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.

Action item

Four councilmen want to reverse a decision taken by Historic Preservation Commission to protect First Christian Church.
On Friday, a resolution was added to the Oklahoma City Council agenda for May 7’s meeting but was then deferred to May 21.

Cover: Finding identity

For trans or nonbinary people, explaining the fluidity of gender can be complicated.
Whether you think Facebook is a useful tool to keep up with your friends and current events or despise it as a data-mining tool of big corporations, you have to admit they got one thing right: the “it’s complicated” relationship status.

Blocked signals

A lawsuit involving OETA ends with an agreement to dissolve OETA Foundation and transfer all assets to a new fundraising nonprofit.
The former charitable organization tasked with funding Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA) since 1983, OETA Foundation, has dissolved.

Proud community

Oklahoma City’s Pride parade and festival will be led by a newly formed nonprofit.
Oklahoma City Pride Alliance was formed by former 39th Street District director Lauren Zuniga to take the reins of Pride festivities.

One OKC

Ward 2’s newest councilman is breaking barriers, making history and representing those who have not felt represented in the past.
One of the newest city council members is making history and giving a voice to people who have gone without representation at the city level.

Shoulders of giants

Oklahoma City Council’s two outgoing members are encouraged by the next generation of city leaders who will take their seats next week.
James Cooper and JoBeth Hamon are anxious and excited to take their city council seats April 9.

Split vote

A recent vote to preserve and enforce anti-LGBTQ+ provisions in the United Methodist Church’s Book of Discipline has the fate of the church up in the air.
United Methodist Church (UMC) could split following a recent vote to double down on its stance against homosexuality.

ALCOHOLMANAC Bottles rocked

Oklahoma’s new alcohol law improved convenience for consumers but is hurting local liquor store sales.
State Question 792 passed in 2016 and changed laws regarding alcohol sales and distribution in the state.

Hotel potential

Hotel Habana’s new owners are undertaking a major renovation to help fulfill the resort’s potential as a city centerpiece.
The self-proclaimed “largest gay resort in the Southwest” is under new ownership and ready for a complete makeover.

CARE for history

Two organizations are working to find the best solution for a historic house’s potential demolition.
Two nonprofit, pro-social organizations are working to find compromise when it comes to the demolition of a historic home.

Church of yesterday

If First Christian Church is not declared a historic landmark, the building could face demolition upon sale.
The 32-acre property owned by First Christian Church is under contract to a buyer who will only complete the purchase on the condition that it be demolished.

Capitol CAIR

Council on American-Islamic Relations is hosting its fifth annual Oklahoma Muslim Day at the Capitol to encourage civic engagement within the community.
The Oklahoma chapter of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has seen its annual Muslim Day at the Capitol event grow exponentially since 2015.

Voices heard

Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office is forming a citizens advisory board to better engage with the community and promote transparency.
Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office recently announced its intent to form a citizens advisory board (CAB).

Take Pride

39th Street District Association hosts this year’s Pride parade and festival as OKC Pride Inc. continues dealing with the aftermath of embezzlement charges.
For the first time in decades, OKC Pride Inc. will not host the annual Pride festivities.

Park place

With an opening date set for later this year, the upper park of Scissortail Park is getting its finishing touches.
MAPS 3-funded Scissortail Park is nearing completion, with the upper park set to open with a four-day celebration in late September if construction goes smoothly.

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