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Urban revival leads to diverse mix of districts

Neal Horton saw the potential of historic urban districts in Oklahoma City, and he risked everything in launching Bricktown....

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OKC church lights up cross for first time in more than 50 years

For several decades, large lightbulbs lit up a cross perched atop a downtown Oklahoma City church. However, the lights that...

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Oklahoma City sees 22nd consecutive month of growth in primary revenue source

The city could soon learn whether taxes on marijuana sales are making a significant contribution to the bottom line.

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Interview, photos and video: Oklahoma comics artist Jerry Bennett encourages creativity through arts residency at historic Skirvin Hotel

In Jerry Bennett’s world, aliens from “War of the Worlds” might land in downtown Oklahoma City, “Star Wars” hero Admiral Ackbar...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers in today's OKC Central Live Chat.You can join Steve's...

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Comics crossover: OKC artist Jerry Bennett takes pop culture art downtown for Skirvin residency

In Jerry Bennett’s world, aliens from “War of the Worlds” might land in downtown Oklahoma City, “Star Wars” hero Admiral Ackbar...

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FINAL: Pelicans 131, Thunder 122

Follow live updates from tonight's Thunder-Pelicans NBA game.

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Council edges closer to representing the population as the city grows

Voters first elected Patience Latting, the first woman to serve on the city council and only woman to serve as mayor, in 1967.

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Gen X or millennial, Oklahoma City elected officers have a new look

It began with the election of James Greiner and John Pettis in 2013, and now the 40-and-under cohort will constitute a majority...

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Aggravated assaults on the rise, OKC police chief says

Serious assaults are on the rise, with little prospect for driving them below 2016 levels, Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill...

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Food Dude: Banquet Cinema Pub is ready for its premiere

Hunter Wheat and Lacey Pritchard will try to build upon their success founding successful businesses on fellowship with a new...

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Money's influence was insufficient to overcome Hamon's message of a 'city that works for everyone'

Grassroots campaigning and small-money donations translated to votes in Ward 6.

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Newly elected council members will bring their own point of view to governance

40-and-unders will constitute a majority of the city council.

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Newly constituted Oklahoma City Council will be seated in April

Mayor sees the value of new energy and new ideas coming to council with millennials' election.

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Aggravated assaults on the rise, OKC police chief says

Police Chief Bill Citty reviewed crime statistics for the city council.

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MAPS 4 discussion indicates highway cap and aquarium may have a shot at ballot

That Ward 6 seat is up for grabs with today’s elections, and the three candidates for Ward 6 joined with Nice and Greater...

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OKC Civic Life Journal: City council primaries

Election, city's bond rating lead news summary.

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#OKC Civic Life for Monday, Feb. 11, 2019

Primaries set Tuesday Candidates for city council are on Tuesday's ballot in Wards 2, 5, 6 and 8; Wards 2 and 6 are open seats....

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Where is Park Union? New districts, boundary lines being formed amidst downtown growth

Some of the districts were simply formal acknowledgement of historic identities like Midtown, Deep Deuce, Film Row, Automobile...

Continental announces $2.6B budget for 2019

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Continental Resources isn’t slowing down. On Wednesday, company officials said they plan to run an average of 25 drilling rigs during 2019 — one more than the 2018 average — and anticipate the company will generate cash flow of about $3 billion...

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City office market racing in place

Oklahoma City’s office market is “stuck in neutral but racing its engine,” according to Price Edwards & Co.’s 2018 year-end...

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Recap: OKC Central chat with Steve Lackmeyer

Today's OKC Central chat with The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer has concluded. Thanks for your questions.

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Downtown spot reinvents dinner and a movie options

Bleu Garten owners seek to build its audience with a kitschy new movie house called Banquet Cinema Pub, featuring pizza, a full...

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Jury convicts man of cheating Chesapeake Energy out of $4.3 million

The former president of a now-defunct well servicing company was found guilty Tuesday of cheating Chesapeake Energy out of more...

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Development continues in Bricktown despite the loss of another early anchor

This week is one of those moments as yet another veteran anchor restaurant, Chelino’s, closed its doors Saturday. The debate...

