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The 2017 Festival of the Arts is underway at Bicentennial Park

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By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter The annual Festival of the Arts runs through April 30 at Oklahoma City’s Bicentennial Park, located between Civic Center Music Hall and City Hall.  Festivities include more than 140 artists, an expanded children’s art field, mouth-watering food favorites, culinary demonstrations and three performing arts stages featuring early 300 performances. Admission […]

Oklahoma pollster finds nuances in state sentiment on immigration, support for “legal status”

Pollster Pat McFerron, CMS Strategies of Oklahoma City.

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – A new statewide opinion survey from one of Oklahoma’s best known pollsters says Oklahomans “are ready for the federal government to overhaul the nation’s immigration system.” The poll from CMA Strategies of Oklahoma City, run by campaign and market survey veteran Pat McFerron, seems to document some shifting in […]

Black Legislative Caucus to host A.C. Hamlin dinner May 2

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Staff Report Oklahoma City – The 21st Biennial A. C. Hamlin Banquet will be held Tuesday May 2 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.  A reception begins at 6 p.m. and dinner is at 7 p.m. Individual tickets are $50.00, and can be purchased in Senator Kevin Matthews’ office, 2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., […]

OKCU English Department hosts 2nd annual summer camp for high school writers

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by Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY – The English Department at Oklahoma City University will host the second annual Smokewood Institute for Young Writers this summer. It is an intensive two-week program of writing workshops, craft sessions, creative readings and a culminating anthology of student work. 

The program will run from July 9 through […]

Commentary: Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission – Read the Report!

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Patrick B. McGuigan Publisher The City Sentinel; founder, CapitolBeatOK.com OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, April 27, 2017 – The new Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission report is a transformative moment in the history of, and the debate over, capital punishment in our state. I hope that every Oklahoman, regardless of their position on this divisive public policy issue, […]

Celebration of ‘Plains Pioneers’ mural at McKinley Park set for April 30

‘Plains Pioneers,’ a new mural created by artists Amanda Zoey and Tessa Raven, will be celebrated at an event at Oklahoma City’s McKinley Park on April 30. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Classen Ten Penn Neighborhood Association will celebrate a new mural, titled Plains Pioneers, now gracing the west side of the McKinley Park Community Center at 1300 N. McKinley in Oklahoma City. The Mural Reveal Party will take place during its Dia Del Nino Festival this month. Dia Del […]

Abolition Groups Weigh in on OK Death Penalty Review Commission Report

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By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – In March 2016, the Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission was convened to conduct a first of its kind, bipartisan, independent, comprehensive review of the state’s entire capital punishment system.

On Tuesday, April 25, in its final report, the Commission announced it unanimously recommends extending the current moratorium on […]

If recommendations take hold, common existing practices in Oklahoma death penalty cases would be limited

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Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – Many recommendations in a new report from a bipartisan group that spent 18 months examining Oklahoma’s death penalty process would put in place new limits on common practices of prosecutors, bolster training and resources for lawyers defending persons accused of capital crimes, clarify jury instructions and bolster the role […]

ANALYSIS: Death Penalty Review Commission issues sweeping, transformative recommendations

Former Gov. Brad Henry delivers the findings of the Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission report at the Oklahoma state Capitol.  Photo by Darla Shelden

Patrick B. McGuigan Oklahoma City, April 25, 2017 –  A startling recommendation to maintain – perhaps indefinitely — the existing moratorium on capital punishment in Oklahoma is getting the most attention after release of the final report of the Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission. However, many of the panel’s other recommendations, if put into effect, […]

In major report, Death Penalty Review Commission recommends extension of execution moratorium

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by Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY, April 25, 2017  – The Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission issued a unanimous recommendation that the state extend the moratorium on the death penalty which has been in place for more than two years. In a state Capitol press conference, former Governor Brad Henry, commission co-chair, told reporters, “The […]

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