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  • Stephen Hill's YouTube debate query put focus on gays in military

    Stephen Hill's YouTube debate query put focus on gays in military
    An American soldier sits alone in a wooden box in the desert, trying to erase himself. Off comes the Velcro patch that says CAPTAIN. Off comes the name tag that says HILL. He positions the camera so it will show nothing to betray his identity: just a...
  • Crib toys, day care items can harbor strep bacteria for months

    Crib toys, day care items can harbor strep bacteria for months
    That Christmas crib toy you got junior? It might be just the thing to give him strep throat, according to a new study. The bacteria that cause strep throat may linger far longer on inanimate objects than previous lab tests suggested, according to...
  • Stock up your birthday closet with early January sales

    Stock up your birthday closet with early January sales
    Clearance toy aisles offer particularly good deals in the early weeks of January, but who needs more toys? I use this time to stock up my "birthday closet." With a 3-year-old preschooler and a 5-year-old kindergartener, birthday parties are often on...
  • Uncle Fun closing its shop of tricks and trinkets

    Uncle Fun closing its shop of tricks and trinkets
    Uncle Fun, a popular Lakeview toy store known for its quirky tricks and trinkets, plans to close its doors Jan. 26, the store has announced. The store at 1338 W. Belmont Ave. has been around for more than three decades and sells everything from Pez...
  • A Boba Fett spin-off and the 45 greatest Star Wars characters

    A Boba Fett spin-off and the 45 greatest Star Wars characters
    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...
  • Bratz maker MGA sues Barbie maker Mattel. Again.

    Bratz maker MGA sues Barbie maker Mattel. Again.
    The feud between fashion doll giants MGA Entertainment Inc. and Mattel Inc. got another infusion of legal juice on Monday, when Bratz maker MGA sued Mattel over allegations that the Barbie maker filched trade secrets at toy industry conventions. Van...
  • Reader tip: Huge clearance sale at Toys "R" Us and Babies "R" Us

    Reader tip: Huge clearance sale at Toys "R" Us and Babies "R" Us
    Reader Kurt Kuhnle posted this on the Savvy Shopper Facebook page: "$450 worth of kids clothes for $77 at Babies 'r Us! Major score! All clearance items are $4 or less, plus there is a 20 percent off coupon for Rewards members. I think it ends tomorrow....
  • Horror director's career back from the dead

    Horror director's career back from the dead
    A couple of weeks ago at Lincoln Hall, late on a Saturday afternoon, Chester Novell Turner took the stage. Or rather, to be exact, he climbed onto the stage, throwing a leg sideways and hoisting himself from the floor to the stage. He did not seem to...
  • Bubbles, little green army men among finalists for National Toy Hall of Fame

    Bubbles, little green army men among finalists for National Toy Hall of Fame
    We all remember the toys that kept us entertained as kids. Some toys, like Stretch Armstrong and Teddy Ruxpin have faded into toy purgatory -- kept alive only by enthusiasts and collectors. Others, like Furby, the Rubik Cube, Barbie, Hot Wheels, Mr....
  • Letters: Toy guns shouldn't be toys

    Re "When toys are too real," Nov. 5 Whether it shoots BBs or pellets — or whether it just looks like a real handgun or rifle — parents, educators and legislators should understand one thing: A guns is not a toy. "Toy" guns are...
  • Chess, rubber ducks inducted into Toy Hall of Fame

    Chess, rubber ducks inducted into Toy Hall of Fame
    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,...