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.


1. Who is the Route 29 Batman?

View Photo Gallery : Leonard B. Robinson has spent thousands on his Batman costume and the memorabilia he gives to area children hospitalized with life-threatening illnesses. Read related story.

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

View Photo Gallery: Superstorm Sandy causes evacuations, closings throughout the East Coast.

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

View Photo Gallery : Ten years after snipers John Allen Muhammed and Lee Boyd Malvo terrorized the region, those who were directly affected are still haunted by their memories.

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)


1. Distinguished homes of the D.C. area

View Photo Gallery : The Washington Post’s picks of distinguished homes on the D.C. area market.

2. Peeps Show 2012

View Photo Gallery : Presenting the winner of our sixth annual Peeps Diorama Contest, along with the other four finalists and a few dozen of our favorites.

3. 40 dishes every Washingtonian must try

View Photo Gallery : The region’s most essential pupusa, to-die-for milkshake, mouthwatering mussels and herculean sandwiches, all nominated by readers.

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/ )

Click here to see the gallery.

5. Eat like the Obamas

View Photo Gallery : More than any other First Family in recent memory, Barack and Michelle Obama have embraced the local restaurant scene. We’ve compiled a list of destinations where at least one of them has dined (though what they actually ate is often a state secret), along with commentary from Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema. Click the bold text of each caption to see each restaurant’s full review.