The depleted Los Angeles Times has suspended publication of the Homicide Report, which at this time last year was one of the breakout hits among the paper's blogs. Its success was driven by reporter Jill Leovy, who posted relentlessly to satisfy a personal drive to say something about every murder in Los Angeles County. When she stepped away to recupe and write a book, the blog lost some of its energy and recently was handed around among Metro's crime reporters. In the October ratings (yes, the Times now monitors its eyeball counts closely) the Homicide report had fallen to #17 among LAT blogs. A note to readers says "The Homicide Report is going on a hiatus. We hope to resume chronicling L.A. County's homicide victims soon."
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