News for Wednesday, January 2, 2013

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COLLEGE HOOPS ROUNDUP: Auburn holds off Florida State, 78-72

Auburn trailed by as many as 12 points in the first half before storming out to a large lead in the second half and holding off the Seminoles in the final minutes. (ADDS: Georgia Tech men beat Chattanooga)

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Wife of former Brave Andruw Jones files for divorce

The wife of former Atlanta Braves star Andruw Jones filed for divorce about a week after she accused him of grabbing her neck and saying he wanted to kill her.

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Crane breaks, drops Atlanta tree

The Macy’s Great Tree dangles over Wednesday after a crane broke while lowering the Christmas tree from atop the department store at Lenox Square mall in Atlanta.

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Ravens' Lewis to retire after playoffs

Ray Lewis, the Ravens’ 13-time Pro Bowl middle linebacker, announces that he will retire after the playoffs, which begin for Baltimore on Sunday against the Colts.

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Georgia Tech finally finds defense in postseason

The Yellow Jackets play their best defensive game of the year in Monday’s 21-7 win against USC in the Sun Bowl after a regular season when they gave up more than 40 points six different times.

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Easing the pain

Tuesday’s victory in the Capitol One Bowl didn’t completely make up for Georgia’s loss in the SEC championship game, but it sure took away some of the sting.

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D-I interest rolling in for Albany’s Young, Monroe’s Stafford

Juniors Juwon Young from Albany and Charles Stafford from Monroe don’t have any Division I offers yet, but that might soon change after Monday’s Georgia Junior Bowl in Atlanta.

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Tickets on sale for ‘Blackman-o-logues’ production

Tickets are currently on sale for the Feb. 16 production of Jacquay Waller’s “Blackman-o-logues,” which will be held at the Albany Municipal Auditorium.

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Bishop: Congress ought to be punished

2nd District Democratic says that Congress has done a poor job discharging its duties but that there is time for redemption.

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Washington must address spending

Now that the fiscal cliff that caused much concern last last year — a creature, by the way, created by Congress — has been averted, we’ll see just how serious Democrats are about getting the country’s fiscal house in order.

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The fiscal cliff deal is insufficient in long run

Opinion Column

Thankfully, common sense prevailed and legislation passed averting the fiscal cliff. Not passing this deal would have caused unnecessary financial market turmoil and loss of wealth. It would have shaken consumer and investor confidence, even if Congress would have been able to craft a deal quickly in 2013. With that being said, this piece of legislation will hamper future economic growth as uncertainty continues as we prepare for another painful, bruising battle in February when negotiations take place for raising the debt ceiling.

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Cliff averted, it's on to the next crisis

Members of Congress strive to move forward and look ahead to budgetary conflicts in the nation's future.

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Former state Sen. Gillis of Soperton dies at 94

Former state Sen. Hugh M. Gillis of Soperton, who was once honored as the longest-serving state legislator in the country with more than 50 years in the General Assembly, has died. He was 94.

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Police/Fire/EMS - Jan. 3, 2013

Albany police respond to at least 42 incidents.

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Kilo of cocaine recovered from Flint River

A 43-year-old Albany man was taken into custody after he was observed dumping a package of cocaine into the Flint River on Wednesday.

APD responds to alcohol, drug-related assaults

Warrants have been issued in connection to an aggravated assault that took place on West Gordon Avenue Tuesday, Albany police officials say.

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APD responds to alcohol, drug-related aggravated assaults

Warrants have been issued in connection to an aggravated assault that took place on West Gordon Avenue Tuesday, Albany police officials say.

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Bullet narrowly misses Albany police officer

There were 21 calls regarding people discharging firearms just after midnight on Tuesday.

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Special Baker sheriff election postponed

Sheriff Dana Meade and Challenger Tim Williamson must wait until after the state's highest court renders a decision.

Allan Patrick Newkirk

Allan Patrick Newkirk, 67, Americus, died December 29, 2012

Madge L. Moore

Madge L. Moore, 79, Leesburg, GA, died December 29, 2012

Grover Key

Grover Key, 98, Albany, GA died on December 27, 2012

John Havers Scott, Jr.

