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Our editor's picks for the top news stories written by The Daily Transcript's editorial staff over the past year.

“Filner resigns, penitent but defiant”
By DEAN CALBREATH
Bob Filner stepped down as San Diego’s mayor on Aug. 23, after several women accused him of sexual harassment and the public called for his resignation. In a speech that ranged “from penitent to defiant,” Filner apologized to his former fiancée, his accusers and the city as a whole. Irene McCormack Jackson – the first woman to publicly accuse Filner -- was not present during the speech. She later released a statement through her attorney, Gloria Allred, congratulating the city for rising up to "a gross abuser of power."

"Bye bye, Bob. You will not be missed,” she wrote.

“Gloria sets agenda as interim mayor”
By DEAN CALBREATH
Interim Mayor Todd Gloria shared his ambitious 15-point program with the City Council on Sept. 12., which included everything from closing medical marijuana clinics to placing restrictions on plastic shopping bags. Several of his goals revolved around cleaning up the “mess” left behind by Bob Filner. “Who better to clean up a mess than the son of a maid and gardener?” Gloria joked, referring to his humble background.

"Report paints bleak picture of state court system"
By DOUG SHERWIN
Dramatic cuts to California's judicial budget have resulted in court closures, extensive trial delays and a decrease in services, ultimately restricting the public's access to justice, according to a report released this week by the San Diego County Bar Association.

"Attorneys: Handling media on high-profile cases a job in itself"
By DOUG SHERWIN
When a high-profile case unfolds in San Diego, prosecutor Summer Stephan clears her calendar, Judge Joan Weber develops a migraine and reporter Greg Moran goes into overdrive.

"Sony unveils surprises at E3"
By TIERNEY PLUMB
Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) unveiled a few surprises at the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, the largest video game trade show in the world.

"Local biotechs hope to profit from war on fat"
By DEAN CALBREATH
With obesity reaching epidemic proportions in much of the industrialized world, two San Diego companies are hoping to cash in with their weight-loss treatments.

"Architect Graham Downes was 'one in a million'"
By SAMANTHA HENRY
In one word, Graham Downes was “extraordinary.” Downes, a San Diego architect, died on Sunday from injuries sustained in an altercation. He was 56.

"Home sellers asking buyers to drop appraisal contingency"
By SAMANTHA HENRY
Becoming a homeowner may be getting more difficult for San Diego buyers. With multiple offers and low housing inventory, sellers are starting to ask buyers to submit offers without an appraisal contingency, meaning the down payment must cover the difference between the offer and the appraisal, if the appraisal comes in low.

-Compiled by Joe Guerin.

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