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Oct. 19, 2012 at 6:00 AM
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Replica Civil War village up for auction

INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Billie Creek Village, a 70-acre replica of a Civil War-era village in Indiana, is being split into three sections for sale, an auctioneer said.

Jeff Doner of Key Auctioneers said the current owner, businessman Charlie Cooper, decided to have the property, about 56 miles west of Indianapolis, auctioned during the upcoming weekend and it will be sold in three sections, the Chicago Tribune reported Thursday.

The replica village began as an outdoor museum in the 1960s to teach about life during and after the U.S. Civil War. Cooper shut the attraction down last year because it was proving to be unprofitable and taking up too much of the businessman's time, Doner said.

Sheriff: No floss for inmates

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Oct. 18 (UPI) -- A Florida sheriff said jail inmates will not be supplied with dental floss, despite four lawsuits filed by inmates.

Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said he will not give in on the issue, despite four lawsuits from inmates who want floss to be available in the jail commissary and are seeking damages for "pain and suffering," the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported Thursday.

"I don't care if they file 400 suits, they're not getting it," Bradshaw said. "You're not the mayor. This isn't the Ritz-Carlton."

Bradshaw said dental floss is not allowed in the jail because it can be easily turned into a weapon or a rope.

"We're not going to give them something that could easily be turned into something else," he said.

Christmas market nixes nativity scene

HELSINGBORG, Sweden, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Organizers of a Swedish Christmas market said there will be no nativity scene in order to keep the market "politically and religiously independent."

Eva Asare, who was working to organize the nativity scene at the Christmas market, located at Fredriksdal Gardens and Museums in Helsingborg, said the two churches planning the display received an email from market organizers saying the nativity scene would not be allowed in order to allow the market to be a "politically and religiously independent operation," the Swedish news agency TT reported Thursday.

"I am devastated and think they are crossing a line here. What are they celebrating at Fredriksdal? Is it just a commercial affair?" Asare said.

Asare described the decision as a sign of "blatant fear of religion."

"Are you allowed to sell a straw star -- that's also a religious symbol? Are you allowed to sing Christian carols in concert? And what about the advent calendars?" Asare said.

The cultural board of the local authority said it will review the decision.

Poll: New Jerseyans want ID smile rights

TRENTON, N.J., Oct. 18 (UPI) -- A poll of New Jersey residents indicates residents want the right to smile for ID photos and the ability to kick "Jersey Shore" out of town.

The Quinnipiac University telephone poll of 1,405 New Jersey residents, conducted Oct. 10-14, found 62 percent of respondents disapprove on the state's ban on smiling for driver's license photos while 17 percent said they approve of the restriction.

"Dealing with the Motor Vehicle Commission is not something to smile about, but Garden State voters want the right to grin and bear it," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "Wealthier voters, who presumably have more to smile about, are most opposed to the ban on smiling for driver's licenses," by 69 percent to 15 percent.

The poll also found 72 percent of respondents support a proposed law to give towns more say over whether reality television shows are filmed in their neighborhoods. The law was inspired by the MTV show "Jersey Shore."

"New Jersey voters are smiling to see the last of Snooki and her crew. They think 'Jersey Shore' was bad for the state and they think towns should have more power to keep 'Real Housewives' and other reality TV under control," Carroll said.

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