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Text-to-give campaign launched to help end homelessness in Oklahoma City

Text HelpOKCHomeless to 41444 to help the fight against homelessness in Oklahoma City.  File photo

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Making a contribution to help the fight against homelessness in Oklahoma City is now easy through the new text-to-give campaign. Text HelpOKCHomeless to 41444 and follow the instructions to make a donation benefiting local service organizations that help people who are homeless. Donations can also […]

Girl Scouts to host 6th Cookies & Cocktails competition

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By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma will host its 6th annual Cookies & Cocktails fundraiser on Thursday, August 17, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Science Museum Oklahoma, 2020 Remington Place, adjacent to the Oklahoma City Zoo. Local restaurants such as Vast, Hacienda Tacos, La Baguette, Pub […]

CityRep prepares for 2017-18 season

In September, “A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline” will star Julie Johnson at The Civic Center Music Hall’s Freede Little Theater.  Photo provided.

Staff Report Oklahoma City – Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre (CityRep), Oklahoma’s award winning professional theatre, recently announced its 2017-2018 Season. The equity troupe’s sixteenth season includes Oklahoma premieres, legendary performances and actors from among the best of Broadway, across the nation and here at home, deemed by organizers as “unique American voices.” In September, “A […]

Planned Parenthood Great Plains to host annual CHOICE gala in Oklahoma City

CHOICES 2017, an annual art sale, silent auction, and dinner benefiting Planned Parenthood Great Plains (PPGP) will feature the female performance troupe Broad Comedy on August 26 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – CHOICES 2017, an annual art sale, silent auction, and dinner benefiting Planned Parenthood Great Plains (PPGP) will be held Saturday, August 26. at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd Street. The event will raise funds for the organization’s health centers in […]

OKCU to host screening of civil rights documentary honoring James Baldwin

Oklahoma City University will host a free screening of the critically acclaimed documentary “I Am Not Your Negro,” about the life of writer James Baldwin on Wednesday, August 30. YouTube photo

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Oklahoma City University will screen the critically acclaimed documentary “I Am Not Your Negro,” on Wednesday, August 30. The screening, which is about the Civil Rights movement, will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Meinders School of Business in the Kerr-McGee Auditorium at N.W. […]

Republican responses to tobacco fee spike illustrate party divisions

Gary Richardson, Photo provided.

Staff Report From Oklahoma conservatives at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City – all around the Sooner State, in fact – first-wave responses to last week’s widely anticipated state Supreme Court decision axing a tobacco tax levy were all over the proverbial map. While the state’s chief executive and her legislative allies expressed disappointment in […]

Capitol Report for August 12: Making both sides mad – Voter fraud happens, time for Republicans to think about Carter, not Clinton

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In the August 12 edition of Capitol Report on News9, the CBS affiliate in Okalhoma City, analyst Patrick B. McGuigan remembered an expression of the current dean of journalism at the University of Oklahoma: “We’re doing our job when we make both sides of the political spectrum mad.” The CapitolBeatOK editor opened this week’s segment […]

Commentary: The Great Armageddon tour of 2017

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State Rep. Jason Murphey This year’s legislative session was dominated by a group of “raise taxes at all costs” ideologues who deployed aggressive strategies to advance an array of principle-betraying tax and fee increases upon the people of Oklahoma. In my last column, I wrote in some detail about the strategy of freshman pawning: a […]

Fast and Furious: Democratic Party leaders assail GOP in wake of court ruling on tobacco tax

Monroe Nichols (left) and Colin Walke.  Photos provided.

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – Although widely anticipated, the Oklahoma state Supreme Court’s unanimous decision striking down the tobacco “fee” enacted in May is provoking reactions ranging from shocked to celebratory. To be sure, the judicial ruling has also provoked political positioning in anticipation of a possible (perhaps likely) special legislative session. The City Sentinel’s […]

OKC disability services coordinator named to DRS’ governing board

Emily Cheng from Oklahoma City is the newest board member for the Commission for Rehabilitation Services which governs the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Governor Mary Fallin has recently appointed Emily Cheng of Oklahoma City to the Commission for Rehabilitation Services. The commission is the governing board for the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS). As a person with cerebral palsy, Commissioner Cheng was previously a DRS client and […]

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