Issue: June 21, 2012

This week's feature story takes a look at California's Great Flood, which effectively drowned Sacramento 150 years ago. Retired meteorologist Leon Hunsaker has been studying historic floods for decades and thinks he has evidence--though many hydrologists disagree--that the government has seriously underestimated the flows of the American River at the time of the 1862 floods. Hunsaker therefore questions the accuracy of levees and protections against future flooding. In fact, he thinks we're due for another big one.

Tweakers love bikes, no? Even the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department admits there's "an inherent association between meth users and bicycles." But is area law enforcement just slapping the same criminals' wrists over and over again without any impact on the local drug market? Is this cycle of bike crimes and misdemeanors a never-ending game of law enforcement vs. tweakers tag? Raheem F. Hosseini reports. Also this week in Frontlines: Amy Wong explores whether Mormon Mitt Romney can inspire solid evangelical-Christian turnout in November, and Christopher Arns looks at funding for alternative fuels here in Sacramento.

In Arts&Culture, Josh Fernandez explores the cult of kombucha--that fermented fizzy drink that tastes of vinegar and is rich in bacteria. While the jury's still out on its healthfulness, there are those--including a handful of local entrepreneurs--who swear by the odd-tasting liquid and are almost fanatical in their dedication to the beverage. Also: the Pork Belly Grub Shack dishes up four-star worthy swine dining, things get a little hot and bothered in Teatro Nagual's rendition of Anna in the Tropics, while teen folk singer Parie Wood proves she's an old soul with the release of her debut EP.

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