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Open-and-shut?

Mayoral candidate Ed Shadid confirms cocaine use, violence when asked about his sealed divorce file, which The Daily Oklahoman is fighting to open


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Tim Farley
Oklahoma City Councilman and mayoral candidate Ed Shadid snorted cocaine on two occasions, chose pornography over marital intimacy and became violent with his wife before entering an addiction treatment center, according to sealed divorce records reviewed by Oklahoma Gazette.
 
Sunday, December 15, 2013

Booking it

Norman is the first city in the nation to offer 24-hour public library kiosks.


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Molly Evans
It’s like a Redbox for books, and as of last month, Norman is the first city in the country to make 24-hour, automated libraries available to the public. Two are now open.
 
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Moving on

Rick Cain helped re-introduce public transit to the metro area. He retires in February.


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Tim Farley
When Rick Cain took the reins as chief of the Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority (COTPA) 10 years ago, most Oklahoma City residents didn’t know public transit existed.
 
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Face value

It looks as though some land owners get monetary incentives to let things rot, according to those suffering from dropping property values.


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Tim Farley
Oklahoma City Council members took the first step toward cleaning up vacant and abandoned homes and buildings, but not without protests from a group of realtors.
 
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Urban education renewal

The University of Central Oklahoma offers a unique prep academy for teachers who want to teach in urban schools.


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Tim Farley
Teaching in an urban school district like Oklahoma City often is viewed as challenging or even a last resort for some, but first-year teacher Heather Berry says it’s “fun.”
 
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

What's to hide?

Nothing, says mayoral candidate Ed Shadid. But a battle looms to keep his divorce records private.


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Tim Farley
Disclosing sealed court records connected to Oklahoma City mayoral candidate Ed Shadid’s divorce in 2007 outweighs embarrassment or harm it may cause the Ward 2 councilman, his ex-wife or their children, according to a leading expert on government openness and public records.
 
Monday, December 9, 2013

Pop goes the shop

Local sellers cash in on the Christmas spirit by making their wares available at small shops in temporary locations.


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Malena Lott
Last year, Michael Brown, owner of the Plaza District furniture store RetrOKC, stumbled upon the inaugural Holiday Pop-Up Shops at the Myriad Botanical Gardens and thought it was a cool concept. He will return for its second year, but as a tenant one weekend at the concept’s new location in Midtown.
 
Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Crushed plans

Opponents of a recycling center’s proposed location aren’t giving up, despite a unanimous city council decision.


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Tim Farley
Upset over a recent Oklahoma City Council decision, several west OKC business executives haven’t given up their battle to prevent a regional recycling center from locating near them.
 
Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Onward and upward

Oklahoma Gazette will continue its support of arts and entertainment communities in new ways as the city’s alternative news source readies for its 35th year in OKC.


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Tim Farley
The leadership of an annual Halloween event highlighted by pole dancers, zombies, flaming skeletons and other crazy characters dancing through downtown Oklahoma City streets has changed its focus.
 
Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Fisher’s kings

Bruce Fisher is the first African-American member of the Capitol Preservation Commission. He will tell Oklahoma’s history through the Capitol Art Collection.


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Dawn Watson
Oklahoma has many stories. Bruce Fisher wants to help tell them through the state Capitol Art Collection.
 
Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Relief

Oklahoma Disaster Recovery Project partners with Red Cross, Salvation Army, United Way, Christian volunteers — and a home bathroom company.


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Giancarlo Gonzalez
The rebuilding continues six months after the Moore tornado. As the weather cools, 41 case managers, drawn from the Oklahoma Disaster Recovery Project (ODRP), work tirelessly to help their neighbors return to a life of normalcy. Businesses donate to alleviate the sense of total loss for some residents.
 
Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Weight converters

Thanks to a free wellness program, losing pounds can make a world of difference in OKC residents’ lives.


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Angela Chambers
A major car accident left an Oklahoma City woman with significant pain and a long recovery. This led to substantial weight gain, which resulted in high blood pressure and other health complications.
 
Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Tango steps

For six years, Turkey Tango has helped feed the needy a high-quality Thanksgiving meal.


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Greg Horton
This year’s Turkey Tango will be the sixth consecutive year that Oklahoma City restaurants have partnered with Culinary Kitchen, 7222 N. Western Ave., to feed the needy on Thanksgiving.
 
Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Fair trade

An Oklahoma City councilman wants to break eight wards into 10 in an effort to promote district parity both in service and across ethnic and racial lines.


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Tim Farley
Oklahoma City Councilman Pete White isn’t giving up on a plan to increase the number of wards from eight to 10.
 
Wednesday, November 27, 2013

It still hurts

Time can repair a lot of things, but learning how to live a different life after a major disaster is an ongoing process.


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Tim Farley
With the exception of time, life hasn’t changed much for Joy Waldroop during the last six months. She still hurts, agonizes and grieves. New bricks and mortar can’t replace her loss.
 
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
 
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