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‘Nipplegate,’ red tide, threats to our schools. These were your big stories in 2018

Which stories did you click the most in 2018?


They were stories about “nipplegate” and “bra-cotts.” And threats to our schools after the massacre in Parkland.



And red tide in our water, in our air and on our beaches. Lots of red tide, the story of the year in Bradenton and Manatee County as decided by you, the readers, and the stories you read on Bradenton.com in 2018.


You also read about crime. And happier news, about a Palmetto lottery winner and when the cast of a reality show set on “Siesta Key” checked out the scene at a popular watering hole in Bradenton.


1. School tells Bradenton girl to cover up her nipples
A Bradenton student said she was asked to cover her nipples with bandages after they became a distraction for other students at Braden River High School. Lizzy Martinez, 17, decided not to wear a bra under her gray long-sleeve shirt, and school officials felt she became a target of her classmates’ stares. But Martinez says the humiliation began when a dean called her into the office.




2. His body was dumped on side of the road and set on fire. Cops now know his name
3. ‘They’re all dead.’ That may be why red tide has quit dumping fish on local beaches, official says
4. ‘Bracott’ to take place at Braden River High after student was told to cover
5. Siesta Key’ stars seen filming at Motorworks Brewing in Bradenton
6. Threatening note found at Manatee High School is a credible threat, cops say
7. This red tide update has bad news for Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key
8. Red tide reaches some Anna Maria Island beaches


The first reports of red tide on Anna Maria Island came on Aug. 5


9. When will red tide go away? It’s not looking good
It wasn’t the answer we were looking for.


10. Man kills wife, step-daughter before shooting himself in Lakewood Ranch, cops say

A husband and wife and her teenage daughter were dead after an argument following their 3-year-old’s birthday party turned violent at their Lakewood Ranch home.

The next 15

11. Hundreds of dead fish line Siesta Key beach. Red tide may be heading to Manatee next


12. Is a super bloom on the way? Scientists worry a ‘brown tide’ will merge with red tide


13. Bradenton man charged with raping daughter, posting video on dark web


14. Five Braden River students charged with raping girl


15. Hundreds gather along Anna Maria Island beach in demonstration against red tide


16. Palmetto woman becomes instant multimillionaire with winning scratch-off


17. Two Lakewood Ranch High School students die in crash


18. Construction crane collapses in downtown Bradenton, killing worker


19. Seven Manatee gang members charged with six murders, other crimes


20. Man shot to death at Bradenton bar


21. Red tide gives way to nice day on Anna Maria Island. But that doesn’t mean it will last


22. Red tide renews its nasty grip on Anna Maria Island beaches


23. Construction will close this I-75 ramp in Manatee County for 10 months, FDOT says


24. Going north? This low-cost airline adds nine flight destinations from SRQ


25. Four Winn-Dixie stores in Bradenton, Sarasota among 94 locations closing


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