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Seattle Tries Again to Outlaw Assault Weapons: This Week in Bans

Also, a Canadian city goes after bullies and a Chicago alderman takes the war on pigeons to a new level.

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Salt Lake City Battles Metastasizing Parking Lots: This Week in Bans

Also, an Indian town tries to prevent adultery by taking away women's phones and Washington, D.C., stops being so uptight about booze.

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Santa Monica Passed a Law to Stop Parties at One House

When your parties require special legislation, you know you're doing something right.

2012 Ballot Initiatives: Local Winners and Losers

A cities-focused look at the outcome of key state and local ballot initiatives.

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The Skyrocketing Costs of Running for Mayor of a Major U.S. City

While the 2012 presidential election will likely be the most expensive in history, a similar money-race is happening on the local level.

What Not to Wear in Cocoa Beach, Florida: This Week in Bans

A "wholesome" beach community outlaws saggy pants, Rome goes to war with messy eaters and other banning news.

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Don't Take Your Gun to the Playground in This North Carolina Town: This Week in Bans

Also, the Mongrel Mobsters can't pretty up their tombstones in a New Zealand town and New York City clamps down on blood-sucking circumcisions.

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Pontiac Ex-Councilman in Cocaine-Trafficking Bust: Officials Gone Wild

A roundup of the latest crimes, blunders and everyday embarrassments perpetrated by our esteemed municipal leaders.

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Preachers Exiled from Bourbon Street: This Week in Bans

Also, daddies are forbidden to dance with daughters in Rhode Island and doggy-steroid doping becomes illegal in Tucson.

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Walmart and the Climate of Hatred

A recent study connecting the presence of Walmarts with hate groups makes a number of problematic logical leaps.

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Baby Formula Is Out at Tulsa Hospitals: This Week in Bans

Also, Sioux City bars texting while driving and a notorious hoon gets jailed in Australia.

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Los Angeles Rids Its Schools of Styrofoam: This Week in Bans

Also, a British tractor thief gets his comeuppance and a Nigerian church freaks out over bombs in women's headdresses.

This Week in Bans: The English and Their 'Extreme' Dog Dancing

Also, Oklahoma City outlaws Michigan sportswear and a face-kicking preacher is turned away from the U.K.

This Week in Bans: Texas Boy Too Big to Play Pee-Wee Football

Also, zombies are banished in Siberia and Taiwan makes it legal to buy suicide materials.

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This Week in Bans: It's Criminal To Say Men Have 'No Balls'

Also, a British city forbids its own employees from watching the Olympics and a Tennessee burg attacks noisy street preaching.

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How Not to Make Friends on the Greyhound Bus

A Yale researcher spends two years riding around, documenting the rules of "social disengagement."

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This Week in Bans: New Jersey Town Bullied By Aggressive Turkeys

Also, Spokane bans malt liquor after a rash of drunken crimes and Austria outlaws noisy cows.

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Is That a 60-Foot Cell Phone Tower, or Are You Just Happy to See Me?

Residents of Castro Valley, California, demand a redesign of a phallus-like cell tower.

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This Week in Bans: San Francisco Bites Apple for Recycling

Also, medical-marijuana dispensaries are outlawed in L.A., chained-up pooches in Virginia.