News for Thursday, January 10, 2013


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Researchers: Seau had brain disease as result of head trauma at time of death

As expected, a study of former NFL star Junior Seau's brain showed it was positive for CTE.

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Kelly-to-NFL rumors leave Irish fans uneasy

Brian Kelly goes from playing in the national title game and talking about the future of Notre Dame, to suddenly looking like he might bolt to the NFL.

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Jags fire ex-Falcons assistant Mularkey, nix Tebow plans

The Jaguars fire coach Mike Mularkey, a former Falcons assistant who left Atlanta a year ago to become the coach in Jacksonville, on Thursday after just one season, the worst in franchise history. The move came 10 days after general manager Gene Smith was fired as the Jaguars clean house.

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Now ... or never?

Sure-fire Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez says this is his last season --- and the Atlanta Falcons would love nothing more than to send him out with the lone item missing on his stellar resume: a Super Bowl ring.

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LOCAL COLLEGE/PREP ROUNDUP: Darton swim team set to host meet this weekend; Lady Cavs hoops team No. 18 in latest NJCAA Top 25 poll

Darton's swim programs are set to host a four-team meet this weekend at the pool on campus. (ADDS: note on Darton women's hoops latest ranking; Crisp Academy girls topping Westfield in overtime)

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Shockwave continue hot start to inagural season, move to 7-1 following Thursday's rout

Albany leading scorer Darryl Williams, who came into Thursday’s game averaging 43 points a game, pours in 27 more during a 163-78 victory at Albany High to continue their red-hot start to the franchise’s first ABA season.

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Deerfield baseball star Webb earns coveted national preseason honor

Harris Webb, a slick-fielding, moneyball hitting shortstop, has been selected as a preseason All-American and will play in the Under Armour Preseason All-American Tournament in Arizona later this month.

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Albany St. men, women swept by Stillman

The Lady Rams’ offense struggles, while the Rams fall in overtime as Stillman comes into the Good Life City on Thursday and steals a pair of wins.

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HEAT program helps Georgians stay warm

HEAT assisted more than 1,500 families in 2012.

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Seniors invited to Valentine’s Day breakfast

Albany Recreation & Parks Department will hold a special event for seniors on Feb. 14.

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Family Reunion Fest to have 14 gospel acts

Tickets are currently available for the Feb. 9 show at the Civic Center.

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Merry Acres Career Expo draws a crowd

Organizers say 30 vendors and schools expect to attract more than 300 visitors.

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Georgia Power gives ATC $5,000 grant

The money will be used to aid students enrolled in the college’s Engineering Tech programs.

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Albany's Most Wanted - Jan. 11, 2011

Albany Area Crime Stoppers has one Most Wanted fugitive this week. All fugitives on the Albany Area Crime Stoppers Most Wanted List should be considered armed and dangerous.

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Seminar deals with stress in business

A local church and restaurant team to provide methods of business stress relief.

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Police/Fire/EMS report for January 11, 2013

APD responds to at least 50 incidents.

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Senators should press Hagel for answers

Opinion column

Biography isn't policy. President Obama's choice for secretary of defense, Chuck Hagel, former Nebraska Republican senator, has a resume most politicians can envy: a clean senatorial record, no ethical lapses and two purple hearts from a war many opposed and many more tried to avoid.

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Freeman: ASU fine arts center still needed

College officials say that $1.25 million has been repaid to the Ray Charles Foundation.

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APD to 'scramble' radio transmissions

With Albany City Commission approval, the Albany Police Department plans to encrypt its radio transmissions.

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Artifacts from building bridge Blakely's past with its present

A redevelopment initiative in Blakely will turn one of the city's oldest historic buildings into newly renovated office space.

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'Mystery Dinner' debuts tonight at Oakland center

The dinner benefits the Lee County Palladium Players and the Lee County Chamber of Commerce.

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Chamber music concert set for museum

Enhake will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday in the Jane and Harry Willson series at the Albany Museum of Art.

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How to tell a cold from the flu

The common cold and flu are caused by different viruses but can have some similar symptoms, making them tough to tell apart. In general, the flu is worse and symptoms are more intense.

