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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Researchers have found a surprising way to help boost the skills of children with language impairment: Pay their parents to read to them.  A new study tested four techniques to get parents or other caregivers to complete a 15-week literacy intervention for their children with language impairment.  Only one of those techniques – paying parents 50 cents for each reading session – led to children showing significant gains in reading test scores, findings showed.  “We were somewhat stunned to find that paying parents had this strong effect. We didn’t anticipate this,” said Laura Justice, lead author of the study and professor of educational psychology at The Ohio State University.  The other three techniques tried in the study were offering positive feedback to the parents, offering encouragement, and modeling to parents how to read in a way that improved children’s literacy skills.  None of these three was helpful, and offering feedback actually had a slight…

Fuddruckers' Global Growth Continues; Franchise Agreement To Introduce Fast Casual Brand To Europe With Ten Restaurants In Three Countries

HOUSTON, March 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Following a recent announcement marking a new, 10-unit franchise commitment to develop restaurants in Chile, South America, Fuddruckers is on the move again.  The Texas-born, fast casual gourmet hamburger specialists will soon be entering Europe.
The 34-year-old company, which is owned and operated by Luby's, Inc., has just inked a deal with Italian-based Vinum et Alia that will initially introduce 10 restaurants throughout Italy, Poland and Switzerland.  The partnership anticipates the first opening in Verese, a city just north of Milan.
Vinum et Alia launched in 2005 with the objective of operating restaurants as a franchisee or developing new formats in the value-oriented, casual dining segment.  Affiliated brands include Old Wild West, Don Peperone, Done Pep Express and Arabian Kebab.
According to Peter Tropoli, Chief Operating Officer of Luby's, Inc., "We are pleased to introduce continental Europe to the pleasures of the world's greatest hamburger, and we are excited about the opportunities that continue to present themselves for further expansion around the globe.  With its high quality burgers and other fare, accessibility and inviting atmosphere, Fuddruckers represents the best of the American fast casual segment."
Since 1980, Fuddruckers has been obsessed with making the world happier, one great hamburger at a time.  Grilled-to-order burgers feature always fresh and never frozen, 100% USDA premium-cut beef with no fillers or additives.  Delicious, sesame-topped buns are baked from scratch on-site throughout the day to achieve the perfect combination of crisp crust and melt-in-your-mouth texture.
And while burgers are the signature, the engaging menu offers variety for many tastes with an array of sandwiches, platters and salads.  No matter what they choose, customers can customize their meal with a trip to the legendary Build Your Own produce bar, which features fantastic fixings like sun-ripened tomatoes, lettuce, sliced onions, dill pickles and classic cheese sauce.
About Luby's, Inc.Luby's, Inc. operates restaurants under the brands Luby's Cafeteria, Fuddruckers and Cheeseburger in Paradise and provides food service management through its Luby's Culinary Services division.  The company-operated restaurants include 95 Luby's cafeterias, 65 Fuddruckers restaurants, 18 Cheeseburger in Paradise full service restaurants and bars, one Koo Koo Roo Chicken Bistro and one Bob Luby's Seafood Grill.  Its 95 Luby's cafeterias are located throughout Texas and other states.  Its Fuddruckers restaurants include 65 company-operated locations and 114 franchises across the United States (including Puerto Rico), Canada, and Mexico.  Luby's Culinary Services provides food service management to 22 sites consisting of healthcare, higher education and corporate dining locations.

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