“Palermo, in the 1980s, counted a dead person a day, they were so common people were almost used to them. Now, a homicide in Palermo is news,” he says.
I am a little bit puzzled by the bolded part in the above sentence. I presume that the author wants to say that murders are in current Palermo a rare phenomenon. Does the word "news" have such a meaning in the context of my sentence?