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A look back at 2012 in Western New York

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The world didn't exactly end in 2012, but the weather had some people thinking twice.

Known for it's cold and snowy winters, the Queen City saw balmy temperatures and had to wait until late December to see any real significant snowfall.

With the players and owners unable to make a deal to end the NHL lockout, Buffalo rallied around the Bills. But a season that started with a big free agent signing ended with the Bills missing the playoffs for the 13th straight year. The team won't be moving to a new stadium on Buffalo's waterfront anytime soon, but the team signed a new 10-year lease agreement to stay at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

The Governor began the year promising a billion dollars in state aid to help turn Buffalo's economy around. But while there were modest signs of short term growth, it wasn't enough to avoid a budget battle in Erie County.

2012 saw an unlikely political comeback by the man Mark Poloncarz replaced. After surviving a GOP primary, Chris Collins defeated Kathy Hochul to return the 27th Congressional District back to Republican control.

After a controversial vote to legalize gay marriage, Mark Grisanti faced a tough political fight to keep his state senate seat

He faced a different kind of fight in February at the Seneca Niagara Casino. Grisanti said he was protecting his wife. Others say he was the aggressor and accused him making racial slurs.

A high profile legal battle had a surprise ending in May. A jury found that Dr. James Corasanti was legally drunk when he hit and killed Alix Rice in Amherst in 2011, but cleared him of all felony charges related to her death. He was sentenced to a year in jail.

Justice is on hold for the family of a five-year-old Cheektowaga girl killed by a teenager in Niagara Falls. The 16-year-old accused of committing the crime and stuffing her body in a trash can is expected to go to trial early in 2013.

Another gruesome discovery brought a missing persons case to a close. A torso found in the Niagara River Gorge turned out to be that of Loretta Gates.

A manhunt for a doctor at ECMC came to an end on his property in Lake View. Timothy Jorden shot and killed his girlfriend in the hospital. He later turned the gun on himself.

Another ex-military man was arrested without incident accused of shooting and killing a school superintendent in Clymer. Upon being returned to Chautauqua County, it appeared his motive was revenge.

Something smelled in Attica.

A strange outbreak of unusual symptoms in LeRoy gained national attention.

And a devastating fire in Castile destroyed a piece of Wyoming County history, and claimed the life of a popular restaurant owner.

A Niagara county community rallied around a family devastated by a deadly fire. The Johnson family lost their home and their teenage daughter to a propane explosion in July.

A Jack Russell terrier tortured by two teenagers captured our hearts with his will to get better.

And Nik Wallenda raised our spirits when he across Niagara Falls on a tight rope and into history.

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