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Last Update on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 3:05 AM EDT

Pawn Stars Shopping Center
The co-owner of the Las Vegas shop featured in the reality show "Pawn Stars" hopes a shopping center he's proposing will lure the long lines of tourists who visit his famous store. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Rick Harrison is drawing up plans for a Pawn Star Plaza that could boast six restaurants and about 16 small shops. The plaza would consist of several modular units fit together like a Rubik's Cube. Harrison says he was inspired by the nearby Container Park that's built out of shipping containers commonly found on trains and barges. Harrison's Gold & Silver Pawn Shop is in a gritty area near bail-bond offices and a now-closed tattoo parlor. He says he wants to help the area without using city redevelopment funds.


Lebron-Homecoming
LeBron James' Ohio hometown says fans quickly claimed the thousands of tickets available for the homecoming event expected to be his first public appearance in the state since announcing his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The free tickets for the Aug. 8 show at InfoCision Stadium in Akron were released Monday and were gone within hours. Akron spokeswoman Stephanie York won't divulge how many tickets were offered but says demand was overwhelming. She says organizers hope to make more available. York says the event is more of a show than a party or rally. The stadium holds more than 27,000 people, but it's unclear how much space will be used for the event. James has created big buzz by returning to Cleveland four years after leaving for the Miami Heat.

Brooklyn Bridge-Flags
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says a security breach involving the changing of flags at the Brooklyn Bridge last week is "a wake-up call." de Blasio said Monday police have increased security on all the city's bridges. Police believe four or five people climbed the bridge's two towers on July 22 and replaced the giant American flags with white ones. The operation involved disabling a pair of spotlights and appears carefully planned. The culprits remain at large, and their motives are unknown. de Blasio was in Italy during the security failure at one of the city's most famous landmarks. He says in his first comments about it he's "absolutely concerned." Some people fear a group with more sinister motives could penetrate the bridge's security.

Times Square-Characters
Cookie Monster may soon need a license. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday he believes the people wearing character costumes in Times Square should be licensed and regulated. Dozens of people — dressed as kids' favorites like Elmo, Cookie Monster and Batman — stand near 42nd Street and pose for photos with tourists in exchange for money. de Blasio said the practice has "gone too far." A man dressed as Spider-Man was arrested Saturday after allegedly punching a police officer who told him to stop harassing tourists. The City Council is working on legislation that would require the characters to get a city-approved license. The mayor said even those dressed as superheroes have to "play by the rules or you won't be working here any longer."

Strip Club Endorsement-Candidate
An Arizona strip club has endorsed a Democratic candidate for Congress. And the candidate, the Rev. Jarrett Maupin, says he's happy to have the support of The Great Alaskan Bush Company of Phoenix. The Arizona Republic reports the strip club recently announced its endorsement on a sign that reads: "Jarrett Maupin for Congress 'The Rev.'" Maupin, who calls himself a member of the Progressive Christian Coalition, says employees voted to back him because he supports affordable student loans and all-day kindergarten. Maupin is running in a close race for the 7th District seat against three other Democrats to replace retiring longtime Rep. Ed Pastor. But he can't vote for himself because he was convicted in 2009 of lying to the FBI in a case involving then-Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon.

Snake-Home Invasion
Authorities say officers in New Mexico rushed to a home invasion call and found an unusual intruder — a large snake. Albuquerque police say officers recently removed the reptile after a woman called 911. Officials believe the snake slithered its way into the woman's home, possibly through an open door. The animal was removed and later released in an open space in the city. No injuries were reported.








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