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Behold, another year of the mensches among us: imams and restaurateurs, mortuary professors and dog-rescue queens, jiu jitsu champions and the guy who starred in Sublime's legendary "Date Rape" video, community activists and local-boy-gone-slugger Mark Trumbo, whom we had to profile even though he's now with the Arizona Diamondbacks. (We never got a chance to write a cover story on him while he was with the Anaheim Angels of Anaheim because the team never responded to our requests.)
Enjoy these stories, and feel free to suggest more for next year—'cause we're going to do the People Issue until journalism turns into a microchip implanted into your retina.
Published on March 12, 2014