News for Monday, November 5, 2012

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COLUMN: Vick in need of yet another comeback

Associated Press columnist Tim Dahlberg writes about former Falcons star and current Eagles QB Michael Vick's disappointing season and his need for a comeback.

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Djokovic, Murray win opening matches at ATP finals

Playing at home in Britain for the first time since winning the U.S. Open, Andy Murray wins his ATP finals opening match to set up a matchup against Novak Djokovic.

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Bama must come back to earth with Aggies coming

No. 1 Alabama must switch its focus from its last-minute win against LSU to getting ready to host No. 15 Texas A&M on Saturday.

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Frantic finish saved sluggish race at Texas Motor Speedway

Jimmie Johnson is seven points ahead of Brad Keselowski with two races left in their battle for the NASCAR Sprint Cup title.

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Auburn’s Wallace will start against No. 5 Georgia

The Tigers are 1-0 with freshman Jonathan Wallace under center, but the quarterback will have little room for error when he faces No. 5 Georgia on Saturday night. (ADDS: UGA QB Murray named SEC Offensive Player of the Week)

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Group makes pitch for charter school

The Albany Charter Academy of Scholars would open in February 2014 with grades kindergarten-fifth grade.

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Survivors

Just like in Sunday’s victory against the Cowboys, the Falcons have found a way to survive in close games — and now Atlanta could have two of their top defenders, Sean Weatherspoon and Peria Jerry, back next week.

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Bainbridge jumps to No. 2; Lee reigns again in Herald's Fab 5 Poll

Bainbridge jumps past Westover and Monroe in the Herald’s Fab 5 Poll, but Lee County stays on top for another week after dropping 70 points on Northside Columbus on Friday.

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Timothy Bell sentenced to 20 years in fatal shooting

Timothy Bell has been sentenced to jail time in connection to the October 2011 death of Melvin Green, officials say.

New group makes pitch for charter school

The Albany Charter Academy of Scholars would open in February 2014 with grades kindergarten-fifth grade.

Timothy Bell sentenced to 20 years in fatal shooting

Timothy Bell has been sentenced to jail time in connection to the October 2011 death of Melvin Green, officials say.

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Governor honors Lee firefighter for heroism

Lt. Alan Harris is cited for saving the life of a Lee County resident in a 2011 house fire.

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APD responds to assaults, armed robbery incidents

Barry Diamond, 22, is charged with battery in an aggravated assault incident that took place during the weekend on Bridges Lane.

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Police/Fire/EMS report for November 6, 2012

APD responds to at least 75 incidents.

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Parker gets EDC board position

The Dougherty County Commission OKs purchase of mobile data units that will go into Dougherty County Police cars.

Better Brands buys facility, will keep, add jobs

A beverage distributor with strong ties to Albany and Dougherty County will expand its footprint in the community.

Governor honors Lee County firefighter for heroism

Lt. Alan Harris is cited for saving the life of a Lee County resident in a 2011 house fire.

Mental patient recaptured after breaking out of patrol car

A man who is being taken from Blakely to Albany Monday for a mental evaluation escapes, officials say.

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OK, President (?), here’s your to-do list

I knew not at this writing which candidate would be elected as the president of the United States. The polls indicated that the battle between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney was too close to call. I believe the polls.

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Today is the only poll that counts

Thousands of residents in our region already have had their say on issues ranging from local offices to state amendments to federal offices, including the presidency of our nation. But many more of us have waited for today to speak our mind on how we want to be governed, and by whom.

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Endorsements

Editorial

In holding with tradition, however, we have made some endorsements on contests that will be decided by voters.

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After the presidential election, what comes next?

Opinion Column

Presidential elections decide only who wins the White House and a congressional majority. They don’t by themselves solve the nation’s problems.

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Officials prepare for election day

More than 1.8 million Georgians cast ballots ahead of election day, officials say.

More than 1.8 million Georgians already have cast their ballots, officials say.

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Squawk of the day - Nov. 6, 2012

Check out today's squawk of the day!

Irene Johnson

Irene Johnson, Sumter County, died November 3, 2012

Edward B. White

Mr. Edward B. White, Sumter Count, died November 4, 2012

Rocky Allen Long

Rocky Allen Long, 54, Albany, died November 3, 2012

Bradley Jay Turner

Bradley Jay Turner, died November 4, 2012

Thomas Hall Pritchett

Thomas Hall Pritchett, died November 4, 2012

Jack Knighton Spence

Jack Knighton Spence, 87, Albany, died November 5, 2012

Ernest R. Anthony

Ernest R. Anthony, 88, Lee County, died November 3, 2012

Lorenza Davis

Lorenza Davis, Cordele, died November 5, 2012

William Ralph Tinsley

William Ralph Tinsley, 86, Leesburg, died on November 3, 2012

Yvonne Edwards Bryant

Yvonne Edwards Bryant, 72, Albany, died November 3, 2012

Teresa Diane Clark

Teresa Diane Clark, 52, Albany, died November 3, 2012

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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Best campaign ad ever?

On the eve of election day nearly every single American can agree on one thing: We're tired of campaign commercials, coverage, soundbites and leaflets.

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Better Brands buys facility, will keep, add jobs

A beverage distributor with strong ties to Albany and Dougherty County will expand its footprint in the community.

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Savannah police seek Ga. fair shooting witnesses

Savannah's police chief is calling on witnesses to come forward after a shooting at a Georgia fair that wounded seven people, most of them teenagers.

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Mental patient recaptured after breaking out of patrol car

A man who is being taken from Blakely to Albany Monday for a mental evaluation escapes, officials say.

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Alone at the top

Atlanta not only became the first team in franchise history to start a season 8-0 following Sunday night's 19-13 win against the Dallas Cowboys, but Atlanta remains the only unbeaten team in the NFL.