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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - December 16, 1999, Darmstadt, HesseThursday december 16, 1999 stars and stripes Page 13 december shopping is Tough but even tougher for the Blind by Joy Russell Perez the associated press Morristown n. J. Crowded stores Long lines and Short tempers it s another hectic holi Day season. But if getting from one packed department store to the next in t already a Challenge shoppers who need an extra set of eyes to help them Navi. T7 Gate face an even i co to places tougher situation. Malls Are the hardest to get around in especially this time of year because the aisles jut out said Christina Brino 37, who has been Blind since birth. Some malls also have bus Shel others so i Dot t ters right in the Middle of the Park ing lot so the bus drops me off far from the Entrance. And regal does t like escalators so we have to take the elevator she said. Regal is a 4-year-old, 50-Pound Golden retriever and Labrador re Triever mix. She s been Brino s constant companion As a seeing Eye dog since March 1997. Brino who Heads Morris county s office for the disabled left her one bedroom Morristown apartment on a recent sunday with regal holding the dog s har Ness with the slightest grip. Where people know me because they take very Good care of me. And i prefer going out Vith have it keep asking where things Christina Brino Blind since birth steins department store several blocks from her Home. That s Why i go to places where people know me because they take very Good care of me. And i prefer going out with others so i Don t have to keep asking where things prodded with words of encouragement regal led her master to the front doors of the crowded department store where Brino ran her hands Over the doors to find the handle. It was now up to Brino to find the counter that sold gift certificates no Small task considering the hordes of people standing around Glass counters and sales Assis Tants scurrying about with Poten tial customers. However Brino did have the advantage of walking through the store Many times before and found her Way to the elevator with Little trouble. A clerk soon recognized her and guided her in the right direction. We re very conscious of hav ing displays since people like Christina have come through Here to learn How to get around in a store said Betsy Fetz a store manager at Epstein. The aisles Are wide and the Blind and their newly a Christopher Barth the associated press guide dog regal helps her owner Christina Brino of Morristown n.j., find the exit of Epstein department store in Morristown. Regal trotted slightly in front of quire dogs from the seeing Brino a fast Walker herself on Eye the nation s oldest institution their Holiday shopping excursion " a to the quaint shops that line Madi son Avenue in Morristown. All people Are less patient with you when you re shopping during the holidays said Brino to train seeing Eye dogs often comes to Epstein to learn How to Man Euver inside a store. The seeing Eye based in Morristown was founded in 1929. Since then the school has As she headed toward the up matched Over 12,000 trained dogs 25 years serving americans in Europe merry Christmas & Happy new year from Abdullah s Oriental rugs to All patrons and friends big Christmas Sale up to 50% off 10% off for special Christmas offer Ramstein air base o. Club tuesday Friday 11 am 2 pm 4 7 pm saturday & sunday 10 . 3 . Ramstein City store am Lanze Busch 7a 66877 Ramstein a. Tel 06371-58770 open monday Friday 10 am 6 , saturday 10 . 4 pm. With Blind peopled states and Canada school spokeswoman Melissa Campbell was trained at the see ing Eye for four months then an other month of training with Brino instructor John Keane in stores and display Racks Are always a Challenge for a dog and so Are people coming out of elevators not expecting to see a dog said Keane. Eventually the dog will learn on its own the movements of the student even to learn when the student will Start to stumble. It s really Amaz ing because we Don t teach them that. It s Courtney Gross of Staten is land n.y., has just begun relying on the help of a seeing Eye dog. Gross 18, began losing her vision at age 5, and was Blind by the time she was 10. The freshman honors student at the College of Staten Island was trained with her seeing Eye dog Over the sum recently went to the Staten Island mall for some serious holi Day went Well but it s hard in a mall situation now because peo ple want to pet him said Gross of Xavior her 2-year-old Golden m not Cool with people talk ing to him either. Adults should realize these dogs have a Pur pose. He s Only been with me for five months but he s a piece of me. When someone touches him it s like they re touching me. I Tell them please Don t pet him be cause he s working right now " Christmas special Boston Baltimore Juk Phila