News for Wednesday, March 13, 2013

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Farm Credit distributes profits

Checks should be delivered by late March to members of the cooperative.

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Albany Tech to host annual clergy luncheon

Albany Tech's ninth clergy luncheon/workshop is held to provide information about educational choices at the college.

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Big job awaits Pope Francis

Editorial

The 1.2 billion Roman Catholics in the world have a new leader, Pope Francis, whose election was somewhat surprising as well as swift.

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Hawks beat Kobe, Lakers to snap three-game skid

The Hawks survive Kobe Bryant's late miss that would have sent the game into OT and win for just the second time in the past eight games.

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Police, Fire and EMS Reports - March 14, 2013

Five local residents were surprised but uninjured when a “bullet projectile” of an unknown caliber penetrated their home on Shadowlawn Drive on Tuesday evening.

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Link Up concert set for Friday

The annual concert is a collaboration between the Albany Symphony and Carnegie Hall.

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Phoebe hosting program about colorectal cancer

The luncheon event is to raise awareness about the No. 2 cancer killer in the U.S.

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Westover DB Ross inks with Cumberland

Westover defensive back Nytrellis Ross played through a dislocated shoulder his senior season and still managed to earn a scholarship to Cumberland University.

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Monroe’s Porter and Banks sign with Louisburg College in N.C.

Hakeem Porter and Cortez Banks starred on opposite sides of the line for the Tornadoes, and on Wednesday they agreed to both take their talents to Louisburg College.

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NFL ROUNDUP: Welker signs 2-year deal with Broncos

Bronco quarterback Peyton Manning gets a new target in star wide receiver Wes Welker, who leaves for Denver after negotiations with the New England Patriots fall through. (ADDS: Notes on RBs Bush, Greene and Mendenhall signing)

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Cavs jump to No. 16 in national NJCAA poll; Darton softball falls to No. 19

The Darton baseball team has won 12 games in a row and breaks into the NJCAA Top 25 poll on Wednesday as the No. 16 team in the nation.

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No slowing down

Cecil Lester is in his ninth season of indoor football, but that hasn’t slowed down the quarterback, who is determined to lead the Panthers to a third straight title.

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Heat fourth team in NBA history to win 20 straight

The Heat hold on for a close four-point win against the 76ers to win their 20th straight game — a feat that’s only been done four times in NBA history.

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Stanton: Francis shows continuity

Father Finbarr Stanton, pastor of St. Teresa's Catholic Church, says Francis election is no surprise.

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Just pick a card, any card

Opinion column

I am currently overwhelmed by the need of every business in America to learn every detail about my existence.

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Pet partner teams bring smiles to faces

Letter to the editor

Perhaps you’ve seen them in hospital halls or while visiting a friend in a nursing home: human and animal teams bringing smiles and comfort to those who need it most.

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Squawk of the Day - March 14, 2013

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

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Teacher suspended for improper search

The Professional Standards Commission hands Deborah Flood a 15-day suspension after an incident in a school restroom.

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Kiwanis prepares for art exhibit

Beginning April 8, prize-winning elementary art will go on display in the Sears wing of the Albany Mall.

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Pope Francis asks for prayers

Jorge Mario Bergoglio is the first non-European pope in 1,300 years and the first from Latin America.

Patricia Mock Benton

Patricia Mock Benton, 88, died Tuesday, March 12, 2013.

Emma Alieen Reschner

Emma Alieen Reschner, 84, of Albany died, Friday, March 8, 2013.

Steven Lawerence Martin

Steven Lawerence Martin, 44, of Albany, died Monday, March 11, 2013.

James Tinsley

James Tinsley, 86, Albany, GA died Friday March 8, 2013.

James A. Ford

James A. Ford, 51, of Vienna, GA died Tuesday, March 12, 2013.

Lee Bernard Hamilton

Lee Bernard Hamilton, 38, of Cordele, GA died March 13, 2013.

Silas Pierce

Silas Pierce of Cobb, GA died Thursday, March 7, 2013.

Clifford B. Maxwell, Sr.

Clifford B. Maxwell, Sr., 85, of Attapulgus, GA, died Monday, March 11, 2013.

Juley Laverne Hayes

Juley Laverne Hayes of Sumter County, GA died Wednesday, March 13, 2013.

Joseph Giles

Joseph Giles, 54 of Albany died March 12, 2013.

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White smoke billows from Sistine Chapel

The Catholic Church has chosen its new pope after white smoke was seen billowing from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel.

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US to let spy agencies scour Americans' finances

The Obama administration is drawing up plans to give all U.S. spy agencies full access to a massive database that contains financial data on American citizens and others who bank in the country, according to a Treasury Department document seen by Reuters.

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Trial starts for woman accused of public assistance fraud

The trial of an Albany woman accused of covering up her marriage so that she could receive public housing assistance from the state started in earnest Wednesday with lawyers completing opening statements and the state calling its first witnesses.

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In Bible Belt, rift emerges in pro-gay marriage movement

Nationally, 63 percent of Americans say gay marriage or civil unions should be legalized, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll.

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L.A. Archdiocese, Cardinal Mahony settle sex abuse cases

As part of the settlement, approved by a Los Angeles judge earlier this month, none of the parties admitted wrongdoing.

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