Voting results: Your top Pittsburgh stories of 2013
December 30, 2013 12:21 PM
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle celebrates the team's victory in a wild-card game by allowing himself to be the target of champagne blasts Oct. 1.
The Pirates' fairytale season was the overwhelming favorite storyline of 2013 among post-gazette.com readers, followed by the sale of Heinz and the arrival of Florentijn Hofman's Rubber Duck on Pittsburgh's river banks.
With everything going on in Western Pennsylvania this year, we didn't want to ask post-gazette.com readers to pick just one story as a favorite -- so we asked for three. Regardless, one did emerge: the Pirates' dream season was overwhelmingly selected as the main event of 2013. Here are the results of our top news stories poll: (See a summary of stories and how PG staff voted.)
The Pirates stun everyone with a wild playoff run and first winning season in 21 years - 4052 (34%)
The Heinz Company is sold for $28 billion, costing 350 local jobs - 1581 (13%)
A giant rubber duck moored in the Allegheny River draws huge crowds for weeks - 1313 (11%)
Mayor Luke Ravenstahl unexpectedly bows out of elections - 1236 (10%)
Police Chief Nate Harper leaves the post in disgrace due to a corruption case - 1157 (10%)
Highmark completes acquisition of WPAHS while its fight with UPMC continues - 612 (5%)
Supreme Court Judge Joan Orie Melvin is convicted of illegal politicking charges and gets an unusual sentence - 587 (5%)
Steubenville is rocked by a rape case connected to the powerhouse high school football team - 510 (4%)
The Steelers struggle in unexpected fashion on their way to a second straight disappointing season - 454 (4%)
UPMC neurologist Autumn Klein’s husband is charged with killing her with cyanide - 368 (3%)
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