Here are the most-read news stories on the CharlotteObserver.com site during 2012. 'Most read' doesn't mean 'most important'; we're just listing the stories with the most page views. Many of these stories were featured on aggregation sites like DrudgeReport.com, which bump up the numbers. Others, like the Ryan Kalil Super Bowl ad, became Internet sensations for a day or two.
June 3, 2012: Five people were taken to the hospital with injuries that werent life-threatening after a Charlotte Area Transit System bus collided with a BMW on Sunday afternoon .... It's impossible to say why this story generated 1,921,325 page views over more than a month; most views came from Yahoo search. This could have been an Internet anomaly, or bot attack, or (who knows?) ... making the co-no. 1 story ...
Sept. 06, 2012: A Raleigh-based group devoted to reducing the potential for voter fraud presented the N.C. Board of Elections on Friday with a list of nearly 30,000 names of dead people statewide who are still registered to vote. DrudgeReport link and high local interest generated 245,101 page views.
Apr. 06, 2012: At the Democratic convention four years ago, her spirited speech helped unite the party behind Barack Obama. And four years from now, many Democrats hope shell be the White House nominee delegates rally around. But as for the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte Hillary Clinton wont be coming. DrudgeReport link
Jan. 11, 2012: President Barack Obama's re-election campaign is considering moving the final day of the Democratic National Convention to Bank of America Stadium to sell more skyboxes to wealthy donors, three Democrats involved in the fundraising told Bloomberg News.
Jul. 25, 2012: We reproduced Kalil's Observer ad proclaiming: 'Why the Carolina Panthers will win Super Bowl XLVII.' The ad generated a lot of buzz around the nation.
Aug. 28, 2012: Mecklenburg County, the Wells Fargo Foundation and the Temple Beth El Religious School are among the contributors to a $20,000 fund to help keep low-income families from being displaced from motels by rising rates during the Democratic National Convention. This story generated 451 Facebook recommendations.
Jan. 24, 2012: As her new biography of one of America's best-known living generals goes on sale today, Charlotte's Paula Broadwell adds another accomplishment to her resume - big-time writer. After the Broadwell scandal broke, this Pam Kelley story from months earlier became an Internet hit.
Oct. 21, 2012: Voters may be uninspired by their choice for president on Nov. 6. On the issue most urgent to Americans the economy neither Barack Obama nor Mitt Romney has offered a credible plan ... The Observer's lukewarm endorsement of President Obama.
Dec. 14, 2012: The wife of a Charlotte Bobcats player was among six people arrested after fights broke out early Thursday outside of a bar at the NC Music Factory just north of uptown. From our news partner, WCNC.
May. 09, 2012: Riding a Bible-influenced coalition that cut across political and racial lines, the marriage amendment stormed to approval Tuesday, making North Carolina the latest state to put stronger legal barricades before same-sex unions. A hot-button issue drew both local and national readers.
Most popular photo-story feature
Jan. 05, 2012: A photo-illustrated Carolina Brides feature on NBA star Stephen Curry's wedding generated 1,180,450 page views.
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