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March 07, 2007

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Hoping to quell a spate of shootings that wounded four teenagers in less than a week, Anne Arundel and Annapolis officials vowed to employ a "full-court press" in one of the city's 10 public housing neighborhoods.

County Executive John R. Leopold said the plan to improve the Robinwood complex was the first step toward a long-term goal of stopping rivalries in the city's public housing communities.

Authorities say violence at Annapolis High and a fight and shooting in November at Westfield Annapolis mall stemmed from rivalries in the Robinwood and Annapolis Gardens public housing complexes. On Feb. 20, three teenagers were shot at Annapolis Gardens. Then, on Feb. 25, an Annapolis High student was shot in the Bywater Mutual Homes community.

Leopold spoke of educating adults about family life. County schools Superintendent Kevin M. Maxwell spoke of enlisting volunteers to check on students who are missing school. Annapolis Mayor Ellen O. Moyer spoke of bringing in leaders to inspire children in Robinwood.

YOUR VIEW:

What effect do you think this plan will have in making the city's the public housing communities safer? Tell us what you think at arundel.speakout@baltsun.com by tomorrow. Please keep your responses short, and include your name, address and phone number.

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