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Top 10 Most Searched Cities In March 2017 And Why

When a major city appears on the news or makes national headlines, it often sparks a surge in internet searches. People want to know more about who lives there, what makes them special, and how such a big story has managed to develop.

 

Unfortunately, it isn’t always positive news, but the age old saying about no type of publicity being bad publicity rings true.

 

Even when the stories are tragic, scary, or downright bewildering, there’s always a spark of hope, humor, or heroism to be found somewhere. When the dark side of a city starts to show, it is usually chased away by the actions, ambitions, talents, and strengths of its citizens. The lesson to be learned then is that there’s a positive story around every corner.

 

It’s time to take a look at the most talked about cities in March 2017 and find out which stories have been making the front pages.

The Most Searched City In March 2017

New York

In mid-March, New York was brought to a standstill by what was promised to be the worst snowstorm in thirty years [1]. The Mayor of NYC, Bill de Blasio, declared a state of emergency as the Nor’Easter blizzard approached [2]. Even international airlines got spooked, with many canceling New York flights in the run up to the bad weather.

 

Schools were shut down, subway services were stripped back to just a few critical lines, and citizens stockpiled food supplies and waited for two to three days of non-activity. In the end, NYC was spared the worst of the snow and only saw a couple of inches and a whole lot of sleet [3]. Elsewhere, across the northeast, there were some blizzard related deaths.

The Most Searched City In March 2017

New York

So, Nor’Easter did have a serious bite as promised. It didn’t bare its teeth for the good people of New York City though. De Blasio would later concede that the warnings may have been a little exaggerated [4]. Although, after Storm Jonas, you can’t blame them for wanting to be prepared. The 2016 blizzard ended up being one of the heaviest on record for the Big Apple.

The Second Most Searched City In March 2017

Chicago

This March, the city of Chicago earned a dubious achievement. There were six days without any known murders. While it might not sound like much, it hasn’t happened since 2012. It represents a continuing trend for the region, which is seeing a decrease in homicides [5]. According to a Tribune analysis of homicide data, the number of total murders is falling.

 

However, the number of shootings is on the rise. Chicago hasn’t passed a day without a person being shot since 2015, but the authorities are feeling positive about recent changes. They were quick to contrast the situation with recent remarks made by Donald Trump about rampant crime in urban cities.

The Second Most Searched City In March 2017

Chicago

The Chicago Police Department attributes the decrease in homicides to a greater investment in predictive analytics technologies and gunshot detection systems. In other words, the police are now managing to reach more victims before they die [6]. This is being helped by community initiatives and the decision to open more adult trauma centers.

The Third Most Searched City In March 2017

Las Vegas

Las Vegas had a turbulent month in March as two high-profile shooting incidents were streamed live around the world. The first occurred when several men (one wearing a pig mask) entered the renowned Bellagio hotel and opened fire [7]. It is believed that they were attempting to rob a nearby Rolex store.

 

Witnesses watched them use sledgehammers to gain access. Some chilling photos were taken by observers, who ran in all directions and tried to take cover. One of the images shows a man dressed in black, wearing a pig mask, and holding a large rifle [8]. Eventually, police arrived and placed the site on lock down, but it isn’t clear whether all suspects were arrested

The Third Most Searched City In March 2017

Las Vegas

Just one day later, the City of Lights was rocked again when a lone gunman suddenly opened fire on a packed bus. He killed a tourist before surrendering to police [9]. Yet, perhaps the most disturbing part of this story is that they could find no reason at all for the murder. There were no signs it was about to happen and no motive. Just another gun related tragedy.

The Fourth Most Searched City In March 2017

Los Angeles

Los Angeles has got a fight on its hands right now because it has made it to the final two candidates for the 2024 Olympics [10]. The only rival city remaining is Paris after Budapest withdrew its bid. According to reports, public opinion in Hungary is that the bid was a bad idea [11]. It means that LA is the current favorite and could feasibly end up hosting.

 

It would be the first Olympics for the city since 1984. There is a big problem though. While only a few people are giving voice to it at the moment, it can’t be ignored for long. Just how are the infamous Trump ‘executive orders’ and travel bans going to work if a city is trying to bring in athletes from all over the world (including from many Muslim countries)? [12]

The Fourth Most Searched City In March 2017

Los Angeles

More to the point, will any of these athletes actually want to come? It is a question which is sure to play on the collective mind of the IOC when it comes to making a final decision. Already, senior officials have warned that such bans are ‘completely contrary to Olympic ideals.’ Then again, they had no problem letting Russia host, even with its record of homophobic policies.

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The Fifth Most Searched City In March 2017

Washington D.C.

The inimitable radio show host Alex Jones did something very unusual in March; unusual for him, at least. He issued a public apology after promoting a truly bizarre piece of fake news. Somebody, somewhere, started a strange rumor about popular pizzeria Comet Ping Pong [13]. The story is so odd that it’s not clear exactly how it began.

 

However, it has led to some remarkable scenes. The rumors were centered on tales of a child sex ring being operated from the basement of Comet Ping Pong. It allegedly had connections to Hillary Clinton [14]. These rumors encouraged a group of protesters to gather outside the White House and demand an investigation [15].

The Fifth Most Searched City In March 2017

Washington D.C.

