| Apr 8, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Nick Stepka knew what gift would make his daughter's third birthday a hit, and it wasn't a toy or doll.
He gave her a tablet — not a sleek new iPad or a hand-me-down Samsung, but one specifically designed and marketed for little ones. It even came...
| Apr 11, 2014
| 12:00 PM
Walt Disney World started stocking "Frozen" merchandise in October, ahead of the animated musical's November release, and products have been flying off store shelves ever since.
As Jezebel noted earlier this week, major retailers including Wal-Mart...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 10:30 AM
Activision and Toys for Bob will unleash the fourth installment of the bestselling Skylanders franchise October 5 with "Skylanders Trap Team." The new video game and toy hybrid will allow kids to pull characters out of the digital world and...
| May 4, 2014
| 9:00 PM
Google and Amazon are going head to head over Los Angeles shoppers, launching same-day delivery services in the area within days of each other.
Google said Sunday it is expanding its Google Shopping Express program to West Los Angeles and Manhattan from...
| Mar 27, 2014
| 9:00 PM
Happy Freebie Friday!
I've got some great deals today! Slurp a free Jamba Juide, get a BOGO coupon at Pollo Tropical for nominating a teacher and save $10 at Red Lobster. There are lots of other freebies, coupons and free fun things to do listed, too....
| Mar 28, 2014
| 11:32 AM
Burbank resident Jennifer Smith works three jobs and, for the most part, tried to pinch pennies as much as she could. And for that, her credit was nearly flawless.
At least that was the case until several weeks ago, when an alleged thief opened...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 2:46 PM
More than 100,000 Snoopy Sno-Cone Machines have be recalled by LaRose Industries due to risk of mouth injury. A brass rivet can fall out of the sno-cone machine’s ice-shaving cylinder and into a sno-cone, posing a risk of injury to the mouth or...
| Aug 23, 2013
Two landscape paintings hang side by side in the New Britain Museum of American Art. One is Frederic Edwin Church's "West Rock, New Haven," his peaceful, pastoral 1849 view of a famed Connecticut landmark. A few farmers are seen haying a field, and in the...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
I am a firm believer in the "Death Comes in Threes" adage, not only for celebrities but also for children's toys. It happened again recently.
First to expire was the backyard plastic pool. Nobody could say it didn't have a long, happy life. From its...
| Aug 22, 2013
| 11:39 AM
Maybe it’s a backlash to booty shorts and over-sexed advertising. Or it’s resentment over the resistance to plus-size products. Possibly it’s due to the economy, which is still squeezing teens and their parents.
Whatever the reason,...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 9:17 AM
The holiday hiring season is upon us even as summer barbecues continue to sizzle, kicked off by Kohl’s Department Stores’ plans to hire 53,000 workers to handle demand through the end of the year.
The retailer said it expects to bring an...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 11:18 AM
The following items were taken from police reports:
• A 41-year-old Orland Park man was charged with domestic battery in connection with an incident at a Mokena-area home on Jan. 13.
•A 21-year-old Chicago Heights woman was...