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2015: Cincy's top stories

(PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Brad Hawley) (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Brad Hawley)

It's officially the New Year and 2015 didn't pass quietly here in the Queen City. It brought protests, landmark court decisions, the loss of local heroes and more. Through it all, there were moments where it felt like the entire city was coming together.

On New Year’s Day, we spent hours reviewing the top stories we covered in 2015 to find the select few stories that had the biggest impact on you and on the city of Cincinnati in 2015. 

We start with a story that put Cincinnati in the national spotlight. This summer, a traffic stop led to the shooting death of Samuel DuBose by University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing which magnified a nationwide look at police-community relations. 

Tensing claimed he shot DuBose because he was being dragged by DuBose's car, but Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters gathered a much different explanation after viewing the Tensing's body camera. "Purposeful killing of another,” Deters said in a press conference in July. “That's what makes it murder. He should've never been a police officer." So far, only pretrial hearings have been held for Tensing; the next is scheduled for February.

This year, the tristate also grappled with the deaths of three first responders, Cincinnati Firefighter Daryl Gordon and Hamilton Firefighter Patrick Wolterman died while battling house fires. Cincinnati Police Officer Sonny Kim was shot and killed on duty while responding to a 911 call. In all three of their deaths, we watched communities show strength and solidarity as they honored the men who gave the ultimate sacrifice. 

In September, after a summer filled with gun violence, Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell was fired. Just a few months later, 26-year veteran Assistant Police Chief Eliot Isaac was sworn into that position.

In the political realm, we saw some major hurtles this year --- a local man, Jim Obergefell, helped pave the way to the historic decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage in every state.

And in November, the state of Ohio voted no to Issue 3 which aimed to legalize medicinal and recreational marijuana.

Sports also played a big role in 2015 highlighted by the All Star Game and Home Run Derby hosted by the Reds at Great American Ball Park this summer.

We all watched as Todd Frazier took home the derby win in the last minute with the whole city behind him. But as all the festivities left the city so did Johnny Cueto, Aroldis Chapman, Mike Leake and Frazier himself as they were all traded to other teams.

The storyline of a Reds legend added another chapter as the commissioner of baseball upheld the lifetime ban on Pete Rose.

But in Paul Brown Stadium, another story unfolded as the Bengals set a franchise record winning their first 8 games and they’re now on the road to the playoffs.

Former Bengals player Devon Still and his daughter Leah tugged at the nation’s heartstrings as they documented Leah’s battle with cancer and just a few weeks ago, he revealed the amazing news that Leah is now cancer-free. 

In April, we lost Lauren Hill who inspired countless people throughout the world as she battled terminal brain cancer. In her final months, Lauren made it her mission to help others battling cancer with the goal of raising 2.2 million dollars for cancer research, symbolizing her iconic number 22. 

In the final moments of 2015, as most of us were getting ready to say goodbye to the year, Lauren’s goal was met just before midnight.

Lauren and Leah’s stories, among many other stories from 2015, definitely serves as a reminder to all of us that in all of the ups downs our city has gone through this year, there's always hope for a new tomorrow and a new year.

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