The City Sentinel
Archive for: May, 2013

Cindy Sheehan still protesting America’s wars with cross country bike tour. Two Oklahoma Gold Star fathers speak out

:  Anti war activists Warren Henthorn (left), Cindy Sheehan and John Scripsick all lost their sons in the Iraq war. Photo by Darla Shelden.

By Darla Shelden Contributing Writer Remember Cindy Sheehan? She made national news when she became an anti-war activist after her son Casey was killed in Iraq, on April 4, 2004. Sheehan, a Gold Star mom, was in Oklahoma City on Mother’s Day speaking to a group of supporters at the First Unitarian Church while on […]

OKC Pride brings community together to celebrate diversity, love and equality

(L-R)  Grand Marshall Bob Lemon, rides with his son Chrys Lemon, and Harold Watson in the OKC Pride Parade while daughter Robyn Lemon Sellers walks alongside waving a Pride flag.  Photo by Darla Shelden

By Darla Shelden Contributing Writer A weekend of festivities themed “The New Normal,” celebrated OKC Pride by bringing the Oklahoma City community together to support diversity, love and equality. “OKC Pride is honored to organize the state’s largest diversity celebration,” said Matt Harney, OKC Pride Board member & Education Committee Chair. “We are thrilled by […]

Oklahoma tornados ravage lives and separate families from pets

Two days after a mile wide tornado ravaged Moore, Oklahoma, a young girl is reunited with her dog, Jack, at the site of what used to be their home and neighborhood, Photo by Peggy Johnson

By Darla Shelden Contributing Writer Many Oklahomans and their pets have endured much suffering since the devastating tornados ravaged their way through Shawnee, Carney, Little Axe, Bethel Acres and Moore, Oklahoma. 26 lives were lost, over 400 have been injured, hundreds of homes destroyed and countless animals have been separated from their families. “Right now […]

FEMA, Federal Partners Continue to Support Response to Severe Storms in Oklahoma Survivors are Encouraged to Register for Assistance

May 22, 2013 HQ-13-052 Contact: FEMA News Desk 202-646-3272 News Release WASHINGTON — The Administration, through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) remains in close contact with emergency officials and continues to coordinate federal support to state, tribal and local officials in Oklahoma through FEMA’s National Response Coordination Center in Washington, D.C. and Regional Response […]

Reed and Laurel, in tribute to Jon and Don: They’re still crazy, after all these years.

From left, Jonathan Beck Reed and Don Jordan portray a couple of cowpokes from the bustling (fictitious) town of Tuna, Texas. For the 42nd time in five decades, the two longtime friends are collaborating in a theatrical production. This one comes to the Freede Little Theatre at the Civic Center Music Hall in downtown Oklahoma City, May 31-June 16. For information or tickets, telephone 405-297-2264 or 848-3761, or visit www.cityrep.com

by Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher Two icons of the Oklahoma City theater scene will mark a notable benchmark in the next few weeks. For the 42nd time in theatrical careers spanning five decades each, Jonathan Beck Reed and Donald L. Jordan are working together. Their collaborations began in the late 1970s in “My Three […]

State officials grapple with future of insurance premium support program for Oklahoma’s working poor

Governor Mary Fallin

By Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Editor Oklahoma leaders remain cautiously optimistic about preserving a popular insurance premium support program, designed and implemented in 2004 with bipartisan support, which benefits the working poor. On May 9, Leavitt Partners, a consultant to Oklahoma’s Health Care Authority (HCA), encouraged state officials to extend Insure Oklahoma, despite the Obama […]

Heather Meldrum Named the 2013-2014 Oklahoma City Public School Teacher of the Year

Heather Meldrum, a fifth grade teacher at Stanley F. Hupfeld Academy at Western Village, reacts in surprise after being named the 2013-14 Oklahoma City Public School Teacher of the Year. Meldrum is the first charter school teacher ever to win the honor. Other finalists for the honor were Michael Spellis (Taft Middle, first runner-up), Sherry Dew (Webster Middle), Susan Bumgarner (Wilson), Suzanne Carter (Telstar), Adelita Dixon-Hernandez (Capitol Hill High), Mary Johnson (Rancho Village), Lisa Ummel-Ingram (Wheeler) and Kristin Whitmore (Sequoyah). The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools organizes the annual competition. Photo provided.

Staff report Heather Meldrum, a fifth grade teacher at Stanley F. Hupfeld Academy at Western Village, reacts in surprise after being named the 2013-14 Oklahoma City Public School Teacher of the Year. Meldrum is the first charter school teacher ever to win the honor. Other finalists for the honor were Michael Spellis (Taft Middle, first […]

“Invisible Eve” exhibit goes behind bars in Oklahoma to reveal women all but forgotten

The opening reception of Invisible Eve exhibit will be held on Thursday, May 30, from 5 - 8 p.m., at the Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum, in Oklahoma City.

By Darla Shelden Contributing Writer The state of Oklahoma incarcerates more women per capita than any other state in the nation. The majority of them are imprisoned for non-violent or drug-related offenses. In the book, Invisible Eve, award-winning photographer and writer Yousef Khanfar goes behind prison walls to capture the essence of women who he […]

Rub-A-Dub Race for Rescues event brings awareness to local rescue organizations and shelters 37 participating rescue groups and organizations

Homeward Bound Pug Rescue will have pets available to adoption at the Rub-A-Dub Race for Rescues event on Saturday, May 25, at Stars and Stripes Park at Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City.  Photo by Darla Shelden.

By Darla Shelden Contributing Writer Oklahoma City’s first annual Rub-A-Dub Race for Rescues event will be held on Saturday, May 25, at Lake Hefner Stars and Stripes Park. Registration for the 5K Run begins at 8 a.m. with the race starting at 9:30 a.m. The daylong fundraiser will conclude at 4 p.m. Rub-A-Dub Race for […]

President Declares Disaster for Oklahoma

News Release WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Oklahoma to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and tornadoes beginning May 18, 2013, and continuing. The President’s action […]

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