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AM news: the hard stuff

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Today during our spring member drive, put a dollar value on the trustworthy reporting you rely on all year long. The local news you read here every day is crafted for you, but right now, we need your help to keep it going. In these uncertain times, your support is even more important. We can't hold those in power accountable and uplift voices from the community without your partnership. Thank you. has posted photos from the Army's Criminal Investigation Command's complete Abu Ghraib media file. The Army has been trying to keep it under wraps, but it hit the news in Australia this week. Salon's post includes more chilling photos of prisoner abuse by Americans. The Geneva Conventionstates, in part "the following acts are and shall remain prohibited at any time and in any place...: violence to life and person, in particular murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel treatment and torture; ... outrages upon personal dignity, in particular, humiliating and degrading treatment." If you can stand it, check out your tax dollars at work.

Dick Cheney sat down with Fox News yesterday to "take responsibility" for shooting 78-year-old Harry Whittington, which makes sense to us since he did shoot him. He maintains that the dissemination of the news of the accident was appropriate, but if you're skeptical you might want to check out the NY Times' timeline and decide for yourself.

From the LAPD this week: On Saturday evening, Thess Good, a 45-year old man, was killed in a driveby on South Hobart in which 5 others were injured; they were in a garage set up as a barbershop. On Sunday, a 50-year-old woman was found bludgeoned to death in her Venice home. In North Hollywood, a Hispanic man died of stab wounds on Sunday; he had no identification and police think he was stabbed elsewhere then dumped. They're seeking help in identifying him. And in South LA, a pedestrian was killed crossing Vermont by a hit-and-run; the driver was arrested.

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