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Dallas Observer's 10 Most Popular Cover Stories of 2011

10. The Fastest Show on Earth: Eddie Gossage, Texas Motor Speedway's master marketer, tried to keep his deteriorating health a secret. Until his hair started falling out.
10. The Fastest Show on Earth: Eddie Gossage, Texas Motor Speedway's master marketer, tried to keep his deteriorating health a secret. Until his hair started falling out.
Alexander Flores / Curt Merlo

Over here at Observer HQ, it was a year of street cars, Texas craft liquors, Pomplamoose and NASCAR, eight-tracks and fracking. And, you know, other things.

Clearly you'll find a great horde of final best-of-end-of-totally-ranking-year-end lists all over the dern place, and by golly we're no different. We just loooove lists. In honor of the end of a very, very busy year, we present the most discussed and pageviewed cover stories of 2011.

Below, we present them all--cover by cover (with designs by our Art Director Alexander Flores).

9. Toxic Avenger: The Feds and Texas: EPA Chief Al Armendariz has Science on His Side. Is That Enough? (Patrick Michels)
9. Toxic Avenger: The Feds and Texas: EPA Chief Al Armendariz has Science on His Side. Is That Enough? (Patrick Michels)
Alexander Flores / Chris Gash
8. Exit Wounds Through the Gift Shop: Kennedy assassination author and conspiracist Robert Groden says the city's out to get him. He may be right. (Jim Schutze)
8. Exit Wounds Through the Gift Shop: Kennedy assassination author and conspiracist Robert Groden says the city's out to get him. He may be right. (Jim Schutze)
Alexander Flores / Amy DeVoogd
7. Witness for the Prosecution: Bill Fisher handed the FBI a chance to clean up City Hall. Does that make Fisher Mr. Clean? (Sam Merten)
7. Witness for the Prosecution: Bill Fisher handed the FBI a chance to clean up City Hall. Does that make Fisher Mr. Clean? (Sam Merten)
Alexander Flores / Joseph Laney
6. Tortillas and Trannies at Dallas Taquerias: Transgender "travesty shows" help fill the seats at Dallas taquerías. (Jose Ralat Maldonado)
6. Tortillas and Trannies at Dallas Taquerias: Transgender "travesty shows" help fill the seats at Dallas taquerías. (Jose Ralat Maldonado)
Alexander Flores / Danny Fulgencio

 

4. Evan Stone: A Denton lawyer devotes his life to fighting America's porn thiefs. (Patrick Michels)
4. Evan Stone: A Denton lawyer devotes his life to fighting America's porn thiefs. (Patrick Michels)
Alexander Flores / Danny Fulgencio
3. Call Him Irresponsible: Don Hardge fired his AK-47 into a crowd of teens, but he swears he's no killer. (Leslie Minora)
3. Call Him Irresponsible: Don Hardge fired his AK-47 into a crowd of teens, but he swears he's no killer. (Leslie Minora)
Alexander Flores / iStockphoto
2. Pissed: Dallas taxpayers have every right to be pissed about the goings on at the city's animal shelter. (Andrea Grimes)
2. Pissed: Dallas taxpayers have every right to be pissed about the goings on at the city's animal shelter. (Andrea Grimes)
Alexander Flores / CSA Images
1. Sweetheart Swindle: A Dallas woman romances elderly men, digs deep into their pockets and calls it love. (Patrick Michels)
1. Sweetheart Swindle: A Dallas woman romances elderly men, digs deep into their pockets and calls it love. (Patrick Michels)
Alexander Flores / Chris Gash

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