A COVID-Free Look Back at the Top Stories for NBC DFW in 2020

As the year draws to a close, we bring you the annual look back at some of the big news stories that garnered the most attention in 2020 — except for any of those related to the pandemic, because we’re all tired of hearing about COVID-19.

North Texans also logged-on and tuned-in to read about the death of George Floyd and the turning-point in a worldwide movement combating police brutality and racism — and that led to protests at home and around the country. Readers also read about the loss of icons like Charlie Pride and soldiers like Vanessa Guillen, but also of the capture of two accused killers who had eluded the authorities for years. Of course, there were more offbeat stories that made news as well — things like Murder Hornets, mysterious sea creatures, UFOs and fireballs. Without further delay, here are the most viewed articles of 2020 — except for those that had anything to do with the pandemic.

Jack Wilson, the armed churchgoer who stopped a gunman who opened fire inside a White Settlement church in December 2019 killing two people, was awarded the state’s highest honor, the Governor’s Medal of Courage, at the Texas Governor’s Mansion.

Jan. 26 — The Loss of a Legend: Kobe Bryant, Daughter Killed in Helicopter Crash
Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash on Sunday. The Los Angeles Lakers star played 20 years in the NBA, inspiring athletes everywhere. With cans of spray paint, brushes and a ladder, local DFW artist Theo Ponchaveli brought Bryant and his daughter to life in a mural in Dallas.

Jan. 28 — Dallas’ Purple Slime Mystery Solved
Neighbors thought a passing plane was to blame for the purple slime that landed on vehicles near Dallas Love Field on Jan. 9, but that was not what turned out to be the cause.

Jan. 31 – Quick Fix to Bad Credit Ends in Jail
Some ads suggest a CPN (Credit Privacy Number) is a magic solution, a way to boost your credit score, so you can get that new credit card, a new car or a new house. NBC 5 Investigates found using a CPN to establish credit is in violation of federal law that could land you in jail.

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