The 'Big 10' for the week of March 1-8, 2013

These were the most-read stories at albanyherald.com for the week of March 1 through March 8, 2013. Click on the headlines to view the full stories.

1. Voting Rights Act still necessary

(opinion column)

If you want to stare into the ugly face of racial resentment, take a good look at Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. His frank, if stunningly injudicious, remarks about a key portion of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) laid bare the bitterness that so many hyper-conservatives still harbor toward black progress.

2. APD searching for missing teen

ALBANY — The Albany Police Department issued a lookout Monday afternoon for a missing teenager.

3. History is theirs!

MACON — They stormed the court in wave after wave, a giant ball of orange coming together, shouting, screaming, hugging and crying.

4. Former Lee County school board member running for Congress

LEESBURG — A former Lee County School Board member will once again thrust himself into the limelight; this time running against a longtime Albany congressman for his post.

5. Vote to name the Albany Herald's new column

Here are the finalists for our “Name the Column” contest for a new column that will begin later this month and focus on positive comments from readers. These finalists were selected from more than 220 entries.

6. Fire station built on sinkhole must be replaced

ALBANY — Move over Florida; you're not the only one with sinkhole issues.

7. Dawson mayor defies council vote

DAWSON — The honeymoon period, it seems, may have ended sooner than expected for Dawson's young mayor.

8. Squawk of the Day - March 6, 2013

Squawkers talk about outlawing pit bulls. In 2011 there were 21 people killed in the U.S. by pit bulls. At the same time there were more than 3,000 people killed by other people. Therefore you’re 150 times more likely to die at the hands of another human being than by a bull dog. Maybe we ought to outlaw people.

9. Squawk of the day - March 5, 2013

"I know this sounds trivial with all the problems in the world, but the turtles downtown are ugly. Please city fathers, find them a new home."

10. Squawk of the day - March 4, 2013

"I was disappointed to see workers at the Finish Line Snickers Tent pack up and give away cases of product to friends and obvious non runners before noon. It was cold and windy and those runners still to cross the finish line would have benefited from from an energy bar or two. Instead, the after-race runners’ refreshments went home in the car trunks of non runners. It did not go unnoticed by the people who paid to be there."