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'Surprise' jail count angers Oklahoma County sheriff

After hearing stories on the campaign trail of inmates being held too long at the Oklahoma County jail, a new county...

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OKC Civic Life Journal: Streetlights out 'throughout the entire city'

Week in review, in civic news in Oklahoma City.

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Contributions to candidates in the Feb. 12 city council primary are focused on two races

The final pre-election campaign contribution and spending reports for the council races will be filed Monday.

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New acquisitions: OKC Museum of Art to debut Kehinde Wiley portrait, Golden Age still life

A new large-scale work by celebrated African-American portraitist Kehinde Wiley and a small mid-17th century still life from...

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#OKC Civic Life for Monday, Feb. 4, 2019

William Crum: #OKC Civic Life is a weekly summary of Oklahoma City civic news.

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Wes Anderson-infused Banquet Cinema to open this month

Infused with the spirit of iconic filmmaker Wes Anderson, Banquet Cinema is set to introduce Oklahoma City to a new way...

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Liquor store licenses hold steady following alcohol changes

In the first quarter following historic changes to Oklahoma's retail alcohol policies, the number of licensed liquor stores in...

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Double dipping, poor financial monitoring part of All Sports collapse

A financial review of the defunct All Sports Association shows a growing unpaid liability and findings of poor monitoring of...

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Money pours into (some) council races

Candidates running in this month's Oklahoma City Council primaries had received contributions totaling around $250,000 by Dec....

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Downtown development includes parks and thousands of trees

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers during Friday's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat

You can join columnist Steve Lackmeyer most Fridays at 9:30 a.m. to chat about all things Oklahoma City.

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Scissortail Park lake filling up as opening set for September

New details presented about progress on the park being built near downtown Oklahoma City.

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Streetcar fares take effect Saturday

The Oklahoma City Streetcar will expand regular service to include Sundays starting Feb. 10.

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Streetlight vandals outpace repairs

Street light repair costs at $400,000 and climbing as thieves make off with copper wire from poles.

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City traffic guidelines put pedestrians at mercy of drivers

I've spent a quarter century attending meetings at City Hall, listening, taking notes and sharing stories. Last Friday marked...

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Skirvin ghost tales may get a Hollywood treatment

NBA player Kyrie Irving is reportedly interested in backing a movie about legendary ghost of OKC hotel.

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat

You can join Steve most Fridays at 9:30 a.m. to discuss things happening in Oklahoma City.

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FINAL: Thunder 122, Pelicans 116

View game developments from OKC's win against the Pelicans on Jan. 24.

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What to do in Oklahoma on Jan. 24, 2019: Skate at the Devon Ice Rink before it closes for the season

Skate at the Devon Ice Rink at the Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno, before it closes for the season Sunday.

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Residents seek input on OKC MAPS 3 senior health and wellness center design

Northeast Oklahoma City residents said Wednesday they expect a greater voice in decision-making for the third MAPS 3 senior...

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OKC yet to cite sidewalk scooter scofflaws

In the months since scooters have been in regular use in the downtown area, Oklahoma City has relied on warnings rather than...

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Uptown Revival

Redevelopment of several blighted buildings is underway at a key corner in Uptown that is home to the longtime landmark Blue...

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OKC Central Live Chat: Endowments, senior wellness centers, state fair arena likely to appear on MAPS 4 ballot

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers during Friday's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's...

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Watermark breaks a drought: New bank first locally owned charter to open in a decade

The first locally owned and newly chartered bank in a decade is set to open Tuesday in Oklahoma City. Watermark Bank will open...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat

You can join Steve Lackmeyer most Fridays at 9:30 a.m. to discuss all things Oklahoma City.

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Holt proposes MAPS 4 endowment

Mayor David Holt on Thursday proposed using money from MAPS 4 to create an endowment to tackle social issues like homelessness,...

Senior centers' success has board in a quandary

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The surprising success of Oklahoma City's new senior centers has the voluntary MAPS 3 Citizens Advisory Board grappling with the question of how many centers to build, and where. "I think it's a mistake" not to build all the centers promised to...

