News for Wednesday, March 28, 2012


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NCAA TOURNAMENT --- FINAL FOUR: Louisville, Kentucky ready for their own version of ‘Civil War’

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino and Kentucky coach John Calipari will meet Saturday in the Final Four in what’s being called the biggest sporting event in the state’s history, and neither coach is downplaying the significance of the game, which pits two of college basketball’s bests coaches — and bitter rivals — against one another.

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Not even close to the elite: East top dog Bulls embarrass Hawks at home

The Hawks continue to be one of the NBA’s average, middle-of-the-road teams as they fail to put up much of a fight Wednesday during a 98-77 home beating by the Bulls, who roll past Atlanta, despite not having the services once again of reigning league MVP Derrick Rose.

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LOCAL COLLEGE/PREP ROUNDUP: Darton softball moves up to No. 13 in national poll

The Darton sofball team, which has won 28 games in a row and is now 34-1 for the season, moved up moved up to No. 13 in the nation in the NJCAA poll. (Includes items on Albany State softball players being honored, ASU track & field and the Deerfield-Windsor, Sherwood Christian, Westwood, Southland track & field meet). l

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Darton baseball earns first ever national ranking

The new NJCAA Top 25 Poll is released Wednesday, and the Darton College baseball team finds itself among the best in the nation for the first time in school history.

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Done deal: Magic Johnson, ex-Braves president Kasten buys Dodgers for $2 billion

Magic Johnson will be the face of the Los Angeles Dodgers as their new owner, while former Braves exec Stan Kasten will oversee operations.

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Nothing but net

In a little less than a month, Albany’s own Zocko Littleton Jr., 8, and Jordan Brown, 11, will take their free-throw sharpshooting skills to Springfield, Mass. — the birthplace of basketball — where they’ll be two of 12 young hoopsters, who beat out 93,000 others, competing for prestigious Elks “Hoop Shoot” national titles.

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Swinging time in Vegas left me rattled

For the first time in my sheltered life, I went to Las Vegas. Sodom and Gomorra look like a tent revival compared to Vegas.

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Braves tie Yanks, 5-5, thanks to Heyward’s late HR

Jason Heyward seems to be finding his groove in spring training as he makes an amazing catch to rob a home run Wednesday, then jacks a game-tying home run in the bottom of the ninth to ensure Atlanta escapes its duel with the Yankees with nothing less than a tie.

Johnson deserves suitable memorial

As I sit in North Carolina and check out, I have to frown on my great city. Regardless of my travels, I'm so proud to tell individuals that I'm from Albany, Ga. However, as I read the article titled "Fighting for his father's legacy" (March 25), I sit in dismay with the majority of reactions to Mr. Johnnie Johnson.

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Pipeline Fight Lost Cause

To hear the White House tell it, Barack Obama might be the most pipeline-friendly president ever to occupy the Oval Office.

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Newt, it's all over except for the typing

All the indicators point to a decision by Georgian Newt Gingrich to give up his presidential campaign and return home and leave the Republican contest to Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.

Squawk of the Day, March 29, 2012

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Man pleads guilty to three bank robberies gets 19 years in prison

Imad Ata Sihwail, 35, of Wauchula, Fla., was sentenced to almost 20 years in prison for bank robbery Monday by Senior United States Judge Hugh Lawson, said Michael J. Moore, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia.

Gunshot victim in good condition

Darrell Morris, 32, is in good condition after suffering a gunshot wound to his leg at about 8:32 p.m. Tuesday, a Phoebe Putney Memorial hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Knights of Columbus to host coin and money show

New to the annual Albany Coin and Money show this year is an educational program aimed at youngsters interested in coin collecting.

Vocational rehab public hearings to be held in Albany

Public hearings are scheduled at various sites next month to discuss Georgia's vocational rehabilitation plan.

The Buzz - March 29, 2012

The Buzz - March 29, 2012

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Group set to host home-school expert

A local home-school association will host a lecture on developing high school curriculum and paying for college.

