News for Monday, March 26, 2012

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Ga. Tech begins spring with bad news on Burnett

Georgia Tech announces some bad news Monday at spring practice — senior linebacker Julian Burnett is unlikely to play this season.

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Top talent defines this year’s Final Four in New Orleans

Kentucky, Kansas, Ohio State and even Louisville have plenty of future NBA players on their teams, but it isn’t always easy to win in college with a bench full of future stars.

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Tebow the Jet: Celebrity backup meets New York media

Tim Tebow is officially introduced to New York on Monday, and the new backup quarterback for the Jets says all the right things about starter Mark Sanchez, insisting that he and Sanchez “have a great relationship.”

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MONDAY'S PREP ROUNDUP: Westwood shuts down Valwood, 13-0

Starting pitcher Tyler Classon improves to 2-0 on the mound with a five-inning shutout Monday against Valwood. (ADDS: Items on DWS baseball, Crisp Academy baseball, DWS tennis, DWS soccer)

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Darton loses opening-round lead, falls 10 shots behind No. 1 Meridian

The Cavs shot a tournament-best 294 in Monday morning’s opening round of the Lou Hart Invitational, but nationally-ranked No. 1 Meridian Community College rallies in the afternoon to overtake Darton. (ADDS: Georgia Southwestern men's golf at Bearcat Invitational).

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Auburn opens spring with backfield battles

The Tigers open spring practice Friday with competitions at both quarterback — where three signal callers are in the running for the starting spot — and running back.

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Fits just fine

Tiger Woods climbed back into the Top 10 with his win Sunday in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, but he is treating it as a routine victory despite the fact that it ended a 2 1/2-year drought on the PGA Tour.

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Stop the silence when it comes to child sexual abuse

Shhh. If I had a voice I would tell you that you cannot afford to stay silent. I would ask you to please help me.

Police/Fire/EMS - March 27, 2012

Albany Police Department responds to at least 70 incidents

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Students take on Habitat build

Students from colleges in Pennsylvania and Illinois give up their spring break to build houses in Southwest Georgia.

Three found dead at Tift residence

The GBI and the Tift County Sheriff's Office launch a joint investigation into a double murder-suicide.

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Lee BOE discusses budget, SPLOST IV

The new Lee County Elementary School is currently under construction at a cost of nearly $18 million.

No charges filed in Whispering Pines crash

An Albany man is in stable condition after crashing into a tree off of Whispering Pines Road.

Burglary suspects charged with possession of marijuana

Two Albany men were charged with burglary and possession of marijuana in connection to an attempted ATM break-in.

Black college alumni lecture series to visit ASU

A six-person panel will discuss "Strengthening HBCUs to Meet the Needs of the Future" at Albany State University.

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APD looks for assault suspect

An Albany man is thought to be connected to an aggravated assault incident that took place Saturday.

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Arguments begin before Supreme Court in historic health law case

Supreme Court justices on Tuesday will enter the second and most crucial day of historic, closely watched arguments that could determine whether most Americans will have to buy health care coverage or pay penalties.

What's different about Trayvon Martin?

If you watch the news in any large city you are probably desensitized to stories about crime involving young black men.

Health care law circus hits town

If there are any doubts as to how big the case that started Monday before the U.S. Supreme Court is, you only need to look at how much time the justices have given for arguments. (You can find a pdf of the transcript of Monday's arguments and a link to the Supreme Court website for audio in the editorial.)

Squawk of the day - March 27, 2012

Check out today's squawk of the day!

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Bills signal state's open for business

The past few years have not been easy for our state. Georgia took a tough hit during the last recession, and we have all heard about or experienced the impacts of a down economy firsthand.

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Older Americans deserve our tribute

Watching the recent Peanut Proud Parade move around Blakely's old Courthouse Square got me to thinking about the things that are really important to small-town citizens, our fellow Georgians and, dare I say with trepidation, a vast majority of Americans.

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Chief: Dougherty County is 'safe'

Crime statistics released by the Dougherty County Police show calls for service were up 3.9 percent from last year.

Crime statistics released by Dougherty County Police show calls for service were up 3.9 percent from last year.

Peggy Urash

Mrs. Peggy Israel Urash age 53 passed away at DeKalb Medical Center in Atlanta Saturday afternoon March 24, 2012

Alvin Blackmon, Sr.

Mr. Alvin Blackmon, Sr., 77, of Chicago, IL did on March 24, 2012

Elaine Croft

Elaine Croft, Leesburg, died March 22, 2012

Eva Wright

Eva Bell Wright, 74, of Albany died on March 21, 2012

Mary Martin

Sister Mary Lee Martin, 72, of Albany died on March 25, 2012

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Dougherty public employees health care costs down

County officials say a number of factors has contributed to savings that have employee health care operating in the black.

Jack Blankenship

Jack Blankenship, 54, of Cuthbert died on March 24, 2012

Lathey McKinney

Mrs. Lathey McKinney of Albany died on March 21, 2012

Edward Hayes

Mr. Edward Hayes, 62, of Bainbridge died on March 24, 2012

John Peterson

Mr. John "Butch" Peterson, 59, of Fowlstown died on March 26, 2012

Carrie Eldridge

Carrie Jean Eldridge, 86, of Fitzgerald, Georgia died March 25, 2012

Douglas Wills

Mr. Douglas Bernard Wills, 73, of Albany died Sunday March 25, 2012

Lelia Keaton

Mrs. Lelia M. Keaton, 85, of Cordele died Sunday

Linda Sheffield

Linda K. Sheffield, 68, of Fitzgerald, died Saturday, March 24, 2012

Obama warns N. Korea, Iran their options are few

President Barack Obama warned North Korea and Iran on Monday that their options are few and their friends fewer.

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Jurrjens makes case for being Opening Day starter with strong outing in 11-1 win

Jair Jurrjens has had some tough starts this spring but he makes his case to be the Braves' Opening Day starter with a strong performance on Sunday in an 11-1 win against Houston.

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Stewart wins wet Fontana

Tony Stewart wins his second NASCAR race of the season Sunday in the rain-shortened race at Fontana, where the race ended 71 laps short because of the weather.

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Kansas drops Tar Heels to reach Final Four

Tyshawn Taylor busts out with a 22-point game to lead Kansas past North Carolina, 80-67.

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