KENDALLVILLE — A $10,000 Prada purse, a shooting that left two people dead and a murder trial ending in unanimous guilty verdicts made the double homicide in Ligonier on March 5 The News Sun’s top story of 2018.The shocking crime in Ligonier’s Riverside Villa Apartments dominated the news cycle in March this year and the ongoing legal cases against three Fort Wayne people implicated in it have made headlines throughout 2018.The News Sun editorial staff each cast ballots for their Top 10 stories in Noble and LaGrange counties this year. Those votes were then aggregated to come up with the top list.The votes for the top spot this year were not unanimous, with the No. 2 story — the massive fire that destroyed the former McCray Refrigerator factory in Kendallville on June 4 — also clinching a few first place votes. In any other year, the story almost certainly would have grabbed the top position.Here’s this year’s Top 10 as voted on by The News Sun … [Read more...] about Double homicide is top story of 2018
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Hawaii News By JOHN BURNETT Hawaii Tribune-Herald | Sunday, December 30, 2018, 12:05 a.m. Share this story HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Lava fountains from fissure 8 on June 6 in Leilani Estates. HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald People watch from the Puueo Street bridge on Aug. 23 as the Wailuku River rages below them in Hilo. HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald A landslide blocks the Hilo bond lane at about 6:55 a.m. Thursday morning at the Honolii bridge on Highway 19 in Hilo. HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Steam rises from an empty Pu'u 'O'o on May 16. Earth has made another revolution around the sun and, as we get set to ring in 2019, it’s time to look back at the year that was 2018. In addition to White House firings and resignations too numerous to detail, 2018 is marked with a mind-boggling number of disasters locally, nationally and globally. ADVERTISING Hurricane Florence blew ashore from the Atlantic in September, causing 53 … [Read more...] about Aloha, 2018! The Tribune-Herald’s top stories of the year
Most of The Seattle Times’ top stories of 2018 had national relevance — but all were uniquely Puget Sound. The peril of orcas in our waters. An unauthorized takeoff of a passenger plane from our airport. Hot dogs at our national warehouse-store chain. Our most-read topic of the year, with no other coming close, was orcas, specifically the story of Tahlequah, a mother who carried her dead calf for 17 days and more than 1,000 miles. Reporter Lynda V. Mapes wrote dozens of stories about the saga; the top four alone garnered millions of page views. Why? It wasn’t just a story about a whale. It was a story about us. “Animals sometimes say things more clearly than people, and Tahlequah, clinging to her dead calf, for many people, said it all,” Mapes says. “Every parent, everyone who has ever lost a loved one, no matter where they live or who they are, could respond to this story.” Explore a selection of 2018’s top stories below, and read about … [Read more...] about What were The Seattle Times’ top stories of 2018? Here’s the list.
Phil Drake Great Falls Tribune Published 1:53 PM EST Dec 27, 2018 It was kind of a chicken or egg kind of year. Was the biggest story of 2018 Democratic Sen. Jon Tester getting re-elected for a third term and overcoming a full-court press against him by President Donald J. Trump and other top Republicans or was Trump visiting Montana four times to oust Tester the top story? Or are they one in the same? We lean toward singling out Tester in which the 62-year-old Big Sandy farmer won over Republican Matt Rosendale and Libertarian Rick Breckenridge in a two-fisted (or is that three-fisted) political brawl with a nearly $70 million price tag, making it the costliest race in state history. It also flooded TV screens with an endless parade of commercials and stuffed mailboxes with election flyers. Other stories topping the list for the year include floods that briefly created beachfront property in Augusta, legal action accusing a former athletic trainer in Miles City of sexual … [Read more...] about Montana’s top stories for 2018
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — This top story in Tennessee this year was former Nashville Mayor Megan Barry's affair with her bodyguard, a stunning admission that captured national attention and resulted in her pleading guilty to a related felony theft count and resigning, according to an annual Associated Press survey of reporters, editors and broadcasters. Barry, who was a rising star in the Democratic ranks, stood on stage alone during a January news conference and confessed to the extramarital relationship with the former head of her security detail, ex-police Sgt. Robert Forrest. At the time, Barry apologized, denied breaking the law and rebuffed calls for her resignation. In late February, an affidavit surfaced showing that authorities found two nude or partially nude photos of a woman that were taken by Forrest's phone while he was on duty, without saying who the woman was. The photos were shot last May and October, on days when Barry's travel schedule shows she was on trips to … [Read more...] about Nashville ex-mayor’s affair is Tennessee’s top story of 2018