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Another hotel and convention center?

A petition has been filed to halt funding for a new hotel and convention center in downtown Oklahoma City, which would cost an estimated $250 million in MAPS 3 funding.


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Tim Farley
A citizens group led by Oklahoma City’s Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid plans to ask voters to prevent the construction of the MAPS 3 downtown convention center.
 
Thursday, January 2, 2014

Jumpstart your 2014


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Brittany Pickering
New Year’s resolutions. We all make them. We all abandon them by the end of February. But, hey, it’s not yet February, and this fine city offers the perfect selection of local shops you can visit to help jumpstart your resolution, whatever it is and however long you stick to it.
 
Monday, December 30, 2013

Recovery efforts

With drug use — and addiction recovery — in the spotlight of this year’s mayoral race, experts weigh in on how it might hamper or help overall public health.


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Tim Farley
Public vilification of an Oklahoma City councilman’s past drug use, treatment and recovery is likely to restrict the number of people willing to seek elected office, a mental health expert said.
 
Monday, December 30, 2013

Past, present, future

Oklahoma’s Century Chest exhibit bares unique Indian artifacts from a 100-year-old time capsule.


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Kevan Goff-Parker
When the Oklahoma Century Chest was opened in April, 100 years after the time capsule was buried, Chad Williams, director of research at the Oklahoma History Center, was surprised.
 
Monday, December 30, 2013

Always help

The Salvation Army keeps its shelters open year-round to help with emergencies like winter freezes and bad weather.


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M.A. Smith
Oklahoma has already survived several winter storms, with digits well below freezing.
 
Monday, December 23, 2013

Full of hope

Bags of Hope was started by teenager eager to help women escape domestic violence.


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M.A. Smith
The South has always been a target for domestic violence. In fact, seven out of ten Southern states, including Oklahoma, were recently declared to have the highest number of domestic violence-related deaths.
 
Monday, December 23, 2013

Shelter vote stalled

The signature drive to force a vote on storm shelters is on hold while the Oklahoma Supreme Court considers a battle over ballot wording.


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Tim Farley
Supporters of a movement to build storm shelters in all public schools must wait on a legal decision from the Oklahoma Supreme Court before moving forward.
 
Monday, December 23, 2013

Drug deal

Law enforcement accused of ‘policing for profit’ when it comes to war on drugs, especially pot.


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Tim Farley
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part two of a three-part series about marijuana and its impact on the state.
 
Monday, December 23, 2013

Time out

A petition drive seeks to add term limits to Oklahoma City Council members.


News

Tim Farley
Placing term limits on Oklahoma City’s council members would “open up the playing field” for new ideas in government, according to the organizer of an initiative petition.
 
Monday, December 23, 2013

Wish Lists


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Gazette staff
What do local notables want this holiday season? Well, Oklahoma Gazette asked ’em. And they told us. Imagine that!  We passed along these lists to Mr. Claus to do with as he sees fit. But for now, we’re reading the list — some of it twice, because it’s that good. We talked to everyone from adult film stars to leading conservative politicians to get insight — and a laugh — from our leading locals. Happy holidays! — Jennifer Chancellor
 
Monday, December 23, 2013

UPDATE: Court unseals Ed Shadid's divorce records

UPDATE: Read the official letter from Ed Shadid at the bottom of this story.


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Tim Farley
UPDATE: Read the official open letter from Ed Shadid at the bottom of this story.
 
Friday, December 20, 2013

Making Meade

When Hugh Meade left the ATL for OKC a decade ago, he packed a passion for creative collaboration and public art.


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Angela Chambers
For nighttime visitors to the Plaza District, it’s hard to miss the 100 incandescent lights in Empire Slice House’s signature sign. Or maybe you took a family photo with the 9-foot owl at Myriad Botanical Gardens’ Pumpkinville this fall.
 
Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Lockdown

The War on Drugs may be more about big business than curbing marijuana use.


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Tim Farley
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part one of a three-part series about marijuana and its impact on the state.
 
Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Angels unaware

Dale Rogers Training Center gives handicapped people mentorship and hope.


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Greg Horton
In its six decades of service to and partnership with Oklahomans with disabilities, the Dale Rogers Training Center has helped its clients get and keep work.
 
Wednesday, December 18, 2013

OGE Energy's new home?

Stage Center comes closer to demolition, anchor tenant announced for planned high-rise


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Gazette staff
The landmark Stage Center building in downtown Oklahoma City is closer to coming down. In its place will be anchor tenant OGE Energy Corp., Kestrel Investments, owner and developer of the property, said Tuesday in a media statement.
 
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
 
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