News for Monday, July 30, 2012


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Titans WR Murdock found dead of apparent suicide

More answers will emerge in the days to come, but right now all there is are questions about why Tennessee Titans receiver O.J. Murdock apparently killed himself Monday outside of the very same high school he became famous at in football and track.

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Heyward homers as Braves win, finally end Monday curse

Atlanta beats up on woeful Miami for its first win on a Monday all season, snapping a streak of 16 straight losses.

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2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS --- DAY 3 ROUNDUP: Chinese men's gymnastics team wins gold, while U.S. falters again; U.S.A. women's hoops destroys Angola by 52

An exciting third day of the 2012 Summer Olympics sees China reassert its dominance in men's gymnastics, while the American women's hoops team rolls in its second game.

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2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS --- DAY 2 ROUNDUP: North Korean weightlifter steals show with stunning lift

Two of the biggest highlights of Day 2 at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London on Sunday came when 123-pound North Korean weightlifter Om Yun Chol lifts 370 pounds to win gold.

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Police video shows cop acting strangely during stop of ex-Auburn star RB Dyer

The MVP of Auburn’s BCS title team two years ago, Jonathan Dyer left the Tigers and transferred to Arkansas State, where he was kicked off the team over the weekend following a bizarre traffic stop that has sparked an internal investigation

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Pro basketball returning to Albany with new ABA team

Albany City Commissioner Christopher Pike tells The Herald late Monday night that he will continue to serve his role in the community, while also becoming the GM of the newly founded Albany Shockwave ABA professional basketball team, which will be unveiled today.

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Georgia should consider Medicaid expansion

Georgia is among a handful of states yet to decide whether to expand its Medicaid program.

Let your voice be heard at the polls

Today is another of the special days that separate Americans from much of the world.

Fowler candidate of choice for coroner

Michael Fowler, a candidate for Dougherty County coroner, has worked tirelessly as a mortician throughout Georgia and Florida, along with many natural disasters.

Darrisaw has experience for State Court bench

We are blessed in Dougherty County to have two ethical young attorneys vying for the position of State Court judge.

Simple answer solves mail delivery delimma

Postal department: Lay off one-half your rural carriers.

Judge Herbert Phipps has made a difference

I arrived early so I had a seat in the courtroom, the same courtroom where I was sworn in as an attorney over 20 years ago and the same one where I took the oath of office to serve Dougherty County as district attorney in 1997.

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2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS: As U.S. women’s soccer preps for N. Korea today, Solo stands by Twitter comments ripping Chastain — then rips her again

Hope Solo defends her remarks she made about former U.S. women's star Brandi Chastain on Monday, saying Chastain -- now an announcer for NBC --- needs to keep her mouth shut.

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Police/Fire/EMS report for July 31, 2012

APD responds to 65 incidents.

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Alzheimer's group to get 'Rainbow' aid

The music of former Rainbow Room stars Billie Holiday, Rosemary Clooney, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin will be heard on Aug. 17.

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APD responds to aggravated assaults

Three separate weekend incidents involving gunfire resulted in no injuries, according to Albany police.

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Man slain in Americus shooting incident

One person remained hospitalized Monday following a shooting in Americus that claimed one life.

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Four unhurt in armed robbery

Victims say a group of four black males entered an Albany residence early Monday and took multiple items.

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DCPD seeks help with open cases

Police say a Sylvester Road armed robbery over the weekend resulted in the loss of $1,100.

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2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS: Queen’s granddaughter stealing show in equestrian event

With 50,000 on hand, Zara Phillips, the granddaughter of Great Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, rides impeccably Monday during the equestrian eventing cross-country phase and now has the Brits — currently in second place behind Germany — poised for a medal in the finals today.

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Peach State Precision

Eatonton native Vincent Hancock shoots the lights out Monday during the opening qualifying rounds in the men’s skeet shooting competition at the Summer Olympics in London — finishing first overall after hitting 74 out of 75 targets — and now he’ll go for his second straight gold medal today.

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2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS: U.S.A. swimmers Franklin, Grevers capture gold

American swimming stars Missy Franklin, 17, and Matt Grevers both win gold during their finals Monday at the Summer Olympics in London, while Ryan Lochte -- once again -- struggles for the U.S. as he finishes fourth in the 200 freestyle.

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DCPD chief talks budget, department progress

Dougherty County Police Chief Don Cheek describes recent budget talks as the most stressful he has had.

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Man wanted for questioning in theft

The APD is looking for Jonathan Hendricks for questioning.

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Tag scanners rake in citations, prompt arrests

Albany police will use new $90,000 reader units to automatically scan the license plates of passing vehicles.

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New kitchen to feed more hungry kids

A local food bank's new commercial facility will soon provide healthy meals to area children.

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Squawk of the Day -July 31, 2012

Squawk of the Day -July 31, 2012

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County could lead state in class action suit against lenders

Former Dougherty District Attorney Ken Hodges asked the Dougherty County Commission Monday to be the lead Georgia county in a national class-action lawsuit against mortgage lenders Freddie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Nathaniel James

Nathaniel James, 83, Dawson, died July 29, 2012

Virginia Jones Little

Virginia Jones Little, 91, Dawson, died July 30, 2012

William Terrell

William Terrell, 81, Bainbridge, died July 28, 2012

Van Rogers

Van Rogers, 63, Albany, died July 30, 2012

Grace Pollock Cameron

Grace Pollock Cameron, 81, Pelham, died July 29, 2012

Willam Grady Wright

William Grady Wright, 68, Albany, died July 30, 2012

Jakie Hart

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

Marion Temples Jarrett

Marion Temples Jarrett, 85, Americus, died July 28, 2012

Donnell Christian

Donnell Christian, 60, Albany, died July 29, 2012

Bertha Spann Green

Bertha S. Green, 72, Sumter, SC died July 25, 2012

David Rivers, Sr.

David Rivers, Sr., 77, Albany, died July 30, 2012

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Commissioners, Library Board chair spar over library closures

Commissioner John Hayes says the library board needs a chairman who can run the board "successfully."

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Democrats seek emergency hearing for House District 151 (UPDATE)

A hearing has been set for 4 p.m. today in Fulton Superior Court.

The Democratic Party of Georgia is asking for an emergency hearing today on the secretary of state's decision to remove Democrat Richie Smith from the House District 151 race in Tuesday's party primary elections.

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Breakin’ records

Day 2 of the Olympics sees American Dana Vollmer break the world record in the 100-meter butterfly and swim her way to gold, while the men’s 400 relay team is stunned in the pool by a French team bent on revenge.

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2012 SUMMER OLYMPICS: U.S.A. men's hoops opens with rout of France

Kevin Durant leads the way for the Americans on Sunday as they overcome a sluggish start to rout the French, 98-71.

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GOLF ROUNDUP: Couples wins Senior British Open; Piercy captures PGA Canadian title

Fred Couples wins his first tournament ever across the pond as he takes down the Senior British Open title Sunday. (ADDS: roundup items on PGA and LPGA)

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BRAVES ROUNDUP: Atlanta completes sweep of Philly; Chipper, Gonzalez sort out Twitter issue

Atlanta sweeps the Phillies, but still remains four games back of the Nationals, who edge the Brewers in 11 innings Sunday.