| Jan 31, 2015
| 6:26 PM
Not since Alexander Graham Bell twisted pairs of wires together in the 1870s has the simple telephone technology that has served Americans for generations — the landline — faced such a threat to its existence.
It's not just that droves of...
| Jan 5, 2015
| 2:31 PM
For all the hubbub about Starbucks’ latest drink launch, you’d think the coffee giant was the first to bring the flat white to Chicago. Sorry guys, Intelligentsia sold the concoction for a week last year in honor of the New Zealand All...
| Jan 30, 2015
| 10:45 AM
One of Southern California's most luxurious resorts, the Montage Laguna Beach, has been bought for $360 million by a Chicago real estate investment trust in one of the priciest hotel deals in years.
At a cost of $1.4 million per room, the deal...
| Jan 15, 2015
| 7:12 AM
They are the Christmas tree ornaments of the Everglades, snails with shells colored in brilliant swirls of pink, blue, white and yellow.
South Florida's unique species of tree snail -- wiped out of Broward and Palm Beach counties by urban development --...
| Jan 28, 2015
| 1:56 PM
Say bon voyage to a friendly in-flight travel companion for the past 25 years. SkyMall has crashed.
Last week, SkyMall LLC, which publishes the well-known in-flight catalog, and its parent company, Xhibit Corp., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy...
| Feb 14, 2015
| 1:44 PM
If he hadn't been shot in the head, Edward Anderson might have enlisted in the service, and someone else would have become the mixologist at A-Treat Bottling Co.
And that would have been a shame.
Anderson spent 69 years at the soda company —...
| Feb 13, 2015
| 2:30 AM
Q: I have a small display cabinet 21.5 in. high x 12 in. wide. Do you think it might be a doll cabinet? It was my mother-in-law's.
A: Looking at images sent, a casual observer could think that the reader's piece is a circa 1900-1920s china cabinet in a...
| Jan 13, 2015
| 3:38 PM
A former Nintendo employee has conjured up a bidding war for a rare retro video game that could sell for more than for $100,000 on eBay.
An eBay user by the name of Menaceone put Stadium Events, a 1980s fitness video game for the Nintendo...
| Jan 26, 2015
| 6:46 PM
It isn't every day that a longtime business suddenly closes.
In fact, at the A-Treat Bottling Co. plant in Allentown on Monday, it seemed like business as usual for the 97-year-old soda maker.
Kids were shoveling the snowy sidewalks. Distributors came...
| Jan 23, 2015
| 2:30 AM
Q: What can you tell me about this platter inherited from my grandparents? Does the mark indicate that it was made between 1870-1896?
A: Noting that "Ltd." is missing from the mark on her ceramic piece, our reader wonders if the wording (or lack thereof)...
| Jan 23, 2015
| 9:01 AM
A one-time Leesburg aviation figure who lied about the airworthiness of a propeller sold on eBay to an Oregon buyer was sentenced to one year in federal prison, officials announced today.
Clive Felix Ure, 58, of Zephyrhills also must pay more than $67,...