Post: D.C. Gangs Growing in Numbers, Bravado

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A26712-2003Sep17.html Violent gangs are spreading across metropolitan Washington, law enforcement officials say, recruiting young members and leaving graffiti-scrawled signs in a demonstration of their growing presence, according to a special report in the Washington Post. The estimated number of gang members in the region has risen to more than 3,000, officials told the Post, with much of the growth driven by gangs with formal rules of membership and specific tattoos, hand signs, bandannas or colors . . .

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