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Community newspapers nab honors at California Journalism Awards

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This image of Roscoe the calico goat and friends accompanied Sara Cardine’s award-winning story on goat yoga in La Cañada Flintridge.
(Raul Roa / Staff Photographer )

Times Community News, which publishes five community newspapers owned by and inserted in the Los Angeles Times, took home seven California Journalism Awards Saturday at a gala in Long Beach.

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Times Community News reporter Sara Cardine took first place in feature writing at Saturday's California Journalism Awards in Long Beach. Cardine, a staff writer with the La Cañada Valley Sun, won recognition in a category for weekly newspapers.
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La Canada Valley Sun reporter Sara Cardine won first place in feature writing for a piece on goat yoga classes in a La Cañada Flintridge community center.

Daily Pilot reporter Hillary Davis claimed third place in feature writing for a piece on a couple who kept a slice of their wedding cake frozen for 50 years and fifth place in the same category for a story on a widow who cares for a tree next to her late husband’s grave.

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Former Pilot reporter Hannah Fry, now a Los Angeles Times staff writer, placed third in in-depth reporting for “Losing ‘Sunny,” a series about new evidence in a Costa Mesa cold case.

TimesOC reporter Ben Brazil took fourth place in feature writing for a piece on a monastery that has survived encroaching development in Trabuco Canyon.

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Swami Dhyanayogananda lights candles on the Sri Ramakrishna shrine at the Ramakrishna Monastery in Trabuco Canyon. TimesOC reporter Ben Brazil took fourth place in feature writing for a story about the monastery.
(Don Leach / Daily Pilot)

Glendale News-Press and Burbank Leader staff writer Andrew Campa placed fifth in education reporting for a story about Glendale students analyzing soil samples from the ocean floor.

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Leader and News-Press reporter Andy Nguyen took fifth for coverage of local government with a piece about efforts to count the city’s homeless population.

The California News Publishers Assn. handed out the honors, among awards in seven circulation classes, at a gala in Long Beach. Each of the Times Community News publications won their awards in circulation categories specific to their sizes and publication schedules.

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