Issue: January 19, 2012
It's been 40 years since the outset of the "war
on cancer." What do we really know about the
enemy? In this week's SN&R, writer Bill
O'Driscoll, recently diagnosed with melanoma,
asks the question: How much might our exposure to
an ever-increasing number of untested chemicals
be increasing our risk for this dreaded disease?
His answer: We really don't know. And that's the
experiment, in which we've all become human test subjects.
In this week's Frontlines, education historian
Diane Ravitch worked under President George H.W.
Bush and implemented the seeds for today's No
Child Left Behind, Race To The Top school-testing
craze. Today, she's perhaps the leader when it
comes to advocating for new ways to evaluate
students and teachers. Some even call her the
anti-Michelle Rhee; read Cosmo Garvin's Q-and-A
this week. Also: The grid gets more independent
coffeehouses than Starbucks, Met High School gets
new, green-friendly digs, and scientist concoct a scary super-flu.
In Arts & Culture, we ask: Do you remember The
Blair Witch Project? Of course you do-and
especially Heather Donahue, the female lead
famous for the "I'm so scared" cry-fest scene.
Anyway, years after the film, Donahue moved to
the Sacramento foothills, decided to start
growing pot-and now has a book about it. Rachel
Leibrock interviews her. Also this week: Five
stars for Ambiance, Sleeprockers awaken to
success, and Nick Miller gives his take on the state of the music scene.
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Popular culture prefers “beating” cancer to sussing its source: For every Erin Brockovich there are 10 Brian’s Songs celebrating cancer’s noble victims.We celebrate those who beat cancer … but ignore efforts to prevent it.
This article was published on 01.19.12