ARABOV TRIAL STAYS IN DETROIT: Celebrity jeweler Jacob Arabov, also known as Jacob the Jeweler, will have to stand trial in Detroit, a federal district court judge ruled following a hearing on Arabov's request to move the trial to Manhattan. Arabov faces federal charges for allegedly laundering more than $270 million in proceeds from the sale of illegal narcotics on behalf of a Detroit organization known as the Black Mafia Family. He has pled not guilty. Judge Avern Cohn ruled that since Arabov's trial was separated from that of three other defendants facing the same charges, there was no need to change the venue. Arabov reportedly requested the change of venue so it would be more convenient for his celebrity clients to appear on his behalf. The trial date is set for Aug. 6. If convicted, he could face 20 years in prison.

SMART SHIRTS PROMOTIONS: Kellwood Co. is promoting its senior management in Smart Shirts Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary based in Hong Kong. Effective Sunday, Jesse C.P. Zee, managing director of Smart Shirts, has been promoted to chairman; Gerald Rhoads, deputy managing director, is managing director, and Michael T. Gilson, Kellwood director of special projects, is senior vice president of finance. They report to W. Lee Capps 3rd, Kellwood chief operating officer and chief financial officer, who has assumed oversight of Smart Shirts from Robert C. Skinner Jr., Kellwood chairman, president and chief executive officer.

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