It's been quite a week. From the slaughter in Orlando, Fla.; to Boise's immense showing of LGBT Pride and assessing the ramifications of the massacre (see Page 8); to the start of summer; to the runup for our Big Le Boise 25th anniversary party, it's shaping up to be a season of action, and we have plenty of it in this week's edition of Boise Weekly.
First and foremost is BW Staff Writer Harrison Berry's previously mentioned closely researched and timely (tragically timely) report on the state of hate crime laws—or lack thereof—in Idaho.
On Page 6 you'll find my own piece on another legal gap. When we think of laws protecting vulnerable populations, we often consider children. There are laws governing every aspect of childhood: from kids' education to their diet, guarding them from abuse and neglect, saving them from exposure to everything from household cleaners to too much television. When it comes to birth defects, however, we have a bizarre blind spot.
But let's get serious, you don't want to be serious. Lucky for you, Boise Weekly is positively ecstatic to host its 25th birthday with a big block party, taking over the corner of Sixth and Broad streets Saturday, June 25 for a full afternoon—noon-6 p.m.—of craft vendors, food trucks and, of course, beer, supplied by our dear neighbor, Boise Brewing, who whipped up a special tipple for the occasion called Big LeBoise Lager.
Sponsor 44 North Vodka will have some signature awesomeness on offer at the full bar, provided by Harbor Grill and Events Center. A portion of proceeds benefit the Women's and Children's Alliance and Air St. Luke's provided a ton of support, so you can feel really good about coming down and partying with us.
Extra bonus: though he doesn't write for us anymore, former BW opinion columnist Bill Cope is as much a part of the paper as the furniture in our offices. The man himself will be at the Big LeBoise greeting fans, fighting off enemies, and signing copies of his novels The Greenman Stories and Artists Save the Galaxy!
Having Cope in your grill is reason enough to brave the cranes and lane closures downtown. But, mostly, we hope you'll see fit to join in a celebration of a quarter-century of us writing stuff down.