News for Friday, June 15, 2012


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Braves release struggling Hernandez, recall Medlen

Wildly ineffective Atlanta Braves reliever Livan Hernandez is designated for assignment Friday, while Kris Medlen is recalled from Triple-A.

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U.S. OPEN: Tiger, two others tied for lead after second round

Tiger Woods, David Toms and Jim Furyk sit tied at 1-under after the second round of the U.S. Open.

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Braves rookie Simmons atones for mistake, blasts HR to beat Orioles, 4-2, end losing skid

Rookie Andrelton Simmons hits a two-run homer to beat Baltimore and end Atlanta’s four-game losing streak Friday.

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Panthers look to end regular season with win, momentum

The Panthers already have the No. 1 seed for next week’s PIFL playoffs locked up, but they still want to finish the regular season with a win tonight against Richmond.

So, how big of a difference does it make to have your dad in your life?

So, how big of a difference does it make to have your dad in your life?

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Transportation tax truly the people's choice

T-SPLOST was authorized through legislation which passed in the year 2010. House Bill 277 was named the "Transportation Investment Act of 2010." It passed in the Senate by a vote of 43-8 and in the House by a vote of 141-29. The legislation was signed into law by Gov. Perdue on June 2, 2010.

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War is more than a numbers game

For the nation's military leaders, its politicians looking to get their sound bites to the media, and the spin doctors who are paid to make chicken salad from that proverbial ... well, you know the product ... war is a numbers game.

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Four arrested in backhoe burglary

Police thank the community, display loot and name those arrested in the backhoe wall-smashing burglary of a pawnshop.

Libraries still have relevancy

Of the cutbacks that have been coming from the sluggish economy, one of the most regrettable was the announcement this week that the Dougherty County Library Board of Trustees will be shutting down two of the county's five libraries.

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It's time for silly season 2012

Mitt Romney vs. Barack Obama is not exactly Jefferson-Adams or Lincoln-Douglas. No Harry Truman or Bill Clinton here, let alone FDR or Reagan.

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Navy Hospital Corps celebrates birthday

The Navy Hospital Corps was formally organized on June 17, 1898.

Religion bulletin for June 16, 2012

Here are some of the religious events scheduled for Southwest Georgia.

Police/Fire/EMS report for June 16, 2012

APD responds to at least 59 incidents.

Tribunal to review Riggins charges

Gov. Nathan Deal asks for a written report before he decides whether he will remove Velvet Riggins from the Dougherty School Board.

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Back in Omaha

The Florida State baseball team opens its bid for its first national championship today in Omaha, Neb., against Arizona, and Florida State coach Mark Martin expects it to be “an exciting show.” (EDITS: corrects to reflect FSU's next game, win or lose, will be Sunday)

Squawk of the Day - June16, 2012

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Ruby Davis

Mrs. Ruby Diane Mixon Davis, 2605 Ledo Rd, died Thursday, June 14, 2012

Josephine Simmons

Josephine "Jo" Keen Simmons, 83, of Albany, died Thursday, June 14, 2012

Girdie Edwards

Girdie Edwards, 69, of Leary, died Thursday, June 14, 2012

Lydia Castleberry

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

John Hellemn

John William Hellemn, 56, of Pelham, formerly of Fayetteville, died on June 15, 2012

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Hundreds line up for rental assistance program

The program is part of the federally-funded HOME initiative, officials say.

Hundreds of people braved the gnats and the heat for a chance at some assistance on rent payments Friday morning, with many turned away do to limited funding.

Willis Walker, Sr.

Mr. Willis Walker, Sr., 56, of Albany died Friday, June 15, 2012

Gradis Lewis, III

Mr. Gradis Antwon Lewis, III of Albany died on June 13, 2012

James Hall, Sr.

Mr. Hall passed away June 14, 201

Gregory Hicks

Mr. Gregory Hicks, 44, of Albany died on June 14, 2012

Hazelene Culwell

Hazelene S. Culwell, 79, of Leesburg, GA, formerly of Apopka, FL died Friday, June 15, 2012

Freddie Anderson

Mrs. Freddie Burton Anderson of Americus died on June 15, 2012

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AP sources: Immunity offered to certain immigrants

President Obama is expected to speak at 1:15 p.m. EDT about new deportation policy.

Class-action lawsuit filed against Dougherty judicial system

In his lawsuit, Jim Finklestein contends that Magistrate judges are putting illegal restrictions on those who are granted bonds.

The Dougherty County Judicial System, including the superior court judges, magistrate judges, district attorney's office and sheriff's office, are violating the constitutional rights of criminal defendants by failing to promptly set bonds, prohibiting them from attending bond hearings, and restricting the liberty of defendants released on bonds by placing undue conditions on bond that violate their constitutional rights, a class-action lawsuit filed this week contends.

Howard Thompson

Howard Thompson died on June 14, 2012

Regina Toson

Regina Rae Toson died on June 12, 2012

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State facing more than $300 million Medicaid shortfall

Georgia's Medicaid deficit continiues to skyrocket.

Johnny Brown

Brother Johnny Brown, 49, of Albany and formerly of Dawson died on June 14, 2012

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Heat survives Thunder, 100-96, to win Game 2 and even NBA Finals series at 1-1

The Miami Heat rush out to an 18-2 lead and then hang on in the closing seconds to edge Oklahoma City, 100-96, to win Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night, and head back to Miami with a 1-1 draw on the road for Game 3 at home on Sunday.

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PEACH STATE PIGSKIN PREVIEW: Georgia Tech coach Johnson high on ex-DWS star Zenon

It’s early, but Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson and his Yellow Jackets are looking for a better run in 2012, and the coach hopes former Deerfield-Windsor star Tony Zenon can be a part of it.

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COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: Darton first baseman James wins NJCAA Gold Glove

Darton freshman first baseman Casey James receives the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, which is given to the top defensive player in the nation at each position. (ADDS: Former Andrew College pitcher drafted by Tigers).

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Falcons Weatherspoon ready to make a name for himself this season

Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon is in his third season with the team, and he is still out to prove he was worth being chosen with the 19th pick in the draft.

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PANTHERS NOTEBOOK: Kennedy ready to lead Panthers with QB Lester out

Backup QB Darnell Kennedy will start Saturday’s game against Richmond with Cecil Lester out with a knee injury, and Kennedy is ready to lead the Panthers into the playoffs if he needs to. (ADDS: Note on Panthers WR and former Westover star Antwone Savage)

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Yes he Cain!: Late Wednesday, Giants ace Cain tosses perfect game vs. Astros

Giants pitcher Matt Cain throws the first perfect game in franchise history late Wednesday night to beat the Astros, 10-0, and Leesburg's Buster Posey was right there behind the plate for the entire ride, calling the pitches the whole way. (UPDATED)

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Sandusky accuser says he once screamed for help

Graphic testimony from accusers of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky continues Thursday.

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Thompson has U.S. Open lead, but all the buzz is for Tiger, who is tied for 2nd

Tiger Woods fires a 69 and is in a tie for second after the opening round of the U.S. Open, while Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson struggle at Olympic Club.