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Pawnshop owner in Maine: 'It feels like discrimination'
Wiscasset Newspaper
Damariscotta, Maine, and a local business will soon meet to discuss a conflict that has been brewing for several months. Maine-ly Pawn will be the focus of a special planning board hearing for an application for a conditional use permit for outside storage. The shop, which features eclectics such as old gas station signs, canoes and buoys outside and antiques and electronics inside, opened in 2013.
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Detroit pawnshop looking to sell Jack Kevorkian's Van
The Associated Press via ABC News
A 1968 Volkswagen van once owned by assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian is up for sale at a Detroit pawnshop even though the late pathologist once dropped it off for scrap. The rusting van needs significant repairs. But the pawnshop's owner, Les Gold, believes the vehicle could sell for about $40,000.
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Poll: Should pawnshops be required to give back stolen goods?
Palm Beach Post
Unlike many states, Florida holds pawnbrokers nearly harmless for dealing in stolen goods. To get a stolen item back, a crime victim is supposed to present proof that the pawned item is theirs, such as a serial number, receipt, and police report. Then, she's supposed to pay whatever the pawn shop paid the thief.
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Pawnbrokers face tough competition as economy improves
The Guardian
The industry claims to cater for up to 11 million people who it says do not have access to bank loans. In recent recessionary years its core customers were joined by a new influx from the middle classes, also in need of short-term finance.
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1 suspect dead, two injured in pawnshop robbery
KHOU-TV
Shots rang out inside and outside of Diamond Pawn Shop in northeast Houston. When it was all over, one suspect was dead, two were in custody, and another was still on the run. "I hear boom, boom, boom and come outside, and they say the pawn shop just got robbed," said neighbor Joann Johnson.
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21 guns stolen from Birmingham, Alabama, pawnshop; reward offered
Al.com
Authorities are offering a reward for nearly two dozen guns stolen during a weekend break-in at a Birmingham, Alabama, pawnshop. Someone broke into Scott's Jewelry and Pawn. About 21 firearms were taken.
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Blue diamonds drive color index higher in 2nd quarter
Rapaports Diamonds.net
The Fancy Color Diamond Index rose in the second quarter, driven mainly by the blue-diamond categories, according to the Fancy Color Research Foundation. Fancy-color diamonds continued to outperform, showing price strength amid a backdrop of declines in their white counterparts during the second quarter.
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Columbia County, Georgia, might revise pawn law
The Augusta Chronicle
Columbia County, Georgia, might revise its new ordinance regulating pawnshops and other buyers of used merchandise, after a local lawyer questioned its constitutionality. The ordinance adopted as county code in April is intended to assist tracking sales of possibly stolen goods, said Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris.
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Making sure you eat: Paying yourself as a small business owner
Forbes
You probably had two objectives when you started your business: to do something you loved doing and to make money. Often, the first part is far easier than the second part. But you need the second part because you need to eat. Making money is a tricky concept. Revenue is not profit. And profit is not necessarily salary. What is coming into the business doesn't always end up in your pocket. You have expenses to pay for taxes, employees, health care, professional expenses, retirement plans and potentially, debt service.
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Posh Pawn: Items worth jaw-dropping amounts are every day business for these British pawnbrokers
The Daily Mirror
Charismatic pawnbroker James Constantinou has an original Banksy worth £150,000 and a £30,000 designer handbag just lying around in his office. It's no big deal. Items worth jaw-dropping amounts come through his door practically every day.
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