Loss in Las Vegas 

In this issue of Boise Weekly, News Editor George Prentice shares the story of Bill Morgan, a man blind since childhood, who once walked across America, but who now can't walk through his neighborhood without the real possibility of injury. Learn more about Bill on Page 6.

You'll also find First Thursday listings, courtesy of the Downtown Boise Association, and with fall finally settled in, it should be a lovely evening for a walkabout. Find the deets on Page 11.

If you also need some inside entertainment, check out Prentice's review on Victoria and Abdul, a new film about the relationship between the enigmatic Queen Victoria and Abdul Karim, a much younger Indian clerk. Dame Judi Dench stars as Queen Victoria and on Page 21, you can read about how Prentice metaphorically tripped on the red carpet the first time he met Dench.

On another, much sadder note, I thought about a conversation Monday morning after hearing the news about the Oct. 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas, the deadliest in modern United States history. A colleague had light-heartedly commented about how a newly retired parent now calls him in the middle of the workday. I chimed in, jokingly one-upping him, saying my mother once called me 17 times—in one day. Another colleague then added, "I'd do anything to talk to my father again." His father passed away several years ago, but he still feels the loss.

More than 50 people were killed when a gunman started firing into a crowd Sunday night at a country music festival outside Mandalay Bay on the Las Vegas Strip. Whether it's the random and violent nature of the event or the video and photographs of people fleeing the scene and of those who didn't get away, the sense of loss is profound, and our hearts go out to those who will forever be coping with the aftermath.

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