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What were you reading, N.H.? The Monitor’s 15 most-read stories of January 2014

  • Neighors of the Kaepernicks gather to watch a 49ers game in 2011. Teresa Kaepernick in holding the sign on the left. Colleen Blackman is holding the sign, second from the right.

    Neighors of the Kaepernicks gather to watch a 49ers game in 2011. Teresa Kaepernick in holding the sign on the left. Colleen Blackman is holding the sign, second from the right.

  • Buds of marijuana are shown before being placed into packets for sale at the San Francisco Medical Cannabis Clinic in San Francisco, Monday, Oct. 19, 2009. Pot-smoking patients or their sanctioned suppliers should not be targeted for federal prosecution in states that allow medical marijuana, prosecutors were told Monday in a new policy memo issued by the Justice Department. Under the policy spelled out in a three-page legal memo, federal prosecutors are being told it is not a good use of their time to arrest people who use or provide medical marijuana in strict compliance with state law.(AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    Buds of marijuana are shown before being placed into packets for sale at the San Francisco Medical Cannabis Clinic in San Francisco, Monday, Oct. 19, 2009. Pot-smoking patients or their sanctioned suppliers should not be targeted for federal prosecution in states that allow medical marijuana, prosecutors were told Monday in a new policy memo issued by the Justice Department. Under the policy spelled out in a three-page legal memo, federal prosecutors are being told it is not a good use of their time to arrest people who use or provide medical marijuana in strict compliance with state law.(AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

  • Motivation turns to frustration for Anmarie Kemp as she reads over paperwork while waiting to talk with someone from Community Action Program, Belknap-Merrimack Counties, Inc. about her living situation and not having a permanent home. Kemp says she has exhausted area programs while searching for help and continually comes up short due to limited resources or waiting lists.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Motivation turns to frustration for Anmarie Kemp as she reads over paperwork while waiting to talk with someone from Community Action Program, Belknap-Merrimack Counties, Inc. about her living situation and not having a permanent home. Kemp says she has exhausted area programs while searching for help and continually comes up short due to limited resources or waiting lists.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • FILE - In this July 17, 2013 file photo, Liz Cheney speaks during a campaign appearance in Casper, Wyo. Published reports citing anonymous GOP insiders say Liz Cheney, the daughter of former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, plans to quit the Republican Wyoming Senate primary and abandon her effort to unseat incumbent Sen. Mike Enzi. Cheney moved her family from Virginia to Wyoming to run for the seat. Her effort to replace Enzi, a Senate veteran, angered and upset many Republicans and her campaign has faced a number of problems. (AP Photo/Matt Young, File)

    FILE - In this July 17, 2013 file photo, Liz Cheney speaks during a campaign appearance in Casper, Wyo. Published reports citing anonymous GOP insiders say Liz Cheney, the daughter of former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, plans to quit the Republican Wyoming Senate primary and abandon her effort to unseat incumbent Sen. Mike Enzi. Cheney moved her family from Virginia to Wyoming to run for the seat. Her effort to replace Enzi, a Senate veteran, angered and upset many Republicans and her campaign has faced a number of problems. (AP Photo/Matt Young, File)

  • This photo provided by Hershey's shows a  new line of chocolate spreads, including a hazelnut variety reminiscent of Nutella, a spread made by the Italian company Ferrero.  The company announced the new product on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/The Hershey Company)

    This photo provided by Hershey's shows a new line of chocolate spreads, including a hazelnut variety reminiscent of Nutella, a spread made by the Italian company Ferrero. The company announced the new product on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/The Hershey Company)

  • Samantha Heath<br/><br/>(Courtesy of the Allenstown Police Department)

    Samantha Heath

    (Courtesy of the Allenstown Police Department)

  • This image released by NBC shows Amanda Knox during an interview on the "Today" show, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 in New York. Knox defended her decision not to return to Italy for a new appeals trial over the 2007 killing of her British roommate, even as she acknowledged that "everything is at stake," insisting she is innocent. In March, Italy's supreme court ordered a new trial for Knox and her former Italian boyfriend. An appeals court in 2011 had acquitted both, overturning convictions by a lower court. Italian law cannot compel Knox to return for the new legal proceeding. (AP Photo/NBC, Peter Kramer)

