Though Chicago gets all the media attention, Baltimore's murder problem is actually much worse than the Windy City's, says Slate.com. Last year, Baltimore recorded 219 homicides, sixth in the nation in murders per 100,000 residents. (Chicago was ranked No. 16; Flint, Mi., was first.) The Baltimore Sun says 156 murders had been reported in Baltimore as of this past weekend, putting the city on track to meet or exceed last year's numbers.
In what Slate calls a must-read feature last weekend, Baltimore Sun crime reporters Justin George and Justin Fenton produced seven snapshots of neighborhoods, families, and individuals that had been changed by this summer's violence. They write about how gunfire “has turned husbands into single parents, transformed rookie cops into veterans, left missing verses in half-finished rap songs, forced politicians to personally confront the city's crime problems, and sent longtime residents to new places and new lives.”