Top stories of 2014

Clockwise from top left: The scene of a 31-car pileup on I-74, Jennifer Philips, the new Ferris wheel reflected in floodwaters, a razor blade on playground equipment, Kaley Ciluffo, Vivian Boyack, 91, Alice "Nonie" Dubes, 90, and the Rev. Linda Hunsaker, and the Quad-City Times Bix 7. (QUAD-CITY TIMES FILE PHOTOS)

We had two very different stories go viral in very different ways -- and both reached levels we've never seen before.

The first, a story about razor blades placed on playground equipment in March, spread across the globe thanks to being picked up by every country's version of Google and every social network or aggregator we'd ever heard of. (And many we hadn't.)

The second, a story about two women in a 72-year relationship who finally were married in September, spread socially on Facebook, Twitter and more, and traditionally via The Associated Press. BuzzFeed chopped up our story and managed 442,648 page views of their own.

We also connected on a local level with our photos of "Restaurants we remember," celebrating those favorite dining spots that are no longer with us.

And then of course, there's the Bix. The day of the 2014 Quad-City Times Bix 7 became the biggest online traffic day of not just the year, but all-time. Over the past few years, there's been no better place to see the change in our audience's coverage expectations than on Bix day, as readers shifted in droves from the day after to the day of. Each item is linked so you can read it again.

Top stories

Child hurt by razor blades glued to East Moline playground equipment

2 Q-C women marry after 72 years together

Man held in stabbing incident at Davenport bar

Missing Wisconsin baby found alive in West Branch; woman charged

Bettendorf woman molested 5-year-old boy, police say

Weather veteran Swails heads to Cedar Rapids

Pleasant Valley stripped of Class 4A state track title

Teen's suicide puts family on mission for kindness

Liberian woman escapes Ebola outbreak, quarantines self in Q-C

Police investigating fatal crash at 53rd, Brady

Top photo galleries

Photos: 2014 Bix 7, Jr. Bix, Battle Up Brady & festivities

Restaurants we remember

Aerials of the Flooding Mississippi River

Photos: Q-C floods in 2014

Clearing way for new I-74 bridge

Historic photos: Q-C's truck-eating bridges

Photos: 31-vehicle pileup on I-74 bridge

Photos: Q-C media through the years

Photos: River Bandits Ferris wheel

Photos: What's going up?

Top stories

Iowa to play Vols in first round

Three years later, Greenwood continues to improve

Hawkeyes add two to recruiting class

Michigan QB calls Kinnick Stadium, Iowa fans 'most annoying'

Arrest reports put a different 'Kinnick experience' on display

Top Go&Do stories

Top 20 draws at Mississippi Valley Fair

Weather veteran Swails heads to Cedar Rapids

Cassie Heiter leaving WQAD

Danielle Colby takes a different route in her burlesque career

Mermaid body found? No, bad TV

Top stories

Pleasant Valley stripped of Class 4A state track title

PV girls cross country team withdraws from state meet

2014 Iowa prep football schedules

Iowa prep playoff pairings

Iowa district football pairings for 2014 and 2015

Top Quad-City Business Journal stories

Rock 104-9 flips format to country

American TV Furniture Electronics & Appliances to close

'American Pickers' star, Isabel Bloom create smile sculpture

Bandana's chain to bring 2 barbecue restaurants to the Quad-Cities

Los Portales 2 opens in former Carlos O'Kelly's

Top Home & Garden stories

Heucheras bring burst of color to shady areas

Give winter burned shrubs, trees time to grow out

Where the lumber baron lived

Trees to try: 8 good picks for Iowa, Illinois

With new light bulbs, look for lumens not watts

Top Health stories

Activist to visit Q-C, pushes for sexual assault awareness

Nurses in safety gear got Ebola, why wouldn't you?

Mayo Clinic expert outlines effective fecal transplant procedure

Family hopes to win new wheelchair-accessible van

Bleak midwinter: January can intensify feelings of grief

Top Government & Politics stories

Gluba vetoes two major development projects

Top Bustos staffer resigns after negative remarks caught on audio

Harkin creates stir over Affordable Care Act

Iowa ranks high in structurally deficient bridges

City worker set Credit Island traps

Top Education stories

Video cameras found in Davenport school bathroom

Bettendorf PD investigates 'worrisome' Facebook post

Davenport School Board approves time changes

Parents object to Davenport schools' new start and end times

School board OKs later start times

Top columns

The woman in the white face

Rally eases job loss for Terry Swails

Would you spend $1.6M on this?

RI's Hewitt mansion on the auction block

Meteorologists have more than fair-weather friends

Top editorials

Mackenzie verdict indicts drug war

Prostitution sting follows vice online

WANTED: A replacement for Brent Bozell

Legalize Iowa fireworks

Iowa slams door on Amtrak

Top letters to the editor

A single mom responds: Look at deadbeat dads

J Bar ads offend

Gluba's remark was disrespectful

Homicide sentencing was unjust

Gluba doesn't know football

Top @qctimes tweets (most retweets)

The Centennial Bridge is open. Everybody do your happy dance!

St. Louis Cardinals and former Quad-Cities River Bandit outfielder Oscar Taveras dies in car accident in D.R.

Retweet if you're from the Quad-Cities, following us and would like us to follow you back.

Retweet if you voted. Here's a sticker for you. #electionqc Illinois polls are now closed.

Iowa flags at half-staff for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day weekend

Top videos

Powder puff

Video: The fish launcher

Trey Dickerson, Williston State highlights

Star Wars VII trailer

Watch the 80-foot shot by Logan Sheppard

Top live chats

Friday Night Tweets

Election Day 2014

2014 Bix 7

Hawkeyes football

Hawkeyes basketball

Ebola questions answered