Top Stories Of 2011 In Metro Detroit And Beyond

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(Credit: iStock) Detroit made national headlines when a study in May revealed that 47 percent of Detroiters are "functionally illiterate." The alarming new statistics were released by the Detroit Regional Workforce Fund. WWJ Newsradio 950 spoke with the Fund’s Director, Karen Tyler-Ruiz, who explained exactly what this means. “Not able to fill out basic forms, for getting a job — those types of basic everyday (things). Reading a prescription; what’s on the bottle, how many you should take… just your basic everyday tasks,” she said. “I don’t really know how they get by, but they do. Are they getting by well? Well, that’s another question,” Tyler-Ruiz said. Some of the Detroit suburbs also have high numbers of functionally illiterate: 34 percent in Pontiac and 24 percent in Southfield.
books-pg (Credit: iStock) Detroit made national headlines when a study in May revealed that 47 percent of Detroiters are "functionally illiterate." The alarming new statistics were released by the Detroit Regional Workforce Fund. WWJ Newsradio 950 spoke with the Fund’s Director, Karen Tyler-Ruiz, who explained exactly what this means. “Not able to fill out basic forms, for getting a job — those types of basic everyday (things). Reading a prescription; what’s on the bottle, how many you should take… just your basic everyday tasks,” she said. “I don’t really know how they get by, but they do. Are they getting by well? Well, that’s another question,” Tyler-Ruiz said. Some of the Detroit suburbs also have high numbers of functionally illiterate: 34 percent in Pontiac and 24 percent in Southfield.
July 5: The trial that captured the nation’s attention ended in an acquittal for Casey Anthony, the woman who was accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee Marie. The jury cited a lack of evidence to convict. (Credit: Joe Burbank/Getty Images)
caseyanthony July 5: The trial that captured the nation’s attention ended in an acquittal for Casey Anthony, the woman who was accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee Marie. The jury cited a lack of evidence to convict. (Credit: Joe Burbank/Getty Images)
May 1: Osama bin Laden was killed by United States Navy SEALs at his compound in Pakistan as part of Operation Neptune Spear. Afterwards, bin Laden’s body was identified, then buried at sea less than 24 hours after his death. (Credit: Sabah Arar/AFP/Getty Images)
binladenkilled May 1: Osama bin Laden was killed by United States Navy SEALs at his compound in Pakistan as part of Operation Neptune Spear. Afterwards, bin Laden’s body was identified, then buried at sea less than 24 hours after his death. (Credit: Sabah Arar/AFP/Getty Images)
Thousands of people signed a petition urging the Detroit Lions to stop Nickelback from playing the Thanksgiving halftime show at Ford Field. But still the show went on. (Getty Images)
nickelback Thousands of people signed a petition urging the Detroit Lions to stop Nickelback from playing the Thanksgiving halftime show at Ford Field. But still the show went on. (Getty Images)
Dec. 8: Less than five years after violence ripped through the community at Virginia Tech, two people were killed on campus as a result of gunfire – one of whom was a campus police officer. The previous attack, which occurred in 2007, was the worst mass murder in U.S. history when 32 people were killed. (Credit: Jared Soares/Getty Images)
virginiatech Dec. 8: Less than five years after violence ripped through the community at Virginia Tech, two people were killed on campus as a result of gunfire – one of whom was a campus police officer. The previous attack, which occurred in 2007, was the worst mass murder in U.S. history when 32 people were killed. (Credit: Jared Soares/Getty Images)
Jan. 14: Beginning in December 2010, widespread discontent and unrest in Tunisia led to a revolution that ultimately ousted longtime president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. The movement began the Arab Springs protests that took place across the Mideast. (Credit: Marwan Naamani/AFP/Getty Images)
tunisiamovement Jan. 14: Beginning in December 2010, widespread discontent and unrest in Tunisia led to a revolution that ultimately ousted longtime president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. The movement began the Arab Springs protests that took place across the Mideast. (Credit: Marwan Naamani/AFP/Getty Images)
Aug. 6: Insurgents shot down a helicopter with over 30 United States special operations forces on board. A total of 38 people were killed in the crash, which happened in the country’s Wardak province. (Credit: Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images)
choppercrash Aug. 6: Insurgents shot down a helicopter with over 30 United States special operations forces on board. A total of 38 people were killed in the crash, which happened in the country’s Wardak province. (Credit: Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images)
