To Baltimore(not Detroit): As you may have noticed I have spent a great deal of effort amassing complete lists of Baltimore homicide victims for 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. 2006 poses a bit of a challenge, I can get the information but it would be difficult to say the least. I might add that the year 2006 doesn't interest me as much as the newer data because the city was still in the throes of zero-tolerance and the school system was still tossing out its poor-performing students like old wet copies of the Baltimore Sun. In 2007 Mayor Martin O'Malley left for Annapolis, Sheila Dixon took on the reins at City Hall, Dr. Andres Alonso took over the school system and Fred Bealefeld became police commissioner. Many of the policies Mayor Dixon started are still in place, Dr. Alonso certainly has left his mark and is going strong, and, well, right now I'll keep my mouth shut about Bealefeld.
However, it's is October 17, 2011 today and we are 80% of the way through 2011. The one thing I learned after several years in the hard sciences is that in order to spot a trend you need five points of data, I need another year to make five. I have numbers for 2011 it's just that they won't be complete until Jan 1, 2012. It will be around that time that all hell is going to break loose on this blog. If you like line graphs, maps and pie charts, this will be the place for you.