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USC Books Expansive Student Dorm Project

DEVELOPMENT: Village complex also will bring retail.

USC’s dorm project could serve as a wake-up call that brings investment into the area.

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Pricey Interview Service Hopes to Speak to Execs

VIDEO: Hollywood-style production big selling point for Path Content Group.

Path Content Group frames its recorded interviews as Hollywood-level productions.

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Investors Still Have Hunger for Meal Replacement

FOOD: Parent company of Soylent piles up $50 million in Series B funding round.

Meal-replacement drink manufacturer Rosa Foods Inc., maker of the Soylent food alternative, has raised a $50 million Series B round led by GV (formerly Google Ventures) with participation from Tao Capital Partners as well as prior investors Lerer Hippeau Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz.

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Investor Dips Into Social Impact With Chip Buy

Venture capital firm’s deal for snack maker gives gang reform program a taste of the equity.

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Turning Up Heat

Coffee shop part of roaster F. Gaviña & Sons’ expansion plans

Roaster F. Gaviña & Sons looks to heat up its revenue by opening a downtown café.

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Museum Aims to Come Alive With Cadaver Show

NONPROFIT: Center hopes new ‘Body Worlds’ exhibit can live up to run in 2004.

California Science Center seeks lively attendance with the return of “Body Worlds” cadavers.

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Makers of Movie Trailers Hitch Business to Internet

FILM: Shorter content in play as studios look to hook customers outside theaters.

Trailer producers hope to make the cut with shorter teasers aimed at online viewers.

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Towering Hotel May Be High Impact Downtown

HOSPITALITY: Arrival of Wilshire Grand Center could overshadow rivals’ business.

Wilshire Grand Center has no reservations about checking in to L.A.’s thriving hotel scene.

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Westwood’s Claremont Hotel Sells for $12 Million, to Get First Renovation

Westwood’s oldest hotel is slated for a makeover. The 55-room Claremont Hotel on Tiverton Avenue, built in 1940, has sold for $12.25 million to Shamina Investments, which intends to give the building its first major renovation, the new owner said Wednesday.

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Whole New Strategy for Randy’s Donuts

Randy’s Donuts finds a sweet spot in Century City for first expansion.

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Food Company Bowls Over Salad Maker as Healthy Target

French multinational food company Bonduelle acquired Irwindale prepackaged salad maker Ready Pac Foods Inc. last week for $409 million.

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RadPad Ordered to Pay $60.5 Million Judgment to Craigslist

A final $60.5 million judgement was issued against RadPad Inc. after the upstart was found liable for unlawfully scraping apartment listings and spamming users of rival Craigslist Inc.

Chef Nobu, Larry Ellison, and Robert De Niro Open Nobu Ryokan Hotel in Malibu

There are some boldface names behind the opening of the Nobu Ryokan hotel on Carbon Beach in Malibu later this month.

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Property Owners Trash Higher Waste Fees

New city of L.A. trash-hauling system will dump higher pickup costs on some property owners.

Avocados Not So Fruitful

FOOD: Poor harvest boosts prices, reduces availabilty as Cinco de Mayo closes in.

Off production year will pare back the availability of avocados for Cinco de Mayo.