News for Thursday, November 29, 2012

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LOCAL COLLEGE/PREP ROUNDUP: ASU men lose 2012 home opener, remain winless; Crisp, Terrell girls win; TAE boys fall to Byne

Voohres College upends the Rams on Thursday at HPER, 77-71, to keep the Albany State men’s basketball team winless on the season. (ADDS: additional detail, quotes)

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Westover football celebrates historic season with ‘Breakfast of Champions’

Following their historic football season --- which included a second-place region finish, the school's fifth winning season ever and the hosting of the program's first-ever state playoff game --- the team is honored Thursday with a "Breakfast of Champions" at school.

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South Dakota hospitality hard to beat

Returning to South Dakota stimulates so many redeeming emotions. I am beside myself as I take in familiar sights including the state Capitol, the abundant Canada geese which flock here this time of the year and congregate en masse by the Capitol lake, the nearby Missouri River and thoroughfares crowded by businesses and commercial entrepreneurs — as they are in every other community from Kennebunkport to Laredo.

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Let’s hope the light shines for Congress

One hears the phrase “fiscal cliff” so often these days that I now find myself looking for guard rails on every street and avenue, even though here in Savannah there’s no such thing as a cliff within a good day’s drive.

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SEC Championship: McCarron seeking title No. 2, while Murray still eyeing 1st

Alabama QB A.J. McCarron doesn’t have better numbers than Georgia’s Aaron Murray, but he does own two jewels Murray is still chasing: an SEC and BCS title.

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SEC CHAMPIONSHIP: Alabama, Georgia Ds ready to prove who’s best

The winner of Saturday’s SEC Championship game between UGA and Alabama may come down to which team’s stellar defense comes up biggest — and they both know it.

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Americans must demand more from the U.S. Congress

Letter to the editor

Congress recently returned from another of its frequent, lengthy holidays. Meanwhile, did you enjoy your couple of days off for Thanksgiving? ... For years now, Congress has practiced and made nearly perfect its lame-duck status, as well as its do-nothing status.

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Fiscal cliff may end no-tax-hike mantra

Opinion column

Here’s the first lesson from the early skirmishing over ways to avoid the fiscal cliff: Democrats and liberals have to stop elevating Grover Norquist, the anti-government crusader who wields his no-tax pledge as a nuclear weapon, into the role of a political Superman.

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Women get short end of The Petreaus Affair

Opinion column

As events have unfolded in what shall ever be known as “The Petraeus Affair,” one cannot escape noticing that the women in this sordid saga have been handed the short end of the shtick, as though the men are mere victims of ambitious, hormonally driven vixens.

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Albany Crime Stoppers Most Wanted - Nov. 30, 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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PREVIEW: Deerfield, Heritage set to face off for state title at 'The Webb' tonight

Deerfield-Windsor has waited all season for one game, and it’s tonight at Webb Memorial, where the Knights meet Heritage in the GISA Class AAA state championship game.

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Lottery fever gets contagious

Editorial

Earlier this week, thousands of people who have never purchased a lottery ticket — or at least rarely buy them — filled out the play slip for a mammoth jackpot that was drawn Wednesday night.

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PREVIEW: Bobcats hit to road to face GAC, one win from state semis

Early County learned a lot from close losses a year ago and has marched all the way to the Class AA Elite 8, where the Bobcats face Greater Atlanta Christian tonight.

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None injured in house fire started with hot grease

A cooking fire is the No. 1 cause of destruction in Albany all year long, Albany Fire Department Chief James Carswell says.

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ASU honors Patsy Martin for service

Albany State recognizes the distinguished banker and Realtor at its Community Service Banquet.

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PREP FOOTBALL PREDICTION COLUMN: Time for another victory party at Deerfield

Herald High School Writer Mike Phillips selects his winners in what could be his final prediction column of the season if Seminole and Early County can't extend their magical runs.

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Environmental costs to be added to WG&L bills

Federal environmental cost recovery guidelines, mostly at coal plants, could increase local utility bills.

