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CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The biggest story of 2020 was COVID-19, but what other stories happened in 2020?

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12. Neighbor kills man with crossbow in attempt to save him from attack by two pit bulls in Adams

A man who was being attacked by two pit bulls in Adams was accidentally killed by a neighbor who tried to help on February 5.

11. VIDEO: Fox protecting its family, scaring away bobcat in South Hadley

A South Hadley resident captured a video of a fox trying to scare away a bobcat right in his yard on April 25.

10. Hampden teenagers fined $750 each for riding dirt bikes on their property

Four teens were fined $750 each for riding dirt bikes in Hampden on March 2 without proper registration or safety certification.

9. 4 great white sharks detected near Rhode Island shore

Researchers at the Atlantic Shark Institute detected four great white sharks July 8 in the waters near Block Island, Rhode Island.

8. Two horses recovering after being dug out of manure in Ludlow, woman facing animal cruelty charges

The condition of Tia and Shakira’s hooves shocked the rescuers and Nevins Farm barn staff say they are the worst they have ever seen (credit MSPCA-Angell)

A woman is facing animal cruelty charges after two horses had to be dug out of their stalls at a Ludlow home on February 5 because the manure they were standing in had piled so high they couldn’t exit through the doors.

7. How to see the Christmas Star if you missed it

Jupiter and Saturn appeared closer in the sky on December 21 than they have in 400 years. The two planets were so close, that they appeared to be touching, separated by one-fifth the diameter of a full moon, which is otherwise known as the Great Conjunction or Christmas Star.

6. Chicopee middle school teacher out of job after controversial Facebook post about “privilege”

A sixth-grade teacher at Bellamy Middle School in Chicopee lost her job after posting a controversial Facebook post on January 16 that started off by saying “it’ll piss some people off but…what is privilege?”

5. Nor’easters? The storm that may bring Massachusetts significant snow

The term nor’easter is actually a general term for large-scale storms that create winds from the northeast and brings in moisture from the Atlantic Ocean. The added moisture from the Atlantic Ocean can transform a standard snowstorm into a significant snowmaker with gusty winds.

The snowstorm in mid-December brought as much as 24 inches in the Berkshire County, 18 inches in Franklin County, 13 inches in Hampden and 12 inches in Hampshire County.

4. JetBlue flight from Boston’s Logan Airport to LAX returns an hour after take-off

Photo: NBC Boston

A JetBlue flight from Boston’s Logan International Airport to Los Angeles safely returned an hour after takeoff September 10 due to issues with the airplane’s hydraulic system. 

3. When will we find out who the next president is?

President Donald Trump (left) and President-elect Joe Biden (right). (Photos courtesy of Getty Image)

Polls across the United States closed between 6 p.m. and 12 a.m. on November 3 and although normally it is possible to find out who the winner of the election is the night of, the majority of ballots took several days due to the increase in mail-in voting this year.

2. What dog breeds are most affected by extreme heat?

According to a study from Scientific Reports, breed, age, and weight can put certain dogs at higher risk of a heat-related illness. Most at-risk dogs weigh more than 110 pounds and are breeds with flat faces. Dog breeds with the highest risk of heatstroke include the chow chow, bulldog, and pug. The study indicates chows were 16 times more likely to develop heatstroke compared to Labradors.

1. Video: Meteor caught on doorbell camera

A Summerville family caught a meteor entering Earth’s atmosphere on their doorbell video camera on May 14.

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