News for Thursday, January 24, 2013

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Li, Azarenka to meet for Aussie Open women's title; defending champ Djokovic awaits finals opponent

After a pair of stunning women’s semifinal matches, the Aussie Open final is set, while the second half of the men’s championship match will be decided today.

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Groundbreaking case: Shamed Bengals cheerleader sues website for libel over accusations she slept with entire team

If Sarah Jones wins her lawsuit against thedirty.com — a gossip website with zero accountability — it would be a landmark case in the war on punishing slander over the Internet.

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What is proper prayer format?

Religion column

Americans are addicted to second guessing. Did Mark Richt make the wrong call at the Alabama-Georgia game? Should Mitt Romney have run a different election campaign? Should we have better protected the Benghazi Embassy? There’s no topic immune from second guessing, including public prayer. I refer to the invocation offered prior to President Obama’s inauguration last Monday.

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SUPER BOWL XLVII: Mom and Dad Harbaugh staying neutral

Jackie and Jack Harbaugh, the mother and father of Jim and John Harbaugh, have such a tough decision who to root for in the Super Bowl, their solution is simple: they’ll just enjoy the game.

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Bash brothers?: Braves reunite Upton siblings, ship Prado to Ariz.

Rays slugger B.J. Upton was acquired last year after the season, and Thursday, Atlanta makes a seven-player trade to grab Upton's brother, Justin, from Arizona.

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LORAN SMITH COLUMN: Musial was one of baseball’s classiest heroes

As a tribute to recently deceased St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer Stan Musial, Herald Guest Columnist Loran Smith looks back on the life and career of Musial, while also recounting the impact the one visit they shared together had on him.

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Raising the bar

Under second-year head coach Scot Hemmings, the Darton baseball team is loaded with key returners and high expectations entering today’s season-opening doubleheader on the road in Panama City, Fla.

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McCann hopes to be ready by opening day

Atlanta starting catcher Brian McCann had a rough 2012 season, but now that he's getting healthy, he feels poised for a big comeback in 2013.

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Albany lacking in competent leaders

Letter to the editor

Albany, as is the rest of the USA, is suffering from a lack of competent leadership.

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ASU student wins $28K lottery prize

A sophomore at Albany State University has won $28,888 from the Georgia Lottery playing the White Ice 8's instant scratch off game.

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Shots fired on West Broad Avenue

The Albany Police Department is investigating an incident involving gunshots at 1703 W. Broad Ave. that were fired Thursday afternoon.

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Most Wanted for January 25, 2013

Tequila Deshawn Ervin is wanted for multiple warrants.

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Arrests made in metal, gun thefts

The Dougherty County Police Department is looking for David Arrington in connection to a gun theft.

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Panic joins Allmans for Wanee

Leon Russell and Robert Randolph & the Family Band are among the performers at a North Florida music fest.

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Police/Fire/EMS report for January 25, 2013

APD responds to at least 34 incidents.

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Metro Albany’s unemployment rate increases by 0.5 percent

Southwest Georgia as a whole is also up, officials say.

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Phoebe aiming for top 10 percent

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital is working to earn the status of a top 10 hospital rating.

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Albany Tech honors GOAL nominees and Perkins Award winner

Albany Technical College taps four GOAL finalists and names Robert Permenter as Instructor of the Year.

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Robberies, suspect capture round out overnight APD activity

A suspect from a shooting on Cherry Avenue was arrested early Thursday morning, police say.

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KADB recognizes volunteers

Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful conducts its 24th annual Cheers To Our Volunteers luncheon.

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SGT men continue tear, edge Albany Tech

Led by Octavius Green, the Jets rally to beat the Titans on Wednesday to improve to 18-4 overall. (ADDS: item on SGT women beating Albany Tech)

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Volunteers rally ahead of homeless count

When the U.S. Census Bureau undertook its constitutional task of counting Americans in 2010, they knocked on a lot of doors in Albany, counting up anyone and everyone they could find.

Charles N. Harris

Charles N. Harris, 55, Albany, died January 22, 2013

Claude McDowell

Claude McDowell, 90, Albany, died January 19, 2013

Dana F. Banks

Dana F. Banks, Leesburg died January 24, 2013

Colley Callaway

Colley Callaway, 81, Albany, died January 18, 2013

Clinton Wimberly, Jr.

Clinton Wimberly, Jr. 77, Camilla, died January 20, 2013

Willie James Clay

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

Albert Ross

Albert Ross, 70, Plainfield, N.J., died January 15, 2013

Mary Edith McGee McLeod

Mary Edith McGee McLeod, Alpharetta, died 20 January 2013

Kevin Lyvahn Frith

Kevin Lyvahn Frith, 48, Leesburg, died January 23, 2013

Rev. Johnny Gene Allen Sr.

Johnny Allen, 88, Albany, died January 24, 2013

Alphonso Miller

Alphonso Miller, 54, Albany, died January 19, 2013

Bobby Lee Wheeler

Bobby Wheeler, 62, Albany, died January 20, 2013

Benjamin Charlie Lyles III

Benjamin Charlie Lyles III, Sumter County, died January 18, 2013

Mr. Peter Wall Jr.

Peter Wall Jr., 95, Albany, died January 24, 2013

Nathaniel Linkhorn

Nathaniel Linkhorn, 68, Riverdale, died January 21, 2013

David Giles

David Giles, 60, Albany, died January 23, 2013

Willie J. Flood

Willie J. Flood, 63, Albany, died January 24, 2013

Johnny Morgan

Johnny Morgan, 57, Pelham, died January 18, 2013

Joanna Hall

Joanna Hall, 89, Cusseta, died January 22, 2013

Henri Lynn Davis Jutras

Henri Lynn Davis Jutras, 72, Winter Park, FL died January 21, 2013

Alice Biggs

Alice Biggs, 80, Columbus, OH, died January 20, 2013

Jada Amira Carter

Jada Amira Carter, 38, Albany, died January 23, 2013

Charlie L. Williams, Jr.

Charlie Luther Williams, Jr., 56, Albany, died January 22, 2013

Debra Rene Gibson

Debra Rene Gibson, 32, Albany, died January 23, 2013

Eutha Mae Robinson

Eutha Mae Robinson, 89, Dawson died January 20, 2013

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Assistant principal's certifcation pulled

Joey James will have a Dougherty School Board hearing on Wednesday to determine his future with the system.

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Obama rallies to finish what he started

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Royal change will soon come to this Nation

My inner Pollyanna was basking in blissfulness, rolling in the hay of righteous rhetoric, backstroking through the sunny sibilance of aspiration.

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Squawk of the Day - Jan. 25, 2013

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

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Corbett, Warbington sworn in as WG&L commissioners

City Manager James Taylor is asked to serve as interim general manager of Albany's Water, Gas & Light Commission.

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Albany woman charged with child neglect after 'horrid' conditions discovered

Rat feces and soiled clothing and trash were among the items sheriff's deputies say were found in the residence.

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North Korea to target U.S. with nuclear, rocket tests

North Korea said on Thursday it would carry out further rocket launches and a nuclear test that would target the United States, dramatically stepping up its threats against a country it called its "sworn enemy".

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Metro Albany's unemployment up slightly

Southwest Georgia as a whole is also up, officials say.

Metro Albany's unemployment rate has ticked upwards for December, Labor officials say.

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