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Issue Date: August 2004 Issue

Name Dropping

Cleveland natives Anthony and Joe Russo will jump into the hourlong-drama genre this fall with "LAX," a show set behind the scenes at a major international airport. The Russo brothers directed the pilot episode of the new series set to air next month. Starring Heather Locklear and Blair Underwood, "LAX" was originally slated for the 2003 schedule. But the delay was a boon for the Russos, giving the brothers time to direct the 2003 pilot of the well-received Fox comedy series "Arrested Development."

University Heights Mayor Beryl E. Rothschild was one of nine women in government recognized for contributions to their communities in Good Housekeeping's July 2004 issue. Rothschild was cited for a diversity program she began in 1994 that addresses topics such as hate, discrimination, religion, family and prejudice. After Sept. 11, that public conversation also included more education about the Muslim community. More than 4,000 people have taken part in the program to date. "We feel that we've changed hearts and the ways of feeling," Rothschild says. "It's a ripple effect."

T+e Hollywood adaptation of Lakewood native Sean Flynn's 2001 book "3000 Degrees: The True Story of a Deadly Fire and the Men Who Fought It" was proceeding nicely. Ed Harris and Woody Harrelson had signed on to star in the film based on Flynn's account of the December 1999 Worcester, Mass., warehouse fir that killed six firefighters. But a spring skirmish with the Massachusetts firefighters union led Warner Bros. Pictures to shut down preproduction on the flick shortly before filming was set to start in Toronto in May. The union tried to block the project after the families of at least four of the six victims objected to the production.

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