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COMMENTARY: Let’s call the whole thing off: As policy and for principle, no more executions

After a recent setback in the Oklahoma v. Julius Jones case, the legal team working for Jones, a death row inmate, has filed a new petition with the U.S. Supreme Court. The Jones conviction is among the most prominent of controversial death row convictions helping to sustain national debate over the wisdom of public policy surrounding executions and the death penalty itself. Photo provided.

Patrick B. McGuigan, Publisher and Editor OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Mon., Jan. 28, 2019 – Over the past several years, doubts about the validity of death sentences and executions in this state, both past and pending, have increased. There is absolutely no reason to believe that there is any likely scenario in which this state […]

Regional Food Bank Oklahoma and others step up to aid Federal employees

Numerous organizations, schools and businesses are stepping up to aid employees and contract workers impacted by the recent federal government shutdown. Facebook photo

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter Friday, Jan. 25, 2019 UPDATE:  In light of today’s news, the Oklahoma City Zoo will still honor free general admission this weekend, January 26-27, 2019, to all federal employees (with valid federal ID) and up to four guests. The Zoo will begin charging for general admission starting Monday, January […]

VOICE to host Accountability Session for City Council candidates

Ward 2 Oklahoma City Council candidates include Suzanne Broadbent, James Cooper and Mike Dover.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – A VOICE Accountability Session will be held on Sunday, January 27, at 4 p.m. at First Unitarian Church, 600 NW 13th St., in Oklahoma City.  The twelve candidates running for Oklahoma City Council have all been invited. The event is free and open to the public. Elections […]

ACLU to pursue appeal in Oklahoma anti-panhandling case


By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Oklahoman Editorial Board recently stated that a federal judge has ruled that the Oklahoma City ordinance that outlaws panhandling from traffic medians is constitutional. The ordinance was approved by the city council in December 2015 after much debate. The ordinance prohibited standing on traffic […]

Nathaniel Harding seeks Ward 6 Oklahoma City Council seat

Nathanial Harding.  Photo provided.

  Patrick B. McGuigan   Oklahoma City – The first time The City Sentinel visited (back in December) with Ward 6 council candidate Nathaniel Harding, this reporter commented he was impressed the hopeful was going door-to-door more than a month before the February 12 election. He replied, “I’ve actually been knocking doors for much longer […]

‘Russian Romantics’ – January 15 Brightmusic concert to enliven a New Year


Staff Report The Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble will present significant works by Sergei Rachmaninoff and Sergei Taneyev in “Russian Romantics,” its third concert of the 2018-19 season Tuesday, January 15, 2019. Rachmaninoff’s sonata for cello and piano, completed in 1901, is his most famous piece of chamber music. Taneyev’s expansive work for piano and strings, composed […]

From Oklahoma City Public Schools – Final Criteria Data for ‘Pathway to Greatness’

Dr. Sean McDaniell, the new Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent, is guiding a “Pathway to Greatness” process aiming to improve local tax-supported schools in the state’s largest district. Photo by Oklahoma City Free Press.

Staff Report On Friday, December 21, Oklahoma City Public Schools (OKCPS) released what a press release called “our final sets of criteria data as we continue our work to redesign our district for the future through our Pathway to Greatness (P2G) Project. Our top priority for our resources must be providing equitable learning opportunities for our students […]

Home for the Holidays’ – Central Oklahoma family benefits from Rumsey gift

The recipients of the Rumseys’ philanthropy are the Trejo family, which includes parents Ruben and Trinidad, and their three children, one of whom has special needs.  Photo provided.

Staff Report   Yet another Oklahoma family celebrated the holidays in their very own home, thanks to the generosity of retired business owners Gary and Diane Rumsey. This past fall the Rumseys donated $90,000 to Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity, to underwrite the full construction costs of the new dwelling. Along with their donation, for the […]

The Color Purple and feminine electoral strengths – Oklahoma City Top 10 local stories for 2018

When she takes the oath of office in Washington, D.C., in early January, Kendra Horn will be the first member of her party to hold the Fifth Congressional District seat since 1975. Horn, pictured here at her July 2017 launch party, won a narrow but clear-cut victory in the November 2018 general election. Her victory is the top local news story in The City Sentinel’s annual “Top 10” listing.  
File Photo by Patrick B. McGuigan

Patrick B. McGuigan, Publisher In the imperfect but popular color designations assigned to modern voting patterns, Oklahoma City and Oklahoma County now seem securely ensconced in the ranks of the “color purple” – a mixture of blue (liberal Democratic leaning) and red (conservative Republican leaning). In this newspaper’s annual ranking of top 10 local stories, […]

Incoming Oklahoma Senate President Pro Temp Treat names leadership team, designates Bice and Standridge for key roles

Oklahoma State Senator Greg Treat. Photo provided.

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – Incoming Senate President Pro Temp Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, has named his leadership team for the 57th State Legislature. Key members include Sen. Stephanie Bice, R-Oklahoma City – designated Assistant Floor Leader — and Sen. Rob Standridge, R-Norman, named Majority Whip. Treat said, in a statement sent to The City […]

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