News for Tuesday, January 8, 2013


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Dustin Johnson wins PGA Tour opener at Kapalua

Dustin Johnson opens the PGA season with a victory in the Tournament of Champions, closing with a 5-under 68 for a four-shot victory over Steve Stricker.

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Oprah to interview Lance Armstrong

It's revealed Tuesday that embattled cyclist Lance Armstrong, who has seen his storied career tarnished by steroid allegations, has agreed to a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey. (ADDS: Note on USADA chief claiming Armstrong rep offered $150K donation)

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Jaguars hire Falcons' Caldwell as general manager

David Caldwell, the Atlanta Falcons' director of player personnel, is named the Jacksonville Jaguars' new general manager Tuesday.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Rose, Sugar, Cotton chosen as first college football playoff sites; Alabama ends season No. 1 for record ninth time

The Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl will host the first two BCS playoff games in the 2014-15 season, and the Cotton Bowl will host the title game.

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BCS CHAMPIONSHIP: Miss Alabama, McCarron’s girlfriend, turns heads during BCS title game

ESPN’s decision to show Alabama QB A.J. McCarron’s girlfriend over and over during the title game has arguably made her more famous overnight than the Tide’s two-time national champion signal caller.

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BCS CHAMPIONSHIP --- BREAKDOWN: N.D. simply no match for Alabama’s O-line, run game

Eddie Lacy, T.J. Yeldon and Alabama’s front line mashed Notre Dame on Monday night, embarrassing the Irish in the BCS Championship game in Miami.

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Move over, Bear

After leading Alabama to its third national title in four years late Monday night with a 42-14 thrashing of Notre Dame in the BCS Championship game, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban didn’t want to talk about a dynasty or possibly surpassing Bear Bryant as the greatest coach in school history, instead — believe or not — he’s already looking ahead to a three-peat in 2013.

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Rye whiskey’s making a big comeback

Features column

In the shank of a recent evening as winds from a Midwestern front signaled that temperatures would be dropping precipitously in this part of the country, Mat Garretson, a Georgia boy, was waxing with warm emotion in his voice about the resurgence of interest in rye whiskey.

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Story of woman may be lost

The Dixie Diva column

There’s a woman I’m looking for. Perhaps you know where she is. If you do, please help me find her again.

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A classic show piece for any garden

The January Gardener column

“Queen of the winter flowers” is a quote from Stirling Macoboy’s book, “The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Camellias.” Indeed, the camellia and its various forms, colors, sizes, and blooming season make this flower a classic show piece for one’s garden and landscape.

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Library Board delays contract award

The downtown Albany Central Library branch is set to undergo a $5 million SPLOST-funded facelift.

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Redbone community meeting planned

The session will begin at 6 p.m. on Jan. 15 at Redbone Fire/EMS station on Graves Springs Road.

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Entire American system is broken

Letter to the Editor

In a letter to the editor, Judy Glass of Albany says that the entire American system is broken.

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APD: Second arrest in Sleep Inn armed robbery

The second suspect in a Saturday armed robbery is in Dougherty County Jail.

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Police/Fire/EMS - Jan. 9, 2013

Albany police respond to at least 41 incidents.

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Dollar bills fuel criminal justice system

Opinion column

One of my favorite lines by late comedian Richard Pryor: "I go down to the courthouse looking for justice, and that's what I see: Just us."

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Taylor: Get ready for budget cuts

Albany's city manager says department heads need to start looking at possible funding and personnel cuts.

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Albany seeks board appointees

Albany citizens are encouraged to apply to fill a number of vacant positions on city boards and agencies.

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Rawson Circle residents fight personal care home

The city of Albany's current moratorium placed on personal care facilities expires at the end of this month.

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APD presents Citizen Police Academy graduates

The 27th session graduates of the Albany Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy graduates.

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Muggridge selected chair of Lee Commission

The insurance executive replaces Ed Duffy as chairman and Dennis Roland is voted in as vice chairman.

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UPDATED: Three wanted individuals arrested by Albany Police

Albany Police Department officers arrest three from their wanted list.

Republican strategy on spending cuts right thing to do

Opinion column

During the "fiscal cliff" battle, I asked several Republican lawmakers why they didn't push harder for spending cuts in exchange for their historic concession to vote for higher taxes. They invariably answered that they were waiting for the fight over raising the debt ceiling. Then, they promised, Republicans would demand serious cuts, especially in entitlement spending, from President Obama.

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School Board faces two important decisions today


When the Dougherty County School Board meets this morning in a special session -- its first meeting of the new year -- it is expected to take up two important issues: selecting an interim school superintendent and the a board chair.

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Southway, Texas company merge

TNT Crane and Rigging is based in Houston, Texas.

Walter Garland Middleton

Walter Garland Middleton, 85, Blakely, died January 7, 2012

Clarence Edward Arnold, Sr.

Clarence Edward Arnold, Sr., 68, Ocilla, died January 7, 2013

Bennie Will Odom, Jr.

Bennie Will Odom, Jr., Albany, died January 7, 2013

Lillian June Farrow Spargo

Lillian June Farrow Spargo, 82, Leesburg, died January 7, 2013

Marilyn Gerber Dye

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

Annie Laura Busby

Annie Laura Busby, 76, Albany, died January 7, 2013

Jones Spencer Brady

Jones Spencer Brady, 75, Mt. Hebron Community of Randolph County, died January 7, 2013

William Dale Holland

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

Ruby Blanche Booth Thaden

Ruby Blanche Booth Thaden, 93, Albany, died January 6, 2013

Bobby M. Wells

Bobby M. Wells, 77, Cordele, GA, died January 8, 2013

James E. Turknett, Jr.

James E. Turknett, Jr., 42, Bainbridge, died January 7, 2013

Marcia J. Hodges

Marcia J. Hodges, 76, Bainbridge, died January 7, 2013

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Luke Bryan to join Blake Shelton as ACMs co-host

Luke Bryan is joining Blake Shelton to co-host the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards.

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Squawk of the day - Jan. 9, 2013

Check out today's squawk of the day!

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Albany native a finalist for 'dream wedding'

After their wedding venue unexpectedly closed, Amber Tinson and David Walker need votes to earn their dream wedding

After their wedding venue unexpectedly closed, Amber Tinson and David Walker need votes to win their dream wedding.

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Regents considering SWGA medical program expansion

In 2010 area hospital CEOs and education officials formed a consortium of healthcare and developed a residency program.

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School board to pick interim superintendent Wednesday

The Dougherty County School Board will meet tomorrow to hire an interim superintendent, officials say.

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Tide rolls to No. 1 in AP poll for record 9th time, UGA finishes in top 5

Alabama is No. 1 at being No. 1.

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All Alabama

The defending BCS National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide cruise to their second straight title late Monday night in Miami with a 42-14 demolition of the Fighting Irish.