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Common controversy

Can Common Core improve public education? It depends on who you ask.


Peter Wright
It takes something big to get people excited about parsing a nuanced education policy, and that’s what the implementation of Common Core state standards has done.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Getting testy

A state law that screens welfare applicants for drugs found only 29 out of 1,300 people tested positive.


Peter Wright
A state law requiring a drug test as a condition for receiving welfare benefits has resulted in only 29 people being denied the assistance, although Oklahoma tested more than 1,000 applicants during the four-month period after the law took effect.
Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Kid stuff

While the well-being of Oklahoma children has improved, according to a national study, childhood poverty remains a problem.


Peter Wright
A new report by a national children’s watchdog group found mixed signals for the well-being of kids in Oklahoma. The state has shown improvement in some health and education categories, while failing to buck a national trend of increasing childhood poverty.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Slumming it

What would it be like to live in Africa’s largest slum? A new exhibit recreates the sights and smells of that trying experience.

Visual Arts

Peter Wright
Story of Hope
Thursday, Tuesday, ongoing
Feed the Children
4529 Enterprise Place
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

And justice for all

A nonprofit taking shape in OKC wants to further tolerance and diversity.


Peter Wright
More than a decade after its predecessor disappeared from Oklahoma City, a nonprofit that combats bias, bigotry and racism is branching out from Tulsa. The Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice (OCCJ) has launched an effort to design an entirely new program in OKC.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Crossing Obamacare

Hobby Lobby's legal battle against the Affordable Care Act has made it a darling of evangelical Christians nationwide.


Peter Wright
For supporters of Hobby Lobby, the fluorescent bulbs that light store aisles have perhaps become a beacon of righteousness. The Oklahoma City-based chain stepped into the political fray late last year with a controversial lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a case that has garnered praise from some of the most prominent evangelical figures in the country.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013

New life

The long-struggling Crossroads Mall gets a second chance as a commercial hub for OKC’s growing Latino community.


Peter Wright
A mariachi band played as dancers from a traveling circus last week unveiled plans to reshape Crossroads Mall. With a new name and new tenants, future renovations and a busy schedule of events, developers hope to transform the once-thriving mall into a commercial hub for Oklahoma City’s Latino community.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013


A neighbor to the south provides inspiration for water conservation in OKC.


Peter Wright
Conserving water hasn’t always been a high priority in Oklahoma City. Last year, residents set a record for gallons consumed in a single day while lake levels sunk to new lows.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Lottery limbo

With the lottery’s future uncertain, Oklahoma lottery officials scramble for ways to increase the games’ popularity and help schools statewide.


Peter Wright
When the Oklahoma Lottery’s first instant ticket was sold in October 2005, the odds were that the numbers underneath the scratch-off film would be worthless to whoever bought it. Yet the dollar exchanged for that card was intended to be the first of millions raised for education.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Child’s play

Science Museum Oklahoma unveils plans for a sprawling children’s museum and various renovations.


Peter Wright
Workers already are making way for a new children’s museum inside Science Museum Oklahoma.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013

In the neighborhood

An innovative approach to assisted living centers comes to OKC, but not everyone is happy about it.


Peter Wright
The house at the corner of Green Valley and Apple Valley Drives doesn’t look too different from the other suburban oases around it. Inside, however, is a home to as many as five elderly residents and at least one visiting nurse at all times. It’s part of a new trend in Oklahoma to make the assisted living center small enough to fit in a four-bedroom home and homey enough to lose the stigma of the institution.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013

King pong

The mother of all table tennis tourneys benefits Easter Seals Oklahoma.


Peter Wright
Table tennis tournament
8 p.m. Thursday
Belle Isle Restaurant & Brewing Company
50 Penn Place

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Viva la comunidad

Five years after a controversial state law sought to reduce illegal immigration, the impact on OKC’s Latino community appears minimal.


Peter Wright
The Oklahoma Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act of 2007, better known as House Bill 1804, was tough for its day. It remains the gravitational center of illegal immigration arguments in Oklahoma, even as it has been dissected by lawsuits, eclipsed by bills in other states and rendered less relevant by an increasingly young and legal Latino community.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012

At what price?

Some fear that Oklahoma schools are not just broke, but broken.


Peter Wright
Only two states cut per-pupil spending more than Oklahoma in the last five years, according to a recent think-tank report. While it appears nearly impossible to determine what funding is adequate for education, it is inarguable that funding for public schools in Oklahoma has decreased. With an eye on unpredictable state and federal budgets, education leaders are talking about the need for more money.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Tuesdays with pedals

Three Tuesday-evening tours offer a chance to hop on a bike and learn about downtown.


Peter Wright
Downtown OKC Bike Tours
6 p.m. Tuesdays through Oct. 16
Various locations
Wednesday, September 26, 2012