There was no shortage of riveting stories on Long Island in 2010, with tragedies on the roads, mysteries at the beach and one small fire that caused one massive problem on the rails.
Below, in reverse order, are the top 10 stories that captivated Long Island in 2010.
10. Alexis Pilkington's suicide; Bullying on LI
Across Long Island and the nation, bullying online, in schools and on college campuses was a problem that wouldn't go away. The suicide of 17-year-old Alexis Pilkington, a recent graduate of West Islip High School, on March 21 first gained attention because of anonymous negative comments on her Facebook page and on Formspring.me. While Pilkington's parents have been adamant that cyberbullying did not push their daughter over the edge, since her death classmates have spoken out about cyberbullying and boycotted social networking sites.
9. FBI raids LI homes after Times Square bombing attempt
The Times Square bomb plot was one of the nation's most thrilling stories in 2010, and it spread to Long Island when the FBI raided homes in Shirley and Centereach while seeking evidence connected to the alleged plotter, Faisal Shahzad. Sources said Shahzad used cash he received in Ronkonkoma to help carry out his plot May 1, when he abandoned his SUV filled with propane tanks, gasoline and fireworks in Times Square. At his sentencing, Shahzad gave a chilling speech, saying "the war with Muslims has just begun."
8. Shinnecock gains federal recognition; Casino on LI?