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Monday, December 29, 2014

The 10 Most Read Riverfront Times News Stories of 2014

Posted By on Mon, Dec 29, 2014 at 6:00 AM

click to enlarge This Riverfront Times photo went viral when someone edited it to say "robs a store" instead of "leaves the house." - MITCH RYALS
  • Mitch Ryals
  • This Riverfront Times photo went viral when someone edited it to say "robs a store" instead of "leaves the house."

What a year.

As 2014 comes to a close, Daily RFT thought we'd take our readers on a tour of the year's biggest stories -- the good, the bad and the blackface. It's been a good year if you like to read about racism and a bad year if you wanted to wear a sleeveless shirt to Ballpark Village.

Here, in reverse order, are the ten most read stories on the Riverfront Times news blog, Daily RFT, for 2014:

10. Wearing Blackface, Sullivan High School Seniors Play Powder-Puff Football Game

click to enlarge The Sullivan High School senior girls sported blackface at their annual powder-puff football game.
  • The Sullivan High School senior girls sported blackface at their annual powder-puff football game.

The senior girls at Sullivan High School played their annual powder-puff football game in full blackface just as St. Louis braced for the grand jury's decision on the fatal shooting of black teen Michael Brown. Principal Jennifer Schmidt told the Riverfront Times the senior team often wears black and gold facepaint to intimidate their opponents, the junior class, and that there was "nothing racial about it."

9. Wildwood Subdivision Threatens Teen with Fines, Police For Parking Truck in Driveway

click to enlarge Matt Perry's "illegal" truck. - COURTESY OF MATT PERRY
  • Courtesy of Matt Perry
  • Matt Perry's "illegal" truck.

Seventeen-year-old Matt Perry worked two jobs to save up for his dream car, a 1965 cream-and-green Ford F100. But his subdivision in Wildwood has rules against trucks, so he faced a $25-per-day, or $9,000-per-year fine for parking it in his own driveway. One neighbor even threatened to call the police on him.

8. Family of Michael Brown, Teenager Shot to Death By Ferguson Police, Talks About His Life

click to enlarge Michael Brown with his brother before he died. - JESSICA LUSSENHOP
  • Jessica Lussenhop
  • Michael Brown with his brother before he died.

Barely 24 hours after then-Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson killed eighteen-year-old Michael Brown, his family wanted people to know two things: First, they wanted everyone online, including celebrities like Souljaboy, to stop sharing photos of his lifeless body laying in the middle of Canfield Drive. The second was that Brown was a shy, nonviolent kid who loved music and wanted to go to college.

7. The Nine Distinct States That Make Up Missouri

The United States of Missouri. - KEVIN CANNON
  • Kevin Cannon
  • The United States of Missouri.

Meth-o-potamia, Tom-and-Huck-istan, Lil' Dixie. There's nuance to Missouri (or should we say Missouriah?) than the Yankee vs. Confederate, urban vs. rural, Blue state vs. Red divides. So Riverfront Times created a scientific breakdown of the true states of Missouri based on geography, culture, politics, demographics and a heavy sprinkling of stereotyping.

6. Casting Call: Are You Cool Enough To Be on St. Louis' Crappy Version of The Hills?

Are you a twentysomething fresh out of college, spending your days at Whole Foods and your nights at Bar Napoli, always surrounded by a group of loud, crazy friends? Coolfire Studio -- the St. Louis-based group that brought us Salvage City -- was casting for a new reality-television series here in St. Louis earlier this year, and their casting wish list describes just about every midcounty douchebag in town.

The top five stories of the year, on page two!

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