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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Video: Should Sen. Sherry Nuxoll Apologize for her Comments on Hinduism?

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Cottonwood Republican Sen. Sheryl "Sherry" Nuxoll kicked up an unholy amount of controversy last week when she joined a handful of fellow lawmakers in protesting a Hindu prayer read to open the March 3 proceedings of the Idaho Senate.

Specifically, faith leaders from around the region condemned her comments regarding the Hindu faith, which is observed by about 1 billion people around the world.

"Hindu is a false faith with false gods," she said. "I think it's great that Hindu people can practice their religion but since we're the Senate, we're setting an example of what we, Idaho, believe."

More than a dozen leaders representing a range of faiths were quick to demand Nuxoll apologize to Hindu cleric Rajan Zed, who delivered the prayer, with Boise rabbi Daniel Fink calling the remarks "both hurtful and foolish."

Nuxoll was undaunted, telling the Spokesman-Review that while she didn't mean to call Hinduism a "false faith," she does believe it is a "religion with false gods. I'm not going to give an apology."

What do you think? Should Nuxoll apologize? Was she within her rights? Do you care either way? Give us your opinion on Boise Weekly's latest online poll here.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Video: Check Out Our Primer for This Week's Edition of 'Boise Weekly'

Posted By on Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 7:59 PM


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Maybe it's early, or maybe one of our telltale red distribution boxes is out of your way on a Wednesday morning. If you're on the go and want a quick preview of what's in this week's edition of Boise Weekly, this is where you'll find it. 

This week, learn from staff writer Jessica Murri about businesses that support adding "gender identity" and "sexual orientation" to Idaho's human rights law.

Also in this week's edition is news editor George Prentice's interview with film great Bruce Dern. You'll also find Tara Morgan's take on two chicken and biscuit dishes.
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Results are In: BW Poll Shows Strong Support for Marijuana Legalization in Idaho

Posted By on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 9:34 AM

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According to an online poll conducted Feb. 18-23 by Boise Weekly, readers of your friendly neighborhood alternative newspaper overwhelmingly say that they approve of legal weed in the Gem State.

The question was simple: "Do you support the legalization of marijuana in Idaho?" and released on boiseweekly.com and over social media outlets Twitter and Facebook. A total of 5,821 people voted, with the vast majority—87.44 percent—expressing "strong support" for the legalization of marijuana.

Of course this isn't a scientific poll. Respondents were self-selected and, while repeat votes were not allowed from the same IP address, voters could enter multiple times across different devices (if they really wanted to).

What we can glean from these results is that there is a strong contingent of people who follow BW on its homepage, Facebook and Twitter who believe that Idaho's laws criminalizing the sale and possession of marijuana are misguided to the extent that they were willing to click on a link and participate in an online poll. 
In part, we released this poll as a follow up to another poll conducted released Feb. 9 by Idaho Politics Weekly that posed a similar question to 605 Idaho residents: "Do you support or oppose the legalization of marijuana in Idaho?" The pollsters found that 53 percent of respondents "strongly oppose" legalization. Another 11 percent of respondents said they "somewhat oppose" legalization. 

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Response to the IPW poll among BW readers was varied. Some called it a clear piece of statistical evidence indicating Idaho's position on the issue of pot legalization, while others wondered whether the poll was conducted scientifically, citing its real or perceived biases. 

This week's Boise Weekly online poll asks, "How important is it to have a community ombudsman to investigate complaints against police?" as a dovetail to this week's feature story. We hope you'll participate.
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

BW Video: Preview of This Week's Edition of Boise Weekly

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Here's a preview of this week's edition of Boise Weekly, which hits the streets Wednesday, Nov. 19.


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Coalition Asks U.S. Court For Judgment in Challenge to Idaho Ag-Gag

Posted By on Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 3:11 PM

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In April 2011, Boise Weekly visited a Jerome livestock auction as part of our award-winning investigation into Idaho dairies, where we discovered high levels of drugs found in cattle linked to Idaho dairies (BW, News, "Got Milk? Got Drugs? Got Both?" April 6, 2011).

But auction officials weren't too pleased with our presence—going so far as to manhandle our photographer and call us "terrorists." But if a 2014 measure pushed through the Idaho Legislature this year and signed into law by Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter had been in effect at the time, we would have faced up to a year behind bars and fines of up to $5,000.

And on Tuesday, a coalition, including the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF), People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho (ACLU), and Center for Food Safety (CFS), filed a motion for summary judgment in their lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Idaho’s “ag gag” statute.

The motion argues that the statute "violates their right to free speech and other rights protected by the U.S. Constitution. As a matter of law, this statute cannot withstand legal scrutiny."

"Under this law, journalists, workers, activists, and members of the public can be convicted for videotaping animal cruelty or life-threatening safety violations," said a statement from the coalition. In July, the court allowed the lawsuit to proceed and denied the state’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit.
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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Have You Seen This Painting? Boise Weekly Desperately Needs Your Help

Posted By on Sat, Oct 11, 2014 at 9:29 AM


Boise Weekly is in desperate need of your help.

