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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.
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.
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)