This year has been hard to bear (and we know that pun's not lost on you). As we look forward to better news in 2003, we reflect, with some amazement, on 2002.

Who knew CEOs would contribute to the nation's overcrowded prisons, and the beloved Mickey D's french fry would get dumped for a younger, leaner model?

In an effort to beckon the bulls, we wave our red cape and offer you the Top 10 business stories of 2002.