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The University of California paid a $10 million settlement Tuesday to the former chairman of UCLA’s orthopedic surgery department, after he alleged the school’s doctors took lucrative payments from medical companies and subsequently compromised patient care, according to the Los Angeles Times.The Times reported that two years ago, then-UCLA surgeon and orthopedic surgery chairman Robert Pedowitz sued UCLA, the UC Board of Regents, university officials and other surgeons, claiming they retaliated against him after he accused university doctors of conflicts of interest in their research and treatment of patients.According to a statement on a UCLA website, the UC Regents paid the settlement “to end a prolonged conflict and permit UCLA Health Sciences to refocus on its primary missions.” The statement also claimed that UCLA fully abided by the law and UC policy.“Multiple investigations by university officials and independent investigators concluded that conduct by faculty members was lawful,” the statement read. More »

UCLA’s admission rate for freshmen dropped below 20 percent for the first time this year amid growing numbers of applicants and increasing competition. UCLA accepted only 18.2 percent of its freshman applicants for the 2014-2015 year, or 15,760 of a total 86,521 students who applied. More »

Westwood Village will soon be home to the first Los Angeles franchise of the popular Midwestern sandwich chain Jimmy John’s. The restaurant will open in August in a vacant space on Westwood Boulevard next to D’Amore’s Pizza, just north of Lindbrook Drive, said Rick Chancellor, western region vice president for the McDevitt Company. More »

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