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Baltimore Mayor Pugh on nation’s ‘most dangerous city’ designation: ‘That was 2017, we’re in 2018.’

Baltimore Mayor Pugh on nation’s ‘most dangerous city’ designation: ‘That was 2017, we’re in 2018.’

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh brushed off a USA Today report calling Baltimore the deadliest big city in the country, saying it was based on numbers from last year and crime is down across the board so far in 2018.

Pugh addressed the report at a preview event for the Light City festival.

“Because we’re going to have so many visitors coming to Baltimore I think there’s some news I should share with you all,” the mayor said. “I know you’ve read the USA Today story talking about violence in Baltimore, but let me just say that was 2017 — we’re in 2018.”

Pugh said homicides were down more than 30 percent so far this year, as were shootings in which the victim survived and...

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