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In Baltimore, 2013 a lost year for fight against violent crime
In Baltimore, 2013 a lost year for fight against violent crime

At 1:30 p.m. on a sunny December weekday, just down the hill from prestigious City College high school, shattered glass and blood stained the street. Neighbors and passersby gathered on the fringes of the crime scene and watched as police officers began investigating the killing of 30-year-old Devlon Cates Jr. Their faces and words showed a mix of dismay and boredom. "I bet [the killer] was wearing a mask," a young woman said. The victim "probably didn't even see it coming," her friend surmised. Others waited silently, unable to get to their homes. Such scenes have grown more common in Baltimore this year. Early Sunday, the city recorded its 234rd homicide,...

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