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Pawnshop nation
The Atlantic
Junk, clutter, crap, stuff—the rising tide, the rising gorge. Atop the unfixable air conditioner sits the box of unreadable books; somewhere nearby, dustily, sits your collection of plastic forks, and the unanswered letter from your uncle in prison. Are you going to do something about it? No. Never. Not a chance. Like guilt, like apathy, like the zombie host fermenting at the walls of Jerusalem in World War Z, these piles of personalized crud have a terrible negative capacity: They pluck at you and they pull you down. You're helpless. But not quite!
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Ogden, Utah, pawnshop home to 'a million stories,' part of the community
KSL-TV
Pawnshops don't always have the best reputation, but for The Gift House in Ogden,Utah, it's a different story. "We have a pretty big pawnshop. We are Ogden's oldest and friendliest pawnshop," The Gift House owner Scott Vanleeuwen said. The Gift House has been serving the city of Ogden for almost 55 years. Vanleeuwen invites visitors of the pawnshop to sit down, relax and enjoy a cup of coffee.
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Not their father's pawnshop
Mankato Free Press
The History Channel's hit television show "Pawn Stars" features three generations of the Harrison family — grandfather Richard, son Rick and grandson Corey – all working together at the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, on the outskirts of Las Vegas. According to "Pawn Stars", pawning was the leading form of consumer credit in the United States until the 1950s. In fact, pawnshops are still helping everyday individuals to make ends meet in an economy that hasn't been all that favorable in recent years.
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Cash America completes pawn chain acquisition
Fort Worth Business Press
Cash America International Inc. has acquired a chain of 34 pawn lending locations in Georgia and North Carolina. The stores, 31 in Georgia and three in North Carolina, were owned by PawnMart Inc. and operate primarily under the PawnMart brand in both markets.
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Pawnshop owner fights off robbers in small Texas town
KHOU-TV
Four armed men walked into a pawnshop and tried to rob the place — bullets went flying. In the small community of Onalaska,Texas, things like this just don’t happen, according to residents.
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Columbia, Mo., pawnshops conduct business much they way they do on TV
Columbia Missourian
A man bearing an AK-47 walks through the door of a pawnshop, strides purposefully across the room and raises the barrel. The broker behind the counter grabs the weapon. He pulls the bolt, and a round goes flying.
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Deal lets Apple in on China's largest mobile network
Los Angeles Times
Gaining access to an audience it has coveted for years, Apple Inc. said it has reached an agreement to sell the iPhone through China Mobile Ltd., the world's largest mobile phone carrier with 763 million subscribers. The deal is expected to help Apple reignite its sales growth, which has slowed over the last year.
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Memphis police: 3 guns stolen from Tennessee pawnshop
WREG-TV
Three stolen guns are now on the streets of Memphis, Tenn. Police said two shotguns and a rifle were taken during a pawnshop burglary in Raleigh. The guns were stolen Dec. 2, but police are just now telling the public about it. The surveillance video shows a man dressed in all white dart past a Christmas tree inside AA Pawn.
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Precious metals bear is in its final throes
Gold Seek
The Fed decision was the catalyst for the final breakdown in precious metals. Gold closed at a new low, below $1,200 and the gold shares also closed at a new low.
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The single most important habit of successful entrepreneurs
Entrepreneur
In his book No B.S. Time Management for Entrepreneurs, business coach and consultant Dan Kennedy reveals the steps behind making the most of your frantic, time-pressured days so you can turn time into money. In this edited excerpt, the author describes the one habit you should adopt — and stick to without fail — if you want to be successful.
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Cash America closes on Georgia PawnMart locations
Atlanta Business Chronicle
Cash America International Inc. closed its deal to buy 31 PawnMart Inc. stores in Georgia and three in North Carolina for $61 million.

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Harlem, NY, cops vs. iGrinches: Police in upper Manhattan, NY, trying to stop stores from selling stolen iPhones, iPads
New York Daily News
Harlem, N.Y., cops are flooding pawn shops and electronics stores, trying to slice the re-sale of stolen iPhones, iPads and other popular Apple gadgets, store owners and police sources said.

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truTV rings up more episodes of breakout hit 'Hardcore Pawn'
TVbytheNumbers
In advance of the season 8 premiere of "Hardcore Pawn", truTV is already heading back to Detroit for more episodes of the breakout hit. "Hardcore Pawn" is an eye-opening look at one of the country's largest pawnshops and the family that runs it.

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'Pawn Stars' Season 8, Episode 19: 'Another Christmas Story, Part 1"
Atlanta Black Star
In a recent episode, get into the holiday spirit with the Pawn Stars as the guys compete in a Christmas card competition. With a giant prize on the line, how far will they go for the win? Then, an original puppet from Jim Henson's Creature Shop comes in the shop. Will Rick pull some strings in order to make a deal?
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