Here’s the Sunday open line. As people hyperventilate about snowflakes, let’s hyperventilate instead about crime. Says here that the FBI crime statistics for 2013 released last week put Little Rock on the top of the list of most dangerous cities with population below 200,000. From Law Street:
#1 Little Rock, Arkansas
Little Rock, Arkansas is the #1 Most Dangerous Small City in America. Little Rock has moved up by four spots to #1 on the list after coming in at #5 last year. The city’s overall violent crime rose from approximately 1,315/100,000 people in 2012 to 1,407/100,000 people in 2013; this increase is responsible for Little Rock’s rise on the list. However, there may be some good news. While Little Rock’s overall violent crime rate is up, the murder rate is down by almost 22 percent.
Violent Crime Rate: 1,407/100,000 people | Murder Rate: 18/100,000 people
Population: 197,399 | Officer to Population Ratio: 1:354
Median Household Income: $45,135 | Pop. Below Poverty Line: 18.2%
Here’s the FBI data overview, by the way.
* BABY DADDY OF THE YEAR: And this from Memphis, about a Shelby County man who’s fathered 23 children by 17 women in Tennessee and adds three more, triplets, in Forrest City, Ark.