News for Tuesday, September 11, 2012


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Think about times when things go right

Sometimes when things are going badly for us, our thinking can become distorted and we think that things will never improve. Sometimes we believe that things are always going badly in our lives.

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The things you learn at a beauty shop

When I breezed into the beauty shop amidst the chatter of voices and clatter of hair dryers and curling irons, I noticed the thick book dropped casually in a chair and it struck me as a bit strange. It’s rare to see anyone reading that book these days. It was probably the first time in decades that a copy of it has seen the inside of a beauty shop.

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Congress’s week will be weak

Congress is back in session, for what it’s worth. And it’s not worth much.

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As U.S. Open comes to close, one player asks the burning question: Why do women make equal prize money — but only play three sets?

Veteran tennis pro Nikolay Davydenko echoes the complaints of many on the ATP Tour at the U.S. Open recently when he wonders aloud why men can’t play three sets like the women — or at least make the women play five sets like the men since women are now taking home equal prize money at majors.

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Election must not be day that America ‘shrugged’

My wife, Angie, and I saw “2016: Obama’s America” recently while in the Denver area.

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This week's "Burning Question": Is Lee County's offense really this good?

Each week, The Herald’s sports staff will pose a new “Burning Question” at that’s topical in regards to what area prep football fans are talking about after last week’s games. Feel free to log on and discuss!

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Missouri fans sure know how to host a football game

Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith writes this week that while Missouri lost to his beloved Bulldogs over the weekend, the town --- and their fans --- were gracious losers and still made sure all those who came had a good time.

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Lee official will leave office early

District 2 Lee County Commissioner Betty Johnson says she will vacate her seat after a split vote on a wage survey.

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The Herald's sports staff continues its "Prep Peek," which includes The Herald Heisman Watch, Dynamite Dozen drop-in, Quote of the Week, By the Numbers, the next Game of the Week selection, the Fab 5 Poll and the area's Week 4 schedule.

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Nation’s veterans embody America’s true greatness

I knew I was in for a treat Labor Day morning when my meeting with a group of six octogenarians featured this great line from ringleader Silas Barnes....

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BULLDOGS NOTEBOOK: UGA getting two suspended defensive stars back Saturday, still mum on status of Rambo, Ogletree; Uga IX set to make debut

Starting CB Sanders Commings and LB Chase Vasser will return Saturday to face FAU after a two-game ban, while Bulldogs coach Mark Richt continues to dodge questions about two more suspended defensive starters.

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Nonprofit offender service to hold drive

The Post-Release Intervention Counseling Service will hold a voter registration drive Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. in the Southside Pool Room at 310 Highland Avenue.

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After two cupcakes to open season, FSU ready for first test

The Seminoles blew out Murray State and Savannah State in a pair of laughers to begin the year, but now the competition gets tougher when they host Wake Forest on Saturday afternoon in their ACC opener.

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Chizik: 0-2 Auburn needs to man up

Two years removed from winning the national title, the Tigers are off to a dreadful 0-2 start — and that doesn't sit well with head coach Gene Chizik.

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Falcons flying high after impressive 2012 debut

The Falcons can’t bask in their convincing 40-24 win on Sunday against the Chiefs because next up is their home opener — in prime time on Monday night — against Peyton Manning and the Broncos.

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Respect paid to fallen on Patriot Day

The 11th annual Patriots' Field of Flags 9/11 Memorial pays respect to the fallen -- our relatives, friends and community.

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Lee taxes likely to remain the same

Lee County Commissioners plan to meet Sept. 27 to set the county's tax millage rate.

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Veteran moves into new Habitat home

Flint River Habitat for Humanity holds a 9/11 observance as it places a Navy veteran in her new home on Sunny Lane.

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Police/Fire/EMS - Sept. 12, 2012

Albany police respond to at least 48 incidents.

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SUNDAY PREP FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Trojans honor Sutton on Friday, plan to dedicate entire season

Former Lee County football player Steven Sutton, who died earlier this year while serving his country overseas as a Lance Cpl. in the U.S. Marines, will have the entire Trojans’ season dedicated in his memory. (ADDS: items on Lee-Albany offense, defense; Calhoun County; Baconton Charter; Sherwood; Randolph-Clay; Bainbridge-Cairo)

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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Naval Academy sings a 9-11 tribute

See this touching rendition of the Eagles' song "Hole in the World" performed by the U.S. Naval Academy choir.

