News for Monday, January 7, 2013

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Georgia QB Murray to return for senior season

Georgia QB Aaron Murray announces late Sunday that he will hold off the NFL for another year and return for his senior season with the Bulldogs. (ADDS: item on Gurley being named to All-American Freshman Team)

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Falcons’ focus shifts to Seahawks, NFL’s No. 1 defense

Seattle brings its top-ranked defense — which allowed just 15.3 points per game in the regular season — to Atlanta on Sunday, but Falcons QB Matt Ryan and his offense think they are up for the challenge.

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MONDAY'S COLLEGE/PREP HOOPS ROUNDUP: Darton women win sixth straight; ASU teams fall to Tuskegee; TAE drops Randolph Southern

Michelle Mitchell paces Region XVII No. 2 Darton to its sixth straight win Monday, setting up a showdown for first place in the region Saturday at No. 1 Georgia Highlands.

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HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL --- WEEKLY PREP PEEK: R-C girls overtake Monroe as new No. 1

Randolph-Clay’s girls take over as the No. 1 team after beating Monroe, and both Fab 5 Polls get a new look as Seminole’s girls and boys make debuts. (ADDS: new Fab 5 boys, girls poll; Quote of the Week; area schedule; By The Numbers; and Games of the Week).

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Live life behind a door if you must

If you have spent the past years of your life behind a brick wall in an effort to protect yourself by keeping all of the bad things at bay, you obviously have good reasons for doing so.

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Squawk of the Day - Jan. 8, 2013

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

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Hagel finding waters choppy

Editorial

The U.S. Senate has long been described as America’s most exclusive club.

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GOP’s restraint mostly in their heads

Opinion Column

Thanks to an ultraconservative congressional faction, many Americans now view the Republican Party as extremist, petty and irresponsible. You need look no further than the ridiculous, drawn-out drama over the so-called fiscal cliff to see the GOP’s inability to negotiate reality.

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Tough talk no good without action

Letter to the Editor

In a letter to the editor, Allan Russell of Leesburg says that tough talk is no good without action.

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Police/Fire/EMS - Jan. 8, 2013

Albany police respond to at least 56 incidents.

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County OKs additional tax foreclosure resolution

A new county law, authorized by the state Legislature, will allow another level of delinquent tax sales.

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Female vs. male senators

Opinion Column

As the son of a woman, the husband of a woman and the father of daughters and granddaughters, I celebrate the record number of females who are now United States senators. However, I do see some differences in the way these and other women are treated, depending on their party, policies and beliefs.

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Food Bank feeds South Georgia Hungry

Second Harvest director tells club members how the food bank works with agencies to feed the area's hungry.

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One arrested in armed robbery

As of Monday, one suspect in a Saturday armed robbery was still at-large, officials say.

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Pols pray just to make it today

Opinion Column

There was a young man — 23 at most — quietly saying his morning prayers on Capitol Hill on the third day of 2013, and it seemed for a moment like a warm ray of light in the midst of a blistering cold spell.

Jden Xavier Clark

Jden Clark, 3 months old, Albany, died January 4, 2013

Virginia Moore

Virginia Moore, 74, Bainbridge, died January 5, 2013

Rodney Novelle Lewis

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

Martha Arranie Arnold

Martha Arranie Arnold, 96, died January 4, 2013

Jamarlin Bell

Jamarlin Bell, 18, died January 6, 2013

Marilyn Gerber Dye

Marilyn Gerber Dye, 64, Leesburg, died January 4, 2013

Jeanette Ellerson Castle

Jeanette Castle, 60, Albany, died January 6, 2013

William E. Maxwell

William E. Maxwell, 73, Albany, died January 4, 2013

Gladys Rosemary Piper Brown

Gladys Rosemary Piper Brown, 93, Albany, died January 7, 2013

William Dale Holland

William Dale Holland, 72, Leesburg, died January 5, 2013

Helen Ruth Spooner

Helen Ruth Spooner, 93, Warwick, died January 5, 2013

Linda Brooks

Linda Brooks, 71 , Sylvester, died January 5, 2013

Linda June Spargo

Linda June Spargo died January 7, 2013

Larry Don Russell

Larry Don Russell, 72, Leesburg, died January 3, 2013

Willie Mae Wright

Willie Mae Wright, 90, Newton died January 6, 2013

Arthur L. Clay

Arthur L. Clay, 84, Sasser, died January 06, 2012

Jennie Johnson

Jennie Johnson, 67, Leesburg, died January 4, 2013

Nellie Lou Smith Robinson

Nellie Lou Smith Robinson, 97, Jacksonville, FL, died January 2, 2013

Aaron Vernon Rogers, Sr.

Aaron Vernon Rogers, Sr., 78, Sycamore, died January 7, 2013

Fay Holmes Stephens

Fay Holmes Stephens, 88, died December 30, 2012

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Johnson sworn in as Dougherty commissioner

Muarlean Edwards is lauded for her service to the community during the Dougherty County Commission's first meeting in 2013.

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Georgia Power asking to close 15 coal and oil units statewide

Plant Mitchell's biomass conversion won't be completed until at least 2017, officials say.

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Ala. teen accused of plotting to bomb classmates

An eastern Alabama high school student faces an attempted assault charge after authorities say he planned to use homemade explosives in a terrorist attack on fellow students at his school.

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Bank of America in $10B-plus mortgage settlement

Bank of America says it will spend more than $10 billion to settle mortgage claims resulting from the housing meltdown.

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Fast-food robber suspect returns to eat, is arrested

Officials say a suspected robber of a suburban Detroit restaurant who apparently returned months later to get some food is under arrest after being recognized by employees.

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Maintenance man prompts lock down at middle school

School officials say that safeguards at Robert Cross Middle School worked.

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Six months added to former city solicitor's suspension

Tony Jones tells state Supreme Court justices that he was overloaded with work and suffering from stress.

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