Issue: September 19, 2019

This week's SN&R cover feature is a collaboration with our colleagues in Chico and Reno about the world of conspiracy theories. Raheem F. Hosseini writes about going down a rabbit hole with sordid allegations involving President Trump and Jeffrey Epstein. Matt Bieker chronicles the long history of claims that there are aliens at Area 51. And Ken Smith traces the origins of debunked claims that lasers caused the deadly Camp Fire.

In News, there's another joint project: A story about the upcoming U.N. Climate Action Summit published as part of Covering Climate Now, a global partnership of more than 250 news outlets. Also, Scott Thomas Anderson looks into a lawsuit against the Sacramento City Unified School District over how it teaches students with disabilities, African-American pupils in particular.

In our Cannabis Guide, Ken Magri investigated counterfeit vape cartridges and found that while they're cheaper, they could be bad for your health.

In Arts, Mozes Zarate writes about the new album from Rick Estrin and the Nightcats and also reviews Hobo Johnson's new album. In Stage, we have reviews of A Soldier's Play at Celebration Arts and A Stand-Up Guy at B Street Theatre.

In Dish, our Steph Rodriguez helped judge the Sacramento Burger Battle. In this week's Garden column, Debbie Arrington previews the fall Fall Native Plant Sale.

In Voices, a youth advocate calls on City Hall to use some Measure U money to help clear criminal records, Jeff vonKaenel reports from the Sacramento Metro Chamber's study trip to Indianapolis. And I look at plans to give Capitol Mall a major makeover.

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— Foon Rhee