Issue: September 20, 2012

Good morning, Chico readers:

This week's cover story is written by Sarah Downs, a Chico woman who has a lot to share about her long-term battle with depression, including a recent suicidal breakdown leading to her finally getting help. Telling a story like this is a brave thing to do, and we applaud Sarah for doing so. Her intent is to help others recognize the symptoms of depression and seek help.

In Newslines this week, there's a write-up on the first Chico City Council candidates forum last Friday. We also have coverage of Jason Ross' appearance at Chico State. Ross is a longtime writer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, a native of Chico, and a former CN&R writer and arts editor. As usual, we've got a report on the City Council meeting. This week the panel finalized its plans on a noise ordinance. There's also a story about congressional candidate Doug LaMalfa and the politics surrounding him leaving his state senate post.

In Greenways, check out the feature on electric bikes, particularly their relative scarcity in Chico despite being popular elsewhere. And in Healthlines, there's a story about a state effort to eradicate tuberculosis.

Back in the arts section, you'll get a look at the Chico World Music Festival through a number of photos taken at the popular event last weekend. There's a preview of what to look forward to this fall on the big screen. In addition, Juan-Carlos Selznick gives us his take on Killer Joe, the ultra-violent "redneck noir" film staring Matthew McConaughey.

Happy reading!

Melissa Daugherty, managing editor