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Fighting Organized Retail Crime Takes Center Stage in Myrtle Beach at CLEAR Conference

By on December 17, 2019

first_imgThe 2018 Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail (CLEAR) Conference was held October 9-11 in Myrtle Beach, SC, with 180 attendees enjoying the 14 sessions, vendor interactions, and networking opportunities over the three-day span.Even after dodging Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael, the 180 conference attendees received a wide variety of training opportunities, from the impact of opioids on retail crime, federal resources in organized retail crime (ORC) investigations, leadership and case building, advancements in credit card fraud/identity theft, to an eye-opening presentation on the tragic active shooter incident at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando.- Sponsor – A highlight of the conference was presenting awards for the law enforcement and loss prevention investigations of the year.Those awards went to the following recipients:Loss Prevention ORC Investigation of the YearRuben Banuelos, Senior Organized Retail Crime Investigator, The Home Depot Ben Schwartz, CIT, Senior External Investigator, The Home Depot This award was presented for diligence and tenacity in identifying, tracking, and partnering with local law enforcement to locate and arrest two suspects in a major nationwide ticket switch/refund fraud case, with a known loss of $300,000. This case exemplifies the value of loss prevention and law enforcement partnerships. Curt Crum presents the award to Ben Schwartz Curt Crum presents the award to Ruben BanuelosLaw Enforcement ORC Investigation of the Year #1Detective Charlene Tombaugh, Huntersville NC Police This award was presented for an investigation involving at least 10 different departments over a period of 10 years, investigating larcenies and armed robberies of jewelry stores within a 200-mile radius with a final total loss involving $4,436,794.59. Law Enforcement ORC Investigation of the Year #2US Department of Homeland Security, Trade Enforcement Group – Houston, TX Special Agent Robert Skidmore, Special Agent Eric Lehman and Research Specialist Robert Garcia For dismantling a major organized retail crime criminal enterprise, which caused over $30 million in losses to retailers in nearly every state. Far beyond the financial losses caused to our businesses, the case expanded into critical areas of public and consumer safety, by identifying suspects involved in counterfeiting prescription drugs, human trafficking and large-scale fraud.Plans are already underway for the 2019 conference, to be held October 28-31, 2019 in San Diego, CA.  Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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TOP PICKS: 15 Can’t-Miss Concerts In Philly For Black Music Month

