The World-Herald published more than 180,000 stories on Omaha.com in 2018, and visitors clicked on those articles well over 100 million times. With all of those options, looking at what visitors chose to read is one interesting window into the priorities of World-Herald readers.
Here are the top 10 stories from the past year, as ranked by the number of unique visitors:
1) Nebraska's saucy new tourism slogan
The state tourism agency's bold new approach drew plenty of praise, surprise and criticism.
The new ad pitch, which leans on self-deprecating humor, concedes that the state is a bit boring, yet hopes to lure travelers by highlighting that you can escape noisy cities and create your own fun.
2) In March, Omahan Hannah Goebel dropped out of "The Voice."
The graduate of Westside High said she left for personal reasons.
The Omaha singer was expected to perform on Tuesday’s episode, the last chance to take part in the show’s battle rounds, but host Carson Daly announced she would no longer be appearing on “The Voice.”
3) Roy Jones was fired in January after liking the wrong tweet
Many readers were flabbergasted that such a seemingly small action could result in the 49-year-old's firing by Marriott.
“This job was so important to me,” Roy Jones says. In his 18 months there, he had been promoted once, then given a raise, as superiors rewarded his skill and hard work.
4) Wait a little longer for Scott Frost
After months of buildup, Nebraska was ready to see how the Huskers would do under new coach Scott Frost. Mother Nature did not cooperate.
Nebraska's game against Akron has been canceled with no plans announced to make it up.
5) Aubrey Trail says he killed Sydney Loofe
In a jailhouse interview, Trail said he was the reason Sydney Loofe was dead. "I am responsible," he said.
In his latest version of events, a man considered a person of interest in the death of Sydney Loofe said Wednesday night that he, and he alone, was responsible for the 24-year-old Lincoln woman’s death.
6) Council Bluffs speeder
One driver just couldn't resist the need for speed. After being pulled over for going 92 in a 75, the driver from Council Bluffs sped off and got herself stopped again, this time for going 142 mph.
The woman was arrested on suspicion of willful reckless driving. Later, deputies conducting an inventory in her car found what they suspected was marijuana in the vehicle.
7) No rooms for the Zips
There was a brief moment during the rain delay of Scott Frost's first game that everybody thought it would be rescheduled for the next morning. Then Akron said it couldn't find hotel rooms.
That ticker crawl so many Husker fans saw on channel FS1 of their TVs — that Nebraska and Akron would resume their game at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, was not exactly a mistake. It’s what Butch Hug said he and his people — inside the weather center — were hearing from the Big Ten, which was in contact with Fox Sports, the broadcaster of the game.
8) Fatal shooting shakes up downtown
A fatal shooting after the Taste of Omaha shook up business leaders and visitors to downtown and prompted some new worries about downtown safety.
Mayor Jean Stothert on Sunday said the city will increase its police presence downtown. Business leaders in downtown also announced that they will host a public meeting to discuss ways to improve safety. Both Stothert and representatives of the Downtown Improvement District extended their sympathy to those affected by the violence.
9) Mollie Tibbetts killed
The discovery of college student Mollie Tibbetts' body and the confession of an immigrant in her kidnapping fueled an already explosive and racially-tinged debate about immigration in the country and region.
A man from Mexico living in the U.S. illegally has confessed to kidnapping 20-year-old University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts while she was running in her small hometown, killing her and dumping her body in a cornfield, authorities said Tuesday. "The immigration laws are such a disgrace, we're getting them changed, but we have to get more Republicans," President Donald Trump said at a rally Tuesday night.
10) Kentucky player wonders why his fans aren't as good as Nebraska
After Kentucky's win on Senior Day in mid-November, Wildcat linebacker Kash Daniel voiced his frustration with the size of the Kentucky crowd. "Look at this," he said. "You’ve got Nebraska — a football powerhouse, wins national championships — still sells out 80,000-plus when they went 0-5,” he said.
“And look at this, you’ve got Nebraska — a football powerhouse, wins national championships — still sells out 80,000-plus when they went 0-5,” said Kentucky linebacker Kash Daniel.