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Turkish journalist Mahir Zeynelov concerned President Trump ‘might be deferential toward’ strongman ruler

Mahir Zeynelov, a Turkish journalist deported from his native land by strongarm President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during an interview with The City Sentinel. Photo by Pat McGuigan

Patrick B. McGuigan, editor NOTE: Mahir Zeynelov was the first Turkish journalist deported from Turkey after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan began his crackdown on the free press there in 2016. He now lives in the eastern United States, and writes frequently for The Huffington Post. During his recent visit to Oklahoma City, he sat down […]

Analyzing Turkish troubles: Some context for journalist Mahir Zeynelov’s interview with The City Sentinel

Mahir Zeynelov, a Turkish journalist deported from his native land by strongarm President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during an interview with The City Sentinel. Photo by Pat McGuigan

Patrick B. McGuigan, editor OKLAHOMA CITY – Mahir Zeynelov, an independent journalist from Turkey, was arrested and then deported from his native land last year. His reporting and commentary got him cross-ways with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the strongman president of his homeland. Zeynelov’s recent visit to Oklahoma occasions this distillation – a mere sketch […]

Harding Fine Arts Academy Ignite Art Festival set for March 4

On Saturday, March 4, Harding Fine Arts Academy (HFAA) will host the 2017 Ignite Arts Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 3333 N. Shartel Avenue in Oklahoma City. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter On Saturday, March 4, Harding Fine Arts Academy (HFAA), an Oklahoma City public charter high school, will host the 2017 Ignite Arts Festival. The event, themed ‘Igniting the Spark,’ will be held from 11 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at HFAA located at 3333 N. Shartel Avenue in Oklahoma City. […]

Marriage Equality plaintiffs to hold OKC “Becoming Brave” book event March 2

Sharon Bishop-Baldwin's book, “Becoming Brave: Winning Marriage Equality in Oklahoma and Finding Our Voice,” tells the story of Sharon and Mary Bishop-Baldwin's 10-year lawsuit that brought marriage equality to Oklahoma in October 2014.  Photo by Sarah Molina Mabe.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter Oklahoma City – A new book titled, “Becoming Brave: Winning Marriage Equality and Finding Our Voice” will make its Oklahoma City debut on Thursday, March 2. Sharon Bishop-Baldwin and her wife Mary Bishop-Baldwin, the lead plaintiffs in the 10-year old case that brought marriage equality to Oklahoma, have written […]

Allbaugh discusses death penalty with coalition opposed to executions

Joe Allbaugh, director of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.  Photo by Patrick B. McGuigan

Patrick B. McGuigan, editor Oklahoma City – New Oklahoma protocols and procedures for capital punishment are “in the final stages to be presented to the Attorney General’s office” soon — but will then “have to go through the court system,” said Joe Allbaugh, director of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. Allbaugh’s comments came during a […]

Dove Schools listed as Oklahoma Schools of Character, Math Challenge Saturday in Tulsa

Dove Science Academy Oklahoma City is located at 919 N.W. 23 Street in the capital city. Photo from Dove’s website.

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY –  Some recent news from Dove Charter Schools: Dove Science Academy Oklahoma City has been named a 2017 Oklahoma School of Character. The local school is one of six in the state honored as a School of Character for this year. The only other Oklahoma County school so designated is Dove […]

Social justice activist advocates for conservative Republican’s health care reform measure

Patrick B. McGuigan, editor OKLAHOMA CITY – Saying he supports “something good that is actually doable,” the founder of the Oscar Romero Catholic Worker House in Oklahoma City is backing House Bill 1013, a measure he contends would open “a new portal to enter the medical care system. With independently practicing nurse practitioners, people would […]

LifeShare celebrates National Donor Day on February 14

LifeShare OK Heart logo

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter National Donor Day is observed each year on February 14 to recognizes the many selfless people who have helped to save so many lives through the gift of organ donation. 

Coinciding with Valentine’s Day, LifeShare wants to remind Oklahomans to “Share the Love” and register as an organ, eye […]

Lydia Reeder’s ‘Dust Bowl Girls’ – much more than a great story about competitive sports

Patrick B. McGuigan, editor of The City Sentinel, introduced Lydia Reeder at a Jim Thorpe Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame book-signing party last week. Reeder is the author of ‘Dust Bowl Girls.’ Photo by Darla Shelden

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – In J.R.R. Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, the most important character is not the “king” referenced in the final installment, but Gandalf the Wizard. His is a central and heroic role, self-sacrificial and affirming of the goodness and decency in the fellowship that formed to oppose tyranny and […]

The City Sentinel endorsements for February 14 Primary

Former state Rep. Richard Morrissette, candidate for the Ward 4 City Council seat, pictured when he received an award for his years of work in the state Legislature, supporting public and private programs to combat hunger in Oklahoma. File Photo.

Editorial Endorsements Oklahoma City School Board Election Chairman – Stanley Hupfeld District 1 – Charles Henry District 2 – Justin Ellis Oklahoma City Council Ward 4 – Richard Morrissette Note: These endorsements are a positive recommendation for the person listed, not a criticism of others who seek to serve. Public service is a noble profession […]

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