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The Buffalo News' top tweets of 2013

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The Buffalo News amplified its social media presence in 2013, beefing up content posted to our official Facebook page and embracing newer digital platforms such as Google+, Vine and Pinterest.

The biggest change in The News' social media activity, though, came in the form of a more dynamic and engaging Twitter timeline packed with breaking tweets, pictures, videos, hyperlinks and retweets from members of the BN staff. We even earned the coveted "verified" badge on our profile. 

Of all the tweets that scrolled through our @TheBuffaloNews Twitter stream, the most popular, as determined by Favstar.fm's algorithm, which factors in the number of times a respective tweet is retweeted and favorited, is from Justin Bieber's mid-July concert at First Niagara Center. As of today, it's been retweeted more than 300 times.

 

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Year in Review: The Buffalo News' look back at 2013

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A number of Western New Yorkers kicked off 2013 at the annual ball drop in downtown Buffalo. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

TOP 10 STORIES OF THE YEAR

BEST OF LISTS

PHOTOS OF THE YEAR

By theme:

Photographer picks:

Revisiting the 1983 propane blast in Buffalo that killed 7, including 5 firefighters

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The Dec. 27, 1983, propane explosion at a Buffalo warehouse killed five firefighters and two others. 

The explosion occurred as the result of a mishandled 500-gallon propane tank that had been improperly stored in a four-story warehouse at Grosvenor and North Division streets.

The warehouse was leveled and an entire city block destroyed. The tragedy killed five firefighters and two residents, and severely injured seven other firefighters.

This year, as we remember those who died on the 30th anniversary of the explosion, a look back with a photo gallery and stories from The News' archives.

Also be sure to get Sunday's Buffalo News for Gene Warner's look back and more.

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Revisiting the 1988 Pan Am Flight 103 Lockerbie bombing

The Lockerbie bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 on Dec. 21, 1988, shocked the world. The bombing killed all 243 passengers and 16 crew members, and another 11 people on the ground when large sections of the plane crashed into Lockerbie, Scotland.

Then-Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi eventually handed over two men for trial. In 2001, Libyan intelligence officer Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was jailed for the bombing. He was the only person to be convicted for the attack. He was released by the Scottish government in 2009 after being diagnosed with prostate cancer. He died in May 2012.

Among those killed in the bombing were 35 Syracuse University students and two students from SUNY Oswego College, including Colleen Brunner of Hamburg.

Twenty-five years after the attack, here is a look back at the bombing with stories from our archives. Check out Friday's Buffalo News for a new story from Staff Reporter Dan Herbeck.

From the archives:

Video: Lancaster High School cookie bake

Lancaster High School students talk about their cookie bake for the needy.

Live Weather updates now: Lake effect snow warning

Updates from Day Two of lake effect storm hitting area

Video: T.J. Pignataro on lake effect storm arriving in metro Buffalo

Live: Snowfall, travel updates as storm hits Western New York

Christmas tree atop lighthouse: A beacon for Santa?

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A Christmas tree glows atop the lighthouse at the mouth of the Buffalo River on Monday night, radiating a colorful beacon as it takes the place of the lens for the light, which is under repair. A most unusual sight, to say the least. This may be the first time ever that a Christmas tree has been placed atop the Buffalo lighthouse. (Photo by Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

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