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Washington DC Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier is joined by Washington DC Mayor Vincent C. Gray (not in photo) during their press conference to announce a drop in the number of homicides and a plan to improve police services, in Washington DC, Friday, December 30, 2011. As of December 30, 2011 there have been 108 murders in the District, putting the nation's capital on pace to have it's lowest number of homicides in nearly 50 years. (Rod Lamkey Jr/ The Washington Times)

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