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Popular new tourist attraction is a History Channel phenomenon
The Las Vegas Sun    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Forget about the view from the re-created Eiffel Tower on the Strip. Fuggedaboutit — the faux New York skyline, in this case — and the dancing fountains splashing sky-high to Italian opera. The newest and most unexpected tourist attraction in Las Vegas is headed up by four of the most unlikely TV stars. Incredibly, 1,000-plus people wait in line every day for entry, and earlier this week, 6 million people watched it on television. According to one TV ratings company, another 3 million watched the same night's later re-run. More



Compromise would shield payday lenders, pawnbrokers and car dealers from oversight
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Payday lenders, pawnbrokers, car dealers and other companies that make loans but do not hold bank charters would be shielded from the scrutiny of a proposed federal consumer protection regulator under the terms of a tentative compromise between senators who are attempting to craft a bipartisan bill. Under the proposal, the regulator would hold broad authority to write rules protecting borrowers, but officials would make regular compliance checks only at banks and, for the first time, at mortgage lenders, a step that still would exclude some of the nation's largest and most controversial lending industries. More

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Unemployment climbed in 30 U.S. states, fell in nine
Bloomberg via BusinessWeek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Unemployment decreased in nine U.S. states in January, led by an improvement in Michigan that demonstrates factories are driving the economic rebound. Michigan's jobless rate fell to 14.3 percent, still the highest in the nation, from 14.5 percent in December, according to figures issued by the Labor Department in Washington. Nationwide, unemployment unexpectedly fell to 9.7 percent from 10 percent, the Labor Department reported last month. More

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Pawnshop owner running for mayor does not mince his words
The Gainesville Sun    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
While Richard Selwach inspected a flat-screen TV a potential seller brought into his pawnshop in Gainesville, Fla., he had the video of a televised mayoral candidate forum running on his computer. As the moderator posed a question about congestion, Selwach rushed over to watch, explaining that he could have answered it better. More

EZCORP to present at CL King's West Coast Best Ideas Conference 2010
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EZCORP, Inc. announced that Joe Rotunda, EZCORP's chief executive officer: Paul Rothamel, president and chief operating officer; and Brad Wolfe, chief financial officer, will present at CL King's West Coast Best Ideas Conference 2010 on March 18. EZCORP provides loans or credit services to customers who do not have cash resources or access to credit to meet their short-term cash needs.  In its pawnshops, the company offers non-recourse loans collateralized by tangible personal property, commonly known as pawn loans.  More

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New pawnshop to open in former McDonald's building
The Associated Press via The Wilson Daily Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Interior renovations are under way at the former McDonald's restaurant in Wilson, N.C. Chad Sharpe, owner of QC Hickory, purchased the building and started interior renovations about six weeks ago. He plans to open a Quick Cash Pawn store inside the building. More

Cash4Gold launches new television spot with MC Hammer
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Cash4Gold, the trusted industry leader in mail-in gold buying, has launched a new television campaign starring celebrity spokesman and three-time Grammy Award winner MC Hammer. It is Hammer's first appearance in a Cash4Gold ad since the much talked-about 2009 Super Bowl ad featuring the rap icon and the late television legend Ed McMahon. More



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Getting new customers? Make sure old ones are happy, too
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What is customer service? That was the discussion that I listened to between two hair stylists a few months ago at the hair salon, USA Today columnist Gladys Edmunds' writes. One said that even when you don't feel like it, schmoozing the customers was excellent customer service. The other said that schmoozing a customer was nothing more than "kissing up" and he refused to stoop to such levels. After about 30 minutes of the debate, the schmoozer, whom we will call Isaac, decided to get a second opinion. That's when he asked me what I thought. More

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