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  • New Trier hires alum Brian Doll as football coach

    After stints teaching football from Elk Grove all the way to London, New Trier grad Brian Doll is returning to his alma mater to lead the Trevians' football program. Doll, who spent nine years on the New Trier football staff before taking the reigns...
  • How Lego earned the wrath of the 'gender-neutral toys' crowd

     How Lego earned the wrath of the 'gender-neutral toys' crowd
    There's a war against Legos. I know what you're thinking: How could anyone have a beef with those colorful, plastic toy bricks with which you can build cities, stage your own Bible stories or reenact the Trojan War, the Civil War or Star Wars? And hasn'...
  • Mattel to compete with Lego with $460 million Mega acquisition

    Mattel Inc. dominates the market for dolls with its Barbie, Monster High and American Girl brands. But now it also wants to play with blocks. The El Segundo giant is paying $460 million to buy Canadian construction toy company Mega Brands Inc. as it...
  • Local Voices North: March 27 edition

    Local Voices North: March 27 edition
    Letters to the editor from Niles and Evanston. The influence of dolls This is in response to "Barbie, Lammily and body images" (Perspective, March 13), by Virginia Postrel, a Bloomberg View columnist and the author of "The Power of Glamour." I had...
  • Feds: 'We used everything' to catch family shoplifting ring

    Feds: 'We used everything' to catch family shoplifting ring
    The suburban Chicago family stole with startling efficiency from toy stores, booksellers and coffee shops from Maryland to Texas, its matriarch often dressed in a bulky black dress outfitted with compartments for stuffing large merchandise, federal...
  • Beer plus food plus roller derby -- yes, ColLAboration is back

    Beer plus food plus roller derby -- yes, ColLAboration is back
    The teammates behind the “pop-up beer garden” concept known as ColLAboration are reuniting for a new event that will feature beer from 20 breweries, food from 20 restaurants and a full-length live L.A. Derby Dolls roller-derby bout....
  • For the L.A. Derby Dolls, elbow room for self-improvement

    For the L.A. Derby Dolls, elbow room for self-improvement
    Some girls choose soccer or cheerleading. Ivy Wolk chose roller derby. "This is it, this is for me," the petite, wide-eyed 9-year-old said to her mom the first time she saw the Los Angeles Derby Dolls hit the track, and one another, two years ago....
  • Audit finds guitars, plane tickets among $255,000 of improper purchases on state credit cards

    Audit finds guitars, plane tickets among $255,000 of improper purchases on state credit cards
    Four Maryland employees made about $255,000 in improper purchases — including guitars, plane tickets and toy soldiers — with state credit cards intended for business spending, a state audit of the program found. The audit concluded that...
  • Burbank couple honored for saving boy who fell from window

    Burbank couple honored for saving boy who fell from window
    The Burbank City Council on Tuesday honored a Burbank couple who saved a 3-year-old boy — using a box spring and some quick thinking — when he plunged out a third-story window last month. Jennifer and Konrad Lightner were moving out of their...
  • Burbank couple honored for saving toddler who fell out of third-story window

    Burbank couple honored for saving toddler who fell out of third-story window
    The Burbank City Council on Tuesday honored the Burbank couple who saved — with a box-spring and some quick thinking — a 3-year-old boy who plunged out of a third-story window in Burbank last month. On the afternoon of Sunday, March 16,...
  • Ed Catmull's 'Creativity, Inc.' is a thoughtful look at Pixar

    Animation giant Pixar uses technology only as a means to an end; its films are rooted in human concerns, not computer wizardry. The same can be said of the new book "Creativity, Inc.," Ed Catmull's endearingly thoughtful explanation of how the studio he...