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The Big 10 - March 21-28, 2014

Two Albany icons -- one a former restaurant, the other a world-famous restaurateur -- top this weeks list.

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The nostalgic Arctic Bear neon sign will not be gracing a new Dawson Road restaurant. (Albany Herald file photo)

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Celebrity chef and Albany native Paula Deen takes a moment march 22 to pause for a picture with Sierra Wyatt, center, and Shiloh Wyatt of Tifton during a homecoming meet and greet at Turner's Fine Furniture Store just north of Albany. (Staff Photo: Terry Lewis/The Albany Herald)

There were the 10 most viewed articles at albanyherald.com for the week of March 21-28, 2014.

1. New Albany restaurant will not have Arctic Bear name

ALBANY —The Stewbos Group is moving ahead with plans for a new drive-thru restuarant at 2408 Dawson Road, but don’t expect to see a piece of Albany-style Americana spinning above it. It won’t be called the Arctic Bear.

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2. Paula Deen makes a visit home, y'all

ALBANY — The line snaked through Turner’s Fine Furniture Store on Highway 82 north of Albany early Saturday afternoon. The people clutched cookbooks, photographs and magazines, and they were there for one reason — to meet and greet their celebrity chef diva. Paula Deen was back home, y’all.

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3. Former Albany City Commissioner Christopher Pike arrested

ALBANY — Christopher Glenn Pike, a former Albany city commissioner, was arrested early Tuesday morning at a south Albany address and charged with criminal trespass, police officials say.

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4. FTC reviewing proposed PHoebe/Hospital Authority settlement

ALBANY — New questions have arisen over Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital’s operation of Phoebe North. Many thought the merger was a done deal after last year’s settlement proposal by the Federal Trade Commission. The proposed agreement, however, remains unapproved by the FTC six months later.

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5. Business owners seek more friendly sign ordinance

ALBANY — B.J. Fletcher won a seat on the Albany City Commission last year partially because she promised voters she’d treat the business of the city much as she would one of her own businesses. It’s no surprise, then, that Fletcher comes down on the side of business owners, especially the thousands of small business owners in Albany, when it comes to the city’s sign ordinance.

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6. Spring 2014 Fashion Preview

The seasons are changing (sorta), so with the return of spring, comes the latest trends in spring fashion. Yes, it’s time to finally pull out those sundresses, flip-flops and shorts that come in a variety of colors.

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7. Gov. Nathan Deal says rural hospitals a critical need

ATLANTA — Nathan Deal has been involved in many high-profile decisions on health care while serving as Georgia’s governor. Deal, who is running for re-election this year, has staked out his opposition to the Affordable Care Act (often called Obamacare) and to expanding the state’s Medicaid program. He has also supported changes to the health plan covering state employees and educators, following a wave of criticism that occurred after a new benefits framework debuted Jan. 1.

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8. City of Albany honors Super Bowl champ Ricardo Lockette

ALBANY — It started with Ricardo Lockette walking into the room at the Albany Civic Center, hands raised, greeting the crowd with, “Hey everybody.” Next came the announcement of the first official “Ricardo Lockette Day.” Dozens of people — including family, friends, community leaders and a host of well-wishers — were in attendance Saturday to honor the 27-year-old Monroe grad, who cemented a spot in Albany lore as a member of this year’s Super Bowl-winning Seattle Seahawks team.

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9. Auto accident claims two in Albany

ALBANY — Two people have died in the aftermath of Thursday’s two-car collision on Clark Avenue, Dougherty County officials say.

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10. Dougherty County Jail Report — March 24, 2014

These are individuals who were booked into the Dougherty County Jail March 13-19, 2014. The listing includes name, date of booking, law enforcement agency, reason for booking, bond and date of release.

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