A preview of the October 4, 2013,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

Oct. 4 - 10, 2013

Dear Readers,

There was even more anger today from neighbors at a public hearing over a proposed affordable housing project in Pebble Beach. But did they have to say the 24-unit complex would "smell like a meth lab"? Kelly Nix reports.

Two of the county's most prominent political leaders are joining forces to raise money for a veteran's cemetery at Fort Ord. And they say they need your help — right now. Kelly has that one, too. And the political leaders (Jason Burnett and Jimmy Panetta) have a commentary explaining the urgency.

16 years ago, a Pacific Grove teenager was cruelly murdered for no other reason than gang craziness. This week, the last of his killers was convicted. Mary Schley has that story.

A disease killing thousands of oak trees in Monterey County is also having a terrible impact on the county's redwoods — but not because it's infecting them. Chris Counts has the details.

A ten-year-old boy from Carmel Valley was one of the swimmers who made it from Alcatraz to San Francisco last week. All we can say is, "Wow." Jerry Gervase offers his inimitable perspective on last weekend's Authors and Ideas Festival. And my editorial explains why, when it comes to getting the news from the media, you really have to think for yourself.

Don't forget that you still have until 5 p.m. Saturday to cast your votes for this year's Golden Pine Cones, and if you've already voted, you can go back into your very own ballot and change or add to your selections right up until the deadline. Results will be announced at the end of this month.

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Paul Miller, Publisher

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