Issue: March 22, 2012

Born of injustice, inspired by comic book culture and enabled by social media, hundreds of men and women around the world are performing good deeds in self-styled superhero outfits. And now the superhero phenom has come to Sactown. Yes, Bay Area superheroes have extended what they call the “NorCal Protectorate” to include patrols in our region, especially in downtown and Midtown Sacramento. Raheem F. Hosseini fills us in on the costumed crime fighters in this week’s feature.

In Frontlines: So, you walk into an Internet café—but everyone is playing digital gambling games and winning money?! It could happen. Sweepstakes gambling businesses are popping up in under-served neighborhoods throughout Sacramento, as Nick Miller and Ngaio Bealum report. Also this week in news: Cosmo Garvin looks at Mayor Kevin Johnson’s election adversaries in Bites, and Miller reports on Occupy UC Davis’ big win versus Wall Street.

This week’s arts feature sells itself: contributor Josh Fernandez writes a letter to God. Also this week: southern eats at The Porch, SN&R went to SXSW and came back with a top 10 list. Plus: beanies for your beards!

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