Your Most-Clicked Facebook Posts for 2014

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Your Most-Clicked Facebook Posts for 2014

Facebook is a popular source for NBC Chicago readers to get their news, and in 2014, more people came to our site through the social network than ever before.

Some of the stories got a conversation going; some of the stories satisfied curiosity and some provided critical information. But a few stories went viral and drew huge returns. These are the stories that you liked the best:

No. 10: "Hi, this is Kevin from the Pregnancy Resource Center. Per your request, I am calling to inform you that the test results have come back positive. Congratulations."A Grand Rapids, Michigan student at Aquinas College played this April Fool’s prank played on her teacher. Read the rest of her prank right here.   

No. 9:  The world mourned the tragic death of Robin William’s. His untimely end shocked the people of all ages and backgrounds. The outpouring of support on social media was overwhelming. Read the story here

No. 8: Rats! This story about a 3-year-old boy who was bitten by rats while he slept caught our readers attention, too. The toddler could be seen with open wounds on his face, neck and feet after the rodent attack. His mother said the boy couldn't call for help because of his special needs. Read more about that story here

No. 7: This one hit close to home. A woman who worked multiple jobs was found dead in her van after resting between jobs.  Maria Fernades worked four jobs to make ends meet and would keep a gas can in her car in case she ran out of gas whiling commuting between jobs. The gas can leaked into the back of her car and mixed with carbon monoxide killing the woman in August. Read more here.

No. 6: Positively positive: A woman who worked multiple jobs was found dead in her van after resting between jobs.  Maria Fernades worked four jobs to make ends meet and would keep a gas can in her car in case she ran out of gas whiling commuting between jobs. The gas can leaked into the back of her car and mixed with carbon monoxide killing the woman in August. Read more here.

No. 5: Whoa! There's a dog under that rug? Ellen, a stray dog,received a well need makeover after being rescued by a Chicago Animal Shelter. She was treated by Mutt Hutt to an hour and half grooming process that cut off two pounds of fur. Read more of that story here

No. 4: Next up is the beautiful gesture JK Rowling made to a fan that lost her parents and four siblings in a tragic murder. At the memorial service, Cassidy Stay quoted a line from one of Rowling’s Harry Potter books. The moment gained a lot of attention prompting Rowling to send Stay a care package with personalized items. Read more about the story here

No. 3: “Magazine Makes Fun of Cancer Survivor's Tutu”. This story, based in San Diego, featured a cancer survivor in a tutu running in the LA marathon. Monika Allen said she was offended when SELF magazine used her picture from the marathon to ridicule women who run in tutus in NYC’s Central Park. Read more here

No. 2: The second most popular story of the year on our Facebook was the “Coating on Willis Tower Skydeck's Ledge Cracks Under Tourists” story. A lot of people have been up to the top of the Willis Tower to look down 1,000  feet on to the city, this can be scary alone. But when tourist thought that the ledge was cracking underneath them, readers were intrigued to know more. Read more here

No. 1: Queen of Facebook --  The number one clicked story on Facebook is  “Texas Homecoming Queen Shares Her Crown After Prank Targets Frien."   North Texas high school girls made a promise to make up a prank that targeted their friend. Their friend, Lillian Skinner, was told that she was nominated for the homecoming court, which was a lie. Her friends, Anahi Alvarez and Naomi Martinez devised a plan that would set the prank to shame.The story highlights that people love feel-good stories that showcases people doing good deeds. Read more here

Thanks for reading, NBCChicago's Facebook fans! We look forward to more stories in 2015!

Bears linebacker Lamarr Houston rips 'arrogant' Aaron Rodgers in ESPN interview

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Bears linebacker Lamarr Houston rips 'arrogant' Aaron Rodgers in ESPN interview

Three days after the conclusion of the NFL Draft, Lamarr Houston already fired the first shot in the new chapter of the Bears-Packers rivalry.

