#Bestof2013: Most read Press-Telegram stories from 2013

A love story that came to an end. A giant fish is discovered. And a high school football team makes a name for itself. These and more made up the top eight most read stories on www.PressTelegram.com this past year by Long Beach area residents.


  1. 8. In February, 24-year-old Serena Medina was tragically killed in a hit-and-run after an altercation outside Taco Beach restaurant and bar. A candle-light vigil for the Long Beach mother drew nearly a 100 and two men were arrested shortly after the incident.
  2. 7. The Cristianos family survived the wrath of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay after their business, Nino's Italian Restaurant, was revamped by the "Kitchen Nightmares" team.
  3. 6. We cheered as St. John Bosco High School football not only dominated all the local high school teams, but also defeated perennial state power Concord De La Salle in the state Open Division championship game and earned themselves a state title.
  4. CIF Football: St. John Bosco vs. De La Salle, CIF State Championship 2013
  5. 5. The community mourned the loss of Bobby San Jose, a former Wilson High School standout athlete who went on to play quarterback at UCLA and Cal State Long Beach, after he was hit by a vehicle near Heartwell Park in Long Beach in October.
  6. 4. Long Beach Unified School District took action against false accuser Wanetta Gibson in court and recovered $2.6 million in June in the 2002 Brian Banks case. Gibson was a student at Long Beach Poly High when she first sued the district for having lax security and an unsafe environment after she falsely accused Banks, a promising football star, of rape.
  7. Brian Banks' rape conviction reversed
  8. 3. National news compelled local readers when surveillance video was released of Aaron Alexis, who killed 12 people inside the Washington Navy Yard in September, stalking victims. 
  9. Video Footage of Shooter at Washington Navy Yard
  10. 2. An 18-foot oarfish found off Catalina fascinated readers and sent them a buzzing on social media in October, especially after a second "sea-serpent" washed ashore in Oceanside