News for Thursday, October 25, 2012


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LOCAL SPORTS BRIEFS: Albany Tech to host hoops jamboree tonight; Albany Motor Speedway set to host championship event Saturday; prep softball state tournament roundup

The Albany Tech men’s and women’s basketball programs are hosting a five-game, preseason jamboree tonight at Albany State, while Albany Motor Speedway is gearing up for its season-ending event Saturday and Baconton, Miller and Seminole softball teams were all in action in the state tournament Thursday.

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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 8 of "Guessperts" as Stewart and Phillips are now tied for first, with Millikan eight games back, Schnitker 10 back and Aller 14 back.

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Bulldogs: Williams speaking out about defense just Shawn being Shawn

Some of Damascus native Shawn Williams’ UGA teammates have supported his critical comments of the defense’s play, while others have fired back — although there seems to be one thing everyone agrees on: It’s no surprise a senior leader like Williams was the one who said it.

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NBA Commissioner Stern to retire in 2014

After a long and successful tenure, NBA Commissioner David Stern announces Thursday he will retire at the end of the 2014 season.

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Darton women begin title quest today in semifinals of region tourney at home

The Lady Cavs have won seven games in a row and have a chance to avenge their season-opening loss to South Georgia in today’s Region XVII Tournament semifinal game at home.

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ASU NOTEBOOK: Rams still talking about Braswell’s likely record interception

ASU junior Quintory Braswell hasn’t had much playing time this season, but he made the most of an opportunity Saturday with a 100-yard interception return for a TD. (ADDS: items on Dexter Moody tied for national interception mark; ASU injury update)

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Murray on facing No. 3 Florida: I can win the big game

For all he’s accomplished and records he’s broken since arriving in Athens, Aaron Murray still doesn’t have that signature win — a fact he hopes to change come Saturday in Jacksonville when UGA faces the No. 3, unbeaten Gators.

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ASU NOTEBOOK: After rough start, Rams QB Kooi now finding groove

It took a while for David Kooi to adjust to ASU’s offense after transferring from FAU, but the senior has settled in nicely and hasn’t thrown an interception in more than a month. (ADDS: note about the Rams' reaction to being ranked in first NCAA Division II Super Regional poll).

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Heard, Price face off (Video added)

Lane Price and Lorenzo Heard present their messages to a large crowd at Albany State University.

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Ex-jailer pleads guilty in beating

Emmett McKenzie, 31, of Montezuma, formerly a sergeant at Macon State Prison in Oglethorpe, pleaded guilty to conspiring with other correctional officers to violate the civil rights of an inmate in 2010, the U.S. Justice Department reported Thursday.

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Cirque De La Symphonie to perform Saturday

Talented acrobats will partner with the Albany Symphony Orchestra to put on a show in Albany.

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GAME OF THE WEEK: Deerfield, Pinewood face off for 1st place in region

For the second week in a row, Deerfield faces a huge home test against an unbeaten team in its region.

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PREP FOOTBALL PREDICTION COLUMN: Westover will be scoreboard-watching tonight

Herald High School Writer Mike Phillips tries to break down the complicated scenario that awaits Region 1-AAAA heading into games, including why Westover may be more interested in the score of the Cairo-Americus game rather than its own.

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NHL LOCKOUT: League, players at impass as chance for full regular season slips away

All was quiet from both sides of the lockout Thursday as the deadline to salvage a full NHL season passed with no deal.

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Famed boxing trainer Steward, 68, dies under mysterious circumstances

Emanuel Steward, arguably the most famous boxing trainer outside of Angelo Dundee, dies Thursday at age 68, although a cause of his death was not immediately known.

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Man indicted for vehicular homicide

A Lee County grand jury indicted 19-year-old Steven Edward Mathis for homicide by vehicle in the first degree and reckless driving in connection with the death of 14-year-old Douglas Taylor Bailey, according to court papers obtained Thursday.

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Phoebe given top ranking in vascular surgery

An Albany hospital receives a Vascular Surgery Excellence award as part of its Healthgrades evaluation.

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Gunman charged in 2001 shooting

A former megachurch maintenance man accused of killing a volunteer leading a prayer service was charged more than a decade ago with a shooting at a mosque in Maryland, according to police documents.

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Week 8 Nominees for Herald football Player of the Week: Voting closed

Randolph Southern's Matt Kendrick wins The Albany Herald's Player of the Week with 65 percent of the vote.

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Juveniles in gangs are lawful; gang action is not

Assistant District Attorney Andrea Ewings explains the juvenile justice system and gangs at a Gang Task Force meeting.

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Lee man guilty of malice murder

A Lee County jury finds a man guilty of malice and felony murder for gunning down his wife in April 2011.

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Halloween trivia

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Early detection best breast cancer defense

Opinion Column

October is breast cancer awareness month and brings with it a lot of media and public interest in the subject. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women after lung cancer.

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Police/Fire/EMS - Oct. 26, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 44 incidents.

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U.S. foreign policy still murky

Opinion Column

After watching the third presidential debate, are you clear on America’s foreign policy? I thought not. That’s because there appears to be no singular foreign policy, rather a series of foreign policies, which must be tailored to fit each nation.

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Romney looking to start another war

Letter to the editor

In a letter to the editor, John A. Taylor of Leesburg says that Romney is looking to start another way.

