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Nation IN BRIEF : ARKANSAS : Light Show Fails to Dazzle Neighbors

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Since 1986, Jennings and Mitzi Osborne have caused traffic jams as they’ve dazzled passersby in Little Rock, Ark., with their vast and ever-growing Christmas displays, which twinkle with more than 1 million lights. But when they bought the houses next door to expand, neighbors decided they had had enough electrified holiday cheer and went to court. The Osbornes say their light show is their constitutionally protected way of sharing the season’s cheer. Last year’s light show included miles of red lights draped over the house, yard and brick wall. Christmas-tree-shaped masts of lights towered 80 feet above the house. Multicolored lights flashed from a suspended 30-foot globe.


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