Nothing but the best: photos and stories of 2012

Everyone does lists this time of year, but how many people do lists of lists? That’s right, we’ve gone into a list vortex. But don’t get lost. Here’s where to find our best photos and stories of 2012:

Top news and feature photos: Herald photographers’ best shots.

Top sports photos: Memorable images from the football field, gymnastics floor and more.

Favorite restaurants: We go back for seconds at the restaurants we most enjoyed reviewing.

High school highlights: Five memorable stories from the world of prep sports.

Staff favorites: I asked reporters, editors and photographers what their highlight of 2012 was.

The year in movies: Robert Horton chooses his 10 best and worst of the year. His reviews of the worst films are often far better than the movies.

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‘Come talk to me. Don’t jump, come talk to me’

State Patrol trooper Yaroslav Holodkov just happened to be driving by when he saw a suicidal man.

Marysville educators reach out to a newly traumatized school

Several affected by shootings in 2014 offered to talk with counterparts in Eastern Washington.

Serial killer wannabe admits trying to kill man she met online

She told police she planned to rip out her victim’s heart and eat it — and would continue killing.

Hurry! Target will take your old car seat, but not for long

The seats will be taken apart and the various materials recycled.

Sheriff’s Office receives national recognition

Sheriff accepts award “notable achievements in the field of highway safety” over the past year.

Edmonds-Woodway High School briefly locked down

A student tried to stop a fight and a boy, 16, responded by threatening the student with a knife.

Study considers making it legal to grow marijuana at home

The Liquor and Cannabis Board is considering two scenarios for allowing a minimal number of plants.

Minutes mattered the day Pat Ward was brought back to life

The Mukilteo police and fire chaplain died at breakfast. She got a second chance thanks to a waitress.

Hot weather takes toll on young Christmas trees

The effect is likely to be felt in the years to come when they would have been cut.

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