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And we're back!
Dear Readers, In mid-August I had to come to you with some bad news: that a combination of lack of funding and opportunities in other cities would force Homicide Watch D.C. to permanently shut down. Your response to that message was overwhelming, and the volume of support that Chris and I, as founders of Homicide Watch D.C., received was simply breathtaking. Your financial support quickly followed and in less than 30 days we raised more than $40,...
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Things you learn when you pay attention.
The deaths of two 19-year-old DC men have been determined to be "justified" by MPD and will not be included in this year's count of homicide victims. The men, Stephen Horsley and Dalontray Williams, were killed in separate incidents two weeks apart in January. Horsley, a Northeast DC man, was shot and killed on Friday, Jan. 13, just after 11 p.m. in the 4600 block of Benning Road, Southeast. Williams, of Northwest DC, went to the Kennedy Recreati...
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Read, and listen if you can bear it.
In Clay Terrace the shots ring out, first one: bang. Then over and over again. Bang. Bang. Bang. Bang. Bang. Bang. Bang. "You heard that?" a young man asks a 911 operator. "Yes, I heard it," she says. "I heard it." That shooting, recorded in a 911 call early in the morning of Oct. 2, 2010, killed 31-year-old Angelo Jones, a father of two and rumored neighborhood "snitch." He was shot six times in the back. When emergency responders arrived, they ...
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Something I'd love to build, based around what we've learned running +Homicide Watch DC. Give it a like (on the tumblr post) if you think it's a good idea, or post a question and I'll answer it.
A toolkit for real-time investigative reporting from site analytics 1. What do you propose to do? [20 words] Build an open platform connecting search analytics and social networks to create a new...
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In which the Post follows up on a story Homicide Watch DC broke in December.
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Longest serving prime minister in Italy's history, ladies and gentlemen...
"The only thing I have not been accused of in all these over-hyped descriptions of my relations with women, with the opposite sex, the only thing they have never accused me of is being gay. I have nothing against homosexuals, let it be clear. Quite the contrary. I always thought the more gay people around, the less competition." -- Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, in an interview with The Atlantic.
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Four hours of database diving. A reporter and an intern. No FOIAs. Can your news organization do this?
DC has recorded a 19 percent drop in homicides in the first half of 2012, compared to the first half of 2011, according to data collected and analyzed by Homicide Watch DC. The homicide data also shows a significant decrease in gun violence and domestic violence, compared to last year. Meanwhile, a greater proportion of homicides have resulted from fatal stabbings. About 51 percent of all homicides last year were reported in the first six months...
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Impact!
The Washington Post has called for DC City Council to conduct a review of the District's 911 operations in the wake of a 911 call from a witness to Angelo Jones' shooting death. The call, placed in the early morning hours of October 2, 2010, was part of the investigation into Jones' death. It was made public as part of evidence at trial. On the 911 recording, the witness and the operator go back and forth trying to determine the address for more...
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DC Councilman Phil Mendelson has promised a review of a 911 call made by a witness to Angelo Jones' 2010 murder in Clay Terrace. In the call, a young man who ultimately testified about Jones' murder, spends more than five minutes speaking with a 911 operator who appears unable to dispatch assistance without a precise address; the young man is unable to give a precise address but asks for help on Clay Terrace, around 53rd and 54th streets, near H...
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We've been in a development sprint here at Homicide Watch and I'd like to introduce you to two new features on the site. This weekend we debuted Case Tracking, allowing you to check, at a glance, whether a suspect is suspected, has pled guilty, or has been convicted by jury. You'll find this information on each suspect's page below their name and biographic details. For example, Deon Eugene Thornton's page now says "pled guilty in the death of De...
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Job alert!
TPM has an immediate opening for a Tech/Design fellow working in our New York City office. More details after the jump. The Tech/Design fellowship is a three-month paid internship for an aspiring designer/developer with strong basic design/html/css skills looking to expand their design skill set and learn web application development for a news environment. The fellow will work closely with our team of designers/programmers on the redesign of the ...
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Here's how I think about it: You can have cable, or you can have a new laptop every year.
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Journalist and web developer in Washington, DC, working on NPR's StateImpact and Homicide Watch DC.
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  • Dalian University of Technology
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  • National Public Radio
    Application Developer, 2011 - present
  • PBS NewsHour
    Interactive Editor, 2009 - 2011
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