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The middle of the street

Culture | Sesame Street tries to keep Bert and Ernie out of the culture wars
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 9/21/18, 03:26 pm

Sesame Street producers tried to set the record straight this week, asserting that puppet characters Bert and Ernie are not a gay couple. For generations, smirking teens have suggested that the roommates were more than friends, and former Sesame Street writer Mark Saltzman seemed to confirm it in an interview posted Sunday on the website Queerty. He said he always imagined Bert and Ernie as a romantically involved couple when he was writing scenes for them.

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New face, same mission for Planned Parenthood 

Abortion | Pro-lifers expect agency’s new leader to double down on abortion
by Samantha Gobba
Posted 9/17/18, 02:57 pm

Planned Parenthood has tapped Leana Wen, Baltimore’s health commissioner and an emergency room doctor, as its next president.

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Planned Parenthood names new president

by Rache Lynn Aldrich
Posted 9/12/18, 04:28 pm

Planned Parenthood named Baltimore Health Commissioner Leana Wen as its new president Wednesday, replacing Cecile Richards, who stepped down earlier this year. Wen will take over the top leadership position of the nation’s largest abortion provider on Nov. 12.

Wen calls the perceived threat to women’s health “the single biggest public health catastrophe of our time,” and in a letter to friends and colleagues she claimed, “Planned Parenthood has done more for women’s health than any other organization.”

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