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Oak Park artist Aimee Phelps sparks idea for Art-through-Pods, a project that builds decorated mobile homes for the homeless, with the help of co-director Kevin Greenberg. Recipient Bobby Richmond died on Dec. 13, 2016 in an alleyway. Hector Amezcua The Sacramento Bee
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Erika D. Smith joined The Sacramento Bee in May 2015 after spending most of her career in the nebulous Midwest. She previously worked for The Indianapolis Star in Indiana, where, as metro columnist, she covered issues related to neighborhoods, community development, public safety and diversity. She also worked for five years at the Akron Beacon Journal in Ohio. She is a native of Cleveland.

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