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Squawk of the Day - July 29, 2014

Pick up a copy of The Albany Herald to find out what everybody’s squawking about.

Shots fired into vehicles in Dawson Road parking lot

Two vehicles struck at El Rancho on Dawson Road Sunday

The gunman in a shooting incident on Sunday afternoon is described by police as a 6-foot-3 black male with “22” tattooed on the upper portion of his right arm. He was wearing a white tank top and dark gym shorts, authorities say.

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Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital reviews medical staff applicants

Critical care, emergency medicine account for potential new specialists at Albany hospital

The medical staff at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital primarily takes on the role of looking into a physician applicants’ qualifications, in turn making a recommendation to the Professional Affairs Committee before the hospital’s full board makes a final decision at its following meeting.

Albany-Dougherty County Police/Fire/EMS reports -- July 29, 2014

Public safety roundup for Albany-Dougherty County for Saturday, Sunday and Monday

The Albany Police Department responded to at least 49 incidents on Saturday, Sunday and early Monday, available reports show.

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Jury selection starts in 2009 peanut salmonella outbreak case

Three former officials with defunct Peanut Corporation of America face multiple federal charges

Nine people died in the salmonella outbreak that was traced to the now closed Blakely peanut plan five years ago.

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Albany Dizzy Dean team in World Series semifinals

Albany 8-year-olds are undefeated

Playing on a live webcast in the Dizzy Dean World Series, the Albany All-Stars came from behind to beat the Harrison (Tenn.) Titans in the quarterfinals and advanced to today’s Final 4, which will also be streamed live online.

Georgia Business Briefs - July 29, 2014

Savannah port sets tonnage record in FY 2014

A Latvian glass company will bring 150 jobs to Dublin while a California company is recalling fruit that may have been sold in Georgia.

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Team USA sprinter Torrin Lawrence killed in crash near Cordele

Team USA runner, former UGA star killed when semi hits his disabled vehicle on I-75

Officials with Georgia State Patrol Post 30 in Cordele said that Team USA runner Torrin Lawrence, 25, was killed early Monday on I-75 after experiencing car trouble.

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Dollar Tree to buy Family Dollar for $8.5 billion

Discount chain Dollar Tree will buy rival Family Dollar Stores Inc for about $8.5 billion, in a surprise deal that will help it fend off increasing competition from big-box retailers such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Georgia man killed in Florida beach plane crash on wedding anniversary

A man was killed and his daughter injured on Sunday when a small plane crash-landed on a Florida beach.

Carroll W. Godwin

Carroll W. Godwin 82, of Irwinville, Georgia died Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Golden Living Center in Tifton, Georgia

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Fred W. Bell

Fred W. Bell 80, of Albany, GA, died Sunday, July 27, 2014

Wilma Moore Meadows

Wilma Moore Meadows, 84, of Sycamore, Ga died, July 27, 2014.

Robert “Bobby” Edward Cummings

Robert “Bobby” Edward Cummings, 49, of Albany, passed away Monday, July 28, 2014 at his home.

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Former Braves highlight Hall of Fame class

Former Braves manager Bobby Cox and pitchers Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux are enshrined Sunday in Cooperstown.

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Jeff Gordon wins for fifth time at Brickyard

Nearly 21 years to the day of his first triumph in the inaugural Brickyard 400, Jeff Gordon rallied to earn a record fifth Brickyard victory Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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ASU grad Scott Craft one of 100 to attend Harvard Leadership Institute

Howard University reference librarian’s passion runs in the family

Albany State University graduate Scott Craft is one of 100 academic librarians from around the world selected to participate in Harvard’s Leadership Institute.

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MICHAEL REAGAN: Hollywood liberals stand down for Israel

OPINION: God forbid anyone in Hollywood utter the words Save Israel!

Hollywood holds a fund-raiser every night for some needy group or moral crusade, but they are conspicuously silent when it comes to supporting Israel. By being so silent, Hollywood’s power people end up looking like they’re pro-Hamas.

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CYNTHIA TUCKER: Teachers unions stand in way of education reform

OPINION: The American system of public education is in dire need of comprehensive change

The professional organizations that represent educators are dominated by resistant and retrograde voices, so-called leaders whose interests don’t seem to lie in improving the lives of their charges.

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Northwest Albany residents want to slow speeding drivers

Residents say drivers uses neighborhood roads as cut-throughs

Residents in a northwest Albany neighborhood are asking city government and police officials to curtail speeding on roads used to avoid heavy traffic.

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