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Crayola to open kiddie attraction at Florida Mall in Orlando

Crayola appears to be taking a page from the Lego playbook and turning its toy brand into a play land. The Crayola Experience is slated to open summer 2015 in the Florida Mall in Orlando, the company announced Tuesday. The 17,000-square-foot attraction will have a lobby with a huge retail store of Crayola products  …


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  1. Crayola plans attraction in Orlando


    EASTON, Pa. — Crayon manufacturer Crayola is building a family attraction in Florida similar to the one it operates in its home state of Pennsylvania.

    William Schmid, 18 months, of Gardners, Pa., plays outside the Crayola Experience attraction Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Easton, Pa. Crayola announced Tuesday it will build a second attraction at The Florida Mall in Orlando, Fla., to open in summer 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Rubinkam)                                BX103
  2. NLRB ruling holds McDonald's, not just franchisees, liable for worker treatment

    Working Life

    The general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board ruled Tuesday that McDonald's is the joint employer for workers at its franchisees' restaurants, a decision that, if upheld, would disrupt longtime practices in the fast-food industry and ease the way for unionizing nationwide.

    Protesters gather outside of the McDonald’s Corp. headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill., during the company’s annual shareholders meeting in May to demonstrate for a $15-an-hour wage and the right to unionize.
  3. Ohio-based Panini's opens in Lutz, plans Westchase expansion


    LUTZ — Panini's Bar & Grill recently opened in the space that once housed Splash! An Ocean Grill. And if the bustling crowd at 3 p.m. on a Tuesday is any indication, this place is off to a promising start.

  4. The plight of the part-timer

    Working Life

    As more workers find their lives upended and their paychecks reduced by ever-changing, on-call schedules, government officials are trying to put limits on the harshest of those scheduling practices. The actions reflect a growing national movement — fueled by women's and labor groups — to curb practices that …

    After an hourlong bus ride, Mary Coleman arrived for her job at a Milwaukee Popeyes, and was told to go home without clocking in. New York Times
  5. Hillsborough real estate transactions for Aug. 1

    Real Estate


    6518 Surfside Bv., to Betty J. Mcelya Trustee & Betty J Mcelya Living Trust by Daniel Dennison & Nancy Dennison, $1,650,000, 06-26-2014.

  6. Pinellas County real estate transactions for Aug. 1

    Real Estate


    402 Althea Rd., to Gregory T. Kraft by Jorge L. Crespo & Wendy L. Weiler-Crespo, $800,000, 07-08-2014.

  7. Study: Delinquent debt levels high in Florida, Tampa Bay

    Personal Finance

    More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, and that number is even higher across much of the South, in Florida and in the Tampa Bay metro area, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute.

  8. Delinquent Wells Fargo homeowners invited to workshop in Tampa


    A nascent recovery in the housing market aside, Tampa Bay still has more than its share of residents struggling to stay in their homes.

  9. Dollar Tree to buy Family Dollar for $8.5 billion


    Dollar Tree agreed Monday to buy Family Dollar Stores for about $8.5 billion in cash and stock, uniting two of North America's biggest deep-discount retailers.

  10. Days numbered for J.C. Penney at Gulf View Square


    The end looms for the JCPenney store at Gulf View Square in Port Richey.

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