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The Times Leader will spend the next five days looking back at the news that made headlines locally and across the state, nation and world. We also will take a look ahead at what will be in store in 2013 and pay tribute to those area leaders we lost.

In addition to articles focusing on politics in Pennsylvania, strange-but-true news and the local business landscape changes in 2012, The Times Leader also will take an in-depth look at the first year of home rule in Luzerne County.

By using Web page data, we'll also present a roundup of the most popular stories of 2012 based on page views of both locally written articles and those from the wire.

Over the next five days, stories will run giving readers that roundup of the year that was and prepping you for what will make news next year.

Here is the schedule of stories slated to run over the next five days:

Saturday: Reporter Andrew M. Seder will take a look back at those Luzerne County community leaders and personalities we've lost this year, and we'll publish The Associated Press account of statewide political news in 2012, from elections to hot topic issues such as Voter ID and redistricting.

Sunday: Three articles will appear, one focusing on the year in local news, another centering on the year in local business, both written by Seder. The third will be a series of quizzes crafted by reporter Mary Therese Biebel to see how much you know about the year in local entertainment, theater, food and music.

Monday: Two articles by Web Editor Christopher J. Hughes will run. The first will be driven by reader input on the most important stories of the year and the second uses website analytics to explore what people were reading in 2012, both local and non-local.

Tuesday: We'll dust off the crystal ball to see what's in store for 2013 in the courts, on the ballots and in the community. What are the big trials scheduled in criminal court? For what offices will people be running? What's slated to open next year? Our sports department will review the 2012 athletic highlights.

Wednesday: Reporter Jennifer Learn-Andes takes a look back on the one-year anniversary of the home rule form of county government and the council and manager that replaced the three commissioners.

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