News for Tuesday, November 13, 2012

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LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP: ASU football, volleyball players honored by conference; Skinner named Coach of the Year; Darton golf bombs in final fall tournament

Justin Blash and Dexter Moody are named to the conference's First Team on Tuesday, while Robert Skinner is named the conference's volleyball Coach of the Year.

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Falcons part ways with one-time star DE Edwards, make other roster moves

Late Monday evening just before midnight, the Falcons announce they decided to cut under-performing defensive end Ray Edwards. (ADDS: Falcons place TE Gallarda on injured reserve)

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Nats' Johnson, Oakland's Melvin picked as MLB Managers of the Year

Davey Johnson of the Washington Nationals, and Bob Melvin of the Oakland Athletics were chosen as managers of the year on Tuesday after guiding their teams to huge turnaround seasons.

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Panthers announce key players coming back, new roster signings

The Albany Panthers announce a series of signings on Tuesday, including QB Cecil Lester, DB Damian Daniels and DB Demetrie McCray.

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U.S. star goalie Solo assaulted by ex-NFL tight end?

Former Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens was arrested on suspicion of assaulting U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo a day before their planned wedding day.

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White: ‘We have to go forward’

ASU coach Mike White sits down with The Herald and looks back at the 2012 season, which ended without a trip to the Division II playoffs for the first time in almost a decade.

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Auburn's Chizik: Support rolling in for return

Embattled Auburn coach Gene Chizik says he has hundreds of emails from fans saying they hope he returns rather than be fired at the end of what's become a nightmare season.

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Lady Cavs roll in nationals opener, 4-0; Darton's men continue title quest today

Despite a sluggish start, the Darton women’s soccer team wins easily in its NJCAA national tournament opener Tuesday in Melbourne, Fla.

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PREVIEW: Westover set to write next chapter in historic season

The Patriots will host the first state playoff game in school history Friday when Jonesboro — a team they’ve already faced in the regular season — comes to town for Round 2.

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‘Bottles & Brushes’ concludes Friday

The final art class in the 2012 serieswill be conducted at ABAC’s Museum of Agriculture.

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Easier takes some getting used to

Nicole and I were working out together one day and for some reason, she brought up a self-help, faith-related book we had both read. The thesis, basically, is how men are born with wild hearts, which should be admired not restrained by women. “What did you learn from that book?” she asked as I attempted arm curls with weights too heavy.

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St. Nick to arrive Friday

Santa Claus will be at the Albany Mall beginning Friday evening to talk with children.

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Singletary assumes District 2 post on Lee Commission

A political novice takes office after Betty Johnson decides to end her term before the end of the year.

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Wanted man wrecks car in drunken driving crash

A wanted man crashes a car and ends up wanted on drunken driving and other charges.

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Albany organizations 'Stand Up for Our Neighbors'

An event meant to serve the region's homeless was funded in part by a grant from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.

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Elderly woman falls prey to caregiver's greed

A caregiver to an elderly Dougherty County woman steals more than $7,000 from her through an ATM.

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GBI, Cordele authorities investigate fatal shooting

Two men are being sought for questioning in connection with the death of a 38-year-old woman in Cordele.

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Gang Task Force to hold meeting

The last 2012 meeting of the Albany Gang Task Force is planned for noon Thursday in room 120 of the Government Center, 222 Pine Ave.

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Apartment raid yields assault-style firearms

Police officers called out the SWAT team and converged on 2401 Nottingham Way at 9 p.m. Monday in search of weapons, an Albany Police Department report stated.

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When giving, don’t get taken

Editorial

As hard aAs much as this time of year is about family, spirituality, food and celebrations, it’s also the time of year that charities — many of which have been hit by the recession — receive a big portion of their annual contributions. It’s the time, whether because a person is caught up in the enjoyment of the season or is feeling empathy from some of the first chilly days of the season, that thoughts turn to the less fortunate and ways

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Election aftermath: Paltry return on investment

Opinion Column

Here’s what’s perhaps the saddest thing about the results of the Nov. 6 presidential election: The primary response of President Obama’s local supporters has been the unbelievably childish equivalent of “na-na na-na boo-boo,” while the response of local Mitt Romney supporters has been one of bitterness and random conspiracy theories that would make Oliver Stone blush.

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RiverQuarium makes pitch for funding at city work session

The director of an Albany aquarium asks the Albany City Commission for $150,000 to get the facility through March.

