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Movement. Hundreds of thousands march in the streets of Arab capitals demanding reform. Movement. A giant piece of the Earth's crust shifts and pushes mountains of water across northern Japan. Movement. Tens of thousands — the 99 percent — erect encampments in America's cities demanding change. 2011 may most likely be remembered for these tectonic shifts. At the same time, quiet moments will also be recalled. Of President Barack Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton and military leaders staring intently at computer screens as the world's most wanted terrorist is taken down. Of hundreds of Post-It notes on the window of an Apple store in memory of a technological genius. Of three widows clutching the flags that had draped their police officer husbands' coffins. We look back at the year that was.

2011's top stories
  • Times editors select top 10 stories of 2011
    The biggest news stories of 2011 include the death of Osama bin Laden, a wounded congresswoman's recovery, the shooting deaths of three St. Petersburg police officers, and once again, the U.S. economy.
  • These power pairs will predict the news in 2012
    Predicting the future in 2012 is a cinch. All we're going to be talking about next year is politics and the economy. And even when we're not obsessing about politics — when we're cheering at a hockey game, say, or taking a walk on the pier — we'll still be focused on the ultimate power couple: power and money. Here are five other pairings to get you thinking about a convention, an election, new construction, European obstruction and too many concussions.
  • The top local and state stories of 2011
    Around here, 2011 was a whirl of political change, tragedy and a trial that landed us in Nancy Grace's not-so-good graces. We got a new governor who wasted no time making big decisions and big headlines — and by year's end, got a big indication of what Floridians thought about that.
The year in business

The year in sports
  • From unbelievable to unthinkable
    If you live here in Tampa Bay, 2011 will be remembered like a roller coaster. There were ups with teams such as the Rays and Lightning, and dips with teams such as the Bucs, Bulls and Gators.
The year in photographs
From The Associated Press
The arts

Year in review: Top news, stories and photos of 2011

Year in review: Top news, stories and photos of 2011

From natural disasters like the Japanese tsunami, to the deaths of influential figures like Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and Tampa Bay's Lee Roy Selmon, to the continuing conversation around the U.S. unemployment and economic crisis, we present the top stories and photos of 2011 as chosen by the editors of the St. Petersburg Times. Also included are staff writer picks for the top music albums, television shows, books and filmmaking endeavors that inspired arts and culture in 2011.

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