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Archive for: December, 2013

Oklahoma City’s New Year’s Day 5K run set to fight hunger

Registration is now open for the OKC NYD Blastoff 5K, which will be held in downtown Oklahoma City on New Year’s Day, January 1. Proceeds will benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.  Photo provided

    By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter There are more than 675,000 Oklahomans at risk of hunger every day, including one in four children in the state. The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma distributes enough food to feed more than 90,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through more than 1,000 community pantries, shelters, soup kitchens […]

A million stories in Oklahoma City: Here are the top 10 for 2013

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    By Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher As Joe Friday’s character used to say in the classic Dragnet television series: “There are a million stories in the city.” It is not possible or practical even to sketch them all, but here is our 2013 listing of the Top Ten stories from the heart of […]

Sunday Dec. 22 statement from Dr. Ed Shadid


  reported as stated- For many years, I have been very public and about my addiction and recovery.  I have maintained transparency because I believe it is helpful for those in long-term recovery to come forward in order to decrease the associated shame and stigma. The unsealing of our divorce records is revealing the wreckage […]

Requiem for a little giant: Remembering Brenda Reneau

IN THEIR PRIMETIME, BACK IN THE DAY: From left, at the 1995 inaugural ceremonies for Oklahoma state officials, from left, were Attorney General Drew Edmondson, Treasurer Robert Butkin, Schools Superintendent Sandy Garrett, and Labor Commissioner Brenda Reneau. Photo provided by Sandy Garrett.

By Patrick B. McGuigan   OKLAHOMA CITY – At a small community cemetery, after a service in Muskogee, family and friends said farewell to former Oklahoma Commissioner of Labor Brenda Reneau on Dec. 13. From the final place of rest for her earthly remains, the hills of eastern Oklahoma glimmered whenever the sun peaked from […]

‘The gifts of recovery’ – Ed Shadid’s December 19 Statement

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Dr. Ed Shadid, Ward 2 Oklahoma City Council member, and his ex-wife Dina "Dinky" Hammam, spoke at a press conference Thursday evening in Oklahoma City. Shadid announced he would continue his race for mayor, and would not attend a hearing on Friday (Dec. 20) at which sealed records from their divorce would be released. The pair opposed opening the files because of concern about impact of the information on their three children. Dinky Hammam said she would support her ex-husband in the March 4 election against incumbent Mayor Mick Cornett. Photo Provided

  Editor’s Note: This is the text of a statement from Dr. Ed Shadid, Ward 2 Oklahoma City Council member, delivered at a campaign event the evening of Thursday, Dec. 19.   Dina and I and our attorneys will not attend [the Dec. 20] proceedings related to the unsealing of our 2004 divorce files given […]

Notable Quotables — The Best of the Worst in 2013

AN ARMY OF ONE: Chris Matthews did not win the quote of year competition for this year’s “Notable Quotables” from the Media Research Center. However, he is the only national journalist with his own category: the Mean-Spirited, Nasty Belligerent Chris (MSNBC) award.

By Patrick B. McGuigan   OKLAHOMA CITY — Looking back on another year of distorted analysis and reporting throughout the mainstream news media, a plurality of judges (myself included) chose as “quote of the year” an unforgettable comment from Martin Bashir. After each cycle of analysis over a quarter century, it’s hard to imagine operative […]

The Red Andrews Christmas Dinner is a fond memory for many

On Dec. 25 the annual Red Andrews Christmas Dinner held at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City will provide new toys and clothing for children of all ages.  Photo provided

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter With Christmas fast approaching, it is again time for the annual Red Andrews Dinner, which has provided warm meals and toys for thousands of Oklahoma City residents since the 1940s. Red Andrews family members, local community members and long time event volunteers are preparing to serve Oklahomans in need […]

Furry family members need extra care during cold winter months

As winter bears down across America pet owners should take special care to be sure their furry family members are safe and warm. Photo by Darla Shelden.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter As winter bears down across America pet owners should take special care to be sure their furry family members are safe and warm. “In general, it’s best to keep most cats and dogs indoors during the cold winter months,” said Dr. Elisabeth Giedt, Oklahoma State University’s director of Continuing […]

Commentary: Law and life, secrecy and privacy, politics and wisdom

Dr. Ed Shadid, candidate for Oklahoma City Mayor with ex-wife Dina Hammam, and two of their children at the Oklahoma City Farmers Public Market, where Shadid launched his mayoral campaign. Photo by Mary E. Sine, courtesy of The City Sentinel

By Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher The great Solomon prayed not for wealth or power or even the defeat of his enemies, but for wisdom. And it was granted unto him (1 Kings 3: 7-12, in all translations) As I grow older, this seems the better part of valor. As an important mayoral election nears, […]

COMMENTARY: Insurance markets and Oklahoma, singing state budget blues

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By Patrick B. McGuigan   OKLAHOMA CITY – After a review of insurance news from D.C., Connecticut, Minnesota, and Oklahoma, even Pollyanna would be concerned about the sustainability of the American insurance system. As the Sooner State’s next government budget takes shape, anticipated costs are dreadful. Consider the headline on an Education Week story in […]

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