Issue: November 08, 2012

Good morning, readers:

It's been a heckuva week, but somehow we've all managed to pull through the elections drama. But before we get to all of that ...

Our cover story this week by News Editor Tom Gascoyne explores the questions of some Chico State faculty and staff members who believe the asbestos in Butte Hall may be linked to the deaths of several people who worked there. Those concerns come in the wake of the recent lung-cancer-related deaths of two fairly young employees, both of whom had offices in a similar area within the building. In fact, according to Gascoyne's reporting, at least five people who worked on the top floors of Chico State's Butte Hall have died of cancer-related illnesses in the past seven years.

In Newslines this week, Gascoyne compiles the results from the Nov. 6 election, many of the local races as well as some of the state elections and propositions. One of the interesting races to follow is for Chico City Council--two of the candidates are only eight votes apart and the late mail-in ballots and provisionals could shake up the early results. In other news, Vic Cantu talks to a medi-pot dispensary owner Butte County DA Mike Ramsey has filed charges against in relation to the big raid more than two years ago. Editor Robert Speer headed to the regular City Council meeting on election night, and watched the council majority adopt its Climate Action Plan. Additionally, Jaime O'Neill attended the lecture of Nobel Laureate and human-rights activist Shirin Ebadi, who spoke earlier this week at Laxson Auditorium.

In Greenways, take a look into Chico's trend of shops focusing on vintage threads and "upcycled" high-fashion. In Healthlines, a Chico man and author of Why I Slept with My Therapist talks about coming to terms with being gay, following an attempt at so-called conversion therapy.

In the Arts and Culture section, Christine LaPado-Breglia previews world-music singer and humanitarian Angélique Kidjo's upcoming performance at Laxson. Willow Sharkey takes a look at the joint exhibit of Chico artists Alan Corkery Hahn and Belinda Hanson at 1078 Gallery. And Juan-Carlos Selznick gives us his take on Flight, Denzel Washington's latest big-screen performance about a heroic but troubled pilot.

Happy reading!

-Melissa Daugherty, managing editor