Issue: August 02, 2012

What do you do when you lose your job? When the economy knocked Roseville writer Corbyn Hightower for a loop, her family decided to change their entire lifestyle. They got rid of the car, learned how to slaughter their own chickens, and where to find the best wild blackberries. Read all about it in this week's feature story.

In Frontlines, Raheem F. Hosseini reports on the city's fast-track efforts at developing riverfront housing—but it's being done behind closed doors and without input from the residents of the current low-income housing. And in Bites this week, Cosmo Garvin says the credit card scandal involving one of K.J.'s aides is another example of just how “handsy” his administration is with city money.

In this week's Arts&Culture section, Shoka tells the story of Melissa Harris and her horse, Bailey, who are out to conquer the Western States Trail Endurance run, a grueling 100-mile, 24-hour race that pushes horse and rider to the limit. Also, Aaron Carnes on stoner-rock duo I'm Dirty Too; Jeff Hudson on the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival; and Becky Grunewald on finding good but inexpensive tacos at La Fiesta Taqueria.

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