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Get on the Sunday bus
Oklahoma City is in the midst of a renaissance. When civic leaders talk about our city’s progress, you hear phrases like “world-class” and “big-league city.” The Thunder is driving toward a possible NBA championship. Olympic athletes are training on the Oklahoma River.
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LETTERS
Mick Cornett’s commentary of May 16 (“Thunder has transformed city’s image,” Oklahoma Gazette) proved that I was right when Oklahoma City chose Mick Cornett over Jim Tolbert: If you elect a sportscaster as mayor, you get a sportscaster as mayor.
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Lines of fire
But the biggest and most talkedabout gun bill will allow license-holders to openly holster their handguns. Upon signing the legislation, Gov. Mary Fallin said it “sends a strong message that Oklahoma values the rights of its citizens to defend themselves, their family and their property.
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Taxing measures
Under a proposed ordinance introduced at the May 15 City Council meeting, a first offense for a business owner’s failure to remit sales tax would go from a Class B offense — which allows for a jury trial and has maximum penalties of six months in jail and a $1,200 fine — to one that’s Class A, which has a maximum fine of $500 and no jury trial.
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Case closed?
But the federal probe and prosecution, with 18,000 witness statements and 7,000 pounds of evidence, did not end speculation on what happened April 19, 1995.
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Alls Wells that ends well
Now, the onetime star of movies and television has sold his home and most of his personal belongings. Robertson, soon to be 89, now lives in a nursing home and was not on hand for the sale. His wife, Susan, spent a short time at the auction, then left before the sale concluded, driving off as buyers carted away their purchases.
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Jump, shot
On May 21, you might recall, Bricktown turned into the OK Corral shortly after the Thunder eliminated the Los Angeles Lakers from the NBA Western Conference playoffs.
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Putting the ‘eff’ in ‘friendly skies’
One Tulsa woman found getting home a lot more trouble than intended. According to RH Reality Check, a website dedicated to reproductive and sexual health news, American Airlines recently kicked the Tulsan off a flight because of her T-shirt..
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Shirt happens
Other shades of ugliness have been resonating on the periphery of Thunderland. An Oklahoma Citybased business, Warpaint Clothing Co., riled fans of the Seattle SuperSonics — the Thunder’s previous incarnation — for hawking T-shirts that appropriated the Sonics’ logo and read, “Thank you Seattle.
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The season for giving
Needless to say, the culprit wasn’t Santa Claus, either. OKC police said Jamison Ives Marchette left the bawdy bags for the women, one of whom later picked the man out of a lineup. According to police, one of the recipients found the accused masturbating outside her home.
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Deal or no deal
Just a few weeks ago, Gov. Mary Fallin joined House and Senate leaders to trumpet an agreement for a reduction in the state personal income tax, lowering the top rate from 5.25 percent to 4.8 percent. It was a major plum for the governor, who had called for eliminating the personal income tax in her State of the State speech earlier this year.
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OF THE WEIRD
—There are big plans in the city of Chiang Rai, Thailand, for a massive Buddhist temple that priests aim to make one of the most beautiful structures in the world, and have entrusted artist Chalermchai Kositpipat to design it in all-white with glittering glass and arrangements of “rich symbolism derived from Buddhist and Hindu traditions.
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Wheat ease
For some people, consumption of gluten can cause serious digestive issues, stomach pains, migraines, fatigue and anemia. Home cooks can work around this sensitivity by using rice, corn or almond flour as a substitute, but it’s not a common practice at restaurants.
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Yes, you ’can
Now, I can’t tell you how authentic the Caribbean (“cari-can,” get it?) food is, but I can tell you that I love it. I eat it and it makes me sad that I have taken this food away from the world, but happy that it will keep me alive long enough to return to Carican Flavors and eat more.
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Sweet bubbles
A well-known name in the metro is Secco. The “Italian bubbles” mod eled on Prosecco have made extensive inroads in the metro due in large part to its high quality and low price. The ladies who brought us Secco bubbles now have a sparkling Moscato in-state.
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LIFE FOOD & DRINK
Type As and techies take heed! OKC is making your culinary enjoyment easier with the help of the Internet. Orange Leaf is giving fans a new app to download called “My Orange Leaf.” Here you can create your topping-tastic splurges and get the calorie count, all before you head into the store.
