Last week one of newsiest-ever for

There’s a saying that “no news is good news,” and last week proved to be one of the newsiest weeks we’ve ever seen here. Sadly, most of it was not good news, proving that the aforementioned adage has some truth to it.

visits-feb2-8Last week, about 382,000 visitors came to (many of those are repeat customers, though). That’s more visitors than any other week in the site’s nearly 20-year history save for the week of the Bethany Storro incident in 2010. That week, more than 400,000 visitors came to the site, though some of that stemmed from being linked to on The Drudge Report.

Since then, we’ve had some big weeks like the week of the 2012 general election (302,000), the Newtown school massacre and Clackamas Mall shooting (314,000) and the fire that destroyed Crestline Elementary (321,000).

Last week’s mayhem began a year to the day after that Crestline fire. The police scanner buzzed with chatter in the morning as we learned of two dead in a workplace shooting. On Tuesday morning, we learned of a body found near the Westfield Vancouver mall, and then in the afternoon a woman allegedly shot two people at the county public health building. On Wednesday, police arrested two men for the mall shooting and a former cop was awarded $9 million by a jury for years of wrongful imprisonment. Then came fires and Snowmaggedon on Thursday, as an Oregon man died in a 28-care pileup on I-5 near Battle Ground in what proved to be one of many traffic accidents that crippled traffic in the region.

Here’s a list of the most-read stories from last week:

Story Pageviews
Man dies in massive I-5 accident 71,379
Two dead in Vancouver workplace shooting 22,542
Shooting reported at county health office in Vancouver 21,618
VA campus shooting victim had sought restraining order 15,475
Ice storm warning issued for Vancouver through Sunday night 14,015
Commute begins without freezing rain 11,267
Three suspects in VanMall slaying in custody 10,064
Jury awards $9 million to former local cop 9,532
Suspicious death investigated in VanMall neighborhood 9,045
Suspected VA shooter’s bail set at $1 million 8,499


John Hill

John Hill

John is the web and photo editor at The Columbian, where he has worked since 1995 in various roles. A journalist for the past 25 years, he's a fan of good storytelling, data, graphics and still likes to read an actual newspaper. Twitter: @hilljohng

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