The 'BIG 10' for Aug. 31 through Sept. 7

These are the 10 most viewed stories on albanyherald.com for the week of August 31 through Sept. 7, 2012. Click on the headlines to view the stories.

1. Gang-leader’s funeral draws hundreds

ALBANY, Ga. — Friends and family turned out by the hundreds to mourn the death of reputed Southside Bloods gang leader 24-year-old Dontavious Santez Luke at church in East Albany.

2. School system defends coach after prayer complaint

ROSSVILLE, Ga.— Officials at a northwest Georgia high school are defending its football team's practice of having student-led prayers and church-held meals before games.

3. Porter named replacement judge in Heard suit

ALBANY, Ga. - Superior Court Judge J. Richard Porter of Cairo has been appointed to hear Lorenzo Heard's suit against the Dougherty County Board of Elections.

4. Squawk of the Day, Sept. 4, 2012.

ALBANY, Ga. - Read the Squawk of the Day for Sept. 4, 2012 by clicking here.

5. Judge defers decision on venue, indictment in principal fraud case

ALBANY, Ga. -- Lawyers arguing the case of a principal in the Dougherty County School System indicted on charges that she and her husband falsified applications for free or reduced lunch for their children, will likely have until mid-October to argue why the indictment against the pair should be tossed out and, if it stands, why the charges against them shouldn't be heard by jurors in Albany.

6. Squawk of the Day for Sept. 5, 2012.

Albany, Ga. - Click here to read the Squawk of the Day for Sept. 5, 2012.

7. Albany man hits lottery.

ALBANY, Ga. — If Richard Payne owes anyone cash, chances are, after buying a lucky scratch-off ticket at an Albany convenience store, he’s good for it.

8. Restaurant and individual robbed early Sunday morning

ALBANY, Ga. — Two armed robberies are under investigation by the Albany Police Department. According to police reports, A man dressed all in black brandished a handgun in the East Oglethorpe Boulevard Pizza Hut about 2 a.m. Sunday and demanded money. He ran away with an undisclosed amount of money from the register.

9. Squawk of the day - Sept. 6, 2012

ALBANY, Ga. -- Click here to read the Squawk of the Day for Sept. 6, 2012.

10. FRIDAY'S PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Albany loses ‘heartbreaker’ in 2012 season opener, 20-18

GREENVILLE, Ga. — Albany High’s 2012 season got off to a tough start Friday when the Indians lost to Greenville on the road, 20-18, after a two-point conversion with less than a minute to play — which would’ve tied the game — came up short.