A decline in homicides
After rising nearly 40% earlier this year, killings in the city of Los Angeles have fallen below last year's levels, according to LAPD statistics.
The Los Angeles Police Department said there were 204 killings in 2008 as of today, four fewer than the 208 slayings reported over the same period last year. That represented a 2% decline overall, Sgt. Ruby Malichi said.
-Andrew Blankstein/ LAT