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‘Darkly similiar’

Deadly circumstances tie Oklahoma City and Boston.


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Tim Farley
Bombings that occurred 18 years apart have proven to be “darkly similar,” according to former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating.
 
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Oklahoma Gazette, okc BIZ honored


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Gazette staff
Oklahoma Gazette and its sister magazine, okc BIZ, earned several honors this year from the Oklahoma pro chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. The organization announced the awards Saturday at a banquet in Tulsa.
 
Monday, April 22, 2013

It's about time

A century-old time capsule is opened in an OKC church.


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Rachael Cervenka
After a 100-year wait, Oklahoma City got a glimpse into the life of its ancestors by means of a time capsule containing an assortment of historical memorabilia.
 
Monday, April 22, 2013

H2OMG!

As if the drought isn’t enough, Oklahoma’s climate-change scientists warn of more extreme weather.


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Shauna Lawyer Struby
Oklahomans tend toward the folksy and poetic when talking about the mercurial qualities of the state’s terrain, weather and geography. It’s a relationship forged living amid volatile weather in a place that, per square mile, boasts the most ecosystems in the nation, where ecological disasters of epic proportions, such as The Dust Bowl, take place.
 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Waterworld

A neighbor to the south provides inspiration for water conservation in OKC.


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Peter Wright
Conserving water hasn’t always been a high priority in Oklahoma City. Last year, residents set a record for gallons consumed in a single day while lake levels sunk to new lows.
 
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Crumbling Capitol

An annual list of Oklahoma’s endangered historic buildings includes a surprising addition this year.


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Tim Farley
Once considered structural jewels, some of Oklahoma City’s most iconic buildings, including the state Capitol, are falling apart.
 
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

New faces

Two political novices topple incumbent to win seats on Oklahoma City Council.


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Tim Farley
The Oklahoma City Council endured a shakeup last week when incumbents Gary Marrs and Ronald “Skip” Kelly were defeated by two 30-something political newcomers during the April 2 runoff elections.
 
Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Party time


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Alyssa Grimley
Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman Matt Pinnell soon will take on a prominent role with the national GOP. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus announced that Pinnell will be the RNC’s new state party director.
 
Wednesday, April 10, 2013

A fine idea

OKC officials plan to increase fines that violate water rationing.


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Tim Farley
Oklahoma City residents who violate a mandatory water-restriction plan could soon find themselves paying a big fine.

 
Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Threatening email

A Sooner Tea Party leader is charged with blackmail.


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Tim Farley
Oklahoma County prosecutors today charged Sooner Tea Party co-founder Al Gerhart with blackmailing a state senator over legislation that Gerhart supported.
 
Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Tweet heat

A sharply worded message on social media from Oklahoma's House speaker to a college dean raises some eyebrows.


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Greg Horton
A Twitter message by state House Speaker T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton, raised some hackles last month for suggesting cuts to higher education while also seeming to threaten the job of a college dean.
 
Monday, April 8, 2013

Advocacy or extortion?

A Tea Party leader is investigated for a threatening email to a state senator.


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Tim Farley
UPDATE: Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater has charged Gerhart with one count of blackmail and two counts of violation of the Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act.

A Sooner Tea Party co-founder is under investigation in connection with intimidating political tactics directed toward a state senator.
 
Thursday, April 4, 2013

Loan rangers

Oklahoma college graduates struggle with soaring student loan debt.


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James Cooper
College isn’t easy. And it sure isn’t cheap. Personal education debt in the U.S. swelled to $914 billion last summer, according to a 2012 report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
 
Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Conventional wisdom

Plans for the MAPS 3 convention center stall pending a decision on where to locate an accompanying hotel.


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Tim Farley
Progress on downtown Oklahoma City’s MAPS 3-funded convention center has stalled pending a decision on the location of a convention center hotel.
 
Wednesday, April 3, 2013

After Aubrey

Nonprofits and retailers wonder about their relationship with Chesapeake in a post-McClendon environment.


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Kelley Chambers
Some could argue that in addition to being in the energy business, Chesapeake Energy is in the Oklahoma City business. From shopping centers to the support of nonprofits and the arts, many rely on Chesapeake dollars. With the departure of Chesapeake co-founder and CEO Aubrey McClendon, many who benefit from the company’s philanthropic efforts wonder what’s next.
 
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
 
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