After the Bears beat the Packers on Thanksgiving night last season, Houston spouted off on Aaron Rodgers, saying, "I give two flying you know what about him. I really don't like that guy."

The Bears linebacker made an appearance on ESPN's SportsNation Monday and further explained his issue with the Green Bay quarterback, including Rodgers' championship belt celebration:

"He's a little arrogant for me," Houston said. "He's a little too arrogant. He's a cheesehead. I'm a Bear; he's a cheesehead. I have a lot of respect for his game, I will say that. He's a great quarterback and as a player, I have a lot of respect for his game. That whole championship belt thing kinda gets on my nerves."

When asked if Rodgers has ever displayed this arrogance on the field besides the celebration, Houston said:

"He's chimed a few words to me before. And I'll keep that to myself."

It's particularly interesting that Houston takes issue with Rodgers' celebrations considering the linebacker tore his ACL celebrating a sack in the Bears' blowout loss to the New England Patriots in 2014.

Houston recorded seven tackles and a sack of Rodgers in that Thanksgiving matchup last season.

The Bears meet the Packers at Lambeau Field in Week 7 and host Rodgers and Co. at Soldier Field Week 15 in 2016.

Blackhawks' Artem Anisimov undergoes wrist surgery

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Blackhawks' Artem Anisimov undergoes wrist surgery

Artem Anisimov said last week that he and the Blackhawks had to make the most of this offseason to be prepared for 2016-17. On Tuesday, he took care of something that was apparently ailing him.

Anisimov underwent surgery on Tuesday to repair an injury to his right wrist. Blackhawks team physician Dr. Michael Terry said in a statement that, “the surgery went well. We anticipate his return to full hockey activities in approximately six to eight weeks.”

The 27-year-old center played in 77 regular-season and all seven postseason games for the Blackhawks. He was tied for second on the team with three postseason goals (with Marian Hossa and Duncan Keith).

During last week’s closing meetings, Anisimov said he was going to stay in the Chicago area “for a while” before returning to Russia. He also talked about finding the silver lining in the Blackhawks’ early playoff exit.

“We just need to spend our summer wisely, get prepared for the next season and move forward,” he said.

Kameron Chatman the latest to transfer away from Michigan basketball

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Kameron Chatman the latest to transfer away from Michigan basketball

Players keep leaving the Michigan basketball program.

An offseason of roster turnover continued Tuesday, when the school announced that junior-to-be Kameron Chatman has been granted a release from his scholarship and will transfer.

"I honestly don't think I could have had a more quality life experience than I did in Ann Arbor," Chatman said in the announcement. "I am incredibly grateful for my two years at Michigan. I would like to thank coach (John) Beilein and his entire staff for taking a chance on a small-town kid out of Portland. I know my experience has inspired others as I will take all of my lessons learned to continue my pursuit of becoming the best man and player I can. Go Blue!"

"Kam is a wonderful young man with the potential to mature into a fine college player," Beilein said. "We have enjoyed coaching him over the past two years and wish him nothing but the best."

Chatman becomes the fourth player to transfer out of the program this offseason, joining Spike Albrecht, Ricky Doyle and Aubrey Dawkins. Albrecht announced his decision to attend Purdue on Tuesday, and Dawkins is planning a move to Central Florida so he can play for his father.

Chatman started 17 games over his two seasons with the Wolverines, averaging 3.2 points and two rebounds per game.

Last season, he hit a buzzer-beating, game-winning shot in the Big Ten Tournament to lift Michigan to an upset of top-seeded Indiana. The shot gave the Wolverines a signature win and likely was the difference in the team making th NCAA tournament field.

Chatman was a four-star recruit out of high school, ranked as the No. 25 player in the Class of 2014. He was part of a six-man Michigan recruiting class that season, only two of which remain in Ann Arbor.

Due to NCAA rules, Chatman will have to sit out next season before playing his final two years of eligibility at his next school.