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.

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