News for Friday, April 12, 2013


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WESTOVER RELAYS: WHS misses sweep as boys win, girls take second

Westover comes close to sweeping the 10th annual Westover Relays team title under the lights Friday night at Hugh Mills Stadium.

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NFL NOTEBOOK: Jets QB Sanchez possibly headed to Tampa Bay; Ex-LSU star ‘Honey Badger’ says he ‘lost count’ of failed drug tests; Falcons' O-line being revamped

Mark Sanchez is back on the trading block and likely headed to Tampa Bay. (ADDS: notebook items on Mathieu; Falcons' O-line)

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Playoff ready: Hawks rally from 19 down, beat Bucks

The Hawks storm back from a big halftime hole to the Bucks to get a much-needed win with playoff seeding on the line.

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LOCAL COLLEGE/PREP ROUNDUP: Darton's Mitchell named NJCAA All-American; DWS boys soccer joins girls as region champs

Darton State College basketball star Michelle Mitchell earns Division I, Second-Team All-American honors from the NJCAA on Friday. (ADDS: roundup items on DWS boys, girls soccer; Westover boys soccer; and Deerfield baseball)

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Seizing the Day

Australian Jason Day takes a one-shot lead over the field Friday during the second round of the Masters.

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Braves rally in 9th to force extras vs. Nats, win, 6-4, on Pena HR in 10th

Ramiro Pena plays hero for the Braves after laying down a huge bunt in the ninth then homering in the 10th to beat the Nationals, 6-4, late Friday night in Washington, D.C.

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MLB NOTEBOOK: MLB believes A-Rod paid for, tried to cover up Miami steroid documents; Dodgers' Greinke out 8 weeks after brawl

Major League Baseball sources say they have learned that Alex Rodriguez purchased damaging documents that linked him to PEDs.

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MASTERS COLUMN: The legend of Ben Hogan will never be forgotten

Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith, who is in Augusta all week at the Masters, takes a look back at former champ Ben Hogan's mastery.

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Squawk of the Day - April 13, 2013

Pick up a copy of the Saturday Albany Herald to see what people are squawking about.

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MASTERS: Eagle by McIlroy (-2) puts the world No. 2 back in contention

Rory McIlroy looked out of the Masters race after the first round, but a great score Friday as the world No. 2-ranked player back in the hunt.

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MASTERS --- NOTEBOOK: Skids for ‘The Kid’; UGA's Watson, Ga. Tech's Kuchar struggle

Round 1 leader Sergio Garcia implodes Friday, fires a 4-over and no longer is one of the frontrunners.

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MASTERS: Chinese amateur Guan, 14, assessed one-stroke penalty, but still makes cut

Chinese amateur Tianling Guan becomes the youngest player in pro golf history to make a cut at a major Friday --- but it didn't come without some controversy.

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MASTERS: Woods leads early before late missteps, cards 1-under

A weird bounce on the 15th hole derails Tiger Woods’ push to grab the overall lead Friday at the Masters.

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New gun regs can't prevent another Newtown

Opinion column

The biggest obstacle to the Obama administration's push for tighter gun control may be its own best argument: Newtown. This is because nothing proposed in the gun control debates would have prevented the mass killing of children at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and everybody knows it. At best, tighter gun laws will make us feel better.

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Congress should leave Social Security alone

Letter to the editor

We American senior citizens have worked in our lifetime and we felt as if Social Security would never ever be touched, but look out. We’re not so sure now. It seems to me there are enough things could be touched to leave older people alone.

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Same-sex marriage should not happen

Letter to the editor

I would like to write a few words in response to Mr. Lee Raines’ letter to the editor (“Marriage equality in Georgia matters to me,” In My View, April 5). I agree with Mr. Raines that he has every right to choose whatever lifestyle he prefers. God’s word says to “choose you this day whosoever you will serve” (Joshua 14:15). God’s word also says, “Come now let us reason together” (Isaiah 1:18). So, let’s reason together a little bit.

Court may allow more DNA testing

A Superior Court judge may allow more testing of DNA evidence in the case of a condemned killer.

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Colbert pleads guilty to armed robbery

Eric Colbert, could receive 35 years to life in prison for attempted bank robbery.

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Police/Fire/EMS report for April 13, 2013

Albany police respond to at least 28 incidents.

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Project Alpha mentors middle school boys on life

The local chapter of a national fraternity is teaching young males to make proper decisions at a Project Alpha retreat.

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ADICA to seek bids on skate park

A businessman who has shown interest in an Albany skate park says he's not sure if he'll make another bid on the property.

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Lee County High seniors take a walk back in time

More than 400 Lee County seniors retrace their journey through the school system.

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Police probe shootings

East Albany sees two shootings late Thursday and early Friday morning, one resulting in a death.

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Cuban embargo has far outlived its usefulness

Opinion column

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States' tax intake hits all-time high


Monday is, of course, Tax Day. That is the day when we all find out just what the cost of democracy comes to for our respective households. Those expecting refunds from what they paid in for 2012 very likely have already filed and, in most cases, received them. Those who owe the government ... well, the check'll be in the mail Monday.

Alice Jones

Alice Jones of Plains, Georgia, died Thursday, April, 11, 2013.

Robert William Watson

Robert William Watson, 67, of Atlanta, died, April 1, 2013.

Juanita Massey Stott Ketchum

Juanita Massey Stott Ketchum, 92, of Ocilla, Georgia, died April 11, 2013.

Patricia Ann Perry

Patricia Ann Perry died Wednesday, April 11, 2013.

Emma Patterson

Emma Patterson, 80, of Whigham, GA, died April 10, 2013.

Mildred Arnold Davis

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

Phyllis D. Ricks

Phyllis D. Ricks died on April 11, 2013

Willie Ella Hardee Hemmings

Willie Ella Hardee Hemmings, 88, died April 11, 2013 in Albany, GA.

Shirley Ann Brown

Shirley Ann Brown 50 of Fayetteville,Ga. Departed this life Friday April 12, 2013.

Pat Joiner Temples

Pat Joiner Temples, 68, of Donalsonville, GA, died Tuesday, April 9, 2013.

Gladys Pridgen Thomas

Gladys Pridgen Thomas, 91, of Adel,Ga., died Tues. April 8, 2013.

Dorothy M. Lowery

Dorothy M. Lowery 85 of Tampa, Fla, died April 7, 2013.

Doris L. Williams

Dorris L. Williams ,73, formally of Attapulgus GA, died April, 10, 2013.

Norma Constance Smith Watson

Norma Constance Smith Watson, 91, died Wednesday, April 10, 2013.

Charlie Theron Angrish

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

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Repeat offender sentenced in federal court

A woman who prosecutors contend continued to defraud the public even after pleading guilty and while awaiting sentencing on a separate set of fraud charges, has been sentenced to spend time in federal prison.

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Bright of the Day - April 13, 2012

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

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STATE ROUNDUP: Accused baby killer challenges gag order

These are some of the top headlines from around the state.

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Looking Back April 14 2013

History column

Each week Albany Herald researcher Mary Braswell looks for interesting events, places and people from the past. You can contact her at (229) 888-9371 or

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UPDATE: Man killed in East Albany shooting

The city's third murder of the year happened over night when a man was shot to death in East Albany.