News for Wednesday, June 13, 2012

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Georgia focused on competitive approach to BRAC

Plans are to cut at least $400 billion from the U.S. defense budget in the coming years, officials say.

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She's My Sister riders stop in Albany

An Albany bicyclist drops in at an Albany church with She's My Sister, a bike group sponsored by the American Bible Society.

APD searching for backhoe burglars

The Albany Police Department is continuing to investigate the backhoe break-in at American Idol Phillip Phillip’s father’s pawnshop.

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Being an 'extremist' better than abandoning convictions

Don't you find it odd that the word extremism seems to apply only to conservative Republicans? Terminology often drives political discourse and those who control the terms often determine the outcome.

Common ground is scarce real estate

Former Florida Gov. and announced non-candidate for vice president Jeb Bush hit the nail on the head about national politics these days.

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Friends move with winds of time

The little 7-year-old hurricane boy is sad. There is nothing much worse than seeing a sad hurricane. If this continues, he might become a tropical depression. He's sad because one of his good friends may not be returning to his school next year.

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Former deputy's trial set to close

Attorneys are expected to make their final arguments in Dougherty Superior Court in the case against Charles Lamon Tharpe.

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Could power fees replace city property taxes? (Poll added)

With just a few weeks left before local government budgets for the next fiscal year have to be submitted to the state, officials are looking under rocks previously unturned in an effort to avoid any increases in local property taxes.

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U.S. OPEN PREVIEW: Hello, old friend

All eyes will be on the U.S. Open’s pairing of bitter rivals Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods when golf’s second major of the year tees off today.

Police/Fire/EMS -June 14, 2012

Man wanted for theft of leaf blower

Que 4 Kids joins festival

A day after announcing a local three-day festival, the event's organizer announces a deal with a cooking competition.

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Men's Health Fair set for Saturday

Former NFL player Bobby Howard will make an appearance at an Albany health fair on Saturday.

Albany Tech plans to host community day

A Car and Bike Showcase is just one highlight of the weekend.

APD picnicking with the public Saturday

The Albany Police Department's Family Protection Unit is inviting city residents to come out and get acquainted.

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Taylor designs five-year plan for Albany

The document includes plans to get the city fiscally sound and calls for an overall reduction in staff.

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Kuroda baffles Braves as Yankees finish off sweep

Atlanta has now lost four games in a row following Wednesday’s 3-2 loss to the Yankees, who get another solid outing from starter Hiroki Kuroda.

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WBO opens investigation into controversial Pacquiao-Bradley decision

The World Boxing Organization says it plans to review how two Las Vegas judges came to award a split decision win to Timothy Bradley against Manny Pacquiao when nearly everyone else had Pacquiao winning the bout.

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U.S. Anti-Doping Agency brings new charges against Armstrong

After being cleared of age-old doping charges recently, famed American cyclist Lance Armstrong now faces new one --- and, if proven true, they could result in a lifetime ban and the stripping of his major titles.

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PEACH STATE PIGSKIN PREVIEW: Las Vegas oddsmakers think UGA will have unbeaten regular season

Bookmakers in Las Vegas favor Georgia in every regular-season game it will play this upcoming year.

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PEACH STATE PIGSKIN PREVIEW: VSU coach Dean wants ASU back on schedule

At the annual Peach State Pigskin Preview, Blazers coach David Dean said he’s working to rekindle the annual rivalry matchup with the Rams.

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Westover's Ousley turns down great offer from FAMU, signs with UNC

Despite having a loaded offer from nearby Florida A&M, Dontrevious Ousely turns it down and holds out for UNC, which finally offered the state discus champ.

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U.S. OPEN: Chinese teen, 14, set to make pro golf history

China’s Andy Zhang, 14, will make pro golf history when he tees off today at the U.S Open as the youngest player to ever take part in a major.

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NBA FINALS --- PREVIEW: Durant showed what he was made of in Game 1; LeBron's turn in Game 2?

Miami looks to try and find a way to stop Kevin Durant, while also getting LeBron James more help in Game 2 of the NBA Finals tonight. (ADDS: NBA Finals notebook)

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Former Lee, college baseball stars Nichols, Richardson opt to give up pro careers

After being drafted and advancing in the minors, Leesburg natives D’Vontrey Richardson, who starred at FSU, and Thomas Nichols, who starred at Georgia Tech, decide not to pursue MLB careers.

