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Police stepping up patrols in troubled areas

During the last week of December, historically a violent time of the year, more Boston police will patrol troubled parts of the city, and authorities will randomly check bars to guard against overcrowding and liquor being served to minors, police said yesterday.

After nearly a month without homicides, two men were killed Friday and two others were shot yesterday morning. Two men were stabbed in Allston on Christmas Day.

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