Week in review: what you clicked on
In case you missed our most popular stories, here is a list of what you clicked on last week:
Top lawyer Greg King's shocking and unexpected death sent shockwaves throughout the legal and criminal communities, as well as much of New Zealand. In this story, the Palmerston North lawyer who went head to head with King in the Ewen Macdonald murder trial said he had a feeling of ''tragic numbness'' when he heard of his colleague's sudden death.
2. Home gutted
The story about a Palmerston North character home left uninhabitable after it was destroyed by a large fire was the second most read on ManawatuStandard.co.nz last week. Nobody was injured in the fire, which gutted the Napier Rd villa.
Anna Guy, the sister of slain Feilding farmer Scott Guy, spent last week as an intern on More FM Manawatu's breakfast show. Her colleagues called her a "natural" after two days behind the microphone, but Guy said she still had plenty to learn about broadcasting.
Was it sold at your local Lotto shop? That's what Manawatu readers clicked to see when a Palmerston North resident became more than $60,000 richer after winning Lotto's second division.
The original story about Anna Guy hitting the airwaves was a big hit online also. In this article, Guy said she was fascinated by radio after she appeared as an ''intern'' on a Manawatu radio station show.
The ever-popular, curtain-twitching list of those who have been caught in the region driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol once again cracked the top 10 most-read list last week.
The 'Palmy Rates' Facebook page, which allowed people to anonymously post the full name and a rating of a person's sexual prowess, assuming that the posters had had firsthand experience, got pulled down last week. The potentially defamatory page saw Palmerston North people accused of engaging in incest and having sexually transmitted diseases.
Roadblocks were put in place during an incident on Maxwells Line and College St last week. Police said 29-year old man was removed from a Maxwells Line address after police were called in by someone who feared for his safety.
Feilding High School is in mourning after the death of teacher, hostel manager and sports identity Rick Francis, aged 70. Francis suffered a heart attack a month ago and was taken to Palmerston North Hospital and then to Wellington. He died last Wednesday evening.
Claims of "Farmergeddon" are flying as farmers reel from news their profits could be slashed by more than 40 per cent if a new controversial environmental plan goes ahead.