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Friday, November 10, 2006

Q&A with Ed Bradley:

Q: What single issue should be covered more at CBS News?
A: Foreign news.

Q: Have you ever been assigned a story you objected to? How did you deal with it?
A: When I first started in New York at WCBS radio, the assignment editor automatically assigned any story that had a minority in it to me. I objected to being typecast and told him if I didn't get a variety of stories -- as other reporters did -- then I would take it up with the news director.

Q: If you were not in news, what would you be doing?
A: If I had the talent, I'd play bass guitar and sing in a kicking band.

--Ed Bradley, reporter, "60 Minutes," died yesterday of leukemia at age 65 (2006)

Providence P&Z hears big commercial development plans for highway intersection

By Dave Mehr

October 20, 2006 | PROVIDENCE -- At Tuesday's Planning Commission meeting, commission members spoke of how the new Macey's store and gas station will affect other similar businesses in Providence.

Carl Pitt and Mike Jackson were present at the meeting, representing Amsource, the developers of the property at the corner of 100 North and Highway 165 in Providence. At that corner, there are plans for the new supermarket and gas station, as well as a commercial subdivision called Alder Square. Pitt and Jackson presented site plans and graphic images of the property, showing that the gas station will display both the Maceys and Flying-J logos. Jackson said there will be four dispensers so that eight vehicles can be fueled at one time.

The new development will be just one of many gas stations in the area. "You may have eight gas stations within a mile," said commission member Bill Bagley.

Pitt explained the main reason for including a gas station by Macey's. "We're doing it to compete with our competitors," Pitt said.

Although commission members are unsure whether Wal-Mart's new store will have a gas station, questions arose at the meeting about what will happen to businesses that have left their mark in Providence's history.

"I was in the food distribution for a number of years," said Bagley. "What I'm looking at is the big gorilla coming in to swallow up the monkeys."

Bagley abstained from voting at Tuesday's meeting.

Commission member Lance Campbell used car dealerships as an example to why competing businesses in Providence may be beneficial to citizens. "You can look at it like the car sellers on the north end of Logan," Campbell said, explaining that more options are given to customers.

In other business, the commission voted to move meetings from the first and third Tuesdays to the second and fourth Wednesdays at 6 p.m. They said this new time will be more convenient for the commission and city staff. City Council meetings will continue to be held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 6 p.m.

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