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Throughout this section our writers highlight noteworthy articles from the year, but we also wanted to know what readers thought, so we asked them to pick the top 10 local articles from a selection of 20 in a baltimoresun.com poll. Three hundred and seventy-three ballots were cast. The results:

Ravens win the Super Bowl: 344 votes

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Fan pride remains strong almost a year later, even though the current season got off to a rocky start.

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The drama of the story seems to have captivated readers.

Ray Lewis retires: 267 votes

He's gone from Baltimore, but not forgotten. And fans can still see him on ESPN.

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Maryland joined other states in legalizing gay marriage.

O's fans rallied behind the All-Star first baseman.

It was a tense, fearful season in the city.

Readers were passionate on both sides of this debate.

Washington politics reverberated throughout the state.

Another General Assembly action that was a hot topic.

Our investigation and its impact resonated with readers.

Other stories:

Bradley Manning case, 162; Obamacare glitches, 152; 'Rain tax,' 150; Marylanders among the injured in Boston bombings, 148; Grand Prix canceled, 130; Release of violent offenders, 124; Ben Carson retires, becomes commentator, 113; John R. Leopold trial and resignation,105; Harbor Point financing and environmental controversies, 105; Baltimore schools chief resigns, 102.

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