News for Sunday, November 25, 2012

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The Squawk of the Day - Nov. 26, 2012

Pick up a copy of the Monday Albany Herald to see what everyone's squawking about!

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LOCAL COLLEGE BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Lady Rams — playing with heavy hearts in remembrance of Bradley — wins first game of season Sunday

After learning about the death of Albany State Sports Information Director Edythe Bradley, the Lady Rams go out and get an inspirational win against Georgia Southwestern. (ADDS: Darton women, GSW men, Albany Tech men and women)

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Be thankful for fewer Tea Party cranks

Opinion column

Apparently, some of my fellow Americans want to secede from the union, undaunted by the disastrous result of that infamous attempt back in the 19th century. They are likely congenital cranks, destined to be dissatisfied.

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Avoiding lure of shiny objects can make you richer

Opinion column

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always thought about waking up obscenely early the morning after Thanksgiving, to check out the goings-on at the toy or department store. Not because I wanted to shop, but to visit the safari — it’s always struck me as quite the exotic mystery, why anyone would want to walk away from a calm morning with family or friends to fight for a parking spot. Of course, now indelibly imprinted in our brains are news images of packed stores on Thanksgiving night itself.

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NFL ROUNDUP: 49ers use Kaepernick, defense to top Saints 31-21

Ahmad Brooks and Donte Whitner returned interceptions for touchdowns, the 49ers sacked Drew Brees five times, and San Francisco end the New Orleans Saints’ three-game winning streak with a 31-21 victory.

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Notre Dame clinches BCS title game spot, awaits SEC champ

Notre Dame’s win vs. USC cemented its spot in the national championship game, while Saturday’s SEC title game between UGA and Alabama will decide the Irish’s opponent.

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Ga. Tech men score big early season win

The Yellow Jackets knock off dangerous mid-major St. Mary’s on Sunday in the DirecTV Classic third-place game.

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Auburn fires Chizik after 3-9 season

Auburn coach Gene Chizik is fired Sunday less than two years after the Tigers went undefeated and won the national championship.

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Falcons are 10-1 — and having fun

Another week, another gritty win by the high-flying Falcons, who not only beat a division rival Sunday in Tampa Bay, 24-23, but also improved to a league-best 10-1.

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ASU loses longtime SID Bradley at age 46

Edythe Bradley, who spent 16 years as Albany State’s first female Sports Information Director, dies Saturday in Thomasville at age 46 from a brain hemorrhage as the result of a brain aneurysm. (UPDATED: Sunday evening with additional details, quotes, reaction)

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Big 10 for Nov. 16-23, 2012

These are the most-read stories in the Albany Herald for the week of November 16-23, 2012.

Nancy Mercer Wynn

Nancy Mercer Wynn died Saturday.

Edythe Yvonne Bradley

Edythe Yvonne Bradley died Saturday.

Thomas J. Young

Thomas J. Young died Wednesday.

Regina Lynn Gary Street

Regina Lynn Gary Street died Sunday.

Allen Moore

Allen Moore died Tuesday.

James Everett McMillin

Dr. James Everett McMillin died Saturday.

Woodrow W. Jenkins

Woodrow W. Jenkins died Saturday.

Jimmy Hawkins

Jimmy Hawkins died Wednesday.

Jesse Fliggins

Jesse Fliggins died Sunday.

Kenneth J. Bridges

Kenneth Bridges died Saturday.

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Baker case passes one-year mark

The former Morningside principal was charged with school lunch fraud in November 2011.

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Secession talk is just a bridge to nowhere

Editorial

It's happened before and it'll happen again. There's a close contest and the side that comes out on the short end wants to take its ball and go home. If we can't win, they decide, we'll go play somewhere else where we can. And just as certainly, those who take that knee-jerk approach will fume for a while and then come back for another game.

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PREVIEW: Falcons face anything but a gimme at Bucs today; stopping Martin key

Atlanta’s 9-1 record will be put to a serious test today by an improved Tampa Bay team that’s still alive in the division race if it can beat the Falcons today.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL --- TOP 25 ROUNDUP: No. 1 Notre Dame downs USC, reaches BCS title game; Suspended Ohio State caps perfect 12-0 season

Notre Dame locks up its spot in the BCS National Championship game Saturday night with a 22-13 win against USC in Los Angeles.