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CHOICES 2018 to feature “Notorious R.B.G.” co-author Irin Carmon


By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Planned Parenthood Great Plains will host its annual fundraiser CHOICES 2018 on Friday, September 28.  The event will be held at 21C Museum Hotel, 900 W. Main in Oklahoma City. The celebration will include a buffet dinner, cash bar, and a silent auction featuring contemporary […]

Editor’s Notebook: Ads backing eye care ballot measure released, and The Oklahoman offers good words for two defeated Republicans


Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – From an editor’s notebook, television ads will soon be on your screens (if not there already) backing an initiative to open up eye care choices, the state’s largest newspaper gives a shout-out to a losing statewide candidate, and then does the same for a defeated legislator. * On Friday […]

US Supreme Court could consider Julius Jones petition, while local judge splits the difference on DNA review

From left: Pro bono attorney Michael Robles of Crowell Moring and Dale Baich discuss details of the case with Julius Jones' family members Madeline, Antionette and Anthony Jones.  Photo by Darla Shelden

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter HEADLINE & STORY UPDATE: Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018:  The U.S. Supreme Court has rescheduled the Julius Jones case again – for the 17th time – the next possible conference date would be Nov. 12, OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (Sept. 28, 2018) – On Friday morning (Sept 7) Oklahoma County District […]

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


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 […]

Are you well FORTIFIED?

Jack L. Werner, Ph.D.
A To Z Construction.  Photo provided.

By Jack L. Werner, Ph.D. A To Z Inspections Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in the April 2018 print edition of The City Sentinel.   No, that title does not mean “Have you had a stiff shot of whiskey?” FORTIFIED refers to a new building standard developed by the Insurance Institute for Business & […]

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 […]

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 […]

Launch of ‘Yes on 793’ – Advocates say measure to expand access and affordability of eye care in state


Staff Report Yes on 793 has officially launched a coalition of consumer advocates, eldercare groups and retailers dedicated to improving access to affordable and convenient optical care for patients in Oklahoma. The group will advocate support for State Question 793, a November ballot initiative that would allow retail stores to offer vision care services such […]

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