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(Washington, DC)  —  DC Mayor Adrian Fenty is touting a crime bill he signed Thursday as, quote, “an important step forward in fighting crime in the District.”  The emergency measure was first introduced last October and aims to reduce the number of violent crimes in the city.  Fenty says the legislation includes increased penalties for such crimes and more tools for police to keep neighborhoods safer.  That includes the authority for officers to ban loitering in parts of the city on a temporary basis.  The mayor had hoped to get the bill passed before the summer got underway.  He had also urged the DC Council to include in the bill a provision that would especially target gang activity but council members rejected the idea.

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