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School wants out of 'Traffic'

Friday, January 05, 2001

Critics have given Steven Soderbergh's new film rave reviews. But don't tell that to an exclusive private school in Cincinnati.

The school is demanding to know why its name appears in "Traffic," which features a fictional American drug czar and his drug-addicted daughter, reports The Associated Press.

The daughter of Michael Douglas' character is identified in the movie as a Cincinnati Country Day School student. But the filmmakers never sought or received permission to use the name of the 75-year-old school, headmaster Charles Clark said.

Clark said he wants the school's name deleted from the film.

Baez cancels tour

Singer Joan Baez has canceled her tour, including the Feb. 4 show at the Palace Theater in Greensburg. On her Web site, Baez issued the following statement: "Due to a family health crisis, I am reluctantly forced to cancel all of my touring plans for the immediate future. My sister, Mimi, is in a battle with cancer, and as she continues to fight her illness, I feel an increasing need to be by her side." Refunds for the concert are available at the point of purchase.

Midwife benefit

Borders Books & Music is hosting a benefit weekend for The Midwife Center for Birth and Women's Health. The center will receive up to 15 percent of purchases made today through Sunday when accompanied with a coupon from the center's Web site ( Tomorrow at 2 p.m., a midwife will speak at each of the three locations: Bethel Park, Ross and Monroeville.

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