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A Look Back at Every Homicide in LA County

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There have been 59 homicides in Los Angeles County so far this 2008. 2007 saw 845 (though, that can change). Of those 845 homicides, LA Times reporter Jill Leovy wrote about every one of them "in a straightforward, comprehensive way" in The Homicide Report, a genius creation that will go down in bloging history.

Leovy is pretty much done with the blog while Ruben Vives begins to take over the heavy task. In today's California section, Column One feature, Leovy writes an in-depth personal narrative about her observations, some of it, honestly critiquing the media.

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The more the killings stacked up on the blog, the more absurd the old media criteria for selecting one homicide over another seemed. Thirteen-year-old boys nearly always made the headlines of The Times' print edition, but 14-year-olds were a tossup. Sixteen- and 17-year-olds were more likely to make the cut if they were girls.