News for Thursday, October 4, 2012

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Front Street closing for FlintFest

Front Street in Albany will be mostly closed this weekend for FlintFest 2.

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FALCONS NOTEBOOK: Despite 4-0 start, Atlanta needs fine-tuning; Falcons' Smith, Redskins' Hall make up following 2009 spat

Too many sacks on Matt Ryan and a sideline temper tantrum by coach Mike Smith have the Falcons still feeling like there’s lots of work to be done.

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Local artists vital part of festival

Local musicians will augment the talents of better-known acts at the three-day Georgia Throwdown in Albany Oct. 12-14.

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In Albany, 311 calls up answers

A city of Albany non-emergency information call system has received a statewide Trendsetter award.

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Mosques are a part of our nation's religious fabrics

The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, opened in August 2012 after enduring two years of controversy, perhaps bringing to a close the vandalism and violence that has roiled both the structure itself and people of this middle Tennessee city of 100,000 citizens.

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Police/Fire/EMS report for october 5, 2012

APD responds to at least 40 incidents.

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‘arts.about.ALBANY’ ongoing through October

October is expected to be “a month of colors, textures and sounds” in Albany.

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ATC opens new Adult Education Center

A local college now has centers in six counties geared toward creating a “literate work force.”

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MCLB ‘breaks the silence’ on domestic violence

Statistics show there were 108 domestic violence fatalities reported in Georgia in 2011.

The Squawk of the Day - Oct. 5, 2012

Pick up today's Albany Herald to see what people are squawking about.

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Albany Herald Week 5 H.S. Football Player of the Week Poll: Voting closed

Kenneth Hurley of Lee County is The Albany Herald's Week 5 Player of the Week with 55 percent of the votes.

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Lily Pad bids farewell to director

It was an emotional day at the Lily Pad SANE center. Most are.

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Magistrate judge drops murder charge against woman

Despite a Magistrate Court judge’s decision to drop a murder charge against a woman, the district attorney says it isn’t over.

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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Prank gone bad

This is an old one but a good one.

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Area state legislators, Junior League celebrate Ga. Pre-K Week

Rynders, Powell and junior league members read to four-year-old students.

State Representatives Ed Rynders and Jay Powell and representatives of the Junior League of Albany helped celebrate the 20th anniversary of Georgia's Pre-K Program on Thursday by reading to gatherings of four-year-old students.

Bobby Lee Graydon

Bobby Lee Graydon 56, Ashburn, died September 29, 2012

Anna L. White

Anna L. White of Edison, died October 2, 2012

Kendal Jamal York

Kendal Jamal York, 18, Blakely, died October 2, 2012

Joyce Margerum

Joyce Dutchess Margerum, 61, died September 29, 2012

Orlando Butts

Orlando Butts, 64, died September 27, 2012

Jewel Beverly Barnes

Jewel Beverly Barnes, 70, Albany, died October 1, 2012

Lois Barfield Witczak

Lois Barfield Witczak, 82, died October 3, 2012

Mrs. Pommie Lee Hightower White

Pommie lee Hightower White, 90, Albany, died September 30, 2012

Alma Louise Crawford

Alma Louise Crawford, 99, died September 30, 2012

Adrianne Jeannell Rhine

Adrianne Jeannell Rhine, of Richland, died September 27, 2012

Myrtis Coley Hartry

Myrtis Coley Hartry, Detroit, Michigan, died October 3, 2012

Mrs. Georgia Mae Kennedy Banks

Georgia Mae Kennedy Banks, 61, Albany, died September 28, 2012

Alice Harris

Alice Harris, 34, Albany, died September 29, 2012

Florine W. Jones

Florine W. Jones, 52, Albany, died October 4, 2012

Cornelia Brown

Cornelia Brown, Sylvester, died September 30, 2012

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Most wanted 'pirate' captured

The most frequently featured fugitive in the Most Wanted section printed each Friday in The Albany Herald has been captured.

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Homewares giant KitchenAid apologizes for insulting Obama tweet

KitchenAid, the homewares giant that manufactures items for American households, is apologizing this morning after a tweet reportedly coming from its official account insulting President Barack Obama during the presidential debate.

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News from around Georgia: Dogs poisoned, man killed by train

These are the headlines trending from around the state this morning.

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Bulldogs lose leading WR Bennett for season; Mitchell's Scott-Wesley to see more playing time?

Michael Bennett, Georgia’s leading wideout, tears his ACL at the end of Tuesday’s practice and will miss the rest of the year, coach Mark Richt announces Wednesday.

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Chipper singles in final at-bat as Braves blank Pirates, 4-0; Cardinals up next Friday in Wild Card playoff

Chipper Jones plays his final regular season with a pinch-hit single as the Braves beat the Pirates, 4-0, as Atlanta now gets prepared for its NL Wild Card game against the Cardinals at Turner field at 5 p..m. on Friday.

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Cabrera wins first Triple Crown in 45 years

Detroit's Miguel Cabrera becomes just the 15th player in history to win a Triple Crown, and the first since 1967.

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MLB PLAYOFF ROUNDUP: A's stun Rangers on final day, win AL West; Yankees rout Red Sox to win AL East

Oakland rallies from a 5-1 hole Wednesday to crush the Rangers, 12-5, and improbably win the AL West title, while the Yankees --- who controlled their own destiny --- demolished bitter rival Boston to win the AL East.

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LOCAL COLLEGE/PREP ROUNDUP: Albany High softball team reaches state tourney for the first time in history; ASU football players honored by conference

Following its 10-7 upset win in the Region 1-AAAA softball tournament Wednesday against Dougherty, Albany’s fast-pitch team officially punched its ticket to the state playoffs for the first time in history. (ADDS: roundup items on Lee County, Dougherty and Randolph Southern softball teams; ASU football's weekly conference awards)

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HERALD DYNAMITE DOZEN PROFILE NO. 5: Emanuel Byrd, Albany High

There’s a fire and spirit burning in Albany High quarterback Emanuel Byrd that pushes him and drives him toward excellence in and out of the classroom, and it comes from his heart — a heart that beats for his aunt Claudia, the woman who has undoubtedly made Byrd Albany High’s driving force.

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Georgia Tech looking for answers on defense

A crushing loss to Miami in overtime — followed by an embarrassing loss to lowly Middle Tennessee State — has the Yellow Jackets officially pushing the panic button in Atlanta.

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Darton men’s soccer enjoying life at the top

Darton is undefeated, ranked No. 1 in the nation and dreaming about its first national title, which the Cavs could play for next month on their own field.

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