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October 13-19 2004

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IMPORTANT DATES

• Thursday, Oct. 14--Support Our Muslim Neighbors Rally. 5:30 p.m., Anne Frank Memorial behind Boise Public Library.

• Thursday, Oct. 14--Boise School District Parent/Community Advisory Council Legislative Candidate Forums for Districts 16 and 17. Candidates from District 16 speak at 6:30 p.m.; candidates from District 17 speak at 7:30 p.m., Borah High School, 6001 Cassia,

• Friday, Oct. 15 to Sunday, Oct. 17--Winter Wildlands Alliance Grassroots Advocacy Conference. Bogus Basin resort, 386-9227, www.winterwildlands.org.

• Saturday, Oct. 16--"Saturday Office Hours" with Mayor Dave Bieter. No appointment necessary, first-come basis, 10 minute limit. 9 a.m. to noon, 3rd floor City Hall, 150 N. Capitol Blvd.

• Tuesday, Oct. 19--Idaho Democratic Women's Caucus Luncheon Speaker Series: "Homeless is Idaho: A Community Effort to Help Those in Need" by Deanna Watson, executive director of Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority. 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., Owyhee Plaza Hotel, $13 pre-register, RSVP to 378-1714 or sphilley@cableone.net.

• Tuesday, Oct. 19--Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights speaks on "Social Responsibility and Ethical Globalization." Free, doors open at 6 p.m., lecture at 7 p.m., Boise State Student Union Jordan Ballroom.

• Wednesday, Oct. 20--City Club: "The Future of Bosnia and the Rule of Law" by U.S. District Judge David O. Carter. Noon to 1:30 p.m., The Grove Hotel, RSVP to 371-2221.

• Wednesday, Oct. 20--Public forum: Two panel discussions on security and the economy. Boise State Student Union Jordan Ballroom, free, 426-1223.

The first panel, on national security, begins at 6 p.m. Panelists include: Richard Slaughter, economist and director of the Boise Committee on Foreign Relations; Rand Lewis, director of the Martin Institute for Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution at the University of Idaho; and Stephen Trott, a federal judge in Boise and a former U.S. Justice Department official who worked on intelligence and antiterrorism issues. Stephanie Witt, associate vice president for academic affairs at Boise State, will moderate.

The second panel, on the economy, begins at 7:30 p.m. Panelists include: Nancy Vanorsdel, president and CEO of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce; Alice Mondragon Whitney, board secretary of the Hispanic Business Association; and John Church, a Boise economist and visiting assistant professor of economics at Boise State. Kevin Learned, president and CEO of The Network Group and former president of Albertson College, will moderate.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"Putting lipstick on a pig doesn't make it a fashion model, and putting a gun in Kerry's hands doesn't make him a hunter."

--Excerpt from an October 8 op-ed by Congressman C.L. "Butch" Otter

WAR IN IRAQ

U.S. CASUALTIES: As of Tuesday, Oct. 12, 1,072 U.S. service members have died since the war in Iraq began in March 2003: 817 in combat and 255 from noncombat-related incidents and accidents. Injured service members total 7,730. Last week 11 U.S. soldiers died.

Since President George W. Bush declared "mission accomplished" aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln on May 1, 2003, 934 soldiers have died and 7,188 have been injured

Source: U.S. Department of Defense

IRAQI CIVILIAN DEATHS: Estimated between 13,182 and 15,248.

Source: www.iraqbodycount.org

COST OF IRAQ WAR: $139,667,000,000.

Source: costofwar.com

--Compiled by Cynthia Sewell