MAY 14: French economist and French Socialist Party member Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arrested for reportedly sexually assaulting a maid at the Sofitel New York Hotel. The validity of the claims of his accuser, 32-year-old Nafissatou Diallo, led ultimately to the case’s dismissal several months after Strauss-Kahn was arraigned. (Credit: Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images)
strauss-kahn MAY 14: French economist and French Socialist Party member Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arrested for reportedly sexually assaulting a maid at the Sofitel New York Hotel. The validity of the claims of his accuser, 32-year-old Nafissatou Diallo, led ultimately to the case’s dismissal several months after Strauss-Kahn was arraigned. (Credit: Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images)
Nov. 7: Former doctor Conrad Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter after causing the death of pop legend Michael Jackson two years ago. Murray had been hired by Jackson to serve as his private physician, and was in charge of dispensing the pain medication and sedatives that ultimately proved lethal for the embattled musician. (Credit: Al Seib/Getty Images)
conrad Nov. 7: Former doctor Conrad Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter after causing the death of pop legend Michael Jackson two years ago. Murray had been hired by Jackson to serve as his private physician, and was in charge of dispensing the pain medication and sedatives that ultimately proved lethal for the embattled musician. (Credit: Al Seib/Getty Images)
Shawn Weimer, the father caught on tape bragging about his 9-year-old daughter's driving when he forced to act as his designated driver, pleaded guilty in December to child abuse charges. Weimer admitted he had the girl drive after he consumed too much whiskey. Someone spotted her behind the wheel and called police. The careful underage driver asked police why they were pulling her over because she was driving "real good." Weimer bragged to the owner of a gas station owner during a pit stop about his daughter's great driving.
Shawn Weimer Shawn Weimer, the father caught on tape bragging about his 9-year-old daughter's driving when he forced to act as his designated driver, pleaded guilty in December to child abuse charges. Weimer admitted he had the girl drive after he consumed too much whiskey. Someone spotted her behind the wheel and called police. The careful underage driver asked police why they were pulling her over because she was driving "real good." Weimer bragged to the owner of a gas station owner during a pit stop about his daughter's great driving.
Oct. 5: Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple Computers, died at the age of 56 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Jobs’ innovations gave millions of people around the world iPhones, iPads and iPods.(Credit: Jay Directo/AFP/Getty Images)
stevejobs Oct. 5: Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple Computers, died at the age of 56 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Jobs’ innovations gave millions of people around the world iPhones, iPads and iPods.(Credit: Jay Directo/AFP/Getty Images)
Aug. 5: Ratings firm Standard & Poor’s elected to downgrade the AAA rating of the United States Treasury to an AA+. The ranking, which places America below a dozen other governments worldwide, also essentially dictates that America is not a safe investment. (Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)
standardandpoors Aug. 5: Ratings firm Standard & Poor’s elected to downgrade the AAA rating of the United States Treasury to an AA+. The ranking, which places America below a dozen other governments worldwide, also essentially dictates that America is not a safe investment. (Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Jan. 8: Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was critically injured during an attack by a gunman in Tucson, Ariz., where six people were killed and another 20 injured. The alleged gunman, 22-year-old Tucson resident Jared Lee Loughner, was reportedly targeting Giffords, who sustained a gunshot wound to the head at point-blank range. (Credit: Shaun Tandon/AFP/Getty Images)
gabby Jan. 8: Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was critically injured during an attack by a gunman in Tucson, Ariz., where six people were killed and another 20 injured. The alleged gunman, 22-year-old Tucson resident Jared Lee Loughner, was reportedly targeting Giffords, who sustained a gunshot wound to the head at point-blank range. (Credit: Shaun Tandon/AFP/Getty Images)
The case of missing Detroit toddler Bianca Jones doesn't have an ending yet. Little Bianca was last seen December 2, when her father Deandre Lane said he was carjacked with her inside the vehicle. The car was later discovered, but Bianca wasn't in it. An exhaustive search got under way, with no signs of the girl. Cadaver dogs later brought in reportedly hit on the scent of human remains in places tied to Biance. Her father failed a lie detector test, but visited WWJ Newsradio and Talk Radio 1270 to proclaim his innocence. Prosecutors have reportedly sought a warrant in the case, but it's still unknown who it targets or what the charges could be.
