News for Friday, November 30, 2012


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Irving-less Cavs snap Hawks' six-game win streak in Atlanta

After taking down six far better teams in a row, Atlanta is stunned at home Friday night when it can't hold a late lead and ends up falling to the Kyrie Irving-less Cavs, 113-111, to snap a six-game win streak.

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Georgia men struggle again, fall to South Florida on road

The Bulldogs, who haven't entered into its weak SEC schedule, is already 2-5 on the season after falling to South Florida on Friday night, 64-53.

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Braves ship struggling starter Hanson to Angels for closer Walden

After a dismal season with Atlanta, one-time Braves opening day starter Tommy Hanson is sent to the Los Angeles Angels on Friday for closer Jordan Walden in a trade

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Lee County softball star Blount signs with D-II national champ VSU

Brandi Blount follows in the footsteps of her former teammate and Herald Player of the Year Sam Posey when Blount signs with Valdosta State on Friday one year after Posey helped lead the Lady Blazers to the D-II national title.

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Win or lose tonight, NCAA assures Georgia Tech will go bowling

Despite adopting a policy this past offseason to keep teams with losing records out of bowls, the NCAA — to the outrage of many — grants a waiver for Georgia Tech to go to a bowl even if it loses today in the ACC title game against Florida State and finishes with a 6-7 record.

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SEC CHAMPIONSHIP --- PREVIEW: Is it now or never for Richt?

Not to say Georgia head football coach Mark Richt will never win a national title if the Bulldogs don’t beat Alabama in the SEC Championship game to secure their spot in the BCS big one against Notre Dame, but no one’s denying that today in Atlanta is the best chance he’s had in his 11 years in Athens to turn the tables, change the guard — and finally end the Crimson Tide’s dominance. (ADDS: breakout on matchup between best friends, former UGA star Mike Bobo of Thomasville vs. Bainbridge's Kirby Smart)

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FRIDAY'S PREP HOOPS ROUNDUP: Sherwood girls hoops reaches tourney championship

Sherwood's girls improved to 4-1 on the season with a win Friday night in the Central Fellowship Academy Christian tip-off tournament. (ADDS: roundup items on Randolph-Clay vs. Miller County boys, girls; Monroe vs. Americus-Sumter boys, girls)

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State Chamber suggests new school funding method

The chamber report says tying the $7.5 billion education budget to student needs would benefit everybody.

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Police/Fire/EMS report for December 1, 2012

Albany Police Department responds to at least 19 incidents.

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Weekend holiday events Dec. 1-2

Here is a list of Metro Albany holiday events going on this weekend.

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Officials: Flu vaccine a good match

The majority of confirmed flu cases in the Southwest Georgia area this season have been Type A, officials say.

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Hospital Authority OKs final pricing on its bond sales

Officials say there were nearly $500 million in orders for just over $100 million in bonds that were sold by Phoebe Putney Health System this week.

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Town hall addresses mental health

A meeting in Albany is the fifth held since 2011 as part of an effort to reach every service region in the state.

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Downtown restaurateurs weary of the struggles

Prominent downtown business leaders say they need more support from city of Albany officials.

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Men wanted for Terrell County burglary arrested

Acting on a Terrell County burglary warrant, Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit agents arrested two men on drug and other related charges about 3 p.m. Friday, a drug unit agent said.

Fredrick G. Arnold

Fredrick G. Arnold, 86, Tifton, died November 29, 2012

Ruth Patterson

Ruth Patterson, 69, Dawson, died November 25, 2012

Christine Hurst

Christine Hurst, 84, Sylvester, died November 30, 2012

Mrs. Regina Gary Street

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

Argulia Jackson Hall

Argulia Jackson Hall, Plains, died November 27, 2012

Dorethea Jones

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

Steve Moore

Steve Moore, 48, Canton, died November 28, 2012

Lu Ella Hilson

Lu Ella Hilson, 91, Albany, died November 30, 2012

Johnny C. Hill

Johnny C. Hill, 63, Gretna, FL, died November 23, 2012

George A. Morris, Jr.

George A. Morris, Jr., 88, Fitzgerald, died November 29, 2012

Mr. Mose Hubbard

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

Louise Ashley Grier

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

Sandra Kay Watkins

Sandra Kay Watkins, 59, Fitzgerald, died November 29, 2012

Alberta J. Hamilton

Alberta J. Hamilton, 87, Camilla, died November 29, 2012

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Motel, fast-food robber found guilty

A jury takes about an hour Friday to judge a man guilty of 10 counts including armed robbery after a week long trial.

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The Squawk of the Day - Dec. 1, 2012

Pick up a copy of the Saturday Albany Herald to see what everybody's squawking about.

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Missouri couple wins $588 million Powerball prize

Cindy Hill, a laid-off office manager who lives in a small town in Missouri, called her husband Thursday with urgent news that would change everything: "We won the lottery."

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McCain's attacks on Rice sign of grudge

Opinion column

In 2000, John McCain seemed a respectable political figure -- admired for his wartime heroism, well-regarded for his refusal to kowtow to partisan dogma, liked by journalists for his refreshing candor. He failed that year in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, but he ran a decent campaign, sticking to the high road even when he was waylaid by offensive personal attacks.

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Spending other people's money is a taxing job

Congress returned to "work" this week (now there's a laugh) to complete its lame-duck session before taking another holiday. Spending other people's money is a taxing experience.

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Sumter County State Court Judge resigns amid investigation

Russ Barnes, the Sumter County State Court judge who, earlier this month, prompted a search by sheriff's officials after he failed to come home, has resigned from the bench.

Thomasville lotto winner comes forward

The winner of the $49 million Mega Millions lotto will claim their prize at 1 p.m. today, officials say.

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Fatal shooting over music compared to Martin case

The fatal shooting of a Florida teenager who was listening to loud music in a car a week ago has drawn comparisons to the Trayvon Martin case, but the differences are significant.

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Gay marriage cases weighed before Supreme Court

The running fight over gay marriage is shifting from the ballot box to the Supreme Court.

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Sheriff probes case of severed dog heads on porch

Authorities in a small northeast Georgia town are trying to figure out why someone has been leaving the severed heads of dogs on a family's front porch.

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LATE THURSDAY: Falcons holds off Saints, 23-13, on verge of clinching NFC South

After an explosive first half from the Falcons, the offense sputters, but the defense has its back, picking off Drew Brees five times in a 23-13 victory and avenging Atlanta's only loss of the season.