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Blades & Cornbread: On April 23, a man pled guilty to stabbing his mother over cornbread. Back in January, in a Southeast apartment, Makeda Liggins, 20, stabbed the woman who gave birth to him with a knife after the two got into a tiff over the buttery cornmeal-based food. Following the row, Liggins grabbed a kitchen knife and plunged it into the chest of his 57-year-old victim, according to a  press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He then reportedly said, “I told you I was going to kill you.” Though seriously injured, the woman survived.

Smoke ‘Em If You Rob ‘Em: On April 23 at 1:15 a.m., according to police, a woman was walking the 2000 block of P Street NW when a blond-haired stranger asked her for a cigarette.  The woman told him she was all out, but offered to share the ciggy she was already sucking on. That turned out to be a bad idea. The man gladly inhaled the nicotine, but also grabbed her by the shoulders and went through her pockets. He grabbed some cash and escaped.

Cautious Encounters: Following the murders of Anthony Perkins and Brian Betts, the group Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence (GLOV) has issued a community advisory warning gay men to be careful about hooking up online. The organization “has reason to believe that gay men who arrange sexual encounters through websites, chat rooms, or apps may be being targeted for violent crime,” according to the advisory.

Individuals looking for a romp should chat with their potential partner by phone first, GLOV recommends—and let friends know where and when they schedule any trysts.

Prowler or Pupil?: A young black male knocking on doors late at night in Northwest D.C. is raising suspicion.

A member of the MPD 2D Listserv last week queried fellow posters about the curious individual who showed up on his doorstep around dusk one evening. The young man claimed to be working on a “project involving public speaking.” The youth explained he wasn’t seeking any kind of donation. When the resident pressed the kid for more info, though, the youngster suddenly volunteered  to leave. “It only occurred to me today that he may have been casing our house to see if anyone was home for purposes of committing a burglary,” says the poster. He put the question to fellow email list members: Innocent student? Or common thief?

Another resident responds that a youth gave her a similar song and dance, and that when she told the interloper she wasn’t interested in talking, he yelled at her and flipped her the bird.

The public speaking spiel sounds like a variation on an old scam in which youngsters claim to belong to a local high school or sports team, then engage residents in a conversation that leads into a  sales pitch regarding magazine subscriptions.

The Washington Post wrote about the scam back in 2005, noting that teens were being shipped across the country by companies hoping to snare the good intentioned. According to the Post, the scam-job isn’t just bad for you, it’s bad for the teens:  “The National Consumers League has ranked the jobs among the worst for youths.”