Bianca Jones The case of missing Detroit toddler Bianca Jones doesn't have an ending yet. Little Bianca was last seen December 2, when her father Deandre Lane said he was carjacked with her inside the vehicle. The car was later discovered, but Bianca wasn't in it. An exhaustive search got under way, with no signs of the girl. Cadaver dogs later brought in reportedly hit on the scent of human remains in places tied to Biance. Her father failed a lie detector test, but visited WWJ Newsradio and Talk Radio 1270 to proclaim his innocence. Prosecutors have reportedly sought a warrant in the case, but it's still unknown who it targets or what the charges could be.
April 27: A “super tornado” outbreak in the southeastern United States caused a series of powerful storms to rip through Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee over the course of just several hours. The track spanned over 220 miles of land, reached winds in excess of 200 mph, and claimed the lives of 350 people. (Credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)
southtornadooutbreak April 27: A “super tornado” outbreak in the southeastern United States caused a series of powerful storms to rip through Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee over the course of just several hours. The track spanned over 220 miles of land, reached winds in excess of 200 mph, and claimed the lives of 350 people. (Credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)
April 29: In what was heralded as the wedding of the century, England’s Prince William married his fiancé, Kate Middleton, in a lavish ceremony watched by millions throughout the world. (Credit: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images)
royalwedding April 29: In what was heralded as the wedding of the century, England’s Prince William married his fiancé, Kate Middleton, in a lavish ceremony watched by millions throughout the world. (Credit: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images)
Nov. 28: Former presidential GOP candidate Herman Cain became the subject of national scrutiny and ridicule after a series of allegations arose stating that he had harassed several former female employees during his time as president of the National Restaurant Association. The allegations ranged from uncomfortable and sexually-charged incidents to a 13-year intimate relationship. The accusations ultimately led him to suspend his campaign. (Credit: Davis Turner/Getty Images)
hermaincane Nov. 28: Former presidential GOP candidate Herman Cain became the subject of national scrutiny and ridicule after a series of allegations arose stating that he had harassed several former female employees during his time as president of the National Restaurant Association. The allegations ranged from uncomfortable and sexually-charged incidents to a 13-year intimate relationship. The accusations ultimately led him to suspend his campaign. (Credit: Davis Turner/Getty Images)
Maryanne Godboldo talks to reporters. (credit: Stephanie Davis/WWJ. File)
Maryanne Godboldo Maryanne Godboldo talks to reporters. (credit: Stephanie Davis/WWJ. File)
Oct. 20: Eccentric dictator Muammar Qaddafi rose to power in the late 1960s and ruled Libya until Libyan rebels overthrew his government and ultimately killed him. Qaddafi is accused of being behind the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland, that killed 270 people. (Credit: Abdullah Doma/AFP/Getty Images)
qaddafikilled Oct. 20: Eccentric dictator Muammar Qaddafi rose to power in the late 1960s and ruled Libya until Libyan rebels overthrew his government and ultimately killed him. Qaddafi is accused of being behind the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland, that killed 270 people. (Credit: Abdullah Doma/AFP/Getty Images)
Nov. 4: Happy Valley was rocked after charges alleged former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky had inappropriate sexual contact with at least 10 boys between 1994 and 2009. He was indicted on 40 counts of child molestation, and the details of the investigation resulted in the firing of Penn State coaching legend Joe Paterno and resignation of university president Graham Spanier. (Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
pennstate Nov. 4: Happy Valley was rocked after charges alleged former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky had inappropriate sexual contact with at least 10 boys between 1994 and 2009. He was indicted on 40 counts of child molestation, and the details of the investigation resulted in the firing of Penn State coaching legend Joe Paterno and resignation of university president Graham Spanier. (Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
July 23: Vocalist Amy Winehouse was a talent best known for the Motown-inspired song “Rehab.” Struggling with addiction for several years, she finally succumbed and died from alcohol poisoning at the age of 27. (Credit: Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images)
amywinehouse July 23: Vocalist Amy Winehouse was a talent best known for the Motown-inspired song “Rehab.” Struggling with addiction for several years, she finally succumbed and died from alcohol poisoning at the age of 27. (Credit: Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images)
The Michigan parole board voted in June to release former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, after more than a year in behind bars. He was convicted of lying to a jury in a wrongful termination case to cover up the affair he was having with then-Chief of Staff Christine Beatty. Federal charges are still looming for Kilpatrick, who wrote a book, went on a book tour and drew even more criticism for a lavish new home in Texas.
