At the Walgreens on 23rd and Mission, enormous, candy-colored tubs of hair gel piled high in an impulse bin. You may be interested to know that the primary ingredients are water and sucrose.

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Heather Smith covers a beat that spans health, food, and the environment, as well as shootings, stabbings, various small fires, and shouting matches at public meetings. She is a 2007 Middlebury Fellow in Environmental Journalism and a contributor to the book Infinite City.

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