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New members in Congress
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A look at the freshmen members of the 113th Congress. Senators are designated by state; representatives by state and district. Eighty-four new freshman House members and 14 new senators are about to take the Hill by storm. More

Colorado pawnbroker arrested on 455 counts
The Pueblo Chieftain    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A pawnbroker was arrested for allegedly violating bookkeeping laws. According to Chaffee County Undersheriff John Spezze, Michael Eugene Shaffer, 53, the owner of Mountain Pawn and Gun in Salida, Colo., was arrested for investigation of 455 counts of violation of required acts of pawnbrokers because he could not produce documentation required by state law. More

Neighbors show support for wounded Sacramento, Calif., pawnshop owner
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Neighbors of a pawnshop owner who was shot in the face said they miss his generousity and friendship. The robbery victim has still not been identified, but dozens of customers and friends have come by La Paloma Cash and Gold in Sacramento, Calif., to put notes and words of encouragement on a large get-well poster they've placed on the front door of the business.

It is now a crime to unlock your smartphone
The Atlantic    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
By decree of the Librarian of Congress, it shall henceforce be ordered that Americans shall not unlock their own smartphones. The penalty: In some situations, first time offenders may be fined up to $500,000, imprisoned for five years, or both. &hellip: That's right, starting this weekend it is illegal to unlock new phones to make them available on other carriers. More

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5 daily habits for effective social media marketing
Entrepreneur    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The number of recommended actions and suggested tasks that social media managers must engage in can seem downright overwhelming. Not only are you supposed to update dozens of different profiles every day, you have to connect with potential new followers and monitor your company's branded keywords in order to manage any negative mentions you encounter. And more. More

The rise of online pawnshops
The Huffington Post Canada    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In recent years we've seen the growth of two market realities that have now come together to create one new and fast growing industry. The first is people's increased comfort with online financial transactions. With better security and growing adoption of online banking and payment, people are increasingly tending to their financial interests through the Internet. The second is a rise in the pawn industry as people look to sell off personal items in order to do any number of things from pay off debts to maintain lifestyle, to grow new businesses where other financing avenues are not available to them. More

Las Vegas: Meet the 'Pawn Stars' and donate to charity too
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
TV's "Pawn Stars," already so well known that fans gather to try to catch a glimpse of the show's filming, may be drawing even bigger crowds thanks to daily autograph sessions at the featured Gold & Silver Pawn shop. And it's for a good cause. More

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Pawnshop tracking to change in Salem, NH
New Hampshire Union Leader    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Salem, N.H., police officials are hoping to begin automatically tracking all purchases made at the town's pawnshops by early March. During a recent selectmen's meeting, Deputy Police Chief Shawn Patten discussed changes under way for town ordinances related to how secondhand dealers and pawnbrokers conduct business. More

Infographic: What really motivates employees?
Entrepreneur    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's no secret that happy, satisfied employees are a key ingredient to a successful company. But what really motivates people? Traditional thinking follows that the more you pay someone, the more loyal and satisfied they are in their job. But, the truth behind employee motivation is a more complicated mix including praise, autonomy and leadership opportunities. More

In the Philippines, pawnshop thieves rented next room
Philippine Daily Inquirer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
They posed as businessmen setting up an ukay-ukay store and pretended to build a cabinet and a table for the shop. They were that "organized." Police are hunting down four men who allegedly robbed a pawnshop in Valenzuela City, Philippines, by boring a hole in the wall and crawling in from a neighboring commercial unit they started renting a week earlier. More

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