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
- Opening of new Dali; Museum in St. Petersburg was top arts story of 2011
The $36 million museum opened on the downtown St. Petersburg waterfront to great fanfare, including ceremonies with Spanish royalty, and crowds remained steady through the year.
- Television shows proved to be worth watching in 2011
While broadcasters gorge on profitable sitcoms and the umpteenth twist on a cops-and-robbers formula (c'mon, NBC, cops and fairy-tale villains? Really?), cable stepped up with a vengeance, pouring resources and creativity into shows which are, quite literally redefining television as we watch.
- A look back at performing arts in 2011
How can you compare, say, a Mahler symphony with a play by August Wilson, and while you're at it, give each a ranking? But here are some highlights and a lowlight or two from the performing arts scene in 2011.
- Sean Daly reflects on his 10 favorite albums of 2011
There's a certain gloom, an edge to this batch of records, a vibe that might mirror the state of the nation.
- Reflections on favorite reads of 2011
Personal favorites from about 150 books read this year that might interest you too.
- 2011 was bright year in filmmaking for Tampa Bay
2011 will be remembered as the year of the dolphin for Tampa Bay's movie community, guided by a tailless bottlenose back into Hollywood's spotlight.
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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