Steve Lackmeyer: OKC Central Chat transcript, Nov. 30, 2012

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers in today's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's Q&A's on Fridays at 10 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City.
by Steve Lackmeyer Modified: November 30, 2012 at 3:33 pm •  Published: November 30, 2012

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers in today's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's Q&A's on Fridays at 10 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City. Below is an unedited transcript of the chat.

NewsOK 9:30 a.m. Good morning everyone. Steve will be logging in at 10 a.m., but you can start submitting your questions now.
Steve Lackmeyer 10:00 a.m. Good morning everybody!
10:00 a.m.
Steve Lackmeyer 10:01 a.m. Today I'm at Beatnix Cafe. I've consumed my coffee, had a great chat with some MidTown folks, and now I'm ready to start my day!
Gary T 10:01 a.m. Good morning Steve! Obviously, with the renderings recently coming out and the public meeting on Monday, the boulevard will be a big topic in today’s chat. The okc.gov website has the following statement: “The Boulevard will be a premier entryway into Oklahoma City and include on-street parking, 15-foot sidewalks and landscaping.” But the rendering shows no parking, sidewalks or bike lanes of any kind. Is that something that will be added later when the areas adjacent start to be developed for retail/office/housing purposes?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:04 a.m. You noticed that as well, did you? That was a big question on my mind - one asked in today's story by Michael Kimball (http://newsok.com/oklahoma-city-boulevard-recommendation-has-raised-portion-only-at-western/article/3733317). And truth be told, there's no immediate answer to this question. The renderings show the boulevard west of Walker as a limited access road, with more in common with Northwest Expressway than with your average downtown street. I look forward to seeing what questions are asked at Monday night's town hall meeting.
Gary T 10:04 a.m. I asked this question in an earlier chat and I wasn’t specific enough so I will ask it again: I remember seeing plans to re-streetscape Classen from 23rd south to Reno and make it more pedestrian friendly. Any chances that comes to fruition?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:05 a.m. I'm not aware of any such plans past or present. But if the Option A of the boulevard plan is adopted, Classen will be rebuilt as part of a merger with Western between Reno and Sheridan.
Gary T 10:05 a.m. Do you have any Plaza district updates for us? (Besides A Christmas Carol playing at Lyric Theatre on Tuesdays through Saturdays from today until 12/29) ::end shameless plug::
Steve Lackmeyer 10:07 a.m. Yes, I'm overdue to do an udate. And if I can pull it off (money is tight these days), I'd love to see the play with my family.
Gary T 10:07 a.m. Any chance we see the widening of I-235 from NE 6th to the SE 15th Street to three through lanes any time soon?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:07 a.m. Not that I'm aware of.
BethanySooner 10:07 a.m. Steve you mentioned in your article about the East Bricktown development that there are two phases - one with 250 units and the other with another 100 units. Everything that I have read about this up to now seemed to infer that there would be 250 total units. Are we actually looking at 350 apartments plus retail and a hotel?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:08 a.m. Yes. The project always called for a future phase of 100 apartments, with 250 being built during the first phase. After talking to the developers this week, I suspect it's far more likely we may see 350 units built all at once.
Steve Lackmeyer 10:09 a.m. Choo-choo.... (yep, the train is coming through - still no quiet zone for Automobile Alley and MidTown)
Joe Bob 10:09 a.m. The majority of the City Council doesn’t seem very interested in the huge unfunded taxpayer cost that will come when the MAPS 3 convention center is built. That is, a minimum of $60 million to subsidize building a 650- to 700-room hotel to service it. Two questions: Why can’t the private market use long-term financing to build a hotel and profit from it without squeezing taxpayers for welfare? And if we the people (government) are the only ones who can make this happen, why can’t we subcontract all aspects and reap the profits (to recover our costs) that a private company living on our welfare dollars would make? My view: The hotel issue is just another example of the irreplaceable power of government and taxation to create jobs/prosperity that the private sector can’t, or won’t, risk touching.
Steve Lackmeyer 10:13 a.m. Regardless of what folks think or want, the truth is brutal: these large conference hotels are proving to be financial disasters if done only with private financing. The idea of a large conference hotel is to also have vast amounts of public space that make a city more viable as a convention site, but also hurt a private operator's bottom line. The public need, essentially, detracts from the ability of the private operator to enjoy a profitable venture. We don't know all there is to know about how a large conference hotel can be built, financed or operated in Oklahoma City.
david ball 10:13 a.m. steve, did you see my question about the boulevard? who is promoting traffic movement over development?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:13 a.m. Engineers.
