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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.


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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


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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.


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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.


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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

Out of school

After five years, OKC schools Superintendent Karl Springer leaves to pursue other interests.


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Tim Farley
When a new geography teacher named Karl Springer stepped into his Muskogee junior high classroom back in 1977, his entire life changed. The former U.S. Marine captain had entered a realm far from the military’s rigidness and and snap-to discipline.
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Life preserver

A controversial new state law seeks to prevent health care providers from denying care to the elderly, disabled or dying.


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Brendan Hoover
Is terminal illness to be treated aggressively, no matter the risk or chance of success? Should someone confronting the end of his or her life opt instead for comfort, seeking the quality of life that palliative care or hospice might offer?
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Better buses

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


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Tim Farley
More frequent stops will be implemented in the Metro Transit bus system starting in January pending formal approval. Based on recommendations from Nelson-Nygaard Consulting Associates, a transportation planning firm, the Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority (COTPA) intends to eliminate neighborhood bus stops and keep the routes on major streets.
 
Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Making connections

State transportation officials hold public meetings as part of the long process toward an OKC-to-Tulsa passenger rail line.


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Tim Farley
Passenger rail public meeting
5:30 p.m. Thursday
Metro Technology Center
1901 Springlake Drive
tulsaokcrailcorridor.com
 
Monday, August 12, 2013

Wrangling over wellness

Debate over a church’s involvement is the latest battle surrounding MAPS 3 senior wellness centers.


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Tim Farley
A First Amendment controversy over the MAPS 3 senior wellness centers has drawn the attention of a national nonprofit law firm.
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Word on the street

The Curbside Chronicle aims to bring the homeless into your homes, one issue at a time.


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Louis Fowler
A new newspaper has hit the streets of Oklahoma City, one that is made and sold by the people who live on the streets. The Curbside Chronicle is the metro’s attempt at a social enterprise magazine, also called a “street paper,” that provides an area’s homeless community with both a voice and a means of income.
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Atheist

Atheism increasingly finds a home in the Bible Belt.


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Carmel Perez Snyder
Oklahoma is home to more than 6,500 churches. It’s also home to one of the largest atheist meet-up groups in the U.S.
 
Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The race is on

OKC Mayor Mick Cornett announces his re-election bid.


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Tim Farley
Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett announced today he will seek re-election next spring.
 
Monday, August 5, 2013

Unlikely allies

Facing criminal blackmail charges, a state Tea Party leader enlists the help of Oklahoma’s ACLU.


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Brendan Hoover
Sooner Tea Party co-founder Al Gerhart has a surprising new ally in his defense against state blackmail charges stemming from a threatening email he sent to a state senator. Citing First Amendment concerns, the Oklahoma chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has agreed to aid the carpenter-turned-political-activist who pleaded not guilty.
 
Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Freshman class

The newest OKC city council members reflect on their first few months on the job.


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Tim Farley
After 90 days on the job, Oklahoma City’s newest city councilmen have discovered change is slow and public accountability is high.
 
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
 
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