The first thing is this week's cover package, "Traces of Identity," with text by Thomas Whittingslow and photos by Michaela von Schatzberg. This is an unusual package for the Weekly: We don't run photo essays that often, especially photo essays that are lacking, well, people. Turn to where the package starts and you'll see no pictures of migrants, which is what the feature is about. But by showing the items these migrants leave behind--as they risk their lives to enter our country--it humanizes them, giving them depth beyond the statistics and incident reports we see in the mainstream media. It's interesting that by showing pictures of inanimate objects, it humanizes the folks who left them behind.
The second thing is Yum!, our twice-yearly dining guide. If you've been following the Weekly for any amount of time, you know that we've been doing Yum! for a while, but for the last several years, it's been 100 percent advertising--ads supplemented by "advertorial" blurbs about the restaurants. Well, this is the case no more. In this Yum! and from now on, you'll find articles that have no link to advertising whatsoever, along with our Chow Scan list of recommended restaurants in its entirety. It's a keeper. Check it out!