Downtown Dawg 10:13 a.m. Good morning Steve!!! Did you have a good Halloween?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:13 a.m. Yes, and an even better Thanksgiving.
Brent 10:14 a.m. The article on the Stewart Fabrication site sale included a blurb about part being sold for hotel construction on the south side. Which hotel would that be and will that be built in the same time frame (2014 or earlier)?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:14 a.m. I reported a few weeks ago that an Edmond surgeon and hotel developer bought parcels on the south half of the complex and in Deep Deuce to build three hotels. He didn't have a firm timeline.
Yes 10:15 a.m. What are your thoughts on the different boulevard proposals? Have a favorite?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:16 a.m. I've gotten to look at several of the proposals. It looks like there is an effort at compromise. I'm more interested in hearing what others have to say, learning more from the engineers and planners.
Brent 10:16 a.m. Beside the new Kevin Durant restaurant, are there any other entertainment or restaurant options being built/planned for Bricktown in the near future?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:16 a.m. Nothing of consequence. The big swing now is toward housing and hotels.
Matt W. 10:16 a.m. Have Brooks and Burnett hired an architect yet? Are there any preliminary renderings?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:17 a.m. An architect is employed on the east Bricktown housing. Site plans are being drawn up. But no renderings are available yet.
Nick 10:17 a.m. Good morning Steve!
Steve Lackmeyer 10:17 a.m. Good morning Nick!
Nick 10:17 a.m. So, Mystery Tower....? I KID, I KID! Saw your blog post.
Steve Lackmeyer 10:18 a.m. NO! NO! Please, please, please..... no more tower or Stage Center questions! I promise, I have nothing new to report!
;)
Nick 10:18 a.m. Anything new and exciting to tell us about the East Bricktown development? This could be a game-changer.
Steve Lackmeyer 10:20 a.m. I had an update earlier this week on east Bricktown. I don't think people appreciate the magnitude of this project, how many people it bring into the district full-time, and how it will absolutely be a game-changer. It will, if built as envisioned currently, "complete" Bricktown and create a seamless transition between Lower Bricktown, Bricktown, Deep Deuce, Automobile Alley and the Central Business District.
Brian 10:20 a.m. What government agency has final veto power on the crosstown boulevard design plans?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:21 a.m. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has always said they won't build a road the city doesn't want. But keep in mind, they define the city as the City Manager and City Engineer, and not our elected representatives. Ultimately, the state highways engineers are still the folks in charge.
Nick 10:22 a.m. Are there any models available of what the East Bricktown site might look like?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:22 a.m. Not yet.
Carrie 10:22 a.m. testing
Steve Lackmeyer 10:22 a.m. Good morning Carrie.
Ed 10:22 a.m. Your thoughts on the economist that was gathered and the comment about the governer decision to opt out of the affordable health care act I believe it was a bad decision and now it's confirmed
Steve Lackmeyer 10:24 a.m. My only thought is this: every Oklahoman ought to be concerned when their elected officials show disregard for the Oklahoma Open Records Act and cite an "executive privlidge" that is not granted to the governor by the Oklahoma Constitution or state statutes.
Steve Lackmeyer 10:25 a.m. I will also add there is another story in today's Oklahoman about the OSBI apparently violating the Oklahoma Open Records Act. This should alarm everybody who cares about knowing what their government is doing in their name.
david ball 10:25 a.m. in other words, NOT the citizens, correct?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:25 a.m. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is in charge of the boulevard project.
Carrie 10:25 a.m. Has my IP address been blocked?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:25 a.m. No Carrie. Please remember, questions are answered in the order they are submitted.
Carrie 10:26 a.m. I don't really understand about the cleanup on that site where the apartments are supposed to be.
Steve Lackmeyer 10:27 a.m. The site is in bad shape. And I understand the confusion. Let's be blunt: whoever built that plant decades ago almost certainly enjoyed cooperation by "maleable" city inspectors in getting to build it over huge sewer lines and other underground easements. The plant essentially was built over a city road easement. There is also a lot of contamination underground.
