Big 10 for Dec. 14- 21, 2012

ALBANY, Ga. — These are the most-read stories at albanyherald.com for the week of Dec. 14-21, 2012.

1. Squawk of the Day, Dec. 17, 2012

"The school shooting does not surprise me. Our government has taken God out of our schools and our country. Anytime you take God out of anything you replace him with Satan."

2. City to start eviction process against airport restaurant owner

ALBANY, Ga. — Following a brief executive session at which members sought legal advice from the assistant city attorney, the Albany-Dougherty Aviation Commission voted Monday at a special called meeting to begin eviction proceedings against the owners of a restaurant/bar located at the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport.

3. Finalists for interim school chief named

ALBANY, Ga. — The Dougherty County School Board will interview three people for the interim superintendent position to replace the outgoing Joshua Murfree.

4. Alcohol licenses could be lost by five nightspots

ALBANY, Ga. — Five Albany nightspots will have hearings scheduled in January to determine if they will lose their alcohol licenses.

5. Squawk of the Day - Dec. 14, 2012

"A person eligible for food stamps gets $133.26 a month in Georgia. Assuming 30 days in a month with three meals a day, that is 90 meals. Divide the $133.26 by 90 and that works out to $1.48 per meal. No caviar on those tables. Still want to squawk? First, I suggest you try that for a month."

6. Board interviews three interim superintendent candidates

ALBANY, Ga. — The Dougherty County School Board interviewed three interim superintendent candidates Thursday morning.

7. Teacher accused of taping students together

PNENIX CITY, Ala. — Authorities say an east Alabama teacher is accused of taping together two students who had not been getting along.

8.DCPD files child porn charges

ALBANY, Ga. — Christopher Brett Richardson is in the Dougherty County Jail, charged with six counts of sexual exploitation of minors based on the child pornography found during a Monday search of his residence, said DCPD Sgt. Chad Kirkpatrick.

9. Too big to jail? Execs avoid laundering charges

NEW YORK — When the Justice Department announced its record $1.9 billion settlement against British bank HSBC last week, prosecutors called it a powerful blow to a dysfunctional institution accused of laundering money for Iran, Libya and Mexico's murderous drug cartels.

10. Squawk of the day - Dec. 20, 2012

"Every American school needs armed security guards and teachers with carry permits. More gun control laws and gun bans will not prevent school shootings. Have drug laws and bans made illegal drugs unobtainable? Did Prohibition in the 1920s make alcohol unavailable?"