Cover: Paper cuts

The Oklahoman faces diminishing returns and logistical nightmares after its purchase by GateHouse Media.
The sound of folded copies of The Oklahoman slapping concrete in the pre-dawn hours was once familiar, but repeated cuts to the size, coverage, advertising and distribution have left many wondering not only if they will receive their newspaper that day but whether there soon will no longer be a daily newspaper at all.

Strong STEM

The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools wants to place science, technology, engineering and mathematics centers in all 33 elementary schools.
The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools (FOKCPS) is seeking community partners to help place science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) centers in all of the district’s elementary schools before classes start Aug. 14.

Summer recreation

Jabee hosts a concert to raise money for Douglass Recreation Center.
Jabee Williams feels called to use his platform to stand up for issues when others might not be able to speak out.

Boulevard crossroads

An Oklahoma City Boulevard intersection is being moved, and city officials are seeking the most efficient way to reconfigure streets.
The Oklahoma City Boulevard intersection in lower Bricktown is being moved.

Park money

Oklahoma City voters could decide whether to pass a new excise tax to fund the city’s Parks & Recreation department.
An initiative petition to establish a dedicated fund for neighborhood parks was filed last week.

Open hearts

An Oklahoma City church is the latest to affirm its support for members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Crown Heights United Methodist Church is the latest Oklahoma church to join Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN).

PRIDE Rainbow uprising

Oklahoma City’s LGBTQ+ community reckons with its past while dealing with modern concerns.
Much of the history of the LGBTQ+ community centers on its relationship with law enforcement.

Jail choice

The city council is set to decide whether to demolish three municipal buildings that have gone without use for years.
Oklahoma City Council deferred a resolution to demolish the old city jail, police headquarters and municipal court buildings.

Street life

Armed with statistics and trend analyses, various organizations are collaborating to tackle issues surrounding homelessness in Oklahoma.
Oklahomans in a packed Tower Theatre got a detailed look at homelessness statistics in Oklahoma City.

Public input

OKC residents favor voting for individual MAPS projects and allocating part of the penny tax for operations and maintenance.
A recent poll of likely Oklahoma City special elections voters shows many would like to see the MAPS vote done slightly differently moving forward.

Revitalizing Freedom

A new board of directors for Freedom Center has a long-term plan to restore the building and revitalize the civil rights landmark.
Efforts are underway to revitalize and repair one of Oklahoma’s most important civil rights landmarks into a community hub.

Food emergency

Councilwoman Nikki Nice aims to remedy northeast OKC’s lack of access to affordable, healthy foods.
Oklahoma City Council passed a 180-day moratorium on “small box discount stores” in the 73111 ZIP code.

Pooling artists

Oklahoma City is looking to add new artists to a pool that helps advance public art projects.
Oklahoma City is currently accepting applications from artists interested in joining its prequalified artist pool.

Church to church

Oklahoma City has signed a memorandum of understanding with Crossings Community Church and First Christian Church to help preserve three buildings.
Oklahoma City Council voted to pass a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the city, First Christian Church and Crossings Community Church.

Public trust

Oklahoma County jail will have new operational and financial oversight in the form of a trust.
County commissioners unanimously voted last week to create Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Authority, a trust to oversee the Oklahoma County jail’s operations and finances.

Youth crisis

Sisu Youth Services is now the only emergency youth shelter not requiring documents in Oklahoma City.
Sisu Youth Services has seen the number of drop-in clients nearly double since the closure of another nonprofit organization.

Road MAPS

Presentations and discussions on proposed MAPS 4 projects are set to begin this summer with a finalized package expected in early September.
Oklahoma City Council will soon start hearing presentations and discussing MAPS 4 project ideas, which Oklahomans have been submitting since October.

Presidential rebound

OU regents named an interim president, but community members continue to demand transparency when choosing the next permanent leader.
University of Oklahoma Board of Regents named an interim president less than a week after James Gallogly announced his retirement.

Deadly force

The recent shooting of a teenager by Edmond police elicits outrage.
Isaiah Lewis, an unarmed 17-year-old, was shot and killed by police on April 29 following an on-foot chase through a residential neighborhood.

Polling projects

A third-party poll gauges Oklahoma City residents’ opinions on some MAPS 4 ideas.
Oklahoma City officials are nearly ready to hear presentations and have in-depth discussions about suggestions for MAPS 4 projects.

Boom town

John F. Kennedy neighborhood residents are looking at any and all options to help ease the explosions at nearby recycling centers.
For years, residents of the John F. Kennedy neighborhood have dealt with loud explosions that cause their houses to shake and crack.

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