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LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Darton golfers stumble in final meet of fall season

The Darton golf team opened the 36-hole Central Alabama Invitational on Monday with a disappointing round of 323. (ADDS: GSW's McSwain named player of week; CORRECTS: name of Darton's No. 1 golfer)

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Lee starts collecting delinquent trash bills

Progress is reported by Lee County officials in collecting more than $370,000 in overdue trash collection fees.

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Police/Fire/EMS - Nov. 14, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 40 incidents.

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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Darth Daddy

So this young man wanted to have a star wars party and since his dad was deployed overseas, no one argued.

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Ponson to head Lee Utility Services

An eight-year Lee County employee will coordinate efforts to collect delinquent garbage bills in the county.

Thomas J. Keenan, Jr.

Thomas J. Keenan, Jr., 54, Leesburg, died November 10, 2012

Ernest Hosley

Ernest Hosley, 90, Albany died November 9, 2012

Randall William Clark

Randall William Clark, 45, Jacksonville, FL, died November 7, 2012

Prince Thomas Jones

Prince Thomas Jones, 100, Albany, died November 13, 2012

Carla R. Baker

Carla R. Baker, 59, Albany, died November 13, 2012

Grayson Waters

Grayson Waters, 66, Worth Co., died November 11, 2012

Norman P. Schorr

Norman P. Schorr, 83, Fitzgerald, died November 13, 2012

Inez Harper Purvis Whitley

Inez Harper Purvis Whitley, 97, Irwin County, died November 13, 2012

Betty Griffin

Betty Griffin, 77, died November 13, 2012

Harry Henderson

Harry Henderson, died November, 8, 2012

Harry Raymond Melton

Harry Raymond Melton, 72, Houston, TX, died November 10, 2012

Gwendolyn Carter Jacob

Gwendolyn Carter Jacob, 59, died November 12, 2012

Gwendolyn A. Ferrell

Gwendolyn A. Ferrell, 69, Pelham, November 12, 2012

Edwin Wayne Hammond

Edwin Wayne Hammond, 76, died November 12, 2012

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Girl bitten 6 times after stepping on rattler nest

A San Diego County girl is recovering after she stepped into a rattlesnake nest and was bitten six times.

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Squawk of the Day - Nov. 14, 2012

For more squawks, pick up a copy of Wednesday's Albany Herald.

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INTERACTIVE: Future voters

This interactive graphic shows what some believe are the voting behavior trends broken down by race and projected into the future.

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Police: Hit-and-run driver strikes, kills officer

Police are urging a suspected hit-and-run driver to surrender after they say he struck and killed an officer who was helping a stranded motorist south of Atlanta.

Eric Felicia Dillard

Erica Felicia Dillard, 33, Albany, died November 11, 2012

Herbert Melvin Sparks, Jr.

Herbert Melvin Sparks, Jr., 69, Turner County, died November 11, 2012

Nelle Bolton Whatley

Nelle Bolton Whatley, 94, died November 11, 2012

Emmett Burnett

Emmett Burnett, 36, Baconton, died November 11, 2012

Eddie James Idlett, Sr.

Eddie James Idlett, Sr., 69, Albany, died November 12, 2012

Patrick Neil McKinley

Patrick Neil McKinley, 57, Smithville, died November 10, 2012

Joe W. Taylor

Joe W. Taylor, 80, Albany, died November 12, 2012

Sarah H. Veazey

Sarah H. Veazey, 81, Albany, died November 11, 2012

James Evans

James Evans, Sylvester, died November 12, 2012

Harry W. Taylor

Harry W. Taylor, DVM, 77, Tallahassee, FL died November 9, 2012

Dorothy Bowles McConnell

Dorothy Bowles McConnell, died November 9, 2012

Willie C. Jackson

Willie C. Jackson, 61, Sylvester, died November 11, 2012

Dora L. Benton

Dora L. Benton, 76, Albany, died November 12, 2012

Harry Henderson, Jr.

Harry Henderson, Jr., 94, Pinehurst, died November 12, 2012

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Scandal widens in probe of top US general's emails

The sex scandal that led to CIA Director David Petraeus' downfall widened Tuesday, ensnaring another acclaimed military figure with word the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan is under investigation for alleged "inappropriate communications" with a woman who received threatening emails from Petraeus' girlfriend.

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Most in US won't be able to escape 'fiscal cliff'

Everyone who pays income tax — and some who don't —will feel it.

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Smith leads Hawks to 95-87 win at Portland

Fighting a stomach illness, Josh Smith scores 19 points and grabs 11 rebounds to lead the Hawks past the Blazers, 95-87.