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Reception for retrospective exhibit by portraitist Jeff Dodd set for Jan. 24 at OCU

Oklahoma City University will host a retrospective exhibit by portraitist Jeff Dodd beginning January 7 through February 7.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK –Oklahoma City University is hosting a retrospective exhibit by Oklahoma portraitist Jeff Dodd. The exhibit, “Jeff Dodd: 30 Years in Paint,” opened January 7, and will continue through February 7.  “Home” for the exhibit is in the Norick Art Center, 1608 NW 26th Street, at Blackwelder Avenue. […]

Exonerated ‘Central Park Five’ member Raymond Santana to speak in Edmond

Oklahoma Christian University’s “History Speaks” series will feature exonerated 'Central Park Five' member Raymond Santana on Feb. 3.  Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Oklahoma Christian University’s annual Black History Month event, History Speaks will feature Raymond Santana, one of the wrongfully convicted ‘Central Park Five’ now known as the ‘Exonerated Five’ on Monday, February 3. The Raymond Santana History Speaks event will take place from 7 – […]

Norman’s University North Park (UNP) Referendum Petition faces legal challenge


Patrick B. McGuigan and Stacy Martin   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Four former Norman mayors filed a challenge Friday (January 10) to the referendum petition requesting a city-wide vote on the Norman City Council’s decision to scale-back funding for the University North Park (UNP) tax increment finance (TIF) district. Former Mayors Bill Nations, Bob Thompson, […]

Leadership Oklahoma Class 34 now accepting applications

Leadership Oklahoma is now accepting applications for its 2020-2021 adult class. Pictured is LOK Class 33. Facebook photo.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Leadership Oklahoma, a statewide leadership program in its 33rd year, is now accepting applications for its 2020-2021 adult class. The organization accepts a class of 52 members each year. The criteria for selection includes demonstrated leadership on the part of applicants in their communities and […]

Analysis: S.Q. 802: After legal ruling and petition drive, stage is set for Medicaid Expansion vote


Patrick B. McGuigan   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Although voters still must render a verdict on State Question 802 – and although the Affordable Care act upon which it is predicated. remains under legal attack — advocates for expansion of Medicaid coverage in Oklahoma have ready fashioned a modest niche in Sooner State history. In […]

More of CapitolBeatOK’s Top Stories for 2019 – A ‘black hole’ at OU, James Lankford’s performance, Non-Compact developments in Indian Country, Medicaid Expansion, and Horn’s vote to Impeach


Patrick B. McGuigan, CapitolBeatOK   The top five news stories in Oklahoma government and policy were outlined in a December 31 story, which is commended to the attention of readers. The University of Oklahoma somehow became, over the past years, a “Black Hole” for journalists and citizens wanting to monitor how tax dollars are spent. […]

ANALYSIS: CapitolBeatOK’s Top Five Stories for 2019: Compact Quarrel, Death Penalty and Criminal Justice, state revenues tighten, state Senate delivers, Journalism declines


Patrick B. McGuigan, The City Sentinel   OKLAHOMA CITY, Dec. 31, 2019 – CapitolBeatOK’s top stories for 2019 run an eclectic gamut of vital state policy issues. The top five story lines, featured in this analysis, include the fierce quarrel over gaming compacts between Governor Kevin Stitt and a majority of the state’s Native American […]

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 […]

‘Holidays on Paseo’ open with First Friday Gallery Walk


Staff Report   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – As Oklahoma’s first arts district, the Paseo Arts District continues to grow with restaurants, galleries and retail. The community is invited to the First Friday Gallery Walk every month, rain or shine. Galleries and shops stay open late, and the evening marks the opening of new exhibitions each […]

Supportive words for U.S. Sen. James Lankford’s comments on governmental internet blockades

Professor Nyla Ali Khan has gained international recognition with her designation as a “Top 10 Kashmiri Women Achievers.” The listing came on “Women’s Web,” an online news source based in the nation of India. Photo: Women’s Web (WikiMedia Commons)

Dr. Nyla Ali Khan   [Recently], I received a message from United States Senator Lankford’s office informing me that in the letter their office sent to Secretary Pompeo they mentioned Kashmir as evidence of the growing trend of internet blockade by governments seeking to stifle free speech. The letter highlights: “From the continued suppression of […]

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