Did You See That Press Release? Family of Uzi Shooting Victim Speaks Out; Microsoft Acquires Minecraft; Toys”R”Us Unveils #TRUHotToyList
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Victim’s Family Writes Letter to 9-year-old Female Uzi Shooter
The four children of Charlie Vacca, who was tragically shot and killed last month by a 9-year-old girl learning to shoot an Uzi submachine gun, have released a video statement. That statement is directed to the 9-year-old and can be viewed at http://lambergoodnow.com. The Vacca children, ages 11, 14, 15 and 19, each deliver a message in the video describing their father, how they feel about the young shooter, and what their dad would want. See the full release to learn more.
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Minecraft to join Microsoft
Microsoft Corp. announced Sept. 15 that it has reached an agreement to acquire Mojang, the celebrated Stockholm-based game developer and the company’s iconic “Minecraft” franchise. The Mojang team will join Microsoft Studios, which includes the studios behind global blockbuster franchises “Halo,” “Forza,” “Fable” and more.
Microsoft’s investments in cloud and mobile technologies will enable “Minecraft” players to benefit from richer and faster worlds, more powerful development tools, and more opportunities to connect across the “Minecraft” community. See the full release to learn more about the terms of the deal.
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Toys”R”Us Unveils the 2014 #TRUHotToyList
With the holiday shopping season approaching, Toys”R”Us on Sept. 16 revealed its highly anticipated 2014 Holiday Hot Toy List.
The annual list of 36 items, determined by Toys”R”Us play experts after months of extensive research, is packed with a wide range of new toys, games, and other playthings expected to be at the top of kids’ wish lists this year. For the full list, visit Toysrus.com/HotToys or follow the conversation on social media using the hashtag, #TRUHotToyList. See the full release to learn more.
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Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2013
The U.S. Census Bureau announced on Sept. 16 that in 2013, the poverty rate declined from the previous year for the first time since 2006, while there was no statistically significant change in either the number of people living in poverty or real median household income. In addition, the poverty rate for children under 18 declined from the previous year for the first time since 2000.
The results for the nation were compiled from information collected in the 2014 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement. See the full release to learn more.
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Playboy Magazine Releases 2014 Top 10 Party Schools Rankings
Playboy Magazine on Sept. 15 released its highly anticipated Top Party Schools rankings. This year’s list includes 10 schools, with the University of Pennsylvania taking top honors.
The much-talked-about rankings are featured in the magazine’s October 2014 college issue (on newsstands and iPlayboy.com Friday, Sept. 19). This is the ninth time Playboy has published its party school rankings, and the first time the Ivy League institution has made the list. See the full release to learn what other schools made the list.
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Larry Grady is online content manager at PR Newswire for Journalists. He has worked in business media for nearly 30 years and enjoys reality TV and daydreaming about travel and wine.