NEWS BRIEFS

LOS ANGELES: The City Attorney's office has hired a private investigation firm to aid in its examination of the Department of Water and Power contract with Fleishman-Hillard.

LOS ANGELES: The City Attorney's office has hired a private investigation firm to aid in its examination of the Department of Water and Power contract with Fleishman-Hillard.

The office also announced that Eric Moses, a former Fleishman employee who later moved into the City Attorney's communications department, has been reassigned to lead "an effort to revamp the community outreach of the office's criminal branch." The new position will have Moses working out of a satellite office.

SAN DIEGO: The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority has tapped Gable-Cook-Schmid Public Relations of San Diego and New West Public Relations of Louisville, KY, for a public outreach and education program to support the authority's efforts to build a new airport. The plan will be presented to San Diego County voters in November 2006. The GCS/New West team was selected for the $2.25 million contract after a lengthy review process that started with the authority issuing 70 RFPs to regional and national agencies.

WALTHAM, MA: Raytheon appointed Gregory D. Smith as VP of IR. Smith joins the company after more than 18 years at Boeing, where he most recently was the controller of shared services.

MIAMI: Atkins Nutritionals has selected The Jeffrey Group to help support its expansion into Latin America.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ: WeddingChannel.com has retained MWW Group for consumer media relations and corporate communications. In addition, the agency's education lobbying and appropriations practice has been hired by Oakland University in Rochester, MI, and Coppin State University in Baltimore, MD.

LOS ANGELES: Veteran activist and communications specialist Jim Key, who had previously served as the Gay & Lesbian Center's director of communications, is returning to the organization as chief public affairs officer. Most recently Key was a VP with Edelman.

GARDEN CITY, NY: Michael S. Kornfeld and Elaine De Luca Byrnes have launched Kornfeld De Luca Byrnes Creative Communications Strategies, a PR and marketing communications firm. Byrnes most recently was marketing director at Albrecht, Viggiano, Zureck & Co., P.C. Kornfeld spent nearly 11 years in various PR positions at Verizon Communications and its predecessor companies.

CALGARY: Hill & Knowlton Canada has acquired the assets of Sparks + Noble, a PR and public affairs agency specializing in the energy sector.

CHICAGO: Bacon's Information announced a major expansion in its U.S. media contact list. The expansion to more than 358,700 contacts for subscribers follows the integration of Bacon's contact database with that of MediaMap, which Bacon's acquired in late 2003.

NEW YORK: Barbara M. Burns has joined consultants StevensGouldPartners as senior associate. Prior to forming her own international PR consultancy in 1990, Barbara Burns & Associates, Burns managed international client programs for the GCI Group and RuderFinn.

LITTLETON, CO: Barbara Kelly-Gutjahr and Joan Winkler have started Boom Broadcast and Media Relations. Kelly-Gutjahr was senior broadcast manager and Winkler was VP of client services for WestGlen Communications.

WATSONVILLE, CA: Laurie Fried has joined boating supply company West Marine as PR and donations director. She comes from the National Marine Manufacturers Association, where she was director of PR.

NEW YORK: David Orchard has joined the senior management team of marketing communications firm Maloney & Fox. Orchard will provide strategic counsel for several clients, as well as focus on marketing and new business efforts. Previously, Orchard was VP of PR and event marketing for LP Advertising & PR.

SAN DIEGO: Berkman Communications has been retained by Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, CA, to represent its 75th Annual Candlelight Ball. In addition, the Oceanaire Seafood Room restaurant, opening mid-October, has retained the agency for PR.

TORONTO: Argyle Rowland Communications has appointed Alison George as a VP. George joins the firm with 14 years of agency and industry experience, most recently as the director of communications and events with the National Basketball Association in Canada.

BASKING RIDGE, NJ: Millennium Biotechnologies has selected KCSA to provide PR support around two flagship products, Resurgex and Resurgex Plus. The energy drinks are intended to help meet the unique nutritional needs of patients who have compromised immune systems.

ROCHESTER, NY: Citizens Financial Group has selected Buck & Pulleyn to manage PR for Citizens Bank in central and western New York. Buck & Pulleyn will be responsible for media relations, community relations, and other PR activities for Citizens Bank in Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo, and surrounding communities.

WALTHAM, MA: Louder Than Words will handle the national PR business for Manchester, NH-based Big Idea Group. Louder Than Words will provide media relations for the company's national series of invention roadshows and will promote the company's activities in bringing product ideas to market for corporations such as QVC, Staples, and Toys R Us.

PALO ALTO, CA: Global Fluency, a worldwide network of independent PR agencies and other marketing communications firms, has added several new clients, including Betrusted, AOpen, Smart Technologies, Visto, DivX Networks, and Kingdee International Software Group.

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