TheState.com: 12 most-read stories of 2013

The StateDecember 25, 2013 

— The presents have been opened, the Christmas tree is wilting and most of us are heavier than we used to be.

That means it must be time for year-end lists and countdowns for 2013 and predictions for 2014.

We're not always good at predicting what the big news items of next year are going to be, but we can certainly tell you what the biggest stories of the past year have been.

Here are the 12 most-trafficked stories on thestate.com and gogamecocks.com — so far — in 2013.

12. SC Supreme Court stops murder trial, orders hearing on 'Stand Your Ground' defense

11. TV, radio personality Cynthia Hardy arrested at SC State Fair

10. Popular anchor leaves Columbia's WIS-TV

9. Marcus Lattimore's Christmas thank-you to USC fans

8. 14-foot tiger shark caught off shores of North Myrtle Beach

7. The greatest 150 South Carolina high school football players of all-time

6. Haley pushes to limit food stamp purchases to healthy items

5. Miss South Carolina said THAT?

4. Students rally around University of South Carolina freshman paralyzed by gunshot wound

3. Obamacare nullification bill on SC Senate agenda

2. Chapin teacher got $85,000 in flag stomping deal

1. Woman arrested in Myrtle Beach for wearing thong swimsuit

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