Idaho Newsreader - 08.28.08

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Five biggest questions for Boise State football

The college football season begins Thursday night with several televised games (Oregon State vs. Stanford; South Carolina vs. N.C. State) and really gets underway Saturday with a full slate of games, including Boise State hosting Idaho State at Bronco Stadium and Idaho visiting Arizona.

Here are the five biggest questions surrounding the Broncos:

1. Is the offensive line good enough?

Gingg, Brady discuss linebacker switch

By Chadd Cripe

Boise State senior linebackers Kyle Gingg and Tim Brady said Wednesday they were surprised when coaches decided to juggle the linebacker corps last week.

Brady moved from the strong side to the weak side, Gingg moved from the weak side to the middle and freshman Aaron Tevis moved into the strong-side spot. Sophomore middle linebacker Derrell Acrey was the odd man out.

Welcome to the Varsity Extra blog

Welcome to the Idaho Statesman’s Varsity Extra blog, where you’ll find the latest news and analysis throughout the school year.

Let's start with the changes you might have noticed on the Varsity Extra page you can link to here.

What are we asking of jurors?

I feel deeply sorry for the 15 jurors who were exposed — in sickening detail — to the crimes of Joseph Edward Duncan III.

And I feel deeply relieved I wasn't alongside them.

Like some 300 other people, I was called as a prospective federal juror in the sentencing of Duncan, a process that ended moments ago when Duncan was sentenced to death of three counts. (Click here for the story.)

Boise venture capitalist: I went to too many small venture events

Mark Solon, of Highway 12 Ventures, says he took part in "too many small regional venture events from 2000-2006 without the needed critical mass for success." So he proposed, and is organizing, the first fall gathering of the Intermountain Venture Capital Association in Sun Valley. You read about that in Solon's July 17 "Starting Up" column in the Statesman.

Stone Temple Pilots tickets for $10

If you've resisted buying tickets to the Sept. 5 Stone Temple Pilots concert at the Idaho Center Amphitheater, they're making it pretty enticing. I'm told that general admission lawn tickets will cost $10 if you purchase over Labor Day weekend.

Independent coffee shops hang on as Starbucks retrenches

Rachael Bogert of the Sacramento Bee and Brad Talbutt of the Idaho Statesman have taken a look at independent coffee shops in an economy that is leading Starbucks to close some stores, including two in the Treasure Valley.

Independent coffee retailers are managing to maintain business, owners say.

"The little guys are trading on loyalty and, because of that, store sales have not dropped significantly and their core remains strong with a steady flow of patrons," says their story, the full version of which will run in the business section of Thursday's Statesman.

Anti-discrimination movement goes grassroots

Advocates for Idaho's gay, lesbian and transgender communities will head back to the Legislature next year to take another run at amending Idaho's Human Rights Act.

But first, they're doing something that makes a lot of political sense. They are going to Idaho communities making the case to expand a state law that prohibits workplace and housing discrimination.

Oregon Trail Fire found kindling along the rim

Walking along Sweetwater Drive Tuesday I was struck by the different burning patterns along the ridge adjoining Oregon Trail Heights. It was like the fast-moving, flashy fire tested each home on the rim looking for an opening to burn and grow.

You have to see a fire shooting across a flat grassland to believe how fast it can move. Then when it hits a steep ridge like the one below Oregon Trail Heights it not only has the wind pushing it but its flames now have fuel above it to feed the process.

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