Donnie Edwards

2012 in review

2012 in review

It won't take much more than a few minutes into the new year to see the impact of the old one, with Baltimore's City Hall opening at midnight to begin performing same-sex marriages under a law that takes effect on Jan. 1.

But if the state's newly expanded marriage law provides the most immediate dividing line between then and now, it was far from the only one. Looking back, 2012 emerges as a gatepost of a year, one that will be remembered for both grand beginnings and bittersweet endings.

The year saw swimmer Michael Phelps bid adieu to his dazzling Olympic career, while the Orioles re-introduced themselves to the...