Gary T 10:28 a.m. What is the latest on Skinny Slim’s?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:28 a.m. Construction seemed to stall several weeks ago, and I've yet to see anything new on the site.
Gary T 10:28 a.m. Who owns the yard area south of I-40, north of the river and east of Shields? Is the city trying to acquire that to redevelop it?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:31 a.m. Part of that is a lumberyard that is for sale, the other part is the Southwestern Producer's Cooperative - a cotton oil mill that has been on the site for decades. The site was proposed for the new convention center, but then fell out of the contention. The city is not trying to acquire it. As an aside, that odd stale chicken soup you sometimes smell, especially in Lower Bricktown? I'm told it's coming from the coop....
Carrie 10:31 a.m. It sort of reminds me of that movie with John Travolta. Not the one with Uma Thurman but the other one about the creek. How much waste and what kind are we talking about here/there?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:32 a.m. "Battlefield Earth?" ....
If I recall correctly, we're talking about industrial contaminents left over from the Stewart Metal plant, as well as from oil wells that once covered the area in the 1920s and 1930s.
Brian 10:33 a.m. Geez, what does it take to get a question answered? Asked a relevant question about the Oklahoma City boulevard that is ignored, but instead a question about your Halloween gets answered.
Steve Lackmeyer 10:36 a.m. Brian, I did answer your question. Please remember, I answer these questions in the order they are submitted. There may be a 10- to 20- minute delay at times in questions getting answered depending on how busy the chat gets.
Chris 10:36 a.m. Steve - I havent seen many boulevard renderings that show what it will look like from I-35 to the Chesapeake energy area. Will this area consiste of a ground level road that is directly on top of the same path of the old i-40?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:37 a.m. That area will be an elevated structure through Lower Bricktown, hit the ground at about Harkins Theater, go under the railway bridge, then return to ground level west of Shields/E.K. Gaylord.
Nick 10:37 a.m. Anything of consequence in terms of housing for Bricktown besides the East Bricktown site?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:37 a.m. Yes, but nothing I can report at this time.
Nick 10:37 a.m. Have you heard any new rumors about the site that Chris Johnson was going to turn into parking?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:37 a.m. Nope. The for-sale sign is still out.
Nick 10:37 a.m. Cambria Energy has a nice little project on 13th St. getting ready to start. Brian Fitzsimmons designs some amazing things.
Steve Lackmeyer 10:38 a.m. Fitzsimmons is building quite a following.
Reno and Walker 10:38 a.m. Hello Steve
Steve Lackmeyer 10:38 a.m. Hey Reno and Walker! Long time no hear!
david ball 10:38 a.m. i'm just curious as to why there is a "compromise" between what the government wants and what the people want. i have not read of ANY citizen support of any portion of the roadway being elevated. was there in fact such support?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:39 a.m. Not much. That's why these town hall meetings are so important.
Nick 10:39 a.m. For awhile now I have been under the impression that Oklahoma City was really making some real progress toward becoming an awesome city, but what in the world is going on with this Boulevard design and convention center proposal? I may be overreacting, but these could be serious mistakes if carried out as currently envisioned.
Steve Lackmeyer 10:39 a.m. So I take it you are not happy with the proposed new designs?
Matt W. 10:39 a.m. Without getting too much into politics, is there any way we can get the baffoon out of our capital? I read your "Boom" article.
Steve Lackmeyer 10:40 a.m. It is my understanding that exotic wildlife in our city are mostly found at the Oklahoma City Zoo.
Reno and Walker 10:40 a.m. Steve so has the bridge concept dead for the boulevard at western
Steve Lackmeyer 10:41 a.m. No. The new proposal combines Western and Classen, has the boulevard bridge over that street, but the rest of the formerly elevated structure would now be at grade.
Ed 10:41 a.m. Bravo !
Steve Lackmeyer 10:41 a.m. Ed, what is drawing your applause?
Nick 10:41 a.m. Absolutely correct, Steve. When people don't respond to the Open Records Act, there's a reason. And it should alarm you.
Steve Lackmeyer 10:42 a.m. I knew there was a reason I liked you Nick.
JET 10:42 a.m. Hi Steve, I noticed some new windows going in at 81 N Oklahoma (& Main), do you know what's planned for that building?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:42 a.m. Stanley Systems is renovating the old Sherman Iron Works building into offices.
