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May 31, 2013 8:11 PM

Counting down 60 top stories of 60 years: #5-2

There are just five stories left in our countdown of the top 60 local stories of the past 60 years.

Many things that happen here on the Central Coast end up making news across the country and even around the world.

Eyes all over the world focused on Santa Maria in June of 2005. That's the number five story on our top 60 countdown.

Michael Jackson was on trial in Santa Barbara County. He faced child molestation, conspiracy, and alcohol charges.

A 15-year old cancer survivor accused the singer of getting him drunk and molesting him several times in 2003.

The jury found Jackson not guilty of the ten felony and four misdemeanor charges against him.

Just outside of Cal Poly's Spanos football stadium, 18 pillars mark the number four event on our countdown.

Mustang Memorial Plaza is a constant reminder of a deadly plane crash.

On October 29, 1960, an airplane, carrying the Cal Poly football team home from a game in Ohio, crashed just after taking off from a Toledo airport.

The crash killed 16 football players, the team's manager, and a Cal Poly booster.

The largest earthquake in San Luis Obispo County history takes the number three spot.

The 6.5 magnitude San Simeon quake struck on December 22, 2003 at 11:15 a.m.

Jennifer Myrick, 22, and Marilyn Frost-Zafuto, 55, died in Paso Robles when the Acorn building collapsed.

Forty-seven others were hurt.

The number two story in our countdown also received the most votes in our online poll: the disappearance of Kristin Smart.

Smart disappeared from the Cal Poly campus on May 25, 1996. She has never been found.

Smart was last seen walking back to her Muir Hall dorm from an off-campus party.

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office is still investigating. They review Smart's case monthly, and the FBI has her investigation on file as "high-priority".

Her disappearance inspired the "Kristin Smart Campus Security Act of 1998."

The law requires public colleges to have agreements between campus security and local police about missing students and acts of violence involving students.

There is also a memorial in Kristen's honor at Dinosaur Caves Park in Shell Beach.

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