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Charles Maldonado

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  • Metro Pulse's Finest Film Blurbage Published 12/22/2009 at 3:23 p.m.

    Writing movie blurbs is a thankless task. But write them we must. For over a year, former staff writer and award-winning journalist Charles Maldonado was forced to do the deed every week. Madness ensued. Here are some favorites from 2009:

  • Tennessee’s “Guns in Bars” Law Shot Down Published 12/02/2009 at 9:29 a.m. 1 Comment

    Over the summer, Nashville restaurant owners Austin Ray and Randy Rayburn, along with nine unnamed restaurant employees and four unnamed carry-permit holders, filed a lawsuit in Davidson County Chancery Court seeking to have the law struck down. And on Nov. ...

  • Bill Haslam’s Primary Problem Published 11/18/2009 at 1:54 p.m. 4 Comments

    Knoxville loves its mayor, Bill Haslam. He’s served almost two entire terms, accomplishing much and staying popular during a recession that has dried up many same-sized cities. As a candidate for governor, he’s way ahead of the pack in fund-raising. ...

  • Metro Pulse City Council Election Guide: District 4 Published 09/05/2009 at 2:53 p.m.

    On Wednesday, Sept. 2 early voting began for this year’s City Council district primaries; 14 candidates are competing for the nominations in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 6th Districts. Our Sept. 10 print edition features (edited) interviews with the ...

  • City Council Candidate Q&A: Nick Della Volpe, District 4 Published 09/05/2009 at 2:43 p.m.

    Nick Della Volpe, 61, is an attorney who is now in the process of “winding down” his practice, which has taken the better part of the year. He attended Villanova University for his undergraduate degree and received his law degree ...

  • City Council Candidate Q&A: Ray Abbas, District 4 Published 09/05/2009 at 2:31 p.m.

    Ray Abbas, 35, works as the employment coordinator for the Salvation Army. A Knoxville native, Abbas grew up in the Fourth and Gill neighborhood. He is a graduate of Fulton High School and the president of the Fulton Alumni Association. ...

  • Metro Pulse City Council Election Guide: District 1 Published 09/04/2009 at 2:25 p.m.

    On Wednesday, Sept. 2 early voting began for this year’s City Council district primaries; 14 candidates are competing for the nominations in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 6th Districts. Our Sept. 10 print edition features (edited) interviews with the ...

  • City Council Candidate Q&A: Nick Pavlis, District 1 Published 09/04/2009 at 12:48 p.m.

    Nick Pavlis, 54, served as an at-large member of City Council from 1995-2003. He is now the director of government relations for Charter Communications in Tennessee and Louisiana. Prior to that, he worked for A&B Distributors, a local gourmet food ...

  • City Council Candidate Q&A: Robert Marlino, District 1 Published 09/04/2009 at 12:40 p.m.

    Robert Marlino, 47, works as a production manager for Smee+Busby Architects. A native of Oak Ridge, he has been living in Knoxville on and off since the 1970s, living in District 1 for the past four years. He came here ...

  • Metro Pulse City Council Election Guide: District 6 Published 09/03/2009 at 11:52 p.m.

    On Wednesday, Sept. 2 early voting began for this year’s City Council district primaries; 14 candidates are competing for the nominations in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 6th Districts. Our Sept. 10 print edition features (edited) interviews with the ...

  • City Council Candidate Q&A: Charles Frazier, District 6 Published 09/03/2009 at 11:32 p.m. 1 Comment

    Charles Frazier, 54, is a pastor at New Friendship Baptist Church and host of the Community Television program “Community Report.” He also co-owns an advance check cashing business in East Knoxville. A Knoxville native, Frazier is a graduate of Carter ...

  • City Council Candidate Q&A: David Dupree, District 6 Published 09/03/2009 at 11:21 p.m. 1 Comment

    David Dupree, 49, is an attorney. He was born and grew up in Knoxville, but left to go to Howard University, where, as an undergraduate, he majored in computer science and accounting. He went on to get his law degree ...

