Chicago passes 500 homicides for the year, could global warming be to blame?
Chicago has reached a grim milestone, 500 murders in the city within one year. The city almost missed the mark, however murders on Thursday night and Friday morning closed the gap just three days before the new year.
Tragically, domestic violence claimed the life of Nathaniel T. Jackson, 40, as he was shot to death outside an Austin neighborhood store.
Could global warming be to blame?
For 2012, Chicago homicides are up 17 percent over 2011. The prevailing theory is that unseasonably warm weather in the early part of the year led to a spike in the murder rate. In fact, during the first three months of the year, the Chicago murder rate was 60 percent higher than it was for the same period in 2011.
The 500 milestone is a dreaded number and does nothing to build the reputation of a city struggling to revitalize after years of recession.
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for December 2013
General Intention: Victimized Children. That children who are victims of abandonment or violence may find the love and protection they need.
Missionary Intention: Prepare the Savior's Coming. That Christians, enlightened by the Word incarnate, may prepare humanity for the Savior's coming.
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