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Second-Grader Takes on City Hall to Save Ducks

Seven-year-old Jessica Maladecki knows how to get an ambitious political agenda through a body of grizzled lawmakers, and a family of ducks is safer for her skills.

When the Westland, Michigan, girl saw a mama duck padding across a busy neighborhood road with her babies in tow, she wondered why there wasn't a sign warning drivers to slow down for the bird brood. She turned her concern into action, stowing a petition in the handlebar basket of her purple bike and going door-to-door, getting neighbors along Koppernick Road to lend their names to her effort.

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