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Most popular Omaha.com stories of 2013

A timeline of the World-Herald's top 20 online stories this year. From angry Huskers to giant downtown fireballs and naked lovers with road rash, we definitely had a busy 2013.

20 items in this series

Jan. 5, 2013

Husker staff ready for recruiting stretch run

By Sam McKewon / 55,000 views

One month before Signing Day, NU's recruiting class stood at 18 commits. In December 2012, coach Bo Pelini said the Huskers would sign a full class of 25 players — at least.

Jan. 6, 2013

Pelini the CEO reaches crossroads

By Sam McKewon / 52,600 views

This season was a crossroads. A head-coach-in-training was now a man in full. The company's shareholders wanted more.

Jan. 18, 2013

18 more factory outlet stores commit to Gretna mall

By Janice Podsada / 55,200 views

Jan. 30, 2013

The great Omaha manhole fireball photo mystery

By Matthew Hansen / 74,100 views

A photo of fire shooting from Omaha manholes blew up the Internet. But was it real or fake?

Feb. 5, 2013

The last day, last-second picks to round out recruiting class

By Sam McKewon / 52,800 views

Feb. 21, 2013

Jury finds former Husker Dennard guilty of felony assault on officer

By Leslie Reed / 65,700 views

Former Husker Alfonso Dennard was convicted of third-degree assault of an officer and resisting arrest in the April 2012 incident, which occurred in downtown Lincoln’s bar district after 2 a.m. closing time.

April 13, 2013

Naked lover ends up with road rash

By Mary Rezac / 79,000 views

It was supposed to be a romantic rendezvous. The first sign that things didn't turn out as planned came from 911 dispatch reports: nude pedestrian hit by car.

April 20, 2013

Huskers’ Carnes to transfer at end of semester

By Sam McKewon / 55,700 views

May 7, 2013

Peanut butter cover-up costs teachers their jobs

By Joe Dejka / 64,400 views

After a student's allergic reaction, teachers misled the boy's parents and school administrators about how the boy came into contact with peanut butter.

May 13, 2013

Omaha officers told: Don’t interfere with citizens’ right to record police activity

By Maggie O'Brien / 53,200 views

The Omaha Police Department refined its policy on the public's use of cameras and video in the wake of a YouTube posting of an arrest that led to the firing of four officers.

Aug. 2, 2013

Look who's joining the list of stores at Nebraska Crossing

By Janice Podsada / 116,000 views

The Gretna outlet mall's developers said they had signed additional stores, including Ann Taylor, J.Crew, Polo Ralph Lauren, American Eagle, Gymboree and Kay Jewelers.

Aug. 12, 2013

14 new stores, 3 eateries to open at Nebraska Crossing Outlets mall

By Janice Podsada / 63,700 views

The roster of retailers opening factory or outlet stores at the new Nebraska Crossing Outlets mall in Gretna continued to expand.

Sept. 9, 2013

Teen’s hairy run-in with 7-footer probed as Bigfoot encounter

By Paul Hammel / 55,300 views

The Saunders County sheriff's office, along with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, investigated a reported sighting of an unidentified “hairy” creature in late July on a country road that parallels the Platte River.

Sept. 28, 2013

Minnesotans cancel Rainbow Rowell’s book visit after parents’ complaints

By Erin Grace / 56,000 views

Two local groups were upset about the F-word and its various iterations that appear in Rowell's book "Eleanor & Park."

Sept. 29, 2013

At Lambrecht Chevrolet auction, bids high for rides into history

By David Hendee / 52,600 views

Car collectors and enthusiasts by the thousands paid big-city prices for a once-in-a-lifetime chance at an ultra-rare collection of nearly 500 vintage vehicles and memorabilia in Pierce, Neb.

Oct. 5, 2013

Lee Terry says he 'cannot handle' giving up own paycheck during shutdown

By Joseph Morton / 60,400 views

Oct. 22, 2013

Nebraska Crossing Outlets list of stores and mall layout

86,700 views

Nov. 29, 2013

Pelini's words, deeds may have put it on a tee for athletic director

By Tom Shatel / 93,000 views

After Bo Pelini yelled the refs and cursed on live TV, Tom Shatel questioned whether Pelini would return to the sidelines next season.

Dec. 15, 2013

Nikko Jenkins' extended family has wreaked havoc on Omaha for generations

By Roseann Moring and Alissa Skelton / 91,800 views

Dec. 22, 2013

The disappearance of small-town football

By Dirk Chatelain / 70,500 views

Friday night lights across rural Nebraska are going dark. But one town, in its last season of gridiron independence, proved that school spirit is stronger than ever.