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A new Sheetz just opened yesterday in Randleman. Place was super busy as you can imagine. It is about time another gas station opened in the area as there has only been one in the area for years. I li

Forsyth Tech expanded with facilities at Smith Reynolds Airport with course offerings https://www.journalnow.com/news/local/forsyth-tech-breaks-ground-on-aviation-lab-at-smith-reynolds/article_42

Sheetz is to the rest of NC as QuikTrip is to the Charlotte metro.  The best gas station C store in the market.   But south of Kannapolis and south of Mooresville it is QT country. 

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lightning starts major fire at Greensboro petrolium tank farm. Its the largest gas tank farm in the United States with over 70 tanks. I hate that this story is making national news because on many blogs across the country people are joking about a terrorist driving a truck bomb into the farm or an airplane flying into the farm since its near the airport. We certainly don't want the tank farm on the radar for terrorists. Many years ago Russia had a long range missle aimed at the tank farm.

http://www.news-record.com/content/2010/06/13/article/breaking_news_fire_at_tank_farm_closes_roads_in_greensboro

http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/06/13/north.carolina.gas.fire/index.html?hpt=T2

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/06/13/ap/national/main6577097.shtml

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/06/13/interstates-greensboro-nc-close-lightning-hits-gasoline-tank-ignites/?test=latestnews

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lightning starts major fire at Greensboro petrolium tank farm. Its the largest gas tank farm in the United States with over 70 tanks. I hate that this story is making national news because on many blogs across the country people are joking about a terrorist driving a truck bomb into the farm or an airplane flying into the farm since its near the airport. We certainly don't want the tank farm on the radar for terrorists. Many years ago Russia had a long range missle aimed at the tank farm.

http://www.news-reco...s_in_greensboro

http://www.cnn.com/2...dex.html?hpt=T2

http://www.cbsnews.c...in6577097.shtml

http://www.foxnews.c...test=latestnews

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Yeah, those things used to freak me out, but now that I see how minor the situation is compared to what I thought would have happened, I feel better about them. I know it was only one that caught fire, but it was contained to that one tank. It didn't really 'explode' like many people have speculated about in the past. Now if they all caught fire, it would be major, but I highly doubt that it would 'take out half of greensboro' like i've heard people say before.

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Greensboro based Lorillard, 3rd largest tobacco company in the United Stated is defending menthol cigarettes. The FDA is considering banning menthol cigarettes. Lorillard owns the majority market share of menthol cigarettes in the United States with its Newport brand and it represents 91.5% of Lorillard's revenue. Several years ago Newport was the second best selling cigarette after Marlboro. Interesting fact, Lorillard Tobacco Company is the nation's oldest tobacco company in the United States and is also the 18th oldest company in the United States. It was founded in 1760.

Everyone knows cigarettes are not healthy, but a cigarette without menthol isn't safer. The primary concern is that flavored cigarettes appeal to teens and young adults but the fact of the matter is that teens and young adults will always smoke. In fact the most popular brand among teens and young adults isn't even menthol. Most in that age group smoke Marlboro Lights. However the use of Newports are high among African-Americans. The consequences would lead to a huge loss in state and federal tax revenue and a ban on menthol cigarettes would likely lead to Lorillard closing down. That means the loss of local corporate and factory jobs would send thousands of people to the unemployment line. Other consequences would lead to an underground market of imported or " homemade" menthol cigarettes (primarily in the black community) which would not be taxed by the government and lead to more serious health issue with "homemade" menthol cigarettes. Banning menthol cigarettes does more harm than good. If they are going to ban menthol, they need to ban all cigarettes. But we know that won't work. They tried it with Alcohol in the 1920s. Smoking is a personal choice and its no different from other personal choices like eating fast food which also has serious health consequences. Next thing you know the government will be saying you have to be 18 or older to eat fast food.

http://www.news-record.com/content/2010/06/28/article/lorillard_goes_on_the_offensive_over_menthol_cigs

Lorillard Corporate Headquarters in Greensboro

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Lorillard Cigarette plant in Greensboro

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I came across this....its a clip from the movie Hellraiser III. The first minute or so of the clip was filmed on Elm Street in downtown Greensboro and at the end of the scene a police car gets blown up in front of the Lincoln Financial (Jefferson Pilot) building.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSDTyATDfgQ&feature=related

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These are photos of Greensboro's Skyline back in 1970. As you can see the King Cotton Hotel and O'Henry Hotel are still standing. The King Cotton was demolished in 1971 and the O'Henry in 1979. Through "Urban Renewal" Greensboro actually lost a lot of urban density. As you can see in the aerial photo Greene Street and even Davie Street looked like South Elm Street today. In the 1970s most of those early 20th century row commercial buildings on Greene and Davie Streets have been demolished. A few remain but not much. If those buildings had been preserved, downtown could have had a hopping night life district 3 blocks wide instead of just on Elm Street. Greensboro was really close to losing all the buildings on South Elm street too because of a failed plan to build a downtown mall.

In this photo the O'Henry Hotel is the taller brick building on the far left next to the Wachovia Building. The King Cotton Hotel is the brick high-rise on the far right of the picture.

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You can see the O'Henry and King Cotton in this picture as well. The King Cotton Hotel is the brick highrise immediately right of the the Jefferson Standard Building and church steeple in the picture.

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An interesting article about Trade Street and the Arts District in downton Winston-Salem was recently featured in the WInston Salem Monthly magazine. Really interesting discussion with people in the neaighborhood and also with facts on the timeline of the area.

