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Below are a handful of stories that don’t fall under one of the primary topics that I typically cover – health care, music and entertainment, profiles – but are stories I’m happy to share.

Craft Brewing Coming to the San Fernando Valley
A short piece for L.A. Weekly looking at the emerging craft beer scene in the San Fernando Valley.
http://blogs.laweekly.com/squidink/2013/12/beer_san_fernando_valley.php

Something Brewed – NoVA Beer Scene Beginning to Come Into Its Own
In early 2011, I had the chance to take an expansive look at the Northern Virginia beer seen for the glossy monthly Northern Virginia Magazine. Some of the best research I’ve ever had to tackle.
http://www.northernvirginiamag.com/food-and-wine/food-and-wine-features/2011/09/26/something-brewed/

LA Bike Kitchen Helps Get Cyclists on the Road
In Los Angeles, there’s a place called the Bicycle Kitchen, where folks can find a space to repair and learn how to care for their bikes. This was for the environmental publication Earth Island Journal.
http://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/elist/eListRead/la_bike_kitchen_helps_get_cyclists_on_the_road/ 

In L.A., mortgage crisis knows no age limits
A snapshot at a section of the housing crisis.
http://www.healthycal.org/archives/9536

At a crossroads
The dissolution of the California Redevelopment Agency had a far-reaching impact.
http://www.healthycal.org/archives/8302

There’s a train comin’ – light rail changes South L.A. housing market
This affordable housing complex was threatened by development.
http://www.healthycal.org/archives/7285

Signs of change
Intended or not, USC’s impact on area housing is significant.
http://www.healthycal.org/archives/6982

Retired PHS coach wants to showcase running stars
When I worked as the sports editor for the Poway News-Chieftain, I interviewed track coach Dan Schaitel multiple times. Seven years after I left, I spoke with him again. He’s been busy:
http://www.pomeradonews.com/2013/07/03/retired-phs-coach-wants-to-showcase-running-stars/

Marshall Alum Recognized as 1 of Nation’s Top ‘Uplifting Athletes’
For a short period of time, I contributed regularly to the Falls Church News-Press, a really great community newspaper in Northern Virginia.
http://fcnp.com/2011/02/09/marshall-alum-recognized-as-1-of-nations-top-uplifting-athletes/

Sheffield waits for shot in Arena League
When I got laid off, my good friend and the sports editor at the Pflugerville Pflag gave me some work. They were simple phoners, but I got to interview to interesting athletes in interesting places.
http://archive.pflugervillepflag.com/2012/04/30/shefflied-waits-for-shot-in-arena-league/