One of our paintings is missing.

In the run-up to Boise Weekly's annual Cover Auction, Thursday, Oct. 16, where we raise funds for the local artist community, one of this year's most beautiful paintings has gone missing.  

While we were moving artwork to Gallery Five18 on the afternoon of Oct. 10, we noticed that one of the pictures went missing. It had been placed, along with some other paintings, outside of our offices at the corner of Sixth and Broad streets as we were bringing a vehicle up to the curb to transport the pieces. Sometime around 5:30 p.m., the work (pictured above) disappeared. 

We're still hoping that whoever picked it up didn't have ill intentions; all we ask is that the painting be returned as soon as possible so that we may auction it this coming Thursday.

It's a spectacular painting and it's rather large—it's approximately 40 inches by 28 inches—so it can't be hidden for long.

The picture appeared on the cover of the July 16, 2014, edition of Boise Weekly.

The piece, entitled "View from Zoo," is oil on canvas and is the stunning work of Boise's own Cody Rutty. Needless to say, he—and we—are heartbroken, and we're hoping that the painting can be returned, no questions asked, before we turn to law enforcement for their help in solving this incident.

Please take a good look at this painting and ask around town. Somebody has to know its whereabouts.
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Monday, December 30, 2013

Planning for 2014? How About the Best Internship On the Planet?

Posted By on Mon, Dec 30, 2013 at 3:00 PM

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We must admit to some bias, but we think Boise Weekly interns are among the best and brightest.

So, while Treasure Valley institutions of higher learning are preparing for their pending spring semesters, BW is also finalizing its search for our next crop of student interns.

For the record, BW internships don't involve those fetch-me-a-cup-of-coffee assignments you may find at other outlets. Our interns get access to high-profile concerts, lectures and gallery openings and refine their interview skills with a long list of headline-makers. Additionally, we put our interns through the multimedia wringer, crafting videos and photo slideshows.

Think you have what it takes? Chances are, we'll think so, too.

Touch base with your adviser or department head as internships are limited to college students.

Then, forward a letter of interest and a couple of writing samples to george@boiseweekly.com as soon as possible.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Today's Boise Weekly Worth Waiting For

Posted By on Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 9:40 AM

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Santa's helpers, anxious to pick up some extra post-Holiday hours, are running a little behind schedule in delivering today's issue of the Boise Weekly.

As the legion of elves will work their magic, stuffing together the pages of our latest issue, they're behind schedule only because we've packed in so much great content for our readers, their little hands are struggling to put it all together.

Papers should be hitting the stands by late morning, and when they do, you'll see stories in our arts, music and news sections, including a look at the American Civil Liberties Union's efforts to expand access to the Capitol building, to 19 Idaho artists' collaboration to create the Unfinished exhibition.

Until you can get your hands on the print copy, browse boiseweekly.com on your laptop or iPad to find those stories.

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

The Internship You've Been Looking For

Posted By on Thu, Jan 3, 2013 at 8:59 AM

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We must admit to some bias, but we think Boise Weekly interns are among the best and brightest.

So, while Treasure Valley institutions of higher learning are preparing for their pending spring semesters, BW is also searching for our next crop of student interns.

For the record, BW internships don't involve those fetch-me-a-cup-of-coffee assignments you may find at other outlets. Our interns get access to high profile concerts, lectures and gallery openings and refine their interview skills with a long list of headline-makers. Additionally, we put our interns through the multimedia wringer, crafting videos and photo slideshows.

Think you have what it takes? Chances are, we'll think so, too.

Forward a letter of interest and a couple of writing samples to george@boiseweekly.com and tara@boiseweekly.com as soon as possible. Internships are available to college students seeking academic credit.

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

BW Preview: Lula's Christmas Wishes

Posted By on Tue, Dec 25, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Lula Coe and Angel Hernandez, one of the organizers of the December 15 Team Lula benefit concert
  • Lula Coe, right, and Angel Hernandez, one of the organizers of the Dec. 15 "Team Lula" benefit concert.

Nine-year-old Lula Coe is having a pretty great Christmas. Her friends even set up a Christmas tree at a Dec. 15 benefit concert so that attendees could bring some gifts and much needed items for her family.

"We're just so grateful for everyone's generosity," said Lula's mother, Kat Coe. "It's been overwhelming."

Lula is fighting something called Wilms' tumor, a cancer that typically occurs in children. The cancer invaded her kidneys and liver and now has made its way into her lungs. The Dec. 15 concert was deisgned to help Lula's family, who will require a lot of time in Salt Lake City, where the young girl is hoping to undergo a bone marrow transplant.

"We're figuring out how to do life with a distance," said Lula's mother.

In Wednesday's edition of Boise Weekly, we'll meet Lula and tell you how she insisted on sharing some of the concert's proceeds with the music-therapy program at St. Luke's hospital.

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