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The Big 10 for the week of Jan. 31 - Feb. 7

The most-read stories of the past week on albanyherald.com

Here are the most-read stories on albanyherald.com for the week of Jan. 31 - Feb-7

1. Albany’s Ricardo Lockette completing ‘life-long dream’ by playing in Super Bowl

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — When Albany’s Earl Lockette talks about his son’s journey to Super Bowl XLVIII, he doesn’t start with the unstable and unpredictable ride Ricardo went on in the last six months when he bounced around to three different NFL teams.

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2. Would-be jumper shuts down part of Oglethorpe Boulevard bridge Wednesday morning

ALBANY — A 20-year-old man who threatened to jump from the Oglethorpe Boulevard bridge that spans the Flint River caused lanes for eastbound traffic to be shut down during the morning rush hour Wednesday. Police were successful in convincing the man not to injure himself.

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3. Eight arrests made in Lee County drug bust

LEESBURG — A drug investigation that had been ongoing for several months in Lee County has come to a close with the arrests of eight suspects. Lee County Sheriff Reggie Rachals said Friday the arrests have been made over the course of the last few weeks, and that the bust took roughly $7,000 worth of drugs such as marijuana, methamphetamine, ecstasy, oxycodone and cocaine off the streets.

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4. In Southwest Georgia, the Affordable Care Act is having trouble living up to its name

ALBANY — If Lee Mullins lived in Pittsburgh, he could buy mid-level health coverage for his family for $940 a month. If he lived in Beverly Hills, he would pay $1,405. But Mullins, who builds custom swimming pools, lives in Southwest Georgia. Here, a similar health plan for his family of four costs $2,654 a month.

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5. Dougherty County School Board sidesteps Westover grade change discipline

ALBANY — The Dougherty County School Board spent more than an hour in executive session Wednesday afternoon to discuss Interim Superintendent Butch Mosely’s recommendations for discipline stemming from mass grade changes at Westover High School. In the end, no action was taken.

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6. Albany City Attorney Nathan Davis, staff come up big in discrimination suit

ALBANY — “This is vindication,” Albany Police Chief John Proctor said. City Attorney Nathan Davis said, “The decision is proof that the city of Albany operates on a non-discriminatory basis.” A U.S. District Court jury simply said “No” recently when asked if the city of Albany had denied APD Capt. Brian Lavoie an opportunity to fairly compete for a promotion within the department. And it was the jury’s one-word statement that spoke loudest.

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7. Teachers hosting ‘The Love Run’ in support of friend

ALBANY — As is fitting for the month of February, three friends are showing their love of friendship with a special gift for their colleague. Deerfield-Windsor School teachers Mandy Phillips, Cathy Jones and Kimberly Williams have teamed up to organize the Love Run on Feb. 8 in honor of cancer patient Heather Lanier Yeiser of Albany.

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8. Dougherty County Jail Report - Feb. 3, 2014

These are individuals who were booked into the Dougherty County Jail Jan. 23-29, 2014. The listing includes name, date of booking, law enforcement agency, reason for booking, bond and date of release.

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9. South Georgians dominate the country music charts

ALBANY — Phillip Phillips will be heading north soon. Leesburg’s Phillips, who’s scheduled to perform at today’s Super Bowl pregame show, will launch his Canadian tour early next month. The season 11 “American Idol” winner is scheduled to perform 15 dates, beginning March 8 in Halifax and concluding March 28 in Vancouver, according to his website, phillipphillips.com.

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10. Armed robbers hit West Albany business on Monday

ALBANY —The Albany Police Department responded to an armed robbery of a business in West Albany on Monday evening. The incident took place at U.S. Beauty Mart, 1107 W. Broad Ave. between 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., reports show. Phyllis Banks, spokeswoman for the police department, said units responded to the location in reference to an armed robbery. Contact was made with the victim, who reported that two black males wearing ski masks and black hoodies came into the business, approached the clerk and demanded the money out of the register.

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