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2013 Year in Review

Pictures of the year: Times photographers' favorite photos

Images that convey their own unique story beyond the news — a loggerhead sea turtle's journey into the gulf, a compelling sunset over the border towns of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas, torn apart by drug trafficking — images chosen by the photography staff of the Tampa Bay Times from their best work.

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  1. The top 10 Tampa music stories of 2013, No. 5: Caroline Kole's breakout year

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    People have long known big things were in store for Caroline Kudelko, the pop-country prodigy from Clearwater who went by the name Suite Caroline and later Caroline Kole.

  2. The best Tampa Bay concerts of 2013, Part 3: Justin Bieber, Coastline Festival, Twenty One Pilots and more

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    (All week on Soundcheck, our contributors are looking back at the best local concerts of 2013. Today: Hannah Elliott and Max Asayesh-Brown, music critics for the Tampa Bay Times’ high school newspaper, tb-two*.)

    Two Door Cinema Club performs during the Coastline Festival on Nov. 9 at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa.
  3. The top 10 Tampa music stories of 2013, No. 6: 'Spring Breakers' shows off all our s---

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    It was the film on every hipster’s candy-colored lips: Spring Breakers, which was filmed in St. Petersburg in 2012 but finally saw release in March of this year.

  4. The top 10 Tampa music stories of 2013, No. 9: Taylor, Selena, Rihanna and more pop divas storm the Forum

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    (Through the end of the year on Soundcheck, we’re counting down some of the top local music stories of 2013.)

  5. Tampa Bay's best concerts of 2013, Part 1: Depeche Mode, Sigur Ros, Leonard Cohen and more

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    (All week on Soundcheck, our contributors are looking back at the best local concerts of 2013. Up first: tbt* and Soundcheck editor Jay Cridlin.)

    Best Coast performs at the Gasparilla Music Festival on March 10, 2013, in Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa.
  6. The top 10 Tampa music stories of 2012, No. 10: Bands, brewers team up for music-themed beers

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    (Through the end of the year on Soundcheck, we're counting down some of the top local music stories of 2013.)

  7. 13 trends to love or leave in 2013

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    The end of the year is a time for personal reflection, growth and change. And to that end, we have a couple options.

    Darling girl, we hereby grant you the ability to breathe in 2014. This is the Sister Jane lace crop top from Urban Outfitters, $95.
  8. Nine people in Florida in 2013 who did things they shouldn't have ... at drive-throughs

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    I wrote about this almost two years ago. The shenanigans continue.

    "The drive-through," traffic guru Tom Vanderbilt once wrote, "is where one American obsession — mobility — meets another: consumption."
  9. This is a machete.