    This image released by NBC shows Amanda Knox during an interview on the "Today" show, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 in New York. Knox defended her decision not to return to Italy for a new appeals trial over the 2007 killing of her British roommate, even as she acknowledged that "everything is at stake," insisting she is innocent. In March, Italy's supreme court ordered a new trial for Knox and her former Italian boyfriend. An appeals court in 2011 had acquitted both, overturning convictions by a lower court. Italian law cannot compel Knox to return for the new legal proceeding. (AP Photo/NBC, Peter Kramer)

  • In this Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 photo, patrons tour an ice castle at the base of the Loon Mountain ski resort in Lincoln, N.H. The ice castle begins to grow in the fall when the weather gets below freezing and thousands of icicles are made and harvested then placed around sprinkler heads and sprayed with water.  The castle will continue to grow as long as the temperatures stay below freezing. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

    In this Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 photo, patrons tour an ice castle at the base of the Loon Mountain ski resort in Lincoln, N.H. The ice castle begins to grow in the fall when the weather gets below freezing and thousands of icicles are made and harvested then placed around sprinkler heads and sprayed with water. The castle will continue to grow as long as the temperatures stay below freezing. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

  • Neighors of the Kaepernicks gather to watch a 49ers game in 2011. Teresa Kaepernick in holding the sign on the left. Colleen Blackman is holding the sign, second from the right.
  • Buds of marijuana are shown before being placed into packets for sale at the San Francisco Medical Cannabis Clinic in San Francisco, Monday, Oct. 19, 2009. Pot-smoking patients or their sanctioned suppliers should not be targeted for federal prosecution in states that allow medical marijuana, prosecutors were told Monday in a new policy memo issued by the Justice Department. Under the policy spelled out in a three-page legal memo, federal prosecutors are being told it is not a good use of their time to arrest people who use or provide medical marijuana in strict compliance with state law.(AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
  • Motivation turns to frustration for Anmarie Kemp as she reads over paperwork while waiting to talk with someone from Community Action Program, Belknap-Merrimack Counties, Inc. about her living situation and not having a permanent home. Kemp says she has exhausted area programs while searching for help and continually comes up short due to limited resources or waiting lists.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
  • FILE - In this July 17, 2013 file photo, Liz Cheney speaks during a campaign appearance in Casper, Wyo. Published reports citing anonymous GOP insiders say Liz Cheney, the daughter of former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, plans to quit the Republican Wyoming Senate primary and abandon her effort to unseat incumbent Sen. Mike Enzi. Cheney moved her family from Virginia to Wyoming to run for the seat. Her effort to replace Enzi, a Senate veteran, angered and upset many Republicans and her campaign has faced a number of problems. (AP Photo/Matt Young, File)
  • This photo provided by Hershey's shows a  new line of chocolate spreads, including a hazelnut variety reminiscent of Nutella, a spread made by the Italian company Ferrero.  The company announced the new product on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/The Hershey Company)
  • Samantha Heath<br/><br/>(Courtesy of the Allenstown Police Department)
  • This image released by NBC shows Amanda Knox during an interview on the "Today" show, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 in New York. Knox defended her decision not to return to Italy for a new appeals trial over the 2007 killing of her British roommate, even as she acknowledged that "everything is at stake," insisting she is innocent. In March, Italy's supreme court ordered a new trial for Knox and her former Italian boyfriend. An appeals court in 2011 had acquitted both, overturning convictions by a lower court. Italian law cannot compel Knox to return for the new legal proceeding. (AP Photo/NBC, Peter Kramer)
  • In this Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 photo, patrons tour an ice castle at the base of the Loon Mountain ski resort in Lincoln, N.H. The ice castle begins to grow in the fall when the weather gets below freezing and thousands of icicles are made and harvested then placed around sprinkler heads and sprayed with water.  The castle will continue to grow as long as the temperatures stay below freezing. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Practically every day, part of my job as web editor here at the Monitor is to see what you – the readers – are looking at while you’re hanging out on ConcordMonitor.com.

Maybe there’s a story that you missed one day. Or maybe a particularly interesting one you want to read again. Maybe you thought you were the only person in the world who thought a certain topic was interesting.

