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NFL rocks Saints for bounty program

For running an illegal bounty program, Saints head coach Sean Payton becomes the first head coach in NFL history to be suspended — receiving a one-year ban Wednesday — while former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is out indefinitely and New Orleans GM Mickey Loomis gets eight games.

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ASU pitcher Nesbitt receives prestigious state honor

John Ken Nesbitt is honored by the state of Georgia on Tuesday night for being a role model in the classroom, off the field and on the baseball diamond for Albany State.

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GHSA changes prep football practice rules for all teams

Several drastic changes are made by the GHSA this week as to how high school football teams around the state can conduct their practices, effective immediately, in response to the rise of heat-related deaths among prep athletes around the country.

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NCAA TOURNAMENT -- SWEET 16: Gators emerging as national title contender

After a rough end to the regular season, the emerging sleeper pick to win it all this year is none other than the No. 7-seeded Florida Gators, who creamed their first two opponents with defense and 3-point shooting to set up a Sweet 16 showdown tonight against No. 3 seed Marquette. (ADDS: breakout of today's Sweet 16 TV schedule, capsules of the other three games)

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Broncos trade Tebow to Jets after long ordeal

Around noon Wednesday, it looked like a done deal to send Broncos QB Tim Tebow to the Jets, but as the day wore on, the deal hit a snag, then was eventually worked out.

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A fruit fly walked into a bar and ...

I remember somewhere around junior high school studying genetics. All the studies seemed to revolve around the behavior of fruit flies.

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Island territories play key role in election

On March 14, the Romney campaign's political director, Rich Beeson, sent out a message touting Mitt Romney's recent delegate pickups. Yes, Rick Santorum had won Alabama, Mississippi and Kansas, Beeson said, but "Governor Romney's wins over the same period in Wyoming, the Northern Marianas, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Hawaii and American Samoa have helped expand his delegate lead, pushing him closer to the nomination."

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Romney can count, but can he connect?

Two words help explain why Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008: organization and engagement. Mitt Romney's team has closely studied Obama's model in setting up his campaign structure.

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Second turn lane added on Ledo Road

The Georgia Department of Transportation paint arrows opening both of Ledo Road's lanes for eastbound traffic to make left turns.

Albany poised to celebrate industry

Labor Commissioner Mark Butler will speak at the upcoming Albany-Dougherty EDC luncheon.

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Price announces candidacy for Dougherty School Board

Lane Price says that only a high standard of values can heal what's wrong with the Dougherty County School System.

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Man jailed; 20 pit bulls sent to shelter

A man with five pit bull puppies and 15 adult pit bulls chained in his yard faces cruelty to animals charges.

Police/Fire/EMS - March 21, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 31 incidents

Four men, two armed, break into apartment

Entering through a window at about 1:40 a.m., Wednesday, four men, two armed with guns, attempted to hold up 24-year-old Dontavis Wright in his 2100 block of Gordon Avenue apartment, stated an Albany Police Department report.

Two on bicycle injured in wreck

Two men on one bicycle were injured when they collided with a tractor-trailer about 2:22 a.m. Wednesday on Clark Avenue at Cone Street, according to an Albany Police Department report.

Wright set as speaker at ACRI Community Night

The celebrated motivational speaker will talk about nonviolence and reconciliation.

Rabid fox killed by DCPD officer

The fox was fatally shot after it attacked a woman and a dog Tuesday in Dougherty’s Willow Nook neighborhood, authorities say.

Squawk of the day - March 22, 2012

Check out today's squawk of the day!

Police/Fire/EMS - March 22, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 31 incidents.

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DCSS BOE approves five interim principals

Another teacher implicated in CRCT probe will retire in May

A teacher cited in state probe of 2009 CRCT scores will retire in May.

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Franklin to headline ASU convocation

Shirley Franklin will be the speaker Friday for ASU’s annual Honors Day Convocation.

Rance Taylor, Jr.

