News for Friday, March 15, 2013


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NFL NOTEBOOK: Gonzo signs two-year deal — not one — with Falcons; ex-Atlanta LB Abraham to Patriots?

Tony Gonzalez, who vowed to retire after last season, not only is coming back, but he signs a two-year contract with the Falcons on Friday. (ADDS: items on Pats' Woodhead to Chargers; Packers' Jennings to Vikings; and ex-Falcon Abraham interested in Pats)

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Experienced Lion tamers

The Panthers will try to improve on their overall 7-4 franchise record against the hated Columbus Lions in their 2013 home opener tonight at the Albany Civic Center.

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Obamacare, minimum wage complaints overblown

Letter to the editor

So, many companies are complaining about Obamacare and a rise in the minimum wage. Businesses keep repeating that they are going to close their business if and when Obama care comes in. I have heard the same negative comments for over 50 years.

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Big spenders want to tax Internet pruchases

Letter to the editor

On Feb.14, 2012 big government spenders in the U.S. Senate introduced S.336 “The National Internet Tax Mandate,” deceitfully labeled “The Market Place Fairness Act.” It would tax Internet sales. If this bill is enacted, big spending state governors of both the Democratic and Republican parties would work with the IRS to implement a state sales tax on all merchandise purchased online. Big spending governors are running their states into bankruptcy. Instead of reducing spending, they want the IRS to force you and I to bail them out with new Internet taxes.

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Medical professionals deserving of praise

Letter to the editor

I want to thank Phoebe Putney Hospital, the ER staff, the ICC staff, Dr. Brown, Dr. Kelly, William, and the ambulance crew from Phoebe-Worth. My wife, Elizabeth, had a stroke on Saturday afternoon and was transported, by the ambulance crew from Phoebe-Worth, from our home in Worth County to Phoebe within 45 minutes of our phone call.

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Folly of Iraq invasion needs more public scrutiny

Opinion column

Ten years ago, on March 20, 2003, the administration of George W. Bush launched its disastrous invasion of Iraq. It’s a war most Americans — including many Republicans who enthusiastically supported it — are working assiduously to forget.

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Albany Service Board hosts law enforcement info session

The Albany Area Community Service Board hosts a get-together with local law enforcement.

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Police/Fire/EMS report for March 16. 2013

APD responds to at least 18 incidents.

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Squawk of the Day - March 16, 2013

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

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Oprah named most influential celebrity for 2nd year

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Albany State students urged to 'dream big'

More than 400 Albany State University students are recognized for academic achievement.

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Southwest Georgia has its Bright Side


On Sunday, The Albany Herald is debuting the Bright Side, a column that will appear on Page 2A and comprise positive ideas and comments about things going on in Albany, the metro Albany area and Southwest Georgia.

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FTC moves forward to block Phoebe/Palmyra merger

TAn administrative hearing regarding the purchase of Palmyra Medical Center had initially been scheduled for Sept. 19, 2011.

Charlie Young

Charlie Young, 84, of Leary died Friday, March 15, 2013.

Melvin Young

Melvin Young, 84, of Wray, GA, died Thursday, March 14, 2013.

Kenneth Leary, Sr.

Kenneth Leary, Sr. of Riverdale, Georgia, died Sunday, March 3, 2013.

James Manning

James Manning, 58, of Meigs, GA died March 15, 2013.

Bernice Williams

Bernice Williams, 94, of Sumner, GA died Thursday, March 14, 2013.

McKinley Kirkpatrick, Jr.

McKinley Kirkpatrick, Jr. of Cordele died Thursday, March 14, 2013.

Ricky Allen Key

Ricky Allen Key, 55, of Leesburg, GA, died Thursday, March 14, 2013.

Ilone Aultman Hufstetler

Ilone Aultman Hufstetler, 96, of Poulan died Friday March 15, 2013.

Mary Lee Hudson Brashears

Mary Lee Hudson Brashears, 94, of Albany died Thursday, March 14, 2013.

Lilla Mae Johnson

Lilla Mae Johnson, 82, of Syracuse, New York died Sunday, February 24, 2013.

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Albany woman convicted of public assistance fraud

Five years on probation, more than $5,000 in resitution and a $1,000 fine await Carol Johnson.

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Chemical fumes lead to evacuation at ASU

Albany State University's ACAD Building was evacuated around lunch time Friday after three people were sickened by an unknown chemical substance.

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Los Angeles to replace women's pickup shot up in Dorner manhunt

The $40,000 financial settlement from the city absolves them of tax liability

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San Francisco investors back tech startups to curb gun violence

Federal funding of smart gun technologies has dried up in recent years.

Help end Guantanamo hunger strike, lawyers ask Pentagon chief

Cell searches prompted mass hunger strike, lawyers say

More U.S. drivers texting, chatting than Western Europeans

69 percent of Americans aged 18 to 64 reported they had talked on their cell phone while driving in the previous 30 days

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'Bright Side' set for Sunday debut

It's been called the "anti-Squawkbox" but starting this Sunday the Herald will unveil it's newest user-submitted column: The Bright Side.

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Phillips' 'Home' hits quadruple platinum

Lee County native and former American Idol winner Phillip Phillips' debut single "Home" has hit quadruple platinum, eclipsing four million downloads and purchases.

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PSC withdraws prinicipal's suspension pending hearing

The state had suspended a Monroe High School principal for 90 days in relation to the 2009 CRCT cheating scandal.

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Nadal crushes Federer at Indian Wells

Rafael Nadal looks like his old self Thursday with a convincing 6-4, 6-2 win against old rival Roger Federer in the quarterfinals at Indian Wells.

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LATE THURSDAY: FSU advances with 73-69 win against Clemson at ACC tourney

Okaro White scores a career-high 24 points to lead the Seminoles past Clemson in the opening round of the ACC men's basketball tournament.

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LOCAL COLLEGE/PREP ROUNDUP: Darton’s Kim tied for lead in opening round at Goose Pond

The Darton College golf team was also tied for fourth overall at its annual stop at the Ron Marshall Spring Fling. (ADDS: roundup items on ASU softball; DWS boys, girls soccer; Monroe-Dougherty boys, girls soccer; and Randolph Southern, Deerfield baseball)

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HERALD EXCLUSIVE: Americus-Sumter taps Mitchell to lead football program

Former Albany High and Sherwood Christian Academy head football coach Reggie Mitchell is given an 8-to-1 vote of confidence Thursday night by the Sumter County Board of Education to become the next coach and A.D. at Americus-Sumter, and afterward Mitchell spoke exclusively to The Herald about the much-anticipated decision.

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Dominicans put U.S. on brink of elimination in WBC

The Dominican Republic beat the Americans, 3-1, in the World Baseball Classic, sending the U.S. team into an elimination game today against Puerto Rico.