Alvin Cooperman

NEW YORK (AP) _ Alvin Cooperman, a television producer, executive at the Shubert Organization, and owner of more than a dozen New York theaters, died Friday. He was 83.

Cooperman's wife, Marilyn, told The New York Times in Saturday's editions her husband died of complications from a severe case of shingles.

Born in Brooklyn, Cooperman began working for the Shubert Organization Inc. as an office boy at 16. In 1951, he got a job as a production manager for NBC, for which he produced several series in the 1950s and '60s, including ``Shirley Temple's Fairy Tales.''

Cooperman later went back to work for the Shubert Organization, where he booked shows for the 22 theaters the company then had in New York and elsewhere.

He was rehired by NBC in 1967 to be vice president of special programs, but the next year was named executive vice president and director at Madison Square Garden.

In October 1969, Cooper started the Madison Square Garden Network to carry events at the venue, making it one of the first regional sports networks of its kind.

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Hurley Rudd

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Hurley Rudd, a four-term state legislator and former mayor of Tallahassee, died Thursday of heart failure, friends said. He was 78.

Rudd joined the Legislature in 1986, and over four terms he became known as a champion of state-employee salaries, working conditions and benefits, as well as Leon County economic development and education. He was a native of Tallahassee, where the building that houses the state's Emergency Operations Center bears his name.

Rudd was elected to the Tallahassee City Commission in 1978, and served as mayor in 1980 and 1985 when the one-year post rotated among commissioners.

Before entering politics, Rudd served in the Army during the Korean War, co-founded a travel agency and worked for one of the first radio stations in Tallahassee, eventually becoming part-owner.