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  • Robert R. Taylor dies at 77; entrepreneur created Softsoap

    With one stroke, entrepreneur Robert R. Taylor made a fortune, changed the way America washed up and doomed the bathroom soap dish to virtual obsolescence. It was Taylor who turned hand soap from a slippery lump to a dab from a pump. Taylor, who...
  • James Tolbert dies at 86; lawyer pressed Hollywood on civil rights

    In a Hollywood auditorium, James L. Tolbert tried to induce a room packed with broadcasting and advertising executives to essentially join the civil rights movement in 1963 by pointing out the obvious. "We Negroes watch 'Bonanza' and buy Chevrolets....
  • Cal Worthington dies at 92; car dealer known for wacky 'dog Spot' ads

    Cal Worthington dies at 92; car dealer known for wacky 'dog Spot' ads
    If you watched television in Southern California in the 1970s and beyond, it was impossible to miss Cal Worthington, the lanky pitchman in the cowboy hat touting deals on a sprawling car lot with his "dog Spot." "Spot," however, was anything but a dog...
  • Andy Spade is old-school cool

    Andy Spade is old-school cool
    The early years of Andy Spade's influence on the fashion world are well-documented: In 1993, he helped launch the Kate Spade handbag line with his future wife (the eponymous Kate). That was followed in 1996 by the Jack Spade line of utilitarian men's...
  • 2013 TV upfronts: Univision showcases El Rey, 'Gossip Girl Acapulco'

    2013 TV upfronts: Univision showcases El Rey, 'Gossip Girl Acapulco'
    NEW YORK -- Univision intends to remain the king. The nation's largest Spanish-language media company, Univision Communications, on Tuesday said it has made a financial investment in the planned El Rey cable channel owned by Hollywood director Robert...
  • Emanuel: Changes clear way for Wrigley Field approval

    Emanuel: Changes clear way for Wrigley Field approval
    After months of public posturing and private arm-twisting, Chicago aldermen are poised to sign off today on a Cubs plan to remake Wrigley Field and the surrounding neighborhood following last-minute tweaks to the $500 million project that brought on board...
  • Hospital ERs begin taking reservations

    Hospital ERs begin taking reservations
    The first time Erol Uner went to the emergency room recently, he knew something was seriously wrong because fluid retention had caused his legs to double in size. He was seen right away and wound up being hospitalized for two weeks for treatment of...
  • Sagging legacy networks seek a reversal of fortune

    Sagging legacy networks seek a reversal of fortune
    NEW YORK — This week, the streets of midtown Manhattan will once again swarm with TV executives trying to woo ad buyers to their upcoming fall lineups with splashy presentations, star-packed cocktail parties and plentiful swag. But there's an...
  • Interview: Kevin Smith isn't the silent type

    Interview: Kevin Smith isn't the silent type
    When you ask people who clearly are upset what's wrong, they typically will reply "nothing," because they don't want to talk about it — or they will take the opposite approach and tell you exactly what's got them down, starting from beginning to end...
  • Feminine hygiene firm Bodyform turns rant into social media gold

    Feminine hygiene firm Bodyform turns rant into social media gold
    Spoiler alert: That monthly time for women, long depicted by feminine hygiene companies as a glorious period -- so to speak -- of skydiving, dancing and smiles galore, is really nothing like that at all. This is relevant because Richard Neill, a man,...
  • Lakers' pitch to Dwight Howard open to second-guessing

    Lakers' pitch to Dwight Howard open to second-guessing
    The Lakers had hoped to make it much ado about something, putting up billboards, sending out tweets and assembling a large contingent of players, coaches and team executives to persuade Dwight Howard to stay with the storied NBA franchise. The league'...