Rad idea: more cops where the crime is

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Today on "Airtalk" Larry Mantle plans to discuss how the LAPD deploys homicide detectives. A story by Jill Leovy and Doug Smith in the L.A. Times Monday showed that detectives in town carry a much higher load of cases than in the Valley and Westside. The backlog of unsolved murders in the South Bureau is about 2,000, in the Valley it's about 500, they found. It's not simply because there are more murders. I know where I'd put more cops, but that's just me.

In the second hour at 10 a.m., former Herald Examiner editor Jim Bellows will be on with Times columnist Al Martinez and author-blogger Rip Rense to swap yarns about L.A. newspapers. They also sign books tonight at Dutton's.

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