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The Price of Clean

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This week's main feature, which we've reprinted from our fellow alt weekly friends at Salt Lake City Weekly, stirred such a spirited discussion in BW's newsroom, we decided to give it a few column inches. It all came down to a simple debate that, seemingly, has no simple answers. Is altering films for language and sexual content acceptable? Nearly all of us have seen altered films--whether on airplanes or on network TV, and by and large, few seem to take issue. Introduce moral objections rather than legal restrictions--as is the case with films altered for flights--as reasons for scrubbing a movie clean and suddenly, the debate takes on a different color. This week's feature "Scrubbed Clean," explores a Utah professor's struggle to understand not only why his students insist on scrubbed movies, but also why he cares what they watch.

In Citydesk this week, you'll read about Pfc. Andrew Holmes' Article 32 hearing in Washington on Monday. Holmes, from Boise, is charged with gruesome crimes, including murdering Afghan civilians and keeping body parts as trophies. BW News Editor George Prentice traveled to Joint Base Lewis-McChord to report on the hearing earlier this week. We'll continue to follow the story as it develops, with what to my knowledge is the only local reporting on the story. What can I say? Some media outlets have large budgets for covering faraway football games ... we skip the pigskin.

And if you're diligently picking up your BW on Wednesday, please do join us tonight at the ninth annual BW Cover Auction, where we'll sell off the last year of BW covers to raise money for the local arts scene. Doors open at 5 p.m. at the Idaho State Historical Museum, and we mean it when we say the auction starts at 6 p.m. You'll find full details on Page 14 of this week's edition.

Finally, looking a few weeks ahead, early holiday deadlines are coming up. If you have an event in December or in the first week of 2011, start thinking about getting your info to calendar@boiseweekly.com and check back for a final deadline in the coming weeks.

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