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Celebrating the Arrival of 2013 with the News Bloopers of 2012 [Current Events Cheat Sheet]


Happy (almost) New Year, everyone! Here’s to a lovely 2013 with less depressing news! Hey, a girl can dream.

At Home

The CBS broadcast of the Kennedy Center Honors drew 8 million viewers. The 35-year holiday tradition recognizes lifetime achievement in the performing arts. This year’s honorees were David Letterman, Dustin Hoffman, Buddy Guy, Natalia Makarova, and Led Zeppelin.

Apparently, Black Friday wasn’t enough. Retailers are now rolling out after-Christmas sales.

A 60-foot-long finback whale washed ashore in the Breezy Point area of Queens. The whale didn’t survive, and it will be buried in the sand dunes on the beach because the equipment that would normally be used to move it was damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

The World

Afghan policemen are dying in inside attacks, most engineered by the Taliban. At least 17 policemen have been killed in their sleep in the last two weeks.

The United Nations envoy to Syria has proposed a plan to end the civil war there. He suggests that a transitional government be established until an election can be held. Russia, China, France, the United States, Britain, Turkey, and the Arab League nations have all signed on in support of the plan. The death toll in Syria has risen over 40,000.

The 23-year-old medical student who was brutally beaten and raped by six men in New Delhi, India died due to injuries she sustained in the attack. She had been moved to Singapore for further treatment. The attack and the student’s death have sparked massive protests across India.


The Los Angeles Lakers won their Christmas Day game against the New York Knicks.

Australia beat Sri Lanka in the Boxing Day Test cricket match.

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Here they are, the greatest news bloopers of 2012. Complete with references to sausage competitions, “Gangham Style” videobombs, and unexpected weather developments. Ah, the magic of live TV.

Garnet is a student at Columbia University in New York City. She is “that person” who starts dancing at a party when everyone else is standing around, and if there were a Facebook stalking Olympics, she would be a gold medalist. She also loves cheesy 90s music, and almost died of happiness when Vanilla Ice retweeted her. Once. Follow her on Twitter @garnethenderson.

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