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Never again

October is domestic violence awareness month, and several organizations are helping educate against and prevent it.


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Dawn Watson
After seven years of mental and physical abuse, Ann wasn’t the same person anymore. “It tore me down. It made me think that I wasn’t worthy. I could do nothing right in his eyes,” she said.
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Forced out

A local ministry for sex offenders feels it’s being forced out of business due to constrictive laws, and its president has sued the city.


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Tim Farley
Oklahoma City police and state lawmakers have conspired to shut down a nonprofit sex offender program that provides housing and treatment for ex-convicts, claims Hand Up Ministry President David Nichols.
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Big hurt

Last week, a security guard filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against four Oklahoma City policemen.


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Tim Farley
Security specialist Antjuan Martin didn’t expect to wind up in jail for doing his job, but that’s what happened Oct. 8, 2011.
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Dissenter sandman

According to a recent study, Oklahomans are having a harder time getting a good night’s sleep.


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Louis Fowler
There are few things worse in life than not getting a good night's sleep.
 
Friday, October 11, 2013

Stuck in the middle

Women with jobs, education and children find it difficult to afford healthcare for themselves.


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Angela Chambers
Pursuing higher education while raising children undoubtedly takes dedication and persistence. But not having adequate health care coverage can add an additional burden to young mothers.
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Together again

Since the May 20 tornadoes, pets, owners and rescue organizations are slowly moving on.


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Gina A. Dabney
Natural disasters are unkind. They tear people and pets apart. Moore resident Brenda Beaty, who lived three blocks from Plaza Towers Elementary School, was at work when the tornado hit on May 20. Immediately, the search began for the family pets. Her daughter’s two dogs were found, one still in the carrier. However, Beaty’s beloved dog, Tinker, was missing.
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Hunger pains

Most of Oklahoma’s hungriest are the working poor, the elderly and families.


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Tim Farley
Ardyn Graham is a college-educated woman who once owned a business, taught English overseas for years and worked in the state’s corrections and social service agencies.
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013

White magic

The MAPS 3 whitewater superpark promises world-class size, technology and allure.


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Tim Farley
When world-class kayaker Scott Shipley was preparing for the Olympics in the 1990s, he was forced to travel overseas because proper training facilities were not available in the United States.
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Ministry leader, sex offender file lawsuit against city

Lawsuit filed hopes to stop police from arresting sex offenders who live together. An attorney says it could force offenders 'underground.'


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Tim Farley
Police should not be allowed to retroactively enforce a 2012 law that prevents two convicted sex offenders from living together, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Oklahoma County District Court.
 
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

OKC Regional Food Bank, governor launch food drive


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Tim Farley
Hungry children and adults are hoping this year’s annual Feeding Oklahoma Food Drive is as successful as the 2012 effort.
 
Thursday, October 3, 2013

Kickin’ it

Fields and Futures event gives OKC schools — and communities — a running start at bright futures. The Oct. 6 event welcomes sports stars and local celebrities to Webster Middle School opening.


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Giancarlo Gonzalez

Tim McLaughlin, founder of Fields and Futures, remembers taking a bus tour with the Wes Welker Foundation to see the athletic fields of the Oklahoma City School District in order to determine which ones would get funding.

 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Health kick

More than $20 million in federal grant money will help fund research and education programs across Oklahoma “immediately,” leaders say.


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Tim Farley
A $20.3 million federal grant announced last week will help state medical professionals combine clinical data with ongoing scientific research in hopes of discovering new treatments for a multitude of diseases.
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Still fighting

The United States Supreme Court may hear Hobby Lobby’s argument against paying for “morning after” and “week after” contraception methods as part of its mandated employee healthcare.


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Greg Horton
The Obama administration has asked the Supreme Court to review Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby’s lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services.
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Nowhere to hide

A new report shows that nearly 140,000 metro public school students and workers are unprotected during severe weather.


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Tim Farley
More than 140,000 public school students, teachers and staff members in the Oklahoma City metro are unprotected from potential killer tornadoes, according to a survey commissioned by an Oklahoma lawmaker.
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Railing cry

A contentious debate erupts around the approval of downtown’s new streetcar system.


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Tim Farley
Plans for the MAPS 3 streetcar project will now move forward after a close 5-3 vote and approval, but scars from the Sept. 24 Oklahoma City Council meeting remain.
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
 
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