| May 4, 2014
| 12:37 PM
Ray W. Kauffman, who owned and operated E.J. Codd machine shop in Southeast Baltimore, died of sarcoma complications April 28 at Gilchrist Hospice Center in Towson. The lifelong Roland Park resident was 88.
Born in Baltimore, he was the son of Ray...
| May 2, 2014
| 6:41 PM
A record 5,000 women were expected to satisfy their curiosity, or craving, for porn and tools of the trade Friday night as the South Florida edition of Exxxotica 2014 opened at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center.
| Mar 6, 2014
| 5:08 AM
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...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 5:30 AM
Arthur Rankin Jr., the Rankin of Rankin/Bass Productions, makers of holiday specials and sundry other animated goods, died Jan. 30, age 89, in Bermuda, where he had lived for many years, under the tropical rule of Heat Miser.
That for many of you the...
| Feb 28, 2014
| 8:23 AM
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...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 4:27 PM
"Let It Go," the soaring showstopper from “Frozen,” has an unlikely remix coming out soon.
The Academy Award-winning smash sung by Idina Menzel got a reworking by Dutch electronic dance music DJ Armin van Buuren.
His remix is just one of...
| Mar 13, 2014
| 9:23 AM
"Crisis": With a busload of kidnapped high school students, a flock of powerful parents and a smattering of high-caliber stars, NBC seems prepared to do what CBS couldn't with "Hostages"--create a high-octane, character-driven suspense drama that is...
| Feb 22, 2014
| 3:28 PM
South suburban dog-lovers are banding together to collect toys for shelter animals and they're using a pit bull whose mother died from grisly injuries to bring attention to their cause.
Mama Petunia was pregnant with 10 puppies when Christina Konecki...
| Feb 28, 2014
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'...
| Mar 27, 2014
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."
| Apr 22, 2014
| 3:59 PM
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...