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Big 10 - July 19-26, 2013

These are the 10 most read stories at albanyherald.com for the week of July 19-26, 2013.

1. Accused baby killers appear before judge

BRUNSWICK, Ga. — Lawyers for four of the five defendants charged in connection with the murder of 13-month-old Antonio Santiago sat quietly next to their clients during most of a hearing Wednesday as public defenders representing the accused shooter, De'Marquise Elkins, argued with prosecutors about the disclosure of evidence.

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2. Albany police searching for missing 15-year-old girl

ALBANY, Ga. -- Albany police are searching for a 15-year-old Albany girl who has been missing since Monday. Sharmaine Quimbley is 5 feet 9 and weighs 170 pounds, Albany police say. She has black hair and brown eyes.

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3. Paula Deen butter campaign spreads across the Internet

Paula Deen fans are looking to stick it to the companies who have severed ties with the embattled celebrity chef. Or perhaps they’re trying to butter them up.

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4. Airport terminal makes nice first impression

ALBANY, Ga. — Of all the words of praise heaped on the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport's new, almost-finished terminal building during a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony Thursday evening, it was the simple turn of phrase by Mayor Dorothy Hubbard that best hit the mark. "You only get one chance to make a lasting and favorable first impression," Hubbard said.

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5. DCSS puts its best foot forward at MCLB

MCLB-ALBANY -- Dougherty County interim School Superintendent Butch Mosely and more than 35 of the system's front-line administrators and principals went hunting Thursday night.

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6. A letter to my unborn son

To my unborn son: I write this letter to you because I love you already. My soul cries out for your justice, your peace, your love and your pain. Sit still, surrender to the peace that demands your attention and listen to your mother’s calm, sweet voice. (Guest commentary by Tabatha Holley)

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7. Albany author plans first film production

ALBANY, Ga. — Albany author Manswell Peterson has already had a significant impact on the literary world with the release of his hot-selling dramatic novels. Now Peterson wants to bring a little of that magic to the big screen.

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8. Ex-Blakely investigator sentenced

ALBANY, Ga. — A former investigator with the Early County Sheriff’s Office was sentenced Thursday to two years in federal prison, court officials say. According to court records, Jarrod “J.D.” Murkerson, 35, of Blakely, had earlier pleaded guilty to a charge of extortion by a public official.

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9. GOP won’t attract black voters with bigots in its midst

As a matter of history, black Americans — at least those who were allowed to vote — were Republicans for decades after the Civil War. But some found Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal attractive, and most found Lyndon Johnson’s support for civil rights irresistible. They left the Republican Party. (Opinion column by Cynthia Tucker)

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10. Worth County man, 78, dies in tractor accident

SYLVESTER, Ga. — A Worth County man was killed Thursday when he fell off his tractor. Worth County Coroner John Johnson said Larry Bailey Sr., 78, of Sylvester, fell from his tractor while mowing Thursday afternoon and was caught between the tractor and the attached rotary mower.

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