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The Top 21 Posts of 2011: Occupiers, Racists, Burgers, Loving L.A., Hating L.A., Donuts, Circumcision & A Pink Donkey

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Here we are at the end of 2011. Did you call it "two-thousand-and-eleven" or "twenty eleven"? What news stories resonated so profoundly this year that they will linger on in the collective psyche? While global headlines focused on the falling of empires and leaders through revolution and death, and with TIME hailing "the protester" as the "Person of the Year" it's been quite a time.

We gathered up the top 21 most popular posts on LAist to put together this retrospective of 2011. What resonated in our piece of the big internet landscape? Loving L.A., hating L.A., occupying, videos capturing a racist rant and a pepper-spraying Wal-Mart shopper, Dunkin' Donuts forsaking us, Kirstie Alley's bigass block party, burgers, the Dream Act, some heinous crimes, and a pink painted donkey rank among our biggest stories of the year.