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In brief for Nov. 8, 2006

San Francisco to rethink Halloween bash After nine people were shot during San Francisco's annual Halloween street festival in the Castro district last week, city officials are looking at the event "anew," mayor Gavin Newsome said. The event draws hundreds of thousands to party but in recent years has been plagued with violence tied to gangs despite beefed-up security ....

Patina Group comes home Restaurant and event-catering master Joachim Splichal partnered with Nick Valenti of Restaurant Associates to buy back his operations from foodservice giant Compass Group last month. Patina Restaurant Group, based in Los Angeles, is the new name for the public restaurants of Restaurant Associates, including the restaurants at Rockefeller Center in New York, along with Patina, Cafe Pinot and food operations at cultural centers including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles ...

Chic casino set for Singapore Las Vegas-based casino developer Eighth Wonder unveiled a proposal last week to build $3.5 billion casino-resort in Singapore featuring wedding pavilions designed by Vera Wang and a spa and wellness center operated by spiritual guru Deepak Chopra.

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