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Supreme Court ponders whether health care law survives if mandate falls

The Supreme Court on Wednesday sounded out the notion that most of a major health care law could survive even if its most controversial provision were struck down.

Police/Fire/EMS - March 29, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 40 incidents.

Funeral home owner indicted for vault thefts

A Dougherty County grand jury indictes Johnny Litman III on six counts of theft by receiving stolen burial vaults.

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Trayvon Inc: Fla teen's case turns into brand

From the T-shirt and hoodie sales to trademarking slogans like "Justice for Trayvon" to the pass-the-hat rallies that bring in thousands, the case of an unarmed black teenager killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer is quickly turning into an Internet-fueled brand.

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Details emerge on Heritage demolition deal

City commissioners voted Tuesday to buy the former Heritage House property from Oxford Construction once its been leveled.

Albany City Commissioners voted Tuesday to buy the former Heritage House property from Oxford Construction Co. once it’s been leveled.

Nathan Toal

Nathan James Toal, 15, died Monday afternoon, March 26, 2012

Deriko Coleman

With regret we announce the death of Deriko Savalas Coleman of Uvalda

Armigene Hall

Armigene Hall, 79, of Dougherty County, GA, died Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Eddie Williams

Mr. Eddie Lewin Williams, 66, of Sylvester, passed away, Monday, March 26, 2012

Bertha Reddick

A Memorial and Homegoing Celebration for Mrs. Bertha M. Reddick will be held on March 31, 2012

Johnny Robinson, Sr.

Johnny Merrell Robinson, Sr. age 88, of Cairo, GA passed away Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Alfonso Stokes

Mr. Alfonso Stokes 75, of Albany died Wednesday, March 28, 2012

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Maschke will not seek fourth term

A 12-year member of the Dougherty County School Board says he wants to focus on his family and career.

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Mega Millions jackpot skyrockets

The Mega Millions jackpot is now more than a half-billion dollars.

James Sorrell

Mr. James Sorrell of Albany died March 19, 2012

Earlene Swanger

Mrs. Earlene Gay Walker Delawder-Swanger, 83, of Albany died Monday March 12, 2012

Douglas Wills

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

Patsy King

Mrs. Patsy Diane King, 52, of Albany died on March 27, 2012

Bessie Peterson

Mrs. Bessie L. Peterson of Sylvester, Georgia, departed this life on Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Iva Edwards

Iva Rebecca Edwards, 70, of Irwin County, died Tuesday, March 27, 2012

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Black farmers file claims in USDA settlement

A second settlement approved by a court in October 2011 is giving another chance to black farmers with discrimination claims who were left out of the first Pigford settlement.

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Late goal from El Salvador ends Olympic hopes for American men's soccer team

The United States men's soccer team won't play in the Olympics for just the second time since 1976, thanks to El Salvador's Jaime Alas, who scores a miracle last-second goal late Monday night.

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LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Darton’s late push to beat No. 1 Meridian comes up short

The Cavs lose for the fourth time this season to Meridian, which won the Lou Hart Invitational by four strokes despite Darton sophomore Joe Sakulpolphaisan running away with the individual title. (ADDS: Items on GSW golf, Darton baseball, Darton softball)

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Georgia native Westbrook a soft-spoken hero

Herald guest columnist Loran Smith writes about Cardinal pitcher Jake Westbrook, a native of Ila, Ga., who was instrumental in St. Louis' World Series title last season.

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Freeman hits two home runs to lead Braves past Mets, 7-5

Freddie Freeman lifts the Braves to a spring training win against the Mets — who Atlanta will open the regular season against on April 5 — by hitting two home runs.

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Posey turns 25, catches for ace Lincecum for first time this spring

Lee County native Buster Posey catches for Giants ace Tim Linecum in Tuesday's spring training game against the Angels, and on his 25th birthday, the final hurdle left for Posey to clear during his comeback from a broken ankle is to play nine innings.