Just a tip: The best time to get yourself killed in the City of Dallas is between 6 p.m. and midnight on a Wednesday, if I'm reading my January-July YTD homicide statistics right, and I'd like to think that I am. (So you can forget what I wrote in May, when Tuesday and Saturdays were the most dangerous dates on the calendar and Wednesday was but a peaceful hump day.) Also, you're more likely to wind up dead, courtesy the wrong end of a handgun, if you're an African-American male between the ages of 25 and 34 involved in the generic "altercation" in a house. Also: Stay away from convenience stores!
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Anyway, the Dallas police today will present crime stats to the city council's Public Safety Committee, and it looks like all the numbers, violent and non-violent, are trending down this year -- save for home burglaries, up from 8,403 by this time last year to 8,638. Also not safe: convenience stores! --Robert Wilonsky