News for Wednesday, April 3, 2013

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Hawks fall apart late, lose to Knicks, 95-82

The Atlanta Hawks score just 14 points and the fourth quarter and watch Knicks star Carmelo Anthony get his seventh 40-plus point game this season in Wednesday's 95-82 Knicks win.

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Evan arrives!

Atlanta rookie catcher Evan Gattis homers off Phillies star pitcher Roy Halladay on Wednesday night in his major league debut as the Braves rock their NL East rivals, 9-2, for the second straight game.

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COLLEGE HOOPS NOTEBOOK: Rutgers succumbs to pressure, fires embattled men's basketball coach

Mike Rice, who was seen kicking, screaming, throwing balls at and hurling slurs at his players in a practice video, is canned Wednesday after a public outcry to fire him. (ADDS: notebook items on Pitino's son being hired to coach Minnesota; Big East Conference being renamed to America Athletic Conference)

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Darton adds women’s lacrosse as newest club sport

The new women’s lacrosse program could take the same route as the Darton wrestling team and turn into an NJCAA-sanctioned program in a matter of years.

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Businessman surprised by skate park request

A local fraternity chapter asked an Albany development authority to lease it a building for $5 a year.

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Crime blotter - April 2, 2013

Albany police respond to at least 40 incidents.

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Report: Allegations of payoffs, grade changing at Auburn under Chizik

A former Tigers football player currently standing trial for armed robbery tells Sports Illustrated that during coach Gene Chizik's tenure, there was tons of shady activity going on.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Americus loses true hero with former coach Hightower’s recent passing

Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith looks back on the life of Americus coaching legend Jimmy Hightower, who was laid to rest recently after losing his battle with throat cancer late last week.

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Ex-Georgia Tech star Crittenton indicted on murder charges

Stemming from incident late last year, former Georgia Tech and NBA star Javaris Crittenton is facing murder and gang-related charges,.

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FALCONS NOTEBOOK: Exonerated after years in prison, Banks finally gets his NFL shot with Falcons; McClure reflects on career as he heads to Atlanta's Ring of Honor

Once considered one of the best young linebackers in the nation, Brian Banks lost his shot at college football when he was falsely accused of rape and kidnapping before clearing his name — and now the Falcons have signed him and will give him a shot to make the team. (ADDS: item on retiring Falcons center McClure)

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Acree to be keynote speaker during ASU's Founder's Day Convocation

The celebration of Joseph Holley's life will be an all-day affair at Albany State University.

Squawk of the day - April 4, 2013

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

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Bright of the day - April 4, 2013

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

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Loyalty comes at the price of a rub

Features Column

I am by all accounts an avid dog lover. I’ve written about dogs, slept with dogs, confessed my soul to dogs, and sworn allegiance to my dog.

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Time to renew our founding principles

Opinion Column

Billions of Christians around the world celebrated Easter last Sunday, but not our media. Once again the holiest day of the Christian year slipped under their godless radar.

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Temporary Phoebe Sumter facility being demolished

The temporary facility that had been operating as Phoebe Sumter Medical Center until a permanent replacement could be built is now in the process of being demolished, officials with Phoebe say.

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AND1 basketball event set at ASU

A traveling basketball troupe, described by one sponsor as “the Globetrotters times about 20,” will bring its brand of showtime to Albany State University April 12 for a performance in ASU’s HPER Gymnasium.

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Travel, warm weather brings in bed bugs

Adult bed bugs can survive up to 550 days without food, public health officials say.

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Sima Trio to perform at the Albany Museum of Art

Sunday's performance in the finale of the Willson Chamber Music Series.

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ADDU busts two meth labs within three-hour period

The ADDU's Bill Berry says this is the first dual meth lab bust in the county in the past 10 years.

Thelma Green Shepard

Thelma Green Shepard, 92, of Climax, GA, passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2013.

Malcolm Fussell

Malcolm Fussell, 83, of Lee County died Tuesday April 4, 2013.

Elizabeth Berg Barry

Elizabeth Berg Barry, 66, of Albany died March 24, 2013.

Wilma W. Bowen

Wilma W. Bowen died April 2013.

Ruby Franklin Buie Hall

Ruby Franklin Buie Hall, 87, of Bainbridge, GA, passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Verdell Richardson

Verdell Richardson, 82 of Cuthbert, GA died on Tuesday, April 02, 2013.

Eldridge Carlos Richardson

Eldridge Carlos Richardson, 75, of Leesburg, GA, died Wednesday, April 3, 2013 .

Mauwayne Horne Lauderdale

Mauwayne Horne Lauderdale, 92, of Albany, died Monday, April 1, 2013.

James H. Idlette

James H. Idlette or Sumter County, GA died Tuesday, April 2, 2013.

Leila Moonyene Hatfield Wingate

Leila Moonyene Hatfield Wingate, 73, of Arlington, Georgia, died Monday, April 1, 2013.

Virginia Hodgson

Virginia Hodgson, of Enigma, GA, died Tuesday, April 2, 2013.

Willard C. Alberson

Wilard C. Alberson died Tuesday, April 2, 2013.

Benny Lee Hand, Sr.

Benny Lee Hand, Sr. of Jacksonville, FL died Tuesday, April 02, 2013.

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Firefighters learn how to use new thermal imaging cameras

When a firefighter enters a smoke-filled room, the time-tested method to locate anyone who may still be in the structure was to feel around and hope you can get to the downed person before they die.

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Georgia ranks among worst states for repeat birth rates

Repeat teen births in the U.S. decreased more than 6 percent between 2007 and 2010.

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Macon Transit worker who complained about gun brought to office is fired

The authority board's executive committee is slated to discuss the incidents Thursday.

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Warner Robins political activist, others indicted on exploitation charges

The acts allegedly took place from Oct. 1, 2011, to Nov. 2, 2011.

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