News for Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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NBA ROUNDUP: Hawks buck Bucks, 98-90; Heat rolls to 24th in row

Jeff Teague and Al Horford combine for 53 points to lead the Hawks past Milwaukee, 98-90, while the Heat come back to beat the Cavaliers to extend their winning streak to 24 games.

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NFL NOTEBOOK: NFL passes two big rules changes; Bears part ways with veteran star LB Urlacher

The Tuck Rule is gone, while the NFL owners also approve a new rule that disallows offensive or defensive players to lead with their head in the open field.

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Braves pound Pirates, 18-9

The Braves keep pounding the long ball in an 18-9 win against the Pirates on Wednesday. Atlanta has scored 35 runs over the last two spring training games.

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LOCAL COLLEGE/PREP ROUNDUP: Darton baseball’s win streak ends at 15, falls one victory shy of school record

West Georgia Tech — a program Darton has owned in recent seasons — stuns No. 16 nationally ranked Darton on Wednesday, snapping the Cavs’ 15-game win streak. (ADDS: items on ASU basketball players being invited to All-Star game in Atlanta; Randolph Southern baseball stays perfect in region play)

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Easter Seals receives donation

Easter Seals Megan’s House has received a $1,000 donation from the Sertoma Clubs of Albany.

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City-based Job Investment Fund agreement hits snag

The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission will move into new office space on Pine Avenue next month.

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ADICA sets limits on funding programs

A local fraternity alumni chapter wants to lease Albany's downtown skate park as an outreach headquarters.

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APD to offer gun safety course

The Albany Police Department is now accepting applications for a basic firearms safety course that will be conducted Saturday. The class will begin at 8 a.m. in the Law Enforcement Center's Community Room.

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Steak-N-Burger dinner tonight at Darton

Former University of Georgia and pro football star Matt Stinchcomb will be in Albany tonight to speak at the annual Steak-N-Burger Dinner at the Darton State College Arena.

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Business owner booked on theft by conversion charge

Dennis Micheal Fenton allegedly converted $17,000 of customer money for personal use.

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Calling out Ryan’s radicalism

Opinion Column

Paul Ryan’s budget could prove to be a perversely useful document.

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Letter to Santa a bid for biddies

Features Column

The letter was sweet and to the point, as are most letters written to Santa Claus.

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Don’t blame campaign aides for GOP’s woes

Opinion Column

If there was any villain at the just-completed Conservative Political Action Conference, it was the generic figure of the Republican political consultant. Overpaid, unprincipled, always on the lookout for the next client — or easy mark — the consultants, to listen to a number of CPAC speakers, have helped bring the Republican Party to its current low state.

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Police/Fire/EMS - March 21, 2013

One of Most Wanted caught in Brunswick

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Bright of the day - March 21, 2013

Pick up a copy of today's Albany Herald to read more Bright Side comments.

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Squawk of the Day - March 21, 2013

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

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National leaders hear Albany post office, airport appeals

Albany's mayor and the Dougherty County Commission chairman return to the nation's capital to discuss key issues.

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Deadline Friday for Industry Awards nominations

Friday is the deadline to nominate local businesses for the annual Industry Awards presented by the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission.

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Chamber drops to three-star accreditation

The Albany Area Chamber of Commerce was given a five-star rating after its last evaluation in 2007.

Hulon Paul Beckwith

Hulon Paul Beckwith, 80, of Pelham, GA died Tuesday, March 19, 2013.

Jerome F. Parker

Jerome F. Parker, died Monday, March 18, 2013.

Max B. Eaton

Max B. Eaton, 78, of Sylvester died Saturday March 16, 2013.

Roy Jackson

Roy Jackson, 59, of Camilla, died Saturday, March 16, 2013.

Charlie Will Lewis, Jr.

Charlie Will Lewis, Jr., 42, of Leesburg, GA died Tuesday, March 19, 2013.

Mary L. Smith

Mary L. Smith, 88, of Fitzgerald, GA, died Tuesday, Mach 19, 2013.

Betty Lewis Montgomery

Betty Lewis Montgomery, 70, of Lee County, GA, died March 15, 2013.

Myrtle Lee Wilson

Myrtle Lee Wilson, 80, of Albany, GA., died Wednesday, March 20, 2013.

Pearline G. Williams

Pearline G. Williams, 69 of 674 Pineview Lane, NE, Dawson, GA died on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.

Orie Lee Sesberry

Orie Lee Sesberry, 84 of 1065 Mimosa Lane, Dawson, GA died on Wednesday, March 20, 2013.

Irene Vines Akridge

Irene Vines Akridge, 91, of Camilla, died Tuesday, March 19, 2013.

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Chehaw rides reopen Saturday

Two of Chehaw Park's most popular attractions are set to reopen Saturday for the 2013 season.

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ADDU: 11 of 18 stores in alcohol compliance check failed

Drug Unit officials say that 11 of 18 stores offered to sell alcohol to minors in an undercover compliance check.

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NASA chief suggests interesting option when faced with asteroid impact

Earth had close brush with two asteroids last month.

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Pennsylvania hospice reports elderly man kills wife, self

The shooting happened at a hospice inpatient unit.

Texas bill would require DNA testing before death-penalty trials

Texas executes more prisoners than any other state.

Wheelchair-bound man accused in Alaska Walmart shooting

Daniel Pirtle was charged with first-degree assault in the shooting.

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