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The effort to stop the ban on plastic bags in Seattle has a new wrinkle.

Some 75,000 petitions have been inserted into newspapers in the city, including The Seattle Times, according to a story by our news partner KING5.

The man behind the petition is Craig Keller, who told KING5 that he spent about $8,000, most of which was his own money, to insert about 59,000 of the petitions into The Times. The rest went into the West Seattle Herald and the Ballard News.

The Seattle City Council on Dec. 19 passed a ban on thin plastic shopping bags that includes grocery, retail and convenience stores. The ban also calls for a 5-cent charge on paper shopping bags. There’s no charge to customers who bring their own bags. The ban goes into effect July 1.