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The Morning's Stories: The Discredited King/Drew

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What a sad legacy for a hospital named after Martin Luther King, Jr. and Charles R. Drew. The Los Angeles Times reports that King/Drew Medical Center is losing accreditation from a National Health Agency. While it won't force the hospital to close, it will prevent several insurance companies from paying for services there and will likely end several of the doctor training programs the beleaguered facility is famous for. This is as good as time as any to take a look at The Times special report on the trouble at King/Drew and to remind our readers not to get sick in Watts. Seriously.

Also, this just in: battling gay marriage brings people together. Peter Wallsten and Tom Hamburger partner up for a piece in the Times that looks at yesterday's religious summit at the Crenshaw Christian Center between many of California's black clergy and white evangelicals. The conservative pastors are seeking to start a coalition between the normally politically opposed congregations to battle gay marriage and other parts of the "culture war." In a meeting in which Senator Trent Lott's appearance in a video was nodded approvingly to by black ministers, one woman seemed to still have her head on straight. "I feel like I'm at a KKK meeting," said Jasmine Cannyck.

In post disaster events, The Daily News attends the funeral of Sheriff's Deputy James Tutino who died in last week's Metrolink derailment and notes that the federal government isn't helping out much with relief aid from the destruction our winter storm brought. Meanwhile, a Hawaiian shirt wearing rapist is on the loose in Torrance.

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Good job today, newsmakers. Dr. King would be so proud of all of you.