25 most-read stories of 2010

Posted Dec. 29, 2010, at 8:42 p.m.
Amity triple homicide Aroostook County was shocked in June when a father, his son and a family friend were stabbed to death in the small town of Amity. Thayne Ormsby was arrested a little more than a week later in New Hampshire and charged with the slayings. Police allege Ormsby confessed to New Hampshire police, saying the family was involved in drugs, but Ormsby has pleaded not guilty and the case has not yet gone to court. The original story and almost two dozen follow-up articles received almost 280,000 page views collectively, with the original story receiving more than 49,000 page views.

Amity triple homicide

Aroostook County was shocked in June when a father, his son and a family friend were stabbed to death in the small town of Amity. Thayne Ormsby was arrested a little more than a week later in New Hampshire and charged with the slayings. Police allege Ormsby confessed to New Hampshire police, saying the family was involved in drugs, but Ormsby has pleaded not guilty and the case has not yet gone to court. The original story and almost two dozen follow-up articles received almost 280,000 page views collectively, with the original story receiving more than 49,000 page views.
President Obama vacations in Maine
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 &quotThe 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
Charles Dharapak | AP

President Obama vacations in Maine

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
Family blames gang members for teen’s death Bangor was stunned by the Jan. 27 death of 19-year-old John &quotBobby" Surles, who reportedly was shot while defending a friend during a group fight on Cumberland Street. The family claimed the violence was gang-related, which again attracted attention from The Drudge Report. Three stories attracted nearly 231,000 page views.
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Family blames gang members for teen’s death

Bangor was stunned by the Jan. 27 death of 19-year-old John "Bobby" Surles, who reportedly was shot while defending a friend during a group fight on Cumberland Street. The family claimed the violence was gang-related, which again attracted attention from The Drudge Report. Three stories attracted nearly 231,000 page views.
Republicans take Augusta
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

Republicans take Augusta

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
Woman loses arm after dog attack
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

Woman loses arm after dog attack

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
Mars Hill twins are high school valedictorian and salutatorian In June, two 18-year-old identical twins from Mars Hill were named valedictorian and salutatorian of their high school, separated by only fifteen hundredths of a point. Brianna and Chelsea Hartin said they do almost everything together — join the same clubs, work the same jobs and even wore identical gowns and hairstyles to their senior prom. The twins also appealed to some readers visually, and with the help of news aggregators Fark and Digg their story reached more than 139,000 page views.
Jen Lynds | BDN

Mars Hill twins are high school valedictorian and salutatorian

In June, two 18-year-old identical twins from Mars Hill were named valedictorian and salutatorian of their high school, separated by only fifteen hundredths of a point. Brianna and Chelsea Hartin said they do almost everything together — join the same clubs, work the same jobs and even wore identical gowns and hairstyles to their senior prom. The twins also appealed to some readers visually, and with the help of news aggregators Fark and Digg their story reached more than 139,000 page views.
Travolta's dogs struck, killed at BIA Movie star John Travolta's family landed at Bangor International Airport in May on their way to Travolta's Isleboro mansion. His two small dogs were struck and killed by an airport pickup truck as the dogs were being walked on the tarmac. Two stories about the incident received a combined 105,000 page views. (Second story)
JACQUES BRINON | AP

Travolta's dogs struck, killed at BIA

Movie star John Travolta's family landed at Bangor International Airport in May on their way to Travolta's Isleboro mansion. His two small dogs were struck and killed by an airport pickup truck as the dogs were being walked on the tarmac. Two stories about the incident received a combined 105,000 page views. (Second story)
Troops still deploying to Mideast In August, while most of the nation was focused on overseas troops coming home, some soldiers were still en route to the Middle East via Bangor International Airport. “It’s funny because the big thing on the news as we were getting ready to leave was all the big hoopla about all the combat forces coming out, so all the soldiers and their families are asking, ‘Why are we going?’” one solider was quoted as saying. The contradiction caught the eye of Drudge and received almost 94,000 page views.

Troops still deploying to Mideast

In August, while most of the nation was focused on overseas troops coming home, some soldiers were still en route to the Middle East via Bangor International Airport. “It’s funny because the big thing on the news as we were getting ready to leave was all the big hoopla about all the combat forces coming out, so all the soldiers and their families are asking, ‘Why are we going?’” one solider was quoted as saying. The contradiction caught the eye of Drudge and received almost 94,000 page views.
EMMC nurses go on strike Talks broke down in November between Eastern Maine Medical Center and its nurses union, prompting the nurses to strike for one day. The hospital locked the nurses out for two days preceding the strike and brought in temporary replacements. All told, nearly a dozen stories received a combined 93,000 page views.

EMMC nurses go on strike

Talks broke down in November between Eastern Maine Medical Center and its nurses union, prompting the nurses to strike for one day. The hospital locked the nurses out for two days preceding the strike and brought in temporary replacements. All told, nearly a dozen stories received a combined 93,000 page views.
Former Marine shot at Togus A former Marine from Aroostook County was shot by law enforcement officers in July outside of the Togus veterans hospital. Lt. James F. Popkowski, 37, who was suffering from a rare form of cancer, reportedly wrote on a social networking site shortly before the shooting that the Togus director was 'a dead man walking' and fired a gun near the hospital before officers responded. The original story and more than a half-dozen follow-ups received more than 88,000 page views combined, with the original story receiving more than 33,000.

