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Paying Parents to Read to Their Children Boosts Literacy Skills

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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…

The Class of '92

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DAVID BECKHAM, RYAN GIGGS, GARY NEVILLE, PHIL NEVILLE, NICKY BUTT AND PAUL SCHOLES - THE MANCHESTER UNITED SOCCER PLAYERS WHO INSPIRED A GENERATIONSports Magazine: "Terrific, feel-good film for any soccer fan"

Empire Magazine: Four Stars "Warm, insightful study of excellence. An absorbing documentary about a football fairy tale."

The Guardian: "The Class of 92 is a splendid film about six Manchester United friends living their (and our) dreams."
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., June 25, 2014 -- The Class of '92 is a nostalgic documentary feature charting one of the most amazing sports and cultural stories of our era.  The Class of '92 will debut in select theaters nationwide and will be available on DVD exclusively at Walmart and on Digital HD at online retailers everywhere on July 8, 2014 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.  A cinematic and inspiring film charting one of the most amazing soccer stories of our era: the meteoric rise of six worki…

The Dr. Oz Show Wins Two 2014 Daytime Emmy® Awards

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NEW YORK, June 23, 2014--The Dr. Oz Show took home two trophies Sunday evening at the 2014 Daytime Emmy® Awards.  Host Dr. Mehmet Oz received his third award for Outstanding Talk Show Host and Director Scot Titelbaum and Associate Director Debra Mackrell received their first win for Outstanding Directing in a Talk Show. Now in its fifth season and with over 800 episodes created, The Dr. Oz Show has helped millions of lives as a leader in health and wellness, consistently ranking among the top four shows nationally among its competitors.  Under the direction of Mindy Borman and Amy Chiaro, The Dr. Oz Show debuted in 2009 with the highest-rated syndication launch in over a decade. Seen around the world in 118 countries, The Dr. Oz Show has been used as a format to create new original versions of the show in 12 countries. "I am humbled and proud of our team's continued accomplishments and honored that our peers recognize the quality of our shows work of sharing lifesaving …

President Bill Clinton Named Recipient Of 2014 PGA Of America Distinguished Service Award

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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla., June 18, 2014 /  The PGA of America announced today that it is awarding President Bill Clinton, Founder of the Clinton Foundation and 42nd president of the United States, its 2014 PGA Distinguished Service Award recipient for his lifetime love of golf and his commitment to health and wellness.
Begun in 1988, the PGA Distinguished Service Award honors outstanding individuals who display leadership and humanitarian qualities, including integrity, sportsmanship and enthusiasm for the game of golf. President Clinton will receive the Association's highest annual honor in conjunction with the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky. Previous honorees include Bob Hope, Byron Nelson, Arnold Palmer, Patty Berg, Jack Nicklaus, and former presidents Gerald Ford (1991) and George H.W. Bush (1997).
"President Clinton's life in public service is a study in making a difference in people's lives. His own journey to achie…

Planet Fitness Named #3 Best Franchise In America

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NEWINGTON, N.H., June 13, 2014 /  Planet Fitness, the fastest-growing health club franchise in the U.S.  known for its extremely affordable prices, is honored to announce that it has been ranked #3 Best Franchise in the country on FORBES' first-ever list of America's Best and Worst Franchises, published earlier this month. Planet Fitness was named No. 3 in the category of franchises with an initial investment of $500,001 and over. Franchise support was rated an "A." FORBES collaborated with FRANdata to compile data from more than 3,000 franchise organizations. Factors considered included growth and continuity rates, franchise demand, franchisor support, and how much effort the franchisors had taken to become lender friendly. "I am honored that Planet Fitness has been recognized as one of the country's top franchising organizations," said Planet Fitness' chief executive officer, Chris Rondeau. "We pride ourselves not only on the hig…

Barbra Streisand Take the Fight Against Women's Heart Disease to Capitol Hill

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WASHINGTON, June 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Barbra Streisand brought her passion for women's heart disease to Capitol Hill today where she met with key Congressional leaders and the Senate and House Women's Caucuses. Ms. Streisand also met with senior officials from National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Her message was clear. "Heart disease is the number one killer of women, killing more women than all cancers combined.[i] Since 1984, more women than men have died every year from heart disease.[ii] It's time for more funding, more research, and more attention for women's heart disease," said Streisand. Streisand became an advocate for women's heart disease prevention, education, and treatment years ago when she learned that women's heart disease is often symptomatically and physiologically different from men, yet most heart disease research has been perfo…

Seeking Love?

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DA Jana Duty: Stop a life sentence for pot brownies

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Petition by Robert Butler Round Rock, TX
This petition will be delivered to: District Attorney, Williamson County Jana Duty
Jacob Lavoro is a teenager facing life in prison for baking marijuana brownies in Round Rock, Texas. He's a young man who has never been in trouble with the law before, and has always been a great kid who we love very much. I started the petition because I live in the same city as Jacob Lavoro and I felt a responsibility to help stand up for him. Our county has a history of excessively punishing minor crimes or even innocent people to "send a message" that has little do with justice or the best interests of the community.
In this case, the sentencing rules are being abused and stretched to increase a punishment that does not fit the allegations.  The police apparently included the full weight of the brownies: flour, sugar, water, etc and the plastic containers that held them to determine the weight of the illegal hash oil used to bake the…

Nick Nanton and JW Dicks to Executive Produce New Documentary Film

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ORLANDO, Fla., June 4, 2014 / Emmy® Award Winning Director and Producer Nick Nanton, Esq. and Emmy® Award Winning Producer JW Dicks have joined Shaina Koren and Mike Esposito, independent filmmakers and co-founders of Shaina Koren Cinematography, to produce a new inspirational documentary film. The film, titled "The Rebound," is a feature-length documentary about a wheelchair basketball team and the quest of several adaptive athletes to overcome adversity in search of new opportunities.


View "The Rebound" trailer here: http://youtu.be/PTjEeYYW66Q
The film, 2 years in the making, provides an insider's perspective of the sport, following the Miami Heat Wheels on their underdog quest to rise to the top ranks of the league. "The Rebound" reveals the inspiring, although at times tragic, portrait of the struggle that adaptive athletes face to realize their dreams while adapting to overcome their biggest challenges. While learning to live with thei…

Gay Ad Network Introduces the First Gay Media Programmatic Private Exchange

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Gay Ad Network Introduces the First Gay Media Programmatic Private Exchange
Offering Advertisers Real-Time Bidding and Content Targeting FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., June 2, 2014  -- Gay Ad Network released the first programmatic private exchange dedicated to premium gay display, video and mobile inventory, it was announced…