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Student vs. Teacher

Tonight’s GISA Class AAA state championship between Deerfield and Heritage is more than just the biggest game of the season for Knights head coach Allen Lowe and the Hawks’ Kevin Prisant — it marks the first time Prisant will face Lowe, his former coach and boss, since Prisant played and assisted at DWS, where he helped lead the program to its first state title back in 2002.

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Shockwave loses Civic Center home

A first-year American Basketball Association team fails to meet financial obligations at the city-owned venue.

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'Nutcracker' debuts tonight

The Ballet Theatre of the South will have three performances of the holiday classic this weekend.

Food, shelter funding available in Dougherty

Local agencies receiving emergency funding provided more than 1,230 nights of lodging in 2011.

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Darton to host women’s forum

The featured speaker is dermatologist Melinda Greenfield.

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Police/Fire/EMS report for November 30, 2012

APD responds to at least 40 incidents.

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Cafe 230 closing its doors to lunchgoers

Catering and private parties will still be held at the Albany restaurant, which will close its doors to regular lunch hours after today.

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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Bruce Lee playing ping pong with nunchucks?

This has popped up on Youtube reportedly as a video of martial arts legend Bruce Lee using nun chucks to play ping pong.

Shirley Ann Pope

Shirley Ann Pope, 70, died November 27, 2012

Annie M. Sauls

Annie M. Sauls, 92, Albany, died November 28, 2012

Mary Dean Bell

Mary Dean Bell, 67, Albany, died November 24, 2012

Edythe Yvonne Bradley

Edythe Yvonne Bradley, 46, Camilla, died November 24, 2012

Gwendolyn Faye Stevens

Gwendolyn Faye Stevens, 58, Americus, died November 22, 2012

Rosa Mae Gilbert Sweet

Rosa Mae Gilbert Sweet, Tallahassee, FL died November 26, 2012

George Lovett

George Lovett, 55, Sylvester, died November 23, 2012

Ms. Louise Ashley Grier

Louise Ashley Grier, 93, Albany, died November 28, 2012

Silas Poole

Silas Poole, 55, died November 25, 2012

Mrs. Regina Gary Street

Regina Gary Street, 46, Albany, died November 25, 2012

Wendy Spurlock Gosa

Wendy Spurlock Gosa, 42, Mitchell County, GA died November 27, 2012

Eddie Mae Jenkins Ross

Eddie Mae Jenkins Ross, 47, Camilla, died November 22, 2012

Mattie Pickett

Mattie Pickett, 97, Dawson, GA died November 25, 2012

Lillie Mae Holley

Lillie Mae Holley, Dawson, died November 27, 2012

Mr. Mose Hubbard

Mose Hubbard, 74, Leesburg, died November 22, 2012

Woodrow Gamble

Woodrow Gamble, 63, died November 22, 2012

Alex Jay

Alex Jay, 86, Newton, died November 23, 2012

Sallie Mae Silas

Sallie Mae Silas, 95, Camilla, died November 29, 2012

Arnold Pittman

Arnold Pittman, Sumter County, died November 27, 2012

Jesse Fliggins

Jesse Fliggins, 65, Albany, died November 25, 2012

Mrs. Dorethea Jones

Dorethea Jones, 45, Albany, died November 26, 2012

Vaughn Robert Lewis

Vaughn Robert Lewis, 18, Lee County, died, November 28, 2012

Carrie B. Shorter

Carrie B. Shorter, 86, died November 27, 2012

Carstell Williams

Carstell Williams, 67, died November 16, 2012

Squawk of the Day 30 Nov 2012

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

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Hostess to seek approval for executive bonuses

Hostess Brands Inc. plans to ask for a judge's approval Thursday to give its top executives bonuses totaling up to $1.8 million as part of its wind-down plans.

2 tickets strike gold in record Powerball jackpot

Two ticket holders will share the highest Powerball jackpot ever, and the second-largest top prize in U.S. lottery history. The question is: Who are the winners waking up to new lives as multimillionaires?

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Thieves steal baby cribs from nonprofit group

Authorities say thieves cut the locks on a trailer belonging to a nonprofit group in Woodstock, stealing five baby cribs that were intended to go to new mothers.