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Gen. Petraeus gave his long-awaited report on progress in Iraq, and his recommendation came as no surprise: in the words of the Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons: Stay just a little bit longer. IAN WILLIAMS will comment hes UN correspondent for The Nation and writes the Comment is Free blog at Guardian Unlimited.
Plus: When people talk about black independent labels, they think of Motown first and then Chess in Chicago. But there was another Chicago label cutting its own groove in the fifties and sixties and racking up even bigger hits: Vee-Jay. CHRIS MORRIS explains he writes for Rolling Stone, the LA Weekly, LA CityBeat, Billboard, and the Hollywood Reporter, and hosts “Watusi Rodeo” every Sunday from 9-11 a.m. on Indie 103.1 in LA. Playlist: Jimmy Reed, Baby what you want me to do (1959); Elmore James, It Hurts Me Too (1957); Gene Chandler, Duke of Earl (1961); Four Seasons, Sherry (1962). A new Vee-Jay 4-CD set is out now from Shout! Factory.
Also: UC Irvine fired its new law school dean, Erwin Chemerinsky, a week after offering him the job — on the grounds that he was too liberal. Chancellor Michael Drake made the decision. Conservative legal scholars are joining the chorus of outrage. LA Times legal correspondent HENRY WEINSTEIN will report — his story is online at LATimes.com.