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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | December 3, 2004
No anchorman in the history of American television has ever been as groomed and prepped as Brian Williams was to take over NBC Nightly News from Tom Brokaw last night. The transition was announced 2 1/2 years ago, and for the past 10 years Williams has been sitting in at the Rockefeller Center anchor desk in New York any time Brokaw needed to be away from it. "One of the things we're very proud of is that we've planned for a long time to make this a very smooth, seamless transition," Neal Shapiro, president of NBC News, said this week.
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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 Barry Cooper and Barry Cooper,Orlando Sentinel | August 21, 1992
Orlando Magic forward Brian Williams, who collapsed Aug. 11 during a summer-league game in Redondo Beach, Calif., doesn't appear to be suffering from any major heart problems, a medical consultant to the Magic said Wednesday.Dr. Kerry Schwartz, a member of the Florida Heart Group, said tests administered in California indicate Williams' heart isn't damaged."There are no major valve problems, no coronary artery obstructions," Schwartz said. "I would say his prognosis is good. I certainly think he will be able to [resume]
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By MARISA GUTHRIE and MARISA GUTHRIE,MCCLATHY TRIBUNE INFORMATION SERVICE | August 10, 2006
NEW YORK -- Diane Sawyer had an 80 percent "favorable" rating. Star Jones Reynolds, meanwhile, had one of the lowest ratings. Sawyer is America's favorite news or talk personality, according to a Gallup Poll released Tuesday. Eighty percent of the respondents rated Sawyer "favorable," while only 11 percent labeled her "unfavorable." Sawyer's tally puts her ahead of her colleague and former Good Morning America co-host Charlie Gibson, who slides in at No. 2, followed by NBC's Matt Lauer and Dan Rather (who doesn't even have a job in network news anymore)
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | December 11, 2004
Onscreen, the transition at NBC News from Tom Brokaw to Brian Williams has been a great success, with favorable reviews and strong ratings. But just one week into his new job as anchorman and managing editor of NBC Nightly News, Williams is under fire for a statement he made that groups that represent minority journalists say minimizes the need for newsroom diversity. The National Association of Black Journalists, saying it is "dismayed" by Williams' remarks, is scheduled to meet today in New York with NBC News President Neal Shapiro and other network officials to discuss the matter, according to leaders of the organization.
NEWS
November 6, 2000
Ralph Williams, 80, World War II submariner Ralph Lander Williams, who served aboard submarines in the Pacific during World War II and later worked at a Baltimore printing company, died Friday of an aneurysm at Northwest Hospital Center. The Randallstown resident was 80. Known to friends as "Buck," Mr. Williams grew up in York, Pa., and volunteered to go to Pearl Harbor as a civil defense worker three months after the Japanese attack on the Navy base there in 1941. Twenty-one months later, he enlisted in the Navy and joined the submarine fleet as a diesel engine mechanic.
SPORTS
January 1, 1992
BaseballNew York Yankees -- Named Daniel McCarthy general partner.Pittsburgh Pirates -- Agreed with P Bob Walk (9-2, 3.60 ERA) to a two-year contract worth approximately $3 million.BasketballNBA -- Fined Indiana Pacers F Chuck Person $7,500 for elbowing Chicago Bulls G John Paxson. Fined F Scott Williams, F Stacey King, C Cliff Levingston, C Will Perdue, G Bobby Hansen, G B.J. Armstrong and F Craig Hodges of Chicago and G George McCloud, C Greg Dreiling, F LaSalle Thompson, F Dale Davis and F Kenny Williams of Indiana $500 each for leaving their benches.
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October 18, 1999
Dallas (3-1) at N.Y. Giants (2-3)Time: 9 p.m., chs. 2, 7Line: Cowboys by 3.Vs. spread: Cowboys 3-1; Giants 2-3.Last week: Cowboys lost to Eagles, 13-10. Giants lost to Cardinals, 14-3.Series: Cowboys lead 46-25-2.Last meeting: Cowboys won, 16-6, on Nov. 8, 1998, at Dallas.Outlook: When these two teams met in a Monday night game last season, the Cowboys' Deion Sanders taught the Giants a prime-time lesson they'll never forget. Sanders returned an interception 71 yards for a touchdown, had a 59-yard punt return for a touchdown and set up a touchdown with a 55-yard catch.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | December 13, 2004
After meeting with NBC News President Neal Shapiro to discuss concerns about anchorman Brian Williams and the newsroom's attitude toward diversity, the National Association of Black Journalists yesterday issued a statement expressing confidence in the network. "We are confident that from Neal Shapiro to Brian Williams on down, that having a diverse newsroom is a priority at NBC," Herbert Lowe, president of the NABJ, said in a statement. "With Neal's commitment to future participation in our NABJ Media Institute and a continued dialogue about hiring and retaining black journalists, I look forward to working with him."
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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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