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Archive for: March, 2014

Oklahoma’s newest think tank makes its case: ‘Why families still matter’

From left: State Sen. Rob Standridge, R-Norman, founder/director Melisa Zimmerman of Bridge Builders Ministries, executive director Timothy Tardibono of the Family Policy Institute of Oklahoma, Executive Director Clarence Hill of Eye to Eye, a marriage support group, and state Reps. Tom Newell, R-Seminole, Elise Hall, R-Oklahoma City, and Mark McCullough, R-Sapulpa.
Photo by Brett Magbee, for The City Sentinel

By Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher   OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma’s newest public policy research group will center its research and analysis on family issues. Bolstering his case for a public policy “think tank” focused on family, founder and executive director Timothy Tardibono for the Family Policy Institute of Oklahoma reflected, “Oklahoma is known as […]

Flint Group meeting features presentation by RGP Restoration & Construction

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By Stacy Martin Managing Editor The Flint Group, a select group of businesses and professionals, meets twice monthly at the Flint restaurant in downtown’s Colcord building, 15 N. Robinson, said organizer Jack Werner, A to Z Inspections CEO. Professional members include those in government contract consulting, roofing, commercial/residential development, property, storm and damage restoration, roofing, […]

Before the Rainbow Bridge there is Pug Hollow Sanctuary

Little Fiona is an 8 year old female pug with an enlarged heart that is a permanent resident of Pug Hollow Sanctuary, a hospice and longtime care facility for small dogs in need of palliative and end of life care. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter Pug Hollow Sanctuary, located in Prague, OK started with one pug who had a massively complicated autoimmune disorder. Today Pug Hollow is a hospice and long term care sanctuary providing a safe, loving home for small dogs in need of palliative end of life care and for dogs who […]

As Indiana goes, so goes Oklahoma: Common Core curriculum support collapses in the Sooner State

Jenni White, president of Restore Oklahoma Public Education (ROPE), a leading critic of Oklahoma's version of the Common Core curriculum.

    By Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher   OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma could become the second of the United States formally to abandon the controversial Common Core curriculum for public schools. Monday, the state Senate Education Committee unanimously approved its own version of House Bill 3399, which sailed through the House on a 78-12 […]

9th Annual Lake Overholser/Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge Cleanup issues call for volunteers on April 12

Friends of Lake Overholder/Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge are calling on volunteers to participate in the 9th Annual Clean-up event, which will be held Saturday, April 12 from 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter Friends of Lake Overholser/Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge are seeking volunteers to participate in the 9th Annual Clean-up event on Saturday, April 12 from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Lake Overholser/Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge Clean-up is part of OKC Beautiful’s Litter Blitz, Keep Oklahoma Beautiful’s (KOB) Great American Clean-up, ODOT Trash-Off […]

COMMENTARY: The wonderful thing about open records is that they are open to everyone

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By Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher   OKLHOMA CITY — In those glorious films based on the ‘Winnie the Pooh’ stories, the character of “Tigger” sang memorably concerning “The wonderful thing about Tiggers.” At one point Tigger concludes a chorus declaring that the best thing of all about Tiggers is “I’m the only one.” When […]

For better education in OKC, have a SIG (School Improvement Grant)?

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By Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher   OKLAHOMA CITY – Public records posted at the Oklahoma state Department of Education website (http://www.ok.gov/sde/) document millions of dollars in spending on school improvement grants (SIGs) in the Sooner State’s largest public school district. SIGs for the Oklahoma City Public School District (http://okcs.schooldesk.net/) are financed through a federal […]

Negotiations With Iran Serve U.S. Interests

Nathaniel Batchelder (right) is a director of the Oklahoma City Peace House and a member of Americans Against the Next War (AANW).  Photo by Darla Shelden

By Nathaniel Batchelder, Americans Against the Next War Ongoing negotiations with Iran could lead to normalized relations, even a major trading partner with the U.S. Iran would import U.S. beef and grains, benefiting Oklahoma producers. American firms serving the petroleum and other industries are eager to open offices in Iran and become trading partners. Releasing […]

Coalition working to abolish death penalty features Rob Warden, Center on Wrongful Convictions co-founder at annual dinner

:  The Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty will hold its 23rd Annual Membership Meeting and Awards Dinner featuring keynote speaker Center on Wrongful Convictions co-founder, Rob Warden.  Photo courtesy of Center on Wrongful Convictions.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter The Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (OK-CADP) is a grassroots membership organization working to end the death penalty in Oklahoma. The group engages in outreach, education and advocacy aimed at raising awareness of death penalty related issues. Oklahoma ranks third nationally in the number of state executions. […]

Critics of Common Core pressed their advantage on St. Pat’s Day

Ralph Shortey with Common Core critics

By Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher   OKLAHOMA CITY – Passionate critics of the Common Core curriculum in Oklahoma organized a rally and a day of grass roots lobbying at the state Capitol, coinciding with St. Patrick’s Day. Monday (March 17), hundreds swarmed the halls to lobby representatives and senators, asking them to finish action […]

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