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2010 | Year in Review

The event that made 2010 what it was started with an ominous hiss of gas, followed by a flash of green, followed by a concussive boom, followed by what those who there would call a tornado of fire. The blowout preventer didn't work. The containment dome didn't work. The junk shot didn't work. The top hat didn't work. Spring became summer, summer became fall, and the oil kept gushing into the gulf. We are a country reared on the idea that tomorrow will be better than today. But as the oil kept coming, the economy kept reeling, and our visceral reactions to the tandem catastrophes turned into a series of rattled, out-of-character questions. When will it be fixed? When will it get better? Will it ever? Can't fix the economy. Can't stop the oil. This was the year of can't.

In this aerial photo taken in the Gulf of Mexico, an oil slick is seen as The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns April 21, 2010.
[Gerald Herbert | Associated Press]
2010's top stories
  • The year of can't
    As the oil spill kept coming andthe economy kept reeling, our visceral reactions to the tandem catastrophes turned into a series of rattled, out-of-character questions.
  • The top 10
    Times editors' picks for the top ten stories of 2010.
  • Here at home
    Homelessness, mass transit, Rays ballpark top Tampa Bay's 2010 stories.
  • It wasn't all bad: Top feel-good stories of 2010
    Foreclosures. Oil spill. Unemployment. This year didn't lack for bad news. But if you look hard enough — and we did — you can find some good news in 2010.
The year in photographs
The year in business
  • Florida's precarious economy
    2010's top stories spanned from the BP oil spill to the foreclosure mess to the state's job crisis.
  • 10 who mattered
    Columnist Robert Trigaux names 10 people who made a difference in the bay area business scene.
  • Buzzwords
    From robo-signers to WikiLeakers — as we exit 2010, here's a brief look back at how our vocabulary expanded.
The year in sports
  • Top athletes
    Times sports columnist Tom Jones picks the year's oustanding performers.
  • AP's 10 sports stories
    Associated Press voters name the year's biggest sports stories.
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  • Notable deaths
    Actors, writers, athletes, civil rights leaders and inventors were among the famous people who passed on in 2010.
  • Notable disasters
    Humanity and nature collide.
The arts
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