News for Friday, October 5, 2012


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Obama prepped for wrong Romney

The Mitt Romney who showed up on a debate stage at the University of Denver last week was a commanding figure — warm, engaging, polished and smart. He was the missing Mitt, the one little seen since the Republican primaries began.

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Downtown Albany Post office closure could prove costly

U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop is demanding information from the U.S. Postal Service on what prompted closure of an Albany post office.

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FlintFest2 today opens active month for Albany

Wings and Wildlife, the Georgia Throwdown, the Riverfront Run, the Freedom Singers and much more loom for October.

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Braves eliminated from playoffs

The Braves’ season — and Chipper Jones’ career — is over after the Cardinals, aided by a controversial call in the bottom of the eighth inning, beat Atlanta in the NL Wild Card one-game playoff at Turner Field, 6-3.

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Richt pleased with No. 5 Georgia’s timely defense

SEC Eastern Division bragging rights, a pair of undefeated records and possibly a shot at a national title appearance are on the line when South Carolina and Georgia play tonight.

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ASU looking for another win to build momentum

Albany State, which snapped a three-game losing streak last week, can get back to .500 with a win today vs. Lane in the Music City Classic.

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Country star Corbin living his dream

Chart-topping country singer Easton Corbin will play Friday at 7 p.m. at Albany’s Exchange Club Fairgrounds.

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Coalition keeps fighting cancer

A cancer-fighting organization changes its name and continues the fight here in South Georgia.

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Police/Fire/EMS report for october 6, 2012

APD responds to at least 49 incidents.

The Squawk of the Day - Oct. 6, 2012

Pick up Saturday's Albany Herald to find out what people are squawking about.

Betty Burroughs

Betty Burroughs, 70, Albany, died October 4, 2012

Mary L. Perry

Mary L. Perry, Cordele, died October 5, 2012

Sandra Lorraine Bulloch Bullington

Sandra Lorraine Bulloch Bullington, 64, Pelham, died October 05, 2012

James Martin Apperson

James Martin Apperson, 83, Albany, died October 05, 2012

Carrie Bell Kimbrough

Carrie Bell Kimbrough, 84, Dayton, OH, died September 28, 2012

Barry Scott Shelton

Barry Scott Shelton, 58, died September 27, 2012

Anita Nelson Pannell

Anita Nelson Pannell, 74, Albany, died October 4, 2012

Lendon Gary Bennett

Lendon Gary Bennett, 60, Omega, died October 4, 2012

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Olens tells state school chief to lay off political activity

The battle over Amendment 1, which would allow the state to create charter schools over the objections of local school boards, took a new twist this past week.

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VIDEO OF THE DAY: This lady 'cracks' us up.

Apparently in Texas, you just can't find ANY honest people any more.

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One dead, one injured in Worth County house fire

Officials say that one person has died after being trapped inside a burning home in Worth County this morning.

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U.S. unemployment levels hit 7.8 percent

US unemployment rate falls to 7.8 pct. in September, lowest since Jan. 2009; hiring increases.

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LOCAL COLLEGE/PREP ROUNDUP: Lee County softball finishes runner-up in 1-AAAAA tourney; Crisp claims 1-AAAA title

Lee County falls short of winning region Thursday, while Crisp County ends Worth County's reign. (ADDS: items on Deerfield softball; ASU volleyball)

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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 6 of "Guessperts" as Stewart and Phillips are now tied for first, with Millikan four games back and Schnitker and Aller pulling up the rear (again).

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After one season, Red Sox tell Valentine to hit the road

Bobby V is out in Boston after one dreadful, forgettable season as the Red Sox's manager.

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MLB PLAYOFF ROUNDUP: Wild Card teams prepared for possibility of being one and done; Braves to sit McCann vs. Cardinals

Following tonight’s NL and AL one-game, Wild Card playoffs, there’s sure to be plenty of debate about how fair the new format is.

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Running games to play huge role in UGA-S.C. showdown

Georgia is concerned about South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore — but the Gamecocks are equally worried about UGA’s double threat at RB.

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Pair of local archers head to World Championships in Fla.

Locals Kate Douglas and Trellis Whaley take aim at world archery titles this weekend at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando.

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PREP FOOTBALL PREDICTION COLUMN: 1-AAAA takes the week off — and I like it

Herald High School Writer Mike Phillips isn't used to Region 1-AAAA's teams all being on a bye at the same time like they are this week, but he thinks the move to give everyone the same off week if the fairest thing to do.

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Albany Crime Stopper Most Wanted - Oct. 5, 2012

Albany Area Crime Stoppers has one Most Wanted fugitive this week. All fugitives on the Albany Area Crime Stoppers Most Wanted List should be considered armed and dangerous.

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Religion no excuse for America’s enemies

Letter to the editor

Following the news accounts about events in the Middle East, I kept hearing references to “the Muslim World.” Since when do we care what religion our enemies are? Europe is predominately Catholic, but during WWII no one ever heard that we were at war with the Catholic world. In Japan, we didn’t fight the Taoists and in Vietnam we didn’t fight the Buddists.

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School board member sets a poor example

Letter to the editor

Albany’s school children certainly deserve better than a school board member that is “not guilty.” There is no argument regarding the fact that Mrs Riggins’ children did receive free or reduced-cost meals.

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America is quietly losing its freedoms

Letter to the editor

I wish I had the resources to hire a wannabe Paul Revere to fly a plane over America. The plane would have to be equipped with a giant loudspeaker, so the pilot (Paul) could holler out: “The terrorists are here! The terrorists are here!”

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Romney scores Round 1 win in debate

Opinion column

President Obama was supposed to deliver a final staggering blow to challenger Mitt Romney Wednesday night on the way to a second term. But in their debate, Romney scored epic upset.

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ASU NOTEBOOK: Rams hope TD vs. KSU sparks star WR Tubbs

Albany State receiver Ronnie Tubbs broke through with an 18-yard TD pass last week and is trying to get more involved in the Rams’ offense. (ADD: items on Grissett's injury update; Rams' resurgent kicking game; conference adding another new school in 2014-15)

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Dougherty police officials: Wanted man turns himself in

A suspect faces charges including armed robbery surrenders to authorities.

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Historic night

If unbeaten Lee County can top Hardaway tonight in its Region 1-AAAAA opener in Leesburg, it will become the first team in school history to start a season 6-0.

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Giveaway event officials drop plan for registration of voters

A planned combination voter registration drive and food and clothing giveaway would have violated state elections law.