News for Monday, September 10, 2012


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A nation rejoices!

After 76 years of pain and anguish — marking one of the longest droughts in all of professional sports — Great Britain finally has a men’s grand slam tennis champion again after Scotland’s Andy Murray beats Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in the U.S. Open final late Monday night in New York, becoming Britain’s first major champ since 1936.

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Arson suspected in Publix fire

A Sunday-afternoon fire at the Lee County Publix is being investigated as arson by Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens’ office.

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ATC to offer free practice GED tests

High school equivalency practice tests will be available statewide as part of Adult Literacy Week.

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Fire station vandalized

Two criminal trespass incidents result in a vehicle window being shattered and a fire station being vandalized.

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School Board questions Murfree on Title I expenditures

Dougherty County's school superintendent says the administration is working with the department of education.

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Police/Fire/EMS - Sept. 11, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 80 incidents.

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Leesburg Council tweaks budget

Much of the budget reduction discussed by Leesburg City Council members involved personnel and equipment.

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Lee to accept MCLB students

The Lee County School System is expected to accept MCLB-Albany's K-12 children for an annual tuition fee of $1,504.50.

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Olive Garden draws large crowd on opening day

The anticipated opening of the Olive Garden restaurant in Albany attracts a crowd of happy diners.

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Parker pushes adult literacy

Albany Technical College’s president says the school will focus on “structural unemployment.”

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ASU, Darton release college improvement plans

Colleges and universities from throughout the state have released their plans on how to improve graduation rates and grow the number of college graduates in the state -- part of an initiative created by Gov. Nathan Deal.

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Parties’ only common ground in mud pit

In a letter to the editor, Warren D. Grant of Albany says that parties’ only common ground is in a mud pit.

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Inequality could be new reality after election

In a letter to the editor, Walt Specht of Leesburg says that inequality could be the new reality after election.

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Historians will judge success of president

In a letter to the editor, Tony Wright of Albany says that historians will judge the success of President Obama.

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Sept. 11, 2001, 11 years later

Today marks the eleventh anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001.

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9/11 should be a somber reminder

When the gathering happens this year at the site of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in New York City, one segment of the population will be conspicuously absent.

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Squawk of the day - Sept. 11, 2012

Check out today's squawk of the day!

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Do tests truly measure knowledge?

Critics of liberal democracy have often suggested that the slim emolument and limited sense of importance attached to governmental positions will deter the ablest citizens from seeking careers as permanent servants of the state.

Mildred Fowler Davis

Mildred Fowler Davis 74, Cotton, died September 9, 2012

Mary J. Keaton

Mary J. Keaton, 51, Bainbridge, died September 9, 2012

Jimmy Walker

Jimmy Walker, Americus, died September 8, 2012

Samolene Cooper Houston

Samolene Cooper Houston, died September 9, 2012

Claudia Conley

Claudia Conley, 70, Washington, died September 8, 2012

David R. Smith

David R. Smith, 66, Brinson, GA, died September 9, 2012

Michael Scott Gaebler

Michael Scott Gaebler, 42, Albany, died September 9, 2012

Mrs. Loretta Smith

Loretta Smith. Albany, died September 4, 2012

Mitch Macheers

Mitch Macheers, 56, Leesburg, died September 8, 2012

Roy L. McDade

Roy L. McDade, 76, Baconton, GA, died September 9, 2012

Sara W. Stocks

Sara W. Stocks, 100, Lee County, died September 9, 2012

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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Football trick shots

From trick shot extraordinaires Dude Perfect, comes a video just in time for football season showing some of their more outrageous moves on the gridiron.

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Fire causes power outage at MCLB

Personnel non-essential to the function of MCLB-Albany went home early Monday after a fire.

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Customs agent arrested in border corruption probe

A Customs agent in San Diego has been arrested on allegations he knowingly allowed a convicted immigrant smuggler into the United States, among other things.

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Albany, Dougherty County LOST mediation starts

Albany and Dougherty County officials are working with mediators to determine an equitable split of tax funds.

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Police: Officer fatally shot in suburban Detroit

Authorities say a 12-year veteran police officer was fatally shot in suburban Detroit while rushing to the aid of a man officers thought needed medical attention.

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Police probe shooting at Atlanta train station

Police with Atlanta's commuter train system are investigating a shooting on the platform of a station in Decatur.

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APD investigates early-morning home invasion

Three people were injured and a large amount of cash stolen during the robbery of an Albany residence.

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NFL ROUNDUP: RG III, Redskins stun Saints; Bears ruin Luck's debut

Robert Griffin III shines in his debut, throwing for 320 yards as the Redskins beat the Saints, 4-32, while the Bears spoil Andrew Luck's debut with the Colts. (INCLUDES A WRAP-UP OF ALL SUNDAY'S GAMES.)

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McIIroy wins BMW title

Rory McIIroy fires a 5-under 67 on Sunday to beat Phil Mickelson and win the BWM title against the strongest PGA field of the year.

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Serena comes back to win U.S. Open title

Serena Williams comes back to beat Victoria Azarenka, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 to win the U,S. Open women’s title.