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'Big 10' for the week of March 8 -15, 2013

These are the 10 most-read stories from Albanyherald.com for the week of March 8 through March 15, 2013. Click on the headlines to read the full stories.

1. PSC Suspends Monroe Principal Valerie Thomas for 90 Days in CRCT fallout

ALBANY — The Georgia Professional Standards Commission has suspended Monroe High School Principal Valerie Thomas for 90 days without pay in the wake of the Dougherty County School System's 2009 Criterion Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) cheating scandal.

2. Teacher suspended for improper search

ALBANY — The Georgia Professional Standards Commission last week suspended Sylvester Road Elementary teacher Deborah Flood for 15 days without pay for not having a witness present when she searched a student.

3. In Bible Belt, rift emerges in pro-gay marriage movement

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- In Kentucky, a Bible Belt state where voters have passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, the movement to promote gay rights has two factions.

4. Dawson mayor defies council vote

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

5. Squawk of the Day, March 11, 2013

"You know the mail is now at least one day slower and soon another day for Saturday, so just plan ahead."

6. Squawk of the Day, March 12, 2013.

"Rush Limbaugh is a political entertainer leading the politically informed."

7. Squawk of the Day, March 14, 2013.

"I heard someone say that they would not attend a Baptist church because the Baptists are judgmental. Isn’t that ironic?"

8. Squawk of the Day - March 13, 2013

"A huge 'thank you' to the guys from ASU’s Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. They bagged and cleared a bunch of brush and leaf litter from around the Colobus Monkey Exhibit at Chehaw. Thanks for your community leadership."

9. Squawk of the Day - March 8, 2013

"The streets are for pedestrians, cyclists or any other mode of transportation allowed by law. If you don’t know where the brake pedal is or how to use it and you cannot control your car, you are the one who should stay out of the street. You can view or obtain a copy of the Georgia driver’s manual online if you have forgotten or never learned how to safely operate a motor vehicle."

10. Trial starts for woman accused of public assistance fraud

ALBANY — The trial of an Albany woman accused of covering up her marriage so that she could receive public housing assistance from the state started in earnest Wednesday with lawyers completing opening statements and the state calling its first witnesses.