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BIG 10: May 17-23, 2013

These are the most-read stories at Albanyherald.com for the week of May 17-23, 2013. Click on the headline to view the full story.

1. Dougherty schools’ parents have been asleep too long (Guest commentary)

We, the parents of the Dougherty County School System have been asleep too long. We have allowed our children’s education to dwindle and lie in ruins. We have stood on the sidelines and allowed this to happen. We are yet again faced with school administration changes, and ineffective teachers influencing our children’s education. We are a school system in turmoil and yet to be stabilized.

2. 'Most Wanted' fugitive apprehended

ALBANY, Ga. -- One of the Albany Area Crime Stoppers Most Wanted fugitives has been apprehended, thanks to a tipster.

3. Shooting investigated at Albany gas station

ALBANY, Ga. — The Albany Police Department was called to the Oasis convenience store on South Slappey Boulevard at 1:21 p.m. on Monday in reference to a shooting. Officials say an investigation into the incident found that Dilip K. Joshi, 41, the manager of the store, was discovered deceased from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

4. Majesty of Albany Theatre endures

ALBANY, Ga. -- Even with piles of rubble strewn across its auditorium floor, a sampling of graffiti tags on walls outside the projection room and gaping holes offering views of the late-spring Southwest Georgia sky, the grandeur of the historic Albany Theatre is still readily apparent.

  1. MCLB-Albany cancels July 4 fireworks show

ALBANY, Ga. — The latest victim of the federal government’s spending constraints is Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany’s popular Independence Day celebration.

http://www.albanyherald.com/news/2013/may/20/mclb-cancels-july-4-show/

6. UPDATE: Edwards to move forward with Phillips' prosecution

ALBANY, Ga. — An accusation filed Friday with the Dougherty County Clerk of Court Office contends that Sheryl Phillips, mother of “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips, had three different muscle relaxers in her bloodstream when she was arrested Feb. 14 on a DUI charge.

  1. City settles with Albany Heights owners

ALBANY, Ga. — Albany City Attorney Nathan Davis announced just after noon Tuesday that the city has settled its lawsuit over more than $2.1 million in unpaid federal loans it said was owed by the owners of the Albany Heights assisted-living facility.

http://www.albanyherald.com/news/2013/may/21/city-settles-albany-heights-property/

8. Terrell leads Albany area schools in cohort graduation rates

ALBANY, Ga. — The State Department of Education on Tuesday released Georgia's most recent public high school cohort graduation rates, which included a surprise locally.

9. Driver charged with hit-and-run accident

ALBANY, Ga. — Warrants have been issued for Dewayne Hogan in connection with a hit-and-run accident on the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road, police officials say.

10. Albany City Manager James Taylor preaches austerity in city budget

ALBANY, Ga. -- While budget time is about self-preservation -- saving my job, funding my projects, purchasing my equipment, protecting my turf -- for many of the people he works with in the city's government, it's a much simpler process for Albany City Manager James Taylor.