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Posted by Adrienne Lavidor-Berman  December 28, 2012 09:47 AM

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Thank you, readers, for sharing so many of our stories on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media networks this year. Below you'll find the list of the stories that you found the most compelling of 2012 (excluding posts from our Big Picture photography blog).

  1. 1. Am I mom enough?
  2. After Time magazine wrote a story in May about "extreme" parenting - featuring a cover photo of a beautiful mother in skinny jeans nursing her preschool-aged son - and titled it, "Are You Mom Enough?", blogger Kara Baskin exploded in indignation, declaring, "This is not a contest!" Her Motherhood Wish List of the important things she wanted to teach her son Andrew also exploded online, and was the most shared item of 2012.

  3. 2. Scott Brown says Elizabeth Warren's criticism of his health insurance decision is 'sad'
  4. What was his decision? To continue insuring one of his daughters through the Obama administration health care law that he opposed and tried to repeal.

  5. 3. Savoring time as the Internet's favorite punching bag
  6. The story of how a Millis guy became Scumbag Steve online, and then capitalized on it.

  7. 4. It's official. There is a Muslim exemption to the First Amendment.
  8. The ACLU of Massachusetts blogged in April that the ruling against and sentencing of Tarek Mehanna of Sudbury suggested that Muslims do not have the right to protected speech, and that "venting" can cost them long years in prison.

  9. 5. Former Patriots linebacker Junior Seau found dead in apparent suicide
  10. The sports world was shocked when Seau, a 43-year-old 12-time NFL Pro Bowl linebacker and former member of the Patriots, shot himself in May.

  11. 6. How facts backfire | Researchers discover a surprising threat to democracy: our brains
  12. A story that first ran in 2010 caught fire again this year: Facts don't necessarily have the power to change our minds. In fact, quite the opposite.

  13. 7. Boxed in, wanting out | A new study of American families reveals troubling trends: Too much stuff, too little time
  14. The reaction of Boston parents to the July report was universal: No kidding.

  15. 8. In Needham’s forest, a secret miniature railroad set
  16. Everyone who makes her way deep into the Needham Town Forest is rewarded with a remarkable sight: a miniature railroad set, complete with hundreds of feet of track, a station, train bridge, and passengers.

  17. 9. Mitt Romney planned Boston Harbor fireworks show that was scotched by election loss
  18. Instead, Atlas Professional Fireworks Displays unloaded the pyrotechnics from mortars set up on a barge near the Bank of America Pavilion and carted them back to its headquarters in Jaffrey, N.H.

  19. 10. Job seekers getting asked for Facebook passwords
  20. In their efforts to vet applicants, some companies and government agencies are going beyond merely glancing at a person's social networking profiles and instead asking to log in as the user to have a look around. Although this Associated Press story has expired on, you can still read it on Yahoo! Finance.

  21. 11. Romney a wimp? Not so much, say gays who engaged with him as governor
  22. The Boston Spirit bloggers wrote in September that same-sex couples, as well as other gays and lesbians in and out of government, found governor Romney generally disinterested in others, unable to connect with anyone unlike him, and completely lacking in empathy.

  23. 12. You know you're from Boston when ...
  24. This August gallery by Travel writer Eric Wilbur explored the delights of Phillips Candy House, the devotion to sports icons like Bobby Orr, and the resolve to leave Duck Boat tours to the tourists.

  25. 13. Report: Boxer Micky Ward cancels planned endorsement of Scott Brown
  26. In August, the former boxer said, "I found out Scott is anti-union and I'm a Teamster guy. I found out he's also against gay marriage, and I say if you love someone, you should have the same rights no matter who you are."

  27. 14. Mitt Romney will release 2011 tax return by Oct. 15, campaign says
  28. He actually released it on Sept. 21, revealing that he paid $1.9 million in taxes on $13.7 million in income, most of which came from his investments. It means his effective tax rate for 2011 was 14.1 percent.

  29. 15. Prosecutor: Ga. murder case uncovers terror plot
  30. Prosecutors said that four Army soldiers based in southeast Georgia killed a former comrade and his girlfriend to protect an anarchist militia group they formed that stockpiled assault weapons and plotted a range of anti-government attacks. This Associated Press story has expired on, but you can read it on Yahoo! News.

  31. 16. Spotted in Boston: Out and about in the city
  32. Our "Spotted" photographers go to events all over the city and post their images of Bostonians celebrating in this popular gallery.

  33. 17. Romney stayed longer at Bain | Firm's 2002 filings identify him as CEO, though he said he left in 1999
  34. The timing of Romney's departure from Bain was a key point of contention because he had said his resignation in February 1999 meant he was not responsible for Bain Capital companies that went bankrupt or laid off workers after that date.

  35. 18. Wes Welker reveals targets of Tom Brady's sideline curse
  36. Welker claimed that Brady was swearing at him and Deion Branch for teasing him about whether he actually scored a touchdown or not during the Sept. 30 game at Buffalo.

  37. 19. 'Battle Royale' hasn’t lost any of its impact | Cult classic from Japan has ties to 'Kill Bill' and 'Hunger Games'
  38. Pulitzer Prize winner Wesley Morris reviewed this 12-year-old film that was shown at the Brattle Theater in March.

  39. 20. Four stabbed in downtown Boston within three minutes
  40. Police said tensions stemming from a trial at the nearby Suffolk Superior Courthouse spilled onto the sidewalk near the intersection of Tremont and Beacon streets in June.

  41. 21. Freezer failure at brain bank hampers autism research
  42. The damage to these brains in June could slow autism research by a decade as the collection is restored.

  43. 22. Pakistan parents killed daughter for eyeing boy
  44. The girl’s death in October underlined the problem of so-called "honor killings" in Pakistan where women are often killed for marrying or having relationships not approved by their families or because they are perceived to have somehow dishonored their family.


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