Issue: May 29, 2014

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The feature story this week: The winners are announced for SN&R's annual College Essay contest. High school seniors from all over the region sent in their college entrance essays for a chance to win a monetary prize to put toward their education. Through stories of identity, struggle and perseverance, these essays show Sacramento that the future is in pretty good hands after all. Check out the full essays of the three winners, plus excerpts of the honorable mentions.

Elsewhere in the issue: Raheem F. Hosseini begs the question, "Should prisoners be allowed to vote?" in an essay; Nick Miller digs into the real money Sacramento politicians are making and how much of it is going to lawn signage; Lori Gil goes on a euphoric 24-hour adventure in the happiest place on earth; Aaron Carnes uncovers the real story behind Joy and Madness, a classic soul and funk band; Garrett McCord gets his bro on at Field House American Sports Pub; and more.