News for Wednesday, April 24, 2013

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NBA PLAYOFFS ROUNDUP: Pacers take 2-0 series lead against Hawks

The Hawks come back to Atlanta down 2-0 in the first round series with the Pacers after losing again Wednesday night, while the Thunder hold off the Rockets' late rally.

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SCA boys soccer wins state opener easily

Led by T.J. Clay, The Herald's reigning Player of the Year, the Eagles advance in the GISA Class AA state tournament Wednesday with a 7-1 rout of Monsignor Donovan.

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For first time, quarterbacks not main focus of NFL Draft

Instead of playmakers, there could be three offensive linemen taken in the first five picks in tonight's 2013 NFL Draft.

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Deerfield's Day

Deerfield-Windsor’s boys and girls run away with the GISA Region 3-AAA track & field team titles and look strong heading to state.

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No. 1 seed ASU baseball stunned in conference tourney opener

Albany State third-year baseball coach Kenyan Conner is named the conference’s Coach of the Year on Wednesday — then his No. 1 seeded Rams are stunned in their tourney opener. (ADDS: note on ASU's Conner being named the conference Coach of the Year).

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PREVIEW: Darton softball not fazed by ‘rollercoaster season,’ ready for Region XVII tournament

The Lady Cavs have had plenty of adversity this year, but they are focused and ready for this week’s Region XVII softball tournament.

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Westover baseball star Black signs with Ga. Southern

Westover speedster Josh Black, who has a knack for making highlight-reel plays in the outfield and swinging a big bat, is taking his talents to Statesboro.

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Braves blow late lead, lose to Rockies in extras

Craig Kimbrel, typically a lights-out closer for the Braves, gives up two runs in the bottom of the ninth to the Rockies, who deny Tim Hudson his 200th career win with a 6-5 win in 12 innings.

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Bright of the day - April 25, 2013

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

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‘Fathead’ enters belly fat battle

Features Column

It never ceases to amaze me the lengths average Americans will go to avoid taking responsibility for their own lives.

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DCSS Board holds marathon executive session

With a deadline looming for contract renewals, Dougherty County school officials discuss upcoming personnel changes.

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Mosely sets Davis suspension at 12 days

The DCSS South Georgia Regional Achievement Center principal was sent home for violating School Board policy.

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Volunteers impact the community

Letter to the Editor

In a letter to the editor, Joel Wernick of Albany says that volunteers impact the community.

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Who supported the Boston bombers?

Letter to the Editor

In a letter to the editor, Walt Specht of Albany asks: Who supported the Boston bombers?

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How the GOP learned to love taxes

Opinion Column

Republican governors across the United States have discovered a new tool to deal with budgets bleeding red ink: Taxes.

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Squawk of the day - April 25, 2013

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

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Developer cancels option on Old Dawson tract

The Albany City Commission voted Tuesday to deny new zoning conditions on land in West Albany.

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Caregiver indictment handed down

A former caregiver to an elderly woman is among those indicted by a Dougherty County grand jury.

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Teaching garden comes full circle

A garden was established at an Albany elementary school to help improve childrens' attitudes about fruits and vegetables.

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Another terrorist attack, another U.S.-Saudi cover-up?

Opinion Column

After the FBI rescheduled another postponed briefing on the Boston Marathon Massacre for 8 p.m. on Wednesday night — and then canceled that one, too — that was it. I was going to give the news circus a rest until morning.

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Sherwood to hold summer auditions

The King's Kids Production Company in partnership with Sherwood Christian Academy will hold auditions for its summer drama camps beginning today.

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Police/Fire/EMS - April 25, 2013 WITH MAP

Albany Police respond to 30 incidents

Lamar Clifton

Lamar Clifton, age 84, died, April 23, 2013.

Mary Francis Paulk Gay

Mary Francis Paulk Gay, 65, of Albany and formerly of Moultrie, died Tuesday, April 23, 2013.

Benjamin Edward Carthon, SR.

Benjamin Edward Cawthon, SR., 70, died, April 21, 2013.

Herbert Williams

Herbert Williams ,45, of Albany Ga., died, April 22, 2013.

Billy Dan Akins

Billy Dan Akins, 75, of Lee Co., GA, died Tuesday, April 23, 2013.

Ralph Thomas

Ralph Thomas, 67, of Albany died Tuesday, April 23, 2013.

Marjorie M. Turner

Marjorie M. Turner formerly of Dawson, GA died on Tuesday, April 23, 2013.

Loraine, Frarris

Loraine Farris, 88, of Fitzgerald, died, April 23, 2013.

Ethel Nix

Ethel Nix, 72, of Albany died Wednesday, April 24, 2013.

Margaret Perry Beard

Margaret Perry Beard, 92, died, April 24, 2013.

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Economic Development pioneer Clifton dies at 84

During his time with the Albany chamber, Lamar Clifton helped bring a number of large industries to the region.

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CASA hosting fundraiser today

Dougherty Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is hosting a "FRIENDraiser" from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. today at the Lily Pad, 320 W. Second Ave.

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Publix, employees make United Way donation

Publix Super Markets Inc. and its employees in metro Albany have donated more than $65,000 to United Way of Southwest Georgia.

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Five People Shot Dead In Illinois Town, Mayor Says

Five people are dead and one injured as a result of a shooting in the tiny southern Illinois town of Manchester, the mayor confirmed in a television interview on Wednesday.

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New $100 bills coming to an ATM near you

The United States will put into circulation a newly designed $100 bill in October that aims to thwart counterfeiters with advanced security features, the Federal Reserve said on Wednesday.

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REGIONAL ROUNDUP: Macon council votes to sue over air traffic control towers

These are some of the headlines trending across the state.

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Charges dropped against Mississippi Man in Ricin Letter Probe

U.S. prosecutors dropped charges against a Mississippi man accused of sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and a U.S. senator, according to a court order signed by a judge on Tuesday.

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