News for Friday, October 12, 2012


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So, what color is a camel?

Features column

I get Linus. Completely. One hundred percent. I get Linus because he has a need to carry around a blanket, a blue one that he, on occasion, throws over his shoulder, drags on the floor and even wraps around his head. I get Linus because I, too, have a blanket. And I am not ashamed.

Religion bulletin for October 13, 2012

Former President Jimmy Carter is schedudled to teach Sunday school this week.

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Exchange Club honors top firefighter, EMT

Exchange Club of Albany honors firefighter and EMT of the year at Friday luncheon meeting.

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Throwdown opens country strong

Some of country music's top hit-makers open the three-day Georgia Throwdown at Albany's Exchange Club Fairgrounds.

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Two Ashburn residents sentenced in check fraud case

After pleading guilty to embezzling about $750,000 in U.S. Treasury checks and identity theft, 31-year-old Trina L. Sutton and 21-year-old Tawanda Chandler are headed to prison for 7.25 years, stated a U.S. Department of Justice report.

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APD Capt. Green retires after 30 years

Albany Police Department Capt. Mack Green retires to spend time with his family.

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APD: Man wanted for motel theft

The Albany Police Department's Investigations Bureau would like the public's assistance with locating Octavious Jackson aka "Pup" and "Tay."

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Agencies unite for breast cancer awareness

Statistics from the Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education show that breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer among females in the state.

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Squawk of the day - Oct. 13, 2012

Check out today's squawk of the day!

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Thumbs Up! - Oct. 15, 2012

See who deserves this week's Thumbs Up!

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ASU prepares for 11th Annual Battle of the Bands

The Golden Rams Marching Band vies for a spot in 2013 Invitational Showcase

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Story on U.S. murders in Libya still a little murky


Who knew what when after the murders at the U.S. embassy in Benghazi is becoming a case of plausible deniability for the Obama administration.

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Boy Scouts vote to form single council

In separate landslide sessions, Chehaw and Alapaha Area Boy Scout councils agree on consolidation.

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Believers' convictions trump politics

Opinion Column

Here's what happens when you align yourself in lock-step with one ideological/political set of beliefs: You open the door to very real charges of hypocrisy.

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A little sip of heaven's just a memory

Opinion Column

It's always a little sad when an era ends.

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Albany Herald moving forward as news leader

Opinion Column

Some days, you can really empathize with a guy like Mark Twain.

Genell Martin Heffernan

Genell Martin Heffernan, died October 6, 2012

Buford Meadows

Buford Meadows, 84, Vada Community, died October 12,2012

Mattie Lee Hester Day

Mattie Lee Hester Day, 79, died October 10, 2012

Charlie James Harris, Sr.

Charlie James Harris, Sr., died October 9, 2012

William Lawerence Denney

William Lawerence Denney, Albany

Shirley Ann Davis

Shirley Ann Davis, 54, Albany, died October 11, 2012

Curtis Simmons

Curtis Simmons, Alapaha, GA, died October 6, 2012

Mario Herbert Anthony Chandler

Mario Herbert Anthony Chandler, 54, died October 4,2012

Nellie Maxine Wall Dixon

Nellie Maxine Wall Dixon, 86, Albany, died October 11, 2012

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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 latest prep football picks in Week 7 of "Guessperts" as Stewart pulls ahead of Phillips by one pick for first, with Millikan nines games back and Schnitker and Aller pulling up the rear (once again).

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FACT CHECK: Slips in VEEP debate

Anyone who paid attention to a hearing in Congress this week knew that the administration had been implored to beef up security at the U.S. Consulate in Libya before the deadly terrorist attack there. But in the vice presidential debate Thursday night, Joe Biden seemed unaware.

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VIDEO OF THE DAY: 'I have a sneaker smelling addiction'

Watch as this dog owns up to it's eccentric ways.

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Groups backing Phoebe in court case

Supporters of Phoebe Putney Health System in its fight against the FTC argue that the State Action Doctrine shows Congress does not intend for federal law to intrude on state power.

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Methodism celebrates 200 years in Savannah

Religion column

Although Methodism have been established in Georgia for at least 225 years, its continuing presence in Savannah, where I serve the church, is 200 years old this year.

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Trending state headlines: Officer seeks warrant to stop FB posts

Headlines trending around the state for Friday.

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Posey’s KO punch

Buster Posey’s second career grand slam Thursday sends the Giants — who were down 0-2 to the Reds just a few days ago in their NLDS series — to a 6-4 win in Game 5 and back to the NLCS.

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COLLEGE/PREP ROUNDUP: Darton men's soccer, ASU volleyball stays perfect; Randolph Southern softball advances to GISA Final Four; Worth falls in GHSA first round

The Darton men’s soccer team, ranked No. 1 in the nation, is close to finishing its regular season unbeaten after Thursday’s win. (ADDS: Darton hoops to host women’s jamboree; ASU Lady Rams stay perfect in conference; Randolph Southern softball advances to GISA Class AA Final 4; Worth out of state GHSA tourney after falling in Game 3).

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MLB PLAYOFF ROUNDUP: Baltimore best Yanks in extras, force Game 5; Werth's walk-off lifts Nats past Cards, force do-or-die today in NLDS

Baltimore and New York and Washington and St. Louis will play Game 5s today to decide which teams will advance to the ALCS and NLCS, respectively. (ADDS: Thursday's late result with Detroit beating Oakland to advance to ALCS)

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ASU defense regains ‘Dirty’ nickname after two straight Ws

Albany State’s defense had its “Dirty Blue” nickname stripped away after a 41-6 loss to Miles, but they have earned back the title after back-to-back wins the last two weeks.

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PREP FOOTBALL PREDICTION COLUMN: Monroe turns it up tonight

Herald High School Writer Mike Phillips says Monroe knows it's now or never tonight against Americus-Sumter if the Tornadoes still hope to capture the Region 1-AAAA title.

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Georgia, Georgia Tech hoops hold tipoffs

Experience on both rosters is expected to be what takes Georgia and Georgia Tech’s men’s hoops teams to the next level this season.

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Wade officially takes over in Americus as Panthers host Tornadoes in crucial Region 1-AAAA showdown

With Americus-Sumter head football coach Michael Pollock officially terminated this week, Chris Wade leads The Herald No. 3 Panthers into arguably the team’s biggest game of the season tonight.