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April 26, 2005 | By Bronwyn Lance Chester
What in the name of Jim Henson are the folks at Sesame Street thinking? The heretofore sensible crew that controls a menagerie of multihued Muppets has decided to put the beloved Cookie Monster on a diet. You remember the Cookie Monster. Blue shag-carpet fur. Googly eyes. Tarzan diction. And a voracious appetite for that time-honored baked mixture of chocolate chips, sugar and eggs. Sesame Workshop honchos, the folks behind the show, have decided that given the present obesity epidemic, Cookie's eating habits are promoting an unhealthy lifestyle for children.
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October 11, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIDDLETOWN TWP. Watch out, Elmo and Big Bird. Cookie Monster is slated to get more of the spotlight in May. About 25,000 square feet at the Sesame Place amusement park near Langhorne will be transformed into Cookie's Monster Land by next spring. The park is to announce the move Thursday, and it will make the grumbling cookie hoarder one of Sesame Place's most visible characters. After one of the largest renovations in Sesame Place history, Cookie's Monster Land will feature new play areas and five new rides.
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February 2, 1990
The president's budget guru - Richard Darman - suggests seeing the federal budget "as a set of children's games: the Budget as Cookie Monster, its future threatened by hidden Pac-Men, its path a journey through Wonderland. " A trifle arch, perhaps, but it reflects the other-worldly approach the budget engenders among otherwise intelligent people. As Darman points out, the Cookie Monster often appears benign and friendly, but it sure has bad habits. It eats all the cookies in sight and spreads crumbs all over the place.
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March 1, 1988 | By KURT HEINE, Daily News Staff Writer
Last summer, when almost every Philadelphia police officer was searching for serial slaying suspect Harrison "Marty" Graham, the fugitive had a constant companion. A pal who listened to the 28-year-old North Philadelphia man's deepest thoughts and never betrayed them. Someone who now, tragically for Graham, dwells inside a plastic trash bag with several issues of the Daily News chronicling the manhunt. Cookie Monster. A dirty, well-worn, fuzzy blue puppet version of the "Sesame Street" co- star was seized in the abandoned house where Graham hid during the week after police uncovered the remains of seven women in and around the apartment Graham had formerly occupied on 19th Street near Cecil B. Moore Avenue.
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November 14, 2001 | By Kayce T. Ataiyero INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
In the case of the angry father vs. the Cookie Monster, both sides agree that someone was assaulted. The question is: Who's the real victim? Is it the 5-foot, 5-inch woman who says she was punched and kicked by a 6-foot-3 man as she lay trapped in a Muppet suit? Or is it the 3-year-old girl who says she got pushed by the Cookie Monster's paw when she tried to get a photo and left Sesame Place in June sad and empty-handed? Those are the questions at the heart of the Bucks County Court trial of Lee P. McPhatter Jr., 22, of Waldorf, Md., which began yesterday.
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November 15, 2001 | By Alicia A. Caldwell INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A Maryland man, a senior at The Citadel military college in South Carolina, was convicted yesterday in Bucks County Court on charges that he kicked and punched an actress portraying the Cookie Monster at Sesame Place in Middletown in June. Bucks County Judge Rae Boylan Thomas found Lee P. McPhatter Jr., 22, of Waldorf, Md., guilty of simple assault, disorderly conduct and harassment after a two-day nonjury trial. She sentenced him to one year of probation and 25 hours of community service and ordered him to attend anger-management counseling.
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April 25, 1988 | By Donna Shaw, Inquirer Staff Writer
We are about to give away a trade secret: the Cookie-Monster-pretends-to- eat-a-cookie technique. It is brought to you courtesy of Lynne Alvino, impersonator extraordinaire of Cookie Monster, Bert, Ernie and the Honkers. Here's how it works for Alvino, 20, an elementary-education major at Rider College in Lawrenceville, N.J., who works summers at Sesame Place in Langhorne: As the child shoves the cookie at her mouth, Alvino puts her furry blue paw to her face and palms the cookie while pretending to munch furiously.
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June 22, 2001 | By Alicia A. Caldwell INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A family outing at Sesame Place abruptly turned into a flurry of fists and fur when Cookie Monster was accosted and kicked by a 22-year-old Maryland man this month, police said. Middletown Township Police Officer Daniel Buckley said yesterday that Lee P. McPhatter Jr. of Waldorf, Md., not only got in Cookie's face but into the blue creature's wide mouth as well, kicking the head and body of the person inside, E. Jennie McNelis, 21, of Bensalem. She suffered bruises to the ribs and leg and a neck sprain, police said.
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December 20, 1989 | Inquirer photographs by Michael S. Wirtz
"I started out as Santa so I would have some extra money for Christmas," said Bill Weber, 28, who is in his second year of playing part-time Santa. "This year I do it because I enjoy it. " Weber, 28, spends three or four days a week greeting children and asking their wishes at Wanamakers in Center City before going to his job as a computer operator at the University of Pennsylvania. He comes to the part with a varied background - he has also played the Easter Bunny and Cookie Monster.
