Bloodiest day in Iraq since American troops left cities; Kurds moving ahead with constitution.

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July 10 2009 6:31 AM

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The LAT hears word that the Los Angeles County coroner's office has issued subpoenas for Michael Jackson's files from a number of doctors who treated the singer throughout his life. Jackson had more than a dozen doctors since 1993, and investigators are trying to get a complete picture of his medical history. Some of the doctors were easy to identify from the bottles of medications that were recovered from Jackson's home, but some didn't have any labels, so it remains a mystery how he got them. One "longtime Jackson associate" tells the paper that the King of Pop never had trouble finding doctors eager to prescribe him drugs. "They rotate in and out," he said. "There were a lot of doctors over the years. … They liked to be known as Michael Jackson's doctor."

The LAT's editorial board thinks Los Angeles should be embarrassed about the way it handled Jackson's memorial service. While the Police Department and traffic officers carried out their duties perfectly, City Hall's "bumbling makes Los Angeles look laughably low-tech, shamefully disorganized, simultaneously an easy mark and a swindler, and cheap and pathetic besides."

Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the "Today's Papers" column from 2006 to 2009. You can follow him on Twitter @dpoliti.