Issue: September 27, 2012

Happy Thursday, CN&R readers:

In this week's cover story, Steve Metzger writes about a plan to take a 30-day summer road trip with his wife in celebration of the couple's 30 years of marriage, and to find the soul of America along the way. This story gives snapshots along the journey, from places like Mount Rushmore and Kent State to Beale Street in Memphis, Tenn.

In Newslines this week, check out the story on the surprising controversy surrounding California's Prop. 35, a ballot measure to crack down on human trafficking. Also, read about NPR reporter Don Gonyea's stop in Chico to give his thoughts on the state of politics. You'll also find a report on a couple of unusual recent cancer deaths of Chico State faculty members who had working in Butte Hall as common denominator. There's also an update on the future of the Covanta-owned cogeneration plant.

In the Arts and Culture section, check out the write-up on a local market that specializes in all sorts of yummy Middle Eastern foods. There's also a review of the North State Symphony's season-opening concert.

Last, but certainly not least, be sure to read Editor Robert Speer's From this Corner and Arts Editor Jason Cassidy's Arts DEVO, both of which talk about the recent passing of beloved artist Janice Porter.

-Melissa Daugherty, managing editor