Local crimes dominated 2015 headlines in the Midlands. But there are several uplifting stories — and a couple crazy animal tales — in our list of the year's most-read articles.

MAY 21 | 252,085 VIEWS

This is a somber day for Omaha': City mourns a mother, a mentor, an officer killed in the line of duty

OCTOBER 27 | 221,486 VIEWS

Gorilla cracks glass at Henry Doorly Zoo; video catches fire online

NOVEMBER 17 | 191,886 VIEWS

Police investigate report of rape at Lincoln home of Huskers Armstrong, Westerkamp

MAY 8 | 191,729 VIEWS

Slain woman's son, 25, booked in connection with her death

MAY 27 | 183,329 VIEWS

Police supporters use large sheets to block presence of Westboro protesters

JUNE 23 | 154,376 VIEWS

Omaha woman loses 130 pounds, wins figure competition first time she wears bikini in public

MAY 11 | 150,289 VIEWS

Unspeakable' acts: 4-year-old was alive when he was thrown into river, law official says

OCTOBER 27 | 135,377 VIEWS

Creighton community mourns ‘beautiful souls’ of four young women killed in car crash

JULY 25 | 128,447 VIEWS

Barfknecht: During realignment, four others from Big 12 took a look at Big Ten switch

AUGUST 9 | 119,042 VIEWS

Former Papio South, Wayne State softball star Kaiti Williams dies at 22

NOVEMBER 14 | 117,129 VIEWS

Bo Pelini draws two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in final minute of Youngstown State loss

OCTOBER 3 | 94,279 VIEWS

Chatelain: Pin this loss squarely on Mike Riley and Danny Langsdorf

2014 | 88,887 VIEWS

40 off-the-beaten-path things to do in Omaha

OCTOBER 28 | 84,592 VIEWS

Credit card-skimming devices found at 6 Nebraska and 1 Iowa Casey's stores


ESPN analyst calls Nebraska game 'one of the greatest experiences I've ever had'

MAY 26 | 83,670 VIEWS

Solemn tributes for Kerrie Orozco at services, on streets

MARCH 19 | 82,984 VIEWS

Constantly joyful' Omaha mom, 29, dies after being diagnosed with rare infection

JUNE 1 | 80,728 VIEWS

Henry Doorly Zoo employee out of hospital after Komodo dragon bite


Alex Lewis slams doubting Husker fans on social media

OCTOBER 31 | 70,014 VIEWS

Shatel: Debacle at Purdue speeds up Husker timetable for Mike Riley, Shawn Eichorst

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