The Most Inspiring Stories of 2011 — PICTURES

Dec. 5, 2011, 11:25 a.m.

Dur­ing a year of eco­nom­ic hard­ship and le­gis­lat­ive grid­lock, in­spir­a­tion­al mo­ments may have seemed hard to come by. But among the doom and gloom, there have been re­mark­able stor­ies of re­cov­ery, ac­com­plish­ment and in­de­pend­ence. Here’s a look at some of these stor­ies:

PIC­TURES: Not­able Deaths of 2011