Nationals still contenders sans Stephen Strasburg – USATODAY.com

Stephen Strasburg: shut down, no postseason, plenty of reason to be down. Washington Nationals: soaring with the best record in baseball, looking at home-field advantage all the way through the World Series, plenty of reasons to be up and stay up. Now that the focus finally can turn to the inevitable Nationals-without-Strasburg mini-era, there’s no …

Cultivating a subculture: Asheville’s bubbling craft ferments industry

Creating a subculture around symbiotic cultures? That’s precisely what is happening in Western North Carolina’s fast-growing fermented food and beverage industries. Cultivating beneficial microorganisms to yield tasty drinks and foods that benefit the mind, body and spirit is being embraced as a business opportunity by an ever-increasing number of locals. A trend that started quietly in …