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The Original 'Makers': Meet Brooklyn's 91-Year-Old Cobbler

Frank Catalfumo began making shoes in a small shop in Brooklyn after returning from World War II. The 91-year-old is still at it, five days a week.


"The neighborhood was very, very, very friendly," he remembers. "Everybody was friends with each other. There were five shoe repair shops in the radius of three blocks at that time."

Back then, New York was the richest city in the world, thanks to its manufacturing culture. This beautiful video, the latest in New York-based photographer and director Dustin Cohen's Made in Brooklyn series, gives us a peek into those bygone days.

In some ways though, Brooklyn is resurrecting the trend. It's home to the Maker movement (the leading 3D printing company, MakerBot, is based in the Williamsburg neighborhood) and there are even made-in-Brooklyn guided walking tours that take tourists through the past and future of manufacturing throughout the borough.

"I think there is this resurgence of interest in mechanical things, more analog things," says David Sokosh, a watchmaker featured in episode two of the series. "Less hooked into the web or into your cell phone."
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Jim Browning is a YouTuber from the UK who has an amazing ability to catch scammers in the act.

In this video, he responds to a scam email claiming he bought a laptop by breaking into the scammer's computer. In the process he uncovers where the scammers work, their banking information, and even their personal identities.

"I got an 'invoice' email telling me that I had paid for a $3800 laptop," Browning writes on his YouTube page. "No links... just a phone number. It's a real shame that these scammers emailed me because I was able to find out exactly who they were and where the were."

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Danielle Reno of Missouri left her car running and it was stolen by thieves. But she wasn't going to let her car go so easily.

For 48 hours this owner of a pet rescue tracked the charges being made on her credit card. Ultimately, she found her car at a local Applebee's, and then went after the thieves.

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Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders took aim at former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg onstage at Wednesday's Las Vegas Democratic debate, likening the billionaire businessman to President Donald Trump and questioning his ability to turn out voters.

Sanders began by calling out Bloomberg for his stewardship of New York's stop and frisk policy that targeted young black men.

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