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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2014
Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts and other top members of the agency have visited counterparts in Chicago to observe their crime-fighting strategy, the latest in a series of efforts to adopt law enforcement practices around the country. Chicago since 2012 has led the U.S. in total homicides, though its 413 murders in 2013 were a five-decade low and the city's per-capita murder rate is less than half that of Baltimore.  Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy hit back against skeptics in an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times published Wednesday , saying his crime-reduction plans are working.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2012
Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III, the longest-serving commissioner in the city's recent history and who oversaw steep declines in the city's murder rate, is stepping down, the mayor's office announced. Bealefeld's retirement date is effective August 1, the sources said, but he still stay on and oversee a transition. A senior aide to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Bealefeld informed of her of his decision today and said he wanted to spend more time with his family.
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October 23, 2013
We will try not to judge too harshly those on the Baltimore City Council who are supporting a crackdown on panhandling — just as they should not judge too harshly those who are doing the panhandling. A poverty of ideas is just another form of poverty. Not to put too fine a point on it, but Baltimore already has a decade-old law on the books that prohibits aggressive panhandling. Examples of outlawed behavior include refusing to take no for an answer, following or touching people on the street or swearing at them.
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By Justin Fenton and Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | November 7, 2013
Homicide detectives gathered under a West Baltimore street lamp Wednesday evening and studied a pool of blood from a gunshot wound to the head of a 21-year-old man. As police notified his family and began to canvass the area, a spokesman assigned the victim a number: 199. It has been two years since Baltimore's yearly homicide count dropped below the symbolic threshold of 200 for the first time in decades. The achievement has proved difficult to repeat. Killings increased last year and are on track to do so again in 2013.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2012
Angela Holland seems to know just about everyone in her North Baltimore neighborhood. She jokes with a guy hanging out of the window of an apartment high-rise. She consoles the deli counter man at the East 25th Street corner store, who's distraught about losing his mother two years ago. Without saying a word, she slips a few quarters to a man sitting on a stoop, who in turn hands her a cigarette. These folks know her. And some of the people in this neighborhood, she suspects, also know who killed her son, 22-year-old Jerry Isaac.
NEWS
February 14, 1999
THE CONTRAST is astonishing. Last year, Boston (population 558,000) recorded 35 homicides; Baltimore (population 675,000) had 314. Even New York, with 10 times more people, had just 629 homicides.These numbers tell a powerful story. Starting nine years ago with record homicide rates of 152 and 2,245, respectively, Boston and New York began reversing the tide.Surely Baltimore, too, should be able to curb the lethal bloodshed on its streets.Yet the prospect is not promising. The year has started with another wave of killings.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | January 6, 1995
"The X-Files." "Homicide: Life on the Street." "Picket Fences." Who can complain?* "Diagnosis Murder." (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- In the 1989 horror film "Fright Night Part II," Julie Carmen played a beautiful woman suspected of being a vampire. On tonight's "Diagnosis Murder," a series of male bodies drained of blood leads Dick Van Dyke's Dr. Sloan to suspect something, and someone, supernatural. Is it purely coincidental that the featured guest star is Ms. Carmen? CBS.* "The X-Files."
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April 16, 2007
Kudos to Cynthia Tucker for her column on the tragic state of affairs in this country on gun control ("The bloody results of America's bizarre love affair with guns," Opinion * Commentary, April 9). Ms. Tucker is right: We lack anything resembling a sane policy on guns. I expect The Sun will be inundated with letters making the same tired and flawed arguments about how "guns don't kill people; people do," and that our Second Amendment rights must be protected. And of course people, not weapons, instigate violence.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2012
In D.C., Chief Cathy L. Lanier is getting some heat for what the Washington Post reports is a "statistical mishmash" regarding the Metropolitan Police Department's sparkling homicide clearance rate of 94 percent of its 108 killings. As it turns out, many of the closed cases are from previous years: In Baltimore, this revelation is not new or surprising, but it's worth reminding the public how the process works. First, here's some snippets from the Post article: A 94 percent closure rate would mean that detectives solved 102 of them.
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