Bankruptcy Court Says Friedman's Can Close Stores A bankruptcy court has approved Friedman's request to close 164 stores in 17 states as part of its Chapter 11 reorganization plan, the company announced. It will also sell in excess of $25 million of inventory. Barbara Lipatapanlop Named ICA Executive Director Barbara Lipatapanlop was appointed to serve as executive director of the International Colored Gemstone Association as of March 1. From 1999 until February this year, Lipatapanlop previously served as a senior advisor to the Thai Gem and Jewelry Traders Association. She began working with the organization in 1999. Alston Named CEO of De Beers LV U.S. Alyce Alston has been named CEO of De Beers LV, the new retail chain that's a joint venture between De Beers and Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton. Alston comes from Fairchild, where she was group publisher of W, W Jewelry, and Vit

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