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Sunday, December 15

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The annual number of shootings and homicides are steadily decreasing around the country. But for the second time in three years, Chicago leads the nation in murders -- 599 in 2003, compared with 594 in NYC and fewer than 500 in LA. Our city's murder rate is actually three times New York's because of our smaller population. Happy new year! [Trib login: gapers/gapers]

 
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