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Need cash? Own a Bentley? Take a pawn ticket
The New York Times
Editor's note: Suttons & Robertsons is opening its first location in New York City this month. Once they open, the publicly held companies will no longer be just Cash America, EZ Corp, and First Cash Financial. S&R is owned by Dollar Financial Corp., another publicly traded company.

Walk into the Suttons & Robertsons showroom on the East Side of Manhattan, N.Y., and it looks like any high-end retailer or auction house: necklaces glittering with diamonds, sapphires and emeralds fill the display cases, and sterling silver knives, forks and spoons sit on a wooden table fit for a monarch. In the private room in back are bigger, shinier versions of the jewels out front. High on the wall is a royal-looking coat of arms bearing the likenesses of two lions, with the date of the company’s founding underneath: 1770. Only on closer inspection does it become clear that between the lions are three balls dangling from a hook — the international symbol for a pawnbroker.
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Pawnshops prize gun deals
Aberdeen News
During hunting season, people buy lots of shotguns and rifles from pawnshops. As the season winds down, though, pawn customers are more interested in letting go of guns. After hunting season concludes, Sixth Avenue Pawn in Aberdeen, S.D., is more apt to buy and provide loans for guns, says general manager Jenni Flannery.
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Mississippi attorney general seeks execution date in pawnshop slaying
The Associated Press via The Sun Herald
The attorney general's office has asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to set an execution date for death row inmate Erik Wayne Hollie. Hollie was sentenced to death by a Copiah County jury after pleading guilty to capital murder in 2010 in the fatal shooting of Wesson Pawn Shop owner Denmon Ward. Authorities said the 54-year-old Ward was shot to death during a robbery at his shop on Sept. 8, 2009.
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Q+A: 'Hardcore Pawn' star Seth Gold takes inventory at 2014 CES
Las Vegas Sun
CES is for more than tech execs and gadget geeks — for Seth Gold, star of TruTV's "Hardcore Pawn," the trade show means an important opportunity to network and keep up with the fast-paced tech world that helps drive business at his family's pawnshop, American Jewelry and Loan, in Detroit.
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Apple device thefts fueling rise in larcenies in New York City
The Wall Street Journal
New York City became a much safer place in the past 12 years — unless you're the owner of an iPhone or iPad. While the city saw dramatic decreases in most major crimes during the tenure of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, one category has remained nearly unchanged: grand larcenies.
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Pawn activity leads Hernando, Fla., detectives to make arrests in home burglaries
Tampa Bay Times
A Spring Hill, Fla., man has been charged in connection with a half-dozen recent residential burglaries, all within a few miles of his home. Hernando County sheriff's detectives say suspicious pawnshop activity led them to 29-year-old Robert Musselman. A detective researching pawn activity recognized Musselman's name as a defendant in past burglary cases and noted
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GoldMoney Group adds bitcoin to its precious metal vaults
CoinDesk
GoldMoney Group, one of Britain's largest precious metal storage firms, has added bitcoin to the list of commodities it is willing to store in its vaults. Established in 2001, the firm currently stores precious metals worth in excess of $1.4bn in secure vaults across five countries.
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How to drive decisions without saying a word
Inc.
All too often, leaders seek to build support for an idea by talking — a lot. They go on and on about why the decision is a good one — detailing its benefits, the reasons others should support it, and the path forward. There's passion and excitement behind the talk, and the leader lets it show through in the form of focused enthusiasm. At best, he is pegged as long-winded, overbearing, and insecure. At worst, the decision doesn't get made because no one buys in or it's pushed through despite active resistance that will almost certainly derail implementation.
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Florida teacher accused of pawning school items
Sun-Sentinel
A social studies teacher has been suspended without pay for pawning school property, Broward County, Fla., school district officials said. Robert Jennings, 45, a teacher at Northeast High in Oakland Park, is accused of stealing an Apple laptop computer, three projectors and a DVD player last school year and selling them at two different pawn shops, according to a school district administrative complaint.
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Perfecting the social media balancing act in 2014
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Social media has now been around for years. No matter the industry, you know you have to be on social media — especially in 2014. It's the perfect blend of advertising and public relations.

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Wendy Davis vs. Greg Abbott: Looking for pay dirt on payday lending
The Austin American-Statesman (blog)
The first week of 2014 has offered a very nice preview of the mano-a-mano combat between the respective gubernatorial campaigns of Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, and Attorney General Greg Abbott that will likely come to characterize the marquee rivalry of the political year in Texas - even before they get past the March primary, in which each faces his or her own opponents.

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What's behind the recent bump in gold prices?
Bloomberg
In this video, Bloomberg's Julie Hyman and Bloomberg Tradebook's Greg Bender put gold futures in focus in "On The Markets" on Bloomberg Television's "In The Loop."

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US unemployment rate drops to 6.7 percent
UPI
The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 6.7 percent in December with a far-lower-than-expected 74,000 new jobs, the Labor Department said. The jobs total was way below the 200,000 new jobs economists had expected and the 182,000 jobs per month average for the year.
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10 tips for organizing your small business this year
Small Business Trends
Even if you don't mind a little mess and dust, too much clutter can add to daily stress and chaos. Clutter exists because we think that everything is important. With the new year, toss out whatever is outdated, no longer relevant or a duplicate.
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