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Our Intern in Columbia Heights, Karen, Attends Homicide Elimination Meeting

Karen’s report follows:

This weekend I attended a community forum at the Columbia Heights community center to work with the many dedicated and honorable members of the Comprehensive Homicide Elimination Strategy Taskforce (CHEST) on ideas to eliminate (not simply reduce!) murder in the District. CHEST has been gathering information and ideas from the community since December of 2006 and will report to Mayor Fenty this summer with the recommendations they formulate from meetings such as the one I attended.

The meeting lasted about four hours and was mostly spent in roundtable discussion, mulling over ideas that mostly involved addressing social needs, such as improving community ties, the District

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