Soprano' actors marching annoys parade planners

PEOPLE AND PLACES

October 11, 2002|By David Folkenflik

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has touched off a skirmish by inviting two cast members of The Sopranos to march in New York's Columbus Day parade on Monday without telling the parade planners.

The Columbus Citizens Foundation, says the HBO mob drama perpetuates negative images of Italian Americans, and "shows Italo-Americans as uneducated, low-life brutes," says foundation president Larry Auriana.

Bloomberg asked Dominic Chianese and Lorraine Bracco to join the parade because of their work for New York.

"I apologize if anybody's offended," he said, adding: "If you are offended, don't wave back when they wave to you."

New news director

Scott Livingston, a founding member of the news team shared by Baltimore television stations WBFF and WNUV, has been named news director. He has been acting news director since January, replacing Joseph DeFeo who was helping create the corporate news operations of parent company Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc., in Baltimore County.

A native of Salisbury, Livingston is an award-winning news photographer who is nationally recognized for a narrative style that helps complement stories with strong visual elements. He had been chief photographer and assistant news director before replacing DeFeo, whose appointment to the corporate news post became official last week.

The station has earned accolades in regional and national competitions under both.

Ta-ta

ABC has whacked two new shows because of poor ratings, according to the Los Angeles Times. Just three weeks into the new season, the network has axed That Was Then and the interactive mystery Push, Nevada, the Times says.

Due consideration

National Public Radio named two new hosts for its afternoon show All Things Considered. Michele Norris, a former correspondent for ABC News' World News Tonight, will become a cohost of the weekday show in December. She joins Robert Siegel and Melissa Block, who starts a new assignment in February.

Steve Inskeep, an NPR correspondent since 1996, will become the regular weekend host in November. He replaces Linda Wertheimer, who is now an NPR senior national correspondent, and Noah Adams, who is on sabbatical writing a book.

Today's birthdays

Actor Ron Leibman is 65.

Singer Daryl Hall is 53.

Actor David Morse is 49.

Country singer Paulette Carlson is 49.

Actress Joan Cusack is 40.

Actor Sean Patrick Flanery is 37.

Actor Luke Perry is 36.

Actress Jane Krakowski is 34.

Actress Michelle Trachtenberg is 17.

From staff and wire reports

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