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OKG 7 Seven new spots that hit the spot
It’s hard not to associate Italian cuisine with good old-fashioned comfort food. Start with deep-fried mushrooms ($3.99) or an antipasto salad ($5.99) with ham, salami, pepperoni, olives, waxed peppers, tomato and cheese on a bed of greens. Spaghetti to rigatoni chicken dinners ($8.
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Catch it
To commemorate National Fishing Week, the city of Oklahoma City will allow anglers to fish Lakes Hefner, Overholser and Draper — not to mention select city parks — without obtaining fishing permits or licenses. We won’t tell the bass, walleye, crappie and catfish if you won’t.
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OK 7 things to do
Isn’t it about time for a Big Kahuna? You bet it is, now that White Water Bay, 3908 W. Reno, is open for that swelterin’ season called summer. The Big Kahuna is the state’s largest family-friendly raft ride, but get wet in the lazy river, the waterslides or the 500,000-gallon wave pool.
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’Wow it
Dancing, singing, art, jewelry, food, activities and more — all putting the “wow” in “powwow.” To be specific, the 10th annual Tinker Intertribal Council Powwow, taking place from 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park, 8700 E. Reno in Midwest City.
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Laugh it
Wednesday-Sunday.
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Space it
Space it.
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Watch it
Monsieur Lazhar.
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Honor it
Honoring Our History..
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To the maxi
Then I got a maxi dress, and I completely understood the concept. Although usually long and utilizing more fabric than, say, shorts, it was flowing. It’s designed for a good amount of ventilation, if you will, which is awesome to catch what little breeze there is.
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LIFE
The public is invited to Saturday’s free celebrity baseball game, 3 p.m. at the University of Central Oklahoma’s Wendell Simmons Field, 100 N. University Drive in Edmond. Gates open at 1:30 p.m., with proceeds for the five-inning game benefiting Oklahoma City Indian Clinic and Anna’s House Foundation.
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Pet sights
While the main focus of the art show and sale is to raise awareness for local humane societies and pet shelters, this year’s beneficiary is Pets & People, a no-kill shelter that rescues adoptable cats and dogs..
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Visual arts
Keeping the American cowboy alive through art is Michael Swearngin, whose contemporary Western art is now on display at Adelante! Gallery, 3003 Paseo, through June 11..
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Movin’ on up
“Pm2 creates a professional dance experience for dancers ages 13 and older,” Dexter said. “Through pm2, dancers gain insight into the inner workings of a professional dance company, as well as learning modern, contemporary ballet and aerial dance technique.
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Wheels turning
The first Oklahoma City Pro-Am Classic is coming to Automobile Alley on Saturday. With a $20,000-plus payout and a full slate of races scheduled for pros and amateurs, the event is expected to attract some of the nation’s elite cyclists while giving local fans an up-close look at the sport.
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Pod people
As a Chicago Cubs fan living in Oklahoma, Brent Lightsey sought information on the team from whatever sources he could, including a podcast assembled by fellow fans of Major League Baseball’s lovable losers.
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To the ’core
Alex Barnard loves the hardcore scene, its DIY aesthetic and underground culture, but he aspired to play for rooms with more than a dozen people in them. He found like-minded, longtime Oklahoma City musicians in Daniel Weaver, Billy Reid and James Hammontree; together, they formed Chud.
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So and so good
When Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s emerged in the mid-2000s with the brilliant chamber-pop record The Dust of Retreat, major labels saw the band as the next Arcade Fire, The Shins or The Decemberists.
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Young restless
With just about everything going right for indie rockers Young the Giant, it was only a matter of time before something went wrong. Die-hard Lakers fans comprise the California quintet, including drummer Francois Comtois. “You guys are on fucking fire,” he said. “If it’s not the Lakers, I’m glad it’s OKC. I promise we aren’t haters.”
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SOUNDCHECK
Oklahoma City rock act The SweetWater works for something wholly unique in its full-length debut, and while it’s a tall order to hone down influences as varied as Queens of the Stone Age, Black Crowes and Alice in Chains, the band does an admirable job of it with Moonshine.
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FREE WILL ASTROLOGY
Homework: I invite you to go to my Facebook page and tell me what you like or don’t like about my horoscopes: http://bit.ly/BrezFB.
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