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Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 12/14/2011

Metro marginally safer


Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow scrambles against the Chicago Bears during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, in Denver. (John Leyba - AP)
I know I'm in a major Tim Tebow phase. Deal with it. The guy is winning games, grinning the whole way and maybe or maybe not dating Lindsay Vonn. You know what takes the cake, though? His amazing Fathead poster with his signature pose. So good.

According to Metro, major crime is down on the system for the third quarter of this year. That's compared to last year, but unfortunately, overall since 2007 major crime has increased quite a bit. Major crimes include include aggravated assaults, burglaries, larcenies, robberies, and motor vehicle thefts and theft attempts, if you're wondering. To review: since last year, those crimes are down. But for the past four years, those crimes have steadily been on the increase, Metro says. The Post's Dana Hedgepeth reports.

A lot of people think of Google as nothing other than a tech giant looking to find the next buck. But, today the company proved they have goals more humanitarian than the almighty dollar. Wednesday, Google announced an $11.5 million donation toward ending slavery. The company is partnering with the Washington-based company, International Justice Mission, for the cause. Human trafficking, forced labor and sexual exploitation are an unspoken scourge on this planet and Google is trying to change that.

A famous man once said that he knew all there was to know about the shrimping business . Back in 1994, Benjamin Buford Blue informed America about all the different ways to cook shrimp, and Forrest Gump did all he could to make sure that happened. But in that movie, I'll bet neither of them ever imagined a shrimper freezing his catch on the boat to keep it fresh for sale. Lance Nacio is that man and The Post's Jane Black chronicles his interesting trade.

To be honest, I have no idea whether or not I truly believed in Santa when I was a kid. I recall being skeptical that Mr. Claus had the same awful chicken-scratch handwriting as my dad and thinking that maybe this guy wasn't particularly real. However, some people take this subject VERY seriously. And when a teacher in New York broke off her second grade class with the truth last month, she made a lot of enemies. Slate's Elisabeth Weingarten looks back on the first time she spoiled Santa for a believer.

London Fletcher is 206 years old . He's been in the league since guys were wearing leather helmets and his first career tackle was against Jim Brown. I'm kidding of course, but the man has been in the NFL for 14 years, an eternity in the modern football era. The Redskins have a decision to make about whether or not to re-sign him for next year and The Post's Jason Reid says the team should most definitely do it. I say that you don't want to be caught holding the bag when the bottom falls out. Love me some Fletch, though.

Extra Bites

• Time magazine has decided to name "The Protester" its Person of the Year for 2011. This award is a nod towards the uprising generally referred to as the "Arab Spring." For reference, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg got it last year.

• CollegeMagazine.com named Georgetown University the 10th most hipster campus in the country. Cue the pitchforks from the kids in Foggy Bottom.

• This is a picture of the Nats' Jayson Werth watching the Capitals get crushed last night. Nice jacket!

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