November 4, 2013 |
Kmart is going on a holiday all-nighter, opening for bargain hunters at 6 a.m. Thanksgiving morning and keeping the lights on for 41 straight hours. Sister company Sears also is gearing up for an overnight shopping marathon, welcoming patrons at 8 p.m. on Turkey Day and running special deals until 1 p.m. the next day. The effort will be the longest test of endurance in both retailers' history. The day after Thanksgiving has long been considered the kickoff to holiday shopping.
October 21, 2013 |
Stainless steel is supposed to be, well, stainless, isn't it? That was John's question after he noticed rust stains on the refrigerator he'd purchased from Sears. John also had purchased an extended warranty, so he contacted Sears and explained the problem. Sears' response: Your warranty doesn't cover cosmetic problems, only technical ones, so those stains on your stainless steel are your problem. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions John could take the matter to small-claims court, but I wouldn't bother.
September 24, 2013 |
Larry Kramer's "The Normal Heart" holds such an important place in the history of the AIDS epidemic, chronicling the stark early days, indicting the government for its inaction and challenging audiences to transform grief into activism, that it took me decades to appreciate the personal drama. The 2011 Broadway revival, directed by Joel Grey and George C. Wolfe and starring Joe Mantello as grass-roots crusader Ned Weeks, made devastatingly clear that beneath the agitprop was an emotionally searing character study.
July 27, 2013 |
This is how supernova-hot Hanley Ramirez is: Adrian Gonzalez, tied for eighth in the National League with a team-high 64 RBI, said his job is to get on base for Ramirez. “The way he's been swinging the bat, you want to give him as many opportunities as possible,” he said. Who can argue? For almost two months now, Hanley has been a man on fire, hitting the ball about as consistently hard as imaginable. He should come with a warning label: hot to the touch. Ramirez has been the National League Rookie of the Year, he's won a batting title and been a three-time All-Star.
July 24, 2013 |
After uninspiring sales in the first half of the year, retailers are hustling to salvage a back-to-school shopping season that has gotten off to a muted start. Parents, worried about the economy and pressed for time, plan to spend less money and do more school-related shopping online, recent surveys show. To chase elusive customers, many retailers are sprucing up their Web portals and offering special Internet deals. For the first time, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is posting school uniforms on its online Classrooms by Wal-Mart database.
July 11, 2013 |
"The Hunt" is a terrifying cautionary tale about the loss of innocence, sexual abuse and children. But in a chilling twist, the innocence lost is that of a single father, a respected member of the community, a beloved kindergarten teacher suddenly pegged as a pedophile by an angry child. It is a devastating film to watch, a heedful one, and a tragic reminder that no matter how well a life has been conducted, the mere whiff of such scandalous behavior is condemnation enough. The film, which stars Mads Mikkelsen, that versatile Dane, follows the accused teacher, Lucas, through the destruction wrought by a single lie that sparks a wildfire of rumors and recriminations.