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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | February 8, 2012
I was going to be nice and NOT write about the NBC newsmagazine "Rock Center" moving to 9 p.m. tonight after a failed run at 10 Mondays with Brian Williams at the helm. But then, NBC News sent out a press release calling special correspondent Chelsea Clinton and the rest of the newsmagazine team "the Cooperstown of NBC News. " Remember the quote from the president of NBC News about Clinton having "prepared all her life" for her new job as a TV correspondent? (Yeah, she prepared by NOT talkiing to the press when she was on the campaign trail on behalf of her mother in 2008.)
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 29, 2014
NBC News and anchorman Brian Williams have not done journalistic work the quality of Wednesday night's exclusive interview with Edward Snowden in a long, long time. Since NBC News had the interview for a week, according to Williams, it could have done more reporting on some of Snowden's statements. For example, he said he was not merely a systems analyst or the "hacker" as President Obama dismissively characterized him, but rather an employee of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency trained as a traditional spy. He said he worked overseas under fake names in cover occupations for both agencies.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 29, 2014
NBC News and anchorman Brian Williams have not done journalistic work the quality of Wednesday night's exclusive interview with Edward Snowden in a long, long time. Since NBC News had the interview for a week, according to Williams, it could have done more reporting on some of Snowden's statements. For example, he said he was not merely a systems analyst or the "hacker" as President Obama dismissively characterized him, but rather an employee of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency trained as a traditional spy. He said he worked overseas under fake names in cover occupations for both agencies.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2014
Ricky Van Veen, a Timonium native who founded collegehumor.com , is engaged to actress Allison Williams. Williams, who plays Marnie on the HBO series "Girls," sported her engagement ring for the first time Sunday at an Oscars party hosted by Vanity Fair. We have yet to hear the details of how the proposal went down. Did Van Veen ask her father, news anchor Brian Williams, for permission to propose? Hopefully he enjoys the company of his future father-in-law more than this baby does.
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By David Folkenflik and David Folkenflik,SUN TELEVISION WRITER | May 29, 2002
NBC anchor Tom Brokaw announced yesterday that he will step down after the November 2004 presidential elections, and he will be succeeded by the man long presumed to be his heir - Brian Williams, the anchor for sister station MSNBC. As recently as last summer, Brokaw mused publicly about how long he would stay in the television news business; he also took a 10-week vacation, further stoking speculation that he might be poised to leave the field altogether. Because he has helped to establish NBC Nightly News at the top of the ratings, his departure has not been hastened by the network.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | June 22, 2013
It's past midnight at the end of a 14-hour workday, and a sane person would go to bed. But I feel compelled to drive a last nail into the coffin of one of the sorriest newsmagazines in the history of broadcast journalism, NBC's "Rock Center. " I have been relentlessly critical of this misguided, self-important vanity vehicle of anchorman Brian Williams since it debuted. But the decision of Williams and NBC News management to make Chelsea Clinton a "special correspondent" is what drove me to absolutely loathe "Rock Center.
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December 8, 1998
NBA games lost yesterday: 3.Total games missed: 240.Earliest estimated date season can start: Jan. 8.Projected player salary losses (through Jan. 8): $390 million.Negotiations: Nothing scheduled.Today's best canceled game: Detroit at L.A. Clippers. The Pistons' Bison Dele, formerly known as Brian Williams, returns to the arena where he endured the 1995-96 season as a member of the Clippers.Pub Date: 12/08/98
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November 12, 2000
Basketball Bulls: Activated G Corey Benjamin and C Jake Voskuhl. Placed G Bryce Drew and C Brad Miller on injured list. Celtics: Placed G Randy Brown and F Jerome Moiso on injured list. Activated G Chris Herren and F Walter McCarty. Warriors: Placed G Vonteego Cummings on injured list with fractured right cheek. Football Jaguars: Waived OT Reggie Nelson. Signed CB Shad Criss. Packers: Placed DE Vonnie Holiday, RB Dorsey Levens, LB Brian Williams and OT Earl Dotson on inactive list.
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By BLOOMBERG NEWS | September 10, 2002
Former NBA player Bison Dele is among those missing at sea under "suspicious circumstances," his mother said. Dele, who played one season at Maryland (1987-88) under his former name of Brian Williams; his girlfriend, Serena Karlan; and a three-person crew haven't been heard from in more than a month after setting sail to Honolulu from Tahiti, said Patricia Phillips, Dele's mother, and Scott Ohlgren, Karlan's stepfather. Meantime, police in Phoenix have questioned Dele's brother, Miles, in connection with the attempted identity theft of Brian Williams, Ohlgren and Phillips said.
