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FILE - This Aug. 30, 2009 file photo shows Big Bird, of the children's television show Sesame Street, in Los Angeles. Big Bird is endangered. Jim Lehrer lost control. And Mitt Romney crushed President Barack Obama. Those were the judgments rendered across Twitter and Facebook Wednesday during the first debate of the 2012 presidential contest. While millions turned on their televisions to watch the 90-minute showdown, a smaller but highly engaged subset took to social networks to discuss and score the debate as it unspooled in real time. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)
A butler opens the door of the large Sesame Street brownstone and guides me to the parlor. Big Bird is sitting on a large couch, wearing a silk smoking jacket, holding a bourbon and enjoying a drag on what appears to be an unfiltered Camel cigarette.
Boeing’s Mesa rotorcraft unit is experimenting with turning an aging Vietnam War-era helicopter into an unmanned aerial vehicle that can be controlled from the modern Apache Longbow to attack terrorist targets.
NEW USE FOR LITTLE BIRD: Experimental flight test technician Mitch Garland sits inside of the Unmanned Little Bird Demonstrator at Boeing in Mesa.
Chariot driver Monte McClurg is thrown to the dirt as his ostrich goes airborne during one of the ostrich chariot races at the 2004 Chandler Ostrich Festival. Both the driver and bird were unharmed.
Trainer Joe Hedrick holds a pen out. His ostrich draws back. No autographs, please. "They like shiny things," says Hedrick. But the pen doesn’t do it today.
Simply put, the Bird’s Nest was not a good fit for West-World, said Scottsdale and FBR Open officials on Friday.
November 20, 2004
Few topics make parents more squeamish than talking to their children about one little three-letterword: sex. A group of parents from the Kyrene Parent Network in the Kyrene Elementary and Tempe Union High school districts recently met to tackle the daunting subject.
Big Bird is leaving Sesame Street! That’s what he decides on the “Sesame Street” season opener. A rapping real-estate agent pitches him on migrating to a new habitat (“habitat,” the episode’s “Word on the Street”). After sizing up a beach and a swamp for his new habitat, Big Bird chooses a rain forest.
Caroll Spinney and his alter ego, Big Bird.
It seems an odd thing for a city to base a yearly festival around an awkward-looking flightless bird taller than most men. And if Dr. A.J. Chandler had decided to import, say, tortoises instead of ostriches back in 1914 … well, the races would be a lot slower, that’s for sure.
March 11, 2005
One of Joe Hedrick’s ostriches brought in from Kansas for the Chandler Ostrich Festival at Tumbleweed Park.
November 19, 2004
The Bird’s Nest — the FBR Open’s rollicking party tent — is winging its way home to the Tournament Players Club of Scottsdale after spending the past three years at WestWorld.
BIG BIRD? Jessica McKeen, 13, Jadyn Ocken, 4, and Joni McKeen gather Wednesday under a model of the therizinosaurus in the “Feathered Dinosaurs and the Origin of Flight” exhibit.