Today from noon-1 p.m., Old Idaho Penitentiary site manager Amber Beierle will deliver a Brown Bag Lecture—in conjunction with Boise 150 and the Idaho State Historical Museum—on the prison's territorial years between 1872 and 1889. She'll talk about its construction, its buildings and the people who lived and worked there, from fearsome guards to their rough-and-wild charges.
This Brown Bag Lecture is free for members of the Idaho State Historical Society and $3 for kids, $4 for seniors and $5 for adults.
We know what you're thinking. Why don't cops and clowns get into fistfights more often? They are probably ancient enemies, after all.
We can't say for sure that this video of a policeman and a clown brawling in front of City Hall in Milwaukee is the first battle in the coming war, but it sure is the most comical piece of evidence to be considered when discussing the proper use of force.
There are two things a lot of people know. One is that there is an epic drug war going on around the Mexican-American border. The second is that presidential candidate Mitt Romney has family roots in Mormon compounds built in the same region.
What most people haven't put together yet is that these Mormon outposts are major thorns in the sides of drug smugglers, and as such, have been unwittingly drug into the drug war.
Vice Magazine sent a film crew to Ciudad Juarez to investigate the conflict for a seven-part video series.
According to Vice co-founder Shane Smith, "Williamsburg [Brooklyn, where Vice is based] is ground zero for hipsters. That means it's also ground zero for partying. Which means it's ground zero for cocaine. And Vice has talked a lot about cocaine over the years."
The first and second parts of the series can be seen below.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks and combats hate groups, issued a report this morning on Wade Michael Page, the man who murdered six people in a Sikh temple south of Milwaukee Sunday before he was killed by police.
The report listed him as a white-power musician and had links to interviews he had given about his musical projects.
From the report:
In 2010, Page, then the leader of the band End Apathy, gave an interview to the white supremacist website Label 56. He said that when he started the band in 2005, its name reflected his wish to “figure out how to end people’s apathetic ways” and start “moving forward.” “I was willing to point out some of my faults on how I was holding myself back,” Page said. Later, he added, “The inspiration was based on frustration that we have the potential to accomplish so much more as individuals and a society in whole.” He did not discuss violence in the interview.
Page told the website that he had been a part of the white power music scene since 2000, when he left his native Colorado on a motorcycle. He attended white power concerts in Georgia, North Carolina, West Virginia and Colorado. At various times, he said, he also played in the hate-rock bands Youngland (2001-2003), Celtic Warrior, Radikahl, Max Resist, Intimidation One, Aggressive Force and Blue Eyed Devils.
What's the difference between a prison and a therapeutic community? It's a question we're exploring in the Wednesday, Jan. 18, edition of Boise Weekly, when contributing writer Carissa Wolf looks behind the barbed-wire fences of the Idaho Women's Correctional Center at its therapeutic community, which aims to reform prisoners.
While the program has shown some positive results, it's not without its critics, who claim the break-them-down-to-build-them-up tactics are akin to cruel and unusual punishment.
Check out the video preview of life inside the community.
There's something intriguing about a good whodunit. Why else would those Sherlock Holmes movies have such huge opening weekends? People love to play detective, probably because there's a certain level of self-satisfaction that comes with correctly identifying a murderer before he/she is actually unveiled. For a few minutes, you can feel like a real crime-solver, minus any sort of real danger.
Embrace your inner Sherlock and head to Woodriver Cellars tonight for its Murder Mystery Dinner. Enjoy a plated dinner and glass of wine while you take in a mystery-filled performance. Perhaps the vino will unlock your hidden sleuth. If so, you might just take home a prize for correctly identifying the killer.
Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $32, or $27 for wine club members.