John H. Scott, Charlotte, NC, died January 1, 2013

Albert Lee McDonald

Albert Lee McDonald, 63, died December 30, 2012

Grace Vines McLeod

Grace Vines McLeod, 91, Sale City, died January 01, 2013

Linda Kail Counts Webb

Linda Kail Counts Webb, 97, Albany, died December 29, 2012

Leonard E. Smith

Leonard E. Smith, 81, Baker County, died December 30, 2012

Maxine J. Wells

Maxine J. Wells, died December 30, 2012

Christine Augusta Willis

Christine Augusta Willis, 84, Pelham, died January 1, 2013

Mary Leese Pullin

Mary Leese Pullin, 66, Pelham, died January 2, 2013

Paul William Freeman

Paul William Freeman, 80, Leesburg, died December 31, 2012

Michael Jay O'Quinn

Michael Jay O'Quinn, died December 30, 2012

Nora Lucille Topshe Ernst

Nora Lucille Topshe Ernst, 89, died December 30, 2012

William Elmer Hearn

William Elmer Hearn, 91, Albany, died December 31, 2012

Leonie Dubiansky

Leonie Dubiansky, passed away on Saturday, December 29, 2012

Edna Bass John Adams

Edna Bass John Adams, 90, Albany, died December 30, 2012

Nelda Everson Choquette

Nelda Everson Choquette,71, Crawfordville, FL, died December 30, 2012

Cecil Eaton

Cecil Henry Eaton, 95, Pelham, died December 30, 2012

Derek Lawrence Bird

Derek Lawrence Bird, Pelham, GA died December 31, 2012

Grace Traylor Coleman

Grace Traylor Coleman, died December 28, 2012

Delma Stanley McCoy

Delma Stanley McCoy, 68, died December 30, 2012

Charlie Bernard Maddox

Charlie Bernard Maddox, Sumter County, died December 26, 2012

Leroy Johnson

Leroy Johnson, Ashburn, died January 2, 2013

Janet Myers

Janet Myers, Albany died January 2, 2013

Willie Reid Fitzgerald

Willie Reid Fitzgerald, 76, Elmodel, died December 30, 2012

Linda Stone Miller

Linda Stone Miller, 63, Abbeville, died January 1, 2013

Gladys Johnson

Gladys Johnson, 90, Albany, died December 31, 2012

Decaryiah Troupe

Decaryiah Troupe, 3 months old, died December 28, 2012

Margaret Perrott Levie

Margaret Perrott Levie, died on December 27, 2012

Eddie Mae Lampkin

Eddie Mae Lampkin, Sumter County, died January 1, 2013

Adele Ellen Cox

Adele Ellen Cox, 78, Albany, died December 31, 2012

Louise B. Morrell

Louise B. Morrell, 94, Baconton, died December 29, 2012

Wesley Turton

Wesley Turton, 83, died January 2, 2012

Martha H. Knight

Martha H. Knight, 82, Albany, died January 1, 2013

Nanell Reddick Hart

Nanell Reddick Hart, Sumter County, GA died December 30, 2012

Sam Farkas

Sam Farkas, 91, Albany, died December 30, 2012

Allen Brown

Allen Brown, Atlanta, Georgia, died December 24, 2012

Peggy Musgrove Parker

Peggy Musgrove Parker, 56, Ashburn died December 31, 2012

Wilburn Ivy

Wilburn Ivy, 83, Albany, died December 28, 2012

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5 Idaho inmates sue beer companies

Five inmates at the Idaho State Correctional Institution south of Boise are suing a handful of major beer and wine companies, contending that alcohol led to their crimes and that they should have been warned that the beverages can be addictive.

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Squawk of the Day - Jan. 3, 2013

To view more Squawks pick up a copy of today's Albany Herald.

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Albany murder case going to Georgia Supreme Court

Tracy Lashawn Smith was convicted in 2011 for the beating death of Jerome Walden in the alley of Poplar Street and Highland Avenue.

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Kansas trying to make sperm donor pay child support

A sperm donor in Kansas is fighting a state effort to force him to pay child support for a child conceived through artificial insemination by a lesbian couple.

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Ga. Republicans vote against 'fiscal cliff' deal

Georgia's Republicans in the U.S. House voted against a last-minute deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff" after the state's two senators voted for it.

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French government retools 75% income tax proposal

The derailment of President Francois Hollande's 75 percent millionaires' tax presents a chance to water down a scheme which hurt France's image with investors but the Socialist leader is unlikely to give up without a fight.

Puppies drowned by Moultrie burglary suspect

Police in south Georgia say the suspect in a residential burglary apparently drowned three puppies inside the house before fleeing the scene.

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Atlanta airport leads nation in gun confiscations

With 100 guns confiscated in 2012, Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport leads the nation's airports in terms of the number of guns that have been confiscated.

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FSU routs Northern Illinois in Orange Bowl

The Seminoles and former Westover star and Albany native Rashad Greene took care of business in the Orange Bowl Tuesday night with a 31-10 victory against Northern Illinois. Greene caught his sixth TD of the season in the second quarter and finished the night with five catches for 45 yards.

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