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By David Zurawik | david.zurawik@baltsun.com and Sun TV Critic | November 10, 2009
H ow can this be? On a day of such great celebration, the 40th anniversary of "Sesame Street," Big Bird wants to leave the urban nest that has been home for four decades and migrate to the rain forest? The rain forest! Elmo is so rattled he can barely speak as Big Bird comes to say goodbye. "But Sesame Street is where Big Bird lives," Elmo squeaks to the group of old friends, including Gordon, Maria and Snuffleupagus, who have gathered to see the yellow feathered one off. The rest of the world might be focused on first lady Michelle Obama coming to The Street today to show Elmo and some of the children how to plant their own vegetable gardens.
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By Lorraine Mirabella and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
Cereal makers have long designed eye-catching boxes to lure children to supermarket breakfast aisles. Now, grocers and produce companies are turning to Big Bird and other "Sesame Street" characters in an effort to make fruits and vegetables just as appealing. An emerging national movement that uses the Muppets to market vegetables to preschoolers got a foothold in Baltimore last week when it was adopted by two area businesses — Mars Super Markets and Savage-based East Coast Fresh, a Mars vendor and processor of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables.
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By Sarah Kickler Kelber and The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2012
For yesterday's Sunrise section, I wrote a story about the summer song that just keeps multiplying itself thanks to spoofs, remixes and covers, Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe. " Now, Sesame Street has joined the fun. Check out Cookie Monster singing "Share It Maybe. " Can I have one of those cookies?
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By Jennifer Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun Media Group | June 19, 2013
"This is the song. La la la la. Elmo's song. " More like: This is the song. La la la la. Always in my head. One day several weeks ago, I was attempting to trim Danielle's fingernails (since she doesn't fall asleep in my arms any longer) and I decided to Google "Sesame Street video" to find something to distract her from squirming. Enter "Elmo's Song. " Ever since, Dani has been clamoring for more and more of the video. Any adult goes near a computer in my house and she's on them immediately -- arms up, hopeful look on her face.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | February 9, 2012
August Wilson's "Jitney," set in 1977, focuses on a poor urban neighborhood where "urban renewal" just means demolition and neglect. The plot revolves around a company of unlicensed cabs trying to maintain service for an African-American community ignored by regular taxis. "It is more relevant now than in some years since the play was written," said Roscoe Orman, the veteran actor who stars in a new staging of "Jitney" by Theatre Morgan at Morgan State University this weekend. The tall, handsome Orman, familiar to successive generations of children as Gordon on "Sesame Street" since 1974, plays Becker, owner of the gypsy cab company.
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By Jill Rosen and Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2012
Kevin Clash, the Baltimore-born puppeteer who was the voice behind the beloved "Sesame Street" character Elmo, resigned Tuesday in the wake of allegations that he had sex with minors. Though a man who'd accused Clash last week of having underage sex recanted, Clash released a short statement saying he was leaving the show with sadness after another accuser emerged. "I am resigning from Sesame Workshop with a very heavy heart," he said. "I have loved every day of my 28 years working for this exceptional organization.
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | May 18, 1994
Only recently have I given in and become a fan of "Melrose Place," mostly because it has the most eccentric female villains since "2000 Malibu Road" -- which, come to think of it, also was an Aaron Spelling production. It's with some hesitancy, therefore, that I point to tonight's two-hour "Melrose Place" finale as the night's highlight. However, its competition is fairly slight.* "Jonathan Stone: Threat of Innocence." (8-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Richard Crenna already has one television movie franchise as a cop with his "Janek" series.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | March 5, 1994
How could you criticize a show that has Little Richard singing "Rubber Ducky," Queen Latifah rapping about the letter "O," Big Bird auditioning backup singers for a la-la group, and Aaron Neville joining Ernie for a lovely version of "I Don't Want to Live on the Moon"?The answer is you can't criticize "Sesame Street Jam," the centerpiece of a four-hour "Sesame Street Marathon" (5 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow on MPT, Channels 22 and 67, and WETA, Channel 26). The preview tape is a delight.But that doesn't mean some parents won't find room for criticism, depending on how "Sesame Street" material is handled during the pledge drive.
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By New York Daily News | May 17, 1995
Big Bird's beak is out of joint with the folks who produce the Daytime Emmy Awards telecast.Honchos at Children's Television Workshop, the company behind "Sesame Street," where the lovable Big Bird rules the roost, are angry because the program won't be featured on Friday's Daytime Emmys telecast, depriving the publicly funded show of a much needed prime-time forum.The flap is the latest controversy for the Daytime Emmys. Late last year, a group of top daytime stars threatened to boycott this year's event unless the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, which administers the awards, revamped the balloting process and cooled the show's emphasis on the steamier side of the soaps.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | June 8, 2013
Soon after a massive tornado devastated Moore, Okla., last month, a Linthicum seamstress leaped into action, formulating a plan to help the victims. Kathy Furth began reaching out to thread-savvy friends from her parish and a local sewing organization to gauge interest. She asked them: Do you want to join forces to make clothes for children who lost everything in the disaster? The positive responses to her inquiries were overwhelming, she said. "It just spread like crazy," said Furth, owner of Sew Many Seams, a business that specializes in creating one-of-a-kind liturgical vestments.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2013
A fifth man has filed a lawsuit against Kevin Clash, the former voice of Elmo on "Sesame Street," making sex abuse allegations similar to those of four other plaintiffs. Kevin Kiadii, now 25, of New York, alleges that he was 16 when he and Clash engaged in sexual contact after meeting on a gay phone chat line. According to the lawsuit, Clash initiated contact with Kiadii on the chat line in 2004, invited him to his New York apartment and sent a luxury car service to pick Kiadii up in Brooklyn.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2012
A fourth accuser is coming forward to claim he engaged in underage sex with former "Sesame Street" puppeteer Kevin Clash. On Monday, Florida-based attorney Jeff Herman filed his third lawsuit alleging that Clash, now 52, engaged in sex with minors. Herman also has filed suits on behalf of two of the previous three accusers. All three cases allege civil — in other words, noncriminal — violations, and are pending in the Southern District of New York. All three seek unspecified damages.
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By Jill Rosen and Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2012
Kevin Clash, the Baltimore-born puppeteer who was the voice behind the beloved "Sesame Street" character Elmo, resigned Tuesday in the wake of allegations that he had sex with minors. Though a man who'd accused Clash last week of having underage sex recanted, Clash released a short statement saying he was leaving the show with sadness after another accuser emerged. "I am resigning from Sesame Workshop with a very heavy heart," he said. "I have loved every day of my 28 years working for this exceptional organization.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | November 19, 2012
A claim that "Sesame Street" puppeteer Kevin Clash had sex with a minor has been withdrawn. The 23-year-old man who had said he was 16 when he began a romantic relationship with Clash - the voice of Elmo - recanted Tuesday through his attorney. The brief statement from the Harrisburg, Pa., law firm of Andreozzi & Associates reads in its entirety: "This office represented the 23-year-old man who was the subject of many media reports regarding Kevin Clash. He wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship.
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October 14, 2012
Sal D'Avella's letter on Mitt Romney's budget proposal proves once again that one can attack or defend any idea ("Move over, Big Bird," Oct. 11). Four-hundred-fifty million dollars could indeed hire a lot of teachers. However, did Mr. D'Avella do any preliminary research to see if Sesame Street was an effective tool for educating children? Is this $450 million being well spent? It took me only the time to log onto the Internet to find several arguments for the continuation of Big Bird and the Sesame Street gang.
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