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Law targeting pawnshops may impact Syracuse, NY, record store
CNY Central
Fans of The Sound Garden music store are afraid proposed law targeting pawnshops could close downtown Syracuse, N.Y., business. The city is trying to fight the problem of stolen goods being sold at pawnshops. Since The Sound Garden sells used CDs and DVDs, it would be affected by the proposed amendment to the Second Hand Dealer Law.
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Mason City, Iowa, pawnshop expands, relocates
Mason City Globe Gazette
A Mason City, Iowa, pawnshop recently expanded and moved downtown. Select One Pawn opened on April 1. Tyler Fites originally opened the business last July, said his mother-in-law Teri Witter, who also works in the business. "We needed more space," Witter said. "We thought downtown would bring a little more business."
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'Pawn Stars' cast named Realscreen Awards' Personalities of the Year
Realscreen
The cast of History's reality smash "Pawn Stars" has been named as the Realscreen Awards' Personalities of the Year. Comprised of members of the Harrison family, who run the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas, as well as family friend and colleague Austin "Chumlee" Russell, the cast will be recognized at the fourth annual Realscreen Awards presentation, to be held June 5 at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica, as part of the upcoming Realscreen West market and conference.
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Former Ohio deputy sent to prison for stealing gold
The Cincinnati Enquirer
A former Hamilton County Sheriff's deputy was sent to prison for two years for stealing $150,000 in gold from his employer. Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Martin sent Chad Brehm, 39, of Delhi Township, to prison for two years following his April plea to aggravated theft in exchange for prosecutors dropping two other charges.
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Pawnshops help police crack down on crime
KOKI-TV
When FOX23 ran into Brandy Burgess-Buchanan, she was thumbing through her receipts of items she said were stolen out of her home.… Burgess-Buchanan was holding out hope her items may have been brought to the pawnshop.
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Pawnshop rules may spill over to consignment
Boston Globe
Kevin Kish is holding court at a sunny table outside his Boston consignment store. Friends and neighboring business owners shout hellos from the sidewalk while he does paperwork. Customers drop off Coach bags and Prada shoes, hoping to sell them and split the proceeds with Kish.
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Reality TV's new stars: Small businesses
The Associated Press via Artesia Daily Press
There's no business like small business. Mix the high stakes of running a small business with a dash of family drama and throw in a camera crew and you get hit reality television shows such as "Pawn Stars," "Welcome to Sweetie Pie's" and "Duck Dynasty." Turning small business owners into stars has become a winning formula for television producers, but some businesses featured in them are cashing in, too.
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Wealth gap among races has widened since recession
The New York Times
Millions of Americans suffered a loss of wealth during the recession and the sluggish recovery that followed. But the last half-decade has proved far worse for black and Hispanic families than for white families, starkly widening the already large gulf in wealth between non-Hispanic white Americans and most minority groups, according to a new study from the Urban Institute.

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Arizona bill recognizes gold, silver as legal currency
CBS News
Did you leave your wallet at home? It could be no big deal if you live in Arizona, where you may soon be able to pay for goods and services with gold and silver.

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Gold's biggest drop in 30 years fails to deter advocates
Bloomberg
A drive to recognize gold and silver as legal currency, rather than trust in U.S. dollars, is forging ahead with bills in six states, even after gold lost 13 percent of its value over two trading days last month. The gold-as-currency movement, fueled by distrust of federal monetary policy and concern that the dollar may be devalued, suffered a setback last week as Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a bill that would have made Arizona the second state to recognize gold and silver coins as legal tender.
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What squirrels can teach you about networking
ThoughtLeaders
You folks know that fable about the squirrel and the grasshopper, right? The one where the squirrel works his tail off all summer while the grasshopper parties like there's no tomorrow — only to find himself in dire straits when winter strikes? Career networking, it turns out, is a lot like this story.
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Nail your company "About Us" page: 5 tips
Inc.
Most of us have websites for our business, but it's interesting to notice how often the all-important "About Us" page is overlooked and seems to be more of an afterthought than the attention-getting, customer-seeking powerhouse it should be.
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