Number Of Homicides In Washington, At 45-Year Low | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Filed Under:

Number Of Homicides In Washington, At 45-Year Low

Play associated audio

By Kavitha Cardoza

Washington, D.C. has hit a 45-year low in homicides. The nation's capital recorded 140 homicides in 2009, the fewest since 1964, when there were 132. The homicide total represents a 25 percent drop from 2008.

There's no consensus among D.C. police officials about the reason for the big drop, but theories include more focused enforcement and better use of technology.

Many other cities also saw fewer homicides in 2009, and the FBI reported that murder was down 10 percent nationwide in the first six months of the year.

WAMU 88.5

Hundreds Brave Frigid Temperatures To Celebrate Kite Festival

There was plenty of wind to lift kites of all shapes and sizes at the National Blossom Kite Festival Sunday; at least for those who could brave the cold.

NPR

Cheez Whiz Helped Spread Processed Foods. Will It Be Squeezed Out?

Turns out, the history of Kraft's dull-orange cheese spread says a lot about the processed food industry — and where it might be headed as Kraft and Heinz merge.
NPR

Indiana Governor: Lawmakers To 'Clarify' Anti-Gay Law

Mike Pence, who signed the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act last week, says he didn't anticipate the level of hostility the law has engendered.
NPR

App That Aims To Make Books 'Squeaky Clean' Draws Ire From Edited Writers

Clean Reader — an app designed to find, block and replace profanity in books — has drawn considerable criticism from authors. This week, makers of the app announced they would no longer sell e-books.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.