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Big 10: June 14-21, 2013

These were the most-read stories at Albanyherald.com for the week of June 14-21, 2013. Click on the headline to read the full story.

June 14-21, 2013

1. Albany Tech assistant basketball coach arrested on pot charge

ALBANY, Ga. — Part-time Albany Technical College assistant basketball coach Ravii Givens was charged with marijuana distribution after Albany Police Department officers responded to a burglar alarm and discovered pot in his apartment.

2. Woman charged with vehicular homicide

ALBANY — A woman who police contend was responsible for a crash in May in which a motorcyclist was killed has been charged with vehicular homicide.

3. Police dog found dead inside handler's patrol car

WOODSTOCK, Ga. -- A 3-year-old police dog died from a heat stroke after being left in his handler's patrol car, Woodstock police said Tuesday.

4. Mimosa remains commissioner's 'white whale'

ALBANY, Ga. -- Jon Howard has been an Albany city commissioner much longer than anyone else serving on the board, closing in on 20 years and counting. And as each of his last couple of four-year terms has neared its end, Howard has talked about leaving politics behind, about traveling to exotic locations throughout the world.

5. Child’s death ruled homicide

ALBANY, Ga. — A six-month old Dougherty County male was the victim of homicide, according to autopsy results from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Tuesday.

6. Former GBI agents, retired cop looking into DCSSPD operations

ALBANY, Ga. -- Dougherty County School System interim Superintendent Butch Mosely has confirmed that he has asked two retired Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents and a former police officer to look into the effectiveness of the school system's police department -- with Chief Troy Conley and Assistant Chief J.C. Phillips at the center of attention.

7. Albany woman places in Miss Alabama pageant

ALBANY, Ga. -- Kelsey Richter from Albany was third runner-up at the recent Miss Alabama pageant.

8. Supreme court hands pharmaceutical companies major loss

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that regulators can challenge the deals brand-name drug companies make with generic rivals that delay cheaper products from going on the market, deals that regulators say boost total costs of the medicines by billions of dollars.

9. Judge 'seriously concerned' about cheating prosecution

ATLANTA — A Fulton County judge on Monday said he sees possible problems with the racketeering indictment in the Atlanta Public Schools test-cheating case.

10. Deen explains use of racial epithet in her deposition

Celebrity chef Paula Deen, known for her high-calorie Southern cooking, admitted in a deposition that surfaced on Wednesday that she has used racial slurs but her attorney says she does not tolerate prejudice.