With just hours remaining in 2018, here’s this year’s edition of our one traditional year-in-review story – the year’s 10 most-commented-on WSB stories. Again this year, there are 11 on the list, with a tie along the way:
#10 – ANTI-SEMITIC VANDALISM IN SUNRISE HEIGHTS
November 26, 2018 – 138 comments
Anti-Semitic slurs painted behind Sunrise Heights homes drew regional attention, and a support rally in The Junction a week later. No arrest reported so far.
#9 – DEADLY STABBING ON ALKI AVENUE
June 2, 2018 – 140 comments
22-year-old Jonathan Pecina was stabbed to death near Anchor/Luna Park. No arrest reported so far.
#8 – HEAD TAX
May 14, 2018 – 141 comments
This story looked at the “head tax” passed by the City Council – which later repealed it.
#7 – NOVEMBER POWER OUTAGE
November 30, 2018 – 145 comments
This outage affected about 3,000 West Seattle homes and businesses for an hour and a half.
#6 – TEEN CHARGED IN DEADLY SHOOTING AT HIGH POINT BUS STOP
August 15, 2018 – 157 comments
16-year-old Loyan Ahmed was charged with murder in the shooting death of 37-year-old Taylor Fehlen at the bus stop on the northwest corner of 35th/Morgan. He remains in jail.
#5 – DEADLY SHOOTING AT WEST SEATTLE STADIUM
May 8, 2018 – 166 comments
44-year-old Lorenzo Marr was shot and killed during a youth track meet at the stadium. No arrest reported so far.
#4 (tie) – “ALL WEST SEATTLE TEAM” WORKING ON JUNCTION PROJECT
February 26, 2018 – 170 comments
In February, we broke the news of this project that will include apartments as well as a new home for Husky Deli.
#4 (tie) – 1 DEAD, 2-ALARM HOUSE FIRE AFTER SWAT RESPONSE FOR EVICTION
May 11, 2018 – 170 comments
After a King County Sheriff’s Office team arrived to evict 51-year-old David Severtson from a house his family owned at 42nd/Findlay, he set it on fire and killed himself.
#3 – MADISON MIDDLE SCHOOL THREAT
April 27, 2018 – 174 comments
Madison MS sheltered in place for part of the day after word of a threat made by a student.
#2 – WHAT ELEVATED LIGHT RAIL MIGHT LOOK LIKE IN WEST SEATTLE
January 11, 2018 – 176 comments
Sound Transit had provided only numbers; “Avalon Tom” provided unofficial visualizations.
#1 – DECEMBER WINDSTORM/POWER OUTAGE
December 14, 2018 – 228 comments
Almost 10,000 homes/businesses in West Seattle lost power in a windstorm with ~50 mph gusts.
PREVIOUS YEARS: Here are our annual most-commented-stories lists, going back to 2011: