News for Wednesday, June 20, 2012


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NBA FINALS PREVIEW: LeBron, Heat one win from championship

If Miami can close out OKC in Game 5 of the NBA Finals tonight, the title LeBron James and Co. promised will be headed to South Beach.

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Duluth’s Shim cruises to Georgia Junior title at Doublegate; Albany’s Joiner brothers finish in Top 15

Duluth’s Andy Shim wins the prestigious Georgia Junior Championship on Wednesday at Doublegate with his third straight round under par, while Albany’s Jacob Joiner shoots a 2-under 70 to finish 10th and brother Jacob Joiner finished tied for 14th.

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Braves win home run derby with Yankees, 10-5

A record nine home runs — yes, nine — are hit during Wednesday’s series finale between the Yankees and the Braves as Atlanta jumps out early to a 3-1 lead in the first and never looks back en route to its second straight win.

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Just do it, Darnell

With QB Cecil Lester sidelined with a knee injury, the Panthers will likely turn to backup Darnell Kennedy to lead them in Saturday’s playoff opener against Columbus. (ADDS: notes on Albany NFL hero Deion Branch handling coin toss Saturday; Panthers calling for black out; info on purchasing tickets).

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‘Thrones’ gets a heads up politically

Over the past few months, my wife and I became enthralled watching the HBO mini-series “Game of Thrones.” For those who are watching the show, you know what it is about.

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House Speaker Ralston welcomes Phoebe doctors

Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston promises an increase in family medicine residencies in Southwest Georgia.

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Lawyer for alleged Auburn tree poisoner asks for change of venue — again — after report by student newspaper that Updyke confessed

Accused Toomer's Oaks tree poisoner, Alabama fan Harvey Updyke Jr., watches in court Wednesday as his lawyers argue Wednesday the jury pool has been tainted due to a report by Auburn's student newspaper, and that his trial should be moved.

Future of downtown Albany discussed

One of downtown’s largest property owners has suggested razing a historic downtown building to create a parking deck.

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It's official: Braves' Beachy will have Tommy John surgery, out 12-18 months

The Braves announce early Wednesday evening that the ace of their staff this season, Brandon Beachy, will miss 12-18 months as a result of having to undergo Tommy John surgery.

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Four-team playoff finally coming to college football

Finally, a plan has been agreed upon by the BCS commissioners to end the college football season with a four-team playoff, although it won't begin until 2014. (UPDATED: 10:36 p.m.)

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Defense rests without Sandusky taking stand; case to go to jury's hands today

Jerry Sandusky’s defense rests Wednesday without Sandusky taking the stand as the child sex abuse case is now headed to the jury’s hands after closing arguments today.

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Phoebe welcomes resident physicians

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital officials say they hope members of a group of new residents will stick around.

Police/Fire/EMS - June 21, 2012

Police respond to at least 47 incidents

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ASU supporters plan 'Ram Ride'

A motorcycle rally will benefit a scholarship fund established in the name of late ASU first lady Jo Neal Freeman.

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Freed POW Lynch visits Phoebe Sumter

Jessica Lynch, the prisoner who was freed by the U.S. military from a hospital in Iraq after she was injured and captured in 2003, toured Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus on Wednesday.

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Cagle touts T-SPLOST in Albany stop

Lt. Governor Casey Cagle called an upcoming transportation ballot measure vital to the state's ability to generate jobs while fundraising for the controversial T-SPLOST referendum in Albany Wednesday.

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Obama suffers amnesia about first year

What is it with Barack Obama and 27 months? Listen to the president and his aides talk, and you'll soon hear claims that the administration has accomplished great things in the last 27 months.

Squawk of the day - June 21, 2012

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Dougherty police deserve county's support

Following is a statement that Jackie Rouse, mother of the late Lt. Cliff Rouse, made to the Dougherty County Commission on Monday.

