News for Thursday, March 14, 2013


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Hawks guard Jones: Injury to Lakers’ Bryant was not my fault

Kobe Bryant came out and called Atlanta's Dahntay Jones dirty after Bryant was injured during their game Wednesday as Jones guarded him --- but Jones fired back Thursday.

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GSW beats ASU in baseball, sweeps season series

The Georgia Southwestern baseball team finishes off a season sweep of neighboring rival Albany State on Thursday to end its losing streak, while sending the struggling Rams to their third straight defeat.

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COLLEGE HOOPS ROUNDUP: UGA, Ga. Tech bounced in tourney openers

The Bulldogs rally in the second half but fall short against LSU, while Georgia Tech is destroyed by Boston College and freshman Olivier Hanlan's ACC-record 41 points on Thursday. (ADDS: SEC, ACC tournament roundup)

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This story could save a woman's life

For a split second, Helen Yee thought the guy who opened the passenger door of her car and slid in next to her was a neighbor. Then she saw his gun.

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NFL star RB Jackson chooses Falcons; McClure retires after 13 seasons in Atlanta

Steven Jackson, who once had eight straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons, is bringing his talents to Atlanta to replace recently cut franchise running back Michael Turner.

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Detroit's slippery slope is everlasting

Opinion column

Since the Motown sound went silent — except on oldies stations — and General Motors and Chrysler (but not Ford) required life support from Washington, there has been little to recommend Detroit, Mich., to visitors, much less its residents.

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Dolley Madison was the model for savvy

Opinion column

When Dolley Payne Madison became first lady in 1809, she instituted Wednesday evening gatherings at the White House where political rivals could meet and talk. They were called “squeezes” because so many people showed up and crowded the room. As Cokie wrote in her book “Ladies of Liberty”: “All were welcome as long as they were appropriately dressed. And all went — skipping a Wednesday night might mean missing a vital piece of political information or being left out of a crucial deal.” We thought of Dolley when President Obama started implementing his own version of the “squeeze” — dinner with 12

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'Change' is theme of Dougherty School Board retreat

Interim Superintendent Butch Mosely says Dougherty School System could benefit from an infusion of “new blood.”

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Hospital Authority meets to discuss legal matters

The Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County meets in executive session to discuss legal issues.

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Albany's Most Wanted - March 15, 2013

Albany Area Crime Stoppers has one Most Wanted fugitive this week, Dontavious Alexander Laster. All fugitives on the Albany Area Crime Stoppers Most Wanted List should be considered armed and dangerous.

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ASU to hold Honors Day Convocation

ASU’s 2013 teacher, staff member and researcher of the year will honored along with more than 400 students.

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New parole field operations chief named

David Morrison is appointed director of the Field Operations Division of the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles.

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Area unemployment jumps in January

A loss of seasonal jobs and an increase in layoffs represented by initial claims for unemployment benefits lead to a bump in the Albany jobless rate for January.

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Police/Fire/EMS report for March 15, 2013

APD responds to at least 35 calls.

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Old Dawson Road traffic threatens housing plan

An Albany developer wants to put as many as 92 various housing units on vacant property in Northwest Albany.

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Catholicism is among us all, this week

How can one dwell on anything other than issues of Catholicism this week? The cardinals of the church gathered in Rome at the Sistine Chapel to elect a new pope and this Sunday is St. Patrick’s Day commemorating one of the great saints of the church.

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Spiritual care training presented

About 70 people attended an Albany spiritual care training conference on Thursday at Phoebe Northwest.

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Naked runner taken into custody

A naked man, 26, is subdued by Albany police officers in a Dawson Road pharmacy parking lot.

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Lee County hires interim administrator

A former Sumter County administrator will serve as Lee County's interim administrator.

Tonga D. Tolbert Hines

Tonga T. Hines, 58, of Albany, GA died Friday, March 8, 2013.

Joe Albert Cox

Joe Albert Cox, Sr., 78 of Americus, GA died March 08, 2013.

Hannah McCraw Dunlap

Hannah McCraw Dunlap, 103, of Meigs, GA died Thursday, March 7, 2013.

