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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Gory Prince George's: Record broken, roundup of coverage

(Updated December 1, 2005)

"While Jack Johnson Is Pretending, I Am Stepping Up"
Sentinel, December 1, 2005 (by Melissa J. Brachfeld, Sentinel Staff Writer)
Quotes Rushern L. Baker III.

"Monthly Slayings"
Post, November 23, 2005

"Johnson Sees Gains Despite Record Killings"
Post, November 23, 2005 (by Allison Klein and Ovetta Wiggins,
Washington Post Staff Writers)
As Prince George's surpassed its all-time annual record for killings this week, County Executive Jack B. Johnson's administration said yesterday that the county has turned the corner on combating homicides in the second half of this year.

[. . .]

Yesterday, Jim Keary, a spokesman for Johnson, blamed the record annual total on the early months of 2005. . . .

Keary's comment followed a news conference by Rushern L. Baker III, a likely Democratic challenger to Johnson next year. Baker has repeatedly criticized Johnson's crime-fighting plans, and he continued yesterday to push for the resignation of Police Chief Melvin C. High.

[Full story]
"PG homicides reach record high; D.C. rate dips"
Times, November 23, 2005 (by Matthew Cella, The Washington Times)

"Pr. George's breaks homicide record; 155th shooting breaks previous high from 1991"
Examiner, November 23, 2005 (by Karl B. Hille, Examiner Staff Writer)

"Record-breaking murders’ cause remains mystery"
Gazette, November 23, 2005 (by Tiesha Higgins, Staff Writer)
. . . High promised next year will yield better results in reducing crime.
‘‘I’m putting myself on the line with that one,” he said. In June High made a similar pledge, claiming crime in the county was on its way down.

‘‘How do you say that to the victim’s family?” said Rushern Baker, former state delegate and likely challenger to County Executive Jack B. Johnson in the next election. During a news conference this week, Baker reissued a call for the removal of High and greater accountability from Johnson. . . .

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"Latest murder breaks 14-year record"
Gazette, November 22, 2005 (by Courtney A. Burns)

"P.G. County's '05 murder count hits record high; Fatal shooting of Langley Park man, 23, is 155th homicide of year"
Sun, November 22, 2005 (AP)

"155, Prince George's Co. Sets Record for Homicides"
wjla.com, November 22, 2005 (AP)

"Prince George's County Breaks Homicide Record; Record Was First Set In 1991"
nbc4.com, November 22, 3005

"Prince George's Surpasses Record Murder Rate"
wtopnews.com, November 22, 2005 (WTOP & AP)

"Prince George's County Sets Record for Homicides in One Year"
fox5dc.com, November 22, 2005 (AP)

"Fatal Shooting Sets Record in Pr. George's; Attack on Man Marks 155th Homicide in Year"
Post, November 22, 2005 (by Allan Lengel and Martin Weil
Washington Post Staff Writers)

"Prince George's Sets Deadly Record"
wusatv9.com, November 21, 2005 (AP)

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