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$1.2M to Symphony to Engage Chinese Community

The Los Angeles-based James Irvine Foundation awarded another $1.2 million grant to the Orange County-based Pacific Symphony to support efforts to strengthen its commitment to Orange County’s Chinese-American communities through arts engagement.

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Visit Anaheim Starts Show

Visit Anaheim plans to hold its first Sports Express show at the Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove Jan. 11 to 13. The event will draw 15 to 20 sports event organizers and meeting planners, plus attendees from local hotels and cities.

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JWA September Traffic Up

John Wayne Airport moved about 867,000 passengers in September, up 5% over September 2015, when about 824,000 passed through its gates.

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Ubiquity Ordered to Pay $7.7M

A federal judge in Illinois levied a $7.7 million award against Irvine-based Ubiquity Inc. in favor of Gerald North, principal of the former Chicago-based Gerald D.W. North & Associates.

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Autobytel Sells Specialty Product

Autobytel Inc. in Irvine sold its specialty finance leads product to El Segundo-based Internet Brands Inc. for $3.2 million.

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Hotels Manager Adds in Sacramento

Twenty Four Seven Hotels in Newport Beach added a management deal in Sacramento, its second in that market

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JetSuiteX Adds Santa Monica

JetSuiteX in Irvine plans in February to begin offering public charter flights from Santa Monica Airport.

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Sports Anaheim Signs Three Deals

Sports Anaheim today said it signed deals with three national sports governing bodies to host events for them. Two of the groups will maintain a presence in or move to Anaheim; the third is already based in Orange County.

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Peppers Wins Lott Trophy

University of Michigan standout Jabrill Peppers took home top honors at the 13th annual Lott IMPACT Trophy Awards last night at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach.

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Blizzard Branches into Books

Blizzard Entertainment Inc. in Irvine launched a book-publishing label, Blizzard Publishing, which will develop and release new and out-of-print titles related to the company’s “Warcraft,” “StarCraft” and “Diablo” games, both directly and through ongoing global partnerships.

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15-Story Hotel Tower OK’d

Costa Mesa’s Avenue of the Arts Hotel is set for a 63% expansion in room count following city planning commission approval on Nov. 28 of a new, 15-story tower adjacent to the existing property.

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Game App Maker Buys Puzzle Firm

MobilityWare in Irvine bought Critical Hit Software in San Diego on undisclosed terms.

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Broadcast Innovator Dies

Longtime Newport Beach resident and television industry innovator Robert “Bob” Bennett died on Tuesday.

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Anaheim Welcomes ‘Show of Shows’

Orange County hosts the ‘show of shows’ next week at Anaheim Convention Center with a trade event expected to produce about 4,000 room nights over its three-day run.

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Kingston Sponsors Top Gamer

The gaming accessories unit of Fountain Valley-based Kingston Technology Co. Inc. will sponsor one of the world’s top “Street Fighter” players.