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Crime way down across the nation (and in C.R.)

The Washington Post is reporting huge declines in violent crime this year across the country: “The District, New York and Los Angeles are on track for fewer killings this year than in any other year in at least four decades.”

While homicide is so rare in Cedar Rapids that it’s difficult to draw statistical conclusions about it, Cedar Rapids’ declining rates of reported crime reflect this national trend (whether you believe it or not).

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Ms. Langston goes to Washington

Along with Cedar Rapids City Council Members Justin Shields, Monica Vernon and Jerry McGrane, Langston traveled to D.C. Tuesday to lobby for more federal flood recovery funding.

The entourage was scheduled to meet with staff members at the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Health and Human Services.

The HHS funding has caused particular consternation in Iowa, because Iowa was given only $11 million — less than 2 percent — of the $600 million in Social Services Block Grant dollars allocated to help disaster victims across the country. Iowa officials say this is unfair.

“The Bush administration’s HHS officials applied a population-based formula to devastated areas which will deny human services to Iowans who have rarely asked for help in the past, but who now need it desperately,” Cedar Rapids’ City Council and Linn County’s Board of Supervisors said in a joint statement.

Langston and the council members were scheduled to return today.

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