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Charles Maldonado

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  • A Question of Ethics Published 07/02/2008 at 6 p.m. 4 Comments

    City Beat: The cost of four full-page color ads on a Wednesday in the Knoxville News Sentinel could have run Knox Accountability $7,500 as an insert, as much as $34,579.20 if it ran in the paper itself. But the group, ...

  • So, This is My Life... Published 07/02/2008 at 5 p.m.

    Charles Maldonado goes where even angels fear to tread (angels over 17, at any rate)—the Young Adult section of a local bookstore. There, Charles considers some current examples of the genre, with input from his... younger self? We're starting to ...

  • Against the Odds Published 06/25/2008 at 6 p.m.

    City Beat: If the deadline for the Knox Charter petitions were today, Knox Accountability would need just over 36,000 signatures on each of its two petitions to get its seven proposed amendments on the November ballot.

  • Hearing Impaired Published 06/18/2008 at 6 p.m.

    City Beat: When the news hit Tuesday that the Board of Trustees at the University of Tennessee would be postponing a decision on some major program cuts, including the highly-regarded, 225-student, 44-faculty-member Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology, you would ...

  • Knoxville's Biggest Nerds Published 06/11/2008 at 5 p.m.

    With AdventureCon 2008 fast approaching, nerds and nerdlets from all over the city (and beyond) will gather for a weekend of comic-book trading, Warhammer playing, and fraternizing with the likes of Kevin Sorbo. But what do these seeming social misfits ...

  • Serious Inquiries Only Published 06/04/2008 at 5 p.m.

    Charles Maldonado looks at Knoxville's online sex industry via the dirty window of Craigslist's “Erotic Services” ads.

  • Voting By Checkbook II Published 05/28/2008 at 6 p.m.

    Citybeat: We have less than six months to go until the November elections, and Tennessee’s August Congressional primaries are just around the corner. We’re essentially down to two presidential candidates, or not. In any case, it’s close, and the contribution ...

  • The Box We Bought Published 05/21/2008 at 5 p.m.

    The Knoxville Convention Center has been open for almost six years now, and it's still a point of contention. On the one hand, it generates jobs, brings tourists into the city and gets people downtown. On the other, it's still ...

  • Expelled Published 05/14/2008 at 5 p.m. 1 Comment

    Citybeat: Two Knoxville high schools—Austin-East and Fulton—are undergoing a "reconstitution," wherein all faculty had to reapply for their jobs and be evaluated. As a result, 43 teachers were asked not to return.

  • Thou Shalt Not Touch the Exhibits Published 05/14/2008 at 5 p.m. 1 Comment

    Charles Maldonado takes in the sights (and nearly sits on a dinosaur) at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky.

  • Is Everybody Saved? Published 04/30/2008 at 6 p.m. 13 Comments

    City Beat: Last weekend's Franklin Graham Christian revival event drew thousands of faithful attendees to Thompson-Boling Arena, all of them voluntary. But several hundred more local children were required to watch performances by two festival participants—a BMX stunt group and ...

  • Global Warming Next Door Published 04/16/2008 at 6 p.m.

    Reporter Charles Maldonado brings the subject of global warming closer to home as he visits with ecologist Dr. Jason Fridley, who assesses climate patterns through measurements taken in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

  • Voting by Checkbook Published 04/16/2008 at 6 p.m.

    City Beat: As soon as a political contribution gets above $200, it has to be reported to the Federal Election Commission, and then it goes on the Web where some reporter can take it and put it in a paper, ...

  • Life Sucks Published 04/09/2008 at 9 p.m.

    It wasn’t too long ago that the television event was the exclusive province of the broadcast networks. If we wanted big specials with movie-quality effects and a months-long ad campaign, we tuned into the big four. No longer. The event ...

  • Surviving a Nuclear War Published 04/09/2008 at 9 p.m.

    Now that last weekend’s high-concept endurance test 24-Hour Nuclear War is over, it doesn’t seem so strange that the admittedly over-the-top “aural guerilla project” went off without incident or arrest. The concept was challenging—a series of 24 hour-long concerts, each ...

  • 25 Years Old, Bottled in Bond Published 04/03/2008 at 6 a.m.

    WUTK 90.3 FM has been on the air a little more than 25 years. General director Benny Smith wanted to do something special to celebrate the station’s quarter-century anniversary in 2007, but it took a little longer than he anticipated. ...

  • The Super Published 04/02/2008 at 12:08 p.m.

    Citybeat: It’s been over a year since the Knox County School Board decided to buy out former Superintendent Charles Lindsey’s contract and ask him to leave. Now, after whittling the list down from 40 candidates, they settled on Boston Public ...

  • Bullish on Biofuel Published 03/27/2008 at 10:59 a.m.

    East Tennessee seems to be leading the charge toward biofuel with more TDOT clean-fuel grant proposals than any other part of the state.

  • Into the Air Published 03/27/2008 at 10:56 a.m.

    With newly announced staffing changes at local public radio station WUOT, station manager Regina Dean foresees programming changes as well. Could this mean a transition from classical music to NPR talk radio?

  • Highway to Hell Published 03/20/2008 at 4:06 p.m.

    The death of an Afghan cab driver is the jumping-off point for director Alex Gibney’s Oscar-winning documentary Taxi to the Dark Side, a dense and powerful exploration of the use of torture in the War on Terror.

  • The Drama of Louie Bluie Published 03/20/2008 at 6 a.m.

    Carpetbag Theatre chronicles the life of East Tennessee legend Howard Armstrong in Between a Ballad and a Blues.

  • Heartbreak Square Published 03/13/2008 at 11:19 p.m.

    Well, we hear it’s final. Whether you loved him or otherwise, the city has unplugged Market Square Elvis. Decked out in white jumpsuit and cape as Elvis, ca. 1973, the man sang into a karaoke amplifier for as much as ...

  • Downtown Unbeared Published 03/06/2008 at 11:16 a.m.

    The art bears will be finally migrating out of downtown. That's just one of the recommendations made last week by the Public Art Task Force, which released a report on how the city should manage its public art installations. That ...