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COMMENTARY (Part I): It didn’t start with County Commissioners, and didn’t end with the Health Department – Dealing with mismanagement, waste, fraud and abuse in Oklahoma Government

Oklahoma State Capital.  File Photo

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – The high costs of mismanagement, waste, fraud and abuse in Oklahoma government get documented from time to time. At a time when there is persistent demand for higher taxes and increased spending, the past can inform the present. Many Oklahomans believe taxes are high enough, and government could be […]

CityRep lands the legendary Judy Collins as Holbrook’s replacement

Judy Collins. Photo by Brad Trent

Staff Report   CityRep, Oklahoma’s award-winning professional theatre, will present legendary multi Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Judy Collins in an extraordinary one-night only concert event, “A Love Letter to Stephen Sondheim,” on Friday, March 9. This event replaces the performance of Hal Holbrook’s “Mark Twain Tonight,” a fundraiser canceled after Holbrook’s retirement. Collins is known for […]

The OKCU “Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma” 2018 series spotlights war and peace

The OKCU “Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma” 2018 serie will focus on war and peace.  Website photo

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY – The Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma! book discussion program begins its winter 2018 Pulitzer Centennial series on Tuesday, January 23 with “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien.  The event will take place at 7 p.m. in Oklahoma City University’s Walker Center room 151. First published […]

The City Sentinel’s Top 10 Stories for 2017: Leadership stability, criminal justice reform, growing tax base, and the color purple


By Patrick B. McGuigan Publisher and Editor Submitted for your consideration, a listing of the Top 10 Stories in Oklahoma City during 2017, from The City Sentinel. First, stability in local municipal leadership seems assured with the rise of state Senator David Holt, an Oklahoma City Republican, to the city’s top job. He seems likely […]

Meeting Jesus, Along the Way (2017)

Patrick B. McGuigan, publisher of CapitolBeatOK and The City Sentinel.  File Photo

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – I saw Him in the summer of 2014 at Lake Hefner, when our Jewish community and friends prayed for three young men, children of Abraham murdered in another spurt of violence aimed at the nation and people of Israel. We followed Rabbi Vered Harris that day, who prayed for […]

Predicted freezing temperatures can be hazardous for pets

Lucky the TurfMutt is a former street dog who spent cold days and nights without a home before he was rescued by Kris Kiser, President and CEO of OPEI.  Now his new mission to teach kids and their families about the importance of living landscapes.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Meteorologists say that a dangerous cold front is expected this weekend in Oklahoma City sending temperatures plummeting, which can be deadly for pets without a warm place to take shelter. Whenever possible, it’s best for cats and dogs to be kept indoors during the winter […]

OCCDLA holiday event honors outstanding local attorneys

Billy Coyle, winner of the 2017 OCCDLA Barry Albert Award (second from left) is seen with his father John W. Coyle (left) Cherie Albert (Barry’s wife), and Major Doug Verblaauw, USMC Recruiting Station Oklahoma City commanding officer, at the Oklahoma County Criminal Defense Lawyers Christmas party. Photo by Darla Shelden

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Oklahoma County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (OCCDLA) recently held its 7th annual Christmas Party at the Coyle Law Firm in downtown Oklahoma City.  The event is held each year to celebrate the holiday season and to honor outstanding members of the Oklahoma legal community. The […]

Exclusive to The City Sentinel: Kirk Humphreys says ‘I failed to speak the truth in love’ and apologizes for ‘my failure’

Kirk Humphreys

By Stacy Martin and Patrick B. McGuigan In an exclusive interview with The City Sentinel, former Oklahoma City Mayor Kirk Humphreys said he regrets the remarks he made on KFOR’s television show, “Flashpoint” recently that hurt members of the community. The conversation that day touched on sexual misbehavior by public officials. They included Roy Moore, a former […]

Where were the Watchdogs in the Health Department Crisis?


Paul Monies, Oklahoma Watch  Dec. 10, Updated Dec. 12 – The cash crisis at the Oklahoma State Department of Health, which was years in the making, raises questions about which agencies and state officials could have caught the agency’s reported financial mismanagement. At first glance, state government appears to have the powers and expertise to […]

OKC Zoo celebrates holiday birth of endangered Western Lowland Gorilla

Western lowland gorilla Mikella and her newborn are currently available for viewing at the OKC Zoot Great EscApe.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is celebrating a special holiday arrival, a critically endangered Western lowland gorilla newborn. The baby was born on Wednesday, December 13 at 8:57 p.m. inside the Zoo’s Great EscApe habitat to first-time mother Mikella, 14, and father Togo, […]

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