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New York City Prepares For 10th Anniversary Of September 11 Attacks
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Value of Sept. 11 Anniversary Memorabilia May Be Short-Lived

Don’t get caught up and overspend on 9/11 mementos

The Better Business Bureau advises caution when purchasing 9/11 memorabilia this coming weekend which sees the country observing the 10th anniversary of that fateful day.

VICTORIA, Texas – With the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks approaching, Better Business Bureau is advising consumers that the value of most memorabilia and commemorative items is sentimental; Prices for many items will likely drop over time.

Patriotic websites are promoting magnets, pins, flags, clothing, license tags, license frames and jewelry, among other items as a way to remember the anniversary. Sellers are also marketing commemorative items on auction sites like eBay, where the seller must rely on emailed questions and online photos to determine an item’s value.

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Back to School means Tax Free weekend for many shoppers.
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Back to School Shopping Tips for the Tax-Free Holiday

The fine folks at the Better Business Bureau were kind enough to put together a list of shopping tips for our readers for the Sales Tax Holiday coming up this weekend. For those who might be partaking of the Tax-Free weekend for the first time, and even for shopping veterans, some of the tips are invaluable. Be sure to take a close look before you shop because "Back-to-School" sales don't always mean you're making the most of your money.

Annual Sales Tax Holiday runs Aug. 19 – 21

VICTORIA, Texas – The 13th annual Sales Tax Holiday, or Tax-Free Weekend, begins Friday and runs until Sunday. Consumers can expect to save approximately $8 for every $100 they spend on most clothing, footwear and school supplies priced less than $100. A full list of items that qualify can be found on the Texas Comptroller’s website here.

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The copper wiring in air conditioning equipment is a tempting target for thieves
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Help Shut Down Copper Thieves

BBB Offers Tips to Protect Against Would-Be Scrap Metal Thieves

VICTORIA, Texas — Copper thieves can wreak havoc on a home or business, dismantling air conditioning units, plumbing and more in hopes of getting scrap to sell. With the cost of scrap metal increasing, Better Business Bureau warns consumers and business owners to take precautions.

Copper thieves have cost residents and businesses thousands of dollars and created an additional challenge for law enforcement, since stolen scrap metal is difficult to track.

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Possible damage from strong winds and storms may lead scammers to your neighborhood
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Fly-By-Night Contractors May Follow Tropical Storm Don

Possible damage from strong winds and storms may lead scammers to your neighborhood
VICTORIA, Texas — As Tropical Storm Don moves toward the Texas coast, Better Business Bureau warns consumers of potential scams in the wake of storm damage...

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It’s Summertime!

In case you didn’t know from the 100 degree temperatures, it’s Summer time!! For me that means all 3 of my children are at home, for the most part, 24 hours a day. This can be good and bad.

Some of the things I love about Summer include staying in bed until after 8 a.m. Granted, I usually don’t sleep past 6:30, but I do get to lie in bed and snuggle with my babies and try to catch an extra 10 minutes of sleep while they watch cartoons! I also love going swimming. It’s one of the only ways to let the kids expend some major energy while keeping cool and it also usually also guarantees a really good naptime!

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5 Famous Mexican-Americans

Cinco de Mayo is not widely celebrated in Mexico, but is huge in the United States, truly making it a Mexican-American holiday. There are more than 31 million Mexican-Americans living in the United States, a substantial and strong part of the fabric of the US. Here's a quick look at five famous Mexican-Americans:

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The Best Margarita Recipes for Cinco de Mayo
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The Best Margarita Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

Though many argue about who actually invented the margarita, the drink first appeared on Mexican bar menus in  the '30s and '40s. Prepare for your own Cinco de Mayo party by making a batch of the tasty libation: we've concocted a list of the best margarita recipes to help you out.

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