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Novartis Makes Offer to Independent Directors to Buy Remaining Stake in Chiron
BASEL, Switzerland, Sept. 1, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Novartis (NYSE:NVS) announced today that it has made a proposal to the independent directors of Chiron Corporation (Nasdaq:CHIR) to acquire all of the remaining outstanding shares that it does not already own and has filed an amended Form 13-D as required by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Northrop Grumman Corp.
Northrop Grumman Provides Assistance to Employees and Other Victims of Hurricane Katrina
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 31, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- In response to the mounting damages caused by Hurricane Katrina, Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) will contribute an initial $2 million for relief assistance. This contribution is based on the current needs assessment and will support the company's Gulf Coast employees through a relief fund established specifically for this purpose. Local communities will receive support from the company through a contribution to the American Red Cross.
Port of Houston Authority
The Port of Houston Authority Delivers Statement on Hurricane Katrina
HOUSTON, Aug. 31, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- The Port of Houston Authority (PHA) expresses its deepest sympathies to our colleagues at the ports of New Orleans, Louisiana; Mobile, Alabama; and Gulfport and Pascagoula, Mississippi. We sincerely hope that these great Gulf Coast ports can get back to work as soon as possible to continue participating in the daily functions that are so essential to the vitality of our region's economy and its leadership in trade and commerce.
First California Financial Group, Inc.
National Mercantile to Present at West Coast Super-Community Bank Conference
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 31, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- National Mercantile Bancorp (Nasdaq:MBLA), the holding company for Mercantile National Bank and South Bay Bank, N.A., today announced Scott Montgomery, President & CEO, and David Brown, Chief Financial Officer, will present at the West Coast Super-Community Bank Conference. The presentation will be at 4:20 p.m. PDT on Thursday, September 8, 2005, and the webcast can be viewed at www.super-communitybanking.com/westcoast.htm. In addition, the archived presentation will be available at www.nationalmercbancorp.com
Glancy Binkow & Goldberg LLP
Glancy Binkow & Goldberg LLP, Representing Investors Who Purchased Patterson Companies, Inc., Announces Class Action Lawsuit and Seeks to Recover Losses -- PDCO
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 31, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Notice is hereby given by Glancy Binkow & Goldberg LLP that a Class Action lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota on behalf of a class (the "Class") consisting of all persons or entities who purchased or otherwise acquired securities of Patterson Companies, Inc. ("Patterson" or the "Company") (Nasdaq:PDCO), between February 24, 2005 and May 25, 2005, inclusive (the "Class Period").
Animal Rescue Group `Noah's Wish' Appeals for Donations to Help Rescue Pets in the Aftermath of Katrina
NEW YORK, Aug. 31, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Terri Crisp, Founder and Director of Noah's Wish, a not-for-profit organization that works exclusively to save animals after disasters, has set up rescue operations in Slidell, Louisiana. Crisp is being joined by more than 450 trained volunteers from across the nation to assist in the recovery efforts in the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina. Volunteers include veterinarians, veterinary technicians and grief counselors.