| May 21, 2014
| 12:10 PM
Brand mascots should be cuddly, or at the very least they shouldn't give you nightmares. McDonald's learned that the hard way this week after critics on social media referred to Happy -- the restaurant chain's new Happy Meal mascot -- as McScary.
| Aug 11, 2014
NEWPORT NEWS—Malik Spencer is hoping to transform his community, with the help of one neighbor at a time.
The 15-year-old Southeast Newport News resident is one of 45 teenagers from across the city who will, over the next three years, attempt to...
| May 28, 2014
| 12:34 PM
Check out festivals and events in July across the state.
This list is organized by region.
Central Florida (including Orlando, Kissimmee, Daytona Beach, Sanford, the Space Coast, Lakeland/Polk and Lake County)
July 3: Red Hot and Boom, Altamonte...
| Apr 8, 2014
| 8:52 AM
If you're in Orlando, you can feel it breathing down your neck: Summer, the relentless 10-month stretch of heat and humidity is sneaking up on us. We compiled some key theme-park activities that are best to knock out before the days turn into scorchers....
| Apr 10, 2014
| 5:27 AM
One could forgive It's a Small World for getting a big head. Disney marked its 50th birthday party with a global celebration. The ride was introduced at the 1964 World's Fair and was considered a temporary attraction. Instead, Walt Disney transplanted...
| May 6, 2014
| 12:23 PM
Disney has shown it isn't afraid to make changes, and next up on its revamp list at Walt Disney World is the Polynesian Resort. Part of moving forward though is a bit of a throwback.
"As part of this transformation, the resort is returning to its...
| May 20, 2014
| 6:16 AM
Oh social commentary, you never let me down. When McDonald's revealed its new mascot for the Happy Meal, a character named Happy, Twitter responded with humor not seen since the days of Gallagher and Sheen.
"Cannot be unseen." Thank you @msavener...
| May 18, 2014
| 2:15 PM
Happy just got more expensive. Disneyland, which calls itself the happiest place on Earth, raised its entry prices, a week before the Memorial Day weekend marks the start of summer.
Without notice, Walt Disney Co. raised the price of a single-day ticket...
| Aug 15, 2014
| 9:00 PM
Year in and year out, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood is the best haunted theme park event in Southern California and quite possibly the country.
For that reason, I hold Universal Studios to a higher standard when the movie...
| Jul 28, 2014
| 1:03 PM
Jewish community centers in Miami-Dade County are sending groups of teenage athletes to compete at the JCC Maccabi Games at the Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center in Boca Raton.
The Galbut Family Miami Beach JCC is sending a small group of...
| Aug 18, 2014
| 10:44 AM
Last week, Carly Smitherman, 16, of Cooper City, was attending her third and final JCC Maccabi Games — the annual, Olympic-style athletic competition for Jewish teen athletes 12 to 16.
Smitherman was excited to finally win a medal in her third...