Sometimes it seemed like our world was about to end in 2011. Riot squads and protestors faced off in the streets. Santa Ana winds tore the city apart. Brutal displays of violence shocked the senses and shook our faith.
Some of us Angelenos decided we wouldn't stand for it anymore and assembled en masse against fatal police beatings, the foreclosure crisis, bank fees and tuition hikes. Other times, we partied together to celebrate the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," welcomed a pair of newlywed royals to the city and, in some cases, met neighbors for the first time during the supposed "Carmageddon."
After a year of turmoil, our sports-obsessed city is just starting to see the light. Frank McCourt settled his nasty divorce battle, ending his owner stake in the Dodgers and spurring speculation of exciting new replacements like Magic Johnson, Larry King and Mark Cuban. Basketball fans are watching the throne, waiting to see if the Lakers will take their usual place as league champions or be usurped by the Clippers' new roster. And Los Angeles is crossing its fingers for its very own football team and stadium.
As the year comes to a close, let's remember the endings and toast to new beginnings. Without further delay, we present to you the 11 Biggest LA News Stories of 2011: