Big 10 headlines for Nov. 30-Dec. 7, 2012

ALBANY, Ga. — These were the most-read stories at albanyherald.com for the week of Nov. 30 through Dec. 7, 2012.

1. Cask and Kilt restaurant closed

ALBANY, Ga. — The Cask & Kilt Irish Pub, a Gaelic-themed restaurant and night spot, has shut its doors for good after a year and half of operation.

2. APD investigation ends with captain's resignation

ALBANY, Ga. — Officers kept an Albany Police Department captain under investigation for possible "double-dipping," or working at another job, while on the clock with the police and other violations for months, according to an investigation report.

3. Phoebe responds to Leapfrog score

ALBANY, Ga. — A poor rating of Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital by The Leapfrog Group stems from its report being based on old data, as well as some factors in its analysis that were excluded, officials with the hospital say.

4. Thomasville lotto winner comes forward

THOMASVILLE, Ga. — The winner of the $49 million Mega Millions lotto will claim their prize at 3 p.m. today, officials say.

Downtown restaurateurs weary of the struggles

ALBANY, Ga. — Dale Saunders looks wistfully across the table at his Riverfront 2 Bar-B-Q restaurant in Lee County at fellow restaurateurs B.J. Fletcher and Sarah Edmonds.

6. BLOG: Homeless man wants 'piece of the pie' after good deed.

Seriously? The homeless man who became the recipient of a $100 pair of boots thanks to the generosity of a New York City police officer wants a "piece of the pie" after he says the photo of the officer's act of kindness went viral without his permission.

7.Smith’s lawsuit against ASU set to begin Monday

ALBANY, Ga. — Cassandra Smith’s whistle-blower lawsuit against the Georgia Board of Regents and Albany State University President Everette Freeman and Vice President for Academic Affairs Abiodun Ojemakinde is scheduled to begin Monday in Fulton County Superior Court.

8. Sumter County State Court Judge resigns amid investigation

AMERICUS, Ga. — Russ Barnes, the Sumter County State Court judge who, earlier this month, prompted a search by sheriff's officials after he failed to come home, has resigned from the bench.

9. State Champs!!!

ALBANY, Ga. — Kh’Ron McClain was hit by a wall of tears. KE’Marvin Pitts was in shock and Rich Fallaw was looking for his heart.

10. Cafe 230 closing its doors to lunchgoers

ALBANY, Ga. — A downtown Albany restaurant is abruptly closing its doors to lunch customers, sources close to the organization say.