Issue: May 16, 2013

Good morning, CN&R readers:

If you've ever watched those reality-TV shows about the pawning business, you may have wondered how things are operated at local pawnshops. In this week's cover story, contributor Jaime O'Neill takes us behind the scenes of the surprisingly down-to-earth folks around these parts.

In Newslines this week, News Editor Tom Gascoyne talks with local bar owner Will Brady about his difficulties in opening up a new oyster bar because of complications with his liquor license. Staff Writer Ken Smith takes on two stories with ties to the First Amendment. In one, he writes about getting barred from attending a publicized fundraising event organized by local Republicans, during which Karl Rove was the speaker. In the other, he talks with Tim Crews, publisher of the Valley Mirror, about the newsman's recent victory in court in the face of a government-issued subpoena of his reporter's notes.

In Greenways this week, contributor Meredith J. Graham has a write-up on Chicoan David Grau's Valley Oak Tool Company, and how his innovative implements help the backyard gardener as well as the small-scale farmer.

In Healthlines, contributor Evan Tuchinsky talks to Oroville Hospital gastroenterologist Love Dalal about his love affair with medicine.

In the Arts and Culture section, symphony newbie (and CN&R Calendar Editor) Howard Hardee gives us his take on the North State Symphony's performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. Ken Smith reviews the Blue Room Theatre's Fresh Ink festival, after the event's five-year hiatus. In Chow, Greenways/Healthlines Editor Christine G.K. LaPado-Breglia introduces readers to the owners of Beber, a new local business making fresh, raw, delicious almond milk. And in Reel World, Juan-Carlos Selznick gives up his take on The Great Gatsby.

Happy reading!

-Melissa Daugherty, managing editor