Issue: May 11, 2017

This week's cover story: Our annual College Essay Contest features 10 young people whose touching and beautifully written essays put the lie to the notion that young people today can't write.

Also in this issue: Scott Thomas Anderson take us into the courtroom where a coconut cream pie was the centerpiece in the trial of an activist accused of felony assault for smashing said pie in former Mayor Kevin Johnson's face. Elsewhere, James Raia explains the money and politics behind the exclusion of an excellent local team from the Amgen Tour of California; Julianna Boggs profiles Jennifer Reason, whose outstanding choir, RSVP, sings to benefit good causes; SN&R CEO Jeff vonKaenel explains why the latest financial report by the McClatchy Co. does not bode well; and Scott Thomas Anderson profiles rising politico Alex San Martin, who brings a welcome working class perspective to the state Democratic Party.