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Banning the Books

On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors gave the go-ahead to ban the distribution of Yellow Pages directories except to those who say they want them. "This legislation will help to preserve our environment, fight neighborhood blight and help our economy by eliminating the mass overdistribution of Yellow Pages," said Board of Supervisors President David Chiu. But the ban may experience a setback, as the the Yellow Page industry has called the restriction illegal and is expected to sue over the law or attempt to negotiate a compromise before the Board of Supes takes a second and final vote next week. If ultimately approved, the legislation would go into effect May 2012. [SF Examiner]