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Archive for: March, 2012

Oklahoma Chapter Sierra Club Lobby Day seeks to influence legislators and the public


By Darla Shelden Contributing Writer On Wednesday, March 21, the Oklahoma Chapter of the Sierra Club will gather for Lobby Day at the State Capitol. They want to show legislators the power of a grassroots environmental movement and focus the attention of the media on the environment. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. on the […]

Alliance to give ‘VOICE’ to OKC families draws huge crowd at first convention


By Darla Shelden Contributing Writer Nearly 1,200 members from over 20 congregations and other organizations gathered recently at the First Christian Church in Oklahoma City to celebrate the founding convention of Voices Organized in Civic Engagement (VOICE). VOICE is an alliance designed to help OKC area people work together on family issues. “We have built […]

President Barack Obama to detail “all of the above” strategy in visit to city, Cushing


By Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY, Friday, March 16 — The White House Press Office, in a release sent to The City Sentinel and other news organizations, has provided details of President Barack Obama’s March 21-22 trip to four states, including Oklahoma. While in Oklahoma, he will visit the Cushing area, a major hub for […]

Saint Patrick’s Day parade (and parties) slated for Bricktown and dowtown Oklahoma City


By Patrick B. McGuigan Executive Editor The annual St. Patrick’s Day parade will be this Saturday (March 17) in downtown Oklahoma City. The parade falls on the feast day of the man known to history as “the Enlightener of Ireland. The downtown and immediate, surrounding area will be more festive than ever. While the parade […]

Nine OKCPS Elementary Schools Achieve Great Expectations Model School Status


staff report Nine Oklahoma City Public School District elementary sites have achieved the prestigious honor of being named a Great Expectations Model School. The recognition takes dedication from school principals, faculty, and staff to accomplish the distinction, district officials said. These schools are a showcase for the rewarding benefits that Great Expectations provides students, faculty, […]

Whose Voice Matters Most?

Dank, David

By State Rep. David Dank Commentary The Legislature has a golden opportunity this year to reform our state’s convoluted and wasteful tax credit system and pass along the savings to individual taxpayers. Unfortunately, some legislators seem to be wavering under pressure from an army of special interest lobbyists who persist in defending the indefensible. The […]

March 15 fundraiser invites concerned citizens to become friends of scouting


“Your House A to Z” contributor On Thursday evening, March 15, the community is invited to drop in and participate in a major fundraiser for the Boy Scouts of America Last Frontier Council at 3615. The gathering will be at3625 N. McKinley in historic Putnam Heights (one block west of Classen on the southwest corner […]

Local film festival shines spotlight on human rights issues

The late founder of Amnesty International, seen here signing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Petition, is the subject of the festival’s opening film, ‘The Life of Amnesty International Founder Peter Benenson.  Photo provided

By Darla Shelden Contributing Writer The Shine a Light on Human Rights film festival will be held at the Oklahoma City Norick Downtown Library, 300 Couch Drive, on Saturday, March 24 from1 to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, March 25 from 1 to 6 p.m. Screenings will be shown in the 4th floor, Friends Event […]

Homeward Bound rescues 32 neglected pugs and reaches out for community support

This little puppy is one of the 32 pugs retrieved from deplorable conditions by Homeward Bound Pug Rescue. Photo provided by Homeward Bound Pug Rescue

By Darla Shelden Contributing Writer Gail Tucker, director of Homeward Bound Pug Rescue and Adoption of Oklahoma, recently received a phone call from a friend regarding what turned out to be 32 pugs, including at least 19 puppies in distress. Dana Scott called Homeward Bound after she saw a flyer at her local vet clinic […]

Prescription drug abuse in Oklahoma leads most states


By Warren Vieth Oklahoma Watch It’s the No. 1 ranking the state would just as soon forget. Approximately 240,000 Oklahomans‹8% of the population age 12 and above took prescription painkillers for nonmedical reasons over a 12-month period, the federal government reported last year. Oklahoma’s rate of recreational painkiller use was the highest in the nation, […]

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