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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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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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MICHAEL LOMAX: 'Tomorrowland' belongs to the children

FILM COMMENTARY: Films plot makes sense, but loses a little gas two-thirds of the way through

Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) is a brilliant teenager who runs afoul of the law after disarming demolition drills at a Cape Canaveral launch pad. In the process, she attracts the attention of the mysterious Athena (Raffey Cassidy), and after being ensnared by visions of a futuristic fantasy world, Casey goes on the run with former boy-genius Frank Walker (George Clooney) to return to the world of their dreams.

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SUZANNE WILLIAMS: Conservation key to preserving precious water

OPINION: One day without water is a wake-up call

Only about 1 percent of the water on Earth is fresh water fit for human consumption. It is a precious commodity that must be preserved.

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Albany Almanac - May 27, 2015

Temperatures, rainfall, and sun and moon information for the Albany area

Temperatures, rainfall, and sun and moon information for the Albany area.

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Sharon Subadan named Albany city manager

Albany City Commission chooses Tom Berry's successor

Albany city commissioners have selected, pending contract negotiations, a new city manager who will run the day-to-day operations of Albany.

Fifteen traffic fatalities occur over Memorial Day weekend, including three from Southwest Georgia

Alcohol believed to be a factor in fatal Lee County crash on Saturday

There were Lee County fatalities in a two-vehicle collision that occurred Saturday night on U.S. Highway 82, and the third was worked by the Thomasville Georgia State Patrol post.

Albany and Dougherty County Police/Fire/EMS reports - May 24-25, 2015

Public safety roundup for Albany and Dougherty County for Sunday and Monday

The Albany Police Department responded to at least 42 incidents on Sunday and Monday, available reports show.

Less pain at pump as travel season cranks up

Experts think gas prices may drop some next month

After Memorial Day weekend launched the summer travel season with a forecast 10-year high in U.S. travelers, some gas market watchers think prices will top out this month, then decline some as the summer progresses.

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Murder suspect found in New York now in Dougherty County Jail

Marquel Rashad Culpepper, 25, facing charges in connection to north Albany murder

Warrants against Culpepper at the time of his arrest included felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Jail records showed on Tuesday that he has been charged with murder and was unbondable.

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Lee County standoff ends with gunman tased, arrested

Robbie Dean captured after being subdued in a standoff with law enforcement in Lee County

Lee County authorities say Robbie Dean was tased and arrested after he held a gun to himself following a low-speed chase in which Dean was driving a car with his child as passenger. No one was injured in the incident, sheriff’s officials said.


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