This photo of an unidentified flying object over Byron Bay taken in October last year polarised the pundits and sceptics.
This photo of an unidentified flying object over Byron Bay taken in October last year polarised the pundits and sceptics.

Top ten Northern Star online stories for 2012

THIS year has seen incredible growth for The Northern Star online.

As we shift into the New Year, we will continue to develop our online resources, keeping you up to date with the latest news as it happens.

As you've probably noticed, our online news stories can differ dramatically from those in the paper as we strive to provide the news you want online, and find new ways to tell those stories digitally.

Meanwhile, here are our top ten online stories and top five videos for 2012 based on your choices.

Happy New Year!

TOP TEN STORIES IN 2012:

  1. Firecracker used to blow up kitten: A traumatic story of animal cruelty that elicited a phenomenal response from readers in February.
  2. Lunar eclipse last night: Our story outlining the dramatic lunar eclipse in November.
  3. Bradley still beaming after BB eviction: After following Bradley Darke through the highs and lows of this
    ABOVE, RIGHT AND BELOW: Coraki teenager Bradley Darke after being evicted from the Big Brother house and with his former housemates.
    ABOVE, RIGHT AND BELOW: Coraki teenager Bradley Darke after being evicted from the Big Brother house and with his former housemates. Paul Broben
    year's Big Brother season, he was evicted finally in October.
  4. Safety warnings after schoolie raped on beach: A chilling story that put a dark cloud over this year's Schoolies celebrations in Byron Bay in November.
  5. Photo of mysterious object has UFO watchers buzzing: UFO stories are always popular online but this one with a photo of an unidentified object over Byron Bay in October brought out the pundits and sceptics in force.
  6. New research about cannabis use: This January article preceded a run of cannabis stories last year - mostly about the virtues of medicinal cannabis - which re-sparked the de-criminalisation debate.
  7. Flying school releases statement on fatal plane crash: A tragic outcome for two Gold Coast men killed when their light plane crashed at Lismore on a routine flight.
  8. Julian Assange's grandfather dies: Since The Northern Star broke the story in 2010 that Julian Assange spent part of his elusive childhood on the Northern Rivers, related stories remain popular.
  9. Yowies living near Lismore: It seems everyone loves a big-foot story, or loves to hate them.
  10. Pros and cons of CSG debate: Only one coal seam gas story made it into the top ten despite the contentious issue being the most written about online.

TOP FIVE VIDEOS IN 2012:

  1. Nimbin 'panther' sighting: Incredible amateur footage of a suspected black wild cat got everyone talking last month.
  2. Lismore plane crash: Compelling audio from an eye-witness to the tragic crash that claimed two lives.
  3. Ballina police bashing: Footage of police allegedly bashing a prisoner at Ballina that initiated a Police Integrity Commission investigation.
  4. Ballina drug bust: Dramatic footage of police arresting alleged members of a major ecstasy supply ring.
  5. Threat made on radio show: Compelling audio of a man threatening a Lismore business on John Laws's radio show.
Video footage of a suspected large wild cat near Nimbin.
Video footage of a suspected large wild cat near Nimbin.


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