The anti-violence program CeaseFire is successful at stopping shootings in Chicago, a Northwestern University study has found. “Their heavily focused intervention was surprisingly effective and reflects the power of thinking of violence as a public health problem.”  The 3-year study also found CeaseFire was effective in directing gang members toward jobs, education and help with severing their ties to their gangs. Let’s hope, then, that Illinois reverses the cuts the group’s state funding. (Chicago Sun-Times)