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High-end pawn store opens in Bowling Green, Kentucky
Bowling Green Daily News
A high-end, retail-inspired pawn store in Bowling Green, Kentucky, had a ribbon-cutting ceremony with U.S. Sen. Rand Paul in attendance. The Pawn Company cut the ceremonial ribbon with a crowd of about 50 people. Owner Ryan Renshaw said the "time has come for America to have a facility like this."
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LeadsOnline proves helpful to police departments in South Bend, Indiana
South Bend Tribune
A South Bend, Indiana, man had 11 of his stolen guitars returned thanks to the addition of LeadsOnline as an investigative tool, South Bend police said. While out of town on June 2, the victim had more than $40,000 worth of musical equipment stolen from his home. The victim had a detailed list of the items stolen and with that information area pawnshops were checked, according to police reports. After police found no local hits, the report said, Detective Kelly Waite utilized LeadsOnline to check pawn records outside of the city.
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Incident at Phoenix pawnshop ends with man shot
KTVK-TV
An incident at a Phoenix pawnshop ended with a SWAT team being called in and a man being shot, according to police. Police were called to Amigo Pawn and Jewelry around. A witness said someone, likely either an employee or the store's owner, had barricaded himself into the store.
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Florida's Winter Park Police Department hopes 'Smartwater' will stop burglars
WOFL-TV
A sign in an Orange County, Florida, neighborhood warns would-be burglars that homeowners there are using a new tool for combating theft: Smartwater CSI. "It's the latest and greatest. It's the best way to get property identified," says Officer Lina Strube of the Winter Park Police Department. The liquid comes in a small vial marked with a serial number. The substance inside carries that number, too.
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10 secrets to building trust and credibility with your customers
Entrepreneur
Avoid selling a solution that isn't in the customer's best interest. Sometimes you just don't have the right solution at the right price. If that is the case, it is always best to be honest with the customer, instead of proposing something which you know will not fully deliver the outcome the customer is looking for.
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Pawn jewelry in New York at Newyorkloan.com
Motor E magazine
New York is an international business hub where many business people have the status of celebrities. There are many well heeled people in this city and they have an image to maintain. Unlike popular belief, these moneyed people also run into financial crisis from time to time. It is under these circumstances that they need to pawn jewelry New York.
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On Capitol Hill, a brief simulation of what poor Americans go through each day
The Washington Post
U.S. Rep. Daniel Kildee, D-Michigan, had just finished voting on highway construction funding before he was rushed to a meeting room and thrust into the anxiety-ridden world of Ann and Albert. The role play was a part of an hour-long exercise to help those working on Capitol Hill understand the day-to-day life of low-income families. About 60 staffers and interns, in pinstripe suits and pencil skirts, were pretending to be poor. Surrounding them were meeting tables that represented pit stops: The homeless shelter. The bank. The pawnshop. The grocery store.
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Gold prices rise as clashes erupt in Ukraine
The Associated Press via ABC News
Gold for June delivery climbed $19.50 to settle at $1,302.90 an ounce. Silver for July jumped 50 cents to $19.55 an ounce. The Ukrainian government launched what appeared to be its first major offensive to regain control of an area held by pro-Russian separatists.

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MIT nanocrystals can use your iPhone to ID fake money and drugs
Fast Company
Most of us know the Secret Service as the black-suited organization employed to protect the President. But in reality, the service was created toward the end of the Civil War, before Lincoln was assassinated, to crack down on counterfeit currency. Because up to a third of all money at the time was counterfeit.

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Should you disclose that a diamond's a trade-in?
JCK magazine
We have heard a lot lately about recycled diamonds. At an informative discussion on trade-ins last week at the American Gem Society Conclave (ably summarized here), a retailer raised a loaded question: Must a jeweler disclose to a consumer if a diamond, or piece of jewelry, is pre-owned?

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Ezcorp sees large growth in short interest
Ticker Report
Ezcorp was the target of a significant increase in short interest in the month of June. As of June 30, there was short interest totalling 6,611,597 shares, an increase of 138.5 percent from the June 13 total of 2,772,479 shares, Analyst RN reports. Approximately 13.4 percent of the shares of the company are sold short. Based on an average daily volume of 1,692,276 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 3.9 days.
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Richard Mille's million-dollar-plus sapphire-cased watches
Forbes
Close to the top-end of the luxury watch market are these three highly limited production Richard Mille watches with cases produced from sapphire crystal. Each costs over a million dollars, with the new for 2014 RM 56-02 watch priced at over two million dollars. Rare and extremely exclusive, these are a uniquely "transparent" take on ultra-luxury. Synthetic sapphire is a major part of modern watch manufacturing.
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16 US cities where women actually earn more than nen
Fast Company
You've probably heard the figure before: the average full-time working woman earns just 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. This, despite the fact that since 1967, the number of women working in the United States has been steadily rising — from 29 percent to 46.9 percent in 2012. Women continue to make strides in workforce participation, yet not all female laborers are treated the same across the country. It turns out, where women live impacts how much they make and how equal their earnings will be to their male counterparts.
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