News for Thursday, July 5, 2012


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COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Auburn’s BCS MVP running back Dyer denied chance to play immediately at Arkansas St. after transfer; Ex-UGA RB Crowell enrolls at Alabama State

Michael Dyer's bid to book out of town at Auburn and play right away at Arkansas State is denied by the NCAA on Thursday.

Fireworks tradition ends without finale

It’s sad when the actions of a few unruly, inconsiderate troublemakers spoil a good time for everyone else.

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Tempest in a teapot

I don't think a national convention from either party has decided major issues, or had any suspense about who would be nominated, since the 1980s.

Irresponsible behavior costs everyone else

Page Two would like to introduce you to part of the world’s problem. I hold nothing but disdain for people who refuse to try and become an asset to society.

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LOCAL SPORTS BRIEFS: Nine-team, Paul Eames Memorial Baseball Tournament kicks off today; Darton coach Henry set to hold two hoops camps starting next week; ASU honored by SAAC

Nine under-19 baseball teams from around the Southeast will converge on Albany today for the inaugural Paul Eames Memorial Baseball Tournament. (ADDS: breakout of today's schedule of games)

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Patriot Act places personal info at risk

Before accusations and misinformation begin flooding the Internet, allow me to warn you.

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Religious diversity in U.S. dazzling

Here are some things I’ve been thinking about the relationship between church and state:

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WIMBLEDON: Serena aces her way to finals, will face Poland's Radwanska; Williams sisters, Bryan brothers on verge of doubles titles; men's semis today

Serena Williams rips her way past Victoria Azarenka, 6-3, 7-6 (6), with a Wimbledon-record 24 aces to advance to Saturday’s finals.

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Lee County has all-star triple play

Buster Posey will be behind the plate while Luke Bryan and Phillip Phillips will will perform Tuesday at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

Rachals to address campaign issues

Lee County Sheriff Reggie Rachals will discuss campaign issues with Lee County residents during a "Meet the Sheriff" event Saturday.

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Nation celebrates Dependence Day

After nearly four days without power following the freak storm that left millions in the mid-Atlantic states in the dark, one thing I could do when the electricity came back on was try to figure out who coined the mortifyingly apt greeting, “Happy Dependence Day.”

DNA sample clears old cases

Burglary and theft by taking charges, along with DNA evidence, date back to 2008 in grand jury indictments.

Georgia Music Hall heading to Albany?

Officials planning a three-day music & arts festival are making a pitch to bring the defunct state music hall of fame to Albany.

Abbreviated fireworks could be Albany's finale

City officials are considering options to prevent future violence at large downtown gatherings following Wednesday night's fights.

Police/Fire/EMS report for July 6, 2012

APD responds to at least 54 incidents.

Albany Herald Letters Policy

The Albany Herald's In My View column on the editorial page is an open forum for Herald readers to write about what's on their mind. Click on the headline above to read the requirements for submitting letters. (Includes link for submitting your letter.)

Unruly teens disrupt Fourth fireworks

Several fights break out during Albany's Fourth of July celebration leading to an early end to the annual fireworks show and arrests.

Squawk of the Day - July 6, 2012

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Crimestoppers - July 6, 2012

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

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Cool Scoops a cold respite to summer heat

Eric Culbreath calls his new downtown ice cream shop Cool Scoops "a great opportunity." Most of us call it a tasty respite to the scorching South Georgia Summers.

Pete Giannars, III

Pete Giannars, III, 41, of Blakely, GA, passed away Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Jessie Thomas

Mrs. Jessie Mae Thomas of Sylvester, Georgia departed this life on Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Dawane Holmes, Jr.

Dawane E. "D.J." Holmes, Jr., 22 of Albany, GA died Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Annie Williams

Mrs. Annie B. Williams of Doerun, Georgia, departed this life on Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Scottie Walls

Mr. Scottie Andrew Walls, 29, of Albany died Friday, June 29, 2012

Annie D. Vicks

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

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Zimmerman's bail set at $1M in Trayvon Martin case

A Florida judge ruled Thursday that George Zimmerman can be released from jail a second time on $1 million bond.

Cora Thompson

Mrs. Cora Lee Haywood-Thompson of Albany died on July 2, 2012

Rutha Williams

Ms. Rutha Williams of Albany died June 26, 2012

Blanchie Majors

Blanchie Majors, 63, of Americus died on July 3, 2012

Frank Johnson

Mr. Frank Johnson, 72, of Newton died on July 1, 2012

Mable Ervin

Ms. Mable Ervin, 96, of Cuthbert died on June 28, 2012

Lamar Dollar

Lamar Dollar, 89, of Bainbridge, GA, passed away Monday, July 2, 2012

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River Point Golf Club files for bankruptcy protection

River Point was slated to have been sold at auction Tuesday, but the filing allows it to avoid the auction block.

Leslie Laney

Leslie Laney, 47, of Hartford, CT died on June 29, 2012

Vera Price

Mrs. Vera Price of Newark, NJ died on June 30, 2012

Ulysses Molden

Mr. Ulysses Molden of Edison died on July 1, 2012

Brandy Soper

Brandy Michelle Ritter Soper, 29, of Bainbridge, GA, passed away Saturday, June 30, 2012

Arthur Askew

Arthur James Askew, 51, of Columbus died on June 28, 2012

Cedric Singletary

Mr. Cedric Demetrius Singletary, 34, of Augusta died on July 3, 2012

Lillie Hicks

Ms. Lillie Mae Hicks, 85, of Dawson died on July 3, 2012

Jacqualine Taylor

Mrs. Jacqualine Sisroe Taylor, 43, of Smithville died on July 4, 2012

Michael Jackson

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

Mary Hogan

Mrs. Mary Alice Hogan of Shellman died on July 4, 2012

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Albany’s champions

Panthers coach Lucious Davis and his players have a parade to celebrate their PIFL title and then talk about their wild, up-and-down season. (ADDS: Video of parade)

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Nash goes to Lakers in sign-and-trade deal

Steve Nash's agent Bill Duffy said Wednesday that the two-time MVP point guard is going to the Los Angeles Lakers in a sign-and-trade deal with the Phoenix Suns.