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industrial city (1990 pop. 76,060), Providence co., central R.I., a residential suburb of Providence; inc. as a town 1754, as a city 1910. Its manufactures include machinery, plastics, rubber products, and chemicals. The city was named for Samuel Cranston, a colonial governor of Rhode Island. In the 19th cent., Cranston was an important textile center. The Friends Meeting House (1729) and several pre-Revolutionary buildings still stand.
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a city in the northeastern USA, in New England, in the state of Rhode Island. An industrial suburb of Providence. Population, 73,000 (1970). Cranston is one of the oldest centers of the American textile industry. It has a metalworking industry and produces industrial equipment. The city was founded in the first half of the 17th century.

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Liz Mackinlay, whose grandmother was Miss Cranston's second cousin, had gifted the silk gown to the school in the 1970s and believed it had perished.
But Cranston, 62, who was teacher-turned drug kingpin Walter White, gave nothing away when questioned on a US chat show.
Cranston has been with GSWNY for nine years, first serving as chief operating officer then moving up to CEO for the last three years.
The new note was unveiled by the Royal Bank of Scotland in front of Cranston's legendary tearoom in Glasgow, Mackintosh at the Willow, which was designed by architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
Cranston, of Axwell Park, Blaydon, was arrested but denied abusing the youngster and claimed that she had made it up.
Jordan's grandfather killed himself in the same house and Dawn Cranston gave birth there to a child whose remains were found only after Jordan died.
Witnesses claimed the 18-year-old's mother "did not seem bothered" as medics attempted to revive him, while Denise Cranston supposedly remained seated in a nearby armchair.
Veteran wide receiver Gary Orr then added to the score by scoring three touch downs, two of which were passes completed by Steven Cranston and after having a spell in at quarterback, he ran one home himself.
It's truly a world away from Breaking Bad, in which Cranston won a string of awards playing a cancer-stricken chemistry teacher who turns to making and dealing crystal meth to provide for his family.
And though the names have been changed, it's interesting to see Cranston's take on the same role.
With honest chemistry, mournful perception and tremendous ability, Steve Carell, L aurence Fishburne and Bryan Cranston play three former Vietnam war soldiers who reunite in 2003.