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For sale, price unknown: 1987 Twins World Series ring
Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal
Pawn America says it's gotten hundreds of phone calls and emails about one of its items it will post for sale: a 1987 Minnesota Twins World Series ring. "It's a 100 percent authentic 1987 championship ring," said Pawn America Regional Manager Karl Hattman.
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Las Vegas City Council may drop licensing requirement for food servers, pawnbrokers, others
Las Vegas Sun
Restaurant servers, convenience store clerks and pawnbrokers could have an easier time finding work if the Las Vegas City Council votes to do away with a work card requirement that includes mandatory police background checks.
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Woman admits pawning $5,700 stolen violin for $40 to support drug habit
WAVE-TV
A Brooks, Ky., woman admitted to police that she sold a stolen violin for a fraction of its worth to support her drug habit.
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Apple Inc.'s iWatch could bring $17.5 billion in the 1st year, analyst says
International Business Times
First-year sales of the anticipated iWatch could bring $17.5 billion to Apple Inc., according to Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty. Huberty's estimate would have the iWatch outstrip even the impressive $12 billion debut brought by the iPad, according to Apple Insider.
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Secondhand market for personal electronics is hot
Star Tribune via The Columbus Dispatch
As electronic devices proliferate, retailers are seeing record numbers of used laptops, smartphones and tablets being sold for quick cash or credit. Best Buy Co. launched a trade-in program in 2009 for items such as cellphones, video games and computers, and it's getting more popular every year.

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'123456' replaces 'Password' on annual 'Worst Passwords' list
Small Business Trends
The number combination "123456" replaces the only slightly more obvious "Password" at the top of the "Worst Passwords" list compiled annually by password security company SplashData. The list of 25 is compiled from millions of stolen passwords posted online during the previous year.

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10 YouTube alternatives for small businesses
Small Business Trends
YouTube recently began rolling out unlimited video streaming for all users. The Google-owned video site has been demonstrating the worth of online video to individuals and brands alike for years, and has stood out as the go-to video sharing site above its competition.

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Google Glass, coming soon to an eyeglass store near you?
CBS News
Google Glass has been available to a limited pool of deep-pocketed beta testers for many months now. In order to snag a pair, you had to pony up $1,500 and get a special invitation. Those who made the cut could join the Google Glass Explorer program and wear the beta version of Google's wearable Android computer mounted in faux eyewear.
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Springfield City Council approves new ordinance putting stronger regulations on Massachusetts pawnshops, junk dealers
The Republican
The Springfield City Council gave final passage to an ordinance that will have stronger regulations over Massachusetts pawnshops and junk dealers and impose a longer holding period on jewelry and other used goods.
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Stories boards tell — and how to untell them
By Michael J. Berens
Keeping board members on track is never easy, but what do you do when your board falls prey to misinformation — in particular, misinformation of their own making? One member may make a comment, ask a leading question or convey a recent conversation that contains inaccurate information. Before someone knowledgeable can respond, another member has repeated and reinforced that inaccurate information. In short order, the entire board is engaged in debating a story that is riddled with error and unfounded assumptions about a situation that does not, in fact, exist.
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New Indiana pawnshop laws aim to catch a thief
Indianapolis Star
A new Indiana law that aims to catch burglars in the act of selling off their ill-gotten goods will cost local coin shop owners time and money. Bob Dutton of Coin Hut in Vincennes must now pay an annual fee of $150 — $100 goes to the state, and $50 goes to the local police department — and better document every purchase he makes.
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3 easy tricks to give your business a PR boost
American Express OPEN Forum
Even if we're officially full-steam-ahead into 2014, your publicity efforts can always use a boost. You don't need an overly complex strategy; you just need to be willing to use a little elbow grease and some good old-fashioned relationship building. Try one, or all, of these three free and easy tricks to give your PR a boost.
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Items sold at 'Hardcore Pawn' shop linked to Chicago-community burglary
Park Ridge Herald-Advocate
Items that turned up at a well-known Chicago pawnshop led police to arrest a man in connection with a burglary that happened in Park Ridge last October. Detectives, checking digital images of items that had been pawned at various shops, identified Lee as pawning jewelry.
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