Issue: February 21, 2013

Good morning, CN&R readers!

For our annual Business and Entrepreneurs issue we decided to highlight local women-owned or -operated companies. We did so with the 50th anniversary of Betty Friedan's 1963 book, The Feminine Mystique, in mind. Friedan's advocacy for gender equality led to some landmark moments in American feminism. To honor her work and the work of others in the Women's Movement, we found eight very successful local companies to share with our readers. Some of them are familiar names, but you'll also meet women whose success stories are lesser known.

In Newslines this week, check out a preview of a very important upcoming event aiming to shed light on human trafficking which, as you'll read, is happening locally. There's an update on the consolidation efforts-and their ramifications-taking place at Chico City Hall. We've also got an update on the guidelines Chico State Greeks must follow for reinstatement as student organizations. You'll also see coverage of the latest Book in Common panel, this one focusing on the Tuscan Aquifer.

In Healthlines, fitness experts from In Motion Fitness weigh in on the behavioral differences between men and women when it comes to working out.

In Greenways, raw-milk advocates talk about the health benefits of the product.

In the Arts and Culture section, there's a review of The Loveseat Diaries, the musical-comedy debut of local prog-rockers The Pageant Dads. There's also a review of one of Chico's newest food trucks, Mayhem Gourmet Grilled Cheese. We've got yet another review in Music, this one of the local We Heart Ukulele Festival, which uke-player (and CN&R staff writer) Ken Smith attended. And in film, check out the latest installment in the Die Hard series.

Happy reading!

-Melissa Daugherty, managing editor