News for Friday, March 23, 2012

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Former Ebenezer pastor to preach at Albany church

An associate of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the Rev. Joseph Roberts headed historic Atlanta church for three decades.

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Phillip Phillips in his own words

Phillip Phillips continues to make the cut on "American Idol" in Hollywood.

Howard's town hall today

Commissioner Jon Howard invites residents to hear state Sen. Freddie Powell Sims speak at his town hall meeting.

Power boxes, doors, windows vandalized

Burglars risk electrocution in failed attempts to disable alarms at several convenience stores Thursday.

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Franklin: Take action

Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin spoke to Albany State University honor students Friday.

Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin challenges Albany State University honor students to put knowledge into action.

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Obamacare: The reckoning

Obamacare dominated the 2010 midterms, driving its Democratic authors to a historic electoral shellacking. But since then, the issue has slipped quietly underground.

Squawk of the Day - March 24, 2012

Check out today's Squawk of the Day!

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School accountability panel eyes new goals

A committee of the Dougherty Board of Education meets to discuss goals, including all teachers getting highly qualified ratings.

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Exchange Club honors woman for good deeds

The Exchange Club of Albany honors a woman for her quiet efforts to help those who need care and support.

Police/Fire/EMS report for March 24, 2012

APD responds to at least 43 incidents.

Charlie Mae Walker Floyd

Charlie Mae Walker Floyd, 97, Ashburn, died March 17, 2012

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FTC asks high court to hear hospital challenge

The “State Action Doctrine” is the issue the federal agency wants the high court to settle.

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MCLB bomb threat proves false

A note was found indicating a possible bomb had been planted at production building, officials say.

A note found Friday indicated a bomb had been placed at a production building, officials say.

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Drowning killed Houston

Houston drowned accidentally at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Feb. 11, and autopsy results revealed heart disease and her recent and chronic cocaine use were contributing factors.

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Worth ace Odom taking talents to NAIA Point U.

Rams pitcher Corey Odom signs to play on the next level Thursday at Point University in LaGrange.

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Pastornicky ends slump as Marlins, Braves tie, 5-5; Atlanta reliever Vizcaino out for season

Braves shortstop Tyler Pastornicky goes 4-for-5 on Thursday during a 5-5, 10-inning tie against the Miami Marlins.

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Darton softball blanks ABAC in DH, win streak now at 24 games

Despite boasting the NJCAA's longest winning streak at 24 games and a 30-1 record after Thursday's doubleheader rout of ABAC, the Darton College softball team is inexplicably dropped one spot in the latest Top 25 poll from No. 16 to No. 17.

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NCAA TOURNAMENT --- SWEET 16 ROUNDUP: No. 1 Michigan State sent packing by No. 4 Louisville; Syracuse, Ohio State, Florida all advance to Elite 8

The No. 1 seed Michigan State Spartans become the first top dog to bow out of the NCAA Tournament after No. 4 Louisville crushed them in the Sweet 16 on Thursday, 57-44, as Rick Pitino and the Cardinals advance to the Elite 8.

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NCAA TOURNAMENT --- SWEET 16 PREVIEW: Watford moves on from game winner against Kentucky, focuses on rematch

Indiana's Christian Watford has done all the talking he wants to about his game-winning 3-pointer that handed top-ranked Kentucky its only regular-season loss as the two teams get set to meet again in tonight's Sweet 16. (ADDS: breakout capsule of today's other Sweet 16 matchups)

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Chipper: For real this time, 2012 will be my final season

After saying recently he wasn’t sure he could even make it through this season — then backtracking a day later, saying he was only kidding — Braves veteran star Chipper Jones officially declares Thursday that 2012 will be his final professional year in the major leagues.

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THURSDAY'S PREP ROUNDUP: Deerfield dominates Sherwood in soccer sweep

In a showdown between South Georgia’s top private-school soccer programs Thursday, Deerfield’s boys and girls dominate rival Sherwood in a key region duel. (ADDS: items on Westwood, Baconton and Westover baseball; Sherwood golf)

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Spring in their step

Albany State continues its spring workouts with the annual Blue and Gold scrimmage today, and highlighting the game will be quarterbacks Blaize Schaeffer and Keenan Grissett, who are currently battling to replace 2011 starter Stanley Jennings.

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Sherwood star RB Green headed to Olivet-Nazarene

Sherwood Christian Academy running back Mack “M.J.’’ Green signs a football scholarship with Olivet Nazerene University on Thursday.

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Trial for alleged Auburn tree poisoner slated for June

Harvey Updyke Jr., the self-professed Alabama fan who is accused of poisoning the famed oak trees at Auburn’s Toomer’s Corner, is scheduled to go on trial in June.

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UGA star WR Mitchell to also play on defense

The Bulldogs’ coaching staff sees nothing but upside to allowing star receiver Malcolm Mitchell the chance to play both offense and defense in 2012.

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Lopez golf event enters 26th year

LPGA Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez may no longer live in Albany, but she wouldn’t dare miss her annual golf outing that benefits the local Albany Community Hospice for anything.

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