News for Wednesday, January 23, 2013

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Hawks' Smith flirts with triple-double in easy win vs. Bobcats

A big second half propels the Hawks to an easy road win Wednesday night against the lowly Charlotte Bobcats, 104-92.

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Herald Super 6er Oliver to sit out rest of year, transfer out of Crisp County after season

Herald Super 6er Nasheema's Oliver's father, Greg, tells The Herald on Wednesday night that his daughter is leaving Cordele after the end of the school year and will play basketball for another program next year -- her senior season --- after being booted from the team recently.

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AUSSIE OPEN: U.S. teen Stephens upsets Serena

Serena Williams loses to a younger American for the first time in her career Wednesday when Sloane Stephens stuns the tennis world.

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Richt’s outlook for 2013: I have a lot of faith

Georgia coach Mark Richt sat down recently and looked back on the Bulldogs’ stellar season and what the future holds for 2013.

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Out with the old ...?

And in with the new? That’s the question circling around Atlanta right now as plans continue to unfold for a new stadium for the Falcons.

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Wanted: One adventurous woman

In case the Taliban and Al Franken aren’t enough to worry about, Harvard Professor George Church recently announced he wishes to clone a Neanderthal man.

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Commonsense gun restrictions needed

In a letter to the editor, Tony Wright of Albany says that commonsense gun restrictions are needed.

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Government gives itself costly Christmas gift

In a letter to the editor, Kelly Godwin of Bainbridge says that the government gives itself a costly Christmas gift.

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There’s no excuse for leaving dog outside

In a letter to the editor, Erin Hunt of Leesburg says that there’s no excuse for leaving a dog outside.

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Rattlesnake Roundup will have negative legacy

In a letter to the editor, Bill Matturro of Cairo says that the Rattlesnake Roundup will have a negative legacy.

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Getting, keeping teachers a concern

In his 1903 book, “The Souls of Black Folk,” W.E.B DuBois spent two chapters sketching the results of sociological work completed during a recent trip. He had at last come down from Atlanta to Albany-Dougherty County, which he termed the “Egypt of the South.” But unlike Moses, he boarded the train back north without a clear sense of how to go about the reform which he saw was so badly needed.

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Police/Fire/EMS - Jan. 24, 2013

Albany police respond to at least 30 incidents.

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Facebookers get case of virtual envy

One thing Facebook has managed to do is take the personal out of personal relationships.

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City does about-face on care home ordinance

The Albany City Commission extends a moratorium on personal care homes in the city for an additional 120 days.

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City makes board appointments

Local citizens are selected by the Albany City Commission to serve on several boards and commissions.

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Squawk of the Day - Jan. 24, 2013

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

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Georgia cutting funding for farming visa workers

After passing a law to crack down on illegal immigration, Georgia may eliminate a program meant to help farmers navigate the complicated process of getting visas for foreign laborers.

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Business prospects coming to Albany for Quail Hunt

The annual Georgia Quail Hunt, which will celebrate its 25th year in Albany this year, has brought $2.6 billion to the state.

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Budget cuts topic of Council on Aging public hearing

Officials say the SOWEGA Council on Aging is expected to lose more than 10 percent of its budget this year.

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People's Choice Football Player of the Year Poll: VOTING CLOSED

Voting is closed for The Albany Herald's 2012 People's Choice Player of the Year. Look for the results and a story on the winner in Sunday's edition of The Herald's sports section.

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Woman stabbed in neck for ATM card

A Dougherty County woman was stabbed in the neck and her ATM card taken by her husband.

Police say a Dougherty County woman was stabbed in the neck and her ATM card taken by her husband.

John D. Williams

John D. Williams, 93, Warwick, died January 22, 2013

Mattie Cross

Mattie Cross, Cordele, died January 23, 2013

Emma Gene Gilbert

Emma Gene Gilbert, Morgan, died January 22, 2013

Clay Cooper

Daniel Clayton Cooper, died January 22, 2013

Bernice White Boddiford

Bernice White Boddiford, 84, Sylvester, died January 22, 2013

Willie Mae Ford

Willie Mae Ford, 87, Albany, died January 21, 2013

William B. Vaughan

William B. Vaughan, III, 57, Lee County, died January 22, 2013

Melissa Faye Edge

Melissa Faye Edge, 43, Newton, died January 22, 2013

Clark Hughes Dowdell

Clark Hughes Dowdell, 91, Valrico, FL, died January 21, 2013

Willie C. Tatum, Sr.

