News for Friday, January 4, 2013

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Pistons hold on for 85-84 win vs. Hawks

The Hawks trailed by as many as 19, but their comeback fell short against Detroit, which won, 85-84.

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FRIDAY'S PREP HOOPS ROUNDUP: Herald No. 4 Mitchell knocks off Valdosta, 67-44

Two weeks after losing to Valdosta by 24 points, the Mitchell County Eagles turn the tables and upset Valdosta, 67-44, on Friday. (ADDS: Mitchell girls, Deerfield, Byne Christian, Randolph-Clay, Southland, Sherwood and Albany).

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Fresh start

After losing its first two games of the season early this week in the Hoops In Drive Tournament, Herald No. 1 Monroe starts the second half of the season with a 70-42 win against Terrell County. (ADDS: Monroe girls beat Terrell County)

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Truck violation nets drug bust

A routine request to move a parked tractor-trailer truck ends in the arrest of a Lee County man.

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Alleged sexual assault reported

A 20-year-old woman was sexually assaulted by an acquaintance, according to Dougherty County Police.

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Man sentenced to 18 years in state prison

A man pleads guilty to beating and robbing a convenience store clerk and a judge sentences him to prison for 18 years.

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McDonald rejoins banking scene

McDonald was part owner of Brooks Furniture Co. before returning to banking.

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Police/Fire/EMS report for January 5, 2013

APD responds to at least 45 incidents.

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Falcons’ White focused on postseason, not Pro Bowl snub

For the first time in five years, Roddy White is left off the Pro Bowl roster, but the Falcons receiver is more concerned about helping Atlanta win in the playoffs.

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Alabama not talking about a dynasty — yet

A win on Monday and Alabama becomes the first team to win consecutive BCS championships and three national titles in four years.

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Georgia linebacker Jones declares for NFL draft

Jarvis Jones, Georgia’s All-American linebacker, will enter the NFL draft and won’t be returning for his senior year.

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Police arrest counter-jumping thief in minutes

A man jumps the counter at a hot dog stand popular with law enforcement officials and is caught in minutes.

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The children heed Mother Nature; so should we

Opinion Column

Here at home, U.S. government action on climate change has been paralyzed by politics, but American taxpayers are actually trying to make things better abroad, whether they know it or not. At the front lines in the climate change war, there's no argument about whether weather disasters come more frequently and ferociously. The only question is what to do about them.

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Outgoing State Court Judge John Salter honored with portrait

After 20 years as a state court judge, Salter will take on a lighter role as a magistrate.

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Darrisaw, Riggins sworn into office

Darrisaw replaces outgoing State Court Judge John Salter while Riggins begins a second term.

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Return of the real Obama

Opinion Column

The rout was complete, the retreat disorderly. President Obama got his tax hikes — naked of spending cuts — passed by the ostensibly Republican House of Representatives. After which, you might expect him to pivot to his self-proclaimed "principle" of fiscal "balance" by taking the lead on reducing spending. "Why," asked The Washington Post on the eve of the final "fiscal-cliff" agreement, "is the nation's leader not embracing and then explaining the balanced reforms the nation needs?"

William Aemilius Thomas

William Thomas died December 29, 2012

William Preston

William Preston, age 78, died January 2, 2013

Nykita Jerreu Gibson

Nykita Gibson, 26, Albany, died January 3, 2013

Herman Bruce West

Herman Bruce West, 90, Irwinville, GA, died January 3, 2013

Ruth. E. Schlegel

Ruth. E. Schlegel, 88, Albany, GA, died January 3, 2013

Ruby Mae Goodman

Ruby Goodman, 75, Albany, died December 27, 2012

Rodney Novelle Lewis

Rodney Lewis, 42, Leesburg, died January 3, 2013

Willard Dean Smith

Willard Dean Smith, Meigs,

Kathy Lynne Dykes Parrish

Kathy Lynne Dykes Parrish, 61, Albany died January 3, 2013

William Thaxton Harrell

William Thaxton Harrell, 75, Patmos, died January 3, 2013

Madeline McDonald Calhoun Howard

Madeline McDonald Calhoun Howard, 87, Sylvester died December 29, 2012

Glenn McCollum

Glenn Holley McCollum, 63, Conyers, died January 1, 2013

James Lester Jennings

James Jennings, 64, Albany, died January 3, 2013

Ethel Virginia Kimsey

Ethel Virginia Kimsey, 86, Melbourne, FL, died January 1, 2013

Leroy Johnson

Leroy Johnson, Ashburn, died January 2, 2013

Grover Key

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

Willie Hatcher McNevin

Willie Hatcher McNevin, 93, died January 3, 2013

Elizabeth NeSmith Campbell

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

Gussie Carter Thomas

Gussie Thomas, 73, Albany, died December 31, 2012

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Squawk of the Day - Jan. 5, 2013

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

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'Trend' taps five SOWEGANS as 'Influential Georgians'

Gov. Nathan Deal has been named Georgia Trend's Georgian of the Year.

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Downtown business opening second location

A Downtown Albany boutique is opening up a second location on Dawson Road, officials say.

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Looking Back - Jan. 6, 2013

Each week Albany Herald researcher Mary Braswell looks for interesting events, places and people from the past. You can contact her at (229) 888-9371 or mary.braswell@albanyherald.com.

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U.S. unemployment holds steady at 7.8 percent

Payrolls outside the farming sector grew 155,000 last month, the Labor Department said on Friday. That was in line with analysts' expectations and slightly below the level for November.

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Conn. city halts gun shows after school shooting

The police chief in a Connecticut city has halted permits for gun shows, saying he's concerned any firearms purchased there might one day be used in a mass shooting.

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Deal appoints Hooks to Board of Regents

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia governs all of the Georgia's public colleges and universities.

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Herald No. 5 Bainbridge beats rival Seminole, 70-55

Dontavious Marshall scores a career-high 27 points to lead the Bearcats to victory against Seminole County in front of a standing-room-only crowd in Donalsonville. (ADDS: Seminole girls beat Bainbridge)

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Oregon runs past K-State in Fiesta Bowl

Oregon dominated Thursday's Fiesta Bowl against Kansas State from the opening kickoff and never looked back in the 35-17 victory.

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