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Big 10: June 22-29, 2013

These are the most-read stories at Albanyherald.com for the week of June 22-29, 2013. Click on the headlines to read the full story.

1. Paula Deen's ex-husband: Former employee motivated by greed

ALBANY, Ga. -- As the national media circle the Paula Deen story like sharks who smell blood, Paula's ex-husband Jimmy Deen has found himself caught up in the frenzy, beset by desperate "leeches" looking anywhere for some new tidbit to feed tabloid nation.

2. 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.

3. Two pedestrians hit; one killed

ALBANY, Ga. -- While several vehicle wreck investigations are ongoing, the Albany Police Department Investigations Division is soliciting the public's assistance with locating an individual believed to be connected to a forgery incident from earlier this month.

4. Woods faces bad check charge

ALBANY, Ga. —Lajuana Woods, the business owner and former board member of the Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority whose business dealings with former downtown manager Don Buie led to the repayment of thousands in facade grant funds, has been charged with deposit account fraud by the city of Albany.

5. Pedestrian struck and killed by car

ALBANY, Ga -- A 31-year-old woman was struck and killed by a car as she walked on Harding Street this morning.

6. City to recycler: Cease and desist

ALBANY — City Attorney Nathan Davis said Friday afternoon solid waste collection company Waste Pro is violating state constitutional law by offering curbside recyclable collection service within the city limits of Albany.

7. FTC, Phoebe case may be moving toward settlement

ALBANY, Ga. - An order granting a request to certify a joint motion to withdraw from adjudication the case of the Federal Trade Commission's opposition to the Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County's purchase of the former Palmyra Medical Center indicates a settlement may be in the works.

8. Fallout continues for Paula Deen

NEW YORK — Celebrity chef Paula Deen, who was dropped by TV’s Food Network after she admitted in a lawsuit that she used a racial slur in the past, has lost her endorsement deal with Smithfield Foods.

9. Toddler shot outside supermarket

ATLANTA — The search continues for a gunman who shot a 2-year-old in the abdomen Wednesday afternoon at a Kroger supermarket in DeKalb County.

10. BRIEF: 19-year-old robber shot and killed by store clerk

VILLA RICA, Ga. - An armed robber was shot and killed by his intended victim overnight at a west Georgia convenience store, authorities said.