One of our most-read stories of the year was the piece about Brattleboro petitioning to try President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney for war crimes. The story was linked to by the Drudge Report, and we had massive traffic from across the country. The petition made the ballot on Town Meeting Day and both Brattleboro and Marlboro voted in favor of the resolution. An update: activists in Brattleboro now want President-elect Barack Obama to pardon the pair after the planned war crimes trial, which presumably would take place in Brattleboro, if either man ever visited Vermont.
Remember 2007? The most popular story back then was about a woman who was charged with animal cruelty for frightening a police dog. It's odd what the Internet does with news.
One other unusual story that was in our top 100 for 2008, which was written in 2007: a man was acquitted after being charged with driving drunk – on a 1968 Cub Cadet lawnmower.