News for Thursday, April 11, 2013

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Managing stuff takes too much time

Religion column

It is disconcerting to contemplate the amount of stuff that middle class Americans own. Whereas the average size of an American home in 1960 was 983 square feet, that average home had mushroomed something like 250 percent in 2011 to 2,480 square feet, even while the average number of people living in the home shrank. My own family history closely mirrors this trend. My parents raised four children; the six of us lived in a three-bedroom, one-bath house with incredibly small closets. I could not imagine now living in such a home. It couldn’t contain all our stuff.

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MASTERS: Tiger fires 2-under with ‘Vonn-tourage’ in tow

Lindsey Vonn walks the fairway with boyfriend Tiger Woods, who fires a solid 2-under during the first round — even with hoards of media following their every step.

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PREVIEW: Braves, Nats ready to clash in first series

The first-place Braves begin a three-game series tonight against the Nationals, who are huge favorites to win the NL East, in the first of many showdowns this season.

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ASU NOTEBOOK: Rams still searching for QB recruits

National Signing Day has come and gone, and Albany State’s football team still is without a quarterback signee to replace last year’s senior starter David Kooi. (ADDS: Notes on running game, schedule)

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MASTERS NOTEBOOK: Guan, 14, doesn’t wilt in spotlight

Tianlang Guan, a 14-year-old amateur from China, is just 1-over after the first round and might just make the cut.

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National AND1 hoops show ready to rock house at Albany St.

The AND1 Streetball Tour stops in Albany tonight, where some of the world’s top streetballers will look to dazzle hoops fans at Albany State’s HPER Gymnasium.

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Sam’s Club hosting health screenings

An Albany business is offering health screenings Saturday.

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Albany Area Crime Stopper Most Wanted - April 12, 2013

Albany Area Crime Stoppers has two Most Wanted fugitives this week. Rufus May is wanted on a battery warrant while Melissa Mattox has three warrants against her, including probation violation.

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El Niño!

Arguably one of the greatest players to never win a major, Sergio “El Niño” Garcia — the Spanish superstar affectionately known as “The Kid” — is tied with Marc Leishman for the first-round lead after Day 1 of the Masters on Thursday at Augusta National Golf Club.

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PREVIEW: Westover eyes clean sweep under the lights at 10th annual Relays

The 10th annual Westover Relays take center stage tonight at Hugh Mills Stadium, where Westover has a chance to sweep the boys and girls title for the first time.

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MASTERS COLUMN: Hard to forget Masters win by Georgia’s own Tommy Aaron

Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith, who is spending all week at the Masters, looks back on the thrilling win by Georgia's own Tommy Aaron 40 years ago.

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Westover star LB Mills signs with Bridgewater

Westover’s Don Mills, a three-time Herald All-Area player and academic All-American, signs with Bridgewater College, where he will be a pre-med major.

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Patty Woodall, Hospice director, retiring today

Patty Woodall has worked for Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital for 26 years, heading up the hospice program since 1991.

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Margaret Thatcher inspired self-reliance

Opinion column

There is a story about Margaret Thatcher, which is probably apocryphal, but speaks volumes about the strength of Britain's first female prime minister, who died Monday at age 87.

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Remembering Margaret Thatcher's love of freedom

Opinion column

Margaret Thatcher, who served as prime minister of Britain from 1979 to 1990, is most famous for teaming up with my father Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II to peacefully end the Cold War and bring about the collapse of the Soviet Union. But at home, the "Iron Lady's" intellect, political will and love of freedom and capitalism also saved Britain from its long, slow death by socialism.

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Why do Republicans fear backgound checks for guns?

Opinion column

Sen. John McCain posed that question to fellow Republicans who vow to filibuster any bill mandating universal background checks on gun purchases. There are three answers to McCain and the first is this: If it's put to a vote, the bill will probably pass.

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'Let's Make a Bid' set for Sunday

For the first time in its 28-year history, the Albany Museum of Art fundraiser also is offering an online auction.

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Native American Festival returns

Chehaw's annual Native American Cultural Festival provides a weekend of fun and education.

Squawk of the Day 12 April 2013

Pick up a copy of today's Albany Herald to read more Squawks.

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Noted clarinetist visits pair of Albany schools

Narek Arutyuian is on a mission to show children how amazing classical music can be.

