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LA's 2011 Year In Review (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 12/23/11 03:03 PM ET   Updated: 12/23/11 10:11 PM ET

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:

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There's always been a rivalry between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants, but never was it displayed so brutally as on April 2.

After the Dodgers' opening day game, in the team's parking lot, two Dodgers fans brutally beat a Giants fan into a medically-induced coma. In response to public outcry, the Dodgers and the Los Angeles Police Department greatly increased its security presence at games.

In early May, still without a suspect, the LAPD put billboards up across the city offering a $100,000 award for turning in either suspect. On May 23, the LAPD arrested 31-year-old Giovanni Ramirez as a suspect. The next day, Stow's family announced that it would sue the Dodgers and owner Frank McCourt, alleging that poor security contributed to the attack. On July 22, to everyone's shock, two new suspects, Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood, were arrested and Ramirez was declared innocent. The second arrest proved a PR nightmare for the city, the Dodgers and, particularly, the police, who had said they were confident that Ramirez was guilty.

Since being moved to a rehabilitation center in October, Stow continues to show improvement and, in December, gave his first video interview.
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