News for Wednesday, March 14, 2012


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NFL ROUNDUP: Marshall accused of punching woman in NYC; Hillis signs with Chiefs

Brandon Marshall just became the marquee wide receiver that the Bears have been seeking for years, but the former Dolphin is making headlines for something else — punching a woman in a New York City nightclub, and also Wednesday the the Chiefs sign ex-Browns star running back Peyton Hillis.

Garbage fee in voters' hands

A decision by the Lee County Commission to have garbage collection fees added to local property tax bills appears to be headed to the county's voters if the Georgia Supreme Court agrees that the board had the power to make that decision.

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The real bias shown in 'Game Change'

Several critics, most of them conservatives, have complained that "Game Change," the HBO movie made from the best-selling 2008 presidential campaign book, portrays Sarah Palin as profoundly stupid. Indeed it does.

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LOCAL COLLEGE/PREP ROUNDUP: Darton College to host prep all-star games Friday

Darton College will host the Southwest Georgia Senior Showcase on Friday night in many area players' final chance to impress college scouts. (ADDS: items on GSW baseball stomping ASU, 15-2; GSW golf finishing 11th at Valdosta tourney)

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Election outcome is in women's hands

It's the women, stupid! Barack Obama cannot win re-election without piling up a sizable majority among female voters. Sorry, fellas, but the ladies will pick the next president.

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NBA ROUNDUP: D'Antoni resigns as Knicks coach

In the midst of a losing streak and under heavy pressure in the Big Apple, Knicks head coach Mike D’Antoni resigns Wednesday.

Agerton Observatory to host open house

Georgia Southwestern State University's Agerton Observatory will host an open house at 8 p.m. Friday. This event is free. Members of the public are invited to observe Venus, Jupiter and Mars.

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Cali kid Snaer emerges as leader for Florida St.

Michael Snaer isn’t just the guy who hit the big shot against Duke earlier this season to lift the Seminoles to a most improbable win — he has become FSU’s go-to guy in all facets of the team’s attack.

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Braves score rare spring win

Jason Heyward homers off Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg on Wednesday to earn the Braves just their second win in spring training.

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Darrisaw to begin campaign Monday

The Dougherty magistrate is expected to qualify to run for State Court Judge.

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ADDU needs help locating drug suspect

A probation followup on Carlos Bryon Reliford, 33, uncovered $46,400 in cocaine and marijuana at his home Tuesday, police say.

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Monroe student named 'Youth of Year'

Marcus Ford was honored Wednesday evening by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Albany.

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Attorney Warren to seek court seat

Current State Court Judge John Salter is expected to announce his retirement before election qualifying begins in May.

Student accused of identity theft

Earnest Lee Williams, 17, is accused of stealing the private information of roughly 70 students.

New details emerge on gambling sting

The owner of a long-distance calling card store chain, as well as two employees, were listed in an indictment filed earlier this week in DeKalb County Superior Court.

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A guide to the 2012 NCAA Tournament

The Associated Press breaks down this year’s NCAA Tournament — which officially begins today now that the play-in games are over — with players to watch out for, upset picks, the most interesting early-round matchups and what mid-majors could make a run at the title this season.

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Off to best start in history, Darton softball (26-1) feeling overlooked

At 26-1, the Lady Cavaliers are off to their best start in the history of the program and have one of the best records in the country — but for some reason they are ranked No. 16 in the national poll.

Police/Fire/EMS - March 15, 2012

APD responds to at least 35 incidents

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In Cecil they trust

Panthers quarterback Cecil Lester, who went from a backup role to leading the Panthers to the SIFL title a year ago, starts the new season as the leader and glue of the team.

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Marz leaving top SunTrust position

The veteran banking executive came to Albany almost 10 years ago.

Squawk of the day - March 15, 2012

Check out today's squawk of the day!

Tammie Duke

Tammie Gail Duke, 47, of Albany, GA, died Tuesday March 13, 2012

Lillian Blinstrup

Lillian Blinstrup, 90, of Elkton, South Dakota passed away, Friday, March 9, 2012

Ayleen Sumner

Mrs. Ayleen Catherine Sumner, 92, passed away at her residence on Tuesday evening March 13, 2012

William Hopkins, Jr.

William Goeffrey "Billy" Hopkins Jr., age 20 of Navarre, FL passed away on Friday, March 9, 2012

Shirley McKinney

Shirley Middlebrooks Buchanan McKinney of Lady Lake, Florida, passed away peacefully in her sleep on 11 March 2012

Summer Lassiter

Little Miss Summer Grace Lassiter of Tifton died Monday, March 12, 2012

Essie Cook

Mrs. Essie Cook, 87, of Albany died Monday, March 12, 2012

Penny Wells

Mrs. Penny Leigh Wells, 56, of Albany died on Wednesday March 13, 2012

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Bacon may bring you closer to heaven

Just in case there is not enough news from the city of Detroit to disgust you, I’ll add one new tidbit. You may have seen where Amanda Clayton won $1 million in the lottery and was then followed by Channel 4 Detroit News, which showed her still purchasing food on a Bridge card, which is the state version of food stamps in Michigan.

Mary Brown

Mary Long Brown, 84, of Bainbridge, GA, passed away Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Vivian Rehkugler

Mrs. Vivian Rehkugler, 80 of Albany, passed away March 12, 2012

Jessie Hurley

Ms. Jessie Mae Hurley 74 of Tifton,Ga departed this life Wednesday March 14, 2012

Mattie Osby

Mrs. Mattie Ruth Osby 85 of Ty Ty ,Ga, departed this life Sunday March 11, 2012

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Darrisaw, Warren to run for State Court judge

Victoria Darrisaw, a magistrate for Dougherty County, will launch a campaign to become State Court judge Monday. Albany attorney Chris Warren announced earlier this week that he is seeking the judgeship.

Home invasion victim arrested

An armed robbery on North Ingleside Drive resulted in the arrest of one of the victims on a drug charge.

Henry Marlin, Jr.

Bro. Henry Marlin, Jr., 86 of Cuthbert, GA died on Thursday, March 08, 2012