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Archive for: July, 2015

Rep. Wesselhöft Publicizes Letter from Owner of Stolen Jewish Painting Held by OU

“Shepherdess Bringing in Sheep,” by Camille Pissarro

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Paul Wesselhöft, R-Moore, On Thursday (July 16) publicized a letter he recently received from Leone Meyer, a Jewish woman from Paris, whose family is the rightful owner, according to Wesselhöft, of a stolen Jewish painting being displayed at the University of Oklahoma’s Fred Jones, Jr. Museum of Art […]

ANALYSIS, Part 2: Attorney Don Knight, saying Richard Glossip is innocent, points to a web of doubt

Don Knight, an attorney from Littleton, Colorado who specializes in death penalty litigation, spoke July 13 at an Oklahoma state Capitol press conference. He called on the public to come forth with details on the events of January 7, 1997 at the Best Budget Inn in Oklahoma City. Barry Van Treese, proprietor of the Inn, was murdered. Knight and his allies believe the man sentenced to die for Van Treese's murder, Richard E. Glossip, is innocent. Left of Knight is Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (OK-CADP) board member Margaret Cox. To his right is former state Sen. Connie Johnson, D-Oklahoma City, presently serving as chair of the group.  Photo by Mary E. Sine.

by Patrick B. McGuigan Part two of a two part analysis OKLAHOMA CITY – Depending on their role in a given case, attorneys clashing over major crimes seek to convince judges or juries, or both, of absolute certainty of guilt, or that there is “reasonable doubt” about culpability. At this point in what is presently […]

ANALYSIS, Part 1: Praying and working for “a miracle” – Sister Prejean and Death Penalty foes assert Glossip’s innocence

Roman Catholic Sister Helen Prejean speaks at a July 13 press conference at the Oklahoma State Capitol. Behind her is Anne Murray of the Oklahoma City Peace House. To the right is state Rep. George Young, D-Oklahoma City. Photo by Darla Shelden

by Patrick B. McGuigan Part one of a two-part analysis OKLAHOMA CITY – Sister Helen Prejean recalled a phone call she received last January from Richard E. Glossip, who had “put me down as someone he wanted to be present when he was executed.” She accepted because, “I don’t believe in working quietly or going […]

Red Cross tips to stay safe in summer’s sweltering heat

Dangerously hot weather has arrived in Oklahoma and the American Red Cross reminds everyone that there are steps they should take to stay safe during this hot weather.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter Everyone has probably noticed, dangerously hot weather has arrived in Oklahoma prompting the American Red Cross to remind everyone of the steps they should take to stay safe during hot weather. “High temperatures, humidity and hot, indoor environments can quickly cause heat-related emergencies,” said Ken Garcia, American Red Cross […]

OKC Parks & Recreation offers summer events for all ages in July

Kids ages 5-15 can get "Hooked on Fishing" during the OKC Parks and Recreation Summer 2015 program. On July 18 and 25, volunteer instructors and Parks & Recreation staff will teach young anglers how to tie knots, cast a line, catch a fish and ID different Oklahoma fish species.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter Oklahoma City Parks & Recreation will have several fun events for people of all ages this month. The Oklahoma City metro has over a hundred city parks with a variety of features from basketball courts and soccer fields to gyms and picnic shelters. On Saturday, July 18, come celebrate World Snake […]

South OKC Rotary honors Jack Werner with Lee Deschamps Award

Jack Werner

Staff Report Local entrepreneur Jack Werner, a regular columnist for The City Sentinel, has received this year’s Lee DesChamps Award from the South Oklahoma City Rotary. According to a release from the organization, “Few people exemplified the essence of Rotary better than Lee DesChamps, a kind and caring man deeply involved in his community, his […]

Sooner and Later: Governor Fallin slow-played prison reforms, so now Obama takes the lead

President Barack Obama and Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin.

by Patrick B. McGuigan, Editor OKLAHOMA CITY – The conservative Republicans who now lead Oklahoma for a time had the initiative – albeit with notable bipartisan help – in long overdue prison reforms. But they fumbled the ball for a few years, not implementing the visionary “Justice Reinvestment Initiative” (JRI) of 2012. After having a […]

As President Obama visits Oklahoma Indian Country, it’s never too late for justice

President Barack Obama will visit Oklahoma this week. One of his stops will be at a federal prison near El Reno, adjacent to lands long claimed by the Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma.

by Patrick B. McGuigan, Editor OKLAHOMA CITY – When the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes ended their nomadic traditions, to reside on lands in western Oklahoma, they were – in treaty agreements with the U.S government – given protection in the form of a military installation at Fort Reno. The protection was not entirely cynical on […]

Regional survey shows patients prefer full access to medications containing pseudoephedrine


Staff Report (Adapted form The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America) Direct and immediate access to medications containing pseudoephedrine (PSE) — used to relieve common symptoms of cold, cough and allergy — continues to be important to patients. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) today announced results from a five-state survey, which highlights […]

Arapaho Traditional Chief Patrick Spottedwolf, also tribal legislator, calls for meeting with Obama

President Barack Obama

by Patrick B. McGuigan Patrick Spottedwolf, a traditional Arapaho Chief and a member of the legislature for the Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, is calling for President Barack Obama to discuss return of long-promised tribal lands in western Oklahoma. Focus of Spottedwolf’s concern is the 8,500 Fort Reno Military Reservation, an area held by […]

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