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LAUSD Superintendent Michelle King to Retire to Focus on Cancer Illness

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Michelle King on Friday announced she was retiring to focus on fighting a cancer illness that forced several prolonged absences last year.

Tetra Tech Acquires Australian Engineering Firm Norman Disney

Pasadena-based consulting engineering services firm Tetra Tech Inc. announced on Jan. 17 that it has signed an agreement to acquire Australia’s Norman Disney & Young, an infrastructure engineering design firm that focuses on environmentally friendly buildings, for an undisclosed amount.

L.A. Coliseum Plaza Named for Orange County Donors

The peristyle plaza at the soon-to-be-renovated Los Angeles Coliseum, home of USC’s Trojans football team will be named the Julia and George Argyros Plaza in recognition of a $7.5 million gift from the Argyros Family Foundation, located in Costa Mesa.

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Pomona College Tops Among Local Schools for Best Value: Kiplinger’s

Pomona College climbed into the Top 10 in the nation for best value colleges, according to the February issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine.

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Goldberg Segalla Opens Downtown Office

Buffalo, N.Y.-based law firm Goldberg Segalla announced Tuesday that it opened downtown its first California location.

Canter’s Deli Co-Owner Dead at 58

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Gary Canter, co-owner and grandson of the founder of famed Fairfax eatery Canter’s Deli, died late Tuesday at age 58, according to statements from the restaurant and family released Wednesday on Twitter and Facebook.

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Environmentalists Sue Again in Attempt to Block Cadiz Desert Water Project

Downtown Los Angeles water developer Cadiz Inc. is back in the courthouse. A coalition of environmental and health safety groups filed a lawsuit in federal court late Tuesday seeking to overturn a federal government agency’s recent decision that would allow Cadiz to build a pipeline for its planned Mojave Desert water project.

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Santa Monica Nets First Successful Prosecution Under New Minimum Wage Law; Gift Shop to Pay Back Wages

The owner of LA Boutique Gift Shop inside the JW Marriott Hotel in Santa Monica has pleaded no contest to minimum wage violations and agreed to pay employees $11,000 in back wages, the city of Santa Monica announced Monday.

MNX Global Logistics Acquires Australian Transport Firm

MNX Global Logistics, a Long Beach-based global provider of specialized transportation and logistics services, acquired Melbourne, Australia-based Logical Freight Solutions, company officials announced Wednesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Sedgwick Shut Down: L.A. Office Set to Close

Sedgewick LLP, an 84-year-old global law firm based in San Francisco, will close its doors by the end of the year, laying off nearly 50 attorneys and staff in Los Angeles, a company official said.

L.A. Business Schools Climb in Latest Rankings

Three Los Angeles business schools rated among the nation’s best graduate MBA programs, with each moving up in rank this year, according to Bloomberg Businessweek’s 2017 list of Best Business Schools.

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Office Building Near LAX to be Converted to Hyatt Hotels

A 13-story office tower near Los Angeles International Airport will be converted into a 129-room Hyatt House and a 272-room Hyatt Place Hotel.

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L.A. Firm Secures $17M Settlement from Opus Bank

Opus Bank is settling for $17 million a class-action shareholder lawsuit brought by Los Angeles-based Glancy Prongay & Murray alleging the Irvine company misled investors about the quality of its loans.

Report: Creative Artists Agency Signs Japanese Baseball Star

Move could signal a jump to Major Leagues.

Shohei Otani, a star pitcher/outfielder in Japan, signed with Creative Artists Agency to represent him in his transition from the Japanese League to Major League Baseball.

Departure of Bouchon Rattles L.A.’s Restaurant Industry

The news last month that world-famous celebrity chef Thomas Keller would close the Beverly Hills location of his French restaurant Bouchon on Dec. 31 came as a surprise to some in the L.A. restaurant industry.

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