With thousands of press releases published each week, it can be difficult to keep up with everything on PR Newswire for Journalists. With the end of the year fast approaching, we’re taking a look back at some of the biggest stories of 2015. Today we bring you six of the most newsworthy releases from the first six months of 2015.
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Jan. 16, 2015: NASA, NOAA Find 2014 Warmest Year in Modern Record
The year 2014 ranks as Earth’s warmest since 1880, according to two separate analyses by NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists. The 10 warmest years in the instrumental record, with the exception of 1998, have now occurred since 2000. This trend continues a long-term warming of the planet, according to an analysis of surface temperature measurements by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies (GISS) in New York. See the full release to learn more.
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Feb. 18, 2015: Original Unpublished Dr. Seuss Manuscript and Additional Work Found in Author’s Home
An original manuscript with accompanying sketches by Dr. Seuss, aka Ted Geisel, was discovered in the La Jolla, Calif. home of the late beloved children’s author. It was published by Random House Children’s Books on July 28. A box filled with pages of text and sketches was found shortly after Ted’s death in 1991 when his widow Audrey Geisel was remodeling her home. At that time it was set aside with other of Ted’s materials. It was rediscovered in the fall of 2013 by Mrs. Geisel and Claudia Prescott—Ted Geisel’s longtime secretary and friend—when they were cleaning out his office space. They reviewed the materials, finding the full text and illustrations for What Pet Should I Get? among other work. See the full release to learn more.
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March 5, 2015: Introducing Beyoncé Heat Wild Orchid
After the worldwide success of her best-selling fragrance Heat, which debuted in 2010, Beyoncé introduced her newest fragrance Heat Wild Orchid. Beyoncé Heat Wild Orchid is an enticing, mouth-watering fragrance that emits a fierce, feminine energy. Created in collaboration with Firmenich Perfumer Honorine Blanc, it both invites and intoxicates those who encounter it. At the heart of it all is the Butterfly Orchid, believed to have magical aphrodisiac qualities, which gives the scent its exotic signature. It is enveloped by an addictive mélange of fruits, florals and woods to create a captivating and memorable scent. See the full release to learn more.
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April 20, 2015: Cirque du Soleil Finds New Strategic Majority Partner in TPG-Led Investor Group
Cirque du Soleil announced on April 20 an agreement under which TPG, a global private investment firm, will acquire a majority stake in Cirque du Soleil to fuel growth and take Cirque’s iconic blue and yellow big top to exciting new markets. Cirque du Soleil’s founder, Guy Laliberté, will maintain a stake in the business and will continue to provide strategic and creative input to the company. Fosun, one of China’s leading privately owned investment groups, will acquire a minority stake in Cirque du Soleil via a fund under its management, and together the firms will work with the company to launch and expand in China. See the full release to learn more about the deal.
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May 1, 2015: MDA Telethon Ends Historic Run, Urgent Fight for Families Continues
MDA, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, announced on May 1 that the new realities of television viewing and philanthropic giving have made this the right time for the organization to move beyond its historic Labor Day telethon. It will discontinue production of a broadcast telethon effective this year. MDA plans to invest more in digital and mobile channels for consumer engagement and activation. The organization will continue to share the inspirational stories of MDA families on Labor Day and throughout the year via digital channels as part of an emerging year-round plan to revitalize its brand, connect with donors more frequently, strengthen family support, and attract and recognize sponsors in new ways. See the full release to learn more about the MDA’s plans and the history of the telethon.
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June 5, 2015: Caitlyn Jenner’s Plastic Surgeon’s Revealed: Gary J. Alter, MD & Harrison H. Lee, MD
Caitlyn Jenner’s plastic surgeons were revealed on June 5 as Dr. Gary J. Alter & Dr. Harrison H. Lee. The Beverly Hills, Calif. plastic surgeons are both internationally known for performing transgender surgery. Frequently teaming up on transgender cases, Dr. Alter disclosed that he performed the body work and Dr. Lee performed the facial feminization on Jenner. Neither plastic surgeon would comment on the exact procedures performed. Both Dr. Lee & Dr. Alter stated that they were honored to be selected as Jenner’s plastic surgery team and are beyond pleased with their surgical results. See the full release to learn more about the doctors.
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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.