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The 11 most popular Tribune stories and blog posts in 2012

First Published Dec 28 2012 07:52 am • Last Updated Dec 31 2012 07:48 am

The election. A feel-good obituary. A tragic murder-suicide. Mormons and caffeine. A BYU student’s ‘inappropriate’ attire. Elizabeth Smart’s next chapter. This year’s most popular stories on sltrib.com are as diverse as our readers; serious, sentimental, heartbreaking, uplifting, and sometimes just silly.

From our editorial board’s endorsement of Barack Obama to Elizabeth Smart’s engagement, here are the most popular 11 stories from sltrib.com in 2012:

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1. Obama endorsement: Too Many Mitts

The Salt Lake Tribune’s editorial board endorses President Barack Obama over Mormon and 2002 Olympic honcho Mitt Romney. Few Utahns were surprised, but the rest of the world was shocked. Snopes even had to reassure skeptics that yes, it was indeed true.

2. Val Patterson’s obituary

Val "Rocky" Patterson’s candid and funny self-written obituary struck a chord with readers worldwide, most of whom had never met him. The 59-year-old was diagnosed with throat cancer in the fall of 2011 and began working on the obit then, finishing it about a month before his July, 2012, death.

3. Father is ready to turn page on Utah adoption horror story

When Terry Achane took a new post with the U.S. Army away from his Texas home, his wife said she felt abandoned and put his baby up for adoption in Utah days later. Archane discovered what happened, and a lengthy and complicated legal battle ensued.

4. Josh Powell left voicemail before killing self, sons

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The long, strange story of Josh Powell got even stranger as horrific details continued to emerge in the days after he set off an explosion that killed him and his young sons. This story, about messages he left and the 911 call placed by a social worker, prompted speculation about whether something could have been done to prevent the tragedy.

5. OK, Mormons, drink up - Coke and Pepsi are OK

After years of confusion, the LDS Church posts a statement clarifying that caffeinated sodas are not off-limits to Mormons, and that the faith’s health code reference to "hot drinks" does not go beyond tea and coffee. No word yet whether Mountain Dew sales are up in Utah.

6. Josh Powell’s last act ‘just evil,’ West Valley police chief says

7. Despite tea party PACs, Hatch cruises to easy win over Liljenquist

8. FBI: most wanted fugitive hiding among Mormons?

9. BYU student scolded for her attire in Valentine’s note

10. Mormon group quits LDS Church en masse

11. Elizabeth Smart gets engaged

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