1. A dropped pass and a missed field goal keep Joe Flacco and the Ravens out of the Super Bowl.
2. Las Vegas billionaire Sheldon Adelson becomes Mr. Super PAC by pumping millions into Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign.
3. Riots in Athens kick off a year of public unrest over the European debt crisis.
4. Federal regulators approve Chicago-based Exelon's takeover of Constellation Energy, leaving Baltimore without a Fortune 500 headquarters.
5. United Nations efforts to stop the civil war in Syria fail, with a shaky cease-fire giving way to fiercer bloodshed.
6. Michael Andretti and local investors take over the beleaguered Baltimore Grand Prix just three months before it is scheduled to take place.
7. The Baltimore Sun turns 175.
8. Baltimore Comptroller Joan Pratt questions the purchase of new, high-tech phones by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's administration, a dispute that devolves into a lawsuit.
10. Dozens of tall ships crowd Baltimore's harbor for Sailabration, the kick-off of the city's commemoration of the War of 1812.
11. A report faults Penn State football coach Joe Paterno for covering up the child sex abuse committed by former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.
12. A derecho blows through the Baltimore region, leaving hundreds of thousands without power for days during a heat wave.
13. A water main break in downtown Baltimore shuts down Light Street for days.