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Lawyers, Activists seek Clemency for Julius Jones. Case issues detailed

Federal Public Defenders Amanda Bass and Dale  Baich, representing Oklahoma death row inmate Julius Jones, plan to press for clemency for their client.  Photo by Darla Shelden

Patrick B. McGuigan   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Lawyers for Oklahoma death row inmate Julius Jones plan to press for clemency for their client. The news was shared at a recent event supporting Oklahoma’s leading organization coordinating efforts to end capital punishment in Oklahoma. Lawyers announce clemency campaign to seek “Justice for Julius” At that […]

Getting to know Nyla: Appreciating Rose State’s Professor Khan

Top, from left: Gen. Rita Aragon (ret.), Nyla Ali Khan, Patrick B. McGuigan; Bottom Row: Verbus M. Counts and his wife Sandra. Photo by Rebecca Thompson, from Dialogue Institute luncheon, June 11, 2019.  Photo provided.

Patrick B. McGuigan, The City Sentinel   Oklahoma City – Professor Nyla Ali Khan delivered a memorable speech at the Oklahoma City headquarters of the Dialogue Institute, with the theme, “Building Community and Engaging Young People in the Process of Democracy.” The presentation was a thoughtful, considerate and insightful exposition of a personal philosophy rooted […]

After nine months, University of Oklahoma has not answered Open Records Request


by Patrick B. McGuigan and Stacy Martin   Oklahoma City, OK, June 17, 2019 – Nine months ago today, our Open Records request was “snail-mailed” to the Open Records Office at the University of Oklahoma. That letter, dated September 17, 2018 sought to recover from the University information about the activities of OU staff members […]

OK-CADP elects 2019-2020 board officers

Rev. Don Heath and Dr. Elizabeth Overman have been re-elected as OK-CADP’s executive board chair and vice chair respectively, for OK-CADP’s 2019-2020 term. Photos provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (OK-CADP) has announced the election of its 2019-2020 Executive Board of Directors.  Rev. Don Heath was re-elected as the organization’s Board Chair after serving in that position for two years, and as vice chair for two years […]

The Value of Fathers and Father Figures

Travis Arnold, president and CEO of Feed the Children.  Photo provided.

Travis Arnold Time spent together over a meal is something that strengthens relationships, develops positive behaviors, creates connections and provides stability for our kids. In many situations for adults, the lack of a consistent mealtime stems from an inability to provide food for the table. In the United States alone, more than 15 million households […]

Remington Park to host 2nd annual Oklahoma BBQ Championship


By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The 2nd Annual Oklahoma BBQ Championship “Festival of the Pig” will take place Friday through Sunday, June 21-23 at Remington Park in Oklahoma City.  The event will feature local and regional barbecue teams competing for over $10,000 in prize money. The festival, benefiting the Regional […]

Metropolitan Library System summer Neighborhood Arts program begins

The 2019 Neighborhood Arts programs is a series of family friendly performances that will take place through July 26 at your local library.  Facebook photo

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Metropolitan Library System has announced its schedule for the 2019 Neighborhood Arts programs, a series of performances that will take place throughout the summer. This program can be enjoyed by the whole family and it is free at your local library. These family friendly programs will take place […]

Robot House hires UCO graduate Marissa Thelen

A recent graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma, Marissa Thelen was recently hired as a full-time graphic designer at Robot House, a strategic brand development agency in Oklahoma City.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Robot House, a strategic brand development agency in Oklahoma City, has hired Marissa Thelen as a full-time graphic designer. Thelen is a 2019 graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond where she earned a bachelor’s degree in graphic design with a minor in […]

OK-CADP fundraiser features Innocence Project’s Vanessa Potkin and pays tribute to death penalty foe Jim Rowan

Vanessa Potkin, Director of Postconviction Litigation for the Innocence Project and Executive Producer of the ABC documentary “The Last Defense,” was the keynote speaker at the OK-CADP Annual Dinner on June 8. Photo by Darla Shelden

By Patrick B. McGuigan and Darla Shelden OKLAHOMA CITY, OK –Nearly 200 guests attended the 28th Annual Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (OK-CADP) Awards Dinner & Meeting on Saturday, June 8 at the Capitol View Event Center in Oklahoma City. The evening included a cocktail reception, a buffet dinner by Ingrid’s Catering, followed by an awards program.  Flowers were […]

TONIGHT! “Beloved of God’ — Mozart’s music a highlight of Brightmusic Concert No. 4

Lisa Harvey-Reed will blend in perfectly at the fourth and final concert of the Brightmusic Summer Festival tonight at St. Paul’s Cathedral (N.W. 7 and Robinson) in downtown Oklahoma City . Reed, principal Oboist with the the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, is a Brightmusic regular. She will perform Mozart’s “Quartet in F Major” along with Gregory Lee (violin), Mark Neumann (viola) and Zack Reaves. The Mozart number is first on the evening program, followed by works from Astor Piazzolla, John Mackey and Antonin Dvořák. Tickets for this evening’s event remain available. For information, visit

  Patrick B. McGuigan, Publisher and Editor All good things eventualy come to an end, and thus the Brightmusic Summer Festival concludes TONIGHT — Tuesday, June 11 — at 7:30 p.m. with Concert No. 4 – Quartets. The finale commences with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Quartet in F Major for Oboe, Violin, Viola & Cello, K.370. […]

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