WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court yesterday agreed to review the constitutionality of a Massachusetts tax on milk wholesalers as the justices opened the court's 1993-1994 term by taking action in a number of cases affecting municipalities.

The court, issuing orders in nearly 1,500 cases, also agreed to decide the constitutionality of a Ladue, Mo., ordinance prohibiting the display of lawn signs, a dispute that promises to refine the limits of municipal power in regulating speech.

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