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Friday, September 19, 2014, 5:05 a.m.

Alarming ain't half of it

There was a police chief in another state who used to explain all the variations in the local crime rate this way: If one crime stat was down this year, it was because of the outstanding job his police force was doing. But if another crime stat was up, well, that was just because folks were developing enough confidence in his police force to report crimes more often, that's all.

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