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October 30, 2006

The World Series of Crime

After the St. Louis Cardinals stumbled into their World Series victory against the Detroit Tigers, it was announced today that the city of St. Louis beat out Detroit for the top violent crime rate in the country.

This actually might have happened last year, but the St. Louis police were refusing to accept reports of certain crimes and were writing informal "crime memos" to the files instead. This kept the rate of reported crime down. I wrote about it here. (The news article link at my earlier post doesn't work, but you can get the flavor of it from this article.)

Dan Collins, guest blogging at protein wisdom, makes the same connection. I commented over there that more dead people vote in St. Louis than in Detroit, too.