A lot happened in Highland Park in 2013. When Patch took a look at its most read stories, some of which had national appeal. There were some surprises as well.
We will be taking a look back through Wednesday listing the 10 most read stories. Our countdown now has numbers four through 10.
Feel free to write in the comments what you think one through seven will be and you can see if you were correct.
4. One of Highland Park’s top stories two years ago was the arrest of Oded Orbach for trying to sell arms to the Taliban, shocking his Highland Park neighbors. When he was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison earlier this month, it zoomed to No. 4 on this year’s list.
5. A year ago the death of Jaclyn Santos Sacramento, 5, was a top story. As the prosecution of Carly Rousso for the death works its way through the courts, interest evoked a lot of emotions when Rousso’s lawyer tried to have four of the six counts against her declared unconstitutional. A story describing the opinion of Northwestern University law professor Joe Maergulies on the issue was the fifth most read article of 2013. The court will rule Jan. 22.
6. During Highwood’s Pumpkin Festival, Rabbi Michel Sommer shaved the head of Chicago Bears’ Center Roberto Garza to benefit St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s fight against pediatric cancer. At the time, Sommer’s son, “Superman” Sam Sommer, was in remission from his leukemia. Very sadly, Sam lost his battle with the disease Dec. 15. He was 8. Donations can still be made to St. Baldrick’s as well as the Sam Sommer Fund at Congregation Am Shalom. That story will be featured later this week.
7. The Highland Park Police got an anonymous tip in July, started working with the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office. The result busted a house of prostitution in Highland Park.
8. Less than a week before Thanksgiving, a new Highland Park family lost its home to fire. A few days after that, the family expressed its thanks to those who helped.
9. After a woman was hit by a car in downtown Highland Park on a Saturday evening in October, she was cited for jaywalking and the motorist arrested for driving with a suspended license.