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Charge filed in 30-year-old slaying of kind-hearted Fort Worth, Texas, pawnshop owner
Fort Worth Star Telegram
In a world where profit is often king, pawnshop owner Melvin Lavine's compassion trumped the usual way of doing business. Though required to hold onto pawned items 90 days, Lavine preferred to wait 120 days to give his Fort Worth, Texas, customers a little extra time to raise the money to reclaim their possessions. He accepted sometimes bizarre or worthless items — including old shoes — just because he knew some customers were in desperate need. "I have one of his customer's wooden legs," said one of his daughters, Alison Lavine. "That customer died, the family came into the pawnshop the next day to pawn it. They didn't say anything to him. He didn't say anything to them. Daddy just gave them whatever it was they wanted. He knew they were never going to come back for it. "He had a heart," Alison Lavine said.
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Gun debate spurs interest
Amarillo Globe-News (column)
The gun debate is raging and splitting our country at the core. A simple check of social media will reveal how passionate people are about guns and gun control, no matter which side of the fence they stand on. This debate has led to a record level of gun sales.
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RamZ's staff hoping to find some local pawn stars at Indiana pawnshop
Journal and Courier
Since it began airing back in 2009, RamZ's customers having been watching "Pawn Stars" and telling Randy Ramsey that he has them beat. "Pawn Stars" — which airs on the History Channel and is in its sixth season — tells the daily stories of a Las Vegas pawnshop. Now, in honor of his Lafayette, Ind., store's 25th anniversary, Ramsey is ready to try his hand at the format.
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James City Planning Commission in Virginia backs pawnshop zoning
Williamsburg Yorktown Daily
Using a stack of Monopoly money, Suzanne Stern demonstrated her interpretation of how pawnshops function during a public hearing before Virginia's James City County Planning Commission meeting. She piled the bills on top of the lectern to demonstrate a hypothetical situation in which a she pawned family heirlooms to help make ends meet after losing her job, but never earned enough to buy back the beloved items and instead incurred more and more debt because of the interest rate and late fees.
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Gold edges up but firmer dollar weighs
Reuters
Gold rose slightly, but investment demand remained subdued as the dollar firmed and European shares edged away from multi-year highs on weak Chinese economic data and worries about Italy. Analysts expected the metal to remain within a range of $1,560 to $1,590 an ounce. With major macro economic data lacking during the week, the market continues to monitor the dollar's movements to determine trading direction.
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Tips and tricks for you to research the social Web
Small Business Trends
Without a doubt, research is incredibly important in every industry. You not only want to research a specific topic in your field or a topic that interests you, but you want to research – how to research. It's research that powers Google and gives search engines such importance. In the world of online marketing, there is plenty of talk that discusses how to improve social media marketing or tips to complete a certain action regarding social media.
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Deadline nears for Oneida County, NY, pawnshops to register.
Utica Observer-Dispatch
As pawnshops and secondhand stores continue to register their businesses under a new Oneida County, N.Y., law, police agencies hope this strategy will help nab those crooks who try to hock stolen property. Pawnbrokers have until April 1 to license their businesses with the Oneida County Sheriff's Office and also register through the website LeadsOnline.com.
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Pawnshop owner is a dark horse to watch in San Antonio City Council race
San Antonio Express-News
For those keeping score at home, here's how to pick out Shirley Gonzales from the six-candidate field currently jostling for the District 5 City Council seat. She's the only woman; she's the only Iron Man Triathlon competitor; and she's the only pawnshop owner.

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The 7 stages of small business success
Small Business Trends
With 28 million small businesses in the U.S., it's hard to be a member of planet earth and not have a personal connection to small business. Small businesses play a critical role in the economy, making them a hot topic of discussion.

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How to provide more benefits without busting the bank
Entrepreneur
Providing benefits that meet employee needs and mesh with all the laws isn't cheap. Benefits probably add 30 to 40 percent to base pay for most employees. That makes it crucial to get the most from these dollars.

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Senate panel backs crackdown on clandestine gun sales
Reuters
The Senate Judiciary Committee backed President Barack Obama's call to crack down on the clandestine trafficking of firearms, marking the first votes in Congress on gun-control since a school massacre last year prompted calls for action. On a largely party-line vote of 11-7, the Democratic-led committee approved a bill to make it a federal crime to engage in "straw purchasing," or buying of guns on behalf of those who are prohibited from owning them.
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Pawnshop robber in Tampa, Fla., nabbed outside a casino
with $300,000 in jewelry

Tampa Bay Times
Hours after he held up a Tampa, Fla., pawnshop at gunpoint, a man was arrested outside Seminole Hard Rock Casino with more than $300,000 in jewelry and cash, police said. Alexander Escarrama, 36, of Tampa faces charges of armed robbery with a firearm, armed kidnapping with a firearm and violation of probation on previous robbery and grand theft convictions after Tampa police said he was stopped outside the casino with $300,000 worth of jewelry and $25,000 in cash.
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Arkansas House approves pawnshop data legislation
The Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle
The Arkansas House passed a measure requiring all pawnshops in the state to electronically send to law enforcement their records of who is selling property. The measure, which is aimed at helping criminal investigations, would mostly affect rural pawn shops that aren't already uploading the information to a secure tracking system, according to Tim Collier, president of the Arkansas Pawnbrokers Association.
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4 payday loan myths
U.S.News & World Report
While those surveyed thought payday loans were necessary, given dire financial circumstances, a majority walked away feeling as though they’d been taken advantage of. In truth, payday loans are such poor financial instruments that many traditionally poor financial decisions are better alternatives. If this is the case, why do people still use them?
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Some unusual items at Oklahoma pawn and antique shops
Tulsa World (blog)
Last year, while working on the "Everyday People" portrait series, I talked with Ray Rose who works at Rose Pawn in downtown Tulsa, Okla, says John Clanton, writer for Seen, a weekly feature in Tulsa World. I asked him to tell me about the most unusual item they had in the shop. He brought out a prosthetic eyeball and laid it on the counter.
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