Cumberland Times-News

December 30, 2013

A look back

Times-News revisits the top world, local stories of 2013


Cumberland Times-News

— As we get ready to greet the new year, the Times-News will continue its tradition of reflecting upon what happened during 2013 in our annual Year In Review section that’s included in today’s edition.

Although it happened relatively late in the year, the troubled rollout of open enrollment for the the health care overhaul — “Obamacare” — was listed by the Associated Press as the top story of 2013.

The Boston Marathon bombing in which three people were killed and more than 260 injured was the No. 2 story.

The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and his succession by Pope Francis was No. 3,

The other stories in the AP Top 10 were these:

• No. 4: The seemingly unresolvable partisan conflict between Republicans and Democrats in Congress.

• No. 5: The leaking of vast troves of secret documents detailing National Security Agency surveillance operations by former NSA analyst Edward Snowden.

• No. 6: Gay marriage. Supreme Court decisions ended a ban on same-sex marriages in California and struck down a 1996 law passed by Congress that banned federal recognition of same-sex marriages. Also, the number of states allowing same-sex marriage grew to 17.

• No. 7: The death at age 95 of South Africa’s Nelson Mandela.

• No. 8: Typhoon Haiyan, which killed more than 6,000 people in the Philippines.

• No. 9: The civil war in Syria, in which more than 120,000 people have been killed.

• No. 10: The rescue of three women who had been kidnapped in Cleveland between 2002 and 2004 and kept chained in a man’s house. Their abductor pleaded guilty to multiple charges and hanged himself in his jail cell.

Last year’s No. 1 story was the shooting of 26 students and staff members at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.

Our Year In Review section will include many of our top local stories, including:

• All local mail and packages will be sent to Baltimore for processing, instead of at the Cumberland Post Office.

• The opening of the new casino at Rocky Gap.

• Vendors at a local flea market returned more than $50,000 found in a wooden fireplace they had bought from a local woman who gave them $100 each and a cake in appreciation of their honesty.