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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | November 12, 2012
Kevin Clash, the voice of Elmo on "Sesame Street," is taking a leave of absence from the show in the aftermath of allegations that he had sex with an underage boy, which surfaced Monday on the website TMZ. The Baltimore-born Clash has vehemently denied the accusations. According to TMZ, the 23-year-old accuser says the two began a sexual relationship seven years ago, when he was 16 and Clash, 45. Clash has acknowledged he had a relationship with the man, but said that it didn't begin until after he had become an adult.
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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 Tanya Barrientos and Tanya Barrientos,McClatchy-Tribune | August 26, 2006
This story is brought to you by the letters G, M and C - girl, Muppet, controversy - and the number 13. That's how many years it has been since there has been a new furry face on Sesame Street. Her name is Abby Cadabby, she's carnation-pink, a fairy in training, unmistakably a little girl. Abby's introduction has gone about as smoothly as a welcome party organized by Oscar the Grouch. The grown-ups who run Sesame Workshop believe boys have ruled the Muppet realm for too long. "We've been dealing with this issue for many years," says Rosemarie Truglio, vice president for education and research.
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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 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 RICHARD VERRIER and RICHARD VERRIER,LOS ANGELES TIMES | April 29, 2006
LOS ANGELES -- It looked like Craig Hanna was in for a white-knuckle ride when he left the safe confines of Universal Studios in early 2001 to strike out on his own as a theme-park design consultant. Two of the biggest names in the business, Universal and Walt Disney Co., had no new parks on the drawing board. Wall Street was turned off by the industry's thin profits and voracious appetite for capital. A few months later the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks would pummel tourism. "A lot of people asked us, `Why would you even consider starting a new business in the theme-park industry?
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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 NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | June 10, 2004
Comcast Corp. may have lost the fight to acquire a giant programming company when it withdrew its offer for the Walt Disney Co., but it has apparently not lost its appetite for entertainment programming. Comcast, the nation's largest cable operator, is in talks with potential partners to create a digital cable channel for children, according to people close to the discussions. Those potential partners include the Public Broadcasting Service, Sesame Workshop and HIT Entertainment of Britain, according to one of the people, who added that any deal was a month to six weeks away.
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By Daniel Lyons and Daniel Lyons,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 23, 2003
IT'S THAT TIME of year again. Unsatisfied with its $390 million annual grant from Congress, PBS has begun interrupting Sesame Street reruns and documentaries on Armenian culture to continue its relentless pursuit for private donations. This year's efforts have been particularly intense, given the cost of complying with the Federal Communications Commission's requirement that stations convert to a digital broadcasting format. Congress provided an additional $48.7 million to aid that transition, but public broadcasting officials have estimated the conversion's total price tag at nearly $1.7 billion.
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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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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 Tanya Barrientos and Tanya Barrientos,McClatchy-Tribune | August 26, 2006
This story is brought to you by the letters G, M and C - girl, Muppet, controversy - and the number 13. That's how many years it has been since there has been a new furry face on Sesame Street. Her name is Abby Cadabby, she's carnation-pink, a fairy in training, unmistakably a little girl. Abby's introduction has gone about as smoothly as a welcome party organized by Oscar the Grouch. The grown-ups who run Sesame Workshop believe boys have ruled the Muppet realm for too long. "We've been dealing with this issue for many years," says Rosemarie Truglio, vice president for education and research.
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By RICHARD VERRIER and RICHARD VERRIER,LOS ANGELES TIMES | April 29, 2006
LOS ANGELES -- It looked like Craig Hanna was in for a white-knuckle ride when he left the safe confines of Universal Studios in early 2001 to strike out on his own as a theme-park design consultant. Two of the biggest names in the business, Universal and Walt Disney Co., had no new parks on the drawing board. Wall Street was turned off by the industry's thin profits and voracious appetite for capital. A few months later the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks would pummel tourism. "A lot of people asked us, `Why would you even consider starting a new business in the theme-park industry?
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | June 10, 2004
Comcast Corp. may have lost the fight to acquire a giant programming company when it withdrew its offer for the Walt Disney Co., but it has apparently not lost its appetite for entertainment programming. Comcast, the nation's largest cable operator, is in talks with potential partners to create a digital cable channel for children, according to people close to the discussions. Those potential partners include the Public Broadcasting Service, Sesame Workshop and HIT Entertainment of Britain, according to one of the people, who added that any deal was a month to six weeks away.
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