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By Orrin G. Hatch
Procedural changes impede the chamber's traditional deliberative function
Topic - John Roman
Homicides edged up in 2013 in the District, a year after hitting their lowest mark in more than half a century.
Two similar attacks on women in the District have prompted concern that the Internet-fueled youth violence phenomenon called the "knockout" game has taken hold in the city — but criminologists say the history of such attacks stretch back years and happen less frequently than perceived.
"There are just more physical places in Washington, D.C., that are affluent and safe than there used to be," Roman said.
"If you asked people what would happen first, there'll be a thousand murders in D.C. in a year or there'll be less than a hundred, I think virtually everybody would have said there would be 1,000," said John Roman, a senior fellow at the Washington-based Urban Institute.