KILLADELPHIA: Murder Rate Drops 30%

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DAILY NEWS: The city’s homicide rate has fallen 30 percent from the grim total it had registered by this point in 2007, when the constant deluge of murders led to the loathsome local nickname “Killadelphia.” According to police statistics, 162 homicides have been recorded so far this year, compared with 183 a year ago, and 234 in 2007. The city had 333 homicides all of last year, a 15 percent drop from the 392 slayings in ’07. The homicide rate – which soared at a time earlier this decade when homicides in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles were reaching record lows – is now among other signs of progress in the city’s crime-fighting efforts. MORE

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