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Alec Baldwin helps chess team in Rhode Island

Baldwin helps team

Actor Alec Baldwin has donated $2,500 to help the chess team at Central Falls High School in Rhode Island defray the cost of traveling to a national tournament next month. The city of Central Falls has made national news because of financial problems, and the news coverage previously caught Baldwin’s attention. Baldwin also contributed $10,000 two years ago to the Central Falls library to help it reopen after it closed because of money problems. The city emerged from bankruptcy last year. The team has competed in the tournament six times. (AP)

NBC: Lauer to stay

A top NBC executive says the network is not considering replacing Matt Lauer as anchor of the ‘‘Today’’ show. NBC News executive Alex Wallace, who oversees the troubled morning show, made the comment Wednesday in response to reports that the network had approached CNN’s Anderson Cooper about the ‘‘Today’’ job. The report first appeared in Deadline Hollywood. Wallace says Lauer is ‘‘the best in the business.’’ The ‘‘Today’’ show has fallen behind ABC’s ‘‘Good Morning America’’ in the ratings and Lauer has been buffeted by bad publicity surrounding last year’s ouster of co-anchor Ann Curry. (AP)

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