Since we're on the subject of murder and the L.A. Times, I wanted to mention the Times' grimly fascinating murder blog.
More than a year ago, the Times decided to document every single murder reported by the L.A. County Coroner. As they explained, very few murders get any press coverage at all:
This newspaper typically covers about 10% of the homicides in Los Angeles County each year. They are often the most sensational or shocking: a baby hit by a stray bullet, or a celebrity murder.
But for the last year, the paper's website, latimes.com, has recorded every homicide. It was my idea. I reported on crime for the paper, and I wanted readers to see all the killings — roughly 1,000 violent deaths each year, mostly of young Latinos and, most disproportionately, of young black men. The Web offered what the paper did not: unlimited space.
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