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Shelby County Bans Sale of ‘Graffiti Sticks’ to Minors

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The sale of spray paint to minors will be banned in Shelby County, effective July 25.
The Shelby County Commission voted 9-3 on Monday to bar stores from selling cans of pressurized paint and so-called “graffiti sticks to anyone under 18 years old. Graffiti sticks contain a solid form of paint that is applied by pressure.
The ban will apply to areas of the county outside the city limits of Memphis, according to The Commercial Appeal.
Commissioner Henri E. Brooks sponsored the measure, which she calls the start of a war on graffiti.
Commissioner Heidi Shafer voted against the measure, saying the intent is good, but she doubts it will be effective and the ban will hurt merchants.

Columnist Hollering About Vandalism at State Capitol

Two weekends in a row, vandals have attacked the historic state Capitol, notes Gail Kerr in a column.
The first time, they splatted it with margarine and eggs — were they planning on baking a cake? This past weekend, at 5:30 a.m. on Sunday, a lone vandal was caught on three surveillance videos spray-painting the Capitol for about five minutes with odd graffiti messages like “RIP Tony Al” and “GET OUT.”
There were also anarchy symbols near the sidewalk entrance, and “Welcome to the Jungle” painted on another side of the building. Cleanup was set to be completed Tuesday night. What’s shocking is not just the vandalism — it’s the apparent lack of outrage by state officials.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol handles security for the building, and it is investigating. Gov. Bill Haslam’s spokesman said the investigation was “being handled by the appropriate authorities.”
Shoot, if I were the governor, I’d be standing on the Capitol’s front steps and hollering at the top of my lungs that we won’t stand for our home to be treated like this.