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Architectural Wonder
Have you ever passed in front of an urban public building and wondered, "Who decided to make it look like that?" [05-29-00]

Courtesy Commandos
You're ground to a halt on the side of the freeway, watching the smoke rise from your engine, and cursing your lack of a cell phone, when... a rescuer appears! What is this official-looking truck stopping to help? [02-14-00]
— Mike Gibson, METRO PULSE

Worked Over
Bank "work-out teams" have nothing to do with exercise, but plenty to do with sweat: such teams work over corporate debtors who have defaulted on their sizable loans. [11-29-99]
— Mike Gibson, METRO PULSE

Web Mistress
"Becca," makes a good living baring herself online. [06-21-99]
— Herschel Pollard, METRO PULSE

Old Men River
Despite the pollution, the urban banks of the Tennessee River has its faithful adherents to summertime fishing. [06-14-99]
— Jesse Fox Mayshark, METRO PULSE

Skating the Law
The battle between skaters and cops isn't exactly breaking news anywhere, but in Knoxville, Tennessee, the problem is compounded by vague enforcement of the applicable laws. [12-20-98]
— John Sewell, METRO PULSE

Cinema Stars
In the '50s, it was practically a point of pride to tear down historical buildings in Knoxville, Tennessee. Today, we look at two surviving gems that are currently undergoing a renaissance. [10-26-98]
— Coury Turczyn, METRO PULSE

Out There
Tales of alien visitation and abduction have become part of the pop culture "norm," even in Tennessee. Is the truth really out there? [10-05-98]
— Mike Gibson, METRO PULSE

Rational Enquirers
Several "big science" projects are underway in the Knoxville, TN area--cutting-edge projects that are expanding our knowledge of the universe in a variety of fields. [07-27-98]
— Mike Gibson, METRO PULSE

Be It Ever So Humble
Everybody's heard the slur "trailer trash." But how accurate is the image attached to life in a trailer home park? [07-13-98]

The Enduring Epidemic
As far as the general public is concerned, the AIDS crisis is all but over due to new treatments. Nonetheless, AIDS care organizations face dwindling support while still barely able to supply needed services. [06-22-98]
— Betty Bean, METRO PULSE

Knoxville: Summer 1998
"Knoxville: Summer 1915," by James Agee, is one of the finest pieces of short prose in American literature. Jack Neely provides a timely update to this classic. [06-08-98]
— Jack Neely, METRO PULSE

Monkey Trouble: Shaking the Family Tree
Think evolution is a well-accepted fact? In Tennessee, home of the infamous Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925, the battle of words between Darwinists and creationists continues to this day. [05-18-98]
— Jesse Fox Mayshark, METRO PULSE

Street Life
How exactly do people come to live on the streets? Here are the stories of five people and how they became homeless. [05-11-98]
— John Clendenon, METRO PULSE

Rocket Ride
They're real live Hollywood people, and they're filming a picture called "The Rocket Boys" in East Tennessee. [04-27-98]
— Mike Gibson, METRO PULSE

A Blackened Rainbow
The brutal killing of the Lillelid family in East Tennessee has consumed local media for the past year. What should we learn from such a grisly crime? [04-20-98]
— Jesse Fox Mayshark, METRO PULSE

Deadbeat Nation
From the looks of it, local, state, and federal government is getting tough with deadbeat dads. But is the problem getting any better? [03-30-98]
— Katie Allison Granju, METRO PULSE

Reel Success
With its recent billion-dollar merger, Regal Cinemas became part of the largest theater chain in the country. The story of how it got there begins with a guy bagging groceries. [03-02-98]
— Mike Gibson, METRO PULSE

Celestial Skinsman
He was the most unusual jazz performer in Knoxville, Tennessee, if not the country: Samarai Celestial. Mike Gibson relates the life of this one-of-a-kind musician. [01-20-98]
— Mike Gibson, METRO PULSE

Bullies in the Pulpit
The Southern Baptist Convention is famous for its Fundamentalist bent. However, there are moderate Baptists who question the direction the SBC is taking under its right-wing leadership. [12-08-97]
— Betty Bean, METRO PULSE

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