Former voice of Elmo hit with 5th sex abuse suit

Former voice of Elmo hit with 5th sex abuse suit

A fifth man has filed a lawsuit alleging sex abuse by Kevin Clash, the puppeteer who gave Sesame Street's Elmo his voice.

The allegations that Kevin Kiadii, 25, made against Clash, 52, are similar to those made by four other men who said they were courted and seduced by Clash when they were underage teenagers.

The lawyer defending Clash called the other suits "meritless and barred by the statute of limitations," but he did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment on the newest filing.

"Mr. Clash continues to deny any wrongdoing, and we intend to defend this case forcefully," attorney Michael Berger said when the fourth suit was filed. Read more »

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Video shows Mike Rice's ire

Video shows Mike Rice's ire

In several dozen hours of video of Rutgers men's basketball practices obtained by "Outside the Lines," coach Mike Rice is seen hurling basketballs from close range at his players' heads, legs and feet; shoving and grabbing his players; feigning punching them; kicking them; and screaming obscenities and homophobic slurs. Read more »

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Rutgers coach fired after abusive video broadcast

Rutgers coach fired after abusive video broadcast

Rutgers University fired head basketball coach Mike Rice on Wednesday after ESPN broadcast a video showing him physically and verbally abusing players.

The video, which ESPN said features excerpts of practice sessions shot between 2010 and 2012, initially had earned Rice a three-game suspension, a $75,000 fine and a ticket to anger management classes.

"You f**king fairy ... you're a f**king fa**ot," Rice appears to say during one session depicted on the video, which also shows him shoving and throwing basketballs at players.

Under pressure from incensed state officials to take stronger action, Athletic Director Tim Pernetti said Wednesday that he had made a mistake in favoring suspension. Read more »

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Gay couples say DOMA ruling could save them thousands

Tax day is around the corner and for many of us that means getting that tax return!  However, for many same-sex couples it is another reminder of inequality in the eyes of the government.

Gay married couples in Phoenix detail how current law costs them thousands more than straight couples.

Please see the link below to watch the video!

Click HERE!

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Bisbee legalizes civil unions, pushes aside AG's legal warnings

BISBEE — Ignoring vociferous opposition and threats of lawsuits, the small southeastern Arizona city of Bisbee legalized civil unions for same-sex couples Tuesday night in an historic council vote that turned into a political circus, as nearly 100 people packed the chambers in both opposition and support.

The City Council pushed aside legal warnings from the state’s attorney general and a conservative advocacy group and voted 5-2 to become first city in the state to offer civil-union certificates for all couples that would extend to same-sex partners some of the same rights as married couples within the Bisbee boundaries. Read more »

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GLENDALE COMMUNITY BAND BRINGS MUSIC TO DOWNTOWN GLENDALE SUMMER EVENINGS

GLENDALE COMMUNITY BAND BRINGS MUSIC TO DOWNTOWN GLENDALE SUMMER EVENINGS

Glendale’s favorite summer tradition is back for its 47th season beginning June 6 in downtown Glendale.

The eight-week concert series takes place each Thursday at 8 p.m. June 6 through July 25, in the Murphy Park Amphitheater, located at 59th Avenue and Glenn Drive; with the exception of the holiday week in July, when the concert will be held Wednesday, July 3. Music lovers of all ages will be entertained by this community band of approximately 100 musicians with its renditions of marches, ballads and show tunes. Read more »

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Mark Kirk endorses gay marriage

Mark Kirk endorses gay marriage

Sen. Mark Kirk bucked most of his fellow Republicans on Tuesday, becoming the second GOP senator to publicly endorse same-sex marriages.

“When I climbed the Capitol steps in January, I promised myself that I would return to the Senate with an open mind and greater respect for others,” The Illinois senator said in a statement. “Same-sex couples should have the right to civil marriage. Our time on this earth is limited, I know that better than most. Life comes down to who you love and who loves you back— government has no place in the middle.” Read more »

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AG Horne warns Bisbee its civil union ordinance is unconstitutional

AG Horne warns Bisbee its civil union ordinance is unconstitutional

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne says he'll be forced to take Bisbee to court if the town's city council passes a same sex ordinance Tuesday night.

Horne fired off a letter to council members raising constitutionality questions about the proposed ordinance that would recognize civil unions for same-sex couples in the small  southern Arizona town. Read more »

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