December 17, 2012 |
McKenna Pope, the 13-year-old girl who petitioned toy maker Hasbro for an Easy-Bake oven suitable for both girls and boys, will get what she's been asking for. After meeting with the New Jersey girl at its Rhode Island headquarters Monday, Hasbro said it will offer a new black-and-silver oven design in fall 2013. The company said the prototype, which it showed to Pope, has been in development for 18 months and will debut at the New York Toy Fair in February. Since 1963, a dozen different Easy-Bake models have been introduced in colors including teal, green, yellow, silver, blue and purple, Hasbro said.
December 12, 2012 |
The 13-year-old New Jersey girl who started a petition for boy-friendly Easy-Bake ovens will meet Monday with Hasbro, the company that makes the kitchen toy. In a statement, Hasbro said it invited McKenna Pope and her family to make their case at its Pawtucket, R.I., headquarters as “a consumer centric company” would. “Through the years, based on both market research and buying patterns, we have seen that the primary interest in the Easy-Bake Oven comes from girls,” the company said.
November 27, 2012 |
Major League Soccer tweaked its playoff format before this season, moving its championship game from a neutral site to the home field of the finalist with the best regular-season record. Still, the prospect of the Galaxy getting home field seemed unlikely when it entered the postseason with the eighth-best record among the 10 playoff teams. But after beating Vancouver in a wild-card game and upsetting top-seeded San Jose and Seattle in the next two rounds, the Galaxy finds itself right back where it ended last season: at the Home Depot Center playing Houston, the Eastern Conference wild-card winner, in the MLS Cup final Saturday.
November 23, 2012 |
JERUSALEM - Soon after the cease-fire took effect this week between Israel and Hamas, another truce ended: The agreement among candidates in Israel's upcoming elections not to campaign during the crisis. Analysts said it probably was too much to ask for the political cease-fire to last much longer. "The War has Started," said a front page headline in Friday's leading Yediot Aharonot newspaper, referring to the barely couched maneuvering for advantage. Some question whether there was ever a break in the politicking.
November 16, 2012 |
CAIRO - Egyptians rallied in cities across the country Friday to show solidarity with Palestinians and to support or criticize Egypt's new Islamist government, which has enlivened the Arab world with its diplomatic maneuvers and condemnation of Israel. President Mohamed Morsi has not stopped the fighting between Hamas and Israel, but he has emerged as a more aggressive and less neutral player than his predecessor Hosni Mubarak, who was toppled in last year's uprising. Morsi's engagement is a testament to the rising profile of Islamists in the region's political realignment.
September 14, 2012 |
JERUSALEM - As the war of words heats up regarding a possible Israeli military strike on Iran, now is the time to look at one of the key arguments used by those opposed to such an act of self-defense. Time and again we have heard the question "Why now?" asked whenever an Israeli prime minister must make a decision that placed our nation's very existence in jeopardy. Each time, our leaders knew to focus on the real question - "What is the alternative?" - and then go forward on the lonely path toward a more secure and free Israel.