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Women’s lives transformed by ReMerge diversion program

From left: Tricia Everest, Inasmuch Foundation advisory board chair; Terri Woodson, ReMerge executive director; and Heather Coyle, Oklahoma County assistant district attorney are seen with the eight ReMerge graduates: Traci, Jamee, April, Sheree, Laci, Maggie, Summer, and Chrystal (last). Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Once facing prison time, eight women recently graduated from Oklahoma’s successful ReMerge program.  The graduation ceremony was held at the Oklahoma History Center. Founded by former Oklahoma legislators Kris Steele and Todd Lamb, ReMerge is a comprehensive female diversion program designed to transform pregnant women […]

Annual Sooner Stand Down to serve low income and homeless veterans on Sept 7

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By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – On Friday, an estimated 200 low income and homeless veterans will receive services, care and supplies during the annual “Sooner Stand Down,” a partnership between human service organizations and the Oklahoma VA Health Care System. The Stand Down will be held September 7 from 6:30 […]

DNA hearing in Julius Jones death penalty case set for Sept. 7

Oklahoma District Court Judge Bill Graves will preside over a hearing about a procedural question related to DNA testing on a red bandana in the case of Julius Jones on Friday, Sept. 7.  ABC’s The Last Defense screenshot

By Patrick B. McGuigan and Darla Shelden OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (Thursday, August 30, 2018) – On Friday, September 7, Oklahoma District Court Judge Bill Graves will preside over a hearing about a procedural question related to DNA testing in the case of Julius Jones, a death row prisoner who has always maintained his innocence for […]

John Marshall High School alumni to host #FreeJuliusJones fundraiser

A John Marshall High School Alumni fundraising event honoring Julius Darius Jones will take place on Saturday, September 15 at Cole Community Center.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter Update:  Sept. 15, 2018 – The official after party will be held at Avenue 101, 5929 N May Ave, in Oklahoma City. OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – A John Marshall High School Alumni fundraising event honoring Julius Darius Jones will take place on Saturday, September 15 in Oklahoma City.  Organized […]

Positive Tomorrows offers training for those working with children living in poverty

The three-hour High Structure – High Love™, training will explain the educational philosophy used at Positive Tomorrows, Oklahoma’s only elementary school specifically serving homeless children.  Photo courtesy Positive Tomorrows

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Positive Tomorrows now offers High Structure – High Love™, a three-hour training program developed specifically for educators and professionals who are working with children living in poverty. This trauma-informed training teaches the educational philosophy High Structure – High Love as it is used at Positive Tomorrows, Oklahoma’s […]

Mesta Festa and Uptown 23rd 5K set for Sept. 23

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By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The 2018 Mesta Festa, sponsored by the Mesta Park Neighborhood Association, will take place Sunday, September 23 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Perle Mesta Park, at NW 18th and Shartel Avenue. Mesta Festa is free and open to the public, and will include […]

Bixby superintendent says turnout push was ‘simply a reminder,’ district patron believes it was ‘improper’

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

Patrick B. McGuigan, Publisher In July, independent journalist Stacy Martin reported on a Bixby Public Schools-based effort, organized by teacher union members, that impacted the results in three state legislative primary elections on June 26. As I reported separately for CapitolBeatOK in mid-July, “The referenced districts were House districts 67 (Scott McEachin, incumbent), 69 (Chuck […]

Congressional Black Caucus asks Gov. Fallin to correct ‘wrongful conviction’ of Julius Jones

In new letter, the Congressional Black Caucus urges Gov. Mary Fallin to review the case of Julius Jones, who is on death row in Oklahome despite compelling claims of innocence and evidence that racial bias played a role in his conviction.  Facebook photo

by Patrick B. McGuigan and Darla Shelden OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (Wed., August 22, 2018)– Members of the Congressional Black Caucus have written a letter to Governor Mary Fallin expressing “deep concerns about the application of the death penalty in Oklahoma, specifically with respect to racial bias and the risk of executing an innocent person.” The […]

Hear Oklahoma exonerees Perry Lott and DeMarchoe Carpenter share their “Stories from the Innocent”

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By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – On Monday, September 10, Perry Lott and DeMarchoe Carpenter, two Oklahoma exonerees, will share their journey to freedom during a program titled “Stories from the Innocent.”  The event will take place at Oklahoma City University School of Law’s McLaughlin Hall, 800 N. Harvey Avenue, from 5:30 […]

An Enquiring Mind needs to know: Are all Opioids created equal, with some more equal than others?

Patrick B. McGuigan McGuigan is pictured, at the right, during an "Oklahoma Forum" segment for "The Oklahoma Network" earlier in this decade. Photo Credit: OETA.

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – An Enquiring Mind needs to know: What are the grounds upon which the legal powers-that-be in Oklahoma decide who/what to include, and who/what to exclude, from historic litigation brought against “Big Pharma”? That is the collective nickname for the pharmaceutical companies that make Opioids, the legal but increasingly marginalized […]

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