In light of a Los Angeles report that in 2010 the city had its lowest homicide rate in 40 years, the Christian Science Monitor explored how several major cities in the United States are announcing a significant progress against crime across the board. Professor Lisa Smith spoke to the magazine: "It is instructive to look at the individual precincts and compare their year-to-year homicides. How many of those homicides involved strangers and how many are interpersonal disputes? How many homicides are solved versus unsolved?"
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