1. EPIDEMIC

    Baltimore Ties Deadliest Month Record

    Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake speaks next to Interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis during a news conference in Baltimore, Maryland July 8, 2015. Rawlings-Blake has fired Police Commissioner Anthony Batts, the mayor's office said on Wednesday. Batts had headed the department during unrest triggered by the death of Freddie Gray, who died in April from an injury sustained in police custody. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston

    Reuters

    July was the deadliest month in Baltimore in at least 45 years, with 45 homicides. The last time 45 people were killed in a single month in the city was August 1972. Violence in the city has surged since the April death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old who suffered a spinal cord injury while in police custody and later died. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has installed a new interim police commissioner in response, has been holding public safety forums, and plans an anti-crime walk at AME Zion Church.

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