Issue: October 24, 2013

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The feature story this week: Rivers, forests and animals are suffering due

to illegal marijuana farms, but the farmers say the fact that pot is

illegal forces them to grow in the shadows near wildlife. David Downs

investigates the state of California's marijuana growth.

Elsewhere in the issue: Alastair Bland discovers the Affordable Care Act

really wants the young 'invincibles' to sign up for health care; Steph

Rodriguez profiles two artists who embrace Dia de los Muertos traditions

and gives tips on how to make sugar skulls; Cosmo Garvin scolds Sacramento

City Unified School District's Superintendent; Jonathan Mendick has the

don't miss Halloween festivities; Deena Drewis unveils the insider tip on

where to get that amazing Halloween costume; and more.