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PUTTING A LOCK ON THE KEY

Ted Nugent won't be getting a key to this city. And the "Motor City Madman" isn't all that broken up about it.

Nugent was scheduled to get an honorary key Saturday at an annual outdoor show, but Mayor Hal Daub changed his mind when harsh criticism of the outspoken rocker began to circulate.

"I have no negative feelings whatsoever. He's got to do what he's got to do, and I've got to do what I've got to do," Nugent said Friday at his Michigan ranch.

Daub said the decision was not personal. "The decision was clearly made when I was informed Thursday that this was going to be potentially divisive," he said.

Ingrid Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, had sent Daub a letter asking the mayor to reconsider his plans.

"With violence in our society more out of control than ever, what on earth are you doing giving a key to the city to Ted Nugent, one of today's most visible symbols of bigotry, hatred and destruction?" Newkirk wrote.

As an avid hunter and outdoorsman, Nugent said he is a constant target of PETA and adamantly denied Newkirk's accusations.

"To think that I'm hateful is preposterous. I'm the most compassionate, caring, activist, generous . . . (person) that ever played a guitar," he said.

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