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March 20, 1994
Opponent: Denver NuggetsSite: McNichols Sports Arena, DenverTime: 9TV: NoneRadio: WXZL (103.1 FM), WTEM (570 AM)Outlook: The Bullets lost to Portland, 122-104, Friday night despite Tom Gugliotta's season-high 32 points. Denver, in fourth place in the Midwest Division, lost to Sacramento, 115-103, Friday. G Robert Pack (9.5 ppg, 5.4 apg) led the Nuggets with a season-high 24 points, and F Brian Williams (8.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg) had 16 points and 17 rebounds.@
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 24, 2013
If you don't know by now about the truly sick comments MSNBC host Martin Bashir made about Sarah Palin, you need to see this video. And then, you might want to ask yourself how it is that Bashir is still on the air. And why aren't folks like Tom Brokaw and Chuck Todd, who claim to speak for NBC News, not speaking out about this? Those are some of the questions we asked in a spirited discussion on Howard Kurtz's "Media Buzz" Sunday morning on Fox News. Kurtz's other guest is Joe Concha, columnist at Mediaite.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | June 22, 2013
It's past midnight at the end of a 14-hour workday, and a sane person would go to bed. But I feel compelled to drive a last nail into the coffin of one of the sorriest newsmagazines in the history of broadcast journalism, NBC's "Rock Center. " I have been relentlessly critical of this misguided, self-important vanity vehicle of anchorman Brian Williams since it debuted. But the decision of Williams and NBC News management to make Chelsea Clinton a "special correspondent" is what drove me to absolutely loathe "Rock Center.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2013
A federal judge sentenced a Pennsylvania man to 10 years in prison for making videos of boys using urinals at two I-95 Cecil and Harford county rest stops last May. Brian Matthew Williams, 28, loitered at the Maryland House and Chesapeake House rest stops for five hours last May filming boys on his cell phone from an adjacent urinal, authorities said. After taking the video, he would follow them out and take full length photos of them. He made 21 videos in all. The parents of one of the victims reported Williams' suspicious actions and he was arrested by Maryland State Police.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | February 16, 2012
Chelsea Clinton did her second report for NBC's "Rock Center with Brian Williams" Wednesday night, and it was just as flawed as the first. The learning curve does not appear to have bent one degree in the direction of growth. This one-dimensional, under-reported, naive celebration of a charter school in Rhode Island was just as much of an empty-headed puff job as Clinton's first report on an after-school program in Little Rock. And before you take to your computer to send an email telling me how mean it is for me to criticize this 31-year-old woman who has been given educational and workplace advantages generally belonging to the elite 1 percent we have been hearing so much about in recent months, let me say my criticism is not primarily directed at Clinton, but rather at NBC News, It knows the difference between jounalism and the silly crap she is doing.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | February 8, 2012
I was going to be nice and NOT write about the NBC newsmagazine "Rock Center" moving to 9 p.m. tonight after a failed run at 10 Mondays with Brian Williams at the helm. But then, NBC News sent out a press release calling special correspondent Chelsea Clinton and the rest of the newsmagazine team "the Cooperstown of NBC News. " Remember the quote from the president of NBC News about Clinton having "prepared all her life" for her new job as a TV correspondent? (Yeah, she prepared by NOT talkiing to the press when she was on the campaign trail on behalf of her mother in 2008.)
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | November 21, 2011
Since others like Mediaite and Eric Wemple in the Washington Post have commented on my denunciation of NBC News on CNN's "Reliable Sources" Sunday for hiring the woefully unqualified Chelsea Clinton as a special correspondent, I guess I better explain how I really feel. I was only warming up in denouncing this inside job among the elite one-percenters when I said: "At a time when young people who have played by the rules, who have gone to college, who have worked hard are camping out in American cities because the system has failed them in terms of providing jobs, to then take another member of that elite - the 1 percent - and give them one of those jobs is really a dispiriting message to the people in this country...
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2014
Ricky Van Veen, a Timonium native who founded collegehumor.com , is engaged to actress Allison Williams. Williams, who plays Marnie on the HBO series "Girls," sported her engagement ring for the first time Sunday at an Oscars party hosted by Vanity Fair. We have yet to hear the details of how the proposal went down. Did Van Veen ask her father, news anchor Brian Williams, for permission to propose? Hopefully he enjoys the company of his future father-in-law more than this baby does.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | October 30, 1998
Walter Cronkite was there cracking lame jokes and telling us how President Kennedy would have felt. Dan Rather was in full "Texas Dan" mode, calling people "hoss" and analyzing how much "giddyup" there was in those rocket boosters. Tom Brokaw and Brian Williams were giving new meaning to the word "gush."It was a big day on Planet Spectacle in the galaxy of television news yesterday as John Glenn, the 77-year-old Democratic senator from Ohio, joined six astronauts aboard the space shuttle Discovery.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | December 2, 2010
When Brian Williams enrolled at Howard University in the mid-1980s, he knew little about stepping, a form of rhythmic dance involving hand claps, footsteps and synchronized movements that is synonymous with African-American, Greek-letter college fraternities and sororities. Upon joining a fraternity at Howard he not only learned to step, but he immersed himself in its history and sought to teach others outside college communities about stepping as a form of creative expression. He founded Washington-based Step Afrika, a dance group and nonprofit organization that incorporates step into performances staged around the world, and then teaches step demonstration at schools in rural and urban areas.
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By Shannon Ryan | January 5, 2010
Heading into a game against No. 1 Kansas on Sunday, Tennessee knows it needs every ounce of talent from every player. Now the Volunteers are down to six scholarship players because four were suspended indefinitely after being charged with gun possession. A police report included officers saying they smelled marijuana coming from a car and saw an open container of alcohol during a traffic stop just hours after the team defeated Memphis on Thursday. Senior forward Tyler Smith will be missed the most.
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