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This Week in Bans: No Pets for You in Huntington Beach

Also, the Netherlands bans tourists from purchasing marijuana (yes, really), and one Indianapolis contractor gets a visit from Johnny Law.

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California Mayor Loses His Mute Button

Carson's public hearings will no longer be subject to sudden silence.

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This Week in Bans: Michigan Town Terrorized by 'Monster' Graffiti

Also, a girl can't wear the Confederate flag to prom in Tennessee; the British can't even support their own Olympics; Yertle the Turtle is banned in Canada.

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This Week In Bans: Alabama Chokes on 'Dirty Bastard' Beer

Also outlawed around the world: "gay cure" ads in London, discrimination on the basis of sexuality in Indiana, South Carolina yarn bombing.

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Texas City's Police Force on High Alert for Nude Cleaning Women

Cops have vowed to keep a very close eye on the Lubbock Fantasy Maid Service, which provides topless women to dust, mop and mix drinks.

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This Week in Bans: Baltimore Orioles Ban Naked Batman 'For Life'

Also, a Florida town outlaws nightclubs and a skating rink that could possibly be used for illicit dancing, and more.

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This Week in Bans: Park Slope Parents Decry 'Tempting' Ice Cream

Also, Tampa is going to ban water pistols (but not real guns) from the 2012 Republican National Convention, and more.

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Which U.S. City Had the Best April Fool's Prank?

Etsy acquired the city of Portland; Boulder's electric company cut off service for residents who voted against it; Philadelphia unveiled a pedestrian lane for distracted texters.

Sheboygan's Odd, Addictive Police Scanner Chatter

@Sheboyganscan posts shocking, head-scratching and zen tweets from the Wisconsin city's police scanner.

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There Will Be No Public Hangings in This North Dakota Town

The mayor of Medora, Doug Ellison, explains his decision to drop the idea for fake executions.

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This Week in Bans: Italian Town Outlaws Death

Also, Boston hates moshpits; an Illinois town repeals Prohibition; New York City's teachers should stay far away from Facebook.

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This Week in Bans: Philly Outlaws Feeding the Homeless Outside

Plus, Los Tigres del Norte Rancho are banned in Mexico for singing about drugs; it's forbidden to sleep in your car in Santa Margarita; get those cars off of your front yards, Muskegon!

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This Week in Bans: Florida City Outlaws Scary Ex-Employee

Also, a U.K. town takes care of a snowball-throwing teenager, and California cities ban mobile billboards and force medical-marijuana growers indoors.

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Georgia's Super Booze-day

Forget the Republican presidential primary. Tuesday's elections also lifted blue laws across a large swath of the Peach State.

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Can a Town Get By Without Its Public Works Department?

Favoring privatization, a New Jersey mayor’s budget proposes to cut garbage collection, street cleaning, and more.

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Portland's Mayoral Race Is Full of Delightful Oddballs

Could Oregon's largest city be helmed by a tree-climbing arsonist, a man who holds proof of God's existence, or the guitar genius behind the tweaker anthem, "Mobile Crank Lab"?

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This Week in Bans: 'Pornographic' Songs Outlawed in Indonesian Cities

Scandalous songs like "Sorry I Got You Pregnant" are banned from radio in Jakarta. Also, a British town restricts sidewalk solicitors; Fruita, Colo., drops its "WTF" tourist campaign; a New York city tells frackers to get drilled.

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Boozy, Brawling Wisconsin Mayor Gets the Boot

Last night, Sheboygan voters tossed out Mayor Bob Ryan in the city's first-ever mayoral recall election.

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A Complete History of the Park Slope Food Coop's Boycotts

The Brooklyn grocery is in the news for wanting to ban products from Israel, but over the years it's also exiled grapes, apples, sugar, light bulbs, water, tuna salad, etc., etc.