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My friend Ethan Brown, author of Queens Reigns Supreme, recently sent me this article. According to him, "This is actually typical of what happens in New Orleans nearly every day." Although this is certainly an extreme case due to the young age of the victim caught in the crossfire, it is a telling incident. The FBI just released a report that violent crime rose 2% in the past year, with big city murders also increasing by 1.8%. With the economy in rough shape, and a strong possibility of a recession in the near future, will violent crime continue to spiral out of control? I'm not known for getting into politics on this blog, but there is more to life than art and entertainment.