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December 20, 2011 at 11:04 AM

Most watched videos of the year: Surveillance video, Boeing planes, a visit to Bruce Lee's grave

The most watched videos on seattletimes.com indicate a voracious appetite for raw surveillance video, all things Boeing and Amanda Knox. But the No. 1 most watched video for 2011 involves a trip to a cemetery – specifically, UFC Champion Dan Hardy’s visit to the grave of his hero, Bruce Lee.

Other top -viewed videos include the ones accompanying the sweeping look at the removal of the Elwha River Dams and the video that captured the day Erik Martin, a Bellevue boy, became Electron Boy. (The Electron Boy story ran in 2010, but the video remained popular into 2011.)

1. UFC fighter Dan Hardy finds inspiration at Bruce Lee’s grave. Read more: Dan Hardy finds inspiration at Bruce Lee’s grave

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2. Amanda Knox speaks in Seattle. Knox returned to Seattle in October after being freed from an Italian prison where she spent nearly four years. She had been convicted of murder in the stabbing death of her British roommate in Perugia, Italy, in 2007. The conviction was overturned by an appeals court. Read more: Amanda Knox, home at last

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3. Surveillance video of a man shoved by a deputy. Christopher Sean Harris of Edmonds suffered a catastrophic brain injury in May 2009 when he was shoved into a wall by a sheriff’s deputy. King County Sheriff released security video of the incident. Read more: Witnesses at trial tell how deputy shoved man, injuring him ; $10M settlement for man shoved into wall by King Co. deputy; jurors react to video

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4. Removing the dams, restoring a river. It’s the largest dam-removal project in North America, and a second chance for the Elwha River valley, where dams have blocked salmon runs for more than a century. Two dams on the Elwha river are being taken out in a $325 million grand experiment that’s one of the most ambitious ecological restoration efforts in the U.S. Read more at Special Report: Elwha

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5. First flight of Boeing’s 747-8 Intercontinental. Boeing began initial test flights of the 747-8 Intercontinental, Boeing’s largest passenger plane, at Paine Field on Sunday, March 20, 2011. Read more: Boeing’s biggest passenger jet completes first flight

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6. Dashboard video during John T. Williams shooting. (Warning, contains graphic audio and video) The King County Prosecutor’s Office released this dashboard camera video shot from the car of Seattle police Officer Ian Birk when he confronted John T. Williams and fatally shot him. Read more: Birk resigns from Seattle Police Department and Inquest jurors split over Seattle police shooting

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7. The new Boeing 747-8 unveiled. Boeing revealed its 747-8 Intercontinental plane with eye-popping paint job, seen behind a model of the passenger jet, at an event Sunday, Feb. 13, in Everett. Read more: Boeing’s biggest passenger jet completes first flight

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8. Electron boy. Erik Martin, a Bellevue boy whose experience as the superhero Electron Boy went viral on the Internet, died in September. This video captures his day as a superhero. Read more: Electron Boy lit up the lives of many

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9. Dash cam video: Stomping incident. This dash cam video shows the scene where a Seattle police officer was captured stomping on the head of a man who was handcuffed and lying on the ground outside a Ballard bar in December 2010. Seattle police have opened a criminal investigation into an off-duty officer who stomped on the head of a man who was handcuffed and lying on the ground. Read more: Seattle police officer faces criminal probe in brawl outside Ballard bar

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10. Mount Rainier Gondola opens at Crystal. Costing millions and beset with delays, the gondola at Crystal Mountain – the only gondola in a Washington state ski resort – opened New Year’s Day to delighted skiers. Read more: Mountain highs on Crystal gondola and Sunrise road

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