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Year in New York: Heroes and Villains

There was no shortage of good, bad or ugly in New York in 2008. Take a look at who made headlines for heroic -- or horrific -- deeds in the last year.

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HERO: Lexi's bark was bigger than her bite when she led her owner to the door of neighbor Charles Postler in Brooklyn. The 85-year-old deacon had fallen inside his apartment hours earlier and likely wouldn't have gotten the medical attention he needed if not for the cuddly Bichon Frise's intuition.
VILLAIN: Lehman Brothers CEO Dick Fuld is among those deep-pocketed few catching heavy criticism in recent months for the collapse of Wall Street.
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VILLAIN: Even when he was a Ranger, it was difficult for many local hockey fans to root for Sean Avery. After his childish stick-in-the-face treatment of legendary Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, Avery went to play for Dallas, where he turned off even more people with his degrading comments about an ex-girlfriend.
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VILLAIN: It's been more than 10 months since Roger Clemens' high-profile congressional steroid testimony, but we all misremember it like it was yesterday, don't we?
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VILLAIN: This picture has been getting heavy rotation lately, as Bernard Madoff has earned the title of Public Enemy No. 1.
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HERO: Unheralded Giants receiver David Tyree pinned the ball against his helmet to make a miraculous catch late in Super Bowl XLII, extending Big Blue's game-winning drive that culminated in a touchdown with less than a minute left.
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HERO: Eli Manning, at this time last year was considered the third best quarterback in his own family, but led the Giants to their third Super Bowl championship and picked up game MVP honors along the way.
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HERO: Westport's very own Paul Newman died in September after a long battle with lung cancer.
VILLAIN: The MTA raised some fares in 2008 and is proposing another increase for 2009.
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VILLAIN: Miladin Kovacevic, a Serbian basketball player, fled the United States after a bar brawl that left a fellow American college student hospitalized for months.
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