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Cedar Rapids lingerie shop owner loses city appeal

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - The owner of a lingerie store in a Cedar Rapids strip mall has lost an appeal of a city decision and must remove sexually oriented adult items from her inventory.

The Gazette reports that the city's Board of Adjustment voted 5-0 on Monday to deny Patricia Edmonds' appeal of a decision by the city's Building Services Division. It had classified her shop as an "adult entertainment establishment" that sold items that could be sold only in adult establishments allowed in only specific areas of the city.

Edmonds had acknowledged selling sexually oriented items, including adult magazines, videos and sex toys that sit behind a walled-off area at the rear of the store.

On Monday Edmonds said she'll appeal the board's decision in court.

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