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What could Oklahoma City buy for $5.7 billion

Comparing costs for Oklahoma City projects to the amount sought for a border wall.

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Locally famous Haunted House restaurant restored as home for boys at a 'hard place in their lives'

Off the beaten path in northeast Oklahoma City, the former Haunted House restaurant has been redesigned as an extension of the...

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Plans proceed for demolition of OGE data center

Plans are proceeding for demolition of the OGE Energy data center at SW 5 and E.K. Gaylord, with construction of an 865-space...

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New mayor seeks broader audience for annual assessment of the 'state of the city'

Elected almost a year ago, Holt plans forward-looking remarks while assessing "where we are today in our city's journey."

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OKC adopts 'home-share' rules for Airbnb rentals

The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday agreed to require licenses for residential property converted for overnight rentals,...

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Tough choices still paying off for OKC 20 years later

Sitting in the audience at the Civic Center Music Hall on Friday, taking in a showing of “The Phantom of the Opera,” there was...

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Record tax receipts extend a growth streak in Oklahoma City

General fund sales tax receipts are $1.8 million, or 1.2 percent, ahead of projections after the first seven months of the...

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#OKC Civic Life for Monday, Jan. 14, 2019

Election rules diverge A footnote in the Oct. 9 resolution calling the 2019 Oklahoma City Council elections raises a question...

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Ackerman McQueen is relocating to the Monarch Building in Midtown

Ackerman McQueen, the city's oldest advertising, marketing and media company, is set to leave its home of 30 years at Valiance...

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Plans submitted for nine-story Automobile Alley hotel

A Texas developer is moving forward with plans to build a nine-story TownePlace Suites, which, if built, would be among the...

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Development continues throughout downtown OKC

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers during Friday's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer addresses questions from readers.

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OKC film community shares its top 10 movies of 2018

Even in the days of digital streaming, film continues to be an art form that develops community in the way it's made, consumed...

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Planning commission approves OnCue zoning request

The Oklahoma City Planning Commission voted 6-2 Thursday to recommend the Oklahoma City Council approve a rezoning to allow...

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More "Iconic" Development Along Broadway

Michael Nichols is continuing to transform some of the smaller yet long unsightly properties along Broadway just north of...

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Track repairs closing downtown commuter corridor at crossing

A key commuter route into and out of downtown Oklahoma City is closing for about a week. The city said NW 10 Street closed...

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Community meeting about proposed NW 13 and Classen OnCue set for tonight

JUST IN FROM OKC PLANNING COMMISSSION CHAIR JANIS POWERS: A very hastily-rescheduled Community Meeting to discuss the rezoning...

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Ward 5 city council contest a two-person race after court decision

Steve Hunt was one of two candidates who filed to challenge Ward 5 Councilman David Greenwell.

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FINAL: Timberwolves 119, Thunder 117

Follow live updates from tonight's Thunder-Timberwolves game.

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Streetcar 'joke' ends with community discussion, improvements

On New Year's Eve I called the new Oklahoma City streetcars a joke on Twitter and said I was giving up on them. Had I not spent...

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Free rides continue as streetcar enters post-holiday service

Streetcar reports ridership of 86,000 in first three weeks.

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First glimpse at Automobile Hotel

With construction starting on the seven-story headquarters for Heartland along Broadway between NW 5 and NW 6, we now have our...

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#OKC Civic Life for Monday, Jan. 7, 2019.

William Crum: #OKC Civic Life is a weekly summary of Oklahoma City civic news.

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Letting the grass grow: Marijuana producers could be boon for industrial real estate market

Marijuana growing, which is often done in warehouses in industrial areas, could give a boost to real estate markets.

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Streetcars to be free through Feb. 1

Oklahoma City Streetcars will be free to ride through Feb. 1, Embark transit said Friday. Plans had been to collect the $1 fare...

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Potential MAPS 4 projects, but not a new downtown arena, emerging with vote possible next winter

Q: Do you know what the city is going to do with the Cox Convention Center when the new Convention Center opens in 2020?A: The...

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UPDATED - What to do in Oklahoma on Jan. 3, 2109: Ride the OKC Streetcar before the free period ends

Despite the wintry weather, a city spokesman tells me that the OKC Streetcar is running its Downtown Loop today, although some...