kilpatrick-sentencing-ap21 The Michigan parole board voted in June to release former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, after more than a year in behind bars. He was convicted of lying to a jury in a wrongful termination case to cover up the affair he was having with then-Chief of Staff Christine Beatty. Federal charges are still looming for Kilpatrick, who wrote a book, went on a book tour and drew even more criticism for a lavish new home in Texas.
Sept. 17: The Occupy Wall Street movement began in Zuccotti Park, near New York City’s financial district and iconic Wall Street. A protest of economic inequality, the movement has spread internationally, with “Occupy” offshoots found in cities across the world. (Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
occupy Sept. 17: The Occupy Wall Street movement began in Zuccotti Park, near New York City’s financial district and iconic Wall Street. A protest of economic inequality, the movement has spread internationally, with “Occupy” offshoots found in cities across the world. (Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Oct. 21: After an occupation and war that lasted almost nine years, President Barack Obama announced that he planned to withdraw almost all combat troops stationed in Iraq by the end of 2011. The last of the troops are anticipated to leave the country by Jan. 1, 2012. (Credit: Davis Turner/Getty Images)
obamairaq Oct. 21: After an occupation and war that lasted almost nine years, President Barack Obama announced that he planned to withdraw almost all combat troops stationed in Iraq by the end of 2011. The last of the troops are anticipated to leave the country by Jan. 1, 2012. (Credit: Davis Turner/Getty Images)
Aug. 27: Hurricane Irene, a Category 3 storm cell that lived for nine days, made landfall on the U.S. mainland. The exceptionally large storm cell ripped its way up the East Coast, causing extensive damage from Florida and South Carolina, on up to parts of Canada. (Credit: Monika Graff/Getty Images)
hurricaneirene Aug. 27: Hurricane Irene, a Category 3 storm cell that lived for nine days, made landfall on the U.S. mainland. The exceptionally large storm cell ripped its way up the East Coast, causing extensive damage from Florida and South Carolina, on up to parts of Canada. (Credit: Monika Graff/Getty Images)
Will Detroit get an emergency manager in 2012? The city's finances took the top headline spot over and over throughout 2011, with strong talk that an emergency manager would be appointed by the state to straighten out the city's tangled finances. In December, Mayor Dave Bing rallied the troops, including city council members and union leaders in a failed attempt to stave off the impending review of the books. He urged the state to stay out of city affairs and let leaders develop a plan to address the cash flow crisis.  Among other things, Bing’s plan calls for laying off 1,000 city worker, increasing transportation fares and getting unions to agree to wage, healthcare and pension concessions.
bing-dave1 Will Detroit get an emergency manager in 2012? The city's finances took the top headline spot over and over throughout 2011, with strong talk that an emergency manager would be appointed by the state to straighten out the city's tangled finances. In December, Mayor Dave Bing rallied the troops, including city council members and union leaders in a failed attempt to stave off the impending review of the books. He urged the state to stay out of city affairs and let leaders develop a plan to address the cash flow crisis. Among other things, Bing’s plan calls for laying off 1,000 city worker, increasing transportation fares and getting unions to agree to wage, healthcare and pension concessions.
