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Man on trial in 30-year-old Fort Worth, Texas, murder
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Benjamin Bewley is 50 years old and standing trial for a murder he is accused of committing when he was a teenager. Melvin Lavine, the man Bewley is accused of fatally shooting, was a pawnshop owner known for the compassion he showed his customers, Tarrant County, Texas, prosecutor Pamela Boggess said. Lavine, 61 at the time of his death, was asleep with his wife on March 13, 1983, when someone broke through the glass back door of his house, ripped the phone cord out of the wall, demanded money and then shot him four times.
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8.41-carat purple-pink diamond may fetch $15 million
Forbes
The top lot at Sotheby's Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite Autumn Sale will be an 8.41-carat pear-shaped internally flawless fancy vivid purple-pink diamond. It is expected to fetch $12.8 to $15.4 million at the Oct. 7 auction.
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Vista Pawn back-to-school backpacks
Boise Weekly
It's back-to-school shopping time, and after stops at the big-box stores, the art supply shop and a place to pick up a milkshake for the tyke, the trunk of your car contains more back-to-school supplies than could possibly fit into a backpack. … Vista Pawn is reducing the hassle of back-to-school shopping and slashing its cost with its Back-to-School Backpack Event.
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Thieves steal $4,000 worth of rifles from Pine Bluff, Arkansas, pawnshop
KARK-TV
"You can put bars on the window, you can put locks on the doors, it's not going to stop them. It's just going to slow them down." Brad Tarter says the store has taken every security measure, locks, bolts, chains, safes. "A lock is for an honest man. They're going to find a way in somehow so the best thing you can do is just be prepared for so you don't lose anything," says Tarter.
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Emmys promo spoofs 'Pawn Stars'
FOX News
We think Rick Harrison is probably getting a kick out of this one. The guys from Gold & Silver Pawn were spoofed in a promo for the upcoming Emmy Awards. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul star in the "Pawn Stars" themed ad.
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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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4 social media mistakes every business should avoid
Intuit Small Business Blog
As far as your small business is concerned, social media can be a great force for good — attracting prospective customers, boosting sales, being part of the online conversation, and even helping you become a greener business. But when you commit certain rookie mistakes, you risk undoing all of your hard-earned social media achievements.
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Burglary suspects arrested after attempting to sell stolen tools at Central Pennsylvania pawnshop
WPMT-TV
Two suspects in a Lebanon County burglary are arrested after attempting to sell stolen tools at pawn shop. Kristina Miller, 26, of Jonestown, and Kenneth Shuey, 20, of Palmyra were taken into custody by Pennsylvania State Police.
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Strong earnings push Gem Diamonds shares to more than 2-year high
Reuters
Diamond miner Gem Diamonds Ltd. reported an 87 percent jump in first-half underlying core earnings as it sold more rough stones at higher prices and said it expected prices to remain strong in the second half.
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How to break away from toxic people to achieve success
Small Business Trends
Successful, happy, likable people tend to be able to set boundaries better than others and are good at speaking up for themselves in a respectful yet firm fashion. For others, especially some who are highly sensitive, it can be a real struggle to set boundaries using assertive speech.
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