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Archive for: August, 2011

Camp Chaverim goes “extreme” after 23 years of midtown community service

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By Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher Executive Editor Another year at Camp Chaverim is finished. Happy campers have returned to their homes, day care and/or schools. For the past 23 years, children ages two to 13 have attended what the Jewish Federation of Oklahoma City describes as “a special summer place where campers make new […]

Digital education and the lessons of history: a conference summary

From left, Oklahoma Virtual Academy teachers Cheryl Tatum and Audra Carr, with Lauren Marshall and her two sons, Dylan Marshall and David Marshall. The group spoke about innovative learning strategies at the recent symposium, “Education in the Digital Age.” Photo by Patrick B. McGuigan

A provocative and wide-ranging conference on “Education in the Digital Age” unfolded at the Oklahoma History Center on Friday, July 29. A sub-title of “Practices and Policies for Personalized Education” affirmed the historic setting of the event, sponsored by the conservative Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs. Major General Lee Baxter, who holds the distinction of […]

Rufus Fears delivers provocative analysis of technology’s role in transforming human knowledge

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Dr. J. Rufus Fears, keynote speaker at the recent symposium on “Education in the Digital Age,” delivered an address both provocative and challenging. The stage was set when Brandon Dutcher, vice president of policy at the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, introduced the venerable academic. Dutcher quipped, “We are foolish if we think our microchips […]

Oklahoma City ends mandatory odd/even water rotation, encourages voluntary conservation

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Oklahoma City has ended the mandatory odd/even watering rotation program but continues to encourage voluntary outdoor watering conservation, beginning at 9 a.m. today, August 11. City officials sincerely thank the residents and businesses that were instrumental in helping everyone maintain adequate water pressure during many days of record high temperatures. The end of the watering […]

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder triggers hypersensitivity to pain

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Staff Report Researchers at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center hope to determine why post-traumatic stress disorder seems to trigger hypersensitivity to pain. The Department of Defense recently awarded a three-year, $1.35 million grant to the OU College of Pharmacy to study the link between PTSD and chronic pain. “While pain sensitivity with PTSD […]

Bring It Home Project Means Green Opportunities for Oklahoma

Phillips Murrah attorney and “Bring It Home” Project Director Jim Roth gives a presentation on the program, which has the potential to have a major impact on energy drain in Oklahoma. Photo by Darla Shelden.

By Darla Shelden Contributing Writer In the United States, experts say running and maintaining residential and commercial buildings consumes 70 percent of all electricity used and roughly 40 percent of total energy. Clearly such consumption offers a significant opportunity for energy savings. The “Bring It Home Project” is an effort focused on helping Oklahoma communities […]

Monday night storms slam water treatment plant, some Midtown residents lose power

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staff report As the sun set on Monday evening, August 8, severe storms slammed north and west Oklahoma City. City officials contacted The City Sentinel to report that this evening’s storm caused a power outage at the Hefner Water Treatment Plant and pump station. OG&E is on the way to transfer the plant to backup […]

OKC Superintendent gives “trust and confidence” to over two dozen new district principals, Higher expectations to characterize district’s approach

Oklahoma City Schools Superintendent Karl Springer explains the district’s new rigorous curriculum and introduces a record number of newly-appointed principals during a recent press conference. Staff Photo by Stacy Martin

  By Patrick B. McGuigan Senior Editor The 2011-12 academic year for the Oklahoma City Public Schools started earlier that ever – on Monday, August 1. In addition, a record-setting number of new principals – 26 in all – are in place to press what City Superintendent Karl Springer calls “extensive academic reform.” In a […]

The 10th Annual Fairy Ball on Paseo scheduled for Saturday night has been postponed due to the extreme heat.

Flower magic happens at the Fairy Ball as a wee Fairy enjoys the flower crown she made. Photo by Sue Tarr

     PLEASE HELP US GET THE WORD OUT The 10th Annual Fairy Ball on Paseo scheduled for Saturday night has been postponed due to the extreme heat.  This highly anticipated event is for young children who frequently come with infant siblings and elderly grandparents, all of which are especially vulnerable to heat related illnesses. […]

Go green and go home: local council brings eco-awareness to homebuyers

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  By Jessica Findley Staff Writer The Oklahoma City Metropolitan Association of Realtors (OKMAR) is setting to use more aggressively market environmentally-friendly-homes, as a greater service to buyers and sellers, officials say. The Green Resource Council in Oklahoma City is a local chapter of the National Association of Realtors, which originally established to program. The […]

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