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Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 12/27/2012

Top D.C. region stories of 2012

Superstorm Sandy and the D.C. sniper. The Route 29 Batman and a guide to eating like the Obamas. These were the most-read Washington Post stories about the D.C. region and its people in 2012.

Take a look back at the stories and photo galleries that got Washington’s attention over the 12 months.

THE TOP 5 LOCAL STORIES

1. Who is the Route 29 Batman?

When “Batman” was pulled over in March by police on Route 29 in Silver Spring, his true identity was revealed: Leonard Robinson of Owings Mills. (Photos Video)

2. Turning the tables on anti-abortion protest


Todd Stave. (Ricky Carioti - THE WASHINGTON POST)

Todd Stave, the landlord of a clinic in Germantown that provides abortions, founded the group Vote for Choice to turn the tables on the anti-abortion protesters harassing his family.

3. Hurricane Sandy: Lives updates

Hurricane Sandy — a.k.a “Frankenstorm” and “Superstorm Sandy” — hit the Eastern Seaboard in October, devastating parts of New York and New Jersey.

4. For CIA family, the aftermath of a deadly suicide bombing


Jennifer Matthews, at home with her children in London in 2005. (FAMILY PHOTO)

Jennifer Matthews was on assignment in Afghanistan in 2009 when a suicide bomber killed her and six other CIA operatives. This year, family members broke their silence on how her death affected them. (Photos)

5. D.C. sniper, 10 years later

A decade after the Washington area was paralyzed by a shooting spree that left 10 dead and three wounded, Lee Boyd Malvo admitted to the Post: “I was a monster.” (Video | Graphic | Archives)

THE TOP 5 LOCAL GALLERIES

1. Distinguished homes of the D.C. area

2. Peeps Show 2012

3. 40 dishes every Washingtonian must try

4. Your Washington Valentines


Your Washington Valentines: Readers submitted their D.C.-themed one-liners, which included “I love you from the Foggy Bottom of my heart” and “I’ll sponsor yours, if you sponsor mine.” ( Background image provided by Igor Kovalchuk/Shutterstock.com )

Click here to see the gallery.

5. Eat like the Obamas

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