WLRN's Five Most Popular Stories For Dec. 30-Jan. 3

Jan 6, 2014

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As 2013 came to a close, you were most interested in stories about Pope Francis to tourism in South Florida. There were some others, too.

Here's what topped our charts this week. 

PHOTOS: This Is How South Florida Babies React To SnowEven South Florida preschoolers are feeling the polar vortex. Armed with an ice machine, Marty Enis, owner of Florida Ice Manufacturing, brings snow to the South. Here are photos of the kids' reactions to their personal winter wonderland.

Florida Is Weird. But Here's What Was Weirdest This Year: From Regis Philbin workout videos to live gators used as currency, here is a compilation of the weirdest news stories from 2013. Let's hope 2014 is just as bizarre, in a good way.  Stay weird, Florida.

Caribbean Deluge Disaster Raises New Climate Change Warnings: Christmas Eve was more disastrous than joyful for many families living in the Caribbean. Fifteen inches of torrential rain fell on the eastern islands. The resulting floods and landslides killed at least 13 people. Was climate change the cause of this catastrophe?

New World Pope Challenges Old World Church: Francis Is Top LatAm Story in 2013: Pope Francis is probably the most popular pope to date. Is it because of his inclusive nature?  That voicemail he left for those Spanish nuns? Here, WLRN reporter Tim Padgett uncovers the reasons behind the Pope's fame.

Turks & Caicos Drownings Latest Sign Of Spike In Haitian Migration: The capsizing of a boat carrying Haitian migrants on Christmas Day caused the deaths of at least 17 of the 50 passengers. This comes just a month after another boat capsized off the coast of the Bahamas, killing 30 Haitian migrants. The increase in tragedies like these are causing concern about illegal immigration in the Caribbean and the United States.