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Pawnshop donations sweet music to Durham Public Schools in North Carolina
The Durham News
Bob Moulton remembers falling in love with music when his mother bought him a $15 trumpet at a yard sale so he could play in his school band. Moulton, owner of National Pawn in Raleigh, N.C., has donated hundreds instruments and repair funds to the music programs at Durham Public Schools for the past three years. "I realized several years ago that I had access to all these instruments and that there were a lot of kids who were in a lot worse shape than I was," Moulton said.
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Family has hope as Danville, Ky., murder investigation continues
WLEX-TV
It's been a grief filled week for Tony Hockensmith whose brother and sister-in-law were found murdered inside their Danville, Ky., pawnshop on Sept. 20. Police continue to search for who shot Michael and Angie Hockensmith, along with business client Daniel Smith.
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Pawnshops lead police to bulglary suspect
WJFW-TV
A trail of pawned stolen property led police to a Tomahawk, Wis., woman. Police arrested 39-year-old Michell Goersch alleging she was caught pawning a bunch of items from recent burglaries.
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Maryland gun control law sparks record gun sales
The Associated Press via WJZ-TV
Maryland residents have been buying guns in record numbers before a law takes effect Tuesday, Oct. 1, with provisions aimed at helping keep guns away from criminals and the mentally ill, strengthening safety training and banning 45 types of assault weapons.
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Decades-old pawnshop in Minnesota will either be sold or close by Dec. 31
The Fergus Falls Daily Journal
This is not "Hardcore Pawn." There are no bouncers. The owner does not yell at the customers. Rarely do items come into the shop that surprise or intrigue the owner. This is Golden Lakes Pawn in Fergus Falls, Minn., not nearly as flashy or dramatic as some of the pawnshops popularized on television over the past few years.
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Family busines not quite 'Pawn Stars'
Plainview Daily Herald
In business since the 1950s and owned by the Morton family since 1978, Hubbard Jewelry and Pawn in Plainview, Texas, is not quite like the celebrated "Pawn Stars" of History Channel fame. "We don't get many hot air balloons," said Ricky Morton, who owns and runs the shop with his wife Tana. "It's Vegas, it's different types of items."
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Sole proprietorships are among the millions of individuals expected to buy health insurance through the state-based marketplaces which will start enrolling consumers on Oct. 1.

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Gold prices rise on concern about Washington budget stalemate
Los Angeles Times
Gold prices rose for the first time in four trading sessions on mounting concern that U.S. budget negotiations will collapse and lead to a government shutdown.

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Kansas City, Mo., area taking the lead in the online lending industry
Kansas City Star (opinion)
At least six federal agencies have embarked on a much-needed crackdown on Internet short-term lending, a burgeoning industry rife with abusive tactics.

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Common gold and silver pitfalls to avoid
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Investing in gold and silver may seem simple and straightforward, however it is not. There are many types of (quote, unquote) "investments" in gold and silver you will want to avoid.
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Amazon introduces new Kindle Fire tablets
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If you never thought of your Kindle as a tablet before, it's time to re-evaluate that notion. Small business owners and entrepreneurs on the go who need to read, watch online video and do other basic things you would need a tablet to do, take note. Amazon's latest crop of Kindle Fire HD and HDX tablets may be an alternative to high end mobile devices depending upon your needs.
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Minnesota woman charged with stealing jewelry at open houses, pawning items
Forum News Service via Duluth News Tribune
Washington County prosecutors say a Woodbury, Minn., woman made off with thousands of dollars’ worth of jewelry while attending open-house showings.
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How to take control of a difficult conversation
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Has this happened to you? You walk into a room, answer the phone, or open an email, and you're ambushed by someone who's angry about a real or perceived grievance. It could be a client, a co-worker, a boss, or even a family member. What do you do?
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