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By week's end, Los Angeles is regularly littered with a handful of free rags. Combined, these publications put the Tribune Company's Spring Street operation to shame as far as reporting on the dozens of municipalities that make up this metropolis of more than 12 million people. LAist reads the weeklies so you don't have to. If there's anything we missed, pretty please let us know, or better yet, drop it in the comments section below.

LA Weekly: Mayor Tony's Top 11 Gangs List is a Joke -- Pressured by city pols, LAPD issued a list of the 11 most dangerous gangs in LA last month. Although LA is the "second-safest big city" in the country, this much-publicized release did absolutely no good for our rep nationwide and did little more than spread fear-of-gangs proportionately around LA and the Valley(s).

This week, LA Weekly followed up with what seems to be the first legitimate reporting regarding the question of LA's most dangerous gangs circa 2007. Academics, cops, detectives, and gang members all laughed off the Mayor and Chief Bratton's "list." Weekly reporters, on the other hand had little trouble getting a more realistic picture of the gangs of greatest concern by hitting the street and talking to gang members and questioning city experts. There's even a second column (worth reading) debunking the imagined LA gang uprising.

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Fear not, LA. The PD is is fully aware the gang situation, as evidenced by the real list as marked on this map of gang injunctions (.pdf).

LA CityBeat takes a different tack on the city's new gang initiative. There have been an increase in race-related gang killings. "Many now say it’s a racial campaign spearheaded by the Mexican Mafia," writes Annette Stark. Also, Changes at KTLK.

More TWiW, and the plays of the week, after the jump.