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A look back at Louisville headlines from 2016

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) –- 2016 has been a wild ride from the passing of the Muhammad Ali, to the city's most violent year on record, and a new bridge -- we take a look back at the last 12 months.

Swarms of people from all over the world descended upon Louisville this year for the passing of a legend.

Muhammad Ali died at the age of 74 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. His death stung the hearts of many as they paid their respects in his hometown.

“Muhammad never stopped loving Louisville. And we know that Louisville loves Muhammad,” said Muhammad Ali’s wife Lonnie.

The humanitarian and boxing champion is now buried at Cave Hill Cemetery.

2016 also proved to be a big political year for Kentuckiana. President-Elect Donald Trump made a campaign stop in Louisville.

“It’s not about me. I’m the messenger. It’s really about you,” Trump said.

But not everyone at the rally supported him and he called for protesters to be kicked out.

Shortly before he was named the Republican candidate for president he tapped, then, Indiana Governor Mike Pence to be his running mate.

“We love Indiana, we love our country and my family and I couldn’t be more honored,” Pence said.

The past year also proved to be a roller coaster ride for the University of Louisville. The school imposed sanctions on itself and chose not to play in the NCAA tournament. It came as a result of an investigation into the basketball team and an alleged sex scandal played out in the book Breaking Cardinal Rules.

James Ramsey also resigned as President and Governor Matt Bevin abolished the school's board of trustees. Then after new members were appointed, a judge ruled Bevin overstepped his authority, therefore bringing back the old board.

The school is also on probation and could lose its accreditation.

But the university ended the year on a lighter note. Most recently, quarterback Lamar Jackson became the first Heisman Trophy Winner in school history.

In terms of violence throughout the city, Louisville reached an unwanted record.

“I don’t understand it. I don’t know what to do. If there’s anything I can do to stop these senseless murders, these crimes, it has to stop,” said Nicole Cowherd, whose husband was killed.

Crime scene after crime scene, 2016 brought the highest number of homicides in Louisville than any other year.

And making it just in time to be included this year was the opening of the new Lewis and Clark Bridge in the east end. Five hundred cars lined up that day to be the first ones to cross.

The fireworks at Thunder Over Louisville were accompanied by the Louisville Orchestra for the first time. The broadcast put on by WDRB this year featured a crew of 150 people, 11 and-a-half hours of coverage and 28 cameras including a drone.

Another first for the Derby City was the Red Bull Flugtag. Dozens of human powered flying machines were launched from a platform into the Ohio River.

2016 also brought us baby Kindi, a gorilla born at the Louisville zoo. It also brought us a Zumba dancer with a personality larger than life.

Louisville native Audrey Nethery has appeared on Rachel Ray and she's on Instagram's most liked video of the year with Selena Gomez. While raising awareness for her bone marrow disorder she's also starred in her own music video.

“Nothing can stop you, nothing can stop me, nothing can stop you,” Nethery said.

It's message we can all take into the next year as we tackle 2017.

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