Former Marine shot at Togus

A former Marine from Aroostook County was shot by law enforcement officers in July outside of the Togus veterans hospital. Lt. James F. Popkowski, 37, who was suffering from a rare form of cancer, reportedly wrote on a social networking site shortly before the shooting that the Togus director was 'a dead man walking' and fired a gun near the hospital before officers responded. The original story and more than a half-dozen follow-ups received more than 88,000 page views combined, with the original story receiving more than 33,000.
Missing woman's body found under bridge The body of Jestina Cain was found in September under the Joshua Chamberlain Bridge in Bangor. Cain, a convicted sex offender, had been missing for several days with somebody else's SUV. Police say the death does not appear to be suspicious. The story received more than 61,000 page views.
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Missing woman's body found under bridge

The body of Jestina Cain was found in September under the Joshua Chamberlain Bridge in Bangor. Cain, a convicted sex offender, had been missing for several days with somebody else's SUV. Police say the death does not appear to be suspicious. The story received more than 61,000 page views.
Food stamp scam
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

Food stamp scam

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
Subject of drug raid claims bust is bogus James P. Fowler, 44, of Pittsfield claims the state owes him thousands of dollars after drug agents raided his home and confiscated 19 marijuana plants. Fowler says he was growing in compliance with Maine’s medical marijuana law. A story in May in which Fowler told his side of the story received 49,000 page views.

Subject of drug raid claims bust is bogus

James P. Fowler, 44, of Pittsfield claims the state owes him thousands of dollars after drug agents raided his home and confiscated 19 marijuana plants. Fowler says he was growing in compliance with Maine’s medical marijuana law. A story in May in which Fowler told his side of the story received 49,000 page views.
Deer's abnormal antlers stop traffic Lucas Clark of Northport got the buck of the year in November. The 15-year-old bagged a 20-pointer with two main beams on its right side for a rack that left even veteran hunters stunned. The story received more than 43,000 page views.
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Deer's abnormal antlers stop traffic

Lucas Clark of Northport got the buck of the year in November. The 15-year-old bagged a 20-pointer with two main beams on its right side for a rack that left even veteran hunters stunned. The story received more than 43,000 page views.
Students horrified by bunny butchering stunt University of Maine student Dane Bolding shocked his class in December when he produced a knife and a rabbit in his documentary filmmaking class, apparently to demonstrate how to butcher and skin a rabbit. “I feel like documentary films often put a lot in front of us,” Bolding told the BDN. “I guess that my intention was to really put something in front of the class.” The story received more than 42,000 page views.
Bridget Brown | File photo

Students horrified by bunny butchering stunt

University of Maine student Dane Bolding shocked his class in December when he produced a knife and a rabbit in his documentary filmmaking class, apparently to demonstrate how to butcher and skin a rabbit. “I feel like documentary films often put a lot in front of us,” Bolding told the BDN. “I guess that my intention was to really put something in front of the class.” The story received more than 42,000 page views.
Woman sets mark paddling N.Y. to Maine Cathy Mumford became the first woman to solo paddle the 740-mile Northern Canoe Forest Trail when she arrived in Fort Kent in August. She completed her journey from New York in 58 days, and her story received more than 42,000 page views.

Woman sets mark paddling N.Y. to Maine

Cathy Mumford became the first woman to solo paddle the 740-mile Northern Canoe Forest Trail when she arrived in Fort Kent in August. She completed her journey from New York in 58 days, and her story received more than 42,000 page views.
School suspends dances over grinding 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.

School suspends dances over grinding

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.
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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.
Horses fall out of trailer, close interstate Interstate 95 was closed briefly in August after two horses belonging to a Palermo family fell out of the back of a trailer. The horses suffered relatively minor injuries. The incident received almost 39,000 page views.
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Horses fall out of trailer, close interstate

Interstate 95 was closed briefly in August after two horses belonging to a Palermo family fell out of the back of a trailer. The horses suffered relatively minor injuries. The incident received almost 39,000 page views.
Football players lift car off teammate 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.
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Football players lift car off teammate

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.
Lepage hires daughter for administration post Gov.-elect Paul LePage faced criticism in December when he hired his daughter Lauren to serve as the assistant to his chief of staff. Lauren LePage, 22, is a recent college graduate who will be paid $41,000 per year. Some Democrats accused the father of nepotism, while the incoming administration defended the hire of someone the governor-elect can trust. The story received more than 35,000 page views.
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Lepage hires daughter for administration post

Gov.-elect Paul LePage faced criticism in December when he hired his daughter Lauren to serve as the assistant to his chief of staff. Lauren LePage, 22, is a recent college graduate who will be paid $41,000 per year. Some Democrats accused the father of nepotism, while the incoming administration defended the hire of someone the governor-elect can trust. The story received more than 35,000 page views.
Sugarloaf accident
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
Jack Michaud | AP

Sugarloaf accident

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

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.

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