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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