| May 6, 2014
| 2:30 PM
Hollywood can be a beast for anyone looking to establish a business.
Movies and TV shows frequently fail. Financing can dry up instantly. And the outsized egos and conflicting agendas of insecure executives can drive anyone mad. So the long odds overcome...
| Apr 15, 2014
| 10:48 AM
Talking toys have been around since at least 1960, when pull-the-string Chatty Cathy debuted. But Teddy Ruxpin, a cuddly teddy bear that hit stores in late 1985, marked a technological leap forward.
Created by then-Granada Hills resident Ken Forsse, the...
| Oct 27, 2013
Consider the holiday retail race to be in full swing, as both Wal-Mart and Toys R Us moved to stake a claim in the competitive toy market back in September by releasing lists of top toys for Christmas and Hanukkah.
Discount behemoth Wal-Mart, which says...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 10:46 PM
Imagine a mother and father, using their seven kids to help them commit a crime.
Sheriff's officials say that's what happened at a Toys "R" Us in suburban Boca Raton at 20429 State Road 7 last month.
Surveillance cameras were rolling when a family of...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 3:55 AM
If you want to land a job, don't toy with this search method.
A woman is accused of going into an adult products store and swiping a sex toy by hiding it in her pants -- then inquiring about a job, according to Crestview cops, reports the Northwest...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 10:46 AM
LEESBURG — People don't usually think of art when they think of the Barbie doll, but Amy Griffin did.
When Griffin, executive director of the Leesburg Center for the Arts, had a collection of the pert and popular dolls donated for use in an...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 8:14 AM
An ancient strategy board game and a classic bath time accessory have been inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame.
Chess and rubber ducks made the cut of 12 finalists for the 2013 induction ceremony Thursday.
The pair beat out 10 other finalists,...
| Nov 22, 2013
| 11:34 AM
A consumer group dedicated to reclaiming childhood from corporate marketers has released its annual list of toys that are 'oppressive and destructive to young children.'
The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood has released five nominees for its...
| Mar 7, 2014
| 8:06 AM
A recent study out of Oregon State University says that girls who chose to play with Barbie dolls over alternatives had a limited view on future career choices.
The study of girls ages 4 to 7 indicated that there might be a link between girls who...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 10:22 AM
TSA agents disarmed a sock monkey a passenger was carrying, saying the toy gun in the monkey's miniature holster was too realistic looking, according to KING5.com.
The sock monkey was dressed as a cowboy and named "Rooster Monkburn" after the...
| Jan 8, 2014
| 11:00 AM
Growing up with a brother 12 years my senior, it was tough finding things in common.
In 1997, he was interested in sports, girls and other things most high school boys are into.
I was 9. I wasn't into sports at the time and girls were still seen as...