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Take a hike?

Proposed bus fare increases would hit hard those who most need public transportation.


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Tim Farley
Proposed fare increases for Oklahoma City’s mass transit service prompted Kimberly Mitchell to take action.
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Correction


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Gazette staff
None of Oklahoma City’s neighborhood associations have publicly endorsed Mayor Mick Cornett in his re-election bid. (Oct. 23 Gazette.)
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Budding prospects

Oklahoma residents — and many law enforcement officials and other experts — increasingly support medical marijuana use and decriminalization of the drug.


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Tim Farley
Faced with some of the harshest marijuana laws in the nation, Oklahoma residents overwhelmingly favor its use for medical purposes while also endorsing decriminalization.
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Standing up for hope

Sooner Stand Down helps homeless veterans with everything, including backpacks, healthcare, sobriety and life skills.


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Tim Farley
Air Force veteran Rickey Bell doesn’t blame anyone except himself for being homeless and without a full-time job.
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Tear it up

Project 180 improvements enter a new phase, and with that comes new road closures. But, construction will be more city friendly than it has been, officials promise.


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Tim Farley
Downtown Oklahoma City streets are about to be ripped apart again, but fortunately for motorists and pedestrians, lessons were learned from the last round of road construction.
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Popularity contest

In the race toward election day, mayoral candidates trumpet their endorsements. But how important are they, really?


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Tim Farley
Oklahoma City mayoral candidates already have received major endorsements from public safety unions and neighborhood groups, but those alliances may not be as significant as years past, according to a group of independent political consultants.
 
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Fire department gets 'cost-of-living' adjustment

Fire dept. gets raise, health benefit approval


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Tim Farley
Oklahoma City firefighters received a wage increase and increased health benefits as part of a union agreement approved by the city council Tuesday.
 
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Hunkered down

Parents who lost children in May 20 tornadoes are fighting mad about what they feel are attempts to sabotage their attempt to get storm shelters built in schools.


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Tim Farley
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and Attorney General Scott Pruitt are trying to sabotage a citizen-led effort to place storm shelters in every public school, say two mothers whose children perished in the May 20 tornado.
 
Friday, October 18, 2013

Glorious resurrection

Local attorney restores Calvary Baptist Church and turns it into the home of his business while keeping its civil rights history intact.


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Tim Farley
But that was more than half a century ago, when the church was a key part of the Oklahoma City black community and the civil rights movement. There, King preached a sermon as an audition to be the church’s full-time pastor. Ironically, church leaders thought King was too young to lead a congregation of that size.
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Never again

October is domestic violence awareness month, and several organizations are helping educate against and prevent it.


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Dawn Watson
After seven years of mental and physical abuse, Ann wasn’t the same person anymore. “It tore me down. It made me think that I wasn’t worthy. I could do nothing right in his eyes,” she said.
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Forced out

A local ministry for sex offenders feels it’s being forced out of business due to constrictive laws, and its president has sued the city.


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Tim Farley
Oklahoma City police and state lawmakers have conspired to shut down a nonprofit sex offender program that provides housing and treatment for ex-convicts, claims Hand Up Ministry President David Nichols.
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Big hurt

Last week, a security guard filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against four Oklahoma City policemen.


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Tim Farley
Security specialist Antjuan Martin didn’t expect to wind up in jail for doing his job, but that’s what happened Oct. 8, 2011.
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Dissenter sandman

According to a recent study, Oklahomans are having a harder time getting a good night’s sleep.


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Louis Fowler
There are few things worse in life than not getting a good night's sleep.
 
Friday, October 11, 2013

Stuck in the middle

Women with jobs, education and children find it difficult to afford healthcare for themselves.


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Angela Chambers
Pursuing higher education while raising children undoubtedly takes dedication and persistence. But not having adequate health care coverage can add an additional burden to young mothers.
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Together again

Since the May 20 tornadoes, pets, owners and rescue organizations are slowly moving on.


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Gina A. Dabney
Natural disasters are unkind. They tear people and pets apart. Moore resident Brenda Beaty, who lived three blocks from Plaza Towers Elementary School, was at work when the tornado hit on May 20. Immediately, the search began for the family pets. Her daughter’s two dogs were found, one still in the carrier. However, Beaty’s beloved dog, Tinker, was missing.
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
 
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