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The skinny: Circus critters could liven up living rooms

Carousel comforts

Circus critters could liven up living rooms

If childhood memories of carousel rides are your thing, you have a chance to travel down memory lane. Going on the auction block Sept. 25 are intricately carved carousel horses, tigers and bears and exquisitely rendered circus posters. Guernsey's in New York will auction the 60 antique circus posters and 50 carousel horses and other menagerie figures from the early 1900s. Items for sale include a chariot and five figures from a carousel that stood in Dorney Park when the Allentown, Pa., amusement park opened in 1901 and a life size tiger owned by a 50-year-old woman whose parents bought it for her when the Kiddy City Amusement Park in New York closed in 1964.

Gnome nostalgia

They look just as good in the yard

There is more stuff going on the auction block elsewhere, but some things are best left outside. Office supplies, computers, tools, even vehicles — people can buy those at the annual auction in Gillette, Wyo. Then there are the 143 lawn gnomes sitting in the evidence room at the Police Department. More were reported stolen over the past year and recovered in May. Owners collected some, but the 143 are ones no one wants back. The city plans to offer them at auction today. Two teenage girls are in trouble for the gnome roundup in northeast Wyoming.

Microsoft error

Xbox blocks gamer over town's name

Microsoft Corp. and the chief rules enforcer for Xbox Live are apologizing to a West Virginia town and a gamer accused of violating the online gaming service's code of conduct by declaring he's from Fort Gay — a name the company considered offensive. It didn't work when Josh Moore, 26, tried to tell Microsoft and the enforcement team at Xbox Live to Google it. Or check the U.S. Postal Service website for a ZIP code. His gaming privileges were suspended until Moore could convince higher-ups the location in his profile, "fort gay WV," wasn't a joke or a slur. The ZIP code for the community of about 800 in Wayne County, along West Virginia's western border with Kentucky, is 25514.

You live where?

It's really a quiet, upright area

If you live on Lustful Court, you have to expect some nudges, some winks. But those who live on the street, on the east side of Macon, Ga., say they're tired of being kidded and want the street's sin-friendly name changed. Bibb County Commissioner Lonzy Edwards brought up a possible name change Tuesday after receiving complaints. Lustful Court resident Michelle Washington said the name sparks laughter. Yoshonda Patterson said the name gives people the wrong idea about the neighborhood. Commissioners said they will consider the change if residents start a petition.

Compiled from Times wires and other sources.

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