News for Friday, March 1, 2013

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Forever 21

Deerfield’s heavily favored boys basketball team was all but done Friday in the state semis against Dominion Christian — that is, before a 21-0 run to close the game delivered the Knights a miracle comeback victory and set up a finals showdown with Loganville today at Mercer.

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Ex-Seminole County, UGA Rambo likely to be drafted by fourth round

Former Seminole County and Bulldogs football star Bacarri Rambo has a solid showing at the recent NFL Combine, but it's unclear how his off-the-field issues will affect his status in April's NFL Draft, which could end with Rambo being picked in the top four rounds.

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GHSA CLASS A FINAL FOUR: No. 1 Lady Red Devils roll in semis, on cusp of GHSA Class A title

Randolph-Clay’s girls basketball team has nearly a week to prepare for the GHSA Class A state championship after routing Wilkinson County on Friday by 23 points in its Final Four showdown in Fort Valley.

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VOTE TO NAME THE ALBANY HERALD'S NEW COLUMN

More than 220 suggested names have been narrowed to seven. Voting will be open through 5 p.m. on March 8.

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Darton women beat SGT, one win from region championship

One season after having title expectations and falling short, Darton is in the region championship game at home today against Chattahoochee Tech.

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Pan-STARRS comet to be seen any day

Keep your eyes (or your binoculars) peeled for a fiery visitor from distant space.

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Verdicts are reached in Brickhouse murder trial

Five of six defendants receive guilty verdicts in the 2010 Brickhouse Productions murder case.

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Police/Fire/EMS report for March 2, 2013

Albany police respond to at least 26 incidents.

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Sinclair buys WFXL-TV, Barrington stations

The acquisition must be approved by the FCC.

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Standard & Poor’s hikes Synovus credit rating

Synovus is the parent company of SB&T Bank.

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Squawk of the Day - March 2, 2013

Pick up a copy of today's Albany Herald to read more Squawks.

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OMG, the words just slip out

Features column

The mistake was made. There was no turning back. “When are you due?” he asked as he settled into his chair. The words hung stagnant in the air, begging to crawl back into his mouth.

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Luncheon places focus on colorectal cancer

Experts say that colorectal cancer accounts for 11 percent of all cancer deaths in the United States.

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Former Camilla pharmacist's appeal denied

J. Harris Morgan was convicted of health care fraud in December 2011.

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DWS's Yarborough STAR Student for Dougherty

Debbie Allen of Deerfield-Windsor School is chosen STAR Teacher of the Year.

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On your mark ...

Last minute details worked out on Albany marathon

Albany's marathon starts at 7 a.m. today with the Mardis Gras festival starting at 10 a.m.

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Southern hospitality can take the chill off

Editorial

Albany is hosting a lot of visitors on this chilly morning as the annual Snickers Marathon Bar Marathon and the Mardi Gras weekend brings thousands of people downtown.

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President's hopes are on pain from sequestration

Opinion column

"The worst-case scenario for us," a leading anti-budget-cuts lobbyist told The Washington Post, "is the sequester hits and nothing bad really happens."

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Voting Rights Act still necessary

Opinion column

If you want to stare into the ugly face of racial resentment, take a good look at Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. His frank, if stunningly injudicious, remarks about a key portion of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) laid bare the bitterness that so many hyper-conservatives still harbor toward black progress

Willie Williford

Willie Williford, 58, of Attapulgus, died Wednesday, February 27, 2013.

Doris Hawkins

Mrs. Doris Hawkins, age 93, of Iron City, GA who passed away February 28, 2013 .

Sallie F. Scott

Sallie F. Scott, 65, 923 St. Luke Street, Bainbridge, Ga, died Thursday, February 28, 2013.

Joseph Lyle Applegate

Joseph Lyle Applegate, 85, of Chesterfield, VA died February 27, 2013.

William Mark Blankenship

William Mark Blankenship, of Albany, died Tuesday, February 26, 2013.

Stanley Asberry

Stanley Asberry, 53 of Dawson, GA died on Friday, February 22, 2013.

NETA KENNEY THOMPSON

Neta Kenney Thompson, 92, formerly of Albany, Georgia, died February 27, 2013.

Brenda Roberts Parrish

Brenda Roberts Parrish, 67, of Fitzgerald, Georgia, died Friday, March 1, 2013

Carol Louise Payne

Carol Louise Payne, 71, Miami Springs, Florida died Monday, February 25, 2013.

Patricia Ann Boyett

Patricia Ann Boyett, 55, of Attapulgus, GA, died Thursday, February 28, 2013.

CLYDE L. MARRINAN

Clyde L. Marrinan, 85, of Boise, ID, died Tuesday, February 26, 2013.

James W. McPherson

James W. McPherson, 87, of 1007 E. Residence Ave. died February 28, 2013.

Dinah L. Watson

Dinah L. Watson, 48 of Fitzgerald, died Wednesday, February 27, 2013.

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Falcons cut three stars from roster

To save almost $16 million under the salary cap, the Atlanta Falcons released running back Michael Turner, defensive end John Abraham and cornerback Dunta Robinson on Friday.

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Florida man missing after being swallowed by sinkhole

A Florida man was missing on Friday after a sinkhole suddenly opened up beneath the bedroom of his suburban Tampa home, police and fire officials said.

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U.S. agency says average cost of immigrant detention $119 per day

A government agency caught in a political firestorm for releasing hundreds of illegal immigrants from detention because of budget concerns said on Thursday the cost of holding someone was more than six times that of alternative supervision methods.