OK, people, it's February now and time to really get started with this year. New Year's chaos is behind us; the Roman spectacle of the Super Bowl is past; and the Idaho Legislature is well under way in its annual slate of regressive decisions. So let's get to it.
In this week's paper, Boise Weekly News Editor George Prentice provides an update on a story we've been following since last year, centering on the case of Don Dew, who has filed a tort claim against the Idaho Department of Labor for—irony of ironies—violating equal employment laws.
BW readers may remember Dew's case from our November 2014 report. Applying for a job as administrator of the Idaho Human Rights Act (there's that irony again), Dew made it to an interview with IDOL Director Ken Edmunds when the subject of Dew's previous seizure disorder came up. Dew alleges he was humiliated by Edmunds, who cast doubt on whether he could work a full week. What's more, Dew also contends his sexual orientation was brought up in meeting notes by department officials.
Dew has acquired legal representation and the state has 90 days from the filing to respond. Get more of the story on Page 7.
Elsewhere in the paper, BW has a conversation with Boise Democratic Rep. Melissa Wintrow, who was in the news quite a bit in late January as one of the four lawmakers on the House State Affairs Committee to champion Add the Words legislation during a three-day series of historic hearings.
New this week, you'll find the inaugural Page Break, a regular feature combining photos, stats, a roundup of reader comments and rotating essays, cartoons and reviews.
Finally, a final reminder about the public reading of winning work from our 13th annual Boise Weekly Fiction 101 contest, happening on First Thursday, Feb. 4, at Rediscovered Books. Join writers, judges, BW staff and literature lovers at 7 p.m. for some chit-chat, snacks, beer and wine, and some of Fiction 101's finest short fiction read aloud by some of its finest short fiction writers.