Manhunt, cruise ship uprighting created buzz in 2013

Events that led online news headlines

Here is a look back at some of the events of 2013 that captivated online news readers and social media conversations in 2013.

 

Christopher Dorner manhunt

All eyes were on California this February as former Los Angeles Police Department officer Christopher Dorner led authorities on one of the largest manhunts in LAPD history.

It began Feb. 3 when Dorner was named a suspect in the shooting deaths of Monica Quan and her fiance, Keith Lawrence. The killing spree continued four days later when he killed Michael Crain, a police officer in Riverside, Calif.

Dorner led police on a chase through Orange, Los Angeles and Riverside counties. During a shootout with police, Dorner shot and killed Jeremiah MacKay, a San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy.

The search for Dorner ended Feb. 13 when his remains were found in a cabin that he set on fire.

Timeline: Final two days of Dorner manhunt

Online, pages popped up on Facebook supporting Dorner. People took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the manhunt and his manifesto. In it, he announced his shooting spree and pointed to LAPD scandals of the 1990s. Click here to read the manifesto.

 

Spain train derailment

Nearly 80 people died in July after a train in northwestern Spain derailed. Another 170 people were injured. It was later revealed the driver, Francisco Jose Garzon, was on the phone when the train crashed.

The train was going nearly twice the recommended speed limit when it crashed.

Garzon is charged with 79 counts of homicide by professional recklessness.

 

U.S. dethroned as most obese country in North America

According to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, the rate of adult obesity in the United States is 31.8 percent -- Mexico’s is just above that at 32.8 percent.

Experts are blaming an increase in industrialized agricultural production for the problem.

 

Costa Concordia uprighted

The ship that capsized in early 2012 reappears on social media from time to time. Turning the giant vessel upright cost a whopping $800 million.

The cruise ship was sitting on its side near the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy. Thirty-two people of the 4,200 on board died when the luxury liner capsized after striking a reef in the in the Tyrrhenian Sea in January 2012.

 

Bored teens kill Chris Lane

Three teens allegedly gunned down Christopher Lane in an Oklahoma neighborhood because they were “bored.”

Lane was an Australian baseball player visiting his girlfriend and family in Duncan, Okla., in August when it happened. One of the young men involved said they followed the 22-year-old Melbourne student in a car and shot him in the back before driving off.

Lane’s death spurred outrage and led to some calling for a boycott of U.S. tourism. President Barack Obama released a statement about Lane’s death, supporting the family of the victim.

 

Jersey Shore boardwalk fire

Just as the businesses along the Jersey Shore were rebuilding from Superstorm Sandy, a fire erupted on the Seaside Heights Boardwalk in September.

The fire was ruled accidental. In an investigation, county officials said it was caused by a electrical wiring problem, possibly caused by water and sand from the storm the year before.

 

San Diego mayor misbehavior

It started in July with allegations from a couple of women but led to charges for the former San Diego mayor. Bob Filner was sentenced to three months home detention and three years probation after pleading guilty to grabbing and fondling three women while in office.

Filner, 71, avoided jail time, but if he violates probation, he faces six months behind bars. He is barred from seeking or holding public office while on probation, but may run again once his probation is completed

 

Dick Van Dyke car fire

Comic Dick Van Dyke and his wife escaped a fiery blaze unhurt while in their car on a Los Angeles-area highway in August.

The 87-year-old and his wife Arlene were helped by some good Samaritans who happened to be nearby.

 

Entertainment: Hanson is back; Jonas Brothers split

The 90s trio best known for their catchy song “Mmmbop” released a new album this year, while one of the newer boy bands, the Jonas Brothers, split up.

Hanson also released a beer to accompany the release of their album “Anthem.” The Jonas Brothers say the decision for the split was unanimous.

 

'Glee' star dies

'Glee' star Cory Montheith’s death in his Vancouver hotel room on July 13 stunned the entertainment world.

The 31-year-old actor played Finn Hudson on the musical show about misfit teens who sing and dance. His death was ruled an accident involving drugs and alcohol.

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