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Albany Technical College inducts 24 into Honor Society

Newly-minted National Technical Honors Society inductees hear a keynote address from Aamir Greene, the 2013 GOAL winner.

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Police/Fire/EMS - April 12, 2013

The Albany Police Department responded to at least 40 incidents on Wednesday and the early hours of Thursday, available reports show.

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FTC files new motions to stop merger of hospitals (UPDATE with FTC response)

An administrative trial on the merits of the acquisition of the former Palmyra Medical Center is scheduled to begin Aug. 5.

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DCA: Hotel/motel taxes can be used for salaries, with some exceptions

The hotel/motel tax generates $750,000 each year for the Convention and Visitors Bureau in Albany.

Louise Brooks

Louise Brooks, 101, of Pelham, Ga. died Thursday, April 04, 2013.

Virginia A.Turner

Virginia A. Turner, 80, of Albany, GA, died Wednesday, April 10, 2013.

Joanne Railey Clipper

Joanne Railey Clipper, 66, of Albany died Saturday, April 6, 2013.

Joseph Lee Slaughter

Joseph Lee Slaughter, 52 of Albany, GA died Sunday, April 07, 2013.

Mildred Arnold Davis

Mildred Arnold Davis, 91, of Warwick died Thursday April 11, 2013.

Ulyeses Hillsman, Sr.

Ulyeses Hillsman, Sr., 60, of Albany died Monday, April 8, 2013.

William L. Howard

William L. Howard, of Brunswick, Georgia, died April 11, 2013.

Angie Skipper Hudson

Angie Skipper Hudson, 50, of Donalsonville, GA died Tuesday, April 9, 2013.

Donna Sapp

Donna Sapp, of Worth County, GA , died Thursday, April 11, 2013.

Raymond Kevin Banks

Raymond Kevin Banks died October 28, 2012.

Charlie Angrish

Charlie Angrish of Sumter County, Georgia died Wednesday, April 10, 2013.

Mr. Luther Timothy Lewis

Luther Timothy Lewis, 66, died Saturday, April 6, 2013.

James Clark Sr.

James Clark, Sr., died Wednesday, April 10, 2013.

Mary B. Singletary

Mary B. Singletary, 84, of Newton, died Tuesday, April 9, 2013.

Murry L. Williams

Murry L. Williams, 100, of Leary, died April 10, 2013.

Mary Marie Jordan

Mary Marie Jordan, 51, of Moultrie, died Thursday, April 4, 2013.

Claude Harris

Claude Harris, Jr., 71 of Albany, GA died Saturday, April 06, 2013.

Lillie Mae Lamb Olds

Lillie Mae Lamb Olds, 66, of Albany died Saturday, April 6, 2013.

Kathy Stephens

Kathy Stephens of 602 E. Union Dr., Doerun, Georgia, died Monday, April 8, 2013.

Wilie Ella Hardee Hemmings

Wilie Ella Hardee Hemmings, of Albany, died April 11, 2013.

Johnnie Will Maxie

Johnnie Will Maxie, 77, of Albany, died 2013.

Nancy Cornelia Snipes

Nancy Cornelia Snipes, 61, of Valdosta died Thursday, April 11.

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Mediacom adds "Local Broadcast Surcharge" to bills to cope with increasing television fees

Increasing fees charged by local television broadcast companies has prompted Mediacom to add a "Local Broadcast Surcharge" to the bills of customers who have local television stations in their programming package.

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Firefighters, officer recovering from planned attack

The bravery of the five firefighters was lauded in a press conference on the Wednesday’s events, which left one police officer shot and one man dead.

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STATE ROUNDUP: Police kill man who held firefighters hostage

These are some of the top stories from around the state today.

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U.S. Senate, including Isakson and Chambliss, votes to open debate on gun control

The U.S. Senate cleared the way on Thursday for an emotional, weeks-long debate on proposals to curb gun violence, rejecting an effort by conservative Republicans to block consideration of gun-control legislation prompted by December's Newtown school massacre.

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Bright Side 12 April 2013

Pick up a copy of today's Albany Herald to read more Bright Side comments.

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Tractor-trailer driver cited in school bus crash

School bus rear-ended

An early Thursday morning accident sends 12 to the hospital, with no serious injuries reported.