Dick Anthony WilliamsActor and ProducerDies at 77

Dick Anthony WilliamsActor and ProducerDies at 77
By PAUL VITELLO (NYT)

Mr. Williamss roles ranged from blaxploitation films to the stagewhere he gained two Tony nominations.

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SENATE REPUBLICANS HIRE CONSULTANT WITH ABRAMOFF TIES: The Senate Republican Campaign Committee has paid $92,640 to a firm run by consultant Susan Ralston, who resigned as an aide to Karl Rove because of her involvement in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal: http://bit.ly/AetmsX

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* Gov. Andrew Cuomos Queens convention center plans are raising eyebrows among convention experts, who say the distance from Manhattan will deter prospective event holders and hoteliers, the New York Times writes: http://nyti.ms/xnU6Rr

* New Yorkers gave $13.3 million to so-called Super PACs in 2011, making the state second only to Texas in fundraising for the groups, the New York Post writes: http://nyp.st/wNWJF2

* The State Board of Elections proposed guidelines for Super PACs are designed with a loophole that may allow the PACs not to disclose any fundraising information at all, the Times Union reports: http://bit.ly/xHHMcd

* A state judge ruled in favor of the upstate town of Drydens right to ban hydrofracking within town borders, the Times reports: http://nyti.ms/yHKxPr

* Amid reports that controversial NYPD stop and frisk tactics increased 600 percent under Mayor Michael Bloombergs administration, the policys critics formed a new coalition to make the practice a 2013 mayoral race litmus test, the Times writes: http://nyti.ms/wHrCdA

* State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has received more than a quarter of his campaign contributions from the unions he is trying to defend from Cuomos proposed pension reforms, the Daily News writes: http://nydn.us/x441sD

* But according to a profile of the comptroller in the New York Observer, public sector union contributions only make up 12 percent of DiNapolis campaign account: http://bit.ly/yZuwnP

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