Voters rejected a ballot measure that would have cleared the way for a colossal Wal-Mart in the Los Angeles, Calif., suburb of Inglewood. Had the measure passed, it would have allowed Wal-Mart to skirt zoning, traffic and environmental reviews. Opponents said the proposal would hurt the community by inviting the supercenter to drive out small business and encourage sprawl. Inglewood voters opposed the measure 60.6 percent to 39.3 percent, according to the city clerk's office. Opponents argued the supercenters amount to low-wage, low-benefit job mills that displace better-paying jobs as independent retailers are driven out of business. They also fear the super-sized stores will contribute to suburban sprawl and jammed roadways.

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