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Proposed cellular tower in Fairfax gets bad reception

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04.06.11

In 1861, the last political rifle duel in California was fought to the death near the home of Lord Fairfax. A hundred and fifty years later, the town bearing his namesake is again embroiled in its own 21st-century duel over a proposed cell phone tower.

Concerned Marin residents gathered in March for a hearing to discuss the plans of NSA Wireless, on behalf of Verizon Wireless, to erect a "monopine"—a cell-phone tower masquerading as a 50-foot-tall tree—on a ridgetop at Boy

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