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W ith a colorful past, a problematic present, and an unpromising future, coal mining in East Tennessee presents a knotty narrative.

Societal and familial breakdowns have left young people adrift in a world of faux toughness, disconnected from everyone except their fellow urban aficionados.

The experience of some small Internet service providers in Texas may prove that warnings about an Orwellian future flowing from the 1996 Telecommunications Act are coming true.

Also, making decisions about public buildings, the future of g-strings and pasties, the sound of tender, unquenchable longing, and more.

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Letters at 3AM [7]
The music of Tony Fruscella reminds us that art is about an unending attempt to give what we can, where we can, to whom we can.
— Michael Ventura, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
Truth in Alabama [8]
Reflecting on Birmingham, bombs, and racial hatred.
— Margaret Renkl, NASHVILLE SCENE
Wired Wrong [9]
GFCIs can fool you into thinking they're working.
— Walter Jowers, NASHVILLE SCENE
Romancing the Road [10]
Part one of a threefold evaluation of new sports cars.
— Marc K. Stengel, NASHVILLE SCENE

Now What? [12]
Can't get enough news? You're in luck -- more news is created every day. Our Now What? page offers a plethora of recommended links to help keep you living in the present.

Volume III, Issue 49
May 29 - June 5, 2000  

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Black Gold Rush [2]
These days, Knoxville isn't exactly synonymous with coal mining--but for much of the 19th and 20th centuries, that industry was a mover and shaper of the city and the region.
— Jesse Fox Mayshark, METRO PULSE
Night Moves [3]
Hangin' with the homies on the southside.
Power Play [4]
Southwestern Bell and Time Warner push Jump.Net and other small Internet service providers out of the Austin market with anti-competitive pricing schemes.
Architectural Wonder [5]
Have you ever passed in front of an urban public building and wondered, "Who decided to make it look like that?"
No G-Strings Attached [6]
U.S. Supreme Court ruling requires nude dancers to wear pasties and g-strings, but Austin won't be making any changes.
— Jonathan David Carroll, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

Teeny Tidbits
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Mr. Smarty Pants [11]
Mr. Smarty Pants gets the lead out.
— Mr. Smarty Pants, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

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