News for Tuesday, April 9, 2013

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NCAA TOURNAMENT: UConn women destroy Louisville in women's final, 93-60

The Louisville women can't complete the clean sweep of this year's national titles in basketball as the Lady Cardinals fall to UConn, 93-60, in the championship game one night after the men beat Michigan to win the coveted crown.

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Medlen shines again, leads Braves to 7-1 start as Atlanta drops lowly Miami

Kris Medlen was sharp once again in his second start of the season Tuesday against the Marlins as Atlanta continues to stay red-hot in the early part of the season.

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COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Former Auburn star LB takes plea, will serve three years in prison; Three stars — Oladipo, McLeMore, Smith — headed to NBA

Mike McNeil, who recently made some strong allegations against his former school at Auburn, is headed to jail for three years for armed robbery. (ADDS: notes on Georgia Tech football; college hoops stars going pro in basketball)

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LOCAL PREP ROUNDUP: Deerfield golf beats rival Southland

The DWS golf team improved to 7-1 on Tuesday with a walloping of rival Southland.

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NCAA TOURNAMENT: History is all Pitino’s after Louisville downs Michigan for NCAA national title

Rick Pitino becomes the first coach in history to win a national championship with two different programs.

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Walk in the Parks

Darton freshman Parks Brown shoots an even-par 72 in Tuesday’s final round of the Region XVII golf championship to win the individual title and lead the Cavs to a 12th straight crown.

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MASTERS: Former UGA star Henley ready for Augusta debut

Macon native and former Georgia star Russell Henley has paid his dues, and now he’s ready for the big stage at Augusta.

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MASTERS: Recharged Woods enters Masters as odds-on favorite

With wins under his belt and a new love in his life, Tiger Woods is undoubtedly the one to beat this week at Augusta.

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Showtime Wrestling at State

Local wrestler Chandler Dabbs has turned his career in the ring into a budding movie career as well with parts in three movies.

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Spring training an annual pilgrimage

Features column

If you are a baseball player, you get to wear your uniform all your life. When he quit managing the Dodgers, you still would see Tommy Lasorda in his familiar No. 2 at Vero Beach every spring-before the Dodgers lit out for Glendale, Ariz., jilting a community which had supported the team and provided limitless incentives for decades.

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Just what will people think?

The Dixie Diva

A major New York publisher sent a review copy of a much touted novel called “If Jack’s In Love.” Because I write about the South and because this book had won the Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction, the book’s publicist followed up with an email.

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Bright of the day - April 10, 2013

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

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Here’s how to put those weapons to good use

Opinion Column

I was listening to a few local good old boys solve the world’s problems the other day — I wasn’t eavesdropping, just happened to be standing within earshot and couldn’t help but overhear — and one of the things one of them said got me to thinking.

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Bryan and Davidson making their marks in country music

Editorial

A couple of Southwest Georgians have become huge influences on country music, one with a pen, the other with a mic.

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Funicello exhibited courage with a smile

Guest commentary

My heart sank. The news that Annette Funicello died flashed across the television screen during “Entertainment Tonight.” Her face and the recap of her life — from her days as a mouseketeer on Disney’s “The Mickey Mouse Club” to interviews focusing on the reason she disappeared from the limelight — stirred my emotions.

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RiverQuarium, Darton partner for 5k Color Run and music festival

Officials from the Flint RiverQuarium and Darton State College are planning to host Albany's first 5k color-run and music festival.

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Squawk of the day - April 10, 2013

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

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Hearing attendees favor current transit site

The Albany City Commission plans to choose a multimodal transit site after environmental assessments are completed.

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Arson warrant issued in Albany Heights fires

A former resident of a downtown apartment complex is suspected of starting fires at the complex.

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Law Day forum focuses on equality

Law Day 2013 is a celebration commemorating 150 years since the Emancipation Proclamation.

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Researcher finds solutions for weed problems

Agronomist Stanley Culpepper fields up to 40 calls a day on weed control questions during the growing season.

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Police/Fire/EMS - April 10, 2013

Albany police respond to at least 27 incidents.

Gladys Pridgen Thomas

Gladys Pridgen Thomas, 91, of Adel, GA died Monday, April 8, 2013 .

Freeman B. Paddock

Freeman B. Paddock, 49, of Jacksonville, FL, died on Sunday, March 29, 2013

Ellison R. Rabun

Ellison R. Rabun, died Monday, April 9th

Evelyn Benyard Costen

Evelyn Benyard Costen, 1315 East Clark Avenue, Albany, Georgia died Tuesday, April 9, 2013.

Raymond Kevin Banks

Raymond Kevin Banks passed away October 28, 2012.

Willie Frank Jackson

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

Rodman H. Williams

Rodman H. Williams, 92, of Albany, died, April 4, 2013.

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Brothers behind Sherwood films forming independent company

Sherwood Baptist Church's film ministry will continue to operate despite the loss of Alex and Stephen Kendrick.

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If you were foreclosed on, you may be getting a check under new settlement

Borrowers whose homes were in foreclosure in 2009 or 2010 can expect to receive between $300 and $125,000 under settlements reached between top banks and U.S. regulators earlier this year.

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ROUNDUP: Columbus police injure man shooting from I-185

These are some of the top headlines from around the state for Tuesday, April 9, 2013.

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U.S. holds visa lottery for 85,000 skilled workers

A U.S. visa program ran a lottery on Sunday to award 85,000 slots for high-skilled workers just one week after the application period opened, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service said, signaling companies feel confident enough about the economy to hire more foreign workers.

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Champs!!!

Louisville falls behind by double digits in the first half, but the Cardinals rally to win their third national championship with an 82-76 win against Michigan.

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