Issue: December 06, 2012

Good morning, readers:

Are you in the market to buy a new car or know someone who is? If so, you're going to want to pay close attention to this week's cover story, Confessions of an ex-car salesman. In it, Walter Irish spills all of the tricks and trades in the car-selling business, for both new and used vehicles. He knows his stuff. It's any interesting read whether or not you're buying a car, but the info contained within would almost surely save you some bucks if you are. Believe me, I sure wish I had read something like this prior to purchasing my vehicle.

In Newslines this week, News Editor Tom Gascoyne talks to outgoing Chico City Councilmen Andy Holcombe, Jim Walker and Bob Evans about their tenure on the panel. Editor Robert Speer checks out the scene at the City Council chambers as the new council members are sworn in. Calendar Editor Howard Hardee has a write-up on the arrest and confession of the man responsible for the recent fatal hit-and-run of a Durham cyclist. And Vic Cantu files a report on the bizarre incident in the Dominican Republic in which a local magician was set on fire.

In Greenways this week, check out Claire Hutkins Seda's preview of the annual Christmas Bird Count organized by Altacal Audubon Society.

In Healthlines, Evan Tuchinsky's story provides advice on shopping for health-insurance plans.

And in the Arts and Culture: In Chow, read Henri's take on the Bloody Mary, including recipes. In Reel World, Juan-Carlos Selznick checks out new Brad Pitt film Killing Them Softly. New contributor MaryRose Lovgren reviews Oliver! The Musical, and longtime contributor (and former arts editor) Mark Lore talks to one-man-show Ghostwriter (aka singer-songwriter Steve Schecter) in advance of his appearance at Monstros Pizza this Friday.

Happy reading,

-Melissa Daugherty, managing editor