June 18: President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner talked over a game of golf to work out differences over the debt-limit debate. They played against Vice President Joe Biden and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. The game was down to the wire until the 18th hole, when Boehner won. (Credit: Cory Lum/Getty Images)
obamagolfsummit June 18: President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner talked over a game of golf to work out differences over the debt-limit debate. They played against Vice President Joe Biden and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. The game was down to the wire until the 18th hole, when Boehner won. (Credit: Cory Lum/Getty Images)
April 27: In response to detractors, President Barack Obama released his official Hawaiian long-form birth certificate. The action came as a response to the long-held accusations toward the president in regards to his American citizenship – and by proxy, his eligibility to hold office. (Credit: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)
obamabirthcertificate April 27: In response to detractors, President Barack Obama released his official Hawaiian long-form birth certificate. The action came as a response to the long-held accusations toward the president in regards to his American citizenship – and by proxy, his eligibility to hold office. (Credit: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)
July 31: Just before the nation almost defaulted on its debt, President Obama and Congress worked out a deal to raise the debt limit. The plan called for lower spending without raising taxes. Another result of the debates created the “Super Committee,” a panel of six members from the House of Representatives and six from the Senate, whose goal was to reduce the budget by $1.5 trillion. The committee failed to reach an agreement in late November. (Credit: Roger L. Wollenberg/Getty Images)
nationdefault July 31: Just before the nation almost defaulted on its debt, President Obama and Congress worked out a deal to raise the debt limit. The plan called for lower spending without raising taxes. Another result of the debates created the “Super Committee,” a panel of six members from the House of Representatives and six from the Senate, whose goal was to reduce the budget by $1.5 trillion. The committee failed to reach an agreement in late November. (Credit: Roger L. Wollenberg/Getty Images)
July 21: After 30 years of forging the path to space exploration, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) shut down its shuttle program. The retirement of the program, which made its final launch with shuttle Atlantis on July 8, was mandated by former President George W. Bush in his Vision for Space Exploration. (Credit: Roberto Gonzalez/Getty Images)
nasa July 21: After 30 years of forging the path to space exploration, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) shut down its shuttle program. The retirement of the program, which made its final launch with shuttle Atlantis on July 8, was mandated by former President George W. Bush in his Vision for Space Exploration. (Credit: Roberto Gonzalez/Getty Images)
Feb. 11: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was forced to resign after 30 years in power, handing over control to the Egyptian military. His resignation was caused by increasing pressure from widespread, large-scale protests from thousands of Egyptian civilians. He is currently on trial for the deaths of hundreds of protesters. (Credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
mubarakresign Feb. 11: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was forced to resign after 30 years in power, handing over control to the Egyptian military. His resignation was caused by increasing pressure from widespread, large-scale protests from thousands of Egyptian civilians. He is currently on trial for the deaths of hundreds of protesters. (Credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
May 22: A category EF5 tornado – the strongest possible tornado – devastated the Joplin, Mo., area, resulting in widespread destruction and the deaths of 160 people. The death toll made it the deadliest tornado on record in nearly 60 years. (Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)
joplintornado May 22: A category EF5 tornado – the strongest possible tornado – devastated the Joplin, Mo., area, resulting in widespread destruction and the deaths of 160 people. The death toll made it the deadliest tornado on record in nearly 60 years. (Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)
March 11: A catastrophic tsunami – caused by an undersea earthquake with a 9.0 magnitude – destroyed the coast of Japan. Almost 16,000 were killed by the resulting flash floods, with thousands more injured or missing. The devastating earthquake and tsunami caused a meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. (Credit: Noboru Hashimoto/AFP/Getty Images)
japanquake March 11: A catastrophic tsunami – caused by an undersea earthquake with a 9.0 magnitude – destroyed the coast of Japan. Almost 16,000 were killed by the resulting flash floods, with thousands more injured or missing. The devastating earthquake and tsunami caused a meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. (Credit: Noboru Hashimoto/AFP/Getty Images)
Nov. 14: President Barack Obama’s signature piece of legislation, the health care overhaul law, will be challenged in front of the Supreme Court. Arguments for and against the measure will be heard in March 2012, with a decision anticipated in late June. (Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
healthcare Nov. 14: President Barack Obama’s signature piece of legislation, the health care overhaul law, will be challenged in front of the Supreme Court. Arguments for and against the measure will be heard in March 2012, with a decision anticipated in late June. (Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Jan. 12: A 2010 earthquake in Haiti that killed more than 230,000 people and caused a political upheaval continued to leave the country in ruins one year later. In addition to those killed, and the millions of others rendered homeless, over 3,600 others were later wiped out by a cholera epidemic. (Credit: Eitan Abramovich/AFP/Getty Images)
