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Pawnshop perfection in Providence, RI
Providence Media
The new and improved Reliable Jewelry & Loan in Providence, R.I., provides an amazing shopping option for people looking to get a bit of bang for their buck. Unlike some other pawn shops that are dirty, dingy and intimidating, Reliable is clean and airy, with high ceilings and extremely friendly and helpful employees. The family-run business, owned by Jon and Pamela Gizzarelli, has been serving the community since 1922.
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Phone unlocking will be legal again, with help from the White House
Bloomberg Businessweek
After a brief stint of illegality, it now seems increasingly likely that Americans will regain the right to unlock their phones. The White House sent a petition to the Federal Communications Commission, seeking to rewrite its rules and to force mobile carriers to let consumers take phones to rival networks. A bill working its way through Congress would do more or less the same thing and has drawn support from the wireless industry.
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County in Georgia may change another gun ordinance
Douglas County Sentinel
The Douglas County, Ga., ordinance – 12.67 – reads, "No pawnbroker shall receive of or purchase a blackjack or sawed-off shotgun, and no pawnbroker shall display in the window or shop any such weapon for sale."
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The perfect storm that's going to make diamonds more expensive
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Diamonds may be forever but their supply certainly isn't. What happens when millions of new potential customers enter the diamond market while some of the world's biggest mines close shop?
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New rules for pawnshops and donation bins in Battle Creek, Mich.
Battle Creek Enquirer
Battle Creek, Mich., city commissioners adopted ordinances meant to improve tracking of stolen goods at pawnshops and to regulate donation bins around the city.
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Gold falls below $1,300 on bets Federal Reserve will reduce stimulus
Bloomberg
Gold futures fell to the lowest in almost six weeks beneath $1,300 an ounce on speculation that the Federal Reserve will scale back U.S. fiscal stimulus, crimping demand for the precious metal as a store of value.
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Plan for 2-week holding period for pawnshop items draws skepticism
Foster's Daily Democrat
Some skepticism of a proposed new ordinance by the Rochester, N.H., city council was recently voiced. Councilors discussed whether to impose a holding period on items submitted to second-hand shops and pawnshops.
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How many guns are for sale online in your state?
TIME
Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis originally attempted to purchase an assault rifle from a Virginia gun shop, the New York Times reported, but had to settle for a pump-action shotgun because state law prohibited the sale of the military-style AR-15 to an out-of-state buyer, even though Alexis passed a background check.
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How to find the necessary funds for your business
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What is the toughest challenge for an entrepreneur? Most times, it's finding the appropriate funds to launch the business and then grow it. So, how do you embark on this task?

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Pawn Stars' Rick & Corey Harrison: Big payoff for big guys dreaming big
The Philippine Star
It's a dark night, and darker still on this stretch of the Las Vegas Boulevard in the city of sin. The Gold & Silver Pawn Shop juts out of lot number 713, and remains brightly lit like a mercury lamp. Despite the Nevada chill in February, people — like moths — are inevitably drawn within.

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Cyber attacks on the rise at small businesses
American Express OPEN Forum
Small-business owners rely on technology to run their businesses more than ever before, from smartphone apps to websites to cloud computing. All of this technology use, however, dramatically raises the odds that a business will get hit by a cyber attack — and face potentially big losses and downtime because of it.
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Long work hours hinder success
Inc.
Conventional wisdom says that success comes from spending plenty of extra time at the office. Unfortunately for those who suffer from this delusion, long work hours make people less rather than more productive.
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