Photo galleries: Best of 2013

"Tales from the Morgue" presents a collection of the most popular photo galleries on azstarnet.com in 2013 in reverse order. We have excluded mug shots, inmates and scantily clad cheerleaders, and come up with a list of the top 20.

Photos: Miley Cyrus smokes a joint, twerks in MTV's European Awards

Photos: Miley Cyrus smokes a joint, twerks in MTV's European Awards

She couldn't resist. Singer Miley Cyrus smoked a joint on stage and twerked with a dwarf during the MTV EMAs on Sunday. The 20-year old pop star also took home the Best Video award for her hit song "Wrecking Ball" during a show with a strong lineup of other performers including Eminem and K…

Photos: Tucson Oddities

Photos: Tucson Oddities

Photos of strange sights that make up the Old Pueblo and the retired Tucson Oddity series.

Photos: Baby zoo animals

Photos: Baby zoo animals

New little zoo additions are nothing short of cute. 

Photos: Meet the Arizona Wildcats basketball team

Photos: Meet the Arizona Wildcats basketball team

From lauded freshman Aaron Gordon to point guard T.J. McConnell to Nick "Bunnies" Johnson and through to walk-on Trey Mason, the son of a famous UA basketball alum, check out the 2013-14 Arizona basketball roster and get to know the team.

Photos: Monsoon 2013

Photos: Monsoon 2013

Photos of Tucson's 2013 monsoon season. Includes images from Arizona Daily Star photographers and readers.  This year's monsoon — Tucson's summer rainy season — begins Sunday, and weather experts say we could see more rain than normal.

Photos: 2013 All Souls Procession in Tucson

Photos: 2013 All Souls Procession in Tucson

The uniquely-Tucson event, the All Souls Procession, winds its way through downtown to honor love ones who have passed on, but whose spirits still live strong. Inspired by Mexico's Dia de los Muertos, the event has become a Tucson tradition almost since its beginning in 1990 as a performanc…

Photos: Tucson restaurants closed in 2013

Photos: Tucson restaurants closed in 2013

Tucson restaurants who packed it up this year.

Photos: 2013 Tucson Rodeo Parade

Photos: 2013 Tucson Rodeo Parade

Thousands lined the streets near the Tucson Rodeo Grounds to watch the 118 entries and dozens of horses in the 2013 Tucson Rodeo Parade.

Photos: Softball pitcher Jennie Finch

Photos: Softball pitcher Jennie Finch

Though she's retired, former Arizona Wildcats pitching superstar Jennie Finch works just as hard as she ever did for the Cats, Team USA or her National Pro Fastpitch teams. Now living in Louisiana with her husband, Casey Daigle, and her three children, Ace, Diesel and Paisley, Finch is a ful…

Photos: Snow around Tucson on Feb. 20-21, 2013

Photos: Snow around Tucson on Feb. 20-21, 2013

A midday snow storm blanketed most of the city and surrounding areas.

UA sports Throwback Thursday: Lowell-Stevens Football opens

UA sports Throwback Thursday: Lowell-Stevens Football opens

The UA's Lowell-Stevens Football Facility at Arizona Stadium opened last summer.

Photos: Memorial and funeral for William 'Billy' Warneke

Photos: Memorial and funeral for William 'Billy' Warneke

Granite Mountain Hotshot firefighter William "Billy" Warneke is memorialized and buried Wednesday, July 10, in Marana. He was among 19 firefighters who died June 30 in the Yarnell Fire.

Case photos related to the Jan. 8, 2011, shooting

Case photos related to the Jan. 8, 2011, shooting

The Pima County Sheriff's Department has released photos of evidence and the scene related to the Jan. 8, 2011, shooting in the Safeway parking lot at Ina and Oracle roads.

Photos: Tucson's most expensive homes

Photos: Tucson's most expensive homes

Tucson's priciest homes are in the Santa Catalina foothills north of the city.

University of Arizona in history

University of Arizona in history

New students take note: The University of Arizona has been around for quite some time and has a story or two to tell. A picture is worth a thousand words, so consider these some of the many stories the UA can tell.

Photos: Top 101 television shows

Photos: Top 101 television shows

The Writers Guild of America members voted last year on the best written television shows. See how your favorites stacked up in their expert opinion.

Photos: 40 Under 40 winners

Photos: 40 Under 40 winners

Congratulations to this year's 40 Under 40 winners. Co-hosted by the Arizona Daily Star and the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the award recognizes young leaders who are making an impact in the community with their professional and charitable work. From among the 40 winners, a man and…

Photos: El Tour de Tucson 2013

Photos: El Tour de Tucson 2013

The 31st El Tour de Tucson was the first in the rain. Star photographers documented the riders sloshing their way to the finish during the 2013 race.

Photos: Downtown Tucson before redevelopment

Photos: Downtown Tucson before redevelopment

The original character of downtown Tucson and the buildings that existed before urban redevelopment projects in the late 60s.

Mapped: Tucson restaurants closed in 2013

Mapped: Tucson restaurants closed in 2013

Tucson restaurants who packed it up this year.

About this blog

"Tales from the Morgue" is a way for the Star to share stories from the treasure trove of information held in its old files.

Johanna Eubank, aka the Morgue Lady, was a research assistant in the Star Library — also known as News and Research Services — for 18 years before becoming an online content producer. She has had her share of sneezing fits after digging into dusty old files, so she's sure to find a few old stories to re-examine.

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