Wednesday, October 2, 1996

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  • The explosion of crack-cocaine in Los Angeles and the CIA-backed Nicaraguan contras.

    In August, the San Jose Mercury News published a series of investigations called "the Dark Alliance," which traced the explosion of crack-cocaine in Los Angeles to the CIA-backed Nicaraguan contras. Today we’ll hear from Gary Webb, the investigative journalist who wrote the San Jose Mercury News series, speaking at a recent community meeting in Los Angeles.

  • Mumia Abu Jamal in Court

    Attorney’s for Mumia Abu Jamal were in court yesterday trying to introduce new evidence in his case. But their witness was arrested in a move attorneys believe is meant to intimidate any one who steps forward on Abu-Jamal’s behalf.

  • Campaign donations and the tobacco industry

    The tobacco industry has employed a new tactic to defeat who they consider to be their most powerful enemies: trial lawyers. Philip Morris created a group called Contributions Watch that posed as a non-partisan non-profit research group o orchestrate the release of data about campaign donations by trial lawyers.

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