Zielphia Washington Dallas Chicago Newark Houston Phoenix seat be los Angeles san Francisco s4o9 $420 $489 $495 f hot line 069-69593979 phony Mon popular pokemon trading card newest target of counterfeiters by Martha Irvine the associated press Chicago hold them up to the Light. Make sure they re not a Little smudge that s advice from Kenji Morimoto a fifth grader from Evanston 111., who s been carefully scanning his collection of 500 pokemon trading cards for fakes. Kenji s far from alone in his quest to fend off impostors. Law enforcement officials and pokemon creator Nintendo say phony pokemon products from trading cards to stuffed versions of the Pudgy favorite Pik Achu Are showing up around the country As counterfeiters try to grab some illicit Holiday season profits. Fifteen years ago we were get Ting trailer loads of counterfeit cabbage Patch dolls says Marc Woods a supervisory inspector with the . Customs service at Chicago s o Hare International Airport. So far this year pokemon Fak ers have been arrested in at least four states. Customs officials have seized More than $20 Mil lion Worth of counterfeit pokemon goods in the last six months about half of that Trad ing cards says Jodi Daugherty manager of the anti piracy group for Nintendo of America based in Redmond Wash. It s become a big enough prob Lem that Nintendo which owns the marketing License for All pokemon goods has even trained customs officials and police offic ers in new York City and Honolulu to differentiate Between real and fake pokemon cards. Nintendo says Many of the fake products come from Asia where the japanese pokemon products have Long been popular and Long been counterfeited. The fake products were ready to Roll. Fortunately we were ready to Roll too says of 11 real pokemon cards sell for $2.99. But some cards especially first edition versions of such characters As Cherizard and Mew Are resell ing for As much As $100 to $200 apiece in some online auctions. Counterfeits Are often sold in Flea markets or from vending machines though they occasionally pop up online. It is costing us time not Money. We have to make sure that the people who sell fakes Are weeded out says Leonard Tannenbaum president of pokemon , one of several auction web Sites where collectors bid on the cities where arrests have been made Are new York Chicago and los Angeles where 540,000 counterfeit cards were confiscated at two toy whole salers in july. Smaller police departments including one in the North Denver suburb of Thorn ton colo., also have confiscated bogus cards. The largest bust came late last month after Nintendo s Security team tipped off police in Hacken sack n.j., about three suspicious printing plants. Thirteen people were arrested and More than $1 million in cards found. This was t just some Little printing press it was big Bucks says Edward Koeser Deputy police chief in Hackensack. He estimates that since a gust those arrested had been shipping $500,000 to $1 million Worth of cards a week for Sale on the streets in new York and other major cities. It s not like counterfeiting is a new game. Any easy to transport product that makes Money toys clothing watches handbags Likely has a Knockoff. Even babe Ruth s signature says Wood the customs inspector. Nothing is sacred if there s Money to be s not very pleasing to Kenji Morimoto who at age 10, is the heart of Nintendo s target Market. It s not Good he says. His mom Joyce Morimoto takes it More in stride although she is careful to buy his cards from a retailer she knows. If he was into it for the Money i d be concerned about it she says of her son s cards. But he does it for Exchange rates military rates japanese yen 101.00 s. Korean won 1,111.00 German Mark 1.9007 dutch Guilder 2.1416 euro 0.971812 British Pound 1.65 commercial rates Austria Schilling 13.17 Belgium franc 38.42 Denmark Krone 7.01 France franc 6.22 Greece drachma 279.51 Italy lira 1,825.20 Norway Krone 7.62 Portugal escudo 188.01 saudi Arabia Riyal 3.59 Spain peseta 156.04 Switzerland franc 1.53 Bahrain dinar0.37698 Canada Dollar 1.4836 Egypt Pound 3.4215 Germany Mark 1.9516 Hong Kong Dollar 7,7743 Hungary forint 252.48 Israel shekel 4.1854 Philippines peso 40.67 Singapore Dollar 1.6770 Turkey lira 529,630 rates above the line Are available at military banking facilities in Germany the Netherlands the . And Iceland and at facilities in Japan and South Korea. Rates below the line Are inter Bank rates for reference when buying currency on the Economy. All figures Are foreign currencies to one Dollar except for the British Pound which is dollars to �1. Precious metals new York merc close Friday Gold $282.50 Silver $5.18 interest rates prime rate 8.50 discount rate 5.00federal funds Market rate 5.37 3-month Bill 5.368 1-year Bill 5.35030-year Bond 6.30 sources Bank of America associated press

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