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When Hollywood Calls the Cops

Producers of crime content collar actual police for use as consultants.Some cop shows shoot for authenticity by using real police as advisers.

Dole Food Dropping Strawberries Before Going Public; Considering Private Sale

As Dole Food Co. prepares to go public again, it has decided to make the transition without one of its local crops – berries.

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Licenser of Eatery Brands Links IPO to Crowd

DINING: Fat Brands plans to fill plate with $24 million through Regulation A+.

Fatburger owner Fat Brands will try to fill its platefrom crowdfunding with a Regulation A+ public float.

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Longtime American Jewish University President Robert Wexler to Step Down

Robert Wexler, who has helmed American Jewish University in Bel-Air for 25 years, is stepping down next June, the university announced Tuesday.

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Local Universities Move Up in National Rankings

L.A.’s major universities moved up in the latest national ranking released Tuesday from U.S. News & World Report, with the California Institute of Technology at No. 10 and UCLA and USC tied for No. 21.

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Wonderful Co. Acquires Pomegranate Grower and Distributor Ruby Fresh

West L.A.-based food and beverage outfit Wonderful Co. acquired Firebaugh-based pomegranate grower and distributor Ruby Fresh Inc. for an undisclosed sum, Wonderful announced Tuesday.

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Port of Los Angeles Extends Local Hiring Agreement

The Port of L.A.’s Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved a 10-year extension on a labor agreement that seeks to continue hiring workers from the harbor area and from high-unemployment communities in the city.

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Hotel Looks to Book Crowds From China

HOSPITALITY: Sheraton eyes San Gabriel Valley boom.

A Chinese developer checks in to the hotel business to serve the San Gabriel immigrant community.

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M.B.A.s Fade Slightly Into Business Background

EDUCATION: Programs see decline in enrollment as new alternatives attract students.

Enrollment in master of business administration programs at Los Angeles County colleges and universities fell last year as students sought out cheaper alternatives, according to data from the Business Journal’s annual list of largest M.B.A. programs.

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Fatburger Franchisor Fat Brands Inc. Plans Public Offering; Agrees to Acquire Homestyle Dining

Fatburger is getting a friend. The burger chain’s Beverly Hills-based parent company Fat Brands Inc. has agreed to acquire Plano, Texas-based restaurant franchisor Homestyle Dining for $10.6 million, the company announced on Wednesday.

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UCLA, Caltech, USC Fall in Research Universities Rankings

L.A.’s three major research universities – UCLA, California Institute of Technology and USC – have slipped slightly in an annual ranking from Times Higher Education, though UCLA and Caltech still rate in the top 25.

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More Litigation to Come After Beachbody Credit Card Renewal Settlement?

The settlement reached between the city of Santa Monica and Beachbody over the alleged practice of automatic credit card renewals may not be the last word in the dispute.

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USC Testing New Ultrasound Tech for Breast Cancer Screening

The USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center is spearheading clinical trials of a new water mammogram technology for women with dense breast tissue.

Bakery Market Rises With Deal

MANUFACTURING: Buyer of BakeMark thinks national.

BakeMark USA’s baking products prove a hot acquisition target.

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TV Crews Take Focus

Creative Arts Awards Spread Emmys’ Spotlight

Creative Arts Emmys offer star status to the TV industry’s lesser-known and lesser-paid crews.

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