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OC’s PR Shops Grew in Past Year

Social Media, Digital Storytelling in ToolsetThe role of public relations professionals is changing—even the president is tweeting daily, bypassing the media.

UCI Gets Another $1M

The University of California-Irvine announced today that it received a second $1 million gift from the estate of Christian Werner, the late professor emeritus of geography and former dean of the School of Social Sciences.

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Chapman Law gets $1.1M

Chapman University said today its Dale E. Fowler School of Law received a $1.125 million gift from Newport Beach-based law firm, Bergener Mirejovsky APC.

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UCI Gets Most of $8M Grant

University of California-Irvine said today the National Science Foundation awarded $8 million to a UCI-led consortium to develop a system that can restore walking ability and sensation in individuals with spinal cord injuries.

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Lazy Dog to Sacramento

Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar will open two locations in the Sacramento market.

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Moorad to Run Law Firm’s Sports Practice

Sports agent and attorney Jeff Moorad has been named chairman of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s new global sports business.

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Yamaha Will Peddle eBikes Here

Yamaha Motor Corp. USA said it plans to enter the U.S. electric bicycle market in 2018.

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Khanna Sells Venice Hotel

Khanna Enterprises Ltd. in Irvine sold the 12-story, 250-room Custom Hotel in the Westchester area of Los Angeles for more than $40 million, or at least $160,000 per room.

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Chronicling the Slide of Acacia

TECHNOLOGY: Patent enforcement ‘not what it used to be’

Acacia Research Corp.’s prolonged downward spiral on Wall Street has been propelled by recent changes in intellectual property rights and litigation.

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Advantage Buys in Fla.

Irvine-based Advantage Solutions acquired Data Council in Jacksonville, Fla., on undisclosed terms.

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Providence St. Joseph Names New Leaders

Renton, Wash.-based Providence St. Joseph Health named Erik Wexler, chief executive of the Providence Health & Services Los Angeles Region, as new head of three counties: Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino, effective immediately.

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Webster U. Starts Cybersecurity Degree

Webster University in Irvine will offer a Master’s in cybersecurity starting in late October.

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Former Exec Sues Banc of California

Jeffrey T. Seabold, who was involved in a controversial transaction while with Banc of California Inc. (NYSE: BANC), has left the Santa Ana-based bank and is suing it for wrongful termination.

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BJ’s Enters S.C., to add Mich.

BJ’s Restaurants Inc. added a location in Columbia, S.C., its first in the state and eighth new restaurant this year. It plans two more new restaurants in 2017, including its first in Michigan.

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Anaheim Tourism Dollars Up 10% YTD

Visit Anaheim said 12.1 million travelers to the city have spent $4.2 billion in Orange County year-to-date, an increase of some 10% in each number, and have spent of about $347 per person.

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New Dean at Ketchum’s Optometry College

Marshall B. Ketchum University in Fullerton appointed Mark Bullimore as dean of the Southern California College of Optometry.

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