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Bill White's last look at the year's top stories

Reading all these year-in-review recaps has left me a little groggy, so forgive me if my own look at 2013's top stories veers in and out of reality.

January: Bethlehem police deny favoritism after citing motorist for obstructing New York Jets coach Rex Ryan's safe path through a red light.

February: Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan ejected from high school wrestling match for grabbing microphone from announcer and trying to make a speech about benefits of a single trash hauler for the city.

Rather than risk his reputation as someone who is indifferent to the needs of anyone who isn't a corporate contributor, Gov. Tom Corbett decides not to expand Medicaid.

Weather anomaly strands loons all over the Lehigh Valley.

Former graduate student, who attended Lehigh University free because her father is a professor, sues for $1.3 million because one of her teachers gave her a C+.

Those last two were not related.

March: Bethlehem police incorporate New York Jets logo into their uniform patches.

Poll demonstrates that Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski would defeat Corbett if the election were held today.

Corbett hospitalized after suicide attempt.

April: Lehigh Valley International Airport celebrates first commercial flight of the year.

IronPigs draw attention of nation with new game in which fans having bowel movements pretend they're bombing Japanese ships at Midway.

May: Gov. Corbett undergoes lap band surgery in hopes of improving his chances for re-election.

Platinum Plus wins special Lehigh Valley's Top Workplaces award for having friendliest employees.

June: Macungie Mayor Rick Hoffman moves to Virginia and resigns, leaving huge void in borough law enforcement.

Pawlowski kicks gubernatorial campaign into high gear by announcing his political action committee has surpassed the $50 mark.

Developers nearly succeed in arguing that they should get tax incentives to build a shopping center in one of the state's fastest-growing suburban communities.

No, really.

July: Elliott Spitzer political comeback put on hold as he goes on trial for unpaid lap dance debt at Tattletales North.

Developer Abe Atiyeh gains national attention for posting video of gunfire-laced tirade about the way municipalities keep rejecting his proposals.

Historic preservationists outraged over plans to raze vintage Burger King next to King George Inn.

August: Recognizing that it's not likely to accomplish anything constructive anyway, House GOP leadership officially decides to conduct no business for rest of year except repeated votes to repeal Obamacare.

Bowing to its repeated inclusion among the nation's top party schools, Lehigh University redesigns its official seal to include a beer pong table.

Third Circuit Court of Appeals rules that Easton Area School District must replace its "Educating for Life's Journey" slogan with "I Love Boobies."

September: Demonstrating commitment to prudent spending, gubernatorial candidate Pawlowski launches whistle stop tour in dilapidated pickup truck.

Poll reveals Gilberton police Chief Mark Kessler would defeat Corbett.

Faced with rebuke from the courts over its apparent attempt to suppress Democratic votes, state GOP proposes to extend list of acceptable voter ID to include personalized yachting caps and polo club membership cards.

As dismal season nears end, Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro concludes the team is too young and inexperienced.

October: Stung by criticism of new Obamacare website, president argues that it works fine on his Atari.

Republican U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent wins national acclaim for not being a lunatic.

Tom Corbett apologizes for comparing gay marriage to Naked Shoctoberfest.

Petition launched to eliminate Northampton's Konkrete Kids mascot because it's offensive to overweight children.

November: Allentown Neighborhood Improvement Zone Development Authority Chairman Sy Traub resists efforts to ensure development in the Neighborhood Improvement Zone includes a living wage, arguing that it would sully the "free market," which in this case involves giving millions in taxpayer dollars to private developers.

Poll reveals Toronto Mayor Rob Ford would defeat Corbett.

President Obama finally apologizes for hiring Dennis Rodman to oversee Obamacare website.

AARP signs on as new Phillies sponsor.

December: State Supreme Court unanimously decides to let public bodies skirt the Sunshine Act and meet privately with developers before voting on their plans.

Judicial merit selection discussions resume.

State economy remains sluggish, except for consultants to Allentown's water-sewer lease plan.

bill.white@mcall.com 610-820-6105

Bill White's commentary appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

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