News for Friday, March 22, 2013

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NBA ROUNDUP: Hawks embarrassed at home by Trailblazers; Heat rout Pistons, extend win streak to 25

The Atlanta Hawks are giving up key playoff position with every loss lately, and they suffered another one Friday in a game they should've won at home against the Trailblazers, who dismantle Atlanta, 104-93.

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Time to drop the Hammer

The unbeaten Alabama Hammers come to town tonight to face off against the also undefeated Panthers, and whoever wins will take over sole possession of first place in the PIFL at 3-0.

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PREVIEW: Area track & field teams set for 23rd Smith and Benson Relays today at Hugh Mills

Monroe plays host to the 23rd Smith and Benson Relays today at Hugh Mills, where 38 teams will compete in what is always one of the best meets of the year.

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Ex-Cairo D-C Littleton ready to get started in Bainbridge

Jeff Littleton, a former star at Worth County and a longtime defensive coordinator at state powerhouse Cairo, is excited about being the new coach at Bainbridge.

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Arrest made in Dawson drug bust

drug arrest was made Thursday morning in Dawson, officials say.

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No charges filed in drive-by shootings

Investigations are ongoing into the Albany drive-by shootings from earlier this week, with no charges filed as of Friday afternoon, police officials say.

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Hospital authorities bill sees new life in HB 538

House Bill 230 failed to meet the crossover deadline, meaning it would have to wait until next year to receive a vote.

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Downtown churches collaborate for Holy Week services

Services this week will start each day at 12:15 p.m. at Hines Memorial CME Church on North Madison Street.

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Albany woman sentenced to prison

An Albany woman recently pleaded guilty to fraudulently applying for and receiving student loans and grants.

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Saturday mail to stay ... maybe

Editorial

It looks like the U.S. Postal Service won't be able to cut out Saturday delivery after all. But don't think that means you'll be able to drop by the post office on a Saturday morning to buy a stamp or mail off a letter.

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Lawmakers on both sides flunk math tests

Opinion Column

There’s a lot of hand-wringing about American students lagging their foreign counterparts in math skills.

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Confronting the truth of radical Islam in America

Opinion Column

President Obama should listen to former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, the “founder” of shuttle diplomacy.

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FAA to close Southwest Georgia Regional Airport tower

The local airport’s air traffic tower is among 149 that will be closed nationwide due to sequestration

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Bright of the day - March 23, 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 23, 2013

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

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Public health worker receives humanitarian award

Denise Linnenkohl has been the county nurse manager for the Colquitt County Health Department since November 2007.

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Police/Fire/EMS report for March 30, 2013

APD responds to at least 35 incidents.

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Two charged with killing Brunswick infant

Two teenagers were arrested on Friday for shooting and killing a 13-month-old boy as his mother pushed him in a stroller down the street of a coastal Georgia town, police said.

Eric Debruce

Eric Debruce, 42, of Moultrie GA, died Wednesday, March 21, 2013.

Katie Holt Fowler

Katie Holt Fowler, 82, of Tifton, GA departed this life Thursday, March 21, 2013.

Hilda A. Raper

Hilda A. Raper, 77, of Camilla died Thursday, March 21, 2013.

Scotty Jenkins

Scotty Jenkins, 50, of Fitzgerald, GA, died Wednesday, March 20, 2013.

Joe Rucker

Joe Rucker, 76, of Newton, GA died Thursday Mar 21, 2013.

Myrtle Lee Wilson

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

Kay Sheffer

Kay Sheffer, 65, of Ocilla, died Thursday, March 21, 2013.

Judge to hear Arizona immigrant driver's license ban suit

Civil rights groups filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Phoenix last November

Gun rights backers vow court fight against new Colorado laws

New law bans magazines that hold more than 15 rounds and requires universal background checks.

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U.S. Marine kills two at Quantico base, takes own life

Shooter was a staffer at Officer Training School

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Technology brings new level of convenience to craft fairs

New levels of convenience for customers and safety for vendors does come at a price, however.

There is one annoying facet of craft-fair shopping that has plagued consumers as long as people have had hand-made wares to sell.

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NCAA TOURNAMENT --- ROUNDUP: Harvard pulls huge stunner vs. New Mexico; Marquette avoids upset at buzzer

The first full day of the NCAA Tournament is in the books with a few surprises --- No. 14 Harvard upsetting No. 3 New Mexico, No. 12 Oregon knocking off No. 5 Oklahoma State and No. 1 Gonzaga barely surviving --- while No. 3 Marquette needed a last-second layup to advance past No. 14 Davidson. (UPDATED: 2 a.m.; ADDS: full recaps of Thursday's action, including late games)

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