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Smartphone theft
5:12 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Outsmart Smartphone Thieves

(center) Assistant Chief James Whalen and (left) Acting Police Chief Paul Humphries
Credit Ann Thompson / WVXU

Smartphone theft is on the rise, in part because criminals can resell the devices for up to $150 a piece.

Police say nearly 900 smartphones were stolen from January to June, a 10% increase from last year. iPad thefts are up 71%.

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Recycling
4:43 am
Fri August 2, 2013

One day event to collect hard-to-recycle items

Credit http://keepcincinnatibeautiful.org/

Keep Cincinnati Beautiful is offering a one-day free recycling event Saturday for hard-to-recycle items.

They'll be taking various kinds of e-waste like cell phones and computer components along with plastic grocery bags and number 5 plastics.

The one-stop-drop will be at the Whole Foods in Rookwood Commons.

Full details:

WHEN: Saturday, August 3, 2013
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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Metro stored-value card
4:31 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Metro stored-value fare card works in all zones

Metro's new stored-value card is used like cash on the bus.
Holly Yurchison WVXU

Cincinnati Metro is introducing a new way to pay bus fares.

The new stored-value card is available in $10, $20 and $30 increments.  Passengers will use the card like cash, along with any discounted fare card. Each time the stored-value card is used the fare amount is deducted and the remaining balance is printed on the card.

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Yard Sale
3:36 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

World's Longest Yard Sale cuts through Tri-State

The yard sale runs from Michigan to Alabama.
Tana Weingartner WVXU

The World's Longest Yard Sale is underway and it runs straight through the Tri-State.

The sale spans 690 miles along US 127 from Addison, Michigan to Gadsden, Alabama.

In Covington, venders line MainStrasse Village with everything from antiques and housewares to jewelry, records, and vintage clothing.

Diana Durham has a small stand with chairs and lots of cookware. She says business is good and she's having a lot of fun. She's visited before but this is her first year as a seller. What prompted the change?

Teen drivers
2:45 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

AAA study shows fewer teens getting licensed before 18

A national study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety finds most teenagers are putting off getting a driver's license, mainly for economic reasons.  Forty-four percent obtain a license within 12 months of the minimum age and 54 percent are licensed before their 18th birthday.  That's a significant drop from two decades ago when more than two-thirds of teens were licensed by the time they turned 18. 

Cause for concern?

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