25 Most-Clicked Stories of 2013 on NBCWashington.com

These are the stories that got everyone's attention -- from the intriguing to the absurd to the heart-breaking. Relive the most-clicked stories on our site this year.

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These are the stories that got everyone's attention -- from the intriguing to the absurd to the heart-breaking. Click through to see the most-read stories on NBCWashington.com in 2013.
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25. Woman on 1st Walk After Motorcycle Crash Is Killed by Car: Sally Ann Okuly survived a motorcycle crash in the spring, but the day she finally felt well enough to leave her Woodbridge home for the first time in six months, she was fatally struck by a car while in the crosswalk. "One of her favorite things to do was to walk over across that street to the Wawa gas station," said her husband, Bill Okuly.
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24. Deer Struck By Car Goes Airborne, Strikes Jogger: A freak accident sent two Loudoun County women to the hospital in early December. One was driving on Clairborne Parkway when she hit a deer. The impact sent the animal airborne, and it hit a 27-year-old female jogger who was running on a path. Both women spent a day in the the hospital.
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23. Vets Dump Barricades From WWII Memorial Outside White House: D.C.'s memorials were a flashpoint during the government shutdown. An Oct. 13 rally with appearances from conservative stars Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz escalated as veterans clashed with police and moved barricades at the closed WWII Memorial, ultimately dumping them outside the White House.
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22. Former Mayor Fenty's Daughter Taken by Child Services: The four-year-old daughter of former D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty was found alone in a bathroom at a D.C. recreation center in July. Police were called after a woman who appeared to be drunk tried to claim her, authorities said. Sources said the woman was Fenty's sister-in-law. The child was returned to the Fentys.
21. Virginia Man Drives Up $200,000 Tab on Dulles Toll Road: Jason Bourcier doesn't deny that he rode the Dulles Toll Road nightly without paying while looking for work three and a half years ago -- but his bill ballooned from $440 to more than $200,000 after late fees and interest. After working out a payment plan this year, Bourcier figured out he'll be paying until he's 87.
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20. Constitution Rally Truckers Stopped After Slowing Capital Beltway Traffic: Dozens of truckers expressed their frustration over industry regulations and the government shutdown by slowing traffic on the Capital Beltway in a rolling protest Oct. 11, slowing traffic in Maryland to 15 mph. But in Virginia, they met with a pre-existing jam.
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19. Man Dies After Porta-Potty Fire: Police said a man in his early 20s died Nov. 19 after a porta-potty fire at a park in College Park, Md. A state trooper used fire extinguishers inside his cruiser to put out enough of the fire to pull the victim out. The man was airlifted to a hospital but later died. Authorities said it's possible that the fire started as a suicide attempt, but the investigation was ongoing.
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18. Victim Claims Attacker Cited Trayvon Martin During Assault: Police said a 28-year-old man from Bethesda, Md., was attacked in the early-morning hours of July 27 in Adams Morgan. The victim said he was approached by three black men who kicked and punched him to the ground. According the victim, one of the attackers yelled, “This is for Trayvon,” during the assault.
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17. 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Up for Sale: No, not that 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. A developer petitioned the D.C. government to acquire the 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. SE address, a ways away from the first family's NW abode. The 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. SE apartments are set to go up in 2015. The developer said the five-story building will look over the Anacostia River and will in no way resemble the White House.
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16. Family: Teen Fatally Stabbed Over Piece of Chicken: Antonio Shaw, 25, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Ernest Hart during a dispute over a piece of chicken at a June 19 family cookout. "All of us turned around and all we saw was blood just dripping from my little brother, and he fell to the ground," said the victim's brother, Steven Hart.
15. Hundreds of Dead Fish Found in Pond at National Mall: Approximately 1,000 dead fish were floating in a pond at the National Mall in August. Park Service employees spent a day scooping up the dead bluegills out of the Constitution Gardens pond into trash bags. National Park Service officials have said they have long stressed the importance of redesigning the pond to maintain a better ecological balance.
14. Lincoln Memorial Vandalized; Green Paint Splattered on Statue: Green paint was found splattered on the base and lap of the statue of Lincoln inside the Memorial on the morning of July 26. Over the days that followed, green paint was also discovered splattered on a statue outide the Smithsonian Castle, at a Logan Circle Church and inside the National Cathedral, where a suspect in that vandalism was arrested. Jia M. Tian, 58, has been found incompetent to stand trial, but a judge said in October that she may be able to stand trial in the "foreseeable future."
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13. Sheila Stewart, Radio One Personality, Killed in Car Accident: Local radio personality Sheila Stewart died in a car accident in Atlanta, Ga., Oct. 24. Those who knew remember her for her work in the community. "If you say, 'I have this community event, can you come?', not only is she going to show up, she’s going to make sure the whole radio station is involved," Russ Parr Morning Show co-host Georgia Alfredas said.