Angela Lorna Davis

Angela Lorena Davis, 44, Unadilla. died September 7, 2012

Joseph Lee Thomas

Joseph Lee Thomas, 58, Tifton, died September 11, 2012

Geraldine Dodson Edwards

Geraldine Dodson Edwards, Sumter County, died September 8, 2012

Audrey Lee Potts

Audrey Lee Potts, 80, Cuthbert, died September 10, 2012

Oren C. "Pat" James

Oren C. James, 85, Sylvester, died September 10, 2012

Jimmy Walker

Jimmy Walker, Sumter County, died September 8, 2012

Herman Donalson

Herman Donalson, 91, Colquitt, died September 10, 2012

Kenneth Ronald Pilkinton

Ronald Pilkinton, 71, of Ochlocknee, died September 2, 2012

Annie Katherine Watson Shiver

Annie Katherine Watson Shiver, 89, Milton, FL, died September 7, 2012

Betty Eidson Oliver

Betty Eidson Oliver, 85, Jacksonville, FL, died September 9, 2012

Pinkie Lee Brackins

Pinkie Lee Brackins, 77 Arlington, died September 10, 1012

Josephine Anderson

Josephine Anderson, 71, Albany, died September 7, 2012

Edward L. Wilson

Edward Lawrence Wilson, 69, Albany, died September 7, 2012

Joyce Lee Sellars

Joyce Lee Sellars, 62, Albany, died September 11, 2012

Tonezia Seantrell Hudson

Tonezia Seantrell Hudson, 15, of Albany died August 31, 2012

James Barnett Parr

James Barnett Parr, 79, Albany, died September 10, 2012

Michael Scott Gaebler

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Eva Frances Long Bearden

Eva Frances Long Bearden, 94, Albany, died September 10, 2012

Alfred W. Long, Sr.

Alfred W. Long, Sr., 73, Albany, died September 11, 2012

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Squawk of the day - Sept. 12, 2012

Check out today's squawk of the day!

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MCLB remembers 9/11

America marks the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania that killed almost 3,000.

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5 more soldiers charged in Ga. plot to overthrow government

Five more men have been charged in connection with an anti-government militia that authorities say was led by Army soldiers from Fort Stewart who stockpiled weapons and talked of bombing a Savannah park fountain, poisoning apple crops in the state of Washington and ultimately overthrowing the U.S. government.

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Good timing for drug agents; not so for dealers

Keeping eyes on a possible marijuana grow grove off Newton Road pays off for Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit agents.

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Porter sets October hearing dates for Heard lawsuit

A Dougherty County School Board at-large write-in candidate is attempting to get his name on the November ballot.

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Electrical short guts Albany house

Albany Firefighters say that electrical short in the attic of a vacant home sparked a fire that destroyed the structure early Tuesday morning.

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Venters blows lead, spoils great start by Minor as Atlanta sees win streak snapped by Brewers

Jonny Venters comes in late and blows a 1-0 Braves lead Monday against the Brewers, snapping Atlanta’s five-game winning streak.

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MNF ROUNDUP: Ravens batter Bengals in 2012 Monday Night Football debut; Chargers bust up Raiders

Joe Flacco threw for 299 yards and two touchdowns, Ed Reed took an interception 34 yards for a score, and the Baltimore Ravens beat the Cincinnati Bengals, 44-13, in the 2012 season debut of Monday Night Football for their 11th straight win at home, while later Monday night the Chargers hammer the Raiders in Oakland.

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Falcons CB Grimes out for season

Falcons starting CB Brent Grimes is done for the year after tearing his ACL in Sunday's season-opening win against the Chiefs.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: UGA passes stress test vs. Mizzou, star LB Jones honored; ASU dropped out of D-II Top 25 poll

The Bulldogs pass their first stress test of 2012 after going into a hostile environment — in their SEC opener — and taking care of business in a big way with a 41-20 drubbing. (ADDS: item on Vanderbilt-UGA game moved to prime time Sept. 22 on ESPN2)

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Fab 5 intact after top teams hang tough in Week 3

No. 1 Monroe rebounds from a heartbreaking loss in its opener to beat up on Class A power Wilcox County, while No. 2 Bainbridge edges another state power in Cairo — its biggest rival — and No. 3 Lee County and No. 4 Early County both roll, leaving Westover as the only Top 5 team to lose last week. (ADDS: breakout of latest Fab 5 Poll)