CQ Press has released its annual list of the worst U.S. cities for crime, and St. Louis is No. 2, worse even than Detroit, a.k.a. the city that brought you Devils Night and General Motors. The publisher says the lists help raise awareness of crime and use the best crime stats available. The Loo's city fathers are incensed, arguing that such rankings aren't accurate because every city measures crime a little bit differently.
Kansas City, by the way, ranked No. 15, slightly worse than Washington, D.C. Independence was 107th.