12. Thousands March, Rally Honoring MLK's Legacy: Tens of thousands of people marched on D.C. streets Aug. 24 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. In rapid fire, speakers stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and called for all people to continue to pursue the dream of racial and socioeconomic equality King fought for 50 years ago. "This is not the time for nostalgic commemoration," said Martin Luther King III, the oldest son of the slain civil rights leader. "...The task is not done. The journey is not complete. We can and we must do more.'' The event preceded a ceremony four days later to commemorate the 50th anniversary of King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" Speech
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11. Eight People Arrested in Abduction, Death of Teen in Woodbridge, Va.: Eight people were arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing of high school senior Kenny Joseph Diaz, who was killed after he and some friends reportedly confronted another group of people over the armed robbery of one friend. Diaz, 18, was found bleeding in a Woodbridge park on Saturday afternoon. Authorities say he was forced into a car following the confrontation, and was stabbed and left behind by his attackers.
10. Sources: Atty. Charged in Home Invasion Commits Suicide: Paul Mannina, a U.S. Department of Labor attorney charged in a home invasion, was found dead in a D.C. jail cell of an apparent suicide June 18. He'd been in jail since an incident two weeks earlier, when a female coworker told police that Mannina went to her home and used a stun gun on her before beating her and attempting to sexually assault her, police said. "When the jail took him in, they certainly have protocols regarding anyone who is on a suicide watch," said D.C. Council member Tommy Wells.
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9. 'Million Muslim March' Attendees Confronted by Christian Protesters on National Mall: Attendees at a sparsely attended Million American March Against Fear were met with protests by a small group of Christians on the National Mall on the 2013 anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. The rally was planned by a group whose members say they are "patriotic Muslims" who are demanding new laws to protect their First Amendment rights. Park Police kept the group of Christian protesters back, several of whom displayed signs with messages such as "Muhammad is a liar."
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8. Woman Killed After Trying to Ram White House Barricade: A Stamford, Conn. woman was fatally shot by police after trying to breach a barrier at the White House, setting off a high-speed car chase that put the Capitol on lockdown, just two weeks after the mass shooting at the Navy Yard. Miriam Carey's one-year-old daughter was in the car with her at the time but was unharmed. Relatives told police that Carey had suffered from post-partum depression.
7. Va. Sen. Creigh Deeds Hospitalized After Stabbing; Son Dead at Scene: Virginia State Sen. Creigh Deeds was seriously injured in his Bath County home after being stabbed by his son, Austin "Gus" Deeds, 24. (They are pictured in 2009.) The younger Deeds died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, less than a day after he had been released from emergency custody. In response, Virginia mental health officials will introduce changes to ensure that hospital beds will be available for people who pose a danger to themselves or others.
6. Mars Candy Heiress Involved in Deadly Accident: Jacqueline Mars, 74, pleaded guilty to reckless driving following a crash with a minivan in Aldie, Va., which killed an 86-year-old Texas woman and the unborn baby of the minivan driver. The families said they forgive Mars, and the judge didn't sentence her to any jail time, instead fining her and suspending her license. Ellisor's family embraced Mars -- whose father invented M&M's and the Mars bar -- in a private room after the judge followed their recommendation.
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5. Congressman Confronts Park Ranger Over Closed WWII Memorial: During the government shutdown, Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas) made headlines after demanding of a National Park Service employee guarding the shuttered World War II Memorial, "How do you look at [veterans] and... deny them access?" He, with most House Republicans, had voted for a funding measure that would delay the Affordable Care Act, setting up a showdown with the Senate and Obama and triggering the shutdown. Neugebauer also told the NPS guard, "The Park Service should be ashamed of themselves," before being scolded by other members of the crowd. "This woman is doing her job, just like me," shouted one onlooker. "I'm a 30-year federal veteran -- I'm out of work."
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4. What You Can and Can't Do During the Government Shutdown: The government shutdown presented dozens of logistical questions for federal employees and non-government workers alike. Among the most frequently asked questions: Can I still collect Social Security? Can I still go to the DMV? Can I still get a mortgage? NBCWashington.com rounded up a list of answers to many common queries.
3. Mom Who Left Baby in Hot Car Charged with Neglect: Zoraida Magali Conde Hernandez, 32, of Alexandria, was charged in her 8-month-old son's death in July. Police said she drove to her Arlington workplace around 9 a.m. July 5 and forgot she had left her son, Nathan, in the car. She left work around 3:30 p.m. and drove to pick up her 2-year-old daughter from daycare in Alexandria, according to charging documents. At that point she found Nathan still in his carseat. Hernandez immediately drove to a hospital, but he was pronounced dead a short time later. Hernandez will go to trial to face a charge of felony child neglect.
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2. "Two Million Bikers" Rally Roars Into D.C. Area for 9/11: Although they didn't reach a goal of two million riders, thousands of bikers rolled through the Washington, D.C. area to mark the 12th anniversary of 9/11. Many participating riders were veterans who said they rode to protect Americans' freedom in the midst of tumultuous times. "The enemy has a say when the war is over," said rider Pete Raymond. "I believe they're saying it's not, so we're here." The ride began at Harley Davidson of Washington in Fort Washington, Md. Many drivers pulled over along the side of the highway to wave and take pictures.
1. 12 Dead, 8 Wounded in Shooting at D.C. Navy Yard, Suspected Gunman Dead: A gunman killed 12 people and injured eight others inside a heavily secured building at the Navy Yard, one of the deadliest single events ever in the nation's capital. Those killed were all civilian employees and many had worked at the Navy Yard for years. "The tragedy of my sister and the other 11 families... this is something we'll have to deal with and manage day to day," said James Frasier, a brother of victim Sylvia Frasier.
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