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LA Progressive: April 19 to April 25, 2009


Revisionist History Cannnot Override Long Racial Legacy. If the LAPD is really trying to establish a “new” image, the “new” police headquarters will not have William H. Parker’s name on it. --Anthony Samad

AB 1017 Would Strengthen Laws Regarding Rape Kit Testing. Of 4,718 untested rape kits in the City of Los Angeles, 403 were “stranger rapes” in which DNA testing could have netted a solid suspect. --Anthony Portantino

Tortured Posturing on Harsh Interrogation Techniques. Obama, for political reasons, is not only shielding high-level Bush administration officials from prosecution but even low-level CIA interrogators. --Ivan Eland

The Great Credit Card Battle To Come. And now that tens of millions of Americans are poorer than they used to be, the credit-card bubble is bursting. Credit card delinquencies are soaring. --Robert Reich

Lobbyist Money + Right-Wing Extremists = Tea Party.The white-collar Klan and the regular Klan have entered the 21st century; what the government intends to do about it this time remains to be seen.--David A. Love

Low-Income Latinos and Immigrants Reported “Under Siege” in the South. The SLPC report points to the harmful impact that the absence of a functioning immigration system is having on Latinos and immigrant communities. --Michele Waslin

Saddam Made Them Do It. The Bush White House authorized torture to elicit false confessions, just as the Chinese did with captured American soldiers during Korea. --Charley James

Stephen Hawking: The Man Who Changed How We Understand Everything.Along the way, Hawking found time to write and narrate several television specials based on his theories. --Charley James

Torture Memos: Don’t Prosecute, But Change Law. What we need is the truth, and then we need to tighten the laws against torture to make sure that these abuses do not recur. --John Peeler

Mary McCarthy in Vietnam, Barack Obama in Afghanistan.American troops are not the only ones paying the ultimate price when the US fights foreign wars for ill-considered reasons and misguided goals. --William Astore

Messy Blond Dreadlocks of Grace. The light turned green finally and I was able to read his sign, which said THANKS FOR YOUR HELP. How gracious, I thought. --Wendy Block

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