of July 21-27, 2012.

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