News for Tuesday, June 26, 2012


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American men’s tennis star Fish returns from illness with Wimbly W

American Mardy Fish, who’s been out of tennis for nearly three months after a medical scare, returns with a straight sets win Tuesday at Wimbledon, then cancels his news conference because he was feeling ill. (ADDS: Serena, Nadal cruise in openers; players want later start date to Wimbledon)

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Commissioners fund ACRI; delay RiverQuarium request

Commissioners vote to accept City Manager James Taylor’s FY 2013 budget proposal with one exception; a $50,000 subsidy to the Albany Civil Rights Institute.

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Braves return home, drub D'Backs

After struggling in interleague play, Atlanta returns home Tuesday and routs NL foe Arizona, 8-1.

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With star McCoughtry finally back, Dream head to Olympic break with momentum

The WNBA’s two-time reigning Eastern Conference champion Atlanta Dream have struggled to start the 2012 season, but they looked solid Tuesday in a win against Indiana.

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Soccer helps restore German pride

After making home with my German family in small Schwaebisch Hall for four days, I packed my bags again, this time to visit the bustling city of Stuttgart.

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Good cookware is never ‘purdy’

Whenever I take out my biscuit pan — and every Southern cook worth her salt and grease has one — I can’t help but shake my head.

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July 4 coming with a bang

Bombs will be bursting in air in the skies over Southwest Georgia over the next week, a series of colorful and noisy celebrations of the birth of the United States.

Lee OKs budget

The Lee County Commission OKs a $22 million operating budget for the fiscal year that starts Sunday.

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Right back at ya

American Legion’s Albany Post 30 evens the season series with Leesburg Post 182 on Tuesday with a 7-2 win at Paul Eames, thanks to big games from starting pitcher Matt Mears and slugger Tanner Stone.

Ealum appeals to citizens for charter school

The Albany College and Career Academy’s fate will likely be decided at today’s School Board meeting.

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It’s official: playoff plan approved for college football

After news broke of college football finally moving to a four-team playoff two weeks ago, presidents officially approve the plan Tuesday.

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Former Randolph-Clay, Georgia star Davis on verge of making NFL history

Former Randolph-Clay and UGA star linebacker Thomas Davis, who has had a great NFL career — but one that’s been plagued by injuries — is set to become the first player in NFL history to return from three ACL tears when the Carolina Panthers’ training camp starts next month.

Police/Fire/EMS - June 27, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 59 incidents

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Local band seeks votes; Flatts coming to Columbus

Unbreakable Bloodline of Albany are currently third in a national online contest that could win them a festival gig.

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Suspects wanted for officer assault

Albany Police Department investigators ask community for information to locate suspects.

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Museum director considered for position in Missouri

Nick Nelson has been serving as the executive director for the Albany Museum of Art since 2009.

Leesburg City Council approves 'tight' budget

The Leesburg City Council OKs a spending plan with a $2.5 million general fund and a $1.3 million water/sewer fund.

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Albany man remains in hospital after assault

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital reports a man in fair condition after a Saturday assault in bar parking lot.

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Williams-Brown complains about missing election signs

BOE at-large incumbent is locked in a tight race with challenger Lane Price.

Multimodal site voted down

Faced with raising taxes, the Albany City Commission on Tuesday voted 6-1 to give $50K to the Albany Civil Rights Institute.

States should act more neighborly

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court placed Georgia officials in the best position possible in the decades-long argument with Florida and Alabama over what has been known as the tri-state Water Wars.

Testing needed for assistance recipients

In a letter to the editor, Walt Specht of Leesburg says that testing is needed for assistance recipients.

Fear isn't needed to instill peace

In a letter to the editor, Marty Heldenberg of Parrott says that fear isn't needed to instill peace.

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Body of teen pulled from pool in Radium Springs

a teenager drowns just before 5:25 p.m. Tuesday at a residence on the 100 block of Rosewood Drive.

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Area's complainers could use a facelift

On a fairly regular basis, I hear people from this area bemoan their contention that Albany, and indeed, all of Southwest Georgia, needs "fixing." (Fixin' in the local vernacular.) Usually the complainers have all the answers needed to accommodate such a fix.

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For Obama, working for business was working for enemy

Mitt Romney's main argument for his presidential candidacy is that if voters want a leader who can fix the economy, they should elect someone who knows and understands FOR OBAMA, WORKING FOR BUSINESS WAS WORKING FOR ENEMY and likes -- business.

Squawk of the Day - June 27, 2012

Check out today's Squawk of the Day!

William Ross

William Ross, 58, Bainbridge, died June 25, 2012

Shirley Nell Heard Johnson

Shirley Nell Heard Johnson, 77, Brinson, died June 25, 2012

Roy Hill Thomas, Jr.

Roy Hill Thomas, Jr., Arlington, died June 20, 2012

Rutha Williams

Rutha Williams , Albany, died June 26, 2012

J. T. Morgan

J. T. Morgan, 75, Miller CO, died June 25, 2012

Roy Lamar Staines

Roy Lamar Staines 54, Augusta, died June 15, 2012

Ann Millican Helms

Ann Millican Helms, 91, Macon, died June 24, 2012

Sandra Mansfield

Sandra Mansfield, Sumter County, died June 25, 2012

Gloria Jean Burley

Gloria Jean Burley, 68, Camilla, died June 25, 2012

Ronnie L. Beaver

Ronnie L. Beaver, Albany, died June 26, 2012

Peggy Ann Hall Benford

Peggy Ann Hall Benford, 81, Albany, died June 23, 2012

Leola Graham Williams

Leola Graham Williams, 88, died June 26, 2012

Kearer Virginia Crawford

Kearer Virginia Crawford, 60, Albany, died June 23, 2012

Donald R. Zirkelbach

Donald R. Zirkelbach, 76, Albany, died June 24, 2012

Velvet Riggins appears before tribunal

The tribunal appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal has heard from prosecutors and the defense in Dougherty School Board member Velvet Riggins' school lunch case. The tribunal will make a recommendation to the governor on whether she should be removed from office pending the results of the case.

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Arizona knocks off two-time defending champ South Carolina to win national title

Arizona scores three runs in the top of the ninth and survives a scare in the bottom of the ninth to win its first national title since 1986.

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Richmond’s win sets up PIFL title matchup vs. Panthers

The Richmond Raiders hold off Louisiana in Monday’s semifinal game and will face Albany in the inaugural PIFL title game Saturday.