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‘Ex-gay’ ministry

A pair of Oklahomans help form a religiously affiliated group to “break the power of same-sex attraction.”


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Greg Horton
Two Oklahoma City ministries are key players in the formation of a new nationwide network of so-called ex-gay ministries. Stephen Black, executive director of Oklahoma City-based First Stone Ministries, is vice chairman of the board of the newly formed Restored Hope Network, cites the organization’s official website.
 
Wednesday, September 11, 2013

MAPS threat lingers

Issues remain and voters react after questions were raised about constitutionality of MAPS 3 projects.


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Tim Farley
Vowing to avoid a political battle, Oklahoma City attorney David Slane contended this week that his research into the constitutionality of the 2009 MAPS 3 measure is aimed at protecting the public. Recently, Slane and his legal team questioned whether the ballot language violated the state’s single-subject rule, which prohibits unrelated issues from being placed on a single ballot question. The MAPS 3 ballot centered on a sales tax extension that would finance eight separate projects.
 
Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Informed and engaged

Foundation offers much-needed hand-up to city’s most desperate students and families.


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Mark Beutler
More than 17,000 students in Oklahoma City Public Schools live in households making $11,000 a year or less. It’s a sobering statistic, one the Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation is trying to change.
 
Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Urban education

For city planners, the construction of a downtown elementary school is hopefully just the beginning for more schools in the area.


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Tim Farley
While work continues on a new elementary school downtown, city leaders say other schools eventually will be needed in the area to maintain residential development there.
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Driven to paganism?

A Christian’s lawsuit that fights the Native American “rain god” imagery on state license plates wins favor from the nonreligious sector, too.


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Greg Horton
A local minister’s lawsuit claiming that Native American imagery on license plates forces him to become a “mobile billboard” for pagan religion will get another chance after being thrown out of a higher court.
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The hot place to be

From desolate to in-demand, Midtown has risen from a ‘neglected backwater’ with help from a dedicated community.


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Tim Farley
Eighteen years ago, Midtown was nothing more than a “neglected backwater” replete with halfway houses and abandoned buildings. Faced with blighted conditions years before the April 19, 1995, disaster, Midtown was instead a ghost town created by the 1980s’ devastating oil bust and ensuing disinvestment.
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013

City officials respond to MAPS 3 legal challenge


News

Tim Farley
An attorney challenging the constitutionality of the MAPS 3 vote has promised to reconsider his fight against Oklahoma City.
 
Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Legal challenge threatened over MAPS 3


News

Tim Farley
A shot was fired over the bow this week that challenged the constitutionality of the MAPS 3 projects and threatened to halt related city development plans its tracks.
 
Thursday, August 29, 2013

Senior center hiccups

Though early in the process, few seem to agree on what is needed for proposed senior wellness centers included in the MAPS 3 funding plan.


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Tim Farley
Oklahoma City’s attempt to select operating partners for its MAPS 3 senior wellness centers has become a confusing and disorganized process, said Randy Tate, chief executive officer for NorthCare.
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Better buses

More frequent bus stops and less wait time are planned for Metro Transit buses.


News

Tim Farley
More frequent stops will be implemented in the Metro Transit bus system starting in January pending formal approval.
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Common controversy

Can Common Core improve public education? It depends on who you ask.


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Peter Wright
It takes something big to get people excited about parsing a nuanced education policy, and that’s what the implementation of Common Core state standards has done.
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Monumental offense

In lawsuit, ACLU and even theologians claim that the Ten Commandments monument at the State Capitol is offensive to Christians and other faiths.


News

Brittany Pickering
The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma filed a lawsuit last week challenging the constitutionality of the Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the state Capitol.
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

'Gazette' welcomes new editor


News

Gazette staff
Oklahoma City metro native Jennifer Palmer Chancellor joined Oklahoma Gazette as its editor-in-chief this month.
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Rallying the troops

OKC councilman Ed Shadid formally launches his mayoral campaign against incumbent Mick Cornett.


News

Tim Farley

Oklahoma City mayoral candidate Dr. Ed Shadid kicked off his campaign like a rock star.

 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Class act

Millwood students get schooled on healthy living.


News

Liz Blood
In an effort to improve the health of its students, the Millwood Public School District has adopted an innovative policy encouraging better nutrition and increased physical activity.
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
 
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