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Dream of Bella SPCA Nonprofit Veterinary Hospital becomes a reality

This painting by Catlick Studios of Bella, Eric McCune’s and Wes Shaw’s first adopted rescue and the organization’s namesake, will hang on the wall of the new Bella SPCA Nonprofit Veterinary Hospital.  Facebook photo

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Bella SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) is now realizing a longtime dream of its co-founders Eric McCune and his husband Wes Shaw. On Monday, July 6, the organization announced the soft opening of the Bella SPCA Nonprofit Veterinary Hospital, the […]

Special edition of ’20/20’ to feature “The Last Defense” examining Julius Jones death row case airs July 14 on ABC

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By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – A special edition of ABC’S ‘20/20’ airing Tuesday, July 14, will feature former high school basketball state champion and honor student Julius Jones, who is seeking clemency while on death row for murder. The program will air from 7 – 9 p.m. CST. Jones has […]

Analysis: Musings on ‘McGirt’, the most significant federal court decision in Oklahoma’s history

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Patrick B. McGuigan, Publisher, The City Sentinel   Note: This essay is adapted and considerably expanded from a quartet of posts on Facebook yesterday. On Thursday (July 9) the U.S. Supreme Court issued the most significant legal decision in Oklahoma’s history. Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote, in the majority opinion: “On the far end of the […]

COMMENTARY: In the search for justice, the job of advocates is to advocate

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By Patrick B. McGuigan   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – In news parlance, state Attorney General Mike Hunter “drove the news cycle” on Monday, July 6. In a passionate presentation, he pulled together (with backing materials for reporters and to the public) the government’s case against Julius Jones — who was sent to Oklahoma’s death row […]

OKC VA launches “Wear it for Them!” face mask campaign

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By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – With the recent spike in coronavirus cases in Oklahoma, the CDC, the US Surgeon General and other doctors are now urging the widespread use of masks and face coverings. To support this initiative, the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center has launched a campaign called “Wear […]

COMMENTARY: Reflections on Recent Days, looking back and thinking ahead – and asking a question

A U.S. flag snaps in the breeze in front of the Oklahoma History Center before a Martin Luther King Day parade. Photo by Patrick B. McGuigan

Patrick B. McGuigan In the course of Human Events, it’s A.D. 2020. That’s Anno Domini – the Year of Our Lord – a phrase every American president, including each of the last two, used to give a dignified dating system for proclamations. We live in a time when the divisions in politics are nearly matched […]

Annual Point in Time Count results of Oklahoma City’s homeless population released

The annual Point in Time Count conducted on January 23, resulted in 1,573 people of the homeless population surveyed - up from 1,273 in 2019. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – On the night of Oklahoma City’s annual Point in Time Count, more than 1,500 people were experiencing homelessness, according to a report released recently by the City and the Homeless Alliance. The annual Point in Time Count conducted on January 23, resulted in 1,573 […]

Paseo First Friday Returns in July

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The City Sentinel Staff Report   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – As Oklahoma’s first arts district, the Paseo Arts District continues to grow with restaurants, galleries and retail. After cancellations due to the pandemic, the district is excited to welcome the community back for the July First Friday Gallery Walk. Galleries and shops stay open late, […]

OU School of Dance announces two new endowed scholarships honoring Maria and Marjorie Tallchief

The University of Oklahoma School of Dance has announced two new endowed scholarship accounts in the support of dance majors - The Maria Tallchief (pictured) Endowed Scholarship and The Marjorie Tallchief Endowed Scholarship. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK ― The University of Oklahoma School of Dance has announced the establishment of two new endowed scholarship accounts in the support of dance majors – The Maria Tallchief Endowed Scholarship and The Marjorie Tallchief Endowed Scholarship. These scholarships are named in honor of the Tallchief […]

Analysis: Pardon and Parole Board Review of Death Sentences: Two Paths

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By Randy Bauman, ACLU of Oklahoma, Of Counsel June 23, 2020   Julius Jones is seeking relief from his death sentence per a procedure clearly allowed by law and regulation. Under Article 6, Section 10 of the Oklahoma Constitution, the Governor is given the authority to reduce criminal sentences upon favorable recommendation of the Pardon […]

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