News for Sunday, January 13, 2013

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All kidding aside, No. 1 Djokovic ready to make history at Australian Open

No. 1 seeded Novak Djokovic had fun getting ready for a run at a third consecutive title in the Austrailian Open this week.

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Kaepernick sends 49ers against Atlanta

Colin Kaepernick emerges as the newest sensation in the NFL as he leads the 49ers into the NFC title game against the Falcons

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Patriots roll past Texans

Tom Brady gets his 17th postseason win as he leads New England to the AFC title game with a 41-28 win against the Texans.

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The new Matty Ice

Matt Bryant’s 49-yard field goal with eight seconds left lifts the Falcons to a 30-28 win against Seattle in the NFC divisional game and now meet the 49ers.

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2013 Snickers Marathon shirts unveiled

Organizers of the 2013 Snicker's Marathon and half marathon unveiled the shirt that will be given to those who sign up to run the race through Albany on March 2.

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Thumbs Up! - Jan. 14, 2013

Editorial

See who deserves this week's Thumbs Up!

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Guns without roses

Opinion Column

Unlike many who recently have joined the debate about gun rights, I have a long history with guns, which I proffer only in the interest of pre-empting the "elitist, liberal, swine, prostitute, blahblahblah" charge.

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We're not in decline or retreat

Opinion Column

We are about to have a major foreign policy debate in the guise of a confirmation battle over Chuck Hagel's nomination as secretary of defense and the related argument over how long American troops should stay in Afghanistan. President Obama should use this opportunity to stand up for his broader vision of how American power can be sustained and used, even if that doesn't come naturally to a pragmatist who likes making decisions one at a time.

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Need for care homes part of 'perfect storm'

Residents in an Albany neighborhood are asking city officials not to allow a personal care facility to locate near their homes.

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Model Railroad Club set for show and sale

From diesel to steam, classic or digital, the Flint River Model Railroad Club stays on track with their latest train show.

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Local lawmakers prepare to convene in Atlanta

The state's budget, health care and gun laws are expected to be major topics during the 2013 Legislative Session.

Gary Yochum Sr.

Gary Yochum Sr. died Saturday.

James M. Padgett

James M. Padgett died Saturday.

Gina Rodgers McEachern

Gina Rodgers McEachern died Friday.

Jack R. Huffmaster

Jack R. Huffmaster died Saturday.

Alma Raines Hobby

Alma Raines Hobby died Friday.

Frank W. Freeman

Frank W. Freeman died Saturday.

William Charles DeLoach Sr.

William Charles DeLoach Sr. died Saturday.

Barbara Thursby Trotman Crews

Barbara Thursby Trortman Crews died Friday.

Eddie C. Carter

Eddie C. Carter died Friday.

Sylvia A. Loewenthal

Sylvia A. Loewenthal died Sunday.

Daniel E. Pollock

Daniel E. Pollock died Sunday.

Elizabeth Jones

Elizabeth Jones died Sunday.

Louise Kirkland Sleep Holman

Louis Kirkland Sleep Holman died Saturday.

Virgil Corley Bridges

Virgil Corley Bridges died Saturday.

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Squawk of the day - Jan. 14, 2013

Check out today's squawk of the day!

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Big 10 for the week of Jan. 4- 11, 2013

ALBANY — These are the most-read stories on Albanyherald.com for the week of Jan. 4 through Jan. 11, 2013.

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Branch ready for another playoff run with N.E., despite rocky regular season

Albany native Deion Branch’s 2012 season with the Patriots has been less than spectacular, but the 33-year-old Monroe alum says he’s as hungry as ever to get back to what would be his fourth Super Bowl if New England can get by the Houston Texans today.

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Monroe finishes sweep of Westover in regular season

Herald Super 6er Jabari McGhee has another big game for Herald No. 1 Monroe and the Tornadoes beat No. 2 Westover for the third time this season, 66-62, on Saturday night at the Civic Center.