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Salem's Top 5 Stories of the Week

In case you missed something, here's a look back at our top five stories of the week.

Here are our top five stories of the week, they are listed in no particular order. Click on the headlines to read the full story.

: Salem's latenight "mystery explosions" have become something of a local conversation piece. The latest report was in the early hours Saturday morning, when residents in Marblehead and Salem called 911 to report hearing what sounded like a firework or gunshot in their neck of the woods.

Council Compromises on Legault to Replace Lovely: The 10-members of the City Council, who failed last Thursday to pick a successor to former Councilor at Large Joan Lovely, took only two ballots Tuesday night to elect William Legault as the 11th councilor.

St. Joseph Church Steeple Comes Down: The demolition of St. Joseph Church continued Wednesday afternoon as demo crews tore down the church's well-known steeple. A small crowd gathered at about 2 p.m. to watch the steeple come down.

Council Unanimously Picks Ryan for President: In less than two minutes, the City Council voted unanimously Monday night to elect Ward 4 Councilor Jerry Ryan as the President of the Council for 2013.

Hawk Saved By Salem Police Back in the Wild: The young Cooper's Hawk that was rescued by police in November after being found in front of a Federal Street home was recently released back into the wild.

For more of this week's stories, check out our news section.

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