Issue: June 11, 2009

I suppose if there’s a good time for bad news, it’d be a sunny day. We don’t tend to plan our issues around the climate, mind you; it just worked out this week that we’re covering some dire subjects when the weather provides a counterpoint.The Feature Story examines teen suicide. Each of Chico’s two comprehensive high schools got rocked by unexpected passings this year, and these campuses are not alone. Katie Booth, a departing CN&R intern who spent several months developing the story, not only offers explanations, she shares the perspective of a mother critical of how her son’s death is viewed.The state of the economy hits home in three news stories. First, I preview the Chico City Council’s all-day session Tuesday to go over the proposed budget for fiscal year 2009-10. Bob Speer relays what the latest state number-crunching means for Butte County. And Therese Marucci, one of our new summer interns, shows the impact of government cuts on community organizations.If you don’t OD on the downturn from the news section, check out From The Edge, in which Anthony Peyton Porter makes an interesting proposal to reduce federal spending. That might cheer you up!Undeniably uplifting: Christine G.K. LaPado’s look at two local theater productions, a tri-bylined playlist of tunes for the summer, and Jason Cassidy’s review of The Hangover (wickedly good, he says).So the issue isn’t totally depressing. :-)Until next week ...Evan Tuchinsky, Editor