Take a peek at the January’s 15 most-read stories online. Didn’t read a story on the list? Maybe you should. (After all, it is on the Top 15 list, so all the cool kids must be doing it . . . )

The stories:

1. “New Hampshire House passes marijuana legalization” by Laura McCrystal. Published on Jan. 16, 2014.

This was by far our most-read story. It got nationwide coverage. It won’t be the last time you see marijuana on this month’s list.

2. “Hotline for Fred Fuller Oil customers set up” by Jeremy Blackman. Published on Jan. 7, 2014.

The cold snap that swept across the state earlier last month left many reaching for their thermostats. But what happens when you are low on oil and you can’t reach your supplier?

3. “In New Hampshire, the beginning of a long debate over marijuana legalization” by Laura McCrystal. Published on Jan. 26, 2014.

The House’s vote to legalize marijuana is only the first step on a long road for the issue, writes Laura McCrystal.

4. “Think you know Colin Kaepernick? I lived next door to him.” by Jeremy Blackman. Published on Feb. 3, 2013.

This column was published prior to last year’s Super Bowl. However, with Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers making a run again the NFL playoffs, the quarterback got plenty of media attention.

5. “Peterborough man gets 10 years for child porn image case” by Monitor staff. Published on Dec. 14, 2013.

This short article was about 28-year-old Michael Donnelly who was convicted on Nov. 7 for having child pornography discovered on his computer.

6. “State House Live: House votes to legalize, tax marijuana” by Laura McCrystal. Published on Jan. 15, 2014.

This was a rolling blog of all the day’s action from the N.H. House session. Also on the docket that day: free skiing on Cannon Mountain for seniors, discrimination against the unemployed and more.

7. “Prominent teen retailers to close in Steeplegate Mall this month” by Megan Doyle. Published on Jan. 1, 2014.

Abercrombie & Fitch and Aéropostle closed its doors in the Steeplegate mall last month.

8. “With no fixed address, mother and daughter do their best to hang on” by Laura McCrystal. Published on Jan. 5, 2014.

This article told the story of the struggles of Anmarie Kemp and her daughter, Payton, and their dreams of a home.

9. “On the road and on the air: Contoocook independent shipper featured on A&E’s ‘Shipping Wars’ ” by Tricia Nadolny. Published on Feb. 27, 2012.

Another article from our archives, this Q&A session from two years ago catches up with Roy Garber, who had recently been featured on the A&E channel’s “Shipping Wars.”

10. “Liz Cheney drops bid to unseat Wyoming Sen. Enzi” by the Associated Press. Published on Jan. 6, 2014.

“Serious health issues” caused the daughter of former vice president Dick Cheney to drop her bid for the Senate suddenly.

11. “Should N.H. legalize marijuana? A dozen views to consider” by Monitor staff. Published on Jan. 23, 2014.

The final marijuana appearance on the list, but it seems appropriately so. This article was a collection of what the community had to say about the hot topic.

12. “Hershey takes on fast-growing Nutella with new line of chocolate spreads” by the Associated Press. Published on Jan. 22, 2014.

In case you weren’t getting enough chocolate in your daily diet, Hershey is here to the rescue. The new spreads are available now in several different flavors.

13. “18-year-old Barnstead woman accused of stabbing acquaintance 15 times” by Daira Cline. Published on Jan. 28, 2014.

18-year-old Samantha Heath was charged with first-degree assault for stabbing a woman 15 times. Don’t be surprised if this story appears on next month’s list as well.

14. “Amanda Knox faces long wait in murder case” by Bloomberg News. Published on Jan. 31, 2014.

The story that has taken center stage for the better part of a decade. Another wrench was thrown in the Amanda Knox was convicted of the same for the second time in three trials. This is another story to keep an eye on next month.

15. “N.H. News Roundup: Loon Mountain’s ice fairy tale, Walking for Aaron Swartz” by Kevin Deane Jan. 13, 2014.

If you’ve never seen or heard of an ice castle, check out some of these photos taken by the Associated Press. The one at Loon Mountain looks like it is straight out of a Disney flick.

(Questions, comments or concerns regarding the Top 15? Leave you comments below or reach web editor Kevin Deane at 369-3302 or email him at kdeane@cmonitor.com. Follow him on Twitter at @CM_KDeane.)

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