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Martha Coakley halts profanity ban enforcement

Middleborough bylaws must be amended

MIDDLEBOROUGH — The town of Middleborough’s effort to ban swearing in public has hit a roadblock, reducing plans to ­enforce a new bylaw to a familiar four-letter word: Don’t.

The effort to ban public profanity drew national publicity, and not a few guffaws, in June after the ­Middleborough Town Meeting voted to enforce a long-overlooked 1968 bylaw against swearing. The measure was brought by residents tired of excessive cursing by youths in the central business area.

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