News for Thursday, April 18, 2013

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The Westover girls track & field teams win the region title for the first time in four years, while the boys win their third in a row Thursday.

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Gattis’ pinch-hit homer lifts Braves past Pirates

It was supposed to be a night off for Braves catcher Evan Gattis, but his pinch-hit, two-run homer in the eighth was the difference in Thursday's win against the Pirates.

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NFL releases 2013 schedule; Falcons open on road at Saints

The 2013-14 NFL season will kick off with the Ravens and Broncos on Sept.5, while the Falcons will open with New Orleans.

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LOCAL PREP ROUNDUP: SCA girls soccer wins first-ever region title

The Sherwood girls soccer team blows out Georgia Christian to win the GISA Region 3-AA title. (ADDS: DWS soccer, DWS golf)

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Nightmare start at conference tourney for Lady Rams

The ASU softball team has a bad case of déjà vu Thursday by getting upset in the conference tourney opener for the second year in a row.

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Hawks clinch No. 6 seed; Lakers move up to No. 7

After losing their regular-season finale at the Knicks late Wednesday, Atlanta settles for the No. 6 playoff seed in the East and will open against No. 3 Indiana, while the Lakers go from barely getting in to the No. 7 seed following their dramatic OT win vs. Houston.

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FBI releases photos of two Boston bomb suspects

Investigators released pictures of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing on Thursday, seeking the public’s help in finding two unidentified men photographed on the crowded sidewalk before Monday’s bombs exploded near the finish line.

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UGA NOTEBOOK: Bulldogs have three of top LBs in draft class

Jarvis Jones, Alec Ogletree and Cornelius Washington may soon be superstars on Sundays in the NFL. (ADDS: UGA loses top recruit)

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GEORGIA TECH NOTEBOOK: PJ on qualities he likes in a QB: Heisman winner

Georgia Tech football coach talks about the QB competition between Vad Lee and Justin Thomas, saying he would rather gave an "All-American that never had to come out of the game" at that position. (ADDS: Note on Tech men's basketball team)

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ALBANY SPORTS HALL OF FAME --- CHRIS CAMERON: Local hoops legend, ASU men’s coach Cameron headed to HOF

Albany State basketball coach Chris Cameron will be inducted into the Albany Sports Hall of Fame on Monday after a decorated career that began as a star at Dougherty.

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Tebow’s personal QB coach rips Broncos, Jets, Sanchez

Despite Tim Tebow still being employed and under contract with the New York Jets, Tebow’s personal quarterback coach rips the team and its starting QB, Mark Sanchez.

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A prayer offered for Boston

Religion Column

Yesterday an interfaith worship service was held in Boston to begin the process of healing across our nation in the aftermath of the horrific bombing at the Boston Marathon.

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Squawk of the day - April 19, 2013

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

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Bright of the day - April 19, 2013

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

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It is time for the final barrier to fall

Opinion Column

When Margaret Thatcher died recently, it was shocking to realize that she became Great Britain’s first female prime minister almost 34 years ago. Today, 17 nations, from Brazil and Bangladesh to Liberia and Lithuania, are led by women. South Korea swore in its first female president, Park Geun-hye, in February.

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Albany Chorale plans ‘Missa Brevis’ concert

The Albany Chorale's Sunday concert will be the group's last for this season.

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Cancer Society's annual Relay For Life kicks off tonight

More than 50 teams and 560 participants have raised more than $75,000 to help battle cancer.

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Phoebe dedicates new pavers

Dozens of bricks have been purchased in the past year in honor or in memory of someone in the Phoebe Paver Project.

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Police officers hone fighting skills

Law enforcement officers learn self defense and the best methods to subdue unruly suspects.

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Future of planet is in our hands

Guest commentary

Over 40 years ago, an iconic photograph of the earth was taken from 28,000 miles in space by the crew of Apollo 17. The photo, known as “the Blue Marble,” depicts the Earth as a blue and white sphere set against the inky blackness of space — and it is a haunting image of our fragile existence. As we approach Earth Day 2013, perhaps this is a good time to reflect on this photograph and consider how we are doing.

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Georgia state lawmakers shortchange education

Guest commentary

The state budget for next year promises once again to shortchange public education at every level in South West Georgia, threatening the future of the region’s children and its economy.

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Looking Back - April 21, 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 mary.braswell@albanyherald.com.

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Lamar Reese's Childs is DCSS Teacher of Year

The second grade teacher was steered to the classroom at an early age.

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MCLB-Albany celebrates unity

Musical performances were offered by at least two area schools at a multicultural celebration aboard MCLB-Albany on Thursday.

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Home catches fire on Lovers Lane Road

Firefighters with the Albany Fire Department were dispatched to a fire at 128 Lovers Lane Road just before 2 p.m. Thursday, fire officials say.

