This Week in Bans
From now on, the city's building code will require new residential construction to include "cool roofs" capable of reflecting sunlight.
A not-so-ridiculous idea.
Spain's capital is banning everything from dangerous rollerblading to jumping in a fountain.
Also, New York updates its list of offensive license plates, and one rebellious bureaucrat thwarts Pennsylvania's anti-gay-marriage laws.
Your weekly look at all the stuff our elected leaders are outlawing.
Your weekly roundup of what cities are banning around the world.
Also, Malibu considers outlawing rat poison and another Mexican city bans bullfighting.
Also, Tampa wants to turn down the bass on car stereos and an Iowa city declares war on poopy geese.
How else will educators get naughty kids to fall in line?
Also, politicians in Racine ban weapons (except for their own) and New York battles a slimy lake menace.
You probably don't want to know.
The mayor says citizens are "irritated by people who speak a different language" and have "different manners."
For one thing, he's not happy with your iPod earbuds.
Also, a Sydney mall muzzles screaming children and Winston Churchill gets the axe from downtown Nottingham.
Also, a London neighbor fights against public gobbing and Sydney's wealthy whine about public-park weddings.
Also, BART tries to get public poopers to keep it in their pants, and Penn State fights against a boozy "State Patty's" tradition.
Also, politicians in Naples are sick of you assuming they're all criminals, and the U.K. suspends the coolest teacher ever.
Also recently banned: a throat-slitting kite string in India and an Aussie grandma who made $1 million worth of false emergency phone calls.
Grab tight your freedoms, America: The country's collective legislatures are unleashing a torrent of new regulations.