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Veteran’s last vote an inspiration


How important is your vote? Important enough that for one 93-year-old World War II veteran out in Hawaii, he made sure he got his in, even though he was on his deathbed.

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Ethanol plant puts production on hold

Drought conditions in the Midwest prompts Georgia's largest ethanol plant to idle its production.

Hattie L. Turner

Hattie L. Turner, 90, Blakely, died October 22, 2012

Mary Lou Wakefield

Mary Lou Wakefield, Arlington, GA died October 19, 2012

Lucille Logan Turner

Lucille Logan Turner, 88, died October 21, 2012

Willie L. Sikes

Willie L, Sikes, Sr., 80, Anchorage, Alaska, died October 18, 2012

Mae B. West

Mae B. West, 80, Georgetown, GA, died October 19, 2012

Annie L. Franklin

Annie Lue Franklin, 87, Albany, died October 19, 2012

J. W. Barber

J. W. Barber, 54, Blakely, died October 17, 2012

Sherman Douglas Pressley

Sherman Douglas Pressley, 62, Leesburg, died October 24, 2012

Joseph C. "Skippy" Rogers, Jr.

Joseph C. Rogers, Jr., 66, Poulan, died October 24, 2012

Clara Mae Henderson Nix

Clara Mae Henderson Nix, 73, Albany, died October 21, 2012

Carol Diann Thomas

Carol Diann Thomas, 51, died October 25, 2012

Irene Seabolt McDearmid

Irene Seabolt McDearmid, 85, died October 22, 2012

Mrs. Idella Williams Dennison

Idella Williams Dennison, 81, Albany, died October 16, 2012

Betsey Caldwell Meyer

Betsey Caldwell Meyer, 69, died October 24, 2012

A.J. Coley

A.J. Coley, 92, of Ashburn, died October 25, 2012

Nathaniel Tolbert

Nathaniel Tolbert, 48, Albany, died October 20, 2012

Lee Gertha Roberts

Lee Gertha Roberts, 70, Dawson, died October 23, 2012

Mary C. Overbey

Mary C. Overbey, 87, died October 22 2012

Susie M. Gilbert

Susie M. Gilbert, 71, died October 22, 2012

Amy Hunter Owens

Amy Hunter Owens, 49, Fitzgerald, died October 25,2012

Bennie Lacy

Bennie Lacy, 65, Jakin, died October 24, 2012

Michael Hutchins

Michael Hutchins, Arlington, died October 20, 2012

William Daniel Palmer, Jr.

William Daniel Palmer, Jr., 93, Camilla, died October 25, 2012

Darian Henderson

Darian Henderson, 46, Blakely, died October 17, 2012

Sammy Manning, Jr.

Sammy Manning, Jr., 50,Nashville, GA died October 19, 2012

William Ralph Crozier

William Ralph Crozier, 90, Ft. Gaines, died October 24, 2012

Coletta Renea Willingham Davis

Coletta Renea Willingham Davis, 44, Camilla, died October 23, 2012

Truddie Flewellen

Truddie Flewellen, 92, Georgetown, GA, died October 16, 2012

Lawrence Moore

Lawrence Moore, 48, died October 19, 2012

Mr. Donald Randle

Donald Randle, 63, Albany, died October 17, 2012

Hilda Mae Thomas

Hilda Mae Thomas, 74, Bronwood, GA died October 24, 2012

Dorothy Gilford

Dorothy Gilford, Sylvester, died October 19, 2012

Ozzie R. Seay

Ozzie R. Seay, Albany, died October 18, 2012

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Town Hall meeting about new open records law

Albany City Attorney Nathan Davis plans to discuss a new state law dealing with government open meetings and open records at City Commissioner Jon Howard’s 10 a.m. Saturday town hall meeting.

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Bishop gains endorsements

The veteran U.S. congressman representing District 2 is running for his 11th term.

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Squawk of the day - Oct. 26, 2012

Check out today's squawk of the day!

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VIDEO OF THE DAY: LG Elevator prank

Watch how technology manufacturer LG 'engages' some of its audience.

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Bainbridge opens worlds largest bioplastics facility

A private, renewable plastics manufacturer is cutting the ribbon on its brand new facility in Bainbridge today.

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WG&L, RiverQuarium reach deal on well

Albany's Water, Gas & Light Commission Board approved this morning a request by officials at the Flint RiverQuarium that would allow the aquarium to dig its own well on site.

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Former prison guard pleads guilty to inmate abuse

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Georgia says that a former Macon State Prison guard has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from an investigation of inmate abuse.

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SOWEGA Roundup: Couple making waves as reality T.V. stars

A couple from a small Southwest Georgia town are proving to be a resilient fixture on a popular national reality show.

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WWII vet dies at age 93 after casting last ballot

A World War II veteran whose effort to vote from his deathbed inspired thousands has died a week after casting his final ballot.

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Metro Albany jobless rate down

The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the preliminary unemployment rate in metro Albany declined to 9.4 percent in September, down five-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 9.9 percent in August. The rate was 10.7 percent in September 2011.

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Panda Express!

The man they call "Kung Fu Panda" --- Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval --- goes off Wednesday night in Game 1 of the World Series, homering three times to tie a coveted MLB record and lift the Giants past the Tigers, 8-3.