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    • Federal Judge Rules Public has No Right to Information on Targeted Drone Killing
      The Department of Justice does not have to disclose documents related to a targeted drone strike that killed U.S. citizen Anwar al-Awlaki in 2011, a federal judge ruled. The First Amendment Coalition sued the Department of Justice under the Freedom of Information Act in 2012. A drone strike in September 2011 killed U.S.-born Anwar al-Awlaki, a propagandist for al Qaeda, in an attack that President Obama called a "success" that was a "tribute to our intelligence community." The San Rafael-based First Amendment Coalition sought a 2010 legal memo from the Office of Legal Counsel that allegedly "provided a legal analysis and justification for the U.S. government's targeted killing" of U.S. citizens. The group sought "as much of the OLC memo as can be released without harm to legitimate U.S. national security interests." Read more...
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    • How do record stores get such great used vinyl?
      If you spend much time in record stores, you've probably found yourself transfixed by an expensive, primo-looking copy of a rare or out-of-print LP—among the framed records on the wall at the Wicker Park Reckless, for instance, are a $119.99 copy of the Beatles' White Album and a $39.99 copy of Stockhausen's Gruppen für 3 Orchester 1955-57 / Carré für 4 Orchester 1959-60. Ever wonder where records like that come from? I recently decided to look for an answer to that question, not just because Record Store Day is this Saturday but also because there's so little new left to say about the "holiday" itself. How do stores come by the elusive treasures that collectors hunt for in thrift shops, yard sales, and the like? Sometimes, it turns out, they send people to record fairs. So last month I got up before dawn to join Permanent Records store manager Dave McCune on his trek to the Chicagoland Record Collectors Show at a Best Western Hotel in Hillside. Used vinyl is more than half of Permanent's stock, and shopping for it at shows like this is one way a store that knows its audience can beat the crash in sales of music…
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