Rance John Taylor, Jr., 78, died Monday, March 19, 2012

Charles Lashley, Jr.

Charles Donnal Lashley, Jr., 50, of Blakely died March 20, 2012

Elisabeth Deal

Mrs. Elisabeth H. Deal, 76, of Sylvester died Monday March 19, 2012

Ester Chappell

Mrs. Ester Chappell of Sumter County died on March 21, 2012

Raymond Hepner

Raymond M. Hepner, 69 of Albany, GA died Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Eva Wright

Eva Bell Wright, 75, of Albany died on March 21, 2012

Malissa Stokes

Malissa D. Stokes, 90, of Albany died March 19, 2012

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Albany commission to consider maps April 3

Four different city ward maps have been developed, all of which should pass Justice Department scrutiny, officials say.

With the help of one of the state's foremost authorities on redistricting, city staffers have prepared four new maps of redrawn city wards to present to commissioners April 3.

Henry Salter, Jr.

Henry Salter, Jr. died on March 15, 2012

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Tim Tebow traded from Broncos to Jets

Quarterback Tim Tebow has been traded from the Denver Broncos to the New York Jets

Joe Carter, Jr.

Mr. Joe Carter, Jr. of Americus died on March 20, 2012

Melanie Brown

Melanie W. Brown, 26, of Leesburg, GA, died Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Charles D. Beall

Charles D. Beall, 79, of Columbus died on March 15, 2012

Betty Spell

Betty L. Spell, 70, of Pelham died on March 19, 2012

Mamie Harris

Mamie Harris, 61, of Camilla, died Tuesday, March 20, 2012

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Ex-UGA, Steelers WR great Ward retires

Rather than finish his career outside of Pittsburgh, Hines Ward — the former third-round pick out of Georgia — elects to retire.

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NCAA TOURNAMENT: Ga. Tech women win, reach first Sweet 16

The No. 4-seeded Lady Yellow Jackets have no problem with No. 5 seed Georgetown on Tuesday in the NCAA Tournament’s Round of 32, sending Georgia Tech to the Sweet 16 for the first time in history.

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COLLEGE ROUNDUP: UGA baseball tops Ga. Tech; Bulldogs RB Thomas decides to transfer

Late Tuesday night, the Bulldogs' baseball team hammers the rival Yellow Jackets, 7-1, in the first meeting of the season between the two programs, while Georgia RB Carlton Thomas decides Tuesday to trasnfer.

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TUESDAY'S PREP/LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Deerfeld boys, girls soccer beat Brookwood, sets up big showdown Thursday with rival Sherwood

Both the Deerfield soccer teams win Tuesday, as does Sherwood, to set up a showdown for first in Region 3-AAA on Thursday. (ADDS: items on Lee County boys, girls soccer; Sherwood boys soccer; Sherwood golf; and GSW golf and baseball)

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TUESDAY'S PREP BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Trojans beat up Bearcats, win third straight; DWS, Pelham, Westwood all win

Lee County, which has bounced back from a four-game losing streak, wins its third in a row Tuesday night with a 12-2 mercy-rule win against Region 1-AAAA rival Bainbridge.

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Manning signs five-year, $96M deal with Denver; Tebow's future is uncertain

Denver is now officially the new home of one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history as Peyton Manning signs a deal Tuesday to become the new face of the franchise after splitting with the Colts this offseason.

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PANTHERS NOTEBOOK: DB Rue earns PIFL POW after breakout game; Boyer also honored; Albany has strong attendance showing in opener

Panthers defensive back Corey Rue’s interception return for a touchdown Saturday against Richmond lifted Albany to a victory in its season opener, and Tuesday he was named the PIFL Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career. John Millikan

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Verlander, Tigers hammer Braves, 7-2

Braves starter Jair Jurrjens gives up seven runs in five innings and is outpitched by Detroit's Justin Verlander, who shut down Atlanta in both team's first nationally televised spring training game.

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