STUPID IS FOREVER Those gangs of thugs and thieves who prey on every jewelry show had unusually rich pickings last June at the giant JCK Show in Las Vegas. Unfortunately for them and fortunately for the industry, the Jewelers Security Alliance did its usual good job of communicating with local law-enforcement agencies, the FBI, and members of the industry to help prevent the gangs from ripping off the ripe targets. Security was tight. When the lights went down on Level One in the Convention Center on the first day, the security forces arrived with impressive speed. And though the presence of the Las Vegas Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) unnerved some attendees with their bristling guns and intimidating uniforms, having them on hand throughout the show was reassuring. After all, who knew when the lights first went out that it was just an electrical problem and not some huge he

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