  • City Council Candidate Q&A: Daniel Brown, District 6 Published 09/03/2009 at 10 p.m. 1 Comment

    Daniel Brown, 63, is retired from the U.S. Postal Service. He as been an election poll worker for the past eight years. A fifth-generation Knoxvillian, he has lived in District 6 most of his life, leaving in the 1970s to ...

  • Metro Pulse City Council Election Guide: District 2 Published 09/03/2009 at 4:11 p.m.

    On Wednesday, Sept. 2 early voting began for this year’s City Council district primaries; 14 candidates are competing for the nominations in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 6th Districts. Our Sept. 10 print edition features (edited) interviews with the ...

  • City Council Candidate Q&A: Ken Knight, District 2 Published 09/03/2009 at 10:34 a.m.

    Ken Knight is the general manager of the Crowne Plaza Hotel. He has been in the hotel business for 25 years. Originally from Sioux City, Iowa, he’s been living in the Knoxville area since 1993 and has been living in ...

  • City Council Candidate Q&A: Duane Grieve, District 2 Published 09/03/2009 at 10:26 a.m.

    Duane Grieve, 63, is the founder and principal of Grieve Associates Architects. He was a part of the first graduating class in UT school of architecture in 1969 and has worked as the president of the local, state and regional ...

  • City Council Candidate Q&A: Tierney Bates, District 2 Published 09/03/2009 at 10:16 a.m.

    Tierney Bates, 32, works in the Development Office for the University of Tennessee’s College of Engineering. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Bates has a bachelor’s degree in mass media communications and a master’s in higher education administration from the University of ...

  • Metro Pulse City Council Election Guide: District 3 Published 09/02/2009 at 10:35 a.m.

    On Wednesday, Sept. 2 early voting began for this year’s City Council district primaries; 14 candidates are competing for the nominations in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 6th Districts. Our Sept. 3 print edition features (edited) interviews with the ...

  • City Council Candidate Q&A: Brenda Palmer, District 3 Published 09/02/2009 at 10:15 a.m.

    Brenda Palmer, 63, is a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, where she got her bachelor’s degree in history. She has a master’s degree from the University of San Diego in history education. Now retired, she was involved in ...

  • City Council Candidate Q&A: Joshua Nelson, District 3 Published 09/02/2009 at 10:08 a.m.

    Joshua Nelson, 24, is a student at the University of Tennessee and works as a real estate agent at Century 21. He has lived in District 3 his entire life.

  • City Council Candidate Q&A: Gerry Holman, District 3 Published 09/02/2009 at 9:55 a.m.

    Gerry Holman, 66, is a native Knoxvillian. He graduated from Central High School and the University of Tennessee. Now semi-retired, he spent his career in advertising and marketing, working as vice president of timeshare corporation Fairfield Communities. Holman is married, ...

  • City Council Candidate Q&A: Joel Bond, District 3 Published 09/02/2009 at 9:47 a.m.

    Joel Bond, 40, is a lifelong resident of Knoxville, attending Bearden Elementary School, Bearden Middle School, and Bearden High School before going on to the University of Tennessee. He is an independent contractor for Verizon Wireless and is married with ...

  • FREE PARKING! (sort of) Published 08/26/2009 at 1:31 p.m. 2 Comments

    The City of Knoxville advertises free parking after 6 p.m. on weekdays in its four publicly-owned downtown garages—the Market Square, State Street, Main Street, and Locust Street Garages. This sounds nice. However, the actual experiences of several Metro Pulse employees ...

  • Disclaimer: This Account Was Written While Distracted by Live Video of the Letalvis Cobbins Verdict Published 08/25/2009 at 6:33 p.m.

    On August 13, a man was stopped and searched in West Knoxville following a routine traffic stop during the perpetration of driving poorly. Police stopped the Cadillac and searched it, requesting that there be no reaction from members of the ...

  • Our Highly Unscientific "Guns-in-Bars" Law Survey Published 08/20/2009 at 9:21 a.m.

