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SAN FRANCISCO: Just days after Applied Communications and Sun Microsystems parted ways, the two are working together again. Applied stopped working with Sun in late July after just three months because of a conflict. However, Applied resolved the issue,

and now the agency has begun working with Sun again, said Dan Enright, Applied's VP of business development and marketing. He declined to elaborate on which client posed the conflict, or how it was resolved.

STAMFORD, CT: World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) announced that it has named Neil Lawi VP of publicity and Dan Levi as VP of brand marketing. Lawi, a former VP of media for Columbia Records, will be in charge of the placement of WWE superstars in national and international broadcast, print, and other media. Levi, formerly VP of the College Media division at Youthstream Media Networks, will be in charge of WWE's branding, television tune-in, pay-per-views, affiliate marketing, urban marketing, and market research.

PHILADELPHIA: Jay Devine, former EVP and GM of PR at Tierney Communications, and Vince Powers, former president of Boyd Tamney Cross Public Relations and VP with Tierney, have announced the launch of Devine & Powers Communications Group, a new PR and business communications firm.

RALEIGH, NC: French/West/Vaughan (F/W/V) has been hired by the America's Historic Triangle Vacation Package. F/W/V will create a marketing campaign promoting the package, which includes Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown Settlement, the Williamsburg Hotel & Motel Association, and Yorktown Victory Center.

CHICAGO: James Baar, former worldwide director of Hill & Knowlton's advanced technology practice, has formed a new virtual agency, The Literati Group.

NEW YORK: Domco Tarkett has retained Gibbs & Soell Public Relations to promote its new corporate identity and brand-positioning program. Domco Tarkett is one of the world's largest manufacturers of resilient and hardwood flooring.

WASHINGTON: Ketchum has picked up five new healthcare accounts: Montefiore Medical Center, Wyeth Consumer Health (Robitussin), Celera Genomics, Celera Diagnostics, and Solvay Pharmaceuticals.

SAN FRANCISCO: AtomicPR has added two new start-up technology clients to its roster: AmberPoint and Creation Point. Creation Point has hired the agency to help with PR strategy and launch activities for its network security and recovery products, to be unveiled this fall.

WASHINGTON: Dr. Thomas J. Mackell Jr. has been named president and COO of The Kamber Group, a public affairs and communications firm. Victor Kamber, who founded the company in 1980, will continue as chairman and CEO.

LOS ANGELES: Weber Shandwick has named Roderick Clayton an EVP in the firm's corporate issues group, and Carmen Lawrence VP of its multicultural communications group. Clayton was previously an SVP, while Lawrence was an account director.

SAN FRANCISCO: Lewis PR will open its third US office

this week in downtown San Francisco. VP Lucy Allen will run the office, and she will bring two other staff members with her from the San Diego office.

CORRECTION: The map that accompanied the Global Report in the July 21 issue of PRWeek did not include tables for Brodeur Worldwide and The Hoffman Agency. For the fully updated map in pdf format, please go to www.prweek.com and click on Archive, then Reports & Surveys. Also, the table for MS&L should have included its offices in Africa and the Middle East. PRWeek apologizes for the errors.

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