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December 31, 2012

What you clicked on in 2012

The Tribune-Democrat’s online content saw nearly 25 million pageviews through 2012, averaging 67,000 views a day – or almost 3,000 clicks an hour. We put together a list of what got the most of your clicks this year:

10. Johnstown police probe murder-suicide (3,310 views)

In late April, police were called to Oakhurst Homes in the city’s West End to investigate a murder-suicide. Demont Morris, 40, allegedly shot his estranged wife, Royale Lee Morris, 38, in her apartment before killing himself.

9. Hundreds of thousands may lose Internet in July (3,400 views)

A widespread hacker scam hijacked thousands of unwitting users’ PCs this year. The FBI put a “safety net” in place to keep infected computers from going to the dark side. When that network needed to be shut down in July, it meant the hacked would, without warning, lose Internet service. Warnings and instructions on how to test PCs for the malware and remove it were widely distributed on the Internet – including on tribdem.com – and the switch caused few problems.

8. Flight 93 video emerges 10 years later (3,910 views)

Although it was posted in September of last year, this video from Dave Berkebile of Shanksville that shows smoke plumes rising from the Shanksville crash site on Sept. 11, 2001, maintained its popularity through 2012. The video caught fire when it was first posted on the 10-year anniversary of 9/11, making the rounds on YouTube as well as national TV news outlets.

7. Police: Bank robbery note sought $1 (4,676 views)

AmeriServ tellers in Northern Cambria weren’t sure what to make of a note that read, “Federal bank robbery. Please hand over $1.00,” which was handed to them by Jeffrey McMullen in October. The tellers – who thought it was a joke – told police that McMullen said he would wait for police to take him in. McMullen, who has no prior criminal record in Cambria County, waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

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