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Archive for: March, 2013

Religious leaders host forum to stir death penalty dialogue

The Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, in partnership with the Oklahoma Conference of Churches recently co-hosted a forum titled Religious Leader’s Dialogue on the Death Penalty.”  Panelists included (L-R): Rev. Marlon J. Coleman, Antioch Missionary Baptist Church; The Rev. Adam Leathers, Director, Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministries; The Rev. Dr. William Tabbernee, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Conference of Churches; The Rev. Michael Girlinghouse, Bishop, AR-OK Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America; and moderator Lydia Polley, OK-CADP co-chair. Photo by Darla Shelden.

By Darla Shelden Contributing Writer The Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (OK-CADP), in partnership with the Oklahoma Conference of Churches (OCC) recently co-hosted a forum themed “Religious Leader’s Dialogue on the Death Penalty.” The event, moderated by Lydia Polley, OK-CADP co-chair, was held at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, in Oklahoma City. Plenary […]

John Malget leads Oklahoma City’s iconic ‘Church of Tomorrow’ into the future

Associate Minister Rev. Jeff Hamilton (left) and new Senior Minister Rev. John Malget discuss Good Friday prayer services at the Communion Table in the sanctuary of the First Christian Church of Oklahoma City. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden Contributing Writer Located near Edgemere Park and Crown Heights districts, at 3700 N. Walker, the First Christian Church of Oklahoma City, often called the “Church of Tomorrow,” opened in 1956. This month the FCC has welcomed a new leader. Born and raised in Oklahoma, Rev. John Malget began serving as Senior Minister […]

Prison plan at center of controversy between reform advocates and governor’s staff

Governor Mary Fallin

by Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY — Advocates of the historic criminal justice system reforms approved in 2012, widely known as the “justice reinvestment” initiative (JRI), are reeling over a variety of changes in the program – and over the resignation of JRI author Kris Steele, former speaker of the state House, from the inter-agency […]

2013 Oklahoma County Democratic Precinct Meetings Announced

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By Darla Shelden Contributing Writer The Oklahoma County Democratic Party (OCDP) will hold precinct meetings and elections Thursday, March 14, at 7 p.m. This year precincts will gather according to House Districts (HD). All registered Oklahoma County Democrats who attend precinct meetings are eligible to become officers or committee members. Marguerite McGuffin, OCDP Chair said, […]

Sooner and Later: For prison reform, light a candle and ‘stick with it’

Patrick McGuigan

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – State officials say a shift away from Oklahoma’s close-to-first-in-the-nation incarceration rate, toward data-proven programs aiming to more sensibly address non-violent offenses, is on track. Still, skeptics wonder. As the first round of bill deadlines nears this Thursday, March 14, the Oklahoma Legislature is considering ten bills to create new […]

Foreign law ban easily passes state House, but city legislators clash over its merits

Floyd, Kay

by Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher Legislation to ban use of foreign legal precedents in most cases passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives last week. Two female legisaltors from the capital city clashed in committee and floor deliberations over the proposal’s merits. House Bill 1060, sponsored by state Rep. Sally Kern, a City Republican, would […]

Sierra Club Lobby Day to advocate for sustaining the environment

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By Darla Shelden Contributing Writer On Tuesday, March 26 members of 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. […]

City recruiting youth council members

Mayor Cornett

Staff Report High school students who will be juniors or seniors during the upcoming school year can apply now through April 12 to represent their ward as a member of the 2013-2014 Youth Council. The nine-month program will kick off in August. Public, private, and home schooled students interested in learning more about government are […]

OKC ZOO ANNOUNCES NAME OF NEWBORN GORILLA

Pandora new kid

staff report The infant, male gorilla born on Valentine’s Day at the Oklahoma City Zoo has been named Leom (pronounced LEE-UM). The name originated from the Zoo’s keepers to honor the newborn’s parents by combining the last two letters of his mother’s name, Kelele, and his father’s name, Bom Bom. Leom is the first birth […]

Turkish Raindrop House to host discussion on child immunizations in third world countries

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Staff Report There will be a spring luncheon at the Turkish Raindrop House at 11:30 am, Saturday, March 23 focusing on immunization solutions for children in developing nations. The United Nations Association of Oklahoma is organizer of the event at 4444 N Classen Blvd. Parking is available underground and for the handicapped, on street level. […]

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