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Topic: 2011 | A look back

This is a listing of all of our 2011 Year In Review content. Here, you’ll find our top lists for stories, videos and galleries that got the most traffic and comments, as well as editors’ picks for the best content of the year.

December 24, 2011 at 8:00 PM

What's your business IQ?

A Boeing 787 takes off from Boeing Field for a test flight with Mount Rainier visible in the background. (Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)

BIZ QUIZ | 2011 separated the winners from the losers of the Great Recession. The bigs — Microsoft,, Starbucks — got bigger; a few more small community banks disappeared. Boeing delivered its long-delayed 787 Dreamliner and 747-8 cargo jet and sealed the tanker deal with the Pentagon. So take this test and see if you’re a winner. Good luck!


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December 21, 2011 at 10:32 AM

Videos of the year: Editors' picks

In 2011, Seattle Times photographers and videographers captured the screaming of the Blue Angels and first flights of the Boeing Dreamliner, slipped underwater to see salmon swim in the Elwha River and traveled far and wide to create videos for If you missed any of these videos or would like to view them once more, here are some of our favorites from 2011.

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1. Removing the dams, restoring a river. As a part of a special report on the removal of the Elwha River Dams, photographer Steve Ringman hiked with scientists and dived into streams in order to document the hard work of scientific field work. In doing so, he gathered amazing video of fish swimming by and the environment that will be forever changed by the dam removals.


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December 21, 2011 at 6:05 AM

Royalty tops list of 10 most-viewed photo galleries of the year

On their last public engagement before their April 29 wedding, Prince William and Kate Middleton visited Witton County Park in Darwen, England on April, 11, 2011. (Alastair Grant / AP) World events dominated the list of most-viewed photo galleries on in 2011. And even though Amanda Knox is from West Seattle, the…


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December 19, 2011 at 2:04 PM

Top search terms of 2011 on

Here are the top 10 news terms searched for by readers this year. They mostly reflect the largest news stories of the year, except possibly for the omission of “Japan earthquake” and “tsunami.”

1. Amanda Knox

2. Marijuana

3. 787

4. Mastro

5. Viaduct

6. Darren Berg

7. Immigration

8. Occupy

9. I-1183

10. Amazon

Here’s a word cloud showing the relative popularity of our top internal search terms:


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December 19, 2011 at 6:00 AM

Politics: The topic that drew the most comments in 2011

Demonstrators listen to comments from Rev. Jesse Jackson in the rotunda of the Wisconsin State Capitol building in Madison, Wis., on March 10. (Photo by John Hart / AP) The legions of regular commenters on sure found plenty to argue about in 2011, thanks many times to politicians. Here’s the Top-10 list: (By the…


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December 14, 2011 at 6:28 AM

Rank the top Seattle stories of 2011

We’d like your help in choosing the top local stories of the year. You can contribute to our ranking by weighing random pairs of topics and deciding which was more important (or memorable, or interesting — use your own criteria). If there’s a story you think we missed, use the “Add your own idea” button to…


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