Top 10 Most Unforgettable Stories of 2012

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Looking forward to 2013
As journalists, we're a bit sad to say fare thee well to 2012, a year chock-full of news that's certainly bolstered our livelihood. From cock ring wars and another World Series win, to local law enforcers robbing banks and bruising their wives, it's been one hell of a news year for San Francisco.

And as much as some of the main characters would like to forget their unsavory stories, there's just some tales that are much too indelibly set in our minds. So here you go, our top 10 picks of unforgettable news stories -- in order:

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Josh Edelson
10. Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Crash Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Dinner in Union Square
Was it a coincidence that the salacious sisters had dinner reservations next to the very conservative Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio (aka "America's Toughest Sheriff") at John's Grill in Union Square? Whether it was or wasn't, the surprise dinner guests made for some great Kodak and Hallmark moments.

9. Gold Dust Lounge: Popular S.F. Bar Gets Booted From Union Square
How could any local forget the landlord vs. tenant battle that pissed off every tourist and happy drunk in San Francisco this year? Don't sweat it, though; after all the lamenting, crying, and songwriting, the Gold Dust Lounge will reopen again next week at its new location. A great way to start 2013, we'd say.

Joe Eskenazi
8. Telegraph Hill Burglary Suspect Slides Down Cliff, Walks Away
How often does a cat burglar wear down the cops? A remarkable 24 hours, especially for San Francisco reporters who got some damn good headline-writing opportunities out of this one.

7. Newt Gingrich to Campaign Near San Francisco: Lock Up Your Wives
We pretty much put anything Newt Gingrich does in the "forgettable" category until the staunch Republican revealed his polyamorous ways capped off with a trip to San Francisco, which he appropriately dubbed "fantasy land."

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