2012 in the region: 7 powerful stories from The BeeLoading
  • 1W31VIGNETTES

    LIFE-CHANGING EVENTS

    Then: It was a year of heartbreak and adjustment for Don Hatfield, a noted Napa artist. In January, he lost his wife, Janey, to cancer. A month later, his only daughter, Rachel Winkler, died of stab wounds inflicted by her husband, Todd, in their Cameron Park home, leaving the couple's three young children without parents to care for them.

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    Renee Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • 1W31REYES

    A FEDERAL CASE

    Then: On June 28, Juana Reyes-Hernandez was arrested on suspicion of trespassing in front of the Walmart on Florin Road, where she'd hawked tamales for $1 each for two years to pay rent and support her two small children.

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    Randy Pench | rpench@sacbee.com
  • 1W31ISABEL

    OVERCOMING OBSTACLES

    Then: Isabel Call, a UC Davis graduate student, successfully fought her insurance company to obtain innovative treatment for her rare and potentially fatal cancer, paraganglioma. Her campaign mobilized thousands of people who pressured Anthem Blue Cross to grant her coverage for proton radiation beam therapy, which she began in June at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

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    Lezlie Sterling | lsterling@sacbee.com
  • 1W31GEMILY

    HIT-AND-RUN VICTIMS

    Then: Harison Long-Randall, a 21-year-old Grass Valley man, died after a speeding car hit him in a Carmichael crosswalk on July 16. He was walking with his 23-year-old girlfriend and her four dogs. Long-Randall lost one of his legs as he stepped in front of his girlfriend to shield her. He died in a hospital within two weeks.

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    Renee Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • 1W31WOLF

    OR7 STORY CAPTIVATES

    Then: A wild gray wolf crossed into California from Oregon on Dec. 28, 2011, the first of its kind confirmed in the state in 87 years. The event added a new federally endangered species to California and became the state's biggest wildlife story.

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    Allen Daniels
  • 1W31CAMPBELL

    ECONOMIC BLOW TO CITY

    Then: The news jolted Sacramento's struggling Franklin Boulevard corridor – and California politics, as well.

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    Hector Amezcua | hamezcua@sacbee.com
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