News for Monday, April 8, 2013

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Braves shut out Marlins, win fourth straight

Starter Paul Maholm allows one hit in seven innings and Justin Upton goes deep for the Braves, who shut out Miami, 2-0, to improve to 6-1.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Masters week brings tradition, memories

Herald guest columnist Loran Smith writes about the Masters golf tournament, which begins Thursday and brings a sense of nostalgia to Augusta.

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MASTERS: Guan ready for Augusta at record-setting age of 14

Guan Tianlang, a 14-year-old Chinese golfer, will be the youngest to ever compete in the Masters when he tees off on Thursday — and the phenom has the skills to make some noise.

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Georgia not over-hyping opener vs. Clemson

Georgia’s season opener against Clemson could potentially be a matchup between two Top 10 teams, but the Bulldogs have other things on their mind before the Aug. 31 showdown.

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BRAVES NOTEBOOK: Johnson stepping in for injured Freeman

Atlanta's Chris Johnson was acquired from Arizona as part of the Justin Upton trade, and he is being called upon to play first base with Freddie Freeman on the disabled list.

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LOCAL COLLEGE/PREP ROUNDUP: Cavs surge to 21-shot lead in region tourney

The Darton golf team shoots a 295 in the second round of the Region XVII tournament and takes a 21-shot lead into today’s final round. (ADDS: Baconton-Worth baseball, DWS baseball, DWS tennis, Westover soccer)

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Scores low for Monroe, Dougherty

Abysmal end-of-course test results from 2012 prompt “learning walks” through two local high schools’ math classes.

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Bishop talks economy, same-sex marriage

A U.S. Congressman says finding common ground across party lines will be key to finding solutions to the country's budget problems.

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To err is human; accept it

Features Column

To learn from a mistake effectively transforms it from mistake to life lesson.

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Could school choice be the answer?

Opinion Column

My first question after reading about seven teachers in an Atlanta public school accused of altering standardized test scores to make it appear students performed better than they actually did was: How could they!?

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The Iron Lady showed iron will

Editorial

Margaret Thatcher, the Iron Lady of British politics, died Monday at age 87. The legacy of Great Britain’s lone female prime minister, however, will live on.

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America is nearing the end of its Utopia

Guest commentary

What better way to disarm, take over, placate, pacify, control and manipulate a populace than through children who are too young to understand until the damage has been done? Or through the bellies of the starving, who will sell their children for their next meal? Or by fear and retribution against anyone who will not support any ideas, no matter how diabolical, inhumane, unethical and macabre they may be, if so long as one person sees it as the answer to his (hers) path to Utopia?

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Squawk of the day - April 9, 2013

For more squawks, pick up a copy of today's Albany Herald.

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Bright of the day - April 9, 2013

For more brights, pick up a copy of today's Albany Herald.

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County gets update on employee health plan

A DEFACS worker tells Dougherty commissioners more than $6 million in food stamps are disseminated in the county each month.

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Two arrested in connection to Tift murder

Arlester Jackson, 35, was fatally wounded in a shooting on Oct. 27, 2012.

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Life in prison for Albany man

An Albany man remains in a coma following an attack that left him with permanent brain trauma.

Charles Enoch Kirksey

Charles Enoch Kirksey, 72, of Albany died Friday April 5, 2013.

Sandra Willis Smith

Sandra Willis Smith, 64, of Pelham, died Saturday, April 6, 2013.

Pauline Bass Buckner

Pauline Bass Buckner, age 74, died April 7, 2013.

Joline Bateman Williams

Joline Bateman Williams, 84, of Camilla, died Sunday, April 7, 2013.

Robin J. Frazier

Robin Jane Frazier, 46, of Albany died Wednesday, April 3, 2013.

Merle C. Fowler

Merle C. Fowler, 82, of Fitzgerald, died Thursday, April 4, 2013.

Kathy Stephens

Kathy Stephens of Doerun, Georgia, died Monday, April 8, 2013.

Lillie M. Olds

Lillie Mae Olds, 66, of Albany died Saturday, April 6, 2013.

Ulyeses Hillsman, Sr.

Ulyeses Hillsman, Sr., 60, of Albany died Monday, April 8, 2013.

Claude Harris, Jr.

Claude Harris, Jr., 71 of Albany, GA died on Saturday, April 06, 2013.

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Police/Fire/EMS - April 9, 2013

Charges are filed in mobile meth lab bust.

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Things to do Downtown this week: April 8-13, 2013

Things to do Downtown this week!

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The bodies of two children buried alive in North Carolina have been recovered

Rescue crews have recovered the bodies of two children who were buried when a dirt wall of an excavated hole collapsed on them at a North Carolina construction site, an emergency worker said on Monday.

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STATE ROUNDUP: Suspended DeKalb school board members in limbo but collecting pay

Six weeks after Gov. Nathan Deal suspended six DeKalb County school board members, all of them are still collecting paychecks from taxpayers.

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Former British PM Thatcher dead from stroke

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has died from a stroke at age 87.

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Bryan leads ACM award winners

Luke Bryan walked away with the most-coveted award Sunday in a night honoring country music’s top achievers.