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Returning last night by plane from a trip with a self-imposed news blackout, I was pleased to learn through a small-ish piece in the inside pages of the International Herald Tribune that Gary Dobson and David Norris had been found guilty of the murder, 18 years ago, of Stephen Lawrence—one of the most important domestic news stories of my lifetime. Hungry for more, I gazed at the Daily Mail over the shoulder of a woman in the next aisle. When I saw that she was reading about the Lawrence story on (I think) page 13 or 14, my first thought…

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