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This Week in Bans: Tupelo Takes Aim at Baggy Pants

Also recently banned: Bath salts in Tennessee, prayers in England, and possibly "reckless skateboarding" in Los Angeles.

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Flag of the Day: Confederacy Sustains a Blow in Minnesota

The rise and fall of the South, as staged in the backyard of West St. Paul councilman Ed Hansen.

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S.F. Mayor Wants Tony Bennett on Every Radio Station

San Francisco hopes to honor “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” on Valentine's Day.

This Week in Bans: 'Gay Lifestyles' Outlawed in St. Petersburg, Russia

Plus, Tucson kills its Mexican American Studies program to comply with state law; Gulfport, Mississippi, clears out lawn couches; a meat thief is banned in Britain.

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Occupy L.A. Asks the City to Return Its Murals

The Los Angeles protesters are up in arms about the prospect of their artwork landing in a museum or art gallery.

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What's the Story Behind That Gun-Violence Super Bowl Ad?

America's mayors have joined up to battle criminal-gun trafficking... and to make entertaining football commercials, apparently.

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Locals to Christo: Don't Drape Fabric Over Our River

This is the opponents’ last stand, though it's likely the project will be approved.

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This Week in Bans: U.K. Libraries Fight Off Waves of Pint-Sized Droogs

Also, Bogota outlaws public handguns; L.A. says no to beach football; a palm-reading aptitude test is no longer acceptable in China; and Hoboken bans Snookie.

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Troy Mayor Comes Out as Anti-Gay, Again

Janice Daniels, the tea party mayor of Troy, Michigan, recently said something bad about homosexual people at a student forum on bullying and suicide. But what was it, exactly?

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Sacramento's Mayor Continues His Push for More Power

He’s seeking a “strong-mayor” system, but opponents of the plan have prevented it from happening since 2008.

The Week In City Bans: Oakland Bags Bags, Boston X's Out Alcohol Ads

Cities ban things! Also in this week's edition: D.C. outlaws Occupy protesters and large dogs are no longer welcome in one Chinese city.

Conn. Mayor Joe Maturo Eats a Crow Taco After Latino Remark

The East Haven mayor has apologized for seeming to suggest his city's racial ills could be cured with delicious Mexican food.

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College Kid Will Try to Bring Pa. City Back From Brink

Deep in debt, Harrisburg looks to its new 23-year-old treasurer

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Tea Party Mayor Loses Battle to Block Troy Transit Center

The city council went ahead and voted to accept millions in federal money Tuesday, despite the mayor's objections

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Boozy Wisconsin Mayor Escapes Recall Effort, For Now

Sheboygan's embattled mayor, who's Internet famous for epic displays of public drunkenness, survived the first stage of a recall effort on Tuesday

It's Betting Season for America's Mayors

This football season, some go all in

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What Citizens Add to Planning

The people who live in a place often have fresh ideas about how to make it better

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Fixing a City by Dividing It Up

Escondido is almost half Latino, but has elected only one Hispanic city councilman in 120 years. A new lawsuit aims to change that

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The Dumbest Local Politics Scandals of 2011

Forget Congress. For real stupidity in government, look closer to home.