Squawk of the Day - June 14, 2012

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Federal prosecutors drop case against John Edwards

Federal prosecutors have filed an order dismissing the remaining criminal charges against John Edwards.

Melvin Weeks

Melvin (Bud) Weeks, 81, of Fort Gaines, GA, died June 12, 2012

Shirley Mazzara

Shirley Jean Louminec Beasley Mazzara, 64, died Monday, June 11, 2012

William Cooper, Sr.

William David Cooper, Sr., 67, of Henry Road, Sylvester, GA, died June 12, 2012

Leonard White, Sr.

Leonard White, 84, passed away Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Lennie Key

Mrs. Lennie D. Key, 88, of Sylvester died Monday June 12, 2012

Linda Scurlock

Linda Hair Newsome Scurlock of Worth County died on June 12, 2012

Lydia Castleberry

Mrs. Lydia V. Castleberry, 74 of Leesburg, Ga. died Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Michael Woods

Mr. Michael Woods of Ashburn, GA, departed this life on Friday, June 8, 2012

Rosie Walters

Rosie Walters, 84, of Albany died June 13, 2012

John Cochran, Jr.

John Cochran, Jr., 69, of Albany died June 13, 2012

Doris Clay

Doris Clay, 83, of Albany died June 11, 2012

Alice Rogers

Alice Rogers of Bronwood, GA, died June 13, 2012

Johnny Marcus

Mr. Johnny Marcus of Camilla passed away on June 12, 2012

Henry Miller

Mr. Henry P. Miller, 90, of Morgan died on June 13, 2012

Lillie Stanko

Lillie Oneida Stando, 70, of Altha, FL, formerly of Shellman, died June 12, 2012

Sylvester Goins

Mr. Sylvester Goins, 49, of Pineview died June 10, 2012

Carolyn Greene

Mrs. Carolyn V. Greene, 53, of Albany died Tuesday June 12, 2012

Ann Chumney

Mrs. Ann Forshee Lumpkin Chumney, 75, of Sylvester died Friday June 8, 2012

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Library board closes two library branches; lays off employees

A budget shortfall brings closure to two Dougherty County library branches.

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Car bombs targeting Shiites kill 65 in Iraq

A wave of car bombs struck Shiite pilgrims in several cities across Iraq on Wednesday in one of the deadliest attacks since U.S. troops withdrew from the country.

Aralee Jones

Sis. Aralee Dennard Jones, 71 of Dawson, GA died on Sunday, June 10, 2012

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NBA FINALS: Thunder storm back in second half, take Game 1 vs. Heat

Kevin Durant has a monster second half as his 36 points lifts OKC to an 11-point win in Game 1 of the NBA Finals late Tuesday night against the Miami Heat, 105-94.

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Alabama police finally arrest suspected Auburn shooter

Late Tuesday night, the man suspected of killing two former Auburn football players, Desmonte Leonard, is arrested, finally ending a frantic three-day manhunt.

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PEACH STATE PIGSKIN PRVIEW: UGA's Richt has high expectations for three former Southwest Georgia stars in 2012

Early County’s Shawn Williams and Mitchell County’s Justin Scott-Wesley could have memorable season at Georgia this year, as could Seminole County's Bacarri Rambo as soon as his offseason disciplinary issues are resolved.

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PEACH STATE PIGSKIN PREVIEW: Rams have serious QB quandary

Albany State football coach Mike White is concerned about who next season’s starting QB will be after he reveals to The Herald on Tuesday that potential starter Blaize Schaeffer is academically ineligible.

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A-Rod makes Yankees history as N.Y. downs Atlanta again

Alex Rodriguez's grand slam against Atlanta on Tuesday not only was the difference-maker in New York's 6-4 win against the Braves, but it tied him for the most all-time in Yankees history with legend Lou Gehrig.

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Second alleged victim, Penn St. assistant take stand on Day 2 of Sandusky trial

The graphic testimony of what former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky allegedly did to 10 young boys continue Tuesday during Day 2 of his sexual abuse trial.

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