Regrettably, the most popular stories on tend to be about death and destruction. And the story about what happened to Tom Johnston fit that characterization. Two stories about his disappearance and death made the top 10 list.

On a more positive note, readers around the world enjoyed the story (and video) of how a local marathon runner was able to stay a few steps ahead of a couple of bears. That story, like those bears, came in second.

Here’s the list of top 10 stories viewed on

1 WCSH Meteorologist Tom Johnston found dead in Auburn
2 Pair of bears join runner for a morning run near Lake Auburn
3 Stop and read this column. It’s important
4 Lewiston Middle School mourning death of student
5 Rumors swirl around local meteorologist Tom Johnston suicide
6 Lewiston dentist’s license suspended for incompetence
7 Vehicle crash closes Route 4 in Turner
8 Gov. Paul LePage says he tips servers less to push political point
9 City axes 19-year-old Auburn man’s knife business
10 Woman killed while hunting in Hebron on Saturday

This flyer was distributed in April while police were searching for Tom Johnston.

But when we look at how long readers spent reading the stories, our top 10 list looks a little different:

  Story Avgerage Time on Page
1 I’m a goner’: El Faro’s last hours as ship sails into storm 11:11
2 Disc golf course seeks right to get a liquor permit 9:10
3 Lewiston’s Jeromey Rancourt: A quiet leader 8:06
4 Horrors’ and healing 7:24
5 What happened to Wanda Mitchell? 7:16
6 Twins on quest for father’s identity 7:15
7 Readers ask about picture framing, doughnuts, clothing donations 6:54
8 Inside Abijah Buck’s charmed walls 6:45
9 Caged in van No. 1304 6:31
10 How a community changed by refugees came to embrace Trump 6:31

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