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AM news: jails, NSA, LAPD blogs
Judge nails jail Judge Dean Pregerson, who is presiding over a long-standing suit about conditions at the jail, left his chambers and visited Men's Central in downtown Wednesday. And he really didn't like what he saw. Inmates are being housed in a way "not consistent with basic human values."
Jail in South Korea? Hwang Woo-suk, the respected South Korean scientist who was thought to be the first to clone human embroys and extract stem cells — until he was busted for falsifying the data — was indicted today on charges of fraud, embezzlement and bioethics violations.
USA Today and the NSA On Wednesday the not-so-liberal paper USA Today came out with a blistering report on the NSA's secret phone call database: "The National Security Agency has been secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans, using data provided by AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth." Does it violate privacy laws? Sure sounds like it. Washington is in a furor. Some wonder if Gen. Michael Hayden, who ran the NSA when it began secretly collecting the data, can surviving the confirmation process to head the CIA.
welcome to the blogosphere The LAPD joins the ranks of blogland today with the new LAPD blog. It's still a little stiff — a post that's a welcome from Chief Bratton is titled the press-release-like "Chief William J. Bratton's Welcome Message" — but we hope they'll loosen up. Props to blogging.la for helping bring them into the lovely land of blogging.
photo is the Joliet, Illinois Prison's 4th of July celebration, 1890.