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Big 10 -- Aug. 16-23, 2013

These are the most-read articles at www.albanyherald.com for the week of Aug. 16-23, 2013.

1. Man found dead identified

ALBANY — The Albany Police Department has released the name of the man found dead Sunday afternoon on North Jackson Street. Phyllis Banks, spokeswoman for the APD, said the deceased man has been identified as Michael Gene Odell, 48.

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2. Man killed in motel stabbing

ALBANY — Two suspects have been arrested in the Wednesday night stabbing death of a man at the Dollar Inn, 2706 N. Slappey Blvd.

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3. New coaches have Tech feeling as confident as ever

ATLANTA — Jay Finch has been a part of the Georgia Tech football since 2009. He senses a change.

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4. Luke Bryan wants to take country out of the country

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Country singer Luke Bryan’s latest album, “Crash My Party,” released on Tuesday and expected to land near the top of U.S. charts, is just his latest step in taking a quintessential American music genre to the rest of the world.

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5. Is there a quiet gas war going on in east Albany?

ALBANY — Anyone who has spent time driving back and forth across the Flint River from west to East Albany can’t help but notice that gasoline prices are lower on the east side. The big question is why? The answer depends on whom you ask.

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6. DCSS teacher arrested for sexual contact with student

ALBANY — A second-year math teacher at Dougherty High School was arrested this morning after being charged with having sexual contact with a student. Dornicia Johnson, 26, turned herself in after being charged in an alleged incident in May which occurred near Dougherty High.

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7. Intruders shoot Albany man in home

ALBANY — Officers of the Albany Police Department responded to gunfire at 2331 Threadneedle Court late Wednesday, police officials say. Upon arrival, officers spoke with Carlos Ward, who had an apparent gunshot wound to his lower abdomen, officials say.

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8. Semi driver charged with DUI

ALBANY — The driver of a semi truck was charged with driving under the influence after striking a utility pole as he was turning onto Maxwell Drive Saturday morning, reports show.

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9. Natural gas pipeline could come through Dougherty County

ALBANY — The late-July one-sentence news release was innocuous enough, making its way across various area news desks without so much as a second look. But that release — “Spectra Energy Corp. today announced that Sabal Trail Transmission LLC, a joint venture of Spectra Energy and NextEra Energy Inc., has been awarded a 465-mile interstate natural gas pipeline project by Florida Power & Light Company to provide transportation services for their power generation needs beginning in May 2017.” — is the impetus behind a growing local grassroots movement to stop Spectra from bringing the pipeline through Dougherty County.

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10. Bryan’s latest album ‘crashes’ the sales charts

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Leesburg’s Luke Bryan broke out of the gates in great fashion with his new album, “Crash My Party,” enjoying the biggest sales debut for a male country music artist in nearly a decade.

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