News for Saturday, June 16, 2012

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Ledo land deal still impacts Lee

Officials in Lee County are questioning a decade-old deal that has strapped the county with a major debt.

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Chehaw Bald Eagle meets new mate

After two years without a mate, Chehaw Wild Animal Park’s female bald eagle has a new companion and a spruced-up residence.

Father’s role is a large one

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

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Local author's book takes off

An Albany writer will hold a book-signing event for his new release "Tracks of My Tears" at Element's Coffee on June 30.

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Ned Wernick helps to bring fallen plane crew home

Of the total 83,432 American service members the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office has listed as still missing in action as of June 8, more than 73,000 were from World War II.

Autopsies have answers for family

The word "autopsy" brings many questions and misconceptions to mind. A good coroner endeavors to provide accurate and reassuring information on all aspects of an autopsy to the family. In the final section concerning the subject matter "Why Did My Loved One Die," I will try to clear up some of these concerns and/or misconceptions about autopsies.

Births -- June 17, 2012

Unless otherwise noted, the following births took place at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany from May 27-June 9.

Musicals highlight Broadway series

Tallahassee's Best of Broadway series kicks off Oct. 8 with the hit production "Rock of Ages."

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Symphony ends season on high note

Albany’s symphony orchestra made it through its last concert of this 2011-12 season in good form, hanging onto its thematic objective of spotlighting the city’s various entertainment and cultural venues. This one spot lit Theatre Albany, adding a kind of sub-title: “Mavericks of the theater.”

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Finding right balance important in life

I asked a group of coworkers what they thought I should write about this week, and they suggested I discuss achieving and maintaining a balanced life. I thought it was a great idea, so I went online and googled the definition of balance.

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Summer day a solemn one

The ground was damp from the previous day's rain. It was still thirsty, though, and I know this because I heard three gentlemen say it was so and I believed them. Standing there just on the edge of the grass where it met the tired path I was walking on, they rocked slowly on their heels and looked up at the sky.

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The Buzz -- June 17, 2012

A roundup of notable faces, places and things to do in Albany.

Lori and Wayne Holley's home is selected as the June Yard of the Month; Strive2Thrive plans to "grill" poverty in July; Albany Area Arts Council sets Chinese cultural workshop; Albany sculptor Josh Rosen opens show at Valdosta gallery.

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On the Job with Anne Gray

Staff writer Jim West holds a Q&A with Anne Gray, co-owner of Hadden's Flowers & Gifts in Albany.

Police/Fire/EMS report for June 17, 2012

APD responds to at least 62 incidents.

Dougherty County Jail Report June 7-14, 2012

These are individuals who were booked into the Dougherty County Jail June 7-14, 2012. The listing includes name, date of booking, law enforcement agency, reason for booking, bond and date of release.

Education Briefs - June 18, 2012

Check out what's happening with local students in the area.

Squawk of the Day - June 17, 2012

Make your comment about today's Squawk of the Day!

Ethics commission delays ruling on Deal complaints

The state ethics commission has delayed ruling on several complaints against Gov. Nathan Deal, whose attorney is seeking guidance from the agency to resolve two of the issues.

The banality of Watergate still evident

Forty years ago, all of America learned the name of a particular condominium, hotel and office complex along the Potomac in the nation's capital.

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President Obama: Keep the change

He had just been through the roughest patch of President Obama's re-election struggle and yet senior adviser David Axelrod seemed, if not quite serene, then at least amiably stoic.

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Men's Heath Conference at Phoebe Putney Health

The 11th Annual Phoebe Putney Memorial Men's Health Conference attracts hundreds of men for free health checks.

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Strive2Thrive director gives Exchangites update

The program director of Albany's Strive2Thrive anti-poverty program outlines the organization's "hand up" approach.

Eleanor Harper

Miss Eleanor Harper, 90, of Wray, Georgia, died Friday, June 15, 2012

Robert Crutts

Robert James Crutts, 65, of Albany, GA, died June 15, 2012

Robert Collier, Sr.

Robert Michael Collier, Sr., 61, of Cartersville, Georgia passed away at Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, Georgia on Friday, June 15,2012

Allie Johnson

Mrs. Allie Johnson, 76, of Dothan, AL, formerly of Donalsonville, died on June 16, 2012

Robert Kobee

Mr. Robert Richard Kobee, 54, of Douglas died Friday, June 15, 2012

Mitchell Mims

Mr. Mitchell Mims, 93, of Albany died Wednesday, June 13, 2012

France Mortimer

Mrs. Frances Mortimer of Miami, FL died on June 15, 2012

Annie Odom

Mrs. Annie Mae Odom of Westend, NC died June 11, 2012

Gradis Lewis, III

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

Andres Browner

Mr. Andres C. Browner, 47, of Sasser died on June 15, 2012

Margie Cladd

Mrs. Margie Cladd, 88, of Dawson died June 15, 2012

Phyllis Mathis

Ms. Phyllis Mathis, 45, of Albany, formerly of Dawson, died on June 15, 2012

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Backs against the wall

Florida State, one of the favorites to win the College World Series, loses its opener, 4-3, late Friday night in 12 innings against Arizona, pushing the Seminoles into the dreaded losers' bracket, where FSU will need to beat Stony Brook on Sunday to stay alive.

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Judge allows evidence of Sandusky’s ‘disorder’ to be heard

Jerry Sandusky’s lawyers say that the former Penn State assistant football coach acted the way he did with his alleged victims because he was suffering from “histrionic personality disorder.”

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Tharpe sentenced to 12 years for crime

Tharpe sentenced to 12 years for crime

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Tebow, Chipper to open training facility in Fla.

Chipper Jones and Tim Tebow, who are both from Jacksonville, Fla., are partnering to open a D1 Sports Training facility in Orlando.

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McCoughtry comes off bench, scores 31 to lead Dream past red-hot Sparks in rout

Angel McCoughtry, the WNBA's second-leading scorer who was benched right before Friday's game against the the Sparks, ends up leading Atlanta, 92-59, with 31 points past Los Angeles, which has won five in a row.

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Darton softball duo, coach receive honors

Darton softball stars Katy Jordan and Chelsea Showers are named NJCAA All-Americans recently, while head coach David Dews is named the region’s coach of the year.

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