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Homerun, Herald plan gas giveaway

A lucky Albany Herald reader will win $1,000 worth of free gas from Homerun Foods to help make summer days a whole lot cooler.- Carlton Fletcher, metro editor

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Going, going, gone

It's been rumored for weeks that the Thrashers were leaving Georgia for greener pastures in Canada, and Tuesday it happened as Atlanta became the only city to ever lose two NHL teams in the modern era of the league.

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Cavs eliminate Hawks from Conference finals

Cleveland closes the series against Atlanta out 4-0 after a 118-88 win Tuesday night

The Cavs swept the Hawks out of the Eastern Conference finals to put James into the Finals for the fifth consecutive season.

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Squawk of the Day - May 27, 2015

Pick up a copy of The Albany Herald to see what everyone is squawking about!

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Bright Side of the Day - May 27, 2015

Pick up a copy of The Albany Herald to find out about the Bright Side of life.

Albany Area Kitchen Inspections - May 18-23, 2015

These establishments were inspected by the Dougherty and Lee County Environmental Health Offices May 18-23.

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CARLTON FLETCHER: Misinformation hinders Albany's growth

OPINION: Sound-bite wisdom part of negative perception

Misinformation based on often third-hand sources hurts Albany’s ability to move forward.

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MICHAEL GERSON: Shifting role of religious conservatives

OPINION: For conservative Christians, a psychological adjustment is taking place

The assumption of faith has gradually — now more rapidly — fallen away. There may or may not be a decline in Christian practice. But we are certainly seeing the collapse of casual Christianity and of religious belief as a civic assumption.

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Albany area canines have a space all their own at new dog park

Eastside Pet Salon now located at dog park on Gillionville Road

Albany residents wanting to treat their canine companions to a day of fun and pampering can now take their furry friends to the Eastside Pet Salon at the Dog Park where they can run around, visit with friends and get all gussied up.

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Indie 'I'll See You in My Dreams' coming Friday to Atlanta

Albany attorney is an executive producer of the film

After an initial opening at three theaters in New York City and Los Angeles, “I’ll See you in My Dreams,” starring Blythe Danner and Sam Eliott, is expanding its release. On Friday, it will open in several more markets, including Atlanta. Patrick Millsaps of Albany, a lawyer and talent manager, is an executive producer of the film.

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Lemon Grass Thai Cuisine restaurant closing

Lemon Grass owners say decision to close the Albany restaurant driven by family considerations

After serving Albany area diners for the past three years, the Lemon Grass Thai Cuisine restaurant is closing its doors Saturday so that the owners can spend more time with their family.

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Jeff Foxworthy returns with more smart 5th graders

Game show returns to Fox with America's favorite redneck comedian as host

After two previous runs, Jeff Foxworthy and some smart young students are returning for the game show “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?”

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Albany Area Coming Up Calendar - May 27-June 3, 2015

The following is a list of events happening in the area this week.

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JULIE WELLS: Enjoy the flavor of hot wings without the mess

THE RECIPE BOX: Buffalo Chicken Casserole

If you love hot wings, but hate the mess that comes with eating hot wings, then today’s recipe should make you happy.

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RONDA RICH: Jim Lofton one of the great ones

THE DIXIE DIVA: Coach Lofton touched many lives during his life

I saw coaches, roaring like lions on the sidelines or in the locker rooms, become gentle lambs at the appropriate time when a player’s personal life called for compassion. I saw them take fatherless boys and rebellious ones and guide them onto the path of respectability. I watched them make a difference when the rest of the world turned a blind eye.

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EDDIE SEAGLE: A different choice for landscaping

GEORGIA CLIPPINGS: A weekly look at home gardens and landscapes

Ornamental grasses offer an alternative to traditional landscaping choices and bring forward a new approach in landscape ideology.

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LORAN SMITH: Rocking relics of days gone by

FEATURES COLUMNIST: Slower paced travel reveals beauty of Georgia

Whenever I travel our beautiful state, I am seduced emotionally by the rural scenes. You can’t get that on the interstate, which is overrun by haulers of all descriptions; vacationers with storage bins on their roofs; pickups with oversized tires, rifle racks, and a NRA sticker on the bumper; and cars with tags that say Michigan, Wisconsin, and Canada, some of whom display bumper stickers saying “Regulate Firearms.”



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