News for Friday, June 29, 2012

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WIMBLEDON: Federer survives against 29th-seeded Benneteau

Roger Federer overcame a two-set deficit Friday at Wimbledon to avoid his earliest Grand Slam exit since 2004.

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NBA DRAFT: Former SGTC hoops star Crowder taken at No. 34; DWS grad Young not drafted

Marquette forward and former South Georgia Tech star Jae Crowder was picked 34th late Thursday in the NBA draft by Cleveland but was quickly dealt to the Dallas Mavericks in a multi-player deal, while DWS grad Andre Young wasn't drafted.

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Before we go ...

Several of the Panthers’ best players are talking about hanging it up, but before they retire they want to win one more championship.

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OLYMPIC TRIALS: Albany native Taylor advances to finals in 400 hurdles

Albany native Angelo Taylor ran a 48.77 in the 400-meter hurdles to win his semifinal race at Friday’s U.S. Olympic Team Trials. (ADDS: Bainbridge's Ty Akins, former ASU star Ronnie McGirt, U.S.A. swimmers)

Thermometer hits dangerous levels

This is a hot weekend, even by Southwest Georgia standards.

Americans being led down primrose path

Page Two thinks America needs to wake up. It's obvious from The Squawkbox that many people are uninformed and or ignorant.

U.S. government needs new direction

I just read the reactions to the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision to uphold the 2009 health reform act. It was not surprising to read the favorable reaction of U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Albany.

Property owner concerned with officials

As a property owner in Dougherty County, I would like to comment on a couple of statements made in the Tuesday edition of The Herald.

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UGA star RB Crowell kicked off team after felony weapons charges

The former No. 1 RB recruit in the nation, Isaiah Crowell, is kicked off the team after he is arrested for felony weapon charges at an Athens checkpoint early Friday morning. (UPDATED: 6 p.m.)

Police/Fire/EMS - June 30, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 61 incidents

Men attack barber in Broad barbershop

Three black men stabbed a barber at Gene’s Barbershop, 1309 W. Broad Ave., at about 4 p.m. Friday.

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Marines open gates for holiday celebration

The Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany opens the gates Friday for a prelude celebration of the Fourth of July.

Albany endures violent night

Violent actions bookend midnight in Albany on Thursday.

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Worth OKs budget

A controversial Worth County budget is approved without change.

Lee County Commissioners approve low paving bid

Reeves Construction Co. wins a paving bid for a Lee County road.

Squawk of the Day - June 30, 2012

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Congress halts rise in student loan rate

Congress emphatically approved legislation Friday preserving jobs on transportation projects from coast to coast and avoiding interest rate increases on new loans to millions of college students, giving lawmakers campaign-season bragging rights on what may be their biggest economic achievement before the November elections.

Lee officials discuss LOST distribution

LOST fund allocations for Lee County will be determined by a special "compromise committee" in the future.

Voncile Fleming

Voncile Fleming 93 of Albany, GA formerly of Elba, AL departed this life Thursday, June 28, 2012

William Lee

William Henry Lee (H. Lee), 78, of Albany, passed away on Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Shirley Blankenship

Shirley Ann Beckham Blankenship 81 of Edison died June 29, 2012

Mae Hayward

Mae Frances Hayward, 59, of Albany, died Friday, June 22, 2012

Eldora Harrell

Eldora Harrell, 76, of Albany passed away Thursday, June 28th

Thelma Freeman

Thelma Ellis Freeman, 91, of Blakely died on June 28, 2012

Lillian Broxton

Mrs. Lillian Deloris Broxton, age 89, passed away Thursday, June 28, 2012

Walter Foreman

Mr. Walter Foreman died Thursday June 28, 2012

Mable Ervin

Mrs. Mable Ervin of Cuthbert died on June 28, 2012

James Sanders

Mr. James Sanders, 63, of Albany died on June 29, 2012

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Zimmerman bond hearing set for today (UPDATE: No decision)

A judge will weigh several factors Friday in deciding whether to set bond for the neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot Trayvon Martin.

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The Comeback

Pelham’s Jeffrey Murray was at the lowest of lows after losing his brother to colon cancer and nearly dying himself in a car accident, but he has been able to turn his life around all thanks to the sport of boxing, and Saturday that long journey comes full circle when he makes his professional debut at what is believed to be the first-ever fight night held at the U.S. 19 Dragway in Albany. (ADDS: breakout on Albany fighters Roscoe, Warren also making pro debuts Saturday)

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U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS: Bainbridge’s Akins on verge of realizing Olympic dreams

Former Bainbridge track & field star Ty Akins is a strong showing away this weekend at the trials in Oregon from qualifying for next week’s Summer Olympics in the 110-meter hurdles. (ADDS: note on former ASU star Brandon Roulhac reaching triple jump finals Thursday)

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PANTHERS NOTEBOOK: Davis says he has 'no idea' whether Kennedy or Lester will start at QB in title game

Darnell Kennedy led Albany in a rout of Columbus last week in the semis, but Cecil Lester, who is almost 100 percent after his knee injury, is 10-0 as the starter making the call as to who starts in Saturday’s title game a tough one. (ADDS: items on Panthers firing back at Lions coach for calling Albany "classless"; Raiders' short week before championship game).

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NBA DRAFT: Hornets — as expected — draft UK’s Davis No. 1; Hawks snag Vandy sharpshooter Jenkins at No. 23, Virginia's Scott at No. 43

New Orleans surprises no one Thursday when it makes Anthony Davis the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, while Atlanta picks up a high-scorer in Vandy's John Jenkins at No. 23 and Virginia's Mike Scott at No. 43. (ADDS: fulll draft list)

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NBA NOTEBOOK: Warriors coach Jackson the target of extortion by ex-stripper girlfriend; Wade to have surgery, won't play in Olympics

Married Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson helps the FBI nab a former stripper with whom he had an affair, as well as her accomplice, in an attempt to extort six figures.

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Young's 9th-inning HR helps D'Backs avoid sweep by Braves

Chris Young hits a homer off Braves closer Craig Kimbrel --- the first dinger he's allowed all season --- in the ninth inning to lift Arizona to a 3-2 victory Thursday night in Atlanta.

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WIMBLEDON: No. 100 Rosol sends No. 2 Nadal home in one of biggest upsets in grand slam history; Roddick, Serena roll

Most of the Americans advance Thursday at Wimbledon, but the same couldn’t be said for No. 2 seed and French Open champ Rafael Nadal, who suffers arguably the worst defeat of his decorated career and is out after just the second round. (ADDS: breakout on Karlovic accusing Wimbledon linesmen of cheating to help local favorite Murray win second-round match)

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