Nezzie Lee Prince

Nezzie Lee Prince, 69, of Tifton, GA died March 10, 2013.

Marion Mosley Johnson

Marion Mosley Johnson, 91, of Donalsonville, GA died Wednesday, March 13, 2013.

Patricia Kennedy

Patricia Kennedy, 57, of Albany died Saturday, March 9, 2013.

Frank Banks, Jr.

Frank Banks, Jr., 81, died Monday, March 11, 2013.

Willie Mae King-Bennett

Willie Mae King-Bennett, formerly of Blakely, GA, died Friday, March 8, 2013.

Soloman Evans

Soloman Evans, 80, of Albany died Saturday, March 9, 2013.

Thomas Devan Johnson

Thomas Devan Johnson died March 14, 2013.

Joseph Giles

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

Joseph Walls

Joseph Walls, 63, of Albany died Saturday, March 9, 2013.

Paul Jones

Paul Jones, Jr., 77, of Albany died Tuesday, March 12, 2013.

Annie Rose Shiggs

Annie Rose Shiggs, 84, of Omega, GA died March 6, 2013.

Earnest Johnson

Earnest Johnson, 84, died Thursday, March 14, 2013.

Myrtice Bell

Myrtice Bell, 83, of Omaha, GA passed away on Monday, March 11, 2013.

Otis Douglas, Sr.

Otis Douglas, Sr, of Bainbridge, GA died Thursday, March 14, 2013.

Lorine Reed

Lorine Reed, 47, of Blakely, GA died Friday, March 8, 2013.

Mark Jones

Mr. Mark Jones, 80, died Wednesday, March 13, 2013 .

Odessa Johnson Collier

Odessa Johnson Collier, 84, of Tifton, GA died March 8, 2013.

Elvin Henry, Jr.

Elvin Henry, Jr., 46, died Sunday, March 10, 2013.

Jack Jones, Jr.

Jack Jones, Jr., 57, of Cordele, GA died Wednesday, March 13, 2013.

Franklin Tarver

Franklin Dee Tarver, 76, Blakely, GA died Tuesday March 12, 2013.

Robert Wainright

Robert Wainright, 84, of Albany, GA died Friday, March 08, 2013.

James Key

James Key, 50, of Moultrie, GA died March 3, 2013 in Moultrie, GA.

Carl Butts, Sr.

Carl Butts, Sr. of Dawson, GA died Sunday, March 10, 2013.

Neller Mae Cratic

Neller Mae Cratic of Damascus, GA died Monday, March 11, 2013.

Bobby L. Wesley

Bobby L. Wesley, 54, died Monday, March 11, 2013.

Clyde Edward Wright

Clyde Edward Wright, 71, died March 13, 2013.

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92-year-old found injured in a ditch

An elderly man was hospitalized for injuries in the early hours of Monday, according to officials with the Dougherty County Police Department. An investigation is ongoing as to whether the man was robbed and beaten.

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Gas leak prompts evacuation of Isabella Complex

A gas leak has prompted the evacuation of the Isabella Complex, school officials say.

Many poor heterosexuals in U.S. cities at risk for HIV infection

Nearly half of those infected had never been tested

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New pope urges Church to return to its Gospel roots

Bergoglio is first non-European pope in 1,300 years

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Squawk of the Day - March 15, 2013

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

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Carnival cruise ship stuck at port with generator problem

A Carnival Cruise Lines ship was stuck at port in St. Maarten on Thursday with equipment trouble, a month after another Carnival vessel was disabled by a fire that trapped thousands of passengers at sea for nearly five days.

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Brothers charged in armed robbery

Two armed men robbed the Family Dollar on East Oglethorpe Boulevard, police officials say.

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Hotel/Motel tax passes on second vote

A controversial Fulton County bill fails by one vote to pass.

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Florida lieutenant governor resigns in gambling probe

Florida Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll abruptly resigned after an Internet cafe company that was her former consulting client was linked to an alleged illegal gambling racket, state officials said on Wednesday.