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Large Private Equity Acquisitions Grew U.S. Jobs Significantly in RecentYears, New Study Finds

Acquisitions of large companies by some of the leading U-S-based privateequity firms between 2002 and 2005 resulted in significant net gains in U-Semployment. This is according to an important new study released by thePrivate Equity Council. The most significant job gains came in themanufacturing sector, where U-S companies acquired by private equity firmsposted an overall employment gain of 1 point 4 percent, versus a loss of 7point 7 percent in the broader manufacturing sector.

AAA Survey Finds Many Child Safety Seat Laws Inadequate

Thirty years after the enactment of the nation's first child safety seatlaw, a new survey shows parents strongly support child safety seats and childseat laws. Yet nearly one hundred children under age 5 die every year incrashes they could have survived had they been using child safety seats, saidtriple 'A'. They are calling for states to close gaps in their child passengersafety laws. According to a survey released by triple 'A' to coincide with the30th anniversary of Tennessee's first-in-the-nation child safety seat law,more than half of all parents look to their state law for guidance on how torestrain their children. A strong majority of parents surveyed said they areaware of their state's child restraint laws and most feel that these lawsshould be consistent across the country. But, less than half can accuratelyidentify the age at which their state allows a child to ride in an automobilewith only a lap and shoulder belt.

New Study Finds Decline in Single-Victim School-Associated Violent Deaths

School-associated student homicide rates which includes both public andprivate elementary thru high schools, decreased significantly from academicschool years 1992 thru 2006. This is according to a study released in theCenters for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality WeeklyReport. The report shows a decline in the rates of single-victim school-associated homicides, while multiple-victim homicide rates, which were muchfewer in number, remained stable. Of the last 109 incidents of school-associated student homicides studied, one- hundred-one involved only onevictim. The data comes from the School-Associated Violent Death Study, whichcollects the latest records on school-associated violence from mediadatabases, state and local agencies, police, and school officials in theUnited States. S-A-V-D is a collaboration among C-D-C and the U-S departmentsof Education and Justice.

SHREK THE MUSICAL Broadway Performances Begin in Early November

Once upon a time in a land not so far, far away a new musical began itsjourney to Broadway. DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions, Ltd.have announced that SHREK THE MUSICAL will play an exclusive world premiereengagement at The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, August 14th to September21st. This is prior to opening on Broadway in the Fall of 2008. Previewperformances will begin in early November at a theater to be announced. SHREKTHE MUSICAL is an entirely new musical based on the story and characters fromWilliam Steig's book Shrek!, as well as the DreamWorks Animation film Shrek,the first chapter of the Shrek movie series.

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