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Treating Street Violence As A Contagion, Baltimore Looks For More Than One Cure

When lawmakers try to tackle gun violence, they often turn to measures like adding police officers or cracking down on illegal guns. But what happens when they treat violent crime as a public-health problem — one that affects the whole community?

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Apple And The San Bernardino Shooter’s iPhone: The Escalating Fight Over Privacy And Security

Apple says unlocking the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone would set a dangerous precedent. The FBI says new encryption technologies harm efforts to solve crimes. A look at the escalating fight over privacy and national security.

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Inside A California Anti-Crime Experiment That Resonates With Politicians In D.C.

In communities where violent crime is the norm, Richmond, California's Office of Neighborhood Safety takes a totally different approach from police. The city's experiments have caught the attention of D.C.'s goverment, which is troubled by a big increase in homicides.

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Marijuana DUI Bill Gets Preliminary Approval In Maryland House

The Maryland House has given preliminary approval to a bill creating clear penalties for driving under the influence of marijuana. The push comes in response to confusion over the decriminalization of the drug in the state.
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U.S. Senator Cory Booker: "United"

Cory Booker grew up in an affluent New Jersey suburb but felt drawn to the troubled city of Newark, where he took on the older political establishment and became mayor. The now Democratic U-S senator on his life in politics and his ideas for reforming America's criminal justice system.

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Prince George's County's Schools Chief On Safety In The Smartphone Era

In the wake of a child pornography scandal that has rocked a Maryland elementary school community, we talk with the head of Prince George's County's school system about teaching students about staying safe online.

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Growing Concerns Over Teenagers’ Use Of Anonymous Messaging Apps

The murder of a thirteen-year-old Virginia girl has raised concerns about anonymous messaging apps. Millions of American teenagers use services like Kik that police say have been linked to a growing number of crimes. What parents and teens need to know.

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Should Possession Of Small Amounts Of Cocaine, Heroin Be Treated Like Marijuana?

A Maryland lawmaker is trying to push through a long-shot decriminalization bill that would treat possession of 10 grams or less of cocaine or heroin similar to marijuana.

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Questions Emerge About McDonnell Appeal After Death On Supreme Court

​"[Scalia's] absence appears to be the absence of a vote ​on behalf of McDonnell," says Virginia legal expert Rich Kelsey.
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What's Behind Trends In U.S. Violent Crime Rates

Violent crime rates in the U.S. have dropped dramatically over the last twenty years, but FBI data suggest there was a slight uptick in the first half of last year. What led to the remarkable long-term decline in violent crime in the last two decades in U.S. and what are the prospects the trajectory can continue?

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