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Sesame Street's Maria Is Leaving The Show After 44 Years!

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The word of the day is SAD.

That's because one of Sesame Street's most longtime residents Maria is retiring after an amazing 44 years!

Maria — played by actress Sonia Manzano — joined the show way back in 1971, a year we're assured really existed, and not just on TV!

[ Video: Sesame Street Parody Of Avengers: Age Of Ultron Is Healthy & Hilarious! ]

Sonia announced her retirement during an address at the American Library Association Annual Conference on Tuesday to both shock and grief from fans.

During her time on the Street, the Latina role model won 15 Emmys for her writing and was nominated twice for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series for her time onscreen.

The next generation to watch Sesame Street will be a little worse off for not having her around. See some of her best moments through the years (below)!

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Girl Scouts Invade White House Lawn And Set Up Camp — How Are President Barack Obama & Michelle Obama Handling This Act Of War?!

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The horror!

In an unprecedented move, 50 Girl Scouts descended upon the White House lawn on Tuesday, shocking America and making camp for the night.

No, this isn't some sort of coup — it's actually just the first time anyone's ever spent the night on the South Lawn!

President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama invited girls from West Virginia, Virginia, Washington, DC and Oklahoma to make history and teach them the ropes about all things scouting.

[ Related: Girl Scouts Reject $100,000 Transphobic Donation! ]

Michelle kicked off the event with an adorable introduction, saying:

"I really just wanted to formally welcome you to the White House. There it is, it's right there.

You're making history, this is something you can tell you kids and your grand kids, do you understand the impact of this day?"

Naturally, the 10 and 11-year-olds didn't quite understand how significant their sleepover actually was, but at least Michelle seemed to have fun!

Ch-ch-check out how the historic day unfolded (below)!!!

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The Girl Scouts Just Did The Most AMAZING Thing When A Donor Made An Anti-Transgender Demand!

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The Girl Scouts of Western Washington completely shut down an anti-transgender donor!

The Girl Scouts aren't afraid to shut down haters. Even haters who throw $100K their way!

Four years ago, the organization announced it is accepting of ALL girls, including transgender members. In May, when the American Family Association tried to ban "boys in skirts" from being scouts, the organization shut it down by reminding them that if a person identifies as a girl, that person is more than welcome among the troops.

[ Related: The BOY SCOUTS Lead The Way In Several Pride Parades! ]

Around that time, a donor gave the Girl Scouts of Western Washington $100 thousand, but under one very discriminatory condition:

"Please guarantee that our gift will not be used to support transgender girls. If you can't, please return the money."

Council CEO Megan Ferland returned the hefty donation, explaining that there's no place for intolerance in the organization:

"Girl Scouts is for every girl. And every girl should have the opportunity to be a Girl Scout if she wants to."

The unfortunate part about sending the money back is that Megan said that it could have given 500 disadvantaged girls the opportunity to go to summer camp.

So, the Girl Scouts of Western Washington started an Indiegogo fundraiser — appropriately titled #ForEveryGirl — to make back the $100k donation they returned.

Ch-ch-check out the campaign video (below)!

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Your Morning Cereal Is About To Get A LOT Less Colorful! General Mills Is Removing All Artificial Ingredients INCLUDING Dyes!

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No more Blue Moons and Purple Horseshoes?!

On Monday, General Mills announced that it will remove all artificial colors and flavors from its cereals!

Beginning with popular cereals like Trix, Cocoa Puffs and Reese's Puffs, the cereal titan expects 90 percent of its cereal to go natural by the end of 2016, and the remaining 10 percent to be free of artificial colors and flavors by 2017!

[ Related: Ryan McHenry's Final Vine Of Ryan Gosling Refusing To Eat Cereal Is AH-Mazing ]

This decision seems to be following the trend that customers have been growing wary of processed foods, resulting in many food companies systematically ridding their products of ingredients that don't look natural.

Jim Murphy, president of General Mills U.S. cereal business, explained that customers don't want labels full of "colors with numbers and ingredients you can't pronounce." He explained:

"Consumers increasingly want the ingredient list for their cereal to look like what they pull out of their pantry."

We can expect colors like Red 40, Yellow 6, Blue 1 and other artificial dyes common in some cereals to be replaced by colors made from spices and fruit and vegetable juice concentrates!

[ Related: Diet Pepsi Will Soon Be Aspartame-Free! ]

Though removing artificial flavors isn't that easy for certain marshmallow-filled cereals like Lucky Charms and Count Chocula. Marshmallows are more difficult to reformulate the colors without changing the taste, texture, and appearance!

Let's hope the cereal company can keep their products just as colorful and tasty without any artificial ingredients.

If not, those kids might not be after those Lucky Charms for long!

[Image via General Mills.]

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Charlie Brown's Got A Crush In The Newest Trailer For The Peanuts Movie! Watch HERE!

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Get ready, all you blockhead lovers!

The most beloved cartoon strip about a boy and his dog is about to hit the big screen!

That's right, today we get a new trailer for the upcoming movie The Peanuts Movie!

[ Video: Watch The First Trailer For Pixar's Long-Awaited The Good Dinosaur HERE! ]

This time around, it's a bit longer and we get a better look and what's going on in Charlie Brown's life!

Not only does a new kid come to town, but this "new kid" appears to be a girl that has Charlie blushing left and right! Of course we get to catch up with the rest of the gang, Lucy, Schroeder, Linus, Peppermint Patty, Pigpen, and of course Snoopy — don't worry, we'll get some Flying Ace in there too!

Ch-ch-check out the ADORABLE trailer for the feature film (above) due out November 6th!

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Yasss! The NEW Powerpuff Girls Are HERE! See The First Images From The Reboot That'll Definitely Remind You Of The Originals!

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When Cartoon Network announced they were bringing back the Powerpuff Girls, we were stoked!

The original show was amazing, and the three little ladies are fantastic female heroes for children to see on TV! Though we have to say we weren't really into the look of the rebooted trio in their one-off special.

[ Related: You Can Buy The Real-Life Bedrock City From The Flintstones For $2 Million! ]

But now the first artwork from the new ongoing series is here, and Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles look like their old selves again! Thank goodness! And probably chemical X too!

Spongebob Squarepants himself, Tom Kenny, will even be returning to reprise his roles as the Narrator and the Mayor of Townsville!

But not everything is the same — the girls themselves will have all new voices!

Ch-ch-check out the new cast (above)!

[Image via Cartoon Network.]

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The First Trailer For Pixar's Long-Awaited The Good Dinosaur Is HERE! But Was It Worth The Wait..?

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It seems like 65 million years since we first heard about Pixar's prehistoric adventure The Good Dinosaur!

The film suffered massive delays and the exit of Up co-director Bob Peterson due to creative differences, but now it looks like we'll definitely probably finally see it this year!

[ Related: Tron 3 Cancelled ]

Did all the changes hurt the movie? Not if this trailer is any indication!

Ch-ch-check out the video (above) for your first look at the dino flick that's less Jurassic Park and more The Land Before Time — and with any luck coming out ON time!

The Good Dinosaur is scheduled to hit theaters November 25!

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