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The stories
Read and interact with the three-day series of stories and sidebars charting the origins of the crack explosion, its connections with U.S. policy and government agencies, and how the epidemic has gripped the black community.

Check the facts in our clearinghouse of recently declassified documents, audio clips, photographs and resources.

Track the major events mentioned in the series, updated with each day's story.

Who's who
Learn more about who we're talking about with our brief biographies on some of the predominant players.

See how the Colombia cocaine cartels made the California connection.

Express yourself in this forum, where Mercury News Staff Writer Gary Webb will respond to selected questions and comments.

Web links
Visit sites and pages on the World Wide Web related to this series.

Contact us
Let us know what you think about our series with your letter, e-mail, phone call or fax. Also, learn more about the reporter and how this series came about.

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