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From muddy fishing in India to wading through an animal fat spill in Houston, Texas, take a look back at a few of The Wall Street Journal’s most memorable images of 2011. (See the complete version of Photos of the Year 2011).

Photo by David Degner for The Wall Street Journal.

A woman standing in the moonroof of a car held up a flag as people gathered in Alexandria, Egypt, Feb. 11 to celebrate the announcement that President Hosni Mubarak would step down. More: In a Flash, Alexandria Erupts in Mass Jubilee.

Photo by Sanjit Das/Panos for The Wall Street Journal.

Children and adults who belong to the Chowduli community looked for small fish in the muddy remains of a pond in Kuliadanga village in India on Dec. 1. More: For India’s Lowest Castes, Path Forward is ‘Backward’.

Photo by Jesse Neider for The Wall Street Journal.

Tom Chase, left, helped his uncle, Richard Filipelli, break down the remains of his house on Cozy Avenue in East Haven, Conn., on Aug. 29 after Tropical Storm Irene swept through. More: Northern Landfall Puts Storm on Map

Photo by Joel van Houdt for The Wall Street Journal.

Women and children lay in the street minutes after a bomb went off near crowds of worshippers in Kabul, Afghanistan, Dec. 6, killing dozens. More: Attacks Point to New Afghan Conflict.

Photo by Mustafah Abdulaziz for The Wall Street Journal.

Sherry Vargson, of Granville Summit, Pa., can light a match at her kitchen tap and see an orange flame flare out of the faucet. State regulators attribute the methane contamination to natural-gas drilling. More: Drillers Face Methane Concern.

Photo by Philip Montgomery for The Wall Street Journal.

Trin Bostick, right, and Jen Cinclair waited to be married outside the city clerk’s chapel in the Queens borough of New York on July 24, the first day same-sex marriage became legal in the state. More: For Same-Sex City Couples, Day 1 of ‘I Do’.

Photo by Michael Stravato for The Wall Street Journal.

A worker waded through animal fat on Jan. 5 after 15,000 gallons of it spilled from a Jacobs Stern & Sons storage tank along the Houston Ship Channel. The fat made its way through the storm drains to the channel. More: Houston Ship Channel Closed After Animal-Fat Spill.

Photo by Keith Bedford for The Wall Street Journal.

Cotton farmer Yu Feng sat Jan. 28 with cotton he was storing in his home in the town of Huji in the Chinese province of Shandong. Despite record cotton prices in 2010, some farmers were storing their harvests, hoping further rises could cover the high cost of fertilizer and labor. More: Chinese Take a Cotton to Hoarding.

Photo by Gilles Sabrie for The Wall Street Journal.

Shoe-factory workers enjoyed a break at a fair in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province, China, Nov. 1. Slowing exports amid world economic woes hit the city — the birthplace of China’s private sector — hard. More: Wenzhou’s ‘Annus Horribilis’ Shakes China.

Photo by Blake Gordon for The Wall Street Journal.

Victor Maceyra, a quadriplegic, said a Medicare-Medicaid disagreement meant an extra six months living in a rehab center after he finished therapy for a shoulder injured in an accident with his wheelchair. More: Overlapping Health Plans Are Double Trouble for Taxpayers.

Photo by Bryan Denton for The Wall Street Journal.

From left, Sgt. James Hamelin, 24; Sgt. Trentin Wilson, 24; and Lance Cpl. Seth Voie, 23, rested and talked Feb. 9 at Patrol Base Hernandez in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, after returning from a patrol. More: Rx for Combat Stress: Comradeship.

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Americans 25 and under face one of the toughest job markets in modern history, but they’re looking to the future, too. This week, The Wall Street Journal invited some to answer this question: Where do you see yourself five years from now?


‘I see myself being a manager in the H.R. field. I like working with people and enjoy using people to their full potential after evaluating strengths and weaknesses.’
—Biyan Zhou, 22, a senior at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, switched her major from electrical and computer engineering to a double major in psychology and policy management. (Jeff Swensen for The Wall Street Journal) (See related article).


‘In five years, I see myself self-employed with opportunities to travel around Europe. I will be writing, singing, producing and recording pop songs. I will still live at the beach in Jupiter, Fla.—but not with either parent.’
—Faith Jacobson, 23, a college graduate who works at a private golf course as a part-time bartender. (Mark Ovaska for The Wall Street Journal) (See related article).


‘I plan to be officially divorced, have my degree finished, have an apartment again, have savings and be a firefighter.’
—Cody Preston, 25, moved back in with his parents in Milwaukie, Ore., after he was laid off and his marriage broke up. (Leah Nash for The Wall Street Journal) (See related article).


‘In the future, I want to own a business—a small remodeling business.’
—Justin Randol, 25, right, seen here with Cody Preston, received a high-school equivalency certificate and was laid off. He splits his rent with roommates in St. Helens, Ore. (Leah Nash for The Wall Street Journal) (See related article).


