Our 13 most-read stories of 2013

The numbers don’t lie, and in 2013 they showed that you like lots of bikini barista news. Here, countdown-style, are the 13 most-read stories on HeraldNet this year:

13. An imperfect life, a tragic death at the county jail: Eric Stevick’s nicely told story of Lyndsey Lason, who died after her pleas for medical attention were ignored.

12. 3 baristas arrested for ‘exhibition and exposure’: They were exhibiting and exposing more than lattes. Read on for more bikini barista tales.

11. Details of Boeing’s 777X offer to Machinists: Once they saw the details of this initial offer, most of them voted no. A vote on a new offer is coming this Friday.

10. Everett police raid bikini coffee stand; 3 arrested: Not surprisingly, the arrests of three women at the Hillbilly Hotties espresso stand got a lot of attention.

9. A look at where speeders are being stopped: Our Need to Know blog found Snohomish County’s biggest speed traps.

8. Reardon will resign, effective at end of May: The big announcement capped Aaron Reardon’s tumultuous run as county executive.

7. Stanwood family of 4 killed in crash: This tragic accident happened in May.

6. Nation to see what Gordon Ramsay did to Everett eatery: Ramsay was his usual charming self when he brought “Kitchen Nightmares” to the Prohibition Grille.

5. Exotic fish caught in lake near Marysville: A weird, toothy relative of the piranha showed up on a fisherman’s hook in Lake Ki.

4. Landing the Boeing 777X: How 15 states compare: Dan Catchpole’s recent analysis showed why Washington and the 777X belong together.

3. Espresso stands raided; sheriff’s sergeant arrested: Another entry in our ongoing bikini barista chronicles. A Snohomish County sheriff’s sergeant was accused of tipping off baristas in exchange for sexual favors.

2. Dr. Oz’s weight-loss miracle: Brilliant or bogus? When sales of the product skyrocketed after publicity about it, we tackled the question.

1. Lake Stevens runner just feet from blast in Boston: Bill Iffrig was approaching the finish line of the Boston Marathon when a bomb exploded, knocking him to the ground. Photos of Iffrig were on publications across the country, making him an instant celebrity.

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