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Free rides extended for OKC Streetcar

On Friday, Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt announced that the Oklahoma City Streetcar would be free to ride through February 1.

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What to do in Oklahoma on Jan. 4, 2019: See the traveling exhibit 'Victorian Radicals' before it closes Sunday at the OKC Museum of Art

See the traveling exhibition “Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts & Crafts Movement” before it closes...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

You can join Steve most Fridays to chat about all things Oklahoma City.

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Interviews and photos: Oklahoma City Museum of Art explores 100 years of sculpture in new exhibit 'Off the Wall'

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s new exhibit “Off the Wall: One Hundred Years of Sculpture” covers plenty of ground in...

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Myriad Gardens extends 'Illuminations: A Northern Lights Experience' attraction through Sunday

The Myriad Botanical Gardens has extended the run of its “Illuminations: A Northern Lights Experience” inside the Crystal...

Where buffalo are home

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The only prizes were a couple cheap water bottles and a jar of jelly beans, but David Miller is the proud owner of a runner-up Weird and Wonderful RV Park title. He’s got the bison to thank for that one. A Weird and Wonderful award is...

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Coliseum bids for place in OKC's MAPS 4

Approval Wednesday of $2.2 million in drainage and utility work at State Fair Park is the latest indication a new coliseum...

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What to do in Oklahoma on Jan. 2, 2019: See Red Earth Treefest before it closes Friday in downtown OKC

See the annual Red Earth Treefest before it closes Friday at the Red Earth Art Center, 6 Santa Fe Plaza in downtown Oklahoma City.

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OnCue set to learn urban core neighborhood politics

After years of building everywhere in the metro except downtown, OnCue is in the midst of hunting for multiple locations but...

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FINAL: Thunder 122, Mavs 102

Follow live updates from tonight's Thunder-Mavericks game.

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Guitarist Edgar Cruz keeps ringing in the New Year at OKC's Opening Night

By the time Edgar Cruz brought Queen's “Bohemian Rhapsody” to its epic conclusion and whirled into the drama of Ernesto...

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#OKC Civic Life: Streetcar holiday hours

William Crum: #OKC Civic Life is a weekly summary of Oklahoma City civic news.

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Toast of downtown: Opening Night 2019 ringing in the new year with new offerings

On New Year's Eve, Joe Coover finally will get to make his magic where his mother will get a chance to watch. “I do corporate...

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Healthy ridership energizes Sunday streetcar discussion

Mayor David Holt says he expects "some healthy debate" in the weeks ahead on whether to expand streetcar service to Sundays....

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City to drop Santa Fe station tunnel connection to Bricktown

A tunnel connection between downtown's Santa Fe Train Station and Bricktown envisioned for the past 40 years is being dropped...

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OKC streetcar rides provide data for future decisions

You can join Steve Lackmeyer most Fridays at 9:30 a.m. at www.newsok.com to discuss all things Oklahoma City. Q: What's your...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer addressed Oklahoma City-related issues with readers Friday.

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Franchising is a growing business plan in Oklahoma

You don't have to be an entrepreneur, innovator or possessor of the next best idea since sliced bread to make a decent amount...

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What to do in Oklahoma on Dec. 27, 2018: Take advantage of Free Holiday Water Taxi Rides on the Bricktown Canal in downtown OKC

Take advantage of Free Holiday Water Taxi Rides from 6 to 9 p.m. today through Monday on the Bricktown Canal in downtown...

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What to do in Oklahoma on Dec. 25, 2018: Take a Christmas skate on the Devon Ice Rink

Merry Christmas! Skate on the Devon Ice Rink from noon to 6 p.m. today at the Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W Reno.

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The dream endures, evolves on MAPS 25th anniversary

Happy MAPS 25th anniversary Oklahoma City!

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Streetcar announces holiday schedule

William Crum: #OKC Civic Life is a weekly summary of Oklahoma City civic news.

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Carless doesn't mean idled in downtown Oklahoma City

City bike and pedestrian planner John Tankard has lived it.