Mildred Lane

Mildred Lane, 74, of 183 Sumner Rd. Chula, GA

Arthur Lee 'Dude' Clay

Arthur Lee Clay, 84, Sasser, died January 06, 2012

Jarvis Hightower

Jarvis Hightower, 60, Albany, died December 31, 2012

Lois Clower

Lois Clower 92, Albany died January 9, 2013

Elsie Mae Crump Whitfield

Elsie Mae Crump Whitfield, 74, Camilla, GA, died January 9, 2013

Francine King

Francine King, 55, Albany died January 2, 2013

Bennie Russell

Bennie Russell, 94, Albany died January 8, 2013

Willie Mae Wright

Willie Mae Wright, 90, Newton, died January 6, 2013

Mr. James Lester Jennings Sr.

James Jennings Sr., 64, Albany, died January 3, 2013

Jeanette Ellerson Castle

Jeanette Castle, 60, Albany, died January 6, 2013

Bobby Lee Moore

Bobby Lee Moore, 79, Albany, died January 2, 2013

Lee E. Lamb III

Lee E. Lamb III, 62, Albany, died January 8, 2013

Billy Joe Garrett Sr.

Billy Joe Garrett Sr., 72, died January 9, 2013

Susan Caldwell Zeese

Susan Caldwell Zeese, 65, Albany, died January 9, 2013

Lillian Remick Kiger

Lillian Remick Kiger, 89, Albany, died January 9, 2013

Thurston B. Williams

Thurston B. Williams, 73, Buena Vista, died January 5, 2013

Louise Thornton Burruss

Louise Thornton Burruss, age 76, died January 8, 2013

Charles Fields

Charles Fields, 63, Albany, died January 9, 2013

Demetrius Wilburn

Demetrius Wilburn, 39, Montgomery, AL died January 5, 2013

Lonnie Spears

Lonnie Spears, 76, Albany, died January 9, 2013

Jden Xavier Clark

Jden Clark, 2 mos, Albany, died January 4, 2013

Willie Fred Jackson, Jr.

Willie Fred Jackson, Jr., 53, Quitman, died January 4, 2013

Derek Lawrence Bird

Derek Lawrence Bird, 35, Leesburg, died December 31, 2012

Gladys Piper Brown

Gladys Piper Brown, 93, Albany, died January 7, 2012

Ned Melton

Ned Melton, Lee County, died January 9, 2013

Joseph Lamar Harris

Joseph Lamar Harris, died January 8, 2013

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Langley joins law firm Watson-Spence; court case dismissed

Rick Langley, formerly of Langley and Lee, became "of counsel" this week to Albany law firm Watson Spence, coinciding with the dismissal of the case he had filed in Dougherty Superior Court last month against his former co-workers.

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Republican support needed on gun control laws

Opinion column

The first and most important victory for advocates of sensible gun laws would, on almost any other matter, seem trivial. But when it comes to firearms, it's huge: Since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, attention to the issue has not waned and pressure for action has not diminished.

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Squawk of the Day 11 Jan 2013

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

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Middle East still dangerous for Christians

Religion column

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UPDATE: 1 student shot at high school in Taft, Calif.

One student has been shot at a high school in Taft, Calif., a community in the southern San Joaquin Valley.

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ASU's Freeman is a finalist for a position in Arkansas

Albany State University President Everette Freeman has been named as one of four finalists to serve as chancellor of the University of Arkansas

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GBI finishes probe into Ga. lawmaker's expenses

Attorney General Sam Olens must now decide whether to pursue charges against a state senator who illegally claimed expense pay.

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Ala. man to be charged in toddler death in Ind.

An Alabama man is facing charges alleging that he fatally stabbed a toddler believed to be his son in a suburban Indianapolis apartment.

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Hollow Hall of Fame

For the first time in 16 years --- and just the second in four decades --- none of the eligible players for the Baseball Hall of Fame, including all the steroid-era stars, garner enough votes to gain admission following Wednesday's annual vote.

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'Lincoln' leads Oscars with 12 nominations

The Civil War saga "Lincoln" leads the Academy Awards with 12 nominations, including best picture, director for Steven Spielberg and acting honors for Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones.

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Man who handcuffed self to woman gets 4 years

A man who handcuffed himself to a female Taco Bell co-worker has been sentenced to serve four years in prison.

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Atlanta man jumps out of stolen minivan; it runs him over

DeKalb County police say a man caught driving a stolen minivan was run over by the vehicle when he tried to flee from officers.

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Falcons trying to avoid the 'D' word heading into Sunday

The 'D' word would be drought -- as in the playoff winless "drought" the Atlanta Falcons' franchise is in --- heading to Sunday's divisional showdown with the Seattle Seahawks.