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Archive for: April, 2018

NewView Oklahoma to host acclaimed artist John Bramblitt in May

John Bramblitt, an internationally acclaimed artist and author who is blind, will lead several artistic events in Oklahoma City on May 4 and 5.  Facebook photo.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK. – In partnership with the Delta Gamma Alumnae Chapter of Oklahoma City, NewView Oklahoma will host Haptic: Creating Art by Touch on Friday, May 4 from 7 – 10 p.m. Haptic will feature acclaimed artist and author, John Bramblitt.

Sponsored by the Kirkpatrick Foundation, Haptic will take place […]

Oklahoma Governor’s International Team selects Brenda Barwick as 2018 chair

Brenda Barwick, of Jones PR.  Photo provided.

CapitolBeatOK Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Governor’s International Team (OKGIT) has elected its executive committee for 2018. Brenda Barwick, of Jones PR, will chair the panel. Also elected 2018 officers are Douglas Price, of Tulsa Community College, as Vice Chair; Randy Kellogg, of Prosperity Bank, as Treasurer; Bob Lieser, of Tulsa Global Alliance, […]

Westminster students join Curbside Chronicle with Mother’s Day Flower Campaign to help the homeless

Manny, a Curbside Chronicle vendor, holds a sample of the bouquets that will be sold during the Mother’s Day sales event May11-13 in Oklahoma City.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY – After the success of two recent Valentine’s Day campaigns, The Curbside Chronicle wanted to expanding its floral sales to help more people who are homeless. Soon after the holiday campaign, the eight grade class at Westminster School reached out to get involved with the Curbside’s mission. […]

Some criminal justice reformers raise substantive concerns about new laws

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Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – Ardent advocates of criminal justice reform are concerned that new laws, enacted Thursday, will disappoint many who have worked for the past decade to change the Sooner State’s status as the American state with the largest rates of incarceration. This week, Governor Mary Fallin, with the support of the […]

Governor Fallin signs criminal justice reforms, Former Speaker Steele applauds new laws, adding “there is more to do”

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin at a signing ceremony for seven criminal justice reform measures. Photo provided by the governor's office  Photo provided.

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin on Thursday (April 27) signed seven new laws that a press release from her office says will “reduce the flow of nonviolent offenders into prison; establish a more efficient and streamlined parole process; and facilitate successful reentry that reduces recidivism.” Former Speaker of the House Kris […]

Bob Lemon Scholarship Fund formed to further educate capital defense attorneys

(L-R) The late Lydia Polley, former OK-CADP chair, with Robyn Lemon Sellers and Bob Lemon, recipients of the 2014 Lifetime Abolitionist award, worked together with public defenders Randy Bauman and Jim Rowan to create the Bob Lemon Capital Defense Attorney Scholarship Fund.  Photo by Darla Shelden

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – As the name implies, the mission of the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (OK-CADP) is the abolition of capital punishment. In order to achieve this goal, one strategic objective is to reduce the number of new death sentences in Oklahoma. According to coalition board […]

OKC Zoo celebrates 20 years as an accredited Botanical Garden, Living Museum By Darla Shelden

The OKC Zoo is now home to over 20 designated horticultural displays and collections including more than 100 species native to Oklahoma, such as this drought tolerant garden.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Through the American Association of Museums, the Oklahoma City Zoo is celebrating 20 years as a nationally accredited botanical garden and living museum. Since April 1998, the OKC Zoo’s botanical collection has grown in size through the acquisition of new plants and gardens incorporated into several major habitat […]

Susan Sharp Crow explores race and the death penalty at OK-CADP annual dinner

Attending the 27th Annual OK-CADP Meeting & Awards Dinner were (top row, from left) keynote speaker, Susan Sharp Crow, her husband Terry Crow, and Nancy Vollertsen, sister of the late Oklahoma death row exoneree, Greg Wilhoit. (Bottom row, from left) Linda Toure, wife of the late OK State Rep. Opio Toure and Madeline and Anthony Jones, parents of Julius Jones, who is on Oklahoma’s death row.  Photo by Darla Shelden

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Sociology professor and author, Dr. Susan Sharp Crow addressed over 100 attendees during the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty’s (OK-CADP) 27th Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner on April 21.  Her keynote speech explored the serious concerns about race and the death penalty. The organization’s 2018 primary fundraiser was held […]

Reflections: DREAM a little dream for them – Still hoping for wisdom on immigration policy impacting those who are undocumented

In every state, undocumented workers pay millions of dollars in state and local taxes. Graphic from, an advocacy group founded by Facebook executive Mark Zuckerberg.

Patrick B. McGuigan This essay consists of not-so-rambling thoughts on immigration policy, driven by recent developments in the news. I am sometimes frustrated with the operational definitions of certain liberties that seem to animate the contemporary version of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), but I’m glad they exist. Without the ACLU, the debate over […]

CASA presents “An Evening to Remember” fundraiser in May


By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Oklahoma County will host its annual fundraising celebration themed, “An Evening to Remember: A Night of Stars,” on Friday, May 4. 

The event will take place from 6-8 Aloft Hotel, 200 N. Walnut Avenue, in Oklahoma City’s Bricktown district. The […]

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