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In brief for Aug. 22, 2007

Malibu parties all wet, neighbors say Neighbors in golden Malibu, Calif., are up in arms over "party houses"--homes rented to marketing firms and product sponsors where celebrities tote branded products for the paparazzi to photograph. Complaints about noise and traffic are prompting the city's permitting agency to consider shutting the events down, the Malibu Times reports ...

Classic expands in Virginia Los Angeles-based rental giant Classic Party Rentals announced Monday that it has acquired Festive Fare of Charlottesville, Va. The buy means Classic Party Rentals’ network of event rental stores now spans 26 locations nationwide. In business since 2000, Festive Fare provides rentals for clients including the University of Virginia, Monticello, Montpelier and local wineries, caterers, clubs and hotels. “We are very excited to join the Classic Party Rentals network,” said Tori Tremaglio, Festive Fare co-owner. “Classic will allow us to continue to flourish and give us the support of a larger network. Festive Fare and Classic share the ultimate goal of creating memorable events in Charlottesville and the surrounding area. Coupled with our exceptional service, we now have even greater choices and resources for our clients" ...

Beijing fights to clear the air Chinese officials are pushing hard to clear up the capital's notorious smog in time for the 2008 Olympic Games, which begin Aug. 8. IOC president Jacques Rogge upset officials earlier this month when he said that days of particularly bad air quality might force postponement of some outdoor competitions. Already, Beijing has moved or closed 200 of its most polluting factories, roughly doubled the capacity of its subway system, and planted nearly 28 million trees, according to the government. Yesterday, Beijing officials said a three-day program that kept one million cars off the road reduced air pollution by as much as 20 percent.

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