It’s that time of year again.

The time when we look back and remember the stories that made a difference or left a mark in the past year. Over coming days our beat reporters will share their picks from the Land, Money, Hawaii, Honolulu, Education and Washington, D.C. beats.

I hope this series give many of you a chance to catch up on what you might have missed on Civil Beat, a chance to get a better picture of the range and depth of our reporting.

We start today with a recap of some of Adrienne LaFrance’s exclusive reports from the nation’s capital.

But there are also stories that don’t fit comfortably into any single beat, such as the tsunami or the APEC summit.

So here are a few links that you won’t find in any of our beat recaps:

We hope to share many more community voices in the coming year. If you have something you want to say, please let us know by emailing

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this look back. It’s amazing to consider all that’s happened in such a short time.

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