Willie C Tatum, Sr., 80, died January 21, 2013

Mr. Boyd Lewis Bowman

Boyd Bowman, Riverdale, died January 21, 2013

Charles N. Harris

Charles N. Harris, 57, Albany, died January 22, 2013

Arthur Tate

Arthur S. Tate, 85, Conyers, died January 23, 2013

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House votes to defuse debt crisis

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed an extension of borrowing authority under the federal debt limit to May 19, putting the Republican plan on a fast track to enactment after top Senate Democrats endorsed it.

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Te'o tells Katie Couric he lied to maintain hoax

Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o told ABC News' Katie Couric that he had lied to keep up a hoax involving a nonexistent dying girlfriend once he learned he had been duped two days before the Heisman Trophy winner was announced.

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COLLEGE HOOPS ROUNDUP: UGA men blow first-half lead vs. No. 8 Florida, fall by 17; UNC romps Ga. Tech; Miami destroys No. 1 Duke

Georgia suffered one of the worst losses in program history in its first meeting a SEC rival Florida, but the Bulldogs likely feel just as bad after Wednesday's 17-point loss in the rematch in Athens after giving up a halftime lead and getting outscored, 40-20, in the second half.

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Report: Amazon not collecting Ga. online sales tax

A newspaper is reporting that Amazon.com is not collecting sales tax from Georgia shoppers despite a new state law designed to snag the money from the world's biggest online retailer.

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UPDATE: Clinton defends handling of Benghazi attack

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday defended her handling of the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi that killed four Americans, an event that threatens to stain her legacy at the State Department.

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Man charged in shooting on Texas college campus

A 22-year-old man has been charged in a shooting on a community college campus in Texas that left three people wounded, one critically, authorities said.

Helen A. Thornton

Helen A. Thornton, 60, Albany, died January 19, 2013

Carolyn Sandy Fulghum

Carolyn Sandy Fulghum, 52, Pelham, died January 21, 2013

Clark H. Dowdell

Clark H. Dowdell, 91, Albany died January 21, 2013

William Vaughan

William Vaughan, Albany, died January 22, 2013

Eutha M. Robinson

Eutha M. Robinson, 89, Dawson died January 20, 2013

Daniel Cooper

Daniel Cooper, 26, Lee County, died January 22, 2013

Charles A. Ross

Charles A. Ross, 67, Pelham, died January 22, 2013

Lewis Brown Fryer, Jr.

Lewis Brown Fryer, Jr., 94, Blakely, died January 22, 2013

Anthony Eugene Palmore

Anthony Eugene Palmore, 38, died January 19,2013

Edd Walker

Edd Walker, Tifton, died January 21, 2013

Ray French

Ray French, 61, Climax, died January 22, 2013

Betty H. Knight

Betty H. Knight, died January 22, 2013

Bobby J. Connell

Bobby J. Connell, 74, Albany, died January 21, 2013

Bessie Jones

Bessie Jones, 93, Pelham, died January 19, 2013

Learon James

Learon James, died January 16, 2013

Delores Annette Johnson Stinnett

Delores Annette Johnson Stinnett, 78, Donalsonville, died January 21, 2013

Willie C Tatum

Willie C. Tatum, 80, died January 21, 2013

Mayo Grimsley

Mayo Grimsley, 90, Fitzgerald, died January 21, 2013

Mattie Mildred Rogers

Mattie Mildred Rogers, 92, Fitzgerald, died January 20, 2013

Willie James Clay

Willie James Clay, 63, Dawson, died January 21, 2013

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53 sent to hospital following bus collision

After 53 were sent to hospitals for treatment of varying levels of injury following a two-bus collision in Newton County, a bus driver may be cited.

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TUESDAY'S PREP HOOPS ROUNDUP: Bowens leads Americus-Sumter girls past Westover

Kayla Bowens buries four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to lead Americus to a Region 1-AAAA win against Westover on Tuesday. (ADDS: Sherwood boys, girls; Terrell Academy boys, girls; Westover boys; Americus boys; Pelham girls; Westwood boys, girls; Randolph-Clay boys, girls; Crisp Academy girls; Bainbridge boys; Calhoun County girls; Randolph Southern boys, girls)

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