In a year many of us weren’t sad to see end, online readers of The Daily Herald in 2020 focused most intently on the inescapable stories of our time — the COVID-19 pandemic, economic uncertainty and social turmoil. The following are the 10 most-viewed stories in 2020 at HeraldNet.com, the Daily Herald’s website.
Self-appointed guards saved the city from looters, the mayor said. A chorus of citizens saw something far more sinister. This story from June detailed a town divided.
There would be no cosmetology in the time of the coronavirus pandemic. This March story also pointed out there would be no tattoos, either.
Peaceful protests in Snohomish County were followed by roadblocks and armed citizens standing guard. This June story detailed the anxiety many were feeling in the days after George Floyd died while in police custody in Minneapolis.
Everett resident and retired teacher Melissa Halferty loves all things red, vintage and Frida Kahlo. This March story offered a glimmer of normalcy in abnormal times.
A federal program gave some of the state’s unemployed a $300 weekly bump for a while. This story, published in September, continued to be clicked on for months.
He’s seeking damages. Meanwhile, a video shows a man pulling a gun at a “Back the Blue” event. This story detailed trouble in July in downtown Everett.
With airline schedules slashed, the company faced a challenge comparable to the aftermath of 9/11. It was only mid-March when this story detailed how the dramatic worldwide collapse of air travel, due to the pandemic, already had Boeing preparing for the worst.
The company is considering selling the Commercial Airplanes division offices at Longacres in Renton. This October story offered more insight into Boeing’s efforts to cut costs and stockpile cash.
The commercial headquarters could indeed come to Paine Field. But demand for big jets will not rebound quickly. This October story offered a sliver of silver lining in what had otherwise been a dark and cloudy year for Boeing’s Everett operations.
Dining in restaurants, shopping in stores and getting a haircut! If only this story from June had been the final word on the virus. Unfortunately, in the months that followed, COVID-19 cases surged and many restrictions were reinstituted.