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EDC releases 2013 plan of work; budget

Unveiled Wednesday, the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission's 2013 program-of-work includes up to $100,000 in funding for a special study that officials hope will allow them to more accurately target business and industry likely to relocate to Southwest Georgia.

Carolyn Greene

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

Nancy Anthony

Nancy Kaye Anthony, 62 from Brandenburg, Kentucky, and formerly of Frederick, Maryland and Columbia, South Carolina, died Friday, June 15, 2012

Frederick Hand, Jr.

Frederick Barrow Hand, Jr., 76, of Pelham, Georgia, died Sunday, June 17, 2012

Riley George

Riley H. George, 81, of Rochester, Minnesota, died peacefully at his home on Tuesday, June 12th

Ralph Rhodes

Mr. Ralph K. Rhodes, 84, of Aiken, S.C. and formerly of Albany passed away Monday, June 18, 2012

Uzziah Hammonds, Sr.

Services for Rev. Uzziah Augustus Hammonds, Sr., 93, of Thomasville will be...

Hubert Clines

Hub Clines, 80, died Wednesday, June 20, 2012

James Bailey

James Malcolm Bailey, 80 of Albany, GA, died Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Dorothy Jackson

Mrs. Dorothy Jean Jackson, 73, of Albany died Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Kevin Brown

Mr. Kevin Dwayne Brown 26 of Sylvester,Ga departed this life June 20, 2012

Robert Young

Elder Robert Lee Young 56 of Cordele,Ga formerly of Tifton,Ga. departed this life Saturday June 16, 2012

Raymond Nichols

Mr. Raymond Nichols, 55, of Parrott died on June 20, 2012

Merle Hodges

Mrs. Merle Hodges, age 79, of Donalsonville, GA. passed away on June 19, 2012

Hellen Campbell

Hellen Holmes Campbell, 65, of Pelham died on June 19, 2012

Nancy Terrell

Mrs. Terrell died Tuesday

Robert Barnett

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Willie Kimbrough

Mrs. Willie Ruth Kimbrough of St. Petersburg, formerly of Americus, died on June 19, 2012

Willie Jackson

Willie Ed Jackson, 80, of Arlington died on June 18, 2012

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NBA FINALS: Heat win Game 4 thanks again to late Thunder miscues, on brink of championship

The Thunder continue to show their youth, making several key errors down the stretch in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night, while the Heat and LeBron James continue to show their resolve to bring a championship to Miami --- which they're now one win away from doing.

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Sandusky's wife takes stands, refutes charges against her husband; defense again claims client suffers from disorder

Now that the prosecution has rested its case against former Penn State defensive coordinator and alleged child molester Jerry Sandusky, the defense gets its turn Tuesday.

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Dream stink it up again, fall to Liberty at home, 73-60

With its leading scorer out injured, the Atlanta Dream are dropped by the New York Liberty on Tuesday night to fall to 4-7 on the season.

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COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: FSU beats UCLA, 4-1, to stay alive; Seminoles star Holland arrested, suspended before game

Scott Sitz pitches the game of his life Tuesday night to lead FSU past UCLA, 4-1, and advance to another do-or-die game against Arizona on Thursday.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Jury selection begins for alleged Auburn tree poisoner; former Tigers player gets 15 years in prison for armed robbery

Harvey Updyke Jr., the Alabama fan who allegedly poisoned the famed oak trees at Toomer's Corner, begins the process Tuesday to stand trial.

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Braves snap Yankees' 10-game win streak thanks to Chipper

The Braves end the Yankees’ 10-game winning streak, thanks to some clutch play from Chipper Jones. (ADDS: notes about Brandon Beachy's visit to Dr. Andrews in Fla.; Phillies' 2B suspended 50 games for failed drug test)

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Duluth’s Shim still leads Ga. Jr. Championship at Doublegate; Albany’s Joiner brothers T-24th

Albany’s Jacob and Tyler Joiner sit tied for 24th place after Day 2 of the Georgia Junior Championship.