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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)

Pauni family says thank you

By Brooke Barker

October 23, 2006 | "He'd be crying," said Hyrum Pauni, while talking about his dad.

Today the Paunis are happy to be back in Logan, and ready to move into their new home, but they can't help but think of their father, Danny Pauni.

"He's been with us through all of this," said Janet Pauni of her husband.

Danny Pauni died in 2004 of a heart attack, and since then, members of the family have been contributing their time and energy to help support their family. Janet said she used to need her children's help running the her catering business, but with less stress on her plate, the family will now be able to relax more often.

"The kids will now be able to focus on their education," she said. "They are going to have a normal life."

THANK YOU! The Paunis accept a $3,000 check from Dewey Richardson and Merilee Lyons of the Cache Valley Mall, above. Below, the family points and cheers in front of their new home. / Photos by Brooke Barker

There are eight children living with Janet. She hopes that they will now be able to grow up as who they really were meant to be, and she will be able to support them in their quests.

"We are going to be just like everyone else. We still have to pay the same bills, but ABC has made it possible for us to focus more on life," Hyrum said.

Yesterday afternoon, the family returned to their neighborhood after spending several days in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Their previous home was torn down Tuesday morning, and since then, thousands of volunteers and construction crews worked around the clock to meet the 2 p.m. deadline Sunday afternoon.

"This is over the top. I just can't even explain what's in my mind," Janet said. "I don't know how we got to be so lucky."

On Monday, the family was also presented five, full-ride scholarships to Stevens-Henager Business College in Logan and $3,000 from the Cache Valley Mall.

Dewey Richardson, the general manager of the mall, said that he and the other tenants in the mall wanted to do something to help the family. Richardson was among the security volunteers this week and said he was impressed by the amount of people willing to work through the night.

Some of the ABC Extreme Makeover: Home Edition crews will be here until Wednesday, getting some last interviews and cleaning everything up.

RB
RB

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