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What to do in Oklahoma on Dec. 21, 2018: Mark the changing of the seasons at the Myriad Botanical Gardens' Winter Solstice Celebration

Mark the changing of the season at the Myriad Botanical Gardens' Winter Solstice Celebration from 6 to 9 tonight inside the...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat

You can join Steve Lackmeyer most Fridays at 9:30 a.m. to discuss all things Oklahoma City.

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Taproom opens to the public Saturday

Elk Valley Brewing Company opens its new Midtown taproom to the public on Saturday with a weekend-long celebration.

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Local libraries to rent laptops out to members

They've got “book” in their name, but these aren't your grandpa's library books. Google Chromebook laptops are coming to seven...

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OKC panhandling ordinance upheld

An Oklahoma City panhandling ordinance, as recast to assure pedestrians' safety along busy streets, is constitutional, a...

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Apartment tower scrapped, new proposals sought

The Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority is scrapping plans for a 17-story apartment tower at NW 4 and E.K. Gaylord and is set...

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Opening weekend streetcar ridership totals released

Embark transit said it counted 20,104 trips taken on the downtown streetcar on the opening weekend. The $136 million streetcar...

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Food Network continues to mine the 405 for talent

The Oklahoman's Food Editor Dave Cathey keeps up with the latest news from Oklahoma's burgeoning dining scene. This week, a big...

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Scooters official, as OKC council adopts regulations

Scooters are here to stay. The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday adopted regulations for the popular "dockless" electric...

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Fry named publisher of The Oklahoman

Kelly Dyer Fry, editor of The Oklahoman, is named publisher of the paper by Gatehouse Media.

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Urban Renewal set to select mix of affordable, market rate apartments, retail for west downtown

The Oklahoma City Urban Renewal Authority is set to vote Wednesday on whether to choose Colony Partners to develop a mix of 138...

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Oklahoma City Museum of Art celebrating holidays with classic film series 'Christmas Italian Style'

This holiday season, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive, is presenting "Christmas Italian Style," a curated,...

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What to do in Oklahoma on Dec. 18, 2018: See contemporary watercolors by OKC artist Greg Burns at Artspace at Untitled

See "A Collection of Contemporary Watercolors" by acclaimed Oklahoma City artist Greg Burns at Artspace at Untitled, 1 NE 3.

OKC man charged with embezzling nearly $280,000 from former company

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A former branch manager for an Oklahoma City food service supplier has been charged with five felony counts of embezzlement after police say he stole nearly $280,000 from the company. Josue Mendez, a 37-year-old Oklahoma City man, is accused of...

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Budding business: Blue Collar Criminals embracing paradox

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Legal marijuana is a paradox Darin Delaney is eager to embrace. As the owner of Blue Collar Criminals in Oklahoma City, Delaney is building a brand that grows, processes and sells medical marijuana and marijuana products. He seeks to establish...

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Twister-struck mobile home park turning into The Curve in Moore

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MOORE — A nearly 50-year-old mobile home park wiped out by the May 20, 2013, tornado, in one of Moore's poorest neighborhoods, is finally being replaced with the city's first low-income housing development. Construction on The Curve Apartments,...

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Workplace romances may hurt morale, productivity and more

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This Valentine's Day, should employers be concerned about workplace romances? Yes. About half of employees report they've had at least one office romance, but only 5 percent of employees say they'd tell their human resources department. Though...

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Oklahoma Senate committee leader won't hear bill to criminalize abortion

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A bill that would criminalize abortion in Oklahoma won’t be brought up for a committee vote this year, according to the chairman of the Senate Health Committee. “We are not going to hear it because I am opposed to it as it is written,” said...

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Dancing in the New Year

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Freddy Nguyen threw dollar bills in the air as whirling, swirling lions danced and swayed to a drum beat through his Oklahoma City restaurant. As the owner of Park Harvey Sushi, Nguyen had invited this twirling, frenetic-paced presentation into...

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OKC bomb plot trial opens

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Jurors in an Oklahoma City bomb plot trial were told Tuesday that a Sayre man expected civil war and was inspired by a violent movie to lead an uprising against the United States government and banking system. Jerry Drake Varnell “wanted to...

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