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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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CARLTON FLETCHER: Republican appointees crucial to ACA, gay marriage decisions

OPINION: Conservatives’ finger-pointing hollow following Supreme Court votes

The deciding votes on two key Supreme Court rulings were cast by Republican-appointed justices.

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Squawk of the Day - July 5, 2015

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

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American Red Cross calling for blood donations in summer season

Donors with all types, especially O negative, A negative and B negative and platelet donors, are needed

American Red Cross officials say fewer blood drives are scheduled close to the Fourth of July holiday, because many hosting organizations postpone blood drives while people are on vacation.

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Bright Side of the Day - July 5, 2015

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

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MICHAEL GERSON: Congress' Iran moment

OPINION: Some in Congress believe Obama is too far along in Iran negotiations to say no to a bad deal

Now (it seems) we are about to see the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act in action. The law dangles an incentive for the Obama administration to conclude a final deal by July 9. If it meets that deadline and provides all the relevant documentation, Congress gets just 30 days to act on a resolution of disapproval. If the timing slips past July 9, Congress has 60 days to act.

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Once-proud sculptures seek escape from turtle jail

Junior League project was a downtown Albany hit a decade ago

Turtle sculptures that were once an Albany rage are mostly forgotten now, more than a decade after their debut.

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Primed to be fooled again

Penn and Teller get 2nd season on CW network

“Penn & Teller: Fool Us” opens its new season Monday night.

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MANDY FLYNN: Uh, That was the coffee talking

FEATURES COLUMN: Mrs. Olson would be proud

It’s a wonder I didn’t drink coffee earlier in life, considering I remember coffee being around our house since the beginning of time.

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'Conan' heading to Comic-Con

Late-night TBS talk show will head to land of Hulks and Wonder Women for four nights

Conan O’Brien says the landscape at Comic-Con is a “perfect fit” for his talk show, which will broadcast from San Diego Wednesday-Saturday.

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Shark Week returns to Discovery

Get ready to take a bite out of summer

Nothing says summer like the presence of sharks – especially at the beach – and this year, Discovery’s Shark Week promises to bring more and better programming to its viewers. And no doubt, lots of really cool footage of great whites breaching the ocean’s surface.

Albany Area Community Calendar - July 5-13, 2015

A weekly calendar of civic club and organization meetings, reunions, volunteering opportunities, classes and seminars, and other notices.

The Albany Area Community Calendar is published Sundays. To have your item included, email southview@albanyherald.com by 5 p.m. Wednesday before Sunday publication.

ALBANY BIRTHS: June 23 - 29, 2015

Unless otherwise noted, the following births took place at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital June 23 - 29, 2015.

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MARY BRASWELL: Looking back at signs of summer | QUIZ QUIZ

HISTORY: Nothing says summer like fresh watermelon.

Read some facts about watermelon, swimming, air conditioning and more.

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Thunderstorms may keep Albany Fourth of July Celebration crowds at bay

The area was hit with two NMS severe weather warnings before events began Saturday

After a three-year hiatus, Albany’s annual Fourth of July fireworks show moved back downtown for a showcase event Saturday, but Mother Nature had other plans.

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BOB KORNEGAY: Nothing better than fishing

Outdoors: Fishing with friends and family are the best

After catching a nice rainbow trou, my mind began to wander - How many creek banks has this 62-year-old posterior rested upon?


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