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Confederate memorial services planned

In observation of Confederate History Month in Georgia, several memorials services are planned in Southwest Georgia, said James W. King, commander of the Albany Sons of Confederate Veterans camp.

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Georgia jobless rate improves

A surge in new jobs, combined with steadily slowing layoffs, added up to an unemployment rate of 8.4 percent in Georgia in March.

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Suspect in U.S. ricin letter threat obsessed by Elvis, body parts

The U.S. charges of Mississippi man with sending threatening letters spiked with ricin to President Obama.

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Crimestoppers - April 19, 2013

Albany Area Crime Stoppers has one Most Wanted fugitive this week. All fugitives on the Albany Area Crime Stoppers Most Wanted List should be considered armed and dangerous.

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Police/Fire/EMS - April 19, 2013

Albany police respond to at least 20 incidents.

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Man faces charges for student molestation

School officials want to know more about how the suspect was granted access to students.

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Volunteers sought for area cleanup

Ward one commissioner Jon Howard and Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful are seeking volunteers to join them in a “neighborhood celebration” and a community trash pickup.

Sharon Slaughter

Sharon Slaughter, 51, of Fitzgerald, Georgia, died April 17, 2013.

Willie Frank Jackson

Willie Frank Jackson, 68, of Sylvester, died April 9, 2013 .

Lula Bell Scott

Lula Bell Scott died, April 14, 2013.

Willie C. Johnson

Willie C. Johnson of Ashburn, Georgia, who departed this life on Saturday, April 13, 2013.

Essie B. Moore

Essie B. Moore, 76, of Shellman, GA, died Sunday, April 14, 2013.

Frankie Knighton

Frankie Knighton, 55, of Albany died Saturday, April 13, 2013.

Cleaston Deon Lindsey

Cleaston Deon Lindsey, 40, died, April 10, 2013.

Charles Ray Cleveland

Charles Ray Cleveland, 59, of Warwick, GA, died Thursday, April 18, 2013.

Reese Jenkins

Reese Jenkins, 76, of Albany died Wednesday, April 17, 2013.

William Howard

William Howard, 64, of Dawson, GA died Thursday, April 11, 2013.

Catherine James

Catherine James, 92, of Worth County died April 13, 2013.

Shirley Ann Brown

Shirley Ann Brown 50 of Fayvetteville,Ga died April 12, 2013.

Lention Lamons

Lention Lamons, Jr., 33, of Pelham, Ga. died Monday, April 15, 2013.

Ray Daniel Smith

Ray Daniel Smith, 91, of Blakely, GA, died Thursday, April 18, 2013.

Richard Bundrick

Richard Bundrick, 62, of Abbeville, Georgia, died Tuesday, April 16, 2013.

Alice Hollis Jones

Alice Hollis Jones of Albany, Georgia died, April 11, 2013.

Joseph Lee Slaughter

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

Henry Lee Young

Henry Lee Young, Sr., 89, of Smithville died Thursday, April 18, 2013.

Terry Mack

Terry Mack, 44, died, April 12, 2013.

Naymon Long

Naymon Long, 78, of Pelham, Ga. died Sunday, April 14, 2013.

Margie Rine Clay

Margie Rine Clay, 71, of 1113 NE Bacon St., Dawson, GA died on Thursday, April 11, 2013.

Rosetta Sims

Rosetta Sims, 58, of 400 Plum St. died April 16, 2013.

James Reynolds Mashburn SR.

James Reynolds Mashburn SR., 83, of Doerun, died Monday, April 15, 2013.

Elizabeth Finn

Elizabeth Coleman Finn, 79, died Wednesday, April 17.

Timothy C. Anderson

Timothy C. Anderson died April 14, 2013.

Thomas Richard Mathews, Jr.

Thomas Richard Mathews, Jr., 80, of Cuthbert died Wednesday April 17, 2013.

Dian Williams

Dian Williams died April 15, 2013.

Essie Carter

Essie Carter, 85, of Pelham, Ga.died Saturday, April 13, 2013.

Zemira Bioliver Walker

Zemira Bioliver Walker of Albany, GA died on Tuesday, April 16, 2013.

Terrence O. Green

Terrence Greene died Sunday, April 14, 2013.

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ATC career fair sees uptick in participation

More than 50 employers participated in Thursday’s job fair.

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Boston Investigators Seek At Least Two Men In Bomb Scene Pictures

Investigators are seeking to locate and talk to at least two men pictured in photographs taken before two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, U.S. law enforcement and national security officials said on Thursday.

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Death toll rising in Texas disaster

Multiple emergency responders are among those killed in a horrific fertilizer plant blast in Waco, Texas.

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