News for Friday, September 7, 2012


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Gabby Giffords embodies resilience

The bands played, the confetti flew and the pundits pronounced on Bill Clinton's folksy wonkiness, Jennifer Granholm's YouTube-ready theatrics and President Obama's "workmanlike" acceptance speech. I'm consumed, however, by the less-expected star turns by understudies at last week's Democratic National Convention.

There are still angels among us

Letter writer Tekla C. Sellars says some unexpected help in a hospital parking lot renews her faith of the good in people.

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Job creation numbers still weak

For all the political splash, pomp and circumstance over the past two weeks as America's two major political parties patted themselves on the back and hobnobbed with celebrities and the like, the jobs numbers that came out Friday should have been a dose of sobering reality.

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Sheriff’s office, jail take big bite from budget

Dougherty County officials say more than one-third of the county’s budget is spent on the sheriff’s department and jail.

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Music immortals to be honored with festivals

Soul superstar Ray Charles and Hall of Fame songwriter Boudleaux Bryant will be celebrated by their hometowns.

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Stop the Violence leader talks to Exchange Club

A local activist says community involvement is essential if citizens want to curtail violence.

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Gray to hear Baker election fraud complaint

A seperate investigation has been launched by the Georgia Secretary of State's office.

An investigation into alleged election irregularities has been launched by the Georgia Secretary of State’s office.

Religion bulletin for September 8, 2012

Former President Carter is scheduled to teach Sunday school this Sunday.

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Police, fire and EMS reports for Sept. 8, 2012

These are calls that public safety departments in Albany and Dougherty County responded to Sept. 6-7, 2012.

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Fake loan company website targets Albany

According to the Better Business Bureau of Columbus, a bogus loan company is targeting Albany residents.

Squawk of the Day - Sept. 8, 2012

Pick up a copy of The Albany Herald to read all of the squawks.

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PREVIEW: Wingate’s pass-happy attack to test Rams’ secondary today in N.C.; game to be streamed live online

Wingate throws the ball around 50 times a game and will put the ASU’s secondary to the test today in the Rams’ first road game of 2012.

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PREVIEW: Georgia Tech looks to bounce back vs. Presbyterian after season-opening loss

The Yellow Jackets began with an opening loss in overtime just a few days ago to Virginia Tech and now must find a way to shake off that loss and take care of business today against lowly Presbyterian.

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PREVIEWS: Bulldogs ready to spoil Tigers' prime time, SEC debut; Auburn gets key players back for MSU showdown

Missouri makes its SEC debut tonight on national TV against the Georgia Bulldogs, who’d like nothing more than to spoil that debut and move to 2-0.

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Albany’s Greene looks to keep shining as FSU’s new kick returner vs. Savannah State

In his first action, on his first series as FSU’s new punt returner, Albany native Rashad Greene took it to the house — a trend the Seminoles hope continues today vs. Savannah State.

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BREAKING NEWS: Suspension lifted for Saints' players tied to bounty investigation

NFL stars Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Scott Fujita and Anthony Hargrove see their controversial NFL suspensions for their roles in bountygate lifted Friday, allowing them to return to action and play immediately.

Angela Lorena Davis

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

Abbie R. Hatton

Abbie R. Hatton, 79, died September 6, 2012

Anne Thomas Conger

Anne Thomas Conger, 86, Bainbridge, died September 5, 2012

Ruth Daniels

Ruth Daniels, 90, died September 4, 2012

Johnie Wynn

Johnie Wynn, 89, Fitzgerald, died September 6, 2012

Lori Ledgerwood

Lori Ledgerwood, 64, Bainbridge, died September 7, 2012

Kendra Kinsey

Kendra Kinsey, 25, died September 6, 2012

Johnny Key

Johnny Key, 64, died August 30, 2012

Louise Elizabeth Pryor

Louise Elizabeth Pryor, 84, Athens, died September 7, 2012

Terri Lynn Whitaker

Terry Whitaker, 46, Damascus, died September 6, 2012

Tiney J. Howard Palmore

Tiney J. Howard Palmore, 65, died August 30, 2012

Patricia Bridges Tatum

Patricia Bridges Tatum, Sumter County, died September 4, 2012

Alicia Monts

Alicia Monts, 48, Americus, died September 2, 2012

Franklin Parker

Franklin Parker, 56, Albany, died September 4, 2012

Eunice Cloteel Holt Saunders

Eunice Cloteel Holt Saunders, 84, Scooterville, died September 6, 2012

Elosie Brown Buffi

Elosie Brown Buffi, Lee County, died September 6, 2012

Charles E. Hawkins, Sr.

Charles E. Hawkins, Sr., 60, Newton, died September 4, 2012

Josephine Anderson

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

Solomon Clark

Solomon Clark, 90, Albany, died September 7, 2012

Bernice Johnson Roney

Bernice Johnson Roney, 81, Albany, died September 7, 2012

Arthur James Roberts

Arthur James Roberts, 54, Albany, died August 30, 2012

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Price: DCSS management 'broken'

A Dougherty County School Board candidate says she's concerned about mismanagement of the county school system.

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VIDEO OF THE DAY: Maryland State Trooper hit by tractor trailer

A Maryland State Trooper is alive but will likely never be able to work as a peace officer again after being struck by a tractor trailer.

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Man charged with murder of 4-year-old boy

A 21-year-old man is in custody in connection with the murder of a 4-year-old boy.

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Poulan mayor arrested for drug possession

Hugh Dustin Grubbs is arrested late Thursday for illegal possession of prescription narcotics.

Hugh Dustin Grubbs is arrested Thursday afternoon for illegal possession of prescription narcotics.

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US economy adds 96K jobs, rate falls to 8.1 pct.

U.S. employers added 96,000 jobs last month, a weak figure that could slow any momentum President Barack Obama hoped to gain from his speech to the Democratic National Convention.

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Cashier chases man through downtown Augusta

Authorities say a cashier chased a suspect through downtown Augusta after being robbed at knife-point.

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U.S. OPEN: Ferrerr wins epic five-setter, will face defending champ Djokovic in semis; Bryan bros. back in doubles final

David Ferrer of Spain won an epic five-setter Thursday to advance to the U.S. Open semifinals, where Novak Djokovic awaits, while the U.S.A.’s Bryan brothers reach the doubles final again.

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Another Rockies error propels Braves to second straight 1-0 win

For the second game in a row, Atlanta only needs one run to beat the Rockies, who are shut out for the second straight day by the Braves.

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Herald sports editor Danny Aller and staff writers Mike Phillips, John Millikan and Matt Stewart --- along with, for the first time, WFXL Fox 31 sports anchor Andrew Schnitker --- make their picks in this season's second edition of "Guessperts" following Week 1, which finished with a tie for first place by Millikan and Stewart with records of 17-4.

Albany Area Crime Stoppers Most Wanted - Sept. 7, 2012

Albany Area Crime Stoppers has eight Most Wanted fugitives this week.

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Local golfer Clanton wins playoff at Doublegate, secures spot in prestigious U.S. Senior Amateur

Albany will have a representative in the U.S. Senior Amateur Open later this month in N.J. after Bill Clanton earns a coveted qualifying spot Thursday at Doublegate.