Capital’s Homicides Projected At 18-Year Low

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Washington, D.C. could record fewer than 200 homicides in 2004, reports the Washington Post. That would be a significant drop from last year and a mark not reached for nearly two decades. Through the first six months of the year, D.C. recorded 91 killings, down about 25 percent from the same period in 2003. At the current rate, the city will end the year with about 180 homicides. The last time Washington recorded fewer than 200 killings was in 1986, when it tallied 196. That was before the spread of crack cocaine and firearms fueled a homicide . . .

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