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1 In 3 Designer Items Sold Online Are Fake

According to new research by fashion retailer Crossroads Trading, which surveyed 1,000 adults, one in three people who had ordered a designer item online were left furious when a counterfeit product arrived on their doorstep.  The online retailer advises that consumers be more wary about purchasing high-end items - particularly if they come from an unknown retailer.  SO how can you spot a fake?  here is a small list:

1. On non-vintage Louis Vuitton monogramed products, the LV will never be cut off and the LV monogram will always be symmetrical, no matter which way you look at it.

2. The soles of Christian Louboutin shoes are always made of leather, painted bright glossy red. To imitate this look, many fakes are created with a plastic or resin sole.

3. The back pocket on fake Chanel quilted purses is often the wrong size, usually bigger than the real version with a diamond quilted pattern that lines up imperfectly. Also, the leather on the inside flap should be perfectly flat and smooth, not wrinkly.

4. To spot a fake pair of Air Jordans, scrutinize the lace holes. Fake Air Jordans usually have all holes in a straight line for easier construction, instead of having each hole spread out wider than the subsequent hole.

5. On Coach logo bags, the 'C' pattern should look like there is no break in the pattern, even at the seams and pockets.

6. For Gucci handbags that have hardware, the hardware will be made of solid metal and will not flake or chip. Some pieces may be engraved--and if so--the engraving will be clean with a high quality finish. Also, check that the stitching on a Gucci handbag is very straight, neat, even and clean.

7. For True Religion jeans, the red Buddah printed on the inside should never be faded. On a real version, the Buddha will never fade, no matter how many times you wash them.

8. UGG boots are made by an American company called Deckers, Inc. and are made in China. Shoes that say they are made in Australia are fake.

9. On Tory Burch Classic Revas flats, look very carefully at how the buckle is adhered - it should be on a separate piece of leather with metal reinforcements right behind the buckle. For all designer shoes, make sure nothing is glued on - ever - because that is a sure sign of a fake.

10. When purchasing used designer items, assess the wear of the items. Almost all designer items are well-made and should stand up to the test of time. If the item has tears, broken pieces, or is coming apart at the seams - it is most likely a fake.

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Man Celebrates 101st Birthday Meal and Gets A Refund

A cute story about a New Hampshire man who celebrated his 101st birthday at a restaurant that discounts your birthday meal based on your age.  You'll love what happens!
-Chris Malone

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Maybe This Is Why You Are Tired All The Time

Feeling drained?  Make sure you aren't falling into one of these 14 energy-zapping habits.

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New Sketch & Video Of Man Suspect In 3 Recent Attacks On Women

Police have released a composite sketch of a man they want to question in connection with three recent attacks on women on or near campus August 30th and September 7th. Police have also released a new video of a man walking behind the Stadium PolicClub Parking Garage throwing an orange traffic cone into the street, near where the first attack occurred Aug. 30. Police are looking for a white man, 6 feet 3 inches tall or taller, and of medium build. There have been no more reported attacks since Sept. 7, Tobias said, but he urged students, employees of UF and residents to remain vigilant.
Anyone with information on the case can contact GPD detectives at 393-7658. Tipsters can also provide information anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 372-7867. Also texters can provide information anonymously by texting the keyword GPDFL plus the tip to 274637.

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Fourth Sexual Assault Attempt In A Week

In addition to two attempted sexual assaults last weekend, Gainesville & University Police are now investigating a 4th that happened early Friday (9/5) morning in the library west section of UF.  This follows a 3rd attack, reported Thursday morning (9/4) just after 2am on NE 15th Street in Gainesville. The first attack was reported on Saturday (8/30) at 9:20pm. with the suspect attacked a 21-year-old woman on the 1800 block of NW Second Avenue.  Five hours later, about 2am on Sunday (8/31), a man fitting the description from the earlier attack emerged and pulled a woman into a patch of bushes near the 400 block of NW 13th Street. In all 4 incidents, the description of the suspect is the same: heavyset white man in early 20s; 6 feet 5 inches tall, with close-cut brown hair and a tightly cropped beard. most recently, the man was wearing an orange shirt and blue cargo shorts. If you have seen a man fitting this description or have any other information, please call GPD at 392-1111.
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Three Steps To Take To Keep Your Photos Safe From Hacking

Federal officials continue to investigate hacking claims that led to the online leaks of nude pics of stars such as Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton. Reports indicate that as many as 100 celebrities might have been hacked (and their photos saved) leading to speculation that more clandestinely-acquired celebrity nudes might be leaked in the future.
A bug in Apple's iCloud, the company's cloud system that automatically backs up some phone data, may have played a part in the hack. Apple is investigating. Check out these 3 easy steps you can take to keep your phone photos safe from online hacking

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Primary Election Results For The Heart Of Florida

Here are the results of Tuesday's primary election from the Supervisor of Elections.  Just click on your county.

Alachua County Primary Election Results
Marion County Primary Election Results
Levy County Primary Election Results
Gilchrist County Primary Election Results
Citrus County Primary Election Results
Bradford County Primary Election Results
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Move Over Nutella And Make Room For Cookie Butter

For those times when slathering peanut butter on something just isn't enough, there is now cookie butter. Louise Kramer with the Specialty Food Association says, "Cookie butter has become a really big thing in 2014. It really is a treat that appeals to the American consumer in a new way." The cookie butter debuted in 2007 on a Belgium TV show, and the first flavor was based on a European cookie called "specloos"-- a cinnamon biscuit similar to a graham cracker. Now companies are expanding flavor varieties to appeal to classic American tastes, with flavors such as graham cracker and cookies & cream. Kramer points out another appeal of cookie butter, saying, "Parents don't want their kids to dip into raw cookie batter with eggs so it's a great alternative to get to lick cookies right off a spoon."

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I must admit, I'm a big fan of this stuff!  So far the only place I've found it is Trader Joe's but I'm sure other stores have it too.

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Easy Trick Helps You Avoid Drinking Too Much Wine

Wine can help you relax at the end of a long week, but how do you know when to stop pouring? A new study finds that pouring just half a glass of wine can be a successful way to prevent drinking too much. Researchers studied pouring habits of a group of participants and say that those who stuck to pouring half a glass, or to stop pouring two fingers from the top of the glass, tended to pour out 20 percent less than those who did not follow a rule. Study author Laura Smarandescu says, "It's a big difference. We would suggest using a rule of thumb with pouring because it makes a big difference in how much people pour and prevents them from over-drinking."

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Web Sites Match Sing Dog Lovers With Other Single Dog Lovers

If you love your dog so much that you want it to be involved in your search for a date, there are websites for that. Sites such as and are connecting dog lovers with one another. Many of the sites recommend users bring their dogs on their first dates as a kind of ice breaker, and of course to see if there's chemistry between the pooches. Michal Strahilevitz, a professor of marketing says, "Having a theme that is...about one's passion makes it feel like you are looking for a needle in a smaller and far more relevant and appealing haystack." Still, not all agree it's a good idea, dating expert Trish McDermott says, "To squeeze doggie behavior under the first date just another way to uncover the fatal flaw of an otherwise potential romance."

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