Numbers: Jan. 15, 2007

379 Number of homicides committed in Houston in 2006, a 12-year high and a 13.5% increase over 2005

148,000 Jump in Houston's 2006 population, due largely to Hurricane Katrina evacuees. Houston's mayor cited the influx as a major reason for the crime surge

13,012 Number of earmarks--provisions in congressional bills to fund items not requested in the bill--in 2006, more than four times the amount in 1996

$67.1 billion Value of the 2006 earmarks, more than triple that of 1996

47 Number of coal-miner deaths in 2006, a 10-year high, reversing an 80-year trend of steady decreases

2,295 Average number of...

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