Issue: February 14, 2013

Good morning, readers:

It's Thursday, so we'll see you at the newsstand. This week, in honor of Black History Month, the cover story is a thought-provoking essay that asks how far we've really come when it comes to racism in America.

In our Newslines section, check out News Editor Tom Gascoyne's story about a recent decision of the Butte County Board of Supervisors that will allow a large pesticide distributor to build a facility near Lundberg Family Farms' organic rice operation, and hear from the Lundbergs about that decision. Speaking of the Supes, staff writer Ken Smith headed to the panel's meeting on Tuesday, and he gives a report on the latest effort to enact a medi-pot ordinance. Calendar Editor Howard Hardee is on the book beat this week, checking in with Heather Lyon about Lyon Books' pending move to Main Street, across from The Bookstore. And there's a special story about the local homeless census, reported by a member of the homeless population who just happens to be a writer.

In Healthlines this week, Evan Tuchinsky looks into Enloe Medical Center's burgeoning Joint Replacement Program.

In Greenways, Claire Hutkins Seda heads to Chico State to check out a speech by Will Allen, the innovative Milwaukee, Wis.-based urban farmer and founder of Growing Power, Inc.

In the Arts and Culture section, Arts Editor Jason Cassidy talks to the front man of Brooklyn-based synth duo Black Marble. Film critic Juan-Carlos Selznick gives us his take on Amour. And Willow Sharkey heads to the 1078 Gallery for photographer Tom Patton's new exhibit, The Spectacle of Ordinary Spectators. Plus, as always, there's a lot more in this issue!


-Melissa Daugherty, managing editor