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MARRIOTTSVILLE, Md. (AP) — The gunman who killed two people at a Maryland mall appeared obsessed with mass murder and was fascinated by the 1999 Columbine High School shooting, dressing like one of the shooters and timing his attack so that it occurred about the same time as the Colorado massacre, police said Wednesday.
With a plethora of massage parlors, makeshift brothels, secretive high-end escorts and overt online ads, the underground commercial sex economy has long been known to be complex and extremely lucrative. The Urban Institute is the first research group to come up with a solid estimate on how much money changes hands and how the market for sex works in eight US cities. Sex was also big business in Miami -- once again outdoing drugs and guns -- although the study sponsored by the US Justice Department found that it had fallen to $235 million in 2007 from $302 million in 2003.