haitiquake Jan. 12: A 2010 earthquake in Haiti that killed more than 230,000 people and caused a political upheaval continued to leave the country in ruins one year later. In addition to those killed, and the millions of others rendered homeless, over 3,600 others were later wiped out by a cholera epidemic. (Credit: Eitan Abramovich/AFP/Getty Images)
May 5: The 2012 election season kicked off with a debate between GOP presidential hopefuls. Former business owner Herman Cain, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, and former Sen. Rick Santorum were among those who squared off during the event, which was held at the Peace Center in Greeneville, S.C. (Credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)
gopdebate May 5: The 2012 election season kicked off with a debate between GOP presidential hopefuls. Former business owner Herman Cain, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, and former Sen. Rick Santorum were among those who squared off during the event, which was held at the Peace Center in Greeneville, S.C. (Credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)
June 24: New York became the largest state to legalize same-sex marriage. The bill’s fate was undetermined until just before the vote, which ultimately passed 33 to 29. (Credit: Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
gaymarriage June 24: New York became the largest state to legalize same-sex marriage. The bill’s fate was undetermined until just before the vote, which ultimately passed 33 to 29. (Credit: Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
Aug. 23: Several states along the eastern seaboard of the United States were rocked – literally – by an earthquake that hit Louisa County, Va. The effects of the 5.8 magnitude quake were felt as far north as New Hampshire, affecting over a dozen states in the region in all. (Credit: Michael Bocchieri/Getty Images)
earthquake Aug. 23: Several states along the eastern seaboard of the United States were rocked – literally – by an earthquake that hit Louisa County, Va. The effects of the 5.8 magnitude quake were felt as far north as New Hampshire, affecting over a dozen states in the region in all. (Credit: Michael Bocchieri/Getty Images)
Oct. 31: The United Nations Population Division said that the world reached a population of 7 billion people on Halloween, though finding the exact time of day proved impossible. Only 12 years ago, the world hit the 6 billion mark, showing a sharp spike in births. (Credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
earthpopulation Oct. 31: The United Nations Population Division said that the world reached a population of 7 billion people on Halloween, though finding the exact time of day proved impossible. Only 12 years ago, the world hit the 6 billion mark, showing a sharp spike in births. (Credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
Sept. 20: The controversial “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which banned members of the military from serving openly gay, was repealed. The policy was first instituted by former President Clinton in December 1993. (Credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)
dontaskdontell Sept. 20: The controversial “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which banned members of the military from serving openly gay, was repealed. The policy was first instituted by former President Clinton in December 1993. (Credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)
June 16: Rep. Anthony Weiner resigned from Congress after accidentally posting a semi-nude photo of himself on Twitter. At first the Congressman denied it, blaming it on hackers. However, later on he admitted that it was him and that he had several online relationships with women. (Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
weiner June 16: Rep. Anthony Weiner resigned from Congress after accidentally posting a semi-nude photo of himself on Twitter. At first the Congressman denied it, blaming it on hackers. However, later on he admitted that it was him and that he had several online relationships with women. (Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
March 19: Nearly 20 U.S. warplanes were part of the NATO strike operation against Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi and his forces. The objective of the mission was to cease attacks on Libyan citizens by government forces, and to further dismantle the regime’s stronghold on the region. (Credit: Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images)
warplaneslibya March 19: Nearly 20 U.S. warplanes were part of the NATO strike operation against Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi and his forces. The objective of the mission was to cease attacks on Libyan citizens by government forces, and to further dismantle the regime’s stronghold on the region. (Credit: Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images)
May 17: Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger admitted to fathering a love child with Mildred Baena, a woman who worked as a maid for the family. Maria Shriver later filed for divorce. (Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images For The Consulate General of Israel)
arnold May 17: Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger admitted to fathering a love child with Mildred Baena, a woman who worked as a maid for the family. Maria Shriver later filed for divorce. (Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images For The Consulate General of Israel)
Feb. 17: In February, teachers banded together in protest of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to limit union bargaining rights. Encampments, faculty teach-ins and student walk-outs lasted for weeks to express discontent over the changes, which were introduced as part of a budget repair bill. (Credit: Mark Hirsch/Getty Images)
wisconsinteachers Feb. 17: In February, teachers banded together in protest of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to limit union bargaining rights. Encampments, faculty teach-ins and student walk-outs lasted for weeks to express discontent over the changes, which were introduced as part of a budget repair bill. (Credit: Mark Hirsch/Getty Images)
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