News for Thursday, January 3, 2013

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Brisbane semis showdown set between Serena, No. 1 Azarenka

Serena Williams takes another step toward the No. 1 ranking in the world with a win in the Brisbane International quarterfinals vs. Sloane Stephens.

Tide ready for big-play Irish defense

Notre Dame, which allows just 10.3 points per game, is preparing for an Alabama offense that scored a school-record 500 points this season.

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PREP ROUNDUP: Seminole County boys knock off Pelham, get set for tonight’s showdown vs. Bainbridge

The Seminole County boys hold off Pelham, 77-69, while the Pelham girls win easily in Donalsonville, 65-45. (ADDS: Sherwood, Randolph Southern basketball; Lee County wrestling)

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Untested QBs leading teams into wild-card matchups

This weekend’s starting quarterbacks for the NFL’s wild-card games include rookies Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson and second-year players Christian Ponder and Andy Dalton.

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LOCAL COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Lady Rams win conference opener vs. Kentucky State

A week after knocking off Valdosta State, the ASU women’s basketball team opens up conference play with a 78-73 win at Kentucky State. (ADDS: Darton women, Albany State men, Albany Tech men)

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The right fit

Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter signs a contract extension to stay in Atlanta despite possible offers to take a head coaching job elsewhere in the NFL, which is wonderful news for Falcons QB Matt Ryan.

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APD: Officers have an interest in suspect

The Albany Police Department officials are looking for 19-year-old Kadolphie Spencer.

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Crimestoppers - Jan. 4, 2013

Albany Area Crime Stoppers has one Most Wanted fugitive this week. All fugitives on the Albany Area Crime Stoppers Most Wanted List should be considered armed and dangerous.

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Police/Fire/EMS report for January 4, 2013

APD responds to at least 43 incidents.

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For Obama, the economy never comes first

Many Republicans have accused Barack Obama of ignoring the economy. That’s not true. The problem with Obama is not that he has ignored the economy, but that it was never his top priority in his first term as president, even as millions of Americans suffered the consequences of a devastating economic downturn.

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T-SPLOST collections have begun in area

Retail businesses in the River Valley District, which includes Crisp and Dooly Counties, have begun collecting an additional 1 percent sales tax, after voters in that region approved a controversial Transportation Sales Tax initiative last Summer.

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Lone Democrat bows out of Senate race

The lone Democrat hoping to replace former State Sen. John Bulloch in the District 11 Senate race has withdrawn from consideration.

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Gun, marijuana stashed in postal box

A postal carrier discovers a handgun, drugs and a scale while delivering mail along the 1300 block of S. McKinley Street.

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Cocaine bust interests DEA agents

An Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit bust of a man with about a kilogram of cocaine interests federal authorities.

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GDOT official: State must maximize resources

A top Georgia Transportation official gets a first-hand report on vital projects in Dougherty and Lee counties.

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Norovirus hits Southwest Georgia

Officials say roughly 75 cases of norovirus have been reported in nursing home facilities in Albany and Thomasville so far.

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Car giant Carmax considering Albany store

CarMax is a Fortune 500 company with 116 supercenters nationwide.

Eliza Byrd

Eliza Byrd of Albany, NY, died December 30, 2012

Eddie Mae Lampkin

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

Katie Lois Evans

Katie Lois Evans, 80, Albany, died December 29, 2012

Ferry Jackson

Ferry Jackson, 91, Richland, GA died January 1, 2013

Maxine J. Walls

Maxine J. Wells, died December, 30, 2012

Johnny Grace

Johnny Grace, 53, died December 26, 2012

Doris Jean Gibson

Doris Jean Gibson, 63, Cuthbert, GA died December 30, 2012

Madge L. Moore

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

Beatrice Lockett

Beatrice Lockett, 71, Albany, died December 27, 2012

Marjorie Suggs Sims

Marjorie Suggs Sims died January 1, 2013

Francine King

Francine King, 55, Albany, died January 2, 2013

Wylie Lee Moore

Wylie Lee Moore, 86, died December 28, 2012

Rudy Rhymes

Rudy Rhymes, 31, Camilla, died December 28, 2012

Inez Hill Miller

Inez Hill Miller, Sylvester, died December 31, 2012

Willie Harris

Willie Harris, 80, Albany, died December 30, 2012

Jessie Mack Hall

Jessie Mack Hall, 85, died January 2, 2013

Peter Carswell Rackley

Peter Carswell Rackley, 63, Pelham, died January 2, 2013

Margaret Elaine Bragg

Margaret Elaine Bragg, 53, Albany, died January 2, 2013

Sherry Everett Richter

Sherry Everett Richter, 46, Moultrie, died January 1, 2013

Mary Leese Pullen

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

Warren David Brookins, Sr.

Warren David Brookins, Sr., 60, Albany, died January 2, 2013

London Sadaye Holt

London Sadaye Holt, 3 months, died December 31, 2012

Arthur Moses, Jr.

Arthur Moses, Jr., 24, Albany, died December 30, 2012

Geraldine Chambers

Geraldine Chambers, 62, Albany, died January 1, 2013

Mae Frances Broadway

Mae Frances Broadway, 58, Pelham, died December 29, 2012

Marcy Hulett

Marcy Hulett, 57, Fitzgerald, died January 2, 2013

Elizabeth NeSmith Campbell

Elizabeth NeSmith Campbell, 38, Sylvester died January 3, 2013

Charles Foster, Jr.

Charles Foster, Jr., Columbus, died January 1, 2013

Willie Hatcher McNevin

Willie Hatcher McNevin, 93, Doerun, died January 3, 2013

Jarvis Hightower

Jarvis Hightower, 60, Albany, died December 31, 2012

Sammie Lee Height

Sammie Lee Height, 96, died December 30, 2012

Bobby Lee Moore

Bobby Lee Moore, 79, Albany, died January 2, 2013

Roger Dale Thompson

Roger Dale Thompson, 61, Leesburg, died December 20, 2012

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House re-elects Boehner speaker

The House and Senate ushered in a new Congress Thursday, re-electing embattled Republican John Boehner speaker and hailing one of its own senators who returned a year after being felled by a stroke.

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APD investigating accident at intersection of Oglethorpe and Jefferson

APD investigating three-vehicle accident at the intersection of Oglethorpe and Jefferson.

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Squawk of the Day - Jan. 4, 2013

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

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Mobile home damaged by fire

A home in the unincorporated area of Dougherty County was damaged by fire Thursday morning, fire officials say.

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Next title’s in the oven for Auburn

Ah, the new year has now begun, and I would be remiss if I did not comment on my beloved Auburn Tigers and their decision to suspend football for the past 2012 football season.

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Zumba prostitution suspect faces trial

A judge in Maine has refused to dismiss charges against the business partner of a Zumba instructor charged with running a prostitution ring from her dance studio.

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ROUNDUP: Lone Democrat bows out of race

The lone Democrat hoping to replace former State Senator John Bulloch in the District 11 Senate race has withdrawn from consideration.

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