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Health Group Finds High Lead Levels in Toys By Jennifer C. Kerr (AP Writer) Children’s toys carrying the Barbie and Disney logos have turned up with high levels of lead in them, according to a California-based advocacy group – a finding that may give consumers pause as they shop for the holiday season. The Center for Environmental Health tested about 250 children’s products bought at major retailers and found lead levels that… Read More

Dora Falls into Marketer’s Tween-hood Trap She’s been a bilingual world explorer and a problem-solver extraordinaire.  She’s shouted, “Let’s go!” and set off with her compass, backpack, and sidekick monkey.  She’s been a brave, adventurous, resourceful girl. Now, she’s being made over by Mattel and Nickelodeon to be a lipstick wearing ‘tween.  Marketers are giving Dora a complete makeover, and this time, her accessories include eye shadow rather than a map. Hardy… Read More

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