The 'Big 10' for Sept. 7 through Sept. 14

These are the 10 most viewed stories on albanyherald.com for the week of Sept. 7, through Sept. 14, 2012. Click on the headlines to view the stories.

1. LATE SATURDAY: Bowyer wins Sprint Cup regular-season finale; Gordon beats Busch into Chase

RICHMOND, Va. — With his season essentially on the line, Jeff Gordon used a vintage drive to rally his way into NASCAR's championship chase.

2. 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.

3. Squawk of the day - Sept. 11, 2012.

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4.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.

5. Home occupants shot when they walk in on burglary

MCDONOUGH, Ga. — Authorities say two residents of a home southeast of Atlanta were shot after walking in on two armed burglary suspects inside their Henry County home.

6. Olive Garden restaurant to open Monday

ALBANY, Ga. -- Olive Garden will open at 2701 Dawson Road in Albany at 11 a.m. Monday, creating 180 new jobs for the area.

7. School Board questions Murfree on Title I expenditures

ALBANY, Ga. -- Dougherty County School Superintendent Joshua Murfree, dealing with the state department of education on two different fronts, attempted to assure the county school board Monday that he and his staff are working to meet a Sept. 28 deadline to either reclassify or reimburse $134,626 in questionable Title I expenditures.

8. Price: DCSS management 'broken'

ALBANY, Ga. -- After six weeks of keeping a low profile, Dougherty County School Board at-large candidate Lane Price emerged at a news conference Friday at the Dougherty County School System administration building — and she came out swinging.

9. Dog attacks, kills 4-year-old

Seminole County, Ga. — A 4-year-old boy in Seminole County died from a dog attack Wednesday, said GBI Agent Steve Turner.

10. Lee official will leave office early

LEESBURG, Ga. — Visibly shaken by the lack of support from three members of the Lee County Commission, District 2 Commissioner Betty Johnson said Tuesday she will end her service on the panel prematurely.