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Top 10 stories of 2010: Foreclosures, airport body scanners, Gulf oil spill

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December

It's always fun to look back on the year's most popular stories, the ones that truly resonated with you, our readers. Tampabay.com's top 10 from 2010 offer a mix of hot topics, including foreclosures, airport body scanners, the Gulf oil spill and a touching tribute to a St. Petersburg dishwasher who died in a hit-run accident.

See the stories and some of the top-rated comments from the story discussions:

army_recruits.jpg1. Army welcomes older recruits looking for stability

"I was in for 28 years, retired with great benefits...and yes, a disability. If I had a chance to do it all over, you better bet your butt I would." ~ Zipitydodah

2. Bank of America forecloses on house that couple had paid cash for

foreclosure.jpgWhat everyone needs to note here is that the REAL criminal negligence is on part of the government that did blindly ACCEPTED the foreclosure.  The only really legitimate function of government is to protect private property rights, including overseeing contractual transactions: Where were they, in this case? It should have been no more possible for Bank of America to get away with this, lacking a government record of the imaginary debt, than to grow wings and fly away like a bird." ~ kazvorpal

3. Crist shifts view on Cuban travel restrictions

"Easy headline to print for next 4 1/2 months; "Crist shifts view on _________." ~ tj77

4. Airport body scanners reveal all, but what about when it's your kid?

"This is a strip-search, period. It makes no difference that the technology allows it to be done on an industrial scale, it's a violation of privacy that ultimately has ,at best, no effect on safety. At worst, it exposes frequent fliers to elevated doses of x-ray radiation which may cause more deaths by cancer than the terrorists could ever kill with an airplane." ~ Wimpie

61765742.jpg5. Hit-and-run victim was quiet and dependable, co-workers say

"Thank you Mr. Meacham for writing this article, not just for infusing humanity into this tragedy, but for pointing out what we all should know, that regardless of what Mr. Smith's station in life was, he was someone's child, someone's relative, and someone's friend. Many of us tend to forget that. And to the person who caused his death, if you have any decency in you, turn yourself in and tell the truth. If you don't, and your conscience does not begin to haunt you, you have lost your soul as well as your humanity and I can only feel sorry for you." ~ DanStone

6. Junior Florida Republican Party staffer had $1.3 million charged to party credit card

"Anyone who donates to the Florida Republican Party after all these revelations is either an idiot, or more likely, someone that KNOWS his donation will be the grease for whatever squeaky wheel he needs to get moving. Were I the St. Pete Times, I'd be VERY curious who is still donating and what they are getting from it. Oughta be easy to discern, like shooting ducks in a pond." ~ HarryBosch

7. Sink says she fired aide who passed her message in debate, breaking the rules

Sink Cheats during a debate while bragging about her integrity. Then she fires this poor kid. AFTER she reads the message DURING the debate and gets caught. That's right, blame someone else, AGAIN. Now there's a great example of accountability...just par for the course." ~ Prognosticator

8. Oil hits Louisiana coast, could reach Florida by Sunday

"Led by Newt Gingrich, over 1,450,000 citizens signed a petition to open Alaska's Wildlife Reserve and the Atlantic, Pacific and Florida Gulf coasts, with the tagline: Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less. The names of those who signed are now a matter of public record. I would personally like to invite each and every one of them to come clean up their mess. Please bring buckets, rags and gallons Dawn detergent with you. Oh, and we won't pay you, as Gulf Coast residents will be paying for years to come, in the way of lost employment, loss of natural habitat, higher costs on seafood, lower property values and declining tourism. It's time these armchair developers take personal responsibility for the havoc they wreak on our state." ~ Rusty1

9. 2 Tampa police officers shot, killed during traffic stop

Cop killers are very likely to get the death penalty...if they survive getting caught. Enjoy your next few hours of freedom, thugs, life as you know it is over." ~ LOL AL

10. Tampa police say employee's suspension a matter of integrity

"Why does evryone have to play a racial card. That's why there is still a lot of discrimination. If Riggins was related all she had to do was take her boss, Castor, aside and tell her. How hard is that? Common sense not black or white. Grow up!" ~ nykin15

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