Happy holidays; harddeadlines on hiatus (with obligatory EOY Top-10 stories)

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season, and best wishes for the New Year. With the holiday crunch, posting will be spotty (well, okay, spottier than usual) for the next week.

Thank you, everyone, for spending some of your valuable time in this little corner of the web. As all news sites are virtually required to do, here's a look back at the big stories of the past year... Arsenic, Dan Gordon, and the School Committee all made the top ten. Heh.

Want more? You can see the rest of the year's stories, in a sortable list here.

Care for a stroll down memory lane? You can find the top stories of the past five years of harddeadlines at these links: 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007.