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The Top 10 stories on in 2013

A major project on America's worst charities, a feature about a new kind of wheelchair and a profile of an orphan who stood up in church and asked for a family were some of the top stories on in 2013, based on page views.

The attention on the Trayvon Martin trial in the summer also resonated with readers who discovered our database of stand your ground cases.

The Tampa Bay Times investigative team saw its two biggest projects garner millions of page views as the stories found an audience online. Here are a couple of statistics from their work:

• The database of the worst charities had 2,472,357 views. The special report page that includes all of the stories from the project had 127,396 views.

• The stand your ground database had 183,081 views.

And the touching series of stories about a baby born prematurely, Never Let Go, which published in December 2012, was discovered throughout the year and had 129,386 views.

Here are the top stories for the year on

No. 1: Clearwater woman is oldest living American (286,517)

No. 2: America's 50 worst charities rake in nearly $1 billion for corporate fundraisers (275,071)


No. 3: Statement: Police warned accuser about pursuing Jameis Winston matter (155,467)

No. 4: Tampa doctor's son accused of killing unborn child (121,963)

No. 5: From the mind of a dancer comes a new kind of wheelchair (115,822)

No. 6: Florida 'stand your ground' law yields some shocking outcomes depending on how law is applied (113,272)

No. 7: Amid churchgoers, orphan Davion Only pleads for a family (106,543) The story also was shared more than 21,000 times.

No. 8: St. Petersburg police shoot man they say threatened with scissors (102,241)

No. 9: The top 10 beach camping spots in Florida (89,584)

No. 10: Gun shop owners still feeling prolonged ammunition shortage (88,702)

The Top 10 stories on in 2013 12/26/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 10:47am]
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