The City Sentinel
Archive for: February, 2013

COMMENTARY: Practical or moral, for the sake of the ten

Patrick McGuigan

  By Patrick B. McGuigan   Oklahoma City — American prisons are often graduate schools of crime, places where foundational purposes of Western law – restitution and justice – are myths.   In Oklahoma, prisons and jails are more crowded than ever, as Corrections trails only Health Care as a cost-driver. People convicted of comparatively […]

Governor Mary Fallin rebuffs Justice Reinvestment implementation funds

Governor Mary Fallin

by Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin’s legal counsel has informed the Council of State Governments (CSG) that Oklahoma will rebuff anticipated federal funds for implementation of criminal justice reform legislation passed in recent years. Fallin supported legislative passage of the 2011-2012 “justice reinvestment” measures, designed to shift Oklahoma away from incarceration […]

Animal rights advocates join forces to challenge pending legislation

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By Darla Shelden Contributing Writer The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), and The Oklahoma Alliance (OAA) for Animals invite their members and supporters to participate in the Sixth Annual Humane Lobby Day on Thursday, March 7 at the State Capitol. The event […]

As winter storms advance, Lt. Todd lamb declares state of emergency


Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – At the request of Governor Mary Fallin, Lt. Governor Todd Lamb today declared a State of Emergency for 56 Oklahoma counties due the winter storm, excessive snow, and severe weather affecting many areas of the state. Counties included in the State of Emergency are: Adair, Alfalfa, Beaver, Beckham, Blaine, Caddo, […]

“110 in the Shade” Presented by the OCU & The Bass School of Music

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  staff report Lizzie Curry, a rancher in the drought-stricken West during the Dust Bowl, is smart and capable, but just plain plain. She longs for love with the local sheriff, but her world changes when charismatic con man Bill Starbuck comes to town, posing as a rainmaker. The 1957 movie classic starred Katherine Hepburn […]

Gridiron delivers again: Witty musical satire performs this week at Plaza Lyric

Bart Vleugels returns with his acclaimed interpretation of President Barack Obama in the 2013 Oklahoma City Gridiron Show, performing at the Lyric Plaza Theatre Feb. 27, March 1 and March 2.
Photo by Patrick B. McGuigan

By Publius From the opening song of the First Act — “Gridiron’s Here” — to the powerful closing tune “Oh Happy Day” (adapted from the soulful original), the 2013 edition of The Oklahoma City Gridiron Show is well-acted, well-sung, upbeat and funny. This year’s Boffo performance is a fine addition to the storied series of […]

Rose State College prepares students as cyber sleuths to meet national security needs

Rose State is the only community college in the nation that provides all six levels of federal cyber certification, putting its students, like program participant Jim Thavisay, in high demand. Photo by Ken Beachler.

By Darla Shelden Contributing Writer More and more governmental and private entities, from the Pentagon to individuals are facing cyber security threats causing many to ramp up their efforts to counter cyber attacks. Rose State College is now offering federal cyber certification to its students to fill this need. A recent report from the Washington […]

OKC First Baptist to present two special musical events on March

Lyricist Ragan Courtney and his wife, Grammy award-winning singer Cynthia Clawson.

Staff report First Baptist Church of Oklahoma City (FBCOKC) welcomes lyricist Ragan Courtney and his wife, Grammy award-winning singer Cynthia Clawson, in two special performances at the church on Sunday, March 17. Courtney will direct a new, updated performance of his famed musical, “Celebrate Life!” on Sunday, March 17, at 10:30 a.m in the FBCOKC […]

Restoring local Rights to Communities on tobacco use

A woman smokes a cigarette in a restaurant in Munich

Special to the paper Over the last three years state legislation to repeal tobacco preemption has been introduced. Each time the measure has failed to be heard by the full Oklahoma Legislature, despite demonstrated support from the more than 30 communities who have enacted city ordinances to ban tobacco use in areas of their communities […]

Local primate sanctuary holds fundraiser to support rescued monkeys

Pong and Ping, Japanese snow macaques, were rescued by Mindy’s Memory Primate Sanctuary from a roadside zoo after it went bankrupt. Photo provided

By Darla Shelden Contributing Writer In order to save the lives of monkeys, often used in research, the 2nd Annual Mindy’s Memory Primate Sanctuary fundraiser will be held on Saturday, Feb. 23. The event will take place from noon – 2 p.m., at Expressions Community Fellowship Church, 4010 N. Youngs Blvd., in Oklahoma City. Located […]

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