Issue: February 07, 2013

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This week's feature story, "Checkmate!" looks at how prosecutors across the country team with debt collectors to terrorize consumers in ways both highly profitable and usually illegal. Nick Miller adds to the report by exploring how local district attorneys get in on the act.

Also this week: Raheem F. Hosseini breaks down the last sprawl snafu at the Sacramento County board of supervisors, Cosmo Garvin looks at Sacramento City Union School District's plan to close elementary schools, Garrett McCord gets trendy for some ramen, and the guys from Hall of Fame share tips on how to throw a legit, banging party.