‘I will have finished graduate school and will be working for one of the major broadcast networks in New York City. Being in touch with the news from around the world is important to me and I hope to share that passion with others.’
—Natasha Pearson, 19, attends Hunter College in New York. (Bryan Derballa for The Wall Street Journal) (See related article).


‘I would like to continue [in] the entertainment industry or maybe even get an M.B.A. I’m also willing to travel wherever the best opportunity takes me!’
—Elizabeth Kushel, 23, 2010 University of Pennsylvania graduate who works as an assistant for national publicity at a New York public-relations firm. (Bryan Derballa for The Wall Street Journal) (See related article).


‘I see myself owning a business, like a barber shop. I write my own songs, too, so I’m trying to get into the music industry. I want to study business management at a community college and then transfer to a four-year program.’
—Isiah Vinters, 21, works at a grocery store in Hartford, Conn. (Jesse Neider for The Wall Street Journal) (See related article).


‘My hope is to grow with the company. I continue moving toward my ultimate goal of being a state-sales coordinator right here at Aflac.’
—John Dodge, a district sales coordinator for Aflac in Baton Rouge, La. (Daymon Gardner for The Wall Street Journal) (See related article).

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New Yorkers remember the victims of Sept. 11, plus a community mourns a high school basketball star and Union Square gets a new sculpture. A look at the week’s best images from around Greater New York.


Police officers from the United Kingdom marched in formation across the Brooklyn Bridge on Sunday, Sept. 11. The group walked from downtown Brooklyn for the memorial ceremony at Ground Zero. (Philip Montgomery for The Wall Street Journal)


Children and young adults took part in a citizenship ceremony at Citi Field before the Mets game on Wednesday. (Mustafah Abdulaziz for The Wall Street Journal)


A 37-year-old Verizon worker was electrocuted Wednesday morning in Brooklyn as he worked on lines connected to a utility pole, officials said. Here, the scene at the corner of Christopher Avenue and New Lots Avenue. (Andrew Hinderaker for The Wall Street Journal)


A woman lit a candle at a memorial at the entrance to the Grant Houses complex in Manhattan on Monday, following the murder of 18-year-old high school basketball standout Tayshana Murphy. Ms. Murphy was shot in the hallway of the public-housing project on Sunday. (Philip Montgomery for The Wall Street Journal)


A selection of whiskeys are on display at Whiskey Park, at 100 Central Park South in New York, N.Y. (Ramsay de Give for The Wall Street Journal)


One hundred dancers gathered around the Revson Fountain at Lincoln Center on Sunday morning to perform ‘The Table of Silence Project,’ a public tribute to the events of 9/11. (Philip Montgomery for The Wall Street Journal)


David Shih and Christine Toy Johnson rehearsed a scene from ‘Crane Story’ at the Cherry Lane Theatre. (Daniella Zalcman for The Wall Street Journal)


Grilled Octopus, organic lentils and potatoes at Bocca East, 1496 Second Ave. at 78th Street. (Nick Brandreth for The Wall Street Journal)


The members of Squad One in Brooklyn’s Park Slope assembled to observe a moment of silence at 9:45am Sunday. The company lost 12 firefighters ten years ago at the World Trade Center. (Daniella Zalcman for The Wall Street Journal)


A demonstration kiosk was set up on Wednesday in a pedestrian plaza south of Madison Square Park for a news conference announcing a bicycle-sharing program New York City plans to launch next year. (Mustafah Abdulaziz for The Wall Street Journal)


A 26-foot tall bronze sculpture, ‘Elefrandret,’ by artist Miquel Barceló was installed in Union Square in Manhattan. (Philip Montgomery for The Wall Street Journal)


Members of the press stood in the newly opened Memorial Plaza at Ground Zero during the opening of the National September 11 Memorial on Monday. (Philip Montgomery for The Wall Street Journal)


Leigh Keno, the host of the popular television show, ‘Antiques Roadshow,’ inspected a chair of Wall Street Journal columnist Ralph Gardner at his home on the Upper East Side. (Philip Montgomery for The Wall Street Journal)


Lifeguard Randy Dodd, center, carried a memorial wreath out to sea during a memorial service at Long Beach, Long Island, Sunday. Mr. Dodd and about 300 other surfers held a ceremony in the water, forming a circle and joining hands. Each surfer wore an armband with the name of a Sept. 11 first responder from Long Island. (Claudio Papapietro for The Wall Street Journal)


Inside of the offices and manufacturing floor of the Lee Spring company, a tenant in the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park (Rob Bennett for The Wall Street Journal)


Third-grade teacher Tavares Bussey read out loud to his students during the first day of the school year at Brennan-Rogers, a K-8 public school in New Haven, Conn., on Sept. 1. (Jesse Neider for The Wall Street Journal)


Maggie Jewell, 6, created a makeshift memorial to her second cousin, Joseph G. Hunter, a firefighter who died at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2011, during a memorial service on the tenth anniversary of attacks at Lido Beach on Long Island on Sunday. (Claudio Papapietro for The Wall Street Journal)

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