Read it here:

http://www.winstonsalemmonthly.com/index.php/site/features/a-tour-of-trade/

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This is an interesting map. The data is based on the U.S. Census and it shows the racial make up of Greensboro and Guilford County. Red indicates caucasians, blue indicates African-Americans. Green indcates Asians, Orange inicates Hispanics and gray indicates other. This is a common picture in every city accross the country. Race still seems to be a factor in where people live, whether by choice or not.

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full disclosure: i'm a map nerd and what follows is meant to be purely constructive criticism (and my mapping neurosis manifested).

interesting map for sure. lots of potential info is lost because of poor choice of color representation. red is an emerging color and blue is a receding color; in this instance the red obscures small clusters of blue. the red/blue combined with the white opaque background creates a 'clinical' or 'sterile' image that is in-congruent for such a colorful phenomena.

what geography was the population dot density collected? census block group or census tract?

thanks for sharing.

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full disclosure: i'm a map nerd and what follows is meant to be purely constructive criticism (and my mapping neurosis manifested).

interesting map for sure. lots of potential info is lost because of poor choice of color representation. red is an emerging color and blue is a receding color; in this instance the red obscures small clusters of blue. the red/blue combined with the white opaque background creates a 'clinical' or 'sterile' image that is in-congruent for such a colorful phenomena.

what geography was the population dot density collected? census block group or census tract?

thanks for sharing.

I think the data is block group but the source of this map is from:

Base map OpenStreetMap, CC-BY-SA

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The man who jump started Greensboro's downtown night life is in trouble. Former "Mayor Of Dowtown Greensboro" Joey Medaloni was Indicted By Federal Grand Jury.

"Medaloni is charged with six counts of false tax claims to obtain a $996,000 loan back in 2005 from a federal credit union. The indictment also alleges that Medaloni was using "criminally derived property" when he moved the money to different accounts within Bank of America."

http://www.digtriad.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=148625&catid=57

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The man who jump started Greensboro's downtown night life is in trouble. Former "Mayor Of Dowtown Greensboro" Joey Medaloni was Indicted By Federal Grand Jury.

"Medaloni is charged with six counts of false tax claims to obtain a $996,000 loan back in 2005 from a federal credit union. The indictment also alleges that Medaloni was using "criminally derived property" when he moved the money to different accounts within Bank of America."

http://www.digtriad.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=148625&catid=57

As Scooby would say, Rut-roh!:shok:

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This is just an observation but I have noticed when an important event happens in Greensboro or Winston-Salem and it makes national news, the cities names are never mentioned. The media just says "in North Carolina". But when something happens in Charlotte or Raleigh the media says "in Charlotte" or "in Raleigh, NC" You would think Charlotte and Raleigh are the only cities in the state.

This was the case when President Obama came to Forsyth Technical Community College in Wintston-Salem today. The national media just says "a technical college in North Carolina. And what makes it worse FOX news mixed up Winston-Salem with Research Triangle Park. I know this seems kind of trivial but there is no excuse confusing Winston-Salem with Raleigh-Durham.

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The Triad will get a new newscast on the ABC affiliate WXLV-45 next January. Currently the Triad's ABC affiliate is the only one in the country owned by Sinclair that doesn't have a newscast. It will be a 30-minute news program at 6:30 a.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. weekdays. WXLV had a newscast more than 10 years ago but it struggled to compete with the big three (WGHP, WFMY and WXII) Ever since WGHP moved from ABC to FOX in the 1990s, ABC has been without a stable newscast.

For years WFMY News 2 was the highest rated news station in the Triad until FOX 8 switched its nightly news from 11pm to 10 pm. Ever since FOX 8 has been number 1 and is the only station in the Triad, excluding News Carolina that has local news at 10 pm. There are other factors as to why FOX 8 is number 1. For one thing FOX 8 reports news equally from all 3 Triad cities. WXII's focus is WInston-Salem and WFMY's focus is Greensboro. Secondly FOX 8 has likable personalities the we've all known for years. In the early 2000s WFMY had problems keeping its anchors. Without explanation a number of anchors were let go. Sandra Hughes, who was the first African-American news reporter and anchor in the Triad was the last of the original new group from the 80s and 90s. She retired last December. I remember the days on WFMY with anchor Lee Kinard, weatherman Randy Jackson and sports anchor Mike Hogwood. Mike Hogwood has gone on to bigger things and is an announcer and sports reporter for ACC Sports and NASCAR. Another WFMY TV personality from the 1980s who has moved on to bigger things is Greg Hunter who became CNN 's consumer watchdog reporter. Greg Hunter co-hosted the local PM Magazine show with Sandra Hughes on WFMY.

http://www.news-record.com/content/2011/02/02/article/wxlv_to_resume_newscasts_as_twc_sinclair_reach_deal

News stations in the Triad

WGHP FOX (High Point)

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WFMY CBS (Greensboro)

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WXII NBC (Winston-Salem)

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WXLV ABC (Winston-Salem) January 2012

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News Carolina 14 (Greensboro)

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FOX 8 is my favorite Triad News intro

I know this is not in the Triad but Iove the news opening to WBTV Charlotte from 1997

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Here is an interesting fact. The First McDonalds in North Carolina opened in Greensboro September 30th, 1959 on 1101 Summit Ave. In fact McDonalds still sits there today all though the exterior of the building has been altered about 3 times. I personally think retro 1950s design should be done for all the "firsts" in every state.

something similar to this

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http://www.greensborodailyphoto.com/2010/03/first-mcdonalds-restaurant-in-north-carolina.html

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Greensboro based Mack Trucks appears on CBS Under Cover Boss tonight!

The Mack Trucks world headquarters is located next the Volvo Trucks of North America Headquarters near Piedmont Triad Intl Airport.

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