CBS Seattle’s Top Stories Of 2013

Biggest Newsmakers

1. I-5 Bridge Over Skagit River Collapses

The collapse of an Interstate highway bridge in northern Washington state is a wake-up call for the entire nation, the chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board says. (Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

(Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

Part of the bridge span collapsed into the water after a trucker hauling a load of drilling equipment bumped against the steel framework. Traffic had to be diverted for nearly a month while a temporary replacement bridge was built. 

2. WWII Veteran Beaten To Death

File photo of a courtroom. (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

(credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Two teens are charged with beating 88-year-old Delbert Belton to death with flashlights. Belton survived the Battle of Okinawa. The suspects are both charged with first-degree murder and first-degree robbery.

3. Man Buys Missile Launcher From Another During Weapons Buyback

File photo of a rocket launcher. (credit: Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a rocket launcher. (credit: Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty Images)

Seattle police said a man showed up at a gun buyback event in January and bought the military weapon for $100 from another person there.

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1. Seattle Restaurant Rejects Customer Wearing Google Glass

File photo of Google Glass (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Google Glass (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The Lost Lake Cafe and Lounge made headlines when it asked a man wearing Google Glass to leave. The restaurant said it’s concerned about other customers being photographed without knowing it.

2. Russell Wilson: I Found God When Jesus Came To Me In A Dream

SEATTLE, WA. - NOVEMBER 17: Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks warms up before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at CenturyLink Field on November 17, 2013 in Seattle,Wa. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Quarterback Russell Wilson (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

In a documentary, the Seahawks quarterback described how he was saved at the age of 14 after his father died.

3. Couple Married 68 Years Killed In Car Wreck Found Holding Hands

A Washington State couple married for 68 years were found in the wreckage holding hands.  (Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

(Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

When troopers arrived at the scene of the accident north of Spokane, they found Margaret and Floyd Nordhagen still in the wreckage holding hands.

Double-Take Headlines

1. 911 Dispatcher Tells Woman About To Be Sexually Assaulted There Are No Cops To Help Her Due To Budget Cuts


File photo of a cop car with its lights on. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Budget cuts only allowed the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office to remain open Monday through Friday, so when a woman called to report that her ex-boyfriend was breaking in to her home and she was afraid he’d harm her, the dispatcher said, “I don’t have anybody to send out there.”

2. Company Sells Pork-Laced Bullets To Fight Islamic Terrorists


An Idaho ammunition manufacturer has developed a new line of pork-laced bullets they hope will fight against Islamic terrorists – and keep them from going to heaven. (Photo via Facebook page)

(Photo via Facebook page)

The Idaho company started selling a new line of bullets coated with pork-infused paint, making them unclean under Islamic law.

3. 11-Year-Old Cancer Survivor Catches Fire While In Hospital

File photo of a patient in a hospital. (credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a patient in a hospital. (credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Investigators believe the combination of hand sanitizer and static electricity may have caused the girl to catch fire. She suffered third-degree burns.

Top Political Stories

1. Seattle Elects Socialist To City Council

 (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

(ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Kshama Sawant backed raising the minimum wage to $15; called for rent control and a tax on millionaires. She unseated 16-year incumbent Richard Conlin and started making waves right away by saying Boeing’s union members should “take over the factories.”

2. Bill Would Allow Employers To Seek Workers’ Facebook Passwords


(credit: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

(credit: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

In April, a bill was proposed that would have allowed employers to ask for a worker’s Facebook or other social media passwords. In May, Gov. Inslee signed a bill making Washington the eighth state to make it illegal for employers to ask potential hires for that information.

3. McGinn Ends Police Drone Efforts


file photo of small drone (Photo by:PIERRE ANDRIEU/AFP/Getty Images)

file photo of small drone (Photo by:PIERRE ANDRIEU/AFP/Getty Images)

Seattle police bought two small drones through a federal grant, but Mayor McGinn ended the program after people protested. The unmanned aerial vehicles were returned to the vendor.

Fun/Quirky Stories

1. Seattle Police Hand Out Bags Of Chips At Hempfest

(photo credit: Joe Raedle Getty Images)

(photo credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Seattle police gained national attention this year when the department announced officers would be handing out bags of Doritos at Hempfest with information about the state’s new marijuana laws. The PR stunt even earned a feature on The Colbert Report.

2. Dennis Rodman Tries International Diplomacy

(Photo credit: TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images)

Dennis Rodman (Photo credit: TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images)

Dennis Rodman attempted to help get a Lynnwood man released from prison in North Korea when he tweeted the country’s leader Kim Jong Un to “do me a solid and cut Kenneth Bae loose.” Bae was captured in November 2012 and is still being held  in North Korea.

3. Microsoft Exec Is Blitz 

Ryan Asdourian (Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

Ryan Asdourian (Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

 Ryan Asdourian’s day job is as an executive at Microsoft, but he moonlights as Blitz, the Seattle Seahawks’ mascot and has been suiting up since 2006.

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