News for Thursday, November 15, 2012


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Week 11 Football Player of the Week nominees: voting closed

These are the nominees for the Week 11 football player of the week poll.

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Herald sports editor Danny Aller and staff writers Mike Phillips, John Millikan and Matt Stewart --- along with, for the first year, WFXL Fox 31 sports anchor Andrew Schnitker --- make their final prep football picks in Week 12 of "Guessperts" as Stewart holds a three-game lead over Phillips with Millkan, Schnitker and Aller bringing up the rear.

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King likes how young WRs are helping UGA

Tavarres King, the Bulldogs’ only senior WR, credits his younger teammates for giving Georgia depth at his position.

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LOCAL SPORTS BRIEFS: Darton men's soccer hosts national semifinal today; Sherwood boys hoops opens with win, girls lose

The Darton men host Tyler Junior College today at 5 p.m. in the NJCAA national semifinals with a trip to the championship game on the line.

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Herald prep sports writer Mike Phillips writes about this weekend GHSA and GISA playoff football games.

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PREVIEW: DWS looking to keep win streak alive vs. Tattnall tonight

The Knights have won four in a row against Tattnall Square, and a fifth straight victory will advance DWS in the GISA Class AAA state playoffs.

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PREVIEW: Monroe not scared of playing on road — or vs. No. 5 Griffin

Monroe knows all about playing on the road in the playoffs, and the Nadas are confident going to Griffin to face the No. 5-ranked Bears tonight in the opening round of the playoffs.

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Lee emerging as Tech’s top QB, could start vs. Duke

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson hasn’t named a starting quarterback for Saturday’s important ACC game against Duke, but Vad Lee will likely see more time on the field than Tevin Washington.

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Falcons RB Turner: We can fix running game

Atlanta's Michael Turner rushed for just 15 yards on 13 carries in Sunday's game, but the running back says his team's 26th-ranked rushing attack will turn around. (ADDS: Falcons injury update)

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Columnist Cal Thomas disrespects service members

Letter to the editor

My wife and I are passing through Albany and enjoying it. However, Cal Thomas’ column in this morning’s (Tuesday) Herald has a section that is completely uncalled for.

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Embody the spirit of the holiday season

Letter to the editor

The days of winter are upon us and are often melancholy ones for icy winds from the northern extremities, bearing somber, dark-colored clouds filled with moisture sweeps down across the land, rather dramatically change our moods and the manner in which we go about living our lives.

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Crime Stoppers Most Wanted - Nov. 16, 2012

Albany Area Crime Stoppers has two Most Wanted fugitives this week. All fugitives on the Albany Area Crime Stoppers Most Wanted List should be considered armed and dangerous.

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For every failure, thousands do right

Religion column

The recent revelation of adultery by retired four-star General David Petraeus is tragic. Confessing to the betrayal of his wife of 40 years General Petraeus submitted his resignation as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. He not only tarnished his family, career and reputation, but he could potentially — because of his sensitive role — have placed our nation in a vulnerable position.

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Temporary break in pump price pulls in crowd

Petro slices price

Petro South lowers gas prices at a handful of local stations as a customer-appreciation event.

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D’town Coalition brings ‘Superfancy’

A free progressive art show with any number of unique surprises is scheduled Saturday at the Flint RiverQuarium.

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ATC students give thanks

Student Fellowship for Christians, an organization at Albany Tech, hosts its Thanksgiving luncheon.

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Police/Fire/EMS report for November 16, 2012

APD responds to at least 31 incidents.

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Final numbers in on School Board race

Democrat Lane Price received 80 percent or more of the votes cast in 12 of Dougherty County's 28 precincts Nov. 6.

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S.W. Georgia flu season is kicking in

Officials say traffic at a local hospital's emergency center has increased by 20-30 percent over the last two weeks.

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Cairo may convert to a charter school

After failing to make AYP for five straight years, Grady County officials feel change is needed.

Milton Marlin, Sr.

Milton Marlin, Sr., Sylvester, died November 10, 2012

Marvin Pace, Sr.

