The Good, The Bad, The Ugly ::2012 Recap

2012, heck of a year. A toast to the rectangles, the good, the bad and the ugly.

USI Consultants' Bonnie Money (front) and Rob Coop assess the damage on the Spencerville Covered Bridge Thursday morning in DeKalb County, Indiana. On Wednesday September 26, 2012 a tractor-trailer rig exceeded the height restriction causing heavy damage to the bridge. USI Consultants said it was too early to determine if the bridge suffered any structural damge and said they would know by the end of the day after their inspection. Photo by Swikar Patel/The Journal Gazette

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Foggy morning bike ride over the South Anthony tracks. Photo by Swikar Patel/The Journal Gazette

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Bailey Kauffman (front), 13, jumps from poolside and dunks a basketball while Nicholas Levy, 9, floats on his back below Tuesday night at Pocohontas Swim Club's "Splash Bash." The Splash Bash was open to the public to enjoy a night of swimming, games, giveaways and food while watching olympic swimming on a television poolside. Fort Wayne Aquatics was the only Northeast Indiana swim club to be awarded giveaways and pool party supplies by USA Swimming. Photo by Swikar Patel/The Journal Gazette

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A swan swims on a creek through the early Monday morning mist at Canterbury Green. Photo by Swikar Patel/The Journal Gazette

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Special Agent Dale Copper at 14 weeks. He's just over a year and 125 pounds now. Photo by Swikar Patel

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Shannon and I lay together at Parkview North after her surgery. Photo by Swikar Patel

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Specialist Aaron Zehner, U.S. Army, kissies his daughter Madison, 2, after surprising his son Jared, 6, who attends kindergarten at Washington Elementary in Fort Wayne, Indiana Tuesday morning. Zhener returned from Afghanistan last night after a 9 month deployment. Photo by Swikar Patel/The Journal Gazette

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Burmese Democracy Leader Aung San Suu Kyi makes her exit at Memorial Coliseum Tuesday morning. Photo by Swikar Patel/The Journal Gazette

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4/27/2012 ---La Habre Boxing Club --- La Habra, California. Portrait of La Habra Boxing Club owner David Martinez Friday afternoon inhis office. Photo by Swikar Patel.

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Carl Aschliman, 90, puts potting soil in a bucket inside of his garage for his tomato plants Friday afternooon. Aschliman said "I know it's too late to plant but I'm just hoping for seeds for the fall." Photo by Swikar Patel/The Journal Gazette

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Norm Gable, of Eel River Forge, talks to fourth and fifth graders about blacksmithing Friday afternoon at the Old Fort during the annual Education Day. Photo by Swikar Patel/The Journal Gazette

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Firefighters work a fire on a detached garage at a single story home at 2622 McKinnie Avenue Monday morning. Photo by Swikar Patel/The Journal Gazette

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Bystanders watch from a neighboring porch as the rear of the five apartment house at 1122 West Wayne Street burns Sunday morning. Photo by Swikar Patel/The Journal Gazette

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Jack Maxwell works to help clear his neighbor Dan Ertel's (not shown) fallen tree during Thursday night's storm at the 3000 block of North Anthony Blvd. Photo by Swikar Patel/The Journal Gazette

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Willie "The Touch" Hayes tears down his drums backstage at the Embassy Theater after opening for B.B. King. Photo by Swikar Patel.

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Crowd attends the first holiday tree lighting of the season Friday night at Shine & Hardin Law Office. Photo by Swikar Patel/The Journal Gazette

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Annette Carbaugh (back-right) and her daughter Emily Kapaw (right) giggle as Carbaugh's sons Tobias Oo (left) and Danny Carbaugh (front-left) along with their brother-in-law Saw Kapaw (front-right) take photos of Kapaw's son Jericho Kapaw before taking their annual family Christmas photo Sunday night. Photo by Swikar Patel/The Journal Gazette

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Candles are lit during a vigil at the Allen County Courthouse Saturday night in honor of the lives lost in a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Photo by Swikar Patel/The Journal Gazette

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Over 1,000 Lake City Bank balloons were released Monday afternoon after a countdown at Science Central to celebrate it's 13th annual noon year. Photo by Swikar Patel/The Journal Gazette

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Started using my cellphone as a weapon for good.

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University of Saint Francis' Brody Kalbaugh (back) and Matthew Smith react after USF recovered a loose ball in the second quarter during the first round of the Championship Series Saturday afternoon at Bishop D'Arcy Stadium. Photo by Swikar Patel/The Journal Gazette

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Missouri Mavericks' keeper Charlie Effinger blocks a shot using his head gear in the third period Saturday night at Memorial Coliseum. Photo by Swikar Patel/The Journal Gazette

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Jaylon Smith (top) is penalized for leaping over Cardinal Ritter's Jalen Chandler in the fourth quarter during the 40th annual IHSAA Football State Finals Friday night at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Photo by Swikar Patel/The Journal Gazette

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Fort Wayne TinCaps' catcher Austin Hedges (left) is taken down in the fourth inning by Great Lake Loons' Pratt Maynard as he tries for home plate Saturday night at Parkview Field. Hedges hung onto the ball for the out. Photo by Swikar Patel/The Journal Gazette

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Senior Darryn Mosley reacts after Snider lost 39-14 to Lawrence Central in the Class 5A state championship game Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The Panthers were attempting to win the program’s first state title in 20 years. Photo by Swikar Patel/The Journal Gazette

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Mad Ants' Miles Plumlee attempts to dunk over Red Claws' Fab Melo Friday night at Memorial Coliseum. Photo by Swikar Patel/The Journal Gazette

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Carmel fans cheer Karl Schneider as he shoots a free throw in the first period Saturday night during the Regional Championship match at Marion High School. Photo by Swikar Patel/The Journal Gazette.

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Bishop Luers' Jaylon Smith lays on the field after Luers defeatedCardinal Ritter 40-28 in the 40th annual IHSAA Football State Finals Friday night at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Photo by Swikar Patel/The Journal Gazette

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Drew Baker, 8, cheers on the Mad Ants during the second quarter Saturday night at Memorial Coliseum. Photo by Swikar Patel/The Journal Gazette