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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.

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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 for helping bring them into the lovely land of blogging.

photo is the Joliet, Illinois Prison's 4th of July celebration, 1890.