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Wednesday, August 23, 2000

By Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor

GOOD NEWS FOR WATERS: KDKA-TV "Good News" reporter/anchor Brenda Waters has been named a regional winner in the 1999 Russell L. Cecil Medical Journalism Awards.

The competition is sponsored annually by the Arthritis Foundation to recognize coverage about arthritis and the Arthritis Foundation. Waters won the award for a report on the Home Assessment Program for people with arthritis.

"WEIRD" CHANGE: Disney Channel's "So Weird," about a girl who encounters strange phenomena while traveling with her rock star mom, returns for a new season at 5 p.m. Monday. But the show's lead actress, Cara DeLizia, is bowing out.

DeLizia will be in the season premiere to pass the baton to new actress Alexz Johnson, who plays Annie, a close family friend of rock star Molly Phillips (Mackenzie Phillips). DeLizia's Fi leaves to have a normal teen-age life, moving in with Molly's sister in Seattle. A Disney Channel publicist said DeLizia wanted to concentrate on film acting.

CABLE CONUNDRUM: AT&T Cable Services planned to move C-SPAN2 on some systems in the city of Pittsburgh, but there were technical snafus.

Here's the revised plan: For customers accessing C-SPAN2 via a converter box, the network will remain on Channel 28. C-SPAN2 is now on 96B for customers with cable-ready TV sets.

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