NEWS
March 8, 1988 | By KURT HEINE, Daily News Staff Writer
Accused North Philadelphia mass murderer Harrison "Marty" Graham couldn't get his Cookie Monster puppet back into court yesterday, but he might get to keep his life as a consolation, his lawyer says. As jury selection in Graham's murder trial was about to start, the suspect abruptly decided to give up the jury trial and settle for a verdict by Common Pleas Judge Robert A. Latrone, who saw most of the prosecution's evidence during 15 days of pretrial hearings. "I'm looking to save my client's life," said defense attorney Joel S. Moldovsky, explaining why he urged Graham to waive the jury trial.
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March 12, 2015 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
America loves Cookie Lyon - the female lead on Fox's breakout hit Empire - riotously played by Taraji P. Henson. Cookie is a Philly-bred, around-the-way girl who drinks hard-core rappers under the table, and unapologetically tosses the belongings of her ex-husband's fiancee from the top floor of a suburban mansion. And, whoa, the Cookie Monster fiercely loves her children. But we wouldn't connect to Cookie so completely if her sense of style - or, sometimes, lack thereof - wasn't so very on point with her character: Cookie dresses like a woman who doesn't play.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
  LINDA RONSTADT   didn't make it to New York in April when she was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, but Parkinson's disease didn't stop her from going to the White House. Yesterday, President Obama hung a National Medal of Arts around her neck and revealed, "I had a little crush on her back in the day. " A military aide brought Ronstadt, 68, into the East Room by wheelchair, but she walked to the stage to receive her award as a citation was read honoring her "one-of-a-kind voice" that paved the way for generations of female artists.
NEWS
October 11, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
MIDDLETOWN TWP. Watch out, Elmo and Big Bird. Cookie Monster is slated to get more of the spotlight in May. About 25,000 square feet at the Sesame Place amusement park near Langhorne will be transformed into Cookie's Monster Land by next spring. The park is to announce the move Thursday, and it will make the grumbling cookie hoarder one of Sesame Place's most visible characters. After one of the largest renovations in Sesame Place history, Cookie's Monster Land will feature new play areas and five new rides.
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April 10, 2013 | By Verena Dobnik, Associated Press
NEW YORK - Cookie Monster stands accused of shoving a 2-year-old. Super Mario was charged with groping a woman. And Elmo was booked for berating tourists with anti-Semitic slurs. Times Square is crawling with entrepreneurs who dress up as pop-culture characters and try to make a few bucks posing for photos with visitors to the big city. But some characters are unlike anything you've seen on Sesame Street or at Disney World. They smoke, they use foul language, and they can be aggressive.
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December 20, 2011 | By Bill Reed, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A new Christmas spectacle starring Elmo, Cookie Monster, and Santa is giving a late boost to Bucks County tourism in what has been a turnaround year. And 2012 "looks like a great year," with three historic events and a renowned exhibit of European art promising to draw visitors, says Jerry Lepping, executive director of VisitBucks, the county's tourism agency. "The problems are starting to recede," Lepping said last week about tourism, second only to agriculture as a revenue producer for the county.
NEWS
May 13, 2011
The prom was a sparkling spectacle of tiaras, tuxes, DJs, and dancing. No matter that many of the 100 pint-size attendees sported wheelchairs, intravenous poles, bandages, and bald heads. One prom-goer, Rachel Kovach, 11, of Highlands, N.J., has been chronicling her care for a rare bone tumor by blogging for The Inquirer at www.philly.com/OncoGirl . She had major surgery to salvage her right leg May 3 and resumed intravenous chemotherapy Thursday just hours before the prom.
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April 15, 2011 | Eileen A.J. Connelly, Associated Press
NEW YORK - Even a Muppet knows how to get money. "The best way is to earn it, by working at a job!" said Grover, the perpetually 6-year-old monster, during a recent break in filming on the set of "Sesame Street" in New York. "I have a number of jobs myself! I work at Charlie's Restaurant!" he said, referring to one of his recurring skits on the venerable kids' show. Earning money is one of the financial fundamentals focused on in "For Me, for You, for Later," a new project featuring Grover, Elmo, Cookie Monster and their Muppet pals.
NEWS
November 15, 2010
IN THE SAME WEEK that it was reported that a stunning 18 percent of Americans are still struggling to find adequate food for their families, conservative icon Sarah Palin was channeling a certain clueless, 18th century French princess. Let them eat cookies was the former vice presidential candidate's message when visiting a Christian school in Plumsteadville, Bucks County, on Tuesday. Palin brought along a couple hundred sugar cookies to mock the Pennsylvania Board of Education's recent recommendation to limit sweets at classroom parties in public schools.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 20, 2009 | By Kristin Granero FOR THE INQUIRER
The Walnut Street Theatre will present The Berenstain Bears' Family Matters, a musical created by Michael Borton, as its 2009 Kids' Series installment beginning tonight. Making its world premiere at the theater, the production will be based on three books in the Berenstain Bears series: The Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers, The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food, and The Berenstain Bears' Trouble at School. The Berenstain Bears' Family Matters, directed by Meghan Heimbecker and choreographed by Samuel Reyes, is geared primarily toward elementary school children and illustrates the importance of family togetherness.
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