In July, in the midst of the BP oil spill, it was announced that President Barack Obama and his family
would visit Mount Desert Island for a weekend getaway. The first family's vacation featured visits to Acadia National Park and lots of dining, including a stop at MDI Ice Cream and a date night at Havana restaurant. Speaking on "The View," Obama called the visit a rose in a month of thorns. The original announcement and several stories while the Obamas were in Maine totaled more than 253,000 page views. http://bdn.to/149015
The Nov. 2 gubernatorial election was close, and Mainers went to bed with independent Eliot Cutler and Republican Paul LePage virtually tied. The next morning, as the final precincts reported, the winner became clear and the Bangor Daily News declared LePage the winner at 11 a.m. Early in the afternoon, the BDN also projected that Republicans would take the Maine House and Senate, turning Maine red for the first time since 1964. The three stories garnered nearly 195,000 page views altogether. http://bdn.to/1hvh
A Prentiss Township woman's right arm was amputated after she was mauled by two dogs and came near death. Karen Stewart, 41, has spent weeks in the hospital since the November attack. Nine stories received more than 162,000 page views. http://bdn.to/161931
A BDN reporter observed two men emptying water bottles behind a Bangor Shaw's supermarket and turning them in for the deposit, a food stamp scam the store's employees describe as common. The BDN's original story in August and a follow-up in December with Attorney General Janet Mills saying the men could face criminal charges received more than 52,000 page views combined. http://bdn.to/151744
Bangor High School suspended dances in January because of grinding and other types of dancing the school deemed inappropriate. Grinding, in which a girl grinds her behind into a guy’s lap, is popular at many dances, and the BHS principal described the students’ behavior as out of control. The story received nearly 42,000 page views.
Firefighters save colleague from heart attack
Capt. John Prentiss of the Bangor Fire Department was thanking his co-workers around Christmas after they saved him from a heart attack while responding to an emergency call. “I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for those four guardian angels,” Prentiss told the BDN, referring to the four firefighters who brought him back from the dead. The story received nearly 40,000 page views.
A Rockland District High School football player was saved by his teammates when they lifted a car off him in October. John Gerry was riding on the hood of a friend's car when he slid off and was pinned under the Toyota. Six teammates and a couple of parents lifted the car off Gerry and held it up for 20 minutes while they waited for emergency personnel to arrive. The story received more than 37,000 page views.
At least eight skiers were injured in December when a ski lift at Maine's tallest ski mountain broke, dumping visitors 25 to 30 feet to the ground and stranding others until they could be rescued. The investigation is ongoing. The original story and a follow-up received 42,000 page views. http://bdn.to/162538
Posted Dec. 29, 2010, at 8:42 p.m. Last modified Dec. 29, 2011, at 11:30 a.m.
For many who read the news every day, lives may be remembered through a series of news events. Some of the bigger events are obvious and resonate with everybody — the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, presidential elections, wars. Others are more personal — births, deaths, marriages and divorces. As the year ends, we’ve compiled a list of 25 of our most popular stories from 2010 you might remember as we enter 2011.
Here, based on the attention each received on our website, are the most-read stories of 2010. You can leave your thoughts on the year — including stories you think should have made the list — in the comments section below.