By Andrew Maykuth
The Philadelphia Inquirer
PHILADELPHIA — It's too soon to declare victory is at hand, but the city's much-ballyhooed homicide rate appears to be slowing down, and this week the tally fell slightly behind last year's figure.
After outpacing the 2006 rate for much of the year by 5 percent or more, the killing has slowed in recent months. Philadelphia officially recorded 320 homicides by midnight Wednesday, one fewer than were recorded by the same date last year.
Phila.'s homicide rate cools