What you were talking about
You read these stories, shared these stories, and probably talked about them with your friends. Here is a sampling of some of the top content on Boston.com from 2012, based on a combination of site traffic and social media sharing. Next
The story behind Romney’s loss
A reconstruction by the Boston Globe of how the Romney campaign unfolded showed that Romney’s problems went deeper than was widely understood. His campaign made a series of costly financial, strategic, and political mistakes that, in retrospect, all but assured the candidate’s defeat, given the revolutionary turnout tactics and tactical smarts of President Obama’s operation.
Pictured: Mitt Romney said his earlier remarks dismissing 47 percent of Americans as government dependents were "completely wrong." Next
The country was mesmerized by two massive lottery jackpots. The Mega Millions kitty grew to $640 million before three people picked the winning numbers in the March 30 drawing. Powerball’s jackpot soared in late fall, peaking at $587.5 million Nov. 28, when two winners split the winnings.
Pictured: Mark Williams, 58, of Brighton, held some of the 40 Mega Millions tickets he purchased prior to the March 30 drawing. Next
Gisele hits back
Gisele Bundchen steadfastly stood by her man after Super Bowl XLVI, even though Tom Brady and the Patriots were thrown for a loss by the Giants on Feb. 5. Speaking to friends after passing by some jeering fans, Gisele said, “My husband can not [expletive] throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time.”
‘Mrs. Beiber’ dies
Avalanna Routh, 6, of Merrimac, was known for her devotion to pop sensation Justin Beiber. Young Avalanna suffered from a fast-growing form of brain cancer. She died Sept. 26 in Boston.
Pictured: Avalanna Routh played drums during a music therapy session at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in October 2011. Next
Elizabeth Warren’s heritage
The Democratic candidate for US Senate was in the crosshairs earlier this year when it emerged she told officials at Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania that she had Native American heritage. The former Harvard Law School professor endured much criticism before acknowledging in late May that she had told university officials she was Native American. She would go on to defeat incumbent Senator Scott Brown.
Pictured: Warren spoke with reporters in October prior to a campaign appearance in Peabody. Next
Obama’s performance in debate number 2
After being criticized for a rocky performance in the first debate with Republican candidate Mitt Romney, President Obama was more aggressive when the candidates met Oct. 16 at Hofstra University.
Pictured: Republican candidate Mitt Romney (left) and President Obama exchanged views during the debate. Next
Junior Seau’s suicide
When former Patriot Seau, one of the team’s more popular players when he was here (2006-09), shot himself in the chest on May 2, many people were stunned. The news once again put the spotlight on brain trauma suffered by football players, already the subject of a lawsuit and other scrutiny.
Pictured: Seau was all smiles prior to a Patriots practice in January 2010, before his final NFL game. Next
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney had big plans for Election Night: expecting he would win, Romney’s campaign planned for an eight-minute fireworks display over Boston Harbor, set off from a barge near the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, which is where Romney supporters gathered.
Pictured: Romney offered his concession speech on Election Night. Next
(Most) Bruins visit the White House
The defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins partook in a time-honored ritual Jan. 23, visiting the White House and meeting with the president. Almost everyone was there.
One player wasn’t, though. Star goalie Tim Thomas (inset, lower right of team photo) boycotted the event. It set off a firestorm that lasted days and was seen as an early indicator that Thomas didn’t want to return to the team in 2012-13.
Save the Connecticut coastline, New England was spared from Sandy’s most lethal effects. The storm killed at least 125 in the United States, cutting off power for millions and leaving a wide swath of destruction up and down the Eastern Seaboard.
Tebow as a Pat?
Anything involving Tim Tebow is a hot-button issue, so we shouldn’t be surprised this registered as one of Boston.com’s most-read stories of 2012. Speculation swirled in March, right before the Denver Broncos signed free agent Peyton Manning, that the displaced Tebow (Denver's starter in 2011) could be traded here. That Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who drafted Tebow in 2010, was on the Patriots’ staff only added fuel to the fire. Eventually Tebow headed east, but instead was traded to the New York Jets.
Pictured: Tebow warmed up during the Thanksgiving night game against the Patriots in East Rutherford, N.J. Next
‘Am I mom enough?’
