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George Lucas Donates $10 Million to USC Film School for Diversity Effort

Filmmaker George Lucas has doubled his support for student diversity at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts with another $10 million endowment. The gift from the George Lucas Family Foundation raises the foundation’s student diversity support effort to $20 million.

Port of Long Beach to Hand Out $46 Million in Health Grants

The Port of Long Beach plans to give out $46 million in grants to community organizations to develop health programs in areas most affected by port-related pollution in the San Pedro Bay.

Midcourse Hospitality Group Shuffles Its Restaurant Portfolio

When one restaurant door closes, another opens. So it goes for local operator Midcourse Hospitality Group, which closed three of its eight L.A. restaurants this month.

Developer Thinks Small With Hotel

Capital Foresight places big bet on micro-room restoration of Mikado building in Little Tokyo.

Developer Capital Foresight sees a big opening for a micro-unit hotel in Little Tokyo.

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Net Gain in Menswear

APPAREL: Five Four scores promotional assist courtesy of Clippers star Chris Paul.

Men’s fashion firm Five Four has put its latest campaign in the hands of hoops star Chris Paul.

LGBT Paper Sees Unfolding Opportunity in L.A.

MEDIA: Blade believes niche focus, Trump’s presidency will help it step into market.

LGBT paper the Blade will take a stab at bringing L.A. readers into its fold.

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Menswear Maker Aims to Fashion Future in L.A.

APPAREL: New York-based Sene sees market as good fit for its custom-cut garments.

A New York-based men’s custom clothing company that relies on digital technology to customize its garments is stepping into the L.A. fashion scene.

Ready Pac Foods Sells for $409 Million

Irwindale pre-packaged salad maker Ready Pac Foods Inc. has been sold to French multi-national food company Bonduelle for $409 million, according to the companies.

Bibibop Asian Grill Moving into Los Angeles ShopHouse Locations

The name posted on L.A.’s five ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen restaurants is about to change, but the food will remain similar now that another Asian restaurant concept has taken over the leases.

USC Receives Grant to Develop Defect-Free Electronic Chips

USC’s Information Sciences Institute, a division of its Viterbi Engineering School, received a roughly $40 million contract this week from Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, a federal government agency.

Robot Gears Up as Cook

MANUFACTURING: Chain CaliBurger beefs up burger service with Miso’s ‘Flippy.’

Miso’s patty-cooking robotic arm, “Flippy,” is giving CaliBurger a hand in the kitchen.

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Pepperdine Makes Major Jump in U.S. News Rankings

The Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business and Management’s full and part-time MBA programs made major jumps in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 ranking of the nation’s top business schools.

Port of Los Angeles Cargo Declines in February

The Port of Los Angeles saw container volumes decline in February after a record-setting January.

Top NBA Agent Ousted, Sued By Former Firm

A shakeup at Independent Sports & Entertainment – formerly a division of Hollywood mogul Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media – has bled into court, with the agency suing one of the National Basketball Association’s most powerful agents.

Rival Puts Bite On ‘Superfood’

FOOD: Overseas buyer grabs Essential Living on the cheap.

Bankrupt “superfood” dealer Essential Living proves a tasty target for snack company.

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