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DENVER BUSINESS JOURNAL - A new study done by Metropolitan State University of Denver attempts to throw some water on the idea that extending bar closing times will cut down on the early-morning weekend violence that has been plaguing Lower Downtown.

But LoDo community leaders are not ready to give up yet on requests that Denver leaders be allowed to extend last call beyond 2 a.m., in conjunction with some of the other recommendations coming from a study that was unveiled Friday.

The work was done by a group of criminal-justice students at the university, under the supervision of Denise Mowder, an assistant professor of criminal justice and criminology. It looked at what factors were contributing to the highly publicized fights that occur near 2 a.m. on many weekends outside of bars and clubs and what kind of regulatory response could deal with the situation.

One of the surprising figures that the MSU students offered is that while the total number of assaults in the LoDo/Union Station neighborhood jumped 52 percent from 2012 to 2013, only a fraction of them happen during closing time.

According to 2012 figures, used because 2013 assault-by-hour figures were not available yet, the number of assaults that occur from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. was higher than the number of beatings from 1 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Read the full report on the Denver Business Journal: http://bit.ly/1qMbi8y.

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