News for Tuesday, January 15, 2013


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Darton star Mitchell wins Region Player of Week

After leading the Lady Cavs to a huge victory against No. 9 nationally ranked Georgia Highlands on Saturday, Michelle Mitchell is named the Region XVII Player of the Week.

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Serena Williams romps on bad ankle in Australia

Serena Williams takes care of 110-ranked Edina Gallovits-Hall with a 6-0, 6-0 rout in 54 minutes, but the tournament favorite had to fight through a sore right ankle in the process.

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Oprah confirms Armstrong confesses; WADA angry

Oprah Winfrey talks about her exclusive interview with shamed U.S. cyclist Lance Armstrong, who finally admits to doping. (ADDS: WADA wants Armstrong to confess under oath)

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Mitchell boys, Randolph-Clay girls debut as state No. 1s in first Class A power rankings

Herald No. 1 Randolph-Clay's girls and No. 5 Mitchell's boys start the first state power rankings on top Tuesday.

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Ex-49ers head coach, Falcons' D-C Nolan ready to face former team

Mike Nolan may not say it publicly, but undoubtedly he'd like revenge this weekend on the 49ers, who fired him as head coach four years ago.

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No. 4 Dougherty girls top No. 5 Americus-Sumter in Fab 5 duel

Just one day after each team cracked The Herald Fab 5 Poll, the Lady Trojans edge the Lady Panthers on Tuesday in Americus, 35-34.

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Soak up some baby wisdom in that good ol’ Doctor GOP style

Opinion Column

Overheard by a fly on the wall in Phil Gingrey’s Marietta office: “Nurse, call Dr. JuJu’s office and have them deliver a fresh batch of leeches, stat. I have a patient here that’s going to need a good blood-letting.” Just shows that when you get around crazy, you should expect crazy.

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Laws alone don’t protect

Opinion Column

If laws were enough to deter criminal behavior prisons would be empty.

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Diary gives account of mourning Lincoln

The Dixie Diva column

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is final installment of a three-part series based on Civil War era diaries of Charlie Tinker.

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Lance Armstrong’s fall from grace is a painful one


Of the athletes who have fallen from grace over the past several years, the Lance Armstrong story may be the most painful.

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Hunter-Gault to headline ASU's MLK Convocation

A CNN correspondent will recount breaking the color barrier at the University of Georgia in 1961.

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Leesburg hires former Lee Public Works director

The Leesburg City Council votes 4-3 to hire William Clark as the city's new Public Works director.

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West Albany's Marketplace relocates

An Albany antiques store is now open in a shopping plaza off Westgate Drive.

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City to WG&L: No cleanup money

Albany officials are seeking funds to clean up a former manufactured gas plant that poses an environmental hazard.

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Police/Fire/EMS - Jan. 16, 2013

Albany police respond to at least 40 incidents.

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Squawk of the Day - Jan. 16, 2013

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

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Senate panel fast-tracks hospital tax over protest

State lawmakers meet for the second day Tuesday to discuss hospital tax reform in the state.

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Charges filed in shooting

An Albany man is charged in the shooting of a 36-year old man in East Albany Monday.

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Bracelets distributed as part of Project Lifesaver

Albany children receive tracking bracelets as part of an initiative to help find lost individuals with cognitive conditions.

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Another Albany Winn-Dixie closing

Corporate officials say both the Sylvester Road store and the Oakridge store will be closing by March 5.

A second Winn Dixie store is closing, corporate officials announced Tuesday, leaving only one of the grocery stores in Albany.

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Phillips in running for title of top music reality star of all time

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Lee County native and American Idol winner Phillip Phillips is among a list of reality music stars who are competing on a music and entertainment website for the title of all-time top reality music star.

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School chief’s contract will pay him $14,584 per month

The Dougherty County School System's interim superintendent's contract runs through January of 2014.

The Dougherty County School System’s interim superintendent’s contract runs through January of 2014.

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City care home debate unresolved

The Albany City Commission votes not to allow an exception to a personal care home moratorium that runs out this month.

The Albany City Commission votes not to allow an exception to a personal care home moratorium that runs out this month.

Stephen Michael Settle

Stephen Michael Settle 63, Fitzgerald, died January 11, 2013

Annie Ruth Burroughs

Annie Ruth Burroughs, 80, Pelham, died January 13, 2013

Julian Lloyd Dorminey

Julian Lloyd Dorminey, 85, Norman Park, died January 12, 2013

Annette Riddley

Annette Riddley, 77, died January 13, 2013

Pauline Deese

Pauline Deese, 63, Colquitt, died January 15, 2013

Melvin Leon McKendrick

Melvin Leon McKendrick, Atlanta, died January 12, 2013

Estelle Kilpatrick Rayburn

Estelle Kilpatrick Rayburn, 75, Phenix City, AL died January 12, 2013

Jane Anne Was Cantrell

Jane Anne Was Cantrell, 91, Atlanta died January 12, 2013

Artie C. Frazier

Artie C. Frazier, 55, Camilla, died January 14, 2013

Nazree Johnson

Nazree Johnson, 88, Bainbridge, died January 11, 2013

Melissa A. Hall

Melissa Ann Hall, 65, Albany, died January 11, 2013

Contessa Brown Butler

Contessa Brown Butler, 27, Sylvester, died January 10, 2013

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Obama weighing executive action on guns

Facing powerful opposition to sweeping gun regulations, President Barack Obama is weighing 19 steps he could take through executive action alone, congressional officials said. But the scope of such measures is limited.

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NY seals 1st state gun laws since Newtown massacre

New York lawmakers agreed to pass the toughest gun control law in the nation and the first since the Newtown, Conn., school shooting, calling for a stricter assault weapons ban and provisions to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill who make threats.

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Florida python hunt opens with 11 snakes killed

Florida wildlife officials say 11 Burmese pythons were killed during the first three days of a public hunt for the invasive species in the Everglades.

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Student becomes trapped in wrestling mats, dies

Authorities say a south Georgia high school student apparently climbed atop an upright roll of wrestling mats, fell into a center opening and died after he became trapped inside.

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Zaxby's warns customers of potential fraud

A Georgia-based restaurant firm says suspicious computer files have been found at some of its locations, prompting it to warn customers about the potential for fraud.

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Hawks score just 58 points in blowout loss to Bulls

Atlanta scored a franchise-low 20 points in the first half -- including five points in the second quarter -- in Monday's pathetic display in Chicago, where the Hawks lost, 97-58.