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In brief for April 25, 2007

Hyatt to debut 'Andaz' brand Chicago-based Global Hyatt Corp. will launch its new luxury hotel brand this year with properties in London and New York. "Andaz," which the company says means "personal style," will offer a mix of sophistication and casual elegance, Hyatt said in a statement ...

Hedge funds bring edge to fundraisers Managers of hedge funds--the largely unregulated private investment funds open only to big-time investors--are roiling the sedate world of charitable fundraising, the Wall Street Journal says. While their event brought in nearly 10 times the proceeds from the prior year's party, hedge-fund managers who chaired one event benefiting a youth fund raised eyebrows by showing up in drag for an '80s "prom night," which offered a "make-out room" ...

England to snuff out indoor smoking July 1 marks the day that England will ban smoking in enclosed public places, including pubs, restaurants and offices. The ban will bring England in line with policies already in place in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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