It takes time, resources, and not a little luck to claw back from a catastrophe on the level of Freddie Gray's death and the subsequent unrest that shook Baltimore and dragged Maryland into the international spotlight.
In 2016, the region struggled on its road to recovery.
One event brought bipartisan cheer: Republican Gov. Larry Hogan completed chemotherapy treatment for Stage 3 non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, which had been in remission since last year.
But shootings and other crimes continued to dominate the news. Seemingly random accidents ended some lives and fractured others.
Here's a look at some stories that made headlines.
Tragedy in Harford...