By on December 12, 2019

first_img Julian King at Underground Arts Wednesday, June 3 | Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street | $15 | Pop, R&B, Soul Julian King works hard to perfect his craft. And, with the release of his latest single “Unforgettable” and an upcoming headlining show in Philly — there’s no doubt that this Philly-bred singer/songwriter is ready for his time in the spotlight. MORE INFO Beanie Sigel “The Return” Concert at The TLA Saturday, June 6 | The TLA, 334 South Street | $37-60 | Hip-hop Philadelphia-bred rap veteran Beanie Sigel brings it home to The TLA on South Street for what will be one of his first major appearances in a while. Grab tix for this show to relive why many still hail the Philly native as one of the greatest rappers of all time.  MORE INFO Charlie Wilson at The Mann Center Sunday, June 7 | The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Avenue | $35-125 | R&B, Soul Nine-time Grammy-nominated artist Charlie Wilson is bringing his acclaimed Forever Charlie tour to Philly for an “unforgettable night” at the Mann this summer with special guests KEM and Joe. The party goes down on Sunday, June 7th for a night of R&B, Billboard-topping hits like, “Without You,” “Charlie, Last Name Wilson,” Magic,” “There Goes My Baby,” “Can’t Live Without You,” “You Are,” “Life of the Party” and “My Love Is All I Have.” MORE INFO King Britt & HPrizm Present The Buddy System Monday, June 29 | Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N Frankford Avenue | $8  Philly, two of the country’s finest creatives are teaming up at Johnny Brenda’s in Fishtown for the next edition of The Buddy System. This new monthly music series curated by Philadelphia musician, DJ and producer King Britt and New York City-based composer, producer and performer HPrizm returns to the JBs for another dope event. The catch? All of the artists will be a surprise. MORE INFO Bilal Album Release at World Cafe Live Tuesday, June 30 | World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street | $75-175 | Soul, R&B Philly’s #1 son of soul, Bilal returns home to celebrate the June 30 release of his new collaborative album with producer Adrian Younge, In Another Life. Known for his undeniable grooves, electrifying stage presence and soaring vocals, the Philly-bred soul singer has a cult following of fans that span the globe. This show is a guaranteed sell out, grab your tickets now. MORE INFO In 1979, legendary songwriter/producer and founder of Philadelphia International Records Kenny Gamble, along with broadcast executive Ed Wright, founded the Black Music Association, which established June as Black Music Month by decree from President Jimmy Carter.   In 2000, the United States government officially recognized Black Music Month after radio personality and celebrity media coach Dyana Williams and Congressman Chaka Fattah tirelessly pushed to get the African American Music Bill passed through legislation. For this Philly 360° Black Music Month guide, we’re resurfacing our exclusive with Dyana, who is also fondly referred to as the “Mother of Black Music Month.”  Check out the below video to get her breakdown of how Black Music Month came to be.  Then, browse this list of over 15 shows that will go down in and around Philadelphia during the month of June. D’Angelo, Bilal, Wiz Khalifa and more — no matter your musical taste, we’ve got something for you. Check it. Philly 360° Black Music Month 2015 Top Picks Femi Kuti at World Cafe Live Tuesday, June 9 | World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street | $25-38 | World, Afrobeat, Funk Son of Afrobeat founder Fela Kuti, Femi struck out on his on long ago to continue in his father’s legacy of preserving his music while producing socially-conscious, hip-moving, funky-infused songs that move audiences all over the world. Don’t miss it as Femi returns to World Café Live in June. MORE INFO Sitin’ In With Koyaki At The Kimmel Center Wednesday, June 17 | The Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce Streets | Free | Jazz, Urban, Hip-hop Once a month on Wednesdays, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts opens its doors and stages to some of the city’s hottest musicals talents for the popular Philadelphia music showcase, Sittin’ In. This month’s show is hosted by the indie Grammy-nominated emcee and producers, Kokayi with performances by Emcee Ciara and DJ Danophonic. MORE INFO Roman Gianarthur & Clean Bandit at Underground Arts Monday, June 15 | Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street | $20 | Urban, Soul, Pop This singer songwriter is a part of Janelle Monae’s Wondaland Arts Society collective. A multi-instrumentalist, producer and artist, Roman is sure to shut it down when he hits the stage. Be sure to check out his single “I-69.” It’s a winner. MORE INFO Grits & Biscuits at The TLA Saturday, June 20 | The TLA, 334 South Street | $20 | Hip-hop If you’re into country, down south flavor, then Grits & Biscuits is probably already on your radar. This Dirty South-influenced party makes it way to The TLA on June. MORE INFO Fall Out Boy & Wiz Khalifa at Susquehanna Bank Center Wednesday, June 10| Susquehanna Bank Center | $37-85 | Hip-hop In support of their latest projects, American Beauty/American Pyscho and Blacc Hollywood respectively, Fall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa team up for a summer tour that is set to touch down in over 40 cities across the U.S. This tour includes opening performances by Hoodie Allen and DJ Drama.center_img MORE INFO DMX at The TLA Thursday, June 11 | The TLA, 334 South Street | $50 | Hip-hop Veteran rapper DMX lands back in Philadelphia this month. Get up close and personal as he bring his signature hardcore, raw rap styling straight to the stage of South Street’s TLA. MORE INFO Can’t-Miss Shows In Philadelphia(M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia) Jodeci at Tower Theater Thursday, June 25 | Tower Theater, 69th & Ludlow, Upper Darby, PA | $40-45 | R&B, Soul An iconic 90s R&B group, Jodeci redefined music for our generation. Reunited and on the road, the guys lands in Philadelphia for an unforgettable night of R&B/Soul at Tower Theater on June 25. MORE INFO Curren$y at The TLA Friday, June 26 | The TLA, 334 South Street | $34 | Hip-hop Lousiana-based rapper Curren$y brings his smart lyrics and high-energy onstage presence to Philadelphia for this one-night-only hit at The TLA on South Street. Keep your eye out for Philly 360°’s official contest for this show. MORE INFO SWV at World Cafe Live Sunday, June 21 | World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street | $35-65 | R&B, Soul With a GRAMMY nod and WE TV tv docu-series “SWV Reunited” on the horizon, SWV is on the road to connect with fans and perform hits from their discography. You can catch the Philly stop on their reuinion tour at World Cafe Live. MORE INFO Ibeyi at World Cafe Live Monday, June 22 | World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street | $20 | World Ibeyi sing in English and Yoruban, and have created a minimalist sound that merges elements of their heritage with their natural love of modern music as teenagers growing up in Paris, citing artists such as James Blake and King Krule amongst their wide range of influences. MORE INFO D’Angelo at The Keswick Theatre Tuesday, June 23 | Keswick Theatre, 291 N Keswick Avenue, Glenside, PA| $75-175 | Soul, R&B D’Angelo, the internationally beloved soulster is on the road performing music from Black Messiah live for fans around the globe. On June 23, D’Angelo — accompanied by a masterful group of musicians dubbed The Vanguard — brings his Second Coming Tour to the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, PA. MORE INFOlast_img read more

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Hollywood turns out for NBA All-Star Game in LA

By on November 28, 2019

first_imgLATEST STORIES Late night host Jimmy Kimmel, “Black-ish” actor Anthony Anderson, New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr., rapper Chance the Rapper and director Spike Lee were also in attendance at Staples Center, and basketball greats Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jerry West and Bill Russell all sat together.However, it was the latest Marvel superhero film which debuted at No. 1 in the U.S. and Canada with a record-breaking weekend haul of $192 million that made its presence best known during the NBA’s showcase event.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingIndiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo delivered a thunderous jam while wearing a Black Panther mask he received from the film’s star Chadwick Boseman during the slam dunk contest on Saturday night. It wasn’t enough for Oladipo to advance to the finals, but the first-time all-star was thrilled to show his love for his favorite superhero.“I’ve seen the movie already,” Oladipo said. “It was nothing short of amazing.” Team Stephen was leading Team LeBron 100-97 late in the third quarter.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rapper Pharrell Williams, right, performs with N.E.R.D during halftime of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)Stars came out for Hollywood’s NBA All-Star Game, but the weekend belonged to Hollywood blockbuster “Black Panther.”Actor and noted Lakers fan Jack Nicholson, rapper Snoop Dogg, singer Rihanna and comedian Chris Rock were among the many celebrities sitting courtside.ADVERTISEMENT BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Judiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe MOST READ Federer overpowers Dimitrov to win 97th career title ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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