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Occupy Protests

The Occupy Wall Street movement that started in New York and made its way around the country eventually ended up in the Bay Area.

Remembering Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs, who sparked a revolution in the technology industry and then presided over it as Silicon Valley royalty, died Oct. 5, 2011 after battling pancreatic cancer.

Death of Al Davis

Al Davis, who built the Oakland Raiders into one of the most recognizable franchises in professions sports, died at age 82.

Census 2010

California's new population total is 37.3 million, up from 33.9 million in 2000, according to the U.S. Census data.

Public Employee Salaries

Our database shows $12.2 billion in Bay Area public employee salaries

Bhutan: A journey from conflict

"Secondary migration" pushing newly arrived Bay Area immigrants to other states.

Year in Review - Entertainment

Best Movies

'Hugo,' 'Beginners,' 'The Artist' delivered our favorite moments on the big screen.

Year in People

From Brad Pitt and the Muppets to "Breaking Bad" and Kanye West, there was a lot that was hot in 2011.

Pop Culture Moments

What were the culture-defining pop moments of 2011? We provide a list.

Best TV Shows

Standout shows tap into fantasy, family, horror and crime

Best Video Games

Gieson Cacho's best video games of 2011 .

Best Pop CDs

Harrington: R.E.M., PJ Harvey, Civil Wars delivered year's best records.

Best Concerts

Jim Harrington selects the best Bay Area concerts.

Best Jazz CDs

Richard Scheinin on the smoothest jazz releases of the year.

Best Classical CDs

Recommendations for both old and brand-new music, with some Left Coast emphasis.

Best Restaurants

Wondering where to dine? The past year brought the openings of some of the hottest, most interesting restaurants across the Bay

Best Food Blogs

Tempting recipes, witty commentary and the photos -- oh, the photos!

Food Trends

Favorite food trends of 2011

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