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Dream Act Risingnew

As the Dream Act heads to vote once again, the undocumented it would benefit are coming out with their immigrations statuses, risking everything.
Boise Weekly  |  Nathaniel Hoffman  |  12-08-2010  |  Immigration

Will Healthcare Help or Hinder Idaho Candidates in November?new

Idaho's governor and members of its delegation are betting against healthcare. But one virtually unknown Democrat is running on a pro-health-care platform.
Boise Weekly  |  Nathaniel Hoffman  |  05-20-2010  |  Politics

Renee Montagne: Being Podcastable in a Multitasking Agenew

Q&A with Renee Montagne, the co-host of National Public Radio's Morning Edition.
Boise Weekly  |  Nathaniel Hoffman  |  04-28-2010  |  Media

Will the U.S. Negotiate Army Private Bowe Bergdahl's Release?new

Individuals claiming to represent the "Afghan Taliban" have made two public offers to swap Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. Army private from Hailey, Idaho, who has been held captive in Afghanistan since June 30, 2009, for militants held by the United States. But U.S. military officials will not say if the offers are real or if they are pursuing a trade.
Boise Weekly  |  Nathaniel Hoffman  |  04-28-2010  |  War

Do Prisoners Count in the Census?new

Now in full swing, the 2010 Census could super-enfranchise some.
Boise Weekly  |  Nathaniel Hoffman  |  04-02-2010  |  Policy Issues

Take a Village: A Burundian Woman's Struggle to Keep Her Kids, in Americanew

Thirty-two-year-old Burundian refugee Christiana Niyonzima has not seen her six children since July 2009 when the state removed them from her custody. Eighth months later, her parental rights have been terminated.
Boise Weekly  |  Nathaniel Hoffman  |  03-03-2010  |  Children & Families

Obama's Speech to Schools Sparks Discussion, Whether Aired or Notnew

Obama's address to the nation's school children was met with objections from conservative talk radio hosts, prompting schools in several states, including Idaho, to not air it. Kacey Schneidt, principal at Siena Elementary School in Meridian banned the president's speech on advice of about 15 calls to the school.
Boise Weekly  |  Nathaniel Hoffman  |  09-09-2009  |  Education

Boise's Farmers Markets Offer Kale for the Proletariatnew

With support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Boise's Saturday, Thursday and Tuesday farmers markets will accept food stamps next spring, part of a growing trend at markets across the country.
Boise Weekly  |  Nathaniel Hoffman  |  08-26-2009  |  Food+Drink

Robin Long, War Resister or Deserter?new

In 2008, Long made international headlines when he became the first Iraq War deserter to be deported from Canada. He was prosecuted by the US Army and served 12 months of a 15-month sentence. Long, who first spoke to BW in 2006 about his life as a war resister in Canada, was recently released from the naval brig at Miramar. During a recent visit to Boise, Long sat down with BW.
Boise Weekly  |  Nathaniel Hoffman  |  08-12-2009  |  War

Tasered Boise Man Files Brutality Claimnew

A man who alleges that Boise police shocked him with a Taser multiple times, even after three officers had subdued him, has sued the City of Boise for breaching his Fourth Amendment rights by unreasonable search and seizure and excessive use of force.
Boise Weekly  |  Nathaniel Hoffman  |  07-29-2009  |  Crime & Justice

Nazi Sympathizer David Irving Speaks, Kicks Us Outnew

When a cult figure of the neo-Nazi movement comes to this town, it is not so hard to track him down. We found him, there was a minor disruption and we got kicked out of the talk. Here's how it went down.
Boise Weekly  |  Nathaniel Hoffman  |  07-29-2009  |  Media

Critical Mass: Will Boise Cyclists Demand Better Facilities?new

While Idaho is hailed for its progressive cycling laws, the capital city is reeling from three deaths in three weeks that resulted from car/bike collisions. Despite outrage in the cycling community, last week's Critical Mass ride garnered only a handful of cyclists.
Boise Weekly  |  Nathaniel Hoffman  |  07-02-2009  |  Transportation

Idaho Senator Takes on Foreign Affairsnew

Idaho's freshman Sen. Jim Risch, whose prior foreign experience amounts to European vacations with his wife and political partner, Vicki, and trade missions as lieutenant governor, now sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Select Intelligence Committee.
Boise Weekly  |  Nathaniel Hoffman  |  05-27-2009  |  Politics

Zoning Battle Skirts Use of Farm Groundnew

If Elmore County's three commissioners had had their way last week, the packed cafeteria at Mountain Home Junior High School would not have known if they were talking about a subdivision or a nuclear reactor.
Boise Weekly  |  Nathaniel Hoffman  |  05-01-2009  |  Environment

Duranguense Draws Big Crowds in the Northwestnew

The Duranguense sound is all the rage at quinceaneras and weddings from Mountain Home to Nyssa, Ore., and beyond.
Boise Weekly  |  Nathaniel Hoffman  |  04-17-2009  |  Music

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