    A month after the "Guns-in-Bars" bill became state law, we called every bar in town to find out if they opted to allow permit-carrying owners to bring in their guns. Quick take: not many.

  • Knoxville Bar Owners Are Not So Gun Crazy Published 08/19/2009 at 5:15 p.m. 3 Comments

    As in nearly all other culture wars, the most effective arguments both for and against the Tennessee Legislature’s Guns-in-Bars bill—now law—were supported at base by un- or at least half-truths. They were not all-out fabrications so much as exaggerations or ...

  • Alcohol, The Law, and You Published 08/19/2009 at 4:17 p.m. 1 Comment

    Sellers and imbibers of alcohol here have continued to face a vast array of laws regulating every aspect of the alcohol transaction. Why, you may be breaking the law right now and not even know it! That’s why we’ve compiled ...

  • No One Actually Says “You’re Going Down!” in Real Life Published 08/11/2009 at 5:14 p.m.

    In which someone actually does. “You’re going down,” much like “This time it’s personal” or “Nobody messes with a [insert gender, ethnicity, or combination] and lives to talk about it,” are things you say in your head when you’re thinking ...

  • Babies Do Not Like to Steal Published 08/05/2009 at 2:49 p.m.

    In which a perfectly good crime is once again fouled up by an attention-starved child. On the evening of Friday, July 18, employees at a lingerie store at Knoxville Center Mall reported a disturbance. The alleged perpetrator, a young woman, ...

  • The Strange Melting Pot of Green Acres Flea Market Published 08/05/2009 at 1:58 p.m. 1 Comment

    A heavyset, gray-haired older woman—clad on this sunny Saturday in a grandmothery gray sundress and impressively circumferenced summer hat—peruses through knickknacks in the outer lot of the sprawling Green Acres Flea Market in Louisville. She’s here, it seems, just to ...

  • Thoughtful Debate Published 07/29/2009 at 4:35 p.m.

    On 6/23/2009 at approx. 7 p.m. [police officers] observed the defendant, a known prostitute with multiple charges, loitering at Hembree and Magnolia. The defendant solicited another undercover officer for a ride, telling him she knew he was a police officer ...

  • Lumpy Unleashes Published 07/16/2009 at 9:12 a.m.

    On Tuesday, the KnoxViews blog reported that an angry and disruptive Commissioner Greg “Lumpy” Lambert showed up at the Monday night meeting of the Joint City/County Task Force on Ridge, Slope and Hillside Development and Protection and “basically took over ...

  • Say Goodbye to Reading Published 07/08/2009 at 5:02 p.m. 5 Comments

    Reading—the act of staring at a long-winded, overwritten glob of text, gleaning from it its key ideas, re-checking for subtler nuances and hidden ideas, mentally digesting them, and then finally squaring it all with your pre-existing thoughts and prejudices—is boring. ...

  • Tennessee's Gubernatorial Campaign Cash Published 07/08/2009 at 11:55 a.m. 1 Comment

    The official tallies won’t be available until July 15, but the celebrations began last week for the four candidates competing for the Republican nomination in the 2010 gubernatorial race

  • LING 105: Applications of Semantics in Victimhood Published 07/01/2009 at 4:10 p.m.

    On June 20, two women are standing in the parking lot of West Town Mall. One of them picks up a purse from the other’s open car, puts some of her belongings in it, and begins to walk away. The ...

  • Metro Pulse asks Tenn. Pundits to Review 2009 Session Published 06/24/2009 at 4:28 p.m. 1 Comment

    Last week, as the Tennessee General Assembly was preparing to adjourn from its marathon 23-week session, news broke that Sherri Goforth, an aide to Senate Republican Caucus Chair Diane Black, had sent out an e-mail featuring a collage of United ...

  • Living with SmartFix40 Published 06/17/2009 at 11:53 a.m.

    Noise, dust, the occasional blocked parking space—that’s likely what everyone who lived and worked in the center of the inconvenience expected. After months of panicky press coverage and neighborhood pamphleteering leading up to the closure—a stretch of Interstate 40 that ...

