Issue: May 03, 2012

They came from every public, charter and private high school in SN&R’s circulation area. There were essays about overcoming disabilities, serious illness, poverty and prejudice. There were also essays about sports, science, math, creative writing, public service and pets. All of them had one thing in common: Each high school senior who entered our 2012 College Essay Contest told us, in a very particular way, about their journey into the adult world. In this week’s feature, read the winners and honorable mentions, and meet the young men and women who wrote them. Online, we’ll have more essays from finalists.

If you’ve always thought “Dang, there are a lot of California Highway Patrol cars busting drunk drivers in Midtown,” then you weren’t far from the truth: The CHP makes more DUI arrests in Sacramento’s central city than any other in California. In Frontlines, Matthew W. Urner reports on why this is a good thing for the city of Sacramento police department’s budget, but bad for arrest transparency. Also this week: California Watch looks at local law enforcement’s purchasing of military guns and stuff, and Alastair Bland reports that cage free doesn’t always mean happy chickens.

May is National Bike Month, and this week Rachel Leibrock lays down the law for Sacramento bicycling manners in her Popsmart column. Also this week in Arts&Culture: Jonathan Mendick has the scoop on the city’s Cinco De Mayo parties (and a really addictive guacamole recipe), Greg Lucas finds the Cheers! of River Park, Jonathan Kiefer gets on board with the new Avengers flick, Nick Miller previews the Sacramento Electronic Music Festival, Kel Munger and Maxwell McKee find two new plays to honor with five-star ravin’ Willie reviews, and this week’s 15 Minutes interview goes down in a language other than English (hint: It’s not Klingon).

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