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Scene and the late Free Times (the two papers merged last summer) are well represented in this year’s Excellence in Journalism Awards from Press Club of Cleveland. The nominees are:

Staff writer Dan Harkins, for the Free Times cover stories “Tattered,” about foreclosures and the region’s torn social fabric, and “Art/Addiction,” about neon artist Dana Patterson. (Harkins was also recently honored by social-justice organization Community Shares for his Scene article on racial disparities in drug-case sentencing, “Disparate Times.”)

Arts editor Michael Gill and music editor Jeff Niesel, both for Best Section.

Art director Ron Kretsch, for the design of the Free Times cover “Wild at Heart: On the Trail of the Last Pack of Wild Dogs in Cleveland.”

Former staff writer James Renner, for “I See the Truth,” about the unsolved murder of Lisa Pruett.

And local artists Amy Casey, for the painting used for the Free Times cover story “Broken,” about the foreclosure crisis, and John Grenier, for his illustrations for Scene’s Best of Cleveland 2008.

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