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Mar 26, 2010
Mar 26, 2010
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Go ahead, make his day: Best of the week

Maybe it’s the recession, but groceries were a big hit with readers this week. The smackdown king of popularity, however, was no doubt President Obama and his healthcare law, stories for which dominated our most-read figures. Here are the week’s most popular tales.

1. Obama dares Republicans to seek healthcare repeal

“Go ahead, punk. Make my day.” While President Obama surely doesn’t carry a Magnum 45 like Dirty Harry did, he certainly talks as tough. Speaking to university students after signing his landmark healthcare legislation into law, the president taunted the Republicans to go ahead and try to repeal the new law. “If they want that fight, we can have it,” he proclaimed. Do you feel lucky, punk? Do you?

Mar 22, 2010
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After the vote: Some useful links to guide you

After a year of often rancorous debate, the House has passed a sweeping overhaul of the healthcare system that expands insurance coverage to nearly all Americans and hands President Barack Obama a landmark victory.

Here are some useful links from around the Web to help guide you through the reforms and what they may mean to you.

Mar 19, 2010
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Kissing Brits land on most popular list

Sex and sexuality in some form or another dominated our best-read list this week, whether a simple kiss, randy nurses or naked activists. There was some serious stuff in there, too, but really, it’s all about the sex.

1. British pair faces jail time in Dubai over kiss

You, dear readers, were no doubt flabbergasted when you read this headline, so much so that you clicked it straight to the top of our most read list. Dubai authorities arrested the couple in November and now face a month in prison for the crime of … kissing. Egad! Off with their heads!  My message to Dubai authorities: You must remember this: a kiss is just a kiss …

Mar 12, 2010
Mar 12, 2010
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Herpes and other most-read surprises

President Obama? Healthcare? Financial reform? VP Biden in Israel? If most-read lists are any indication, those are not the topics that make you lurch forward, scrunch up to the screen and read like your very life depends on it.  Herpes, however, does.  As does Lindsay Lohan. And the extremely rich.  By now, no doubt, you’re itching for more. Herewith, the stories that fired you up this week.

1. U.S. herpes rates remain high: CDC

It started as a little health story and then spread among readers like, well, like herpes, I guess.  I won’t go into the details – and I certainly don’t want to scare you — but it would appear that a good number of Americans are infected with the sexually transmitted disease. About 16 percent of them.  That’s almost one in five people.  That means that if you are in a room with four other people one of you likely has it. Let’s do a test: Look around the room right now …

Mar 5, 2010
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This week we get naked and go flying

What do you get when you cross an economist, the Olympics and lots of naked people? An odd assortment of popular stories for the week. They obviously don’t make for a very funny punchline but they did get you clicking. Here are the stories that warmed your cockles (okay, maybe not, but “cockles” is a fun word, isn’t it?).

1. Winter storms to distort U.S. jobless figures-Summers

Nothing triggers a good panic like a stern warning from the White House. Maybe that’s why this story made the top of the most popular list this week. Economic adviser Larry Summers said on Monday we should all look past Friday’s monthly unemployment numbers. The winter blizzards that zapped swathes of the U.S. in February would also do a number on the jobs report, making it seem worse than it really was. Maybe you, like me, thought, “Uh-oh, this is going to be way bad.” But wait, the actual report was better than expected. What are we to think now? Should we continue to disregard it? I’m so confused.

Feb 26, 2010
Feb 26, 2010
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Tragedy tops most popular list

Tragedy, folk dancing and one mammoth-sized dog were among the story lines that grabbed your attention in a week that also saw high drama in Congress — or maybe that was low drama.  In either case, here are five of the most popular picks for the week.

1. Orca kills SeaWorld trainer

Dawn Brancheau, a trainer with 16 years experience at SeaWorld in Florida, was killed when a killer whale grabbed her by the waist, thrashed her about and took her underwater. Brancheau, 40, was patting the Orca’s head at the time.  A follow-up story provided more clues to the tragic tale. Astonishingly, the same whale had reportedly been involved in deadly incidents in the past.

Feb 19, 2010
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Top Stories on this week

The unluckiest lottery and a potty-mouthed musician were among the stories that got you, our readers, clicking this past week, and some were still on our most popular list as the weekend came into play. Here are the top 5 stories that piqued your curiosity — or raised the hair on your neck.

Bad news for record lottery “winner”

Poor Stanley Philander. He is deaf. His wife is deaf. He works as a cleaner in South Africa. No doubt his $12 million lottery win was going to come in very handy. Except it didn’t. He didn’t win. He is still poor. His relatives don’t believe him though because the newspaper reported he won. He didn’t. He and his family have been moved to a secret location for their protection. Poor Stanley Philander.