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Seeking Solomon’s wisdom: Reflections of a daughter of Kashmir, from the land of Oklahoma

A view from Solomon Heights, Kashmir. Photo by Nyla Ali Khan

By Nyla Ali Khan This generation of Kashmiris is war-weary, embittered, and despondent. I would venture to say that we crave a world in which social justice, political enfranchisement, cultural pride, and self-realization are the order of the day. I yearn for a world in which the living tradition of legends, myths, fables of yore, […]

News in Oklahoma City: Criminal Justice (led by Death Penalty), MAPs4, Gaming stalemate and Horn’s vote to Impeach Trump

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The City Sentinel’s Top 10 stories for 2019   Patrick B. McGuigan, Publisher & Editor   Life and death under the rule of law, sustaining the MAPs brand, a stalemate over gaming levies and the local U.S. representative’s vote for Impeachment: These and other stories lead The City Sentinel’s annual listing of the top news […]

Schools disagree on definition of ‘significant medical condition’

Ray Carter is the director of OCPA’s Center for Independent Journalism. Photo provided.

Ray Carter, OCPA Center for Independent Journalism   Under Oklahoma’s school grading system, a measure of “chronic absenteeism” is one of the factors included in the calculation of schools’ A-F grades on state report cards. However, exceptions are allowed for students with significant qualifying medical conditions that result in long absences. In the 2017-2018 and […]

OCU School of Law presents “Oklahoma Forward: Rethinking Criminal Justice” on January 24


City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Oklahoma City University (OCU) School of Law’s Center for Criminal Justice will host its inaugural conference on criminal justice reform, titled, “Oklahoma Forward: Rethinking Criminal Justice in Oklahoma and Beyond” on Friday, January 24. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the […]

Commentary: Homogenizing India: The Citizenship Debate

Dr. Nyla Ali Khan, a native of Kashmir, is an educator and scholar based in Oklahoma.  Photo provided.

  Nyla Ali Khan   Note from the publisher of The City Sentinel newspaper: Our contributing writer Dr. Nyla Ali Khan, respected professor at Rose State College in Midwest City and the University of Oklahoma in Norman, continues to shine light on the unfolding tragedy in the Kashmir region, recently the target of unwise and uncharitable […]

Oklahoma Democrats will hold open presidential primary, Republicans & Libertarians retain closed primary


The City Sentinel Staff Report   Oklahoma City, OK – Every odd-numbered year, recognized political parties in Oklahoma are required to notify the Secretary of the State Election Board whether or not the party will allow registered Independents to vote in its primary elections. State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax announced Monday (December 9) that […]

National Julius Jones Petition Day – supporting his clemency – set for Dec. 11

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By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – On Wednesday, December 11, is partnering with the Julius Jones Coalition for ‘National Julius Jones Petition Day’. This social media advocacy effort will encourage citizens nationwide to sign the online petition supporting Oklahoma death row prisoner, Julius Jones’ clemency application. The event is […]

Louisa McCune leads enthusiastic coalition for MAPs4 Animal Shelter

A proposal for a new, state-of-the-art animal shelter was unveiled Thursday (July 11) to Mayor David Holt and the Oklahoma City Council. Rendering by Todd Edmonds of HSE Architects.

Patrick B. McGuigan, Publisher & Editor The City Sentinel   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – One part of the MAPs4 program, on the December 10 election ballot in Oklahoma City, would provide funding for a brand new “no-kill” shelter facility and program. Louisa McCune, a prominent civic leader, has long advocated the idea, and worked hard […]

An Editorial: Voters should approve MAPs 4


The City Sentinel Endorsement OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Some day, the MAPs (Metropolitan Area Projects) brand may get old – but not yet. The MAPs4 proposal follows the model city leaders have advanced since the start, but with an important and welcome new emphasis on neighborhood needs. Big cities from coast to coast incur massive […]

COMMENTARY: Checking it Twice: David Prater is sometimes Naughty, Not Nice

On September 7, 2018, during a discussion between Julius Jones’ attorneys (L-R) Mark Barrett,  Dale Baich, and Mike Robles (right), OK County District Attorney David Prater (second fro right), agreed to make the state's file on Jones available for inspection, which has never been released. Photo by Darla Shelden

By Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater was recently accused, in news stories that garnered nationwide attention, of starting an improper investigation of former Oklahoma Speaker of the House Kris Steele because of disagreements over policy issues. The allegations came from a former public employee, an investigator who […]

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