News for Friday, April 5, 2013

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FINAL FOUR: Wichita State coach: 'Shockers are no Cinderella'

The Shockers are a huge underdog heading into today's semifinal game against Louisville, but Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall believes his team's remarkable run isn't over yet.

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FINAL FOUR: Burke, Michigan to face tough Syracuse zone

Syracuse’s 2-3 zone quieted Indiana’s high-powered offense in the Sweet 16 and held Marquette to 39 points in the Elite 8, but the new task for the Orange defense will be stopping Player of the Year Trey Burke from Michigan.

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Heating back up

One night after getting shut out by the Philadelphia Phillies, the Braves find some offense again in Friday's series opening, 4-1, win against the Cubs.

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Auburn accused of covering up widespread synthetic marijuana use

A report late Thursday suggests that the Auburn football team used so much synthetic marijuana that it led to widespread failed drug tests.

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Panthers stunned by previously winless Nighthawks

The Albany Panthers headed into Friday night’s PIFL showdown against winless Knoxville as the only undefeated team in the league, but a stunning 31-28 loss dropped Albany’s record to 3-1.

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Lowly 76ers beat Hawks, 101-90

Evan Turner scores 24 points and 11 rebuonds to lead the 76ers to a 101-90 win against the Hawks on Friday night in Atlanta.

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COLLEGE/PREP ROUNDUP: GSW baseball loses lead, drops PBC game to Columbus State

The Hurricanes give up four runs in the seventh and three more in the eighth to lose a key Peach Belt Conference game to Columbus State after leading by three runs. (ADDS: Lee County baseball, Baconton-Seminole baseball, Sherwood soccer)

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Bright of the Day - April 6, 2013

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

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Fans embrace G-Day spring football game

Around 44,000 fans attended last year's Georgia football scrimmage, a crowd that rivals a single day at the Masters -- which is one of three large sporting events taking place in Georgia within the next week.

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Earnhardt Jr. headlines lineup as NASCAR goes to Martinsville

The track at Martinsville Speedway is the smallest on the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit and always delivers exciting racing — and Sunday will likely be no different as Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brad Keselowski battle for the points lead. (ADDS: Jimmie Johnson wins pole)

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Artwork a tribute to reconciliation

Opinion column

It isn’t often that one gets to hear both the strains of “Dixie” and an African drum concert in the same public square. Nor, usually, are statue unveilings the riveting stuff of storytelling.

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Will the GOP block background checks?

Opinion column

Is Congress on the verge of turning away from the lessons of the slaughter in Newtown even as Connecticut enacts sweeping laws to curb gun violence? Is the gun lobby hell-bent on aligning our country with such great friends of liberty as Iran, North Korea and Syria by opposing efforts to condition international gun sales on the human rights records of buyers?

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Albany State observes 110th annual Founder’s Day

Speaker Sonya Acree urges Albany State University students and alumni to “embrace change.”

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Invasion report gets home owner arrested

A home invasion victim calls police and is arrested for manufacturing marijuana.

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Boot-legged electricity ignites morning fire

No one was injured in the fire, Albany Fire Department officials say.

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PDA OKs land sale to ag inspection company

Georgia Federal-State Shipping Point Inspection Service currently operates out of offices on Slappey Boulevard.

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'Tigger Run' raises $23,500

The event is in memory of 15-year-old Nathan Toal, who was killed in a Jeep accident on his family's farm on March 26, 2012.

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Students are the victims of Atlanta's cheating scandal

Opinion column

Last week, 35 former Atlanta educators were forced to take a perp walk, reporting to law enforcement authorities for arrest in connection with the nation's biggest (so far) academic scandal. It was a disturbing spectacle. Once among the pillars of metro Atlanta's middle class, they've been reduced to pleading that they don't belong in jail.

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Squawk of the Day - April 6, 2013

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

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Police/Fire/EMS- April 6, 2013

The Albany Police Department responded to at least 27 incidents on Thursday and into the early hours of Friday, available reports show.

Eager H. Ingram

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Emma J. Dyson

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Carl Humbert

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Sam Shattles

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Zytavius Z. Prise

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Melba B. Becton

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Rachel O'Dillion

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Kenneth D. Hinds

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Rodman H. Williams

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Charles Kirksey

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Vicki L. Toler

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Willie J. Mitchell

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Willie P. McGowan

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Robin J. Frazier

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Louise Brooks

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Harvey E. Stewart

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Ray Hubbard

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Elton R. Wells

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Shizuko Trawick

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Man tries to snatch car keys from occupied vehicle

Albany police are attempting to question a suspect about an attempted car key snatching downtown.

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FAA to delay closing Albany airport tower

Albany officials say the successful operation of the municipal airport is crucial for economic development.

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Easter Sunday was one to savor

Religion column

Those who return to church this Sunday will note that their places of worship aren’t full like last Sunday. They will notice less crowded parking lots, nursery and pews and mournfully ask, “Where is everybody? Why can’t we be as full as we were last week?”

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Russ up for the job as Uga IX

With spring’s refreshing atmosphere — accented by soothing breezes and the fragrance of colorful blooms — gaining momentum, Russ, the Georgia mascot, is enjoying the outdoors on East 58th Street, where he lives in Savannah.

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N. Korea warns diplomats to consider leaving country

North Korea has asked embassies to consider moving staff out and warned it cannot guarantee the safety of diplomats after April 10, Britain said, amid high tension and a war of words on the Korean peninsula.

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Kids benefit from playing team sports

Health & Fitness column

Spring and summer bring many opportunities for kids to participate in sports and other activities that promote and encourage exercise and being active, along with team work.

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PDA OKs land sale to ag inspection company

The Albany Dougherty Payroll Development Authority paved the way for Georgia Federal-State Shipping Point Inspection Service to move its operation from Slappey Boulevard to the Pecan Grove Corporate Park at a called meeting Friday by approving the sale of around 8 acres of land to the ag inspection service.

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Judge Strikes Restrictions On 'Morning-After' Pill

A federal judge on Friday ordered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to make "morning-after" emergency contraception pills available without a prescription to all girls of reproductive age.

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