10. Pope Benedict XVI travels to Cuba
During his three day visit, the Pope celebrated Mass in Havana's Revolution Square
He also met with Cuban President Raul Castro.
... and his brother Fidel.
Hundreds of parents lined up for hours before the first day of school after not receiving their children's bus schedule and route information, which was blamed on a software glitch.
But the problems continued for weeks, resulting in hundreds of students left behind or without a ride to school.
Broward Schools Transportation Chief Chester Tindall offered no comment when Local 10's Bob Norman asked him about the problems.
Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie was criticized for accusing the bus drivers of "sabotage."
After weeks of problems, parents and bus drivers called for the resignation of Tindall, who announced in September he was taking an extended medical leave. He is still working for the Broward School Board.
8. The Miami Marlins
The Marlins unveiled a new look at the beginning of the season.
...and Marlins Park to rave reviews in April, but after a disappointing season, the Marlins traded many of their players, including Jose Reyes and Josh Johnson. President David Samson denied calling it a firesale.
Manager Ozzie Guillen started the season making some controversial comments about Fidel Castro to Time magazine, which he later apologized for.
He was fired after the season.
7. Tomas Lopez, a lifeguard fired from his job in Hallandale Beach after he saved a man's life.
Lopez was fired after leaving his assigned post to rescue a man who was drowning. He then rejected an offer to get his job back after he was fired.
He later received a key to the city.
... and met the near-drowning victim who he saved.
The company that employed Lopez and provided Hallandale Beach with water rescue later resigned from its contract with the city.
6. The PortMiami tunnel project
Harriet, the tunnel boring machine, finished the first tunnel in July.
Local 10 later received a tour of the tunnel and was able to drive through it. Project managers hope to open the tunnel by May 2014.
5. Election season
If it felt like President Obama and Mitt Romney were in Florida every other week...
... it's because they probably were.
Early voting brought long lines.
... which got worse on Election Day. In Brickell, it took some people seven hours to cast their ballots.
In the end, President Obama won a second term.
... before Florida was even called. It took the state two weeks after Election Day to certify its votes. President Obama took Florida.
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson won a third term.
Joe Garcia defeated David Rivera in the race for the District 26 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Sources have told Local 10 that Rivera is under FBI investigation, accused of strategizing and possibly paying for the campaign of a Democratic opponent, Justin Lamar Sternad. He has denied that an investigation is under way. The Florida Ethics Commission also found probable cause that he committed 11 violations of ethics laws while he was a state legislator, which he denied.
Scott Israel defeated incumbent Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti.
West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel won the District 22nd seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
... and Allen West lost his reelection bid.
4. The parking garage collapse at Miami-Dade College's Doral campus
It's still unclear what caused the structure to collapse, killing four men.
It took rescuers eight days to remove the body of Robert Budhoo.
The family of Samuel Perez filed a wrongful death lawsuit after he was killed.
3. The face eater
Ronald Poppo, a homeless man, had much of his face eaten off by Rudy Eugene near the Miami Herald building.
When police arrived, an officer shot and killed Eugene. Police first suspected Eugene had taken bath salts, but only marijuana was found in his body following a toxicology report.
WARNING: The next two photos of Poppo are graphic. If you want to skip them, you can do so using arrows at the bottom of the slideshow.
Poppo is recovering at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Detectives released taped interviews with Poppo, who said Eugene accused him of stealing his Bible.
2. The Miami Heat win their second NBA championship
James won his first NBA championship last season, leading the Heat past the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games.
Fans took over the streets of downtown Miami days after to celebrate.
1. Trayvon Martin's shooting death
George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman, fatally shot Martin in a residential neighborhood in Sanford in February.
The shooting prompted protests throughout the country, including in South Florida, where Martin went to school.
Zimmerman was eventually arrested and charged with second-degree murder. Martin's parents spoke shortly after the announcement, thanking supporters who have marched, rallied and protested with them.
Zimmerman is expected to go to trial next June. He has pleaded not guilty, citing the state's "stand your ground" law.
One of Broward Sheriff Scott Israel's top donors is a man who has had a good share of controversy and trouble in Miami-Dade.
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