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July 23, 2003

* Lucent Technologies Inc. said it won a contract worth as much as $1 billion to upgrade Sprint Corp.'s wireless network with so-called third-generation equipment that allows faster wireless communication.

* The last remaining defendant in the Rite Aid Corp. accounting fraud case, former chief counsel Franklin Brown, has decided to go to trial rather than plead guilty to a conspiracy charge, a U.S. prosecutor said. Brown, 75, has been charged with plotting to obstruct investigations of the No. 3 U.S. drugstore chain.

* IHOP Corp. said its shift in focus to supporting franchises from developing its own restaurants would cost about $1.5 million and about 40 jobs. The Glendale-based restaurant chain estimated that the moves, which would reduce its workforce by 15%, would save about $3 million annually.

* Boeing Co. said it planned to sell an Irving, Texas-based unit that employs 1,000 workers and makes electronic equipment for its commercial jets.

* Movie studios have launched a campaign that includes television ads and in-theater spots featuring makeup artists, set painters and other crafts people saying that piracy robs them of a living.

* Gap Inc. said Chuck Crovitz, executive vice president and chief supply chain officer, has resigned from the company effective Friday. While the San Francisco clothing chain is searching for a successor, President and Chief Executive Paul Pressler will take over Crovitz's duties.

* Dana Corp. said its board of directors had rejected an unsolicited $2.2-billion tender offer from rival auto-parts maker ArvinMeritor Inc.

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