Top News Stories of 2011

Hey everyone! Happy Tuesday. I hope you all all had a lovely Christmas. This week has officially been dubbed, THE BEST OF 2011 WEEK. I dubbed it myself...because I can do that kind of thing. So this week, we will look back at what was the year 2011. How crazy is it to think that 2012 is almost upon us! Without further ado...here are some of the top news stories of 2011.

Seth's Stories

Okay, this may not have made national news, but here are some fun things that happened to me. I started a new job with Young and Free Maine, a brand new program helping the Gen Y crowd of Maine. I got engaged. I just trimmed my beard today so I don't look like a mountain man (hardly newsworthy). I think that's about it...Now to our regularly scheduled material.

Gabrielle Giffords Shot and Recovers

On January eighth in Arizona, an assailant opened fire at a grocery store killing six and wounding 13. Among those injured was Rep. Gabrielle Colson who was shot in the head. The bullet went through her brain, and even though she was in critical condition, slowly but surely she began to recover. While the story itself was a shock and saddening to many across the nation, we all found hope in seeing Giffords recover. After a long and hard ten month recovery, ABC news did a story on Giffords where she then went on camera to talk about her experience. Granted, she still has a long way to go, but her story was one of hope. She showed how good can come out of a seemingly awful situation.

War Ends in Iraq

On March 19, 2003, the United States launched an invasion of Iraq. Initially, there was suspicion that Saddam Hussein and Iraq had possession of weapons of mass destruction. After years of fighting, the overthrowing of the Hussein regime, his death and helping with a new democratic Iraqi government, Barack Obama found it fit to end the war in Iraq.  The last of the troops were removed in December.

Occupy Wall Street

According to the folks at Occupy Wall Street website, the protesters involved are fighting back against the "One Percent". These are the richest people in our nation, and people that are writing the rules of what they believe to be an unfair global economy. Regardless of what you believe on the issue, it is hard to overlook the movement and the following they received. People from all across the country started their own occupy centers and movements. Those cities included larger ones such as L.A., and smaller venues like Portland and Bangor, Maine.

Steve Jobs Dies

Steve Jobs, the co founder of Apple passed away after his fight with pancreatic cancer. He was only 56 years old, but impacted the world that few have in the past. Jobs was one of the innovators behind many of Apple's products including the iPhone, iPad and iTunes. Fans paid tribute to him in various ways.

Notable Deaths

Amy Winehouse, Osama Bin Laden, Elizabeth Taylor, Any Rooney, Clarence Clemmons (Bruce Springstein's saxophone player) and Frances Bay (Happy Gilmore's mom) all passed away in 2011. For a list of other famous icons who passed away in 2011, check out this article.

Those are just a few of my top stories from 2011. This year was definitely a year packed with tons of newsworthy material. If I included it all...well, you'd be reading until the end of 2012. Let's be honest, you don't want to do that, do you? I didn't think so!

What struck you as an important news story of 2011?

Seth P.