A California man will be arraigned at the Ada County Courthouse today after being charged with the brutal stabbing of nine people, including six children, at a Boise apartment complex on June 30. Investigators said the incident was unprecedented in the history of the Boise Police Department.
Timmy Kinner, age 30, of Los Angeles is charged with nine felony counts of aggravated battery and six felony counts of injury to a child. Boise Police investigators said the motive for the attack was not immediately clear but Kinner had been a temporary resident of the Wylie Street apartment complex, the scene of the incident, and had been asked to leave on June 29. Investigators said Kinner had an extensive criminal history spanning several states, and his past includes violence against others. He had only been in Idaho a short time and has no local arrests on his record.
The apartment complex is home to a number of refugee families that have been resettled to Boise. Officials said the nine victims in Saturday night's stabbing are from Syria, Iraq and Ethiopia. Julianne Tzul, executive director of the International Rescue Committee in Boise said, "We are shocked and saddened by this senseless attack on members of the Boise refugee community." The IRC will be holding a candlelight vigil for refugee families on the steps of Boise City Hall this evening at 6 p.m.
Boise Mayor Dave Bieter said, "The senseless acts of one disturbed person does not change [the] fact... that our city has long stood as a welcoming city—a place of safety and kindness for those fleeing violence and oppression in their homelands."
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), a swing vote in the GOP majority of the U.S. Senate, said Sunday that "hostility" to Roe v. Wade, the law of the land that protects a women's right to an abortion, is pivotal in her choice of who should replace soon-to-retire U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Collins told ABC News, "A candidate for this important position who would overturn Roe v. Wade would not be acceptable to me."
San Francisco has become the first major U.S. city to increase its minimum wage to $15 per hour. The Sacramento Bee reports that San Francisco officials are hoping that the pay bump, effective this week, will slow down what they say is an exodus from the Bay area.
Astronomers are pretty excited about getting a significantly closer view of Mars later this month. Space.com reports that something called "opposition" will occur on Friday, July 25, when Mars will reach its nearest point to Earth since 2003. Mars is expected to be ten times brighter than usual by the end of this month.
The World Cup continues to dwindle down to a precious few. Croatia, France, Russia and Uruguay won matches this past weekend. Later today, Brazil will take on Mexico and Belgium faces off with Japan. Then on Tuesday, July 3, Colombia faces England and Sweden takes on Switzerland. The quarterfinals begin this Friday, July 6.