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Hitting the depths in University Heights

   The brutal beating of Michael Bliss last  weekend has  many in University Heights talking about crime and violence.

   Other college students and young people have been attacked in the neighborhood as well, including several gunpoint muggings of students. In December, a young man from Rochester was killed outside a fraternity fundraiser being held in the basement of a Winspear Avenue apartment.

   Some in the community blame  heavy drinking at local bars and house parties. Others point to a lack of investment in the community by  young residents of the neighborhood.

   Is there a way to stem the tide of violent crime in University Heights? Is there something students should do to protect themselves? Or is Saturday's incident a terrible, but random,
crime that couldn't be prevented?

-- Maki Becker

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