Top Lodi stories of 2013

Today’s paper features the region’s No. 2 story of 2013 as judged by Record readers: The horrific Lodi crash that killed five members of the Miranda family and an unborn child. Lone survivor Eden Miranda, 9, is now an orphan.

This is undoubtedly the biggest Lodi story of 2013 – not just the crash and the pending trial of the drunk driver who caused it, but the way the community banded together in the aftermath of such a devastating event.

It wasn’t the only newsworthy story in Lodi this year, however. Here’s a list of stories that I think round out Lodi’s top stories of the year (in no particular order).

  • Lodi Unified pays $4.75 million to the family of Diana C., a special needs student who was molested on a school bus by driver Richard Evans.
  • Trinchero Family Estates Winery announces plans for a $300 million expansion.
  •  Premeditated murder or accidental discharge? Richard Welker is on trial for murder in the death of his roommate Arlie Druen. Welker said he was showing off a gun that discharged. Prosecutors say he knew the gun would go off, and he planned to kill Druen.
  • FCB Homes gains approval for its 232-home Rose Gate subdivision in west Lodi, the first major housing project since the economic downturn.
  • Lodi Unified retracted a controversial  social media policy after it sparked national opposition from First Amendment groups and spurred student protests.
  • A proposed moratorium on wine marketing events has been a seemingly never-ending drama for Lodi vintners.

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