  • The Worst Person In the World Published 06/17/2009 at 11:37 a.m.

    A 20-year-old East Knoxville woman reports that her 19-year-old ex-boyfriend has finally clawed his way out of anonymity and reached for the stars, becoming the Worst Person in the World. The woman tells police that on the afternoon of June ...

  • TVA’S Clean Air Efforts — and Lawsuits Published 06/10/2009 at 4:10 p.m.

    According to EPA data, TVA’s Bull Run Steam Plant in Anderson County was responsible for nearly 60 percent of Knoxville-area pollutant emissions coming from large facilities in 2002, with 42,190 tons of airborne pollutants produced that year. But last year, ...

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Hazy Future Published 06/10/2009 at 4:07 p.m. 1 Comment

    For the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, human activity has meant even more serious problems than that. The park was founded on June 15, 1934—75 years ago this week. The act marked the culmination of decades of grassroots campaigning to ...

  • How could this have possibly gone awry? Published 06/03/2009 at 11:01 a.m.

    Shuffling off the mortal coil by your own design is often referred to as “taking the easy way out.” Not always an accurate description, though, as illustrated recently when one North Knoxville man decided that he’d had enough. It was ...

  • A Serious National Debate in Microcosm Published 05/28/2009 at 1:49 p.m.

    In which two people argue about abortion, and one of them starts a fire. The Knoxville Police and Fire Departments responded to an alert of a burning car in the parking lot of a South Knoxville apartment complex on Monday, ...

  • A Knoville Tour, by Bus Published 05/28/2009 at 9:42 a.m.

    I am wearing a bright orange University of Tennessee T-shirt, a red, white, and blue 1982 World’s Fair commemorative visor, cargo shorts, and black socks pulled up to my knees. I’m carrying a very large camera and a white plastic ...

  • Basketball vs. Hockey, or Please Allow Guns in Bars Published 05/21/2009 at 10:48 a.m.

    Dear General Assembly of the State of Tennessee: We are writing to you for no particular reason other than to say, “Hi, how’s it going? Bang up job on that ‘restaurant carry’ bill you managed to pass without any restrictions ...

  • Knoxville's Own Demolition Derby Published 05/13/2009 at 5:10 p.m. 140 Comments

    The perennial darling of alt-weekly non-sports sports coverage, women’s roller derby has, in the past few years, touched every major and semi-major city in this country. Yes, Maryville, too. We say novelty sport, of course, because it remains a relatively ...

  • It’s the Ultimate Fun! Published 05/07/2009 at 8:45 a.m.

    The best thing about the dominance of video game culture among kids, to me, is that it left the pinnacle of toy culture right where I remember it: the battery operated ride-on toy car. If you are between the ages ...

  • Financial Breakdown Published 05/06/2009 at 3:36 p.m. 1 Comment

    There will be, it’s been said, a lot of hemming and hawing about Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale’s proposed 2009-2010 budget when the County Commission gets its hands on it.

  • Arm Yourself At All Times Published 04/30/2009 at 8:58 a.m.

    Tennessee’s unemployment rate is approaching 10 percent and continuing to climb, people are losing their homes in bigger numbers than ever, and cigarettes just went up to $5 per pack.

  • Best TV Personality: Robin Wilhoit (WBIR) Published 04/30/2009 at 2:11 a.m.

    Say something negative about Robin Wilhoit. Please. We. Defy. You. Just know that the loyal citizens of the WBIR signal range are obliged to kill and eat anyone who dares blaspheme the name of our beloved anchor. Robin is a ...

  • Best TV Station: WBIR Published 04/30/2009 at 2:08 a.m.

    Ed Rupp’s desk. There is no better visual representation of WBIR’s greatness than that. The zany morning traffic guy’s desk is cluttered to the point of overflowing with clever, eye-catching knick-knacks. It’s a collection that never seems to diminish, new ...