Even more bizarre, a gunman entered a branch of the pizzeria, with the intention of forcing answers. In his own words, he wanted to ‘rescue Hillary’s child sex slaves,’ but surrendered when he realized they didn’t exist. Incredibly, there was and is no truth to any of it [16]. That guy is probably feeling more than a little sheepish right now.

The Sixth Most Searched City In March 2017

Houston

In March, Texas State Representative Jessica Farrar filed a motion which took aim at the recent rollbacks of female reproductive services and organizations. House Bill 4260 was not intended to be a serious suggestion, but it does have an important message. The satirical bill promised to make ‘unregulated masturbatory emissions’ illegal.

 

It offered support only for organizations and services which promote abstinence from self-pleasure. Farrar suggested a $100 fine for every emission made outside of a woman or a medical facility [17]. The bill is a very obvious and angry jab at the fact that new laws are making it difficult for women in Texas to access healthcare.

The Sixth Most Searched City In March 2017

Houston

Farrar said she came up with the ideas after getting frustrated with news of reproductive bills being created by men alone [18]. With non-profit organization Planned Parenthood now the target of unrelenting attacks from the Trump administration, the prospect of increasingly conservative healthcare is very real for women in the US.

The Seventh Most Searched City In March 2017

Atlanta

One of the biggest interstate bridges in Atlanta collapsed in a dramatic fashion this March. The Interstate 85, which usually accommodates around 250,000 vehicles every day, has now been reduced to rubble. Remarkably, nobody was hurt after a large section of the bridge gave way [19].

Incredibly, the incident is believed to have been caused by just one man.   He was arrested and charged with arson. Police claim that he started a fire in an area beneath the bridge reserved for construction materials [20]. The blaze grew rapidly and caused serious damage to the structure. Nobody was killed because authorities quickly evacuated all motorists, even though they didn’t expect such a huge collapse to occur.

The Seventh Most Searched City In March 2017

Atlanta

The city is facing a lengthy rebuilding process which is set to take months. As the bridge is so vital, it has a genuine transportation crisis on its hands [21]. Nevertheless, emergency services are being praised for their quick thinking. It is quite clear that the actions of the fire and police department saved many lives.

The Eighth Most Searched City In March 2017

Boston

A strange tale in a Boston neighborhood occurred making Boston the eighth most searched city in 2017. One resident got people all over the world talking when he uploaded an unusual video to Twitter. It showed thirty turkeys walking in slow circles around a dead cat in the middle of the street [22]. The footage was shared thousands of times simply because it looks very odd and a little creepy.

 

While there were nervous jokes about a ‘turkey séance’ made online, the mystery has been cleared up by an animal expert; although, even he is astounded. The expert believes the turkeys were checking out the cat to make certain it wasn’t alive because felines are a big danger for younger birds.

The Eighth Most Searched City In March 2017

Boston

He claims that they were letting curiosity get the best of them while trying to keep at a safe distance. He does admit that the behavior is very atypical [23]. Surely, the more important question is where did these turkeys come from and what were they doing wandering through a quiet Boston neighborhood?

The Ninth Most Searched City In March 2017

Orlando

There is a legal battle going on in Orlando which involves the wife of Omar Mateen, the man accused of carrying out the Pulse nightclub massacre in June 2016. At the beginning of March, a judge ordered that she should be released on bail because she doesn’t pose a flight risk [24]. The request was denied after it came to light that her mother and uncle own an apartment in the Israeli-occupied West Bank [25].

 

It is still unclear whether Noor Salman knew about plans to attack the nightclub. She claims to have had no knowledge of her husband’s intentions [26]. It is hoped that the question of what Noor did and did not know will finally be answered by her upcoming trial. There is bound to be a thorough investigation of her claims that Omar was abusive towards her.

The Ninth Most Searched City In March 2017

Orlando

Emotions and tensions are running high in Orlando right now, and many residents have been quick to judge Salman. The truth, however, is that not much is known about this woman. As is typical in cases like this, most of the news has come from uncorroborated media reports. So, if nothing else, the upcoming trial will be an opportunity for answers.

The Tenth Most Searched City In March 2017

Dallas

Two deaths put the Dallas 911 service into the spotlight in March. One incident involved a babysitter struggling to contact emergency services as a six-month-old infant lay dying [27]. As more news on the story came to light, telecoms giant T-Mobile began to take some major heat and was, for a time, blamed for the tragedy.

 

Yet, there is now evidence to suggest that 911 calls in Dallas are being disrupted by a raft of people making contact and then abandoning the request for help. Protocol means that, even if this happens, operators must ring back and check that assistance is no longer needed [28]. This is causing huge backlogs, and emergency calls are being kept on hold.

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The Tenth Most Searched City In March 2017

Dallas

Sometimes, critically injured and ill people are spending as long as thirty minutes waiting to be connected to an operator. Initially, T-Mobile was blamed for a glitch in its systems, but the claims seem to be unfounded [29]. The Dallas authorities are now facing demands for an extensive system upgrade as its current technology is unreliable and out of date [30].

 

These were the stories that put your cities in the headlines in March 2017. They are a mixture of the weird, wild, and wonderful, with a little bit of sadness as a timely reminder to make great memories, laugh often, and treat others kindly.

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