August

14. Gov. Martin O'Malley, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael E. Busch push through a gambling expansion bill. After a $95 million advertising war between two casino companies, voters approve the plan.

15. Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III retires. He is replaced by California law enforcement veteran Anthony Batts.

16. Baltimore's Michael Phelps becomes the most decorated Olympian of all time, winning two silver medals and four gold in the London Olympics.

September

17. Mother Jones Magazine publishes a video of Mitt Romney disparaging 47 percent of the population as lazy and dependent. President Barack Obama meanwhile insists that taxes be raised on the top 2 percent of earners.

18. An attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, kills four Americans.

October

19. The Orioles host the first playoff game at Camden Yards in 15 years.

20. Hurricane Sandy pounds New York and New Jersey. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and others point to that storm and others as proof that we need to tackle climate change.

November

21. President Barack Obama easily wins re-election, defeating Republican Mitt Romney.

22. Voters in Maryland, Maine and Washington approve gay marriage.

23. CIA Director David Petraeus resigns after an FBI investigation uncovers his affair with his biographer.

24. Palestinian terrorists launch rockets at Israeli cities, and Israel responds with an air offensive against Hamas targets in Gaza.

25. The University of Maryland ditches its decades-old association with the Atlantic Coast Conference for greener (in the fiscal sense, anyway) pastures in the Big Ten.

December

26. President Obama and House Republicans careen toward the fiscal cliff — a combination of mandatory tax increases and spending cuts.

27. After a series of articles detailing problems with Baltimore City's speed camera program, The Sun reports on the case of a man who got a ticket while stopped at a red light.

28. A gunman, after killing his mother, enters Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and kills 26 more people — including 20 children — plunging the country into mourning and leading to a national call for stricter gun laws.

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