Big 10 for the week of Dec. 28 - Jan. 4

ALBANY — These were the most-read stories on albanyherald.com for the week of Dec. 28 through Jan. 4.

1. Albany leader facing financial issues

ALBANY — City officials aren’t eager to answer uncomfortable questions about one of their own, but as financial woes continue to swirl around Albany City Commissioner Christopher Pike, they may soon find themselves with little choice.

2. Albany Carino’s closes its doors

ALBANY — Officials have confirmed that Johnny Carino’s Country Italian Restaurant on Kensington Court has closed its doors.

3. Next title’s in the oven for Auburn

Ah, the new year has now begun, and I would be remiss if I did not comment on my beloved Auburn Tigers and their decision to suspend football for the past 2012 football season.

4. APD issues lookout for wanted individuals

ALBANY — The Albany Police Department has issued lookouts for several individuals in connection to multiple crimes that have taken place over the last few months.

5. ‘A Night that Glitters’ ready for second year

ALBANY — After a successful event last year, the Junior League of Albany is putting on another New Year’s Eve party.

  1. Squawk of the day - Jan. 2, 2013

"Saw a welfare mother use her food stamp card for a $1.03 purchase and tell the cashier to add $20, and said cashier complied and gave welfare mother $20 cash. Welfare grandmother was there holding the welfare baby. Is this not double illegal?"

7. Car giant Carmax considering Albany store

ALBANY — CarMax, the nation’s largest retailer of used cars, is eying an Albany location, officials with the company confirmed Thursday.

8. Eight injured in three-car wreck

ALBANY — Eight people, including three children ages 6, 8 and 11, were taken to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital for treatment Friday following a three-car collision at Slappey Boulevard and Gillionville Road.

9. Bishop: Congress ought to be punished

ALBANY — U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop has some tough words for the way Congress handled the fiscal cliff negotiations, saying Wednesday that the body must come up with a balanced approach if they want to address country's debt crisis.

  1. Squawk of the Day - Jan. 3, 2013

"In order to cut costs, the Republicans eliminated Medicare money back during the Reagan administration that put the mentally ill out on the street."