News for Monday, January 28, 2013


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Theatre Albany schedules auditions for 'The Fox on the Fairway'

Theatre Albany Director Mark Costello is looking to cast three men and three women in the comedy.

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Brick House jury selection starts

A 3-year-old case involving a homicide at a former Albany establishment is entering the trial phase.

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Reception set for Emerge Albany

An Albany group for young professionals will have a reception this week.

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Pay teenage girls to not get pregnant

Letter to the editor

The front page article in The Albany Herald about the Albany Woman facing seven child neglect charges because sheriff’s deputies found the children living in a home with a “foot of trash on the floor and rats walking through it” is enough to make one near sick with outrage and empathy for the children.

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Super Bowl QBs new to football’s biggest stage

For the first time in a decade, the Super Bowl won’t feature a quarterback with the last name of Rodgers, Manning, Brady or Roethlisberger.

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Darton fall sports rank No. 5 in nation

After winning the Region XVII title in every fall sport, Darton State College is named the No. 5 athletics program in the nation for the fall of 2012.

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Healthy boundaries make for a better you

Features column

How do you take care of yourself? I pose this question so that we may take a moment to truly reflect on what is being asked.

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Phoebe committee OKs applicants, reappointments

Professional affairs committee sends list to full hospital board for consideration.

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Anchorage receives new, larger flag

The new, “more appropriate” size American flag is donated by the American Legion, Post 30.

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School police chief: Security a top issue

The system's top cop says his department is working hard to improve school safety.

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Health care a hot issue under Gold Dome

Opinion column

In a news disseminating career of four decades-plus, I have seen my share of hospital- and medical care-related controversies. Health-care companies’ attempts to overtake one another or, on another angle, governments trying to put more taxes on hospitals to help fund certain services come to mind.

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New ‘big government’ era taking off

Bill Clinton isn’t often wrong when it comes to politics, but his assertion in his 1996 State of the Union Address that “the era of big government is over” was a bit premature. In light of President Obama’s Second Inaugural Address, the era of big government has just begun.

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Tiger of old

Tiger Woods looks like his old self Monday when he cruises to an easy victory at Torrey Pines in the Farmers Insurance Open.

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Ex-Braves pitcher Durbin headed to Philadelphia

Pitcher Chad Durbin, who was 4-1 with a 3.10 ERA in 76 games last season for the Braves, agrees to a deal with the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday.

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FAB 5 POLL: Dougherty girls climb to No. 2

The Monroe boys and Randolph-Clay girls stay No. 1, while the Dougherty girls shake up the Fab 5 Poll after Friday’s thrilling win against rival Monroe.

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Check out The Herald's weekly high school basketball "Prep Peek," which includes the latest girls and boys Fab 5 Poll, Quote of the Week, By the Numbers and the area's full schedule for this week.

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Investigations continue on Albany burglaries

While a cemetery theft remains unsolved, a sweep conducted last week results in several arrests in connection with other burglaries.

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Aviation board hears patron's complaints

Dr. Willie Adams, a former Albany mayor, takes a seat on the Albany-Dougherty Aviation Commission.

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Eight new Albany police officers sworn

Eight new police academy graduates join the Albany Police Department on Monday.

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Crowd flocks to Civic Center for 2013 Empty Bowls event

The event benefits the Albany Area Arts Council and the SOWEGA Council on Aging.

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New law will 'double tax' auto leases

Beginning March 1, those who lease cars will have to pay a 6.5 percent tax on the title plus the continuing monthly sales tax fee, officials say.

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Police/Fire/EMS - Jan. 29, 2013

Albany police respond to at least 54 incidents.

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Chambliss: I won't change approach

Find this story and other news, sports and features items at

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Boy Scouts of America may consider end to ban on gay members

Boy Scouts of America is discussing ending a longstanding ban on gay members and whether to allow local organizations to decide their own policy, a spokesman said on Monday.

Johnny Gene Allen, Sr.

Johnny Gene Allen, Sr., died January 24, 2013

James "Jim" Forsyth

James Forsyth, 72, Albany, died January, 2013

Renee Conic Zamilus

Renee Conic Zamilus, 51, Norfolk, VA, died January 25, 2013

Jean Gilliam Perry

Jean Gilliam Perry, 73, Albany, died January 27, 2013

Margaret Sanders Bush

Margaret Sanders Bush, 84, Blakely, died January 28, 2013

James Warren O'Quinn

James Warren O'Quinn, 91, Bainbridge, died January 27, 2013

Rossiline Powell Shiver

Rossiline Powell Shiver, 84, Albany, died January 27, 2013

Jesse L. Lassiter, Jr.

Jesse L. Lassiter, Jr., Lee County, died January 27, 2013

Emma Jean Hall

Emma Jean Hall, 66, Albany, died, January 28, 2013

Effie Turner Mackey

Effie Turner Mackey, 70, Cuthbert, died January 27, 2013

Robert Olin Giddens

Robert Olin Giddens, 86, Albany, died January 25, 2013

Sam Washington

Sam Washington, 74, Albany, died Sunday, January 27, 2013

Bettie Higgins Carow

Bettie Higgins Carow, 89, Dawson, died January 26, 2013

Jasper DeLaughter Gray, Jr.

Jasper DeLaughter Gray, Jr., 87, Bainbridge died, January 28, 2013

Addie Owens

Addie Owens, Sumter County, died January 27, 2013

Patricia Ann Bryant

Patricia Ann Bryant , 60, Albany, died, January 27, 2013

Debra Rene Gibson

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

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Iran launches monkey into space, showing missile progress

Iran said on Monday it had launched a live monkey into space, seeking to show off missile systems that have alarmed the West because the technology could potentially be used to deliver a nuclear warhead.

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Squawk of the Day - Jan. 29, 2013

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

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Riverfront Bar-B-Q to stay open

Not so fast with that "Vacancy" sign for Riverfront Bar-B-Q.

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Lottery executive 'bonuses' continue despite laws

The Georgia Lottery Corporation shelled out big bonuses in the guise of "incentive" pay that landed executives thousands of dollars over their normal salaries despite declining ticket sales and an inability to properly fund Georgia's HOPE Scholarship and Pre-K programs.

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Group asks highway to be dedicated to fallen Leesburg Marine

The Heroes Run, an event honoring the late Lance Cpl. Steve Sutton, is set for Feb. 23, officials say.

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Bipartisan U.S. Senate group proposes immigration plan

A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators has agreed on a framework for immigration reform that would provide a "path to citizenship" for those in the United States illegally but only after measures are put in place to secure borders and track undocumented immigrants.

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Assaults, bogus taxi figure in APD reports

At least two men went to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital as a result of the Sunday criminal activity in Albany, officials say.