Issue: June 28, 2012

Good morning, CN&R readers,

For this week's cover story, CN&R Editor Robert Speer interviewed local neurosurgeon Jeff Lobosky, who has a new book out, his first, about the state of the American health-care system. More specifically, the failure of the system. The piece is very informative and timely, as the U.S. Supreme Court is set to weigh in on Obamacare today.

Over in Newslines, Calendar Editor Howard Hardee has a nice write up on the Winnemem Wintu tribe, including the troubles they've experienced while holding a particular native ceremony at Shasta Lake as well as the struggles to become federally recognized. Yours truly reports on the conclusion to a longstanding battle by a local professor to get the Chico Unified School District's sports programs into compliance with federal gender-equity rules. News Editor Tom Gascoyne brings back the specter of the conflicts between environmentalists and disc golfers at the long course within Bidwell Park. And Ken Smith, CN&R staff writer, checks out BEC's beef with the county's work to update its general plan.

In Healthlines, check out Evan Tuchinsky's article on ambulatory surgery centers, the outpatient facilities such as the Skyway Surgery Center.

Over in Arts and Culture, there's a review of Bay Area glam-rock band Glitter Wizard. And Alan Sheckter gives us a preview of the Wild Mountain Faire, the Concow-based music festival.

Happy Thursday. Enjoy!

-Melissa Daugherty, managing editor