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Dixon 'Taking It Easy' Since Leaving Office

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Former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon.
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Former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon.

BALTIMORE (AP) Former Baltimore mayor Sheila Dixon says she's been "taking it easy" and "cooking a lot of healthy meals" for her son since she left office on Feb. 4. Dixon resigned in a scandal over embezzled gift cards and unreported gifts from her former boyfriend.

She says she has yet to start her court-mandated 500 hours of community service but will do so "soon."

The former mayor appeared Wednesday night at a panel on crime sponsored by the news Web site Investigative Voice. She says she committed to participate before she left office.

She says the crime plan she implemented is ``probably the best plan that the city has ever had'' and that the city has "made great strides." Police have targeted their enforcement efforts on people with violent histories who carry guns.

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