Marvin Pace, Sr., 61, died November 9, 2012

Christopher L. Sirmans

Christopher L. Sirmans, 51, Irwin County, died November 14, 2012

Lenard Denison, III

Lenard Denison, III, 56, Camilla, died November 12, 2012

Gwendolyn Carter Jacob

Gwendolyn Carter Jacob, 59, died November 12, 2012

Mary Appling

Mary Appling, Cordele died November 15, 2012

James Hodge

James Hodge, 63, Camilla, died November 10, 2012

William Allen Patterson

William Allen Patterson, 78, died November 8, 2012

Jamal Singleton

Jamal Singleton, Albany, died November 14, 2012

Lula Armour

Lula Armour, 77, Louvale, GA died November 12, 2012

Rosa Adkins Thomas

Rosa Adkins Thomas, 68, Albany, died November 6, 2012

Clara Jean Pollock Josey

Clara Jean Pollock Josey, 73, died November 11, 2012

Mildred Louise Givens Herring

Mildred Louise Givens Herring, 83, died November 8, 2012

Willie Erma Brooks

Willie Erma Brooks, 77, Pelham, died November 6, 2012

Naomi Angeline Herring Weaver

Naomi Angeline Herring Weaver, 63, died November 13, 2012

Betty Griffin

Betty Griffin, 77, died November 13, 2012

Roberta Bell

Roberta Bell, 101, Bainbridge, died November 9, 2012

Mr. Eddie James Idlett

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

Dora L. Benton

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

O'Neal Leverette

O'Neal Leverette, 53, Albany, died November 8, 2012

Erica Felicia Dillard

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

Lucious Howard

Lucious Howard, Rockwood, TN, died November 14, 2012

Carla Raye Route Baker

Carla Raye Route Baker, Albany, died November 13, 2012

Betty Ann Harris

Betty Ann Harris, 80, Albany, died November 15, 2012

Prince Thomas Jones

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

Emmett Burnette

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

Willie C. Jackson

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

Glenn M. Blakey

Glenn M. Blakely, 63, Albany, died November 15, 2012

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FDA probing if deaths were linked to energy shots

The Food and Drug Administration is investigating reports of 13 deaths possibly linked to so-called "energy shots" and cautioning consumers to talk to their doctors before they take them or other energy drinks.

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Squawk of the Day 16 Nov. 2012

To view more squawks of the day pick up a copy of today's Albany Herald.

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Cars line Radium for cheap gas

Cars lined Radium Springs Road near Sands Drive Thursday to take advantage of Petro's $2.89-per-gallon customer appreciation event.

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Post office reports record loss of $15.9B for year

The struggling U.S. Postal Service is reporting a record annual loss of $15.9 billion.

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BP to pay US billions for Gulf spill

Oil giant BP has agreed to pay the largest criminal penalty in U.S. history, totaling billions of dollars, for the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a person familiar with the deal said Thursday.

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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Greatest tractor ever?

We've all got stuck behind slow-moving tractors on the highway. It's not fun. So what do you do? You attach a volvo racing engine to the thing and stand back.

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State unemployment rate drops to 8.7 percent

Georgia labor officials say the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 8.7 percent in October, down from 9 percent in September

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Awful third quarter dooms Hawks in road loss to Warriors late Wednesday

The Hawks score 55 points in the first half but manage just 14 in the third quarter en route to a loss Wednesday night against Golden State.

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MLB ROUNDUP: R.A. Dickey, David Price win Cy Young awards; Marlins-Blue Jays pull off massive trade; Braves lose catcher Ross

David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays and knuckleballer R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets won baseball’s Cy Young awards on Wednesday. (ADDS: Marlins trade stars, Ross leaves Braves for BoSox)

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Set your clocks: NL MVP announcement to be made at 6 p.m. today live on MLB Network

Leesburg native and San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey is considered the favorite to win the National League MVP when the coveted award is handed out tonight. (ADDS: that Posey will be in Leesburg tonight as guest speaker at Lee County Transitional Learning Center when MVP award is announced)

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: UGA, Georgia Tech, FSU, Auburn add to hoops teams on signing day

The Georgia, Georgia Tech, Auburn and Florida State basketball teams announce a series of signings on Wednesday.

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COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Georgia Tech men's hoops roll, move to 2-0; UGA, Darton women dominate

Georgia Tech's men's basketball team is off to a 2-0 start after a miserable 2011 season.

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Ex-Worth County star Williams named Big 12 Player of Week

Former Albany Herald Dynamite Dozen selection Meshak Williams of Sylvester has become the leader of the defense for the No. 1 college football team in the nation, Kansas State.

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No. 1 Brevard downs Darton women at nationals, 5-1, to end season

The Lady Cavs can’t avenge an early season loss to the nation’s top team Wednesday as Darton sees its run end early at nationals.

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Messin’ with Texas

The Darton College men’s soccer team beats a chippy Western Texas team, 3-0, on Wednesday to advance to the semifinals of the NJCAA national tournament.