Boston.com blogger Kara Baskin wrote on this topic after a controversial Time magazine cover on parenting. Baskin’s post gained a lot of traction — it was the most viral story on Boston.com in 2012— and received a lot of feedback. Responding to a raging debate about various types of parenting styles, Baskin wrote, “This isn’t a contest!”
Romney gets firm hold on nomination
Speaking after he swept the five April 24 Republican primaries, candidate Mitt Romney sounded like the man who had secured the GOP nomination, even if it wasn’t formalized. “After 43 primaries and caucuses, many long days and more than a few long nights, I can say with confidence – and gratitude – that you have given me a great honor and solemn responsibility,” he said.
Pictured: Romney spoke at an August campaign rally on the campus of Saint Anslem College in Manchester, N.H. Next
Francona wanted no part of Fenway celebration
Terry Francona, let go a few months prior as Red Sox manager, initially was of the mind that he would skip the Sox-orchestrated 100th anniversary celebration at Fenway Park in April. “I just can’t go back there and start hugging people and stuff without feeling a little bit hypocritical,” Francona told columnist Dan Shaughnessy.
Cooler heads prevailed and Francona attended, and he received the loudest cheers and a standing ovation from the Fenway faithful.
It was an open secret that animosity existed between Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis and first-year manager Bobby Valentine. With the emergence of rookie phenom Will Middlebrooks, Youk became expendable, and was traded to the White Sox in late June. He received a standing ovation in his last game for the Sox at Fenway and during his first plate appearance for the White Sox at Fenway a couple weeks later.
Scott Brown’s health care law conundrum
Senator Scott Brown caught flak in April for admitting his daughter was covered under his health insurance plan — using an element of the federal health care reform program he opposed.
Pictured: Brown with his wife, Gail Huff (left), and daughter Ayla at the Republican National Convention. Next
UNH student’s murder
The disappearance of 19-year-old University of New Hampshire student Elizabeth Marriott of Westborough triggered a large-scale search that ended with the arrest of Seth J. Mazzaglia, 29, of Dover, N.H. Marriott was remembered at multiple vigils, including one in Westborough where her father spoke.
Romney angers Jindal
In a conference call with supporters after the Nov. 6 presidential election, Republican candidate Mitt Romney said President Obama’s “gifts” in the form of increased health care coverage were a deciding factor in the election. That raised the ire of one of Romney’s strongest surrogates, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who said Republicans have “got to stop dividing the American voters.” Jindal could run for president in 2016.
Pictured: Jindal spoke at a Republican fund-raiser in Arkansas in July. Next
Texting trial sentence
A Haverhill teenager was convicted of motor vehicle homicide and negligent operation of a motor vehicle in June after a February 2011 crash killed a 55-year-old New Hampshire man. Aaron Deveau received concurrent sentences for his role in the death of Daniel Bowley Jr.
Pictured: Daniel Bowley, son of the crash victim, and Luz Roman, girlfriend of the crash victim and a survivor of the crash, console each other outside the courtroom. Next
Just steps from the historic Freedom Trail and in the shadow of Suffolk Superior Court, where tensions were raised during an ongoing trial, four men were stabbed June 6. The stabbings resulted in the delay of the aforementioned murder trial.
Pictured: Police conferred at the stabbing scene, near Tremont and Beacon streets. Next
Body found at Chestnut Hill Reservoir
Pictured: Jose Garcia (center) was consoled after the body of his missing son Franco was recovered at Chestnut Hill Reservoir.
Pictured: Jose Garcia (center) was consoled after the body of his missing son Franco was recovered at Chestnut Hill Reservoir. Next
Shocking Vermont murder
The killing of beloved prep school teacher Melissa Jenkins shocked the small town of Barnet, Vt. Allen Prue (in left at picture) and his wife, Patricia, were charged with second-degree murder in Jenkins’s strangulation. The Prues previously had plowed Jenkins’s driveway.
The Big Picture: Russia in color, a century ago
Photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii undertook a photographic survey of the Russian Empire from 1909-12, using a specialized camera to capture shots in rapid succession using different filters. The Library of Congress acquired the original glass plates almost 65 years ago, and the images are stunning.
Pictured: Children sit on the side of a hill in White Lake, Russia, in 1909. See many more photos of prerevolutionary Russia at The Big Picture blog. Next
The Big Picure: Costa Concordia sinking
The Jan. 13 grounding and partial sinking of this ship of the Italian coast killed 32.
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