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O'Boost:

In case you've been living under a rock and hadn't heard,

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Time

magazine declared our own

one of the nation's

big city mayors. That has to look good on the

.

Sun

.

Real Papal:

I mostly avoid nonlocal stories, including the whole

, but hey, when your

talks, in this case to NPR's

All Things Considered

,

.

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Bad Boys:

Remember the Clinton-era federal grant program known as

(Community Oriented Policing Services)? DOJ claims the money put 118,000 new police on the street, including 400-plus in Balmer. An

, according to this

USA Today

story from last week, found it didn't--more like 90k, or maybe 80k. Baltimore increased its cop roster by only about 300 officers in the 10 years of the program.

Building Blocks:

City Journal

has devolved from a fairly interesting, well, city journal, with a conservative point of view, to a propaganda rag spouting the day's

. But this

on federal community block grants, and--shock!!--how awful they are ("America's Worst Urban Program" is the title) approaches being interesting, and harps on O'Malley's Sept. 11 comment

, so . . .

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