News for Saturday, March 31, 2012


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Johnson wants improvement after sloppy spring practice

Georgia Tech lost 20 fumbles last season — tied for the most in the nation — and the same types of problems plague the offense during Saturday’s scrimmage.

Squawk of the Day, April 1, 2012

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Births April 1 2012

Unless otherwise noted, the following births took place at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany from March 19-March 25.

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Looking Back April 1

Each week Albany Herald researcher Mary Braswell looks for interesting events, places and people from the past. You can contact her at (229) 888-9371 or

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Eating right, activity improve ‘golden years’

Advances in medicine over the past century have resulted in declines in infectious diseases and increases in the average lifespan. As a result, chronic diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and certain cancers have now become the top causes of death.

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I’ll take ‘baby food’ for $200, Alex

It was, in my opinion, awkward.

Cooper, Rocky Ridge looking for big, bad truck

A Big Bad Truck contest will be part of country singer Colt Ford’s Declaration of Independence Tour that kicks off in Sasser.

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Country's Ford ready to declare 'Independence'

Country music star Colt Ford is kicking off his lateest 20-city tour at the Sasser Flea Market Friday night.

Community Calendar for April 1, 2012

Here are a list of activities for Southwest Georgia.

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Cheshire: Rachals has forgotten foundation

A veteran law enforcement officer is challenging Lee County's incumbent sheriff in the July 31 Republican primary.

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Hillard ready to move forward with orchestra

The conductor of the Albany Symphony Orchestra says he will "redouble" his efforts to earn the community's trust.

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Albany has history up in the air

The Albany Municipal Airfield has transformed itself over the years from a military training facility to a commercial airline service provider.

Neighborhood watch means watch and report

Local neighborhood watch organization representatives disavow the use of firearms in their role.

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Albany Police continue search for 2008 killer

Albany Police Department officers need help to find evidence and close the mystery of the John Lewis Barbre murder.

Obama puts squeeze on Iranian ambitions

here may be more pain at the pump coming as the United States clamps down on Iran financially. On Friday, President Obama said he was staying the course with the strategy of drying up Iran’s oil revenues in an attempt to force the regime there to abandon its pursuit of nuclear weapon development.

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Kitchen inspections for April 1, 2012

Here are the results of recent kitchen inspections from Dougherty, Lee and Worth counties.

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“War on Women” rhetoric a smokescreen

“This is what a feminist looks like.” So proclaimed Barry Lynn, president of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. He proudly held up a T-shirt bearing the declaration at a feminist forum a few blocks away from the White House. It was really a political pep rally,

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'Treat Place' now a calling

Donna Driskell attempting to revitalize the Corner Cafe on Dawson Road.

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On the Job with Jerry Doyal

Albany Herald writer Jim West holds a Q&A with Jerry Doyal, owner on Doyal's on Oglethorpe Blvd. and Doyal's Costume Rental in the Village Green Shopping Center.

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Maschke’s decision par for Albany course

You built a house of cards, And got shocked when you saw them fall. — The White Stripes Albany, once the proud crown jewel of Georgia’s southern region, has an identity crisis.

Police/Fire EMS - March 31, 2012

Police respond to at least 43 incidents

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NCAA TOURNAMENT: Buckeyes, Jayhawks face off in ‘The Other’ Final Four game

The National Semifinal game between Ohio State and Kansas certainly isn’t getting headlines as big as the other Final Four matchup, but tonight’s game between a pair of No. 2 seeds could be just as entertaining

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Obama’s ‘flexibility’ doctrine

“On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this can be solved, but it’s important for him (Putin) to give me space. ... This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility.” — Barack Obama to Dmitry Medvedev, open mic, March 26

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NCAA TOURNAMENT: Kentucky meets Louisville in Bluegrass State showdown

Few college basketball rivalries are as intense as the one between Kentucky and Louisville, and the stakes have never been higher than they are tonight when the two clash in New Orleans with a trip to the National Championship game on the line.

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Do it again

It took a last-second touchdown for the Panthers to win last week’s game in Louisiana, but now it’s the Swashbucklers’ turn to make the 10-hour trip, setting up tonight’s rematch at the Albany Civic Center.

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Branch signs one-year deal with Patriots

Albany native and former Monroe star Deion Branch will be among a large group of receivers looking for a spot in New England’s lineup next season.

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As NBA regular season winds down, slumping Hawks lose crucial game to East foe Philly

One night after getting routed at home by the lowly Washington Wizards, the 76ers turn around and hammer the Hawks on Saturday in a big Eastern Conference showdown that inches Philly closer to Atlanta for the sixth seed in the upcoming NBA playoffs.