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Annapolis Public Housing To Ban Air Conditioners

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Residents of public housing communities in Annapolis could be evicted this summer if they use their bedroom window air conditioners.

The board overseeing the Annapolis Housing Authority will vote Thursday on banning window units at the Robinwood, Eastport Terrace and Newtowne 20 communities.

The federal government has ordered the city to prohibit the window units. Sliding windows installed 10 years ago allow only one side to open at a time. So window units block an emergency exit.

If the ban takes effect, residents could still use their air conditioners downstairs. But some say temperatures in their bedrooms can reach 90 degrees in the summer.

Resident Ramona Sims says the city is "treating us like animals."

Some are asking the American Civil Liberties Union to help fight the air conditioning ban.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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