Carrie 10:43 a.m. Not this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmAWUxw5PQE but the other one about the creek. Who oversees the cleanup?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:47 a.m. Not sure.
Gary T 10:47 a.m. I heard the Neighborhood Lounge on NW 4th & Shartel was going to be remodeled to have outdoor seating. Any truth to that?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:47 a.m. Yep. I did a post about it on my OKC Central blog. Enter Neighborhood Lounge into the search field on my blog and it should pop up.
Nick 10:47 a.m. Walking through Lower Bricktown the other night on my way to the Thunder game, it struck me just how poorly that whole area is set up. When the "iconic new boulevard/expressway" goes through that area, it's going to be very strange. You'll have a sea of parking right off the "boulevard/expressway" on the south side, yet nothing will have been built to either street. It's going to be mostly parking. A real waste. Had it been developed well, it could really be set up to boom with the new street. I think...
Steve Lackmeyer 10:48 a.m. I hear you.
Nick 10:48 a.m. When people talk about the lumberyard site for the new CC, where exactly is that? Somewhere near the Co-op?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:48 a.m. It's south of Harkins Theater and north of the Coop
Anonymous 10:48 a.m. The little 'Auto Wash' buildings at the corner of 4th and Walnut in Deep Deuce are becoming more and more out of place as the area develops. Any idea when the owner is going to want to make some real $?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:48 a.m. I love that building.
BethanySooner 10:48 a.m. As the East Bricktown apartments and hotels are built, is streetscaping an automatic component, or is that a separate issue altogether?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:49 a.m. It's a separate issue that, to my knowledge, has yet to be addressed.
Nick 10:49 a.m. Wow, the lack of patience with these chats is unreal. Ask your question and it will get answered in the order it was sent. Goodness...
Steve Lackmeyer 10:49 a.m. I understand the confusion. This is all still very new...
Joe Bob 10:49 a.m. The only recourse for citizens to enforce their Open Records law swhen public officials violate it is to sue, or hope our elected law enforcement officials will enforce the law. Any plans by the newspapers involved to sue, or for the state AG or Oklahoma County DA to do their job and help us know what's going on within our own government?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:49 a.m. I don't know.
Bob 10:50 a.m. Wow, It's a tough crowd again this morning
Steve Lackmeyer 10:50 a.m. We're all good Bob. I hope you're having a great morning!
guy 10:50 a.m. While walking last weekend, i noticed a row of one-story buildings just across the street northwest from the Devon complex. They are all fenced in at the moment as it appeared there was street construction around them. Nevertheless, they all look empty. Are there any plans for these buildings?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:51 a.m. Nick Preftakes owns those buildings, say they are for lease. But many downtown observers believe the properties are being land banked for a future tower.
Guest 10:51 a.m. Wow. Nick got his question answered in one minute.
Steve Lackmeyer 10:52 a.m. No one is getting their question answered in one minute. The questions are running about 10 minutes behind the answers right now.
guy 10:52 a.m. i haven't heard about the East Bricktown site yet--do you have a link to a story/report about it you would be willing to share?
Carrie 10:52 a.m. I guess Ed is watching Bravo.
david ball 10:53 a.m. i do not find much to like in the new design proposals for the boulevard. we could and should have a new champs elysees, and instead it's going to be may ave & nw hwy all over again. whoopee!
Matt W. 10:53 a.m. Steve! Well done!
Steve Lackmeyer 10:53 a.m. Thanks Matt.
Ed 10:53 a.m. Steve - still taking questions?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:53 a.m. Yep. I have no appointments through noon, so I'll stay with you through the last question.
Carrie 10:54 a.m. I guess Steve likes Nick.
Steve Lackmeyer 10:54 a.m. I think you're a nice person too Carrie.
Ed 10:54 a.m. Curious what is going on at the east end of film row - loos
Steve Lackmeyer 10:55 a.m. You're seeing an ongoing renovation of several different buildings, including one that will be home to an intellectual property rights law firm - a great addition to the street.
Matt W. 10:55 a.m. I wonder why the boulevard proposal proposes removing part of Exchange? The obvious answer is to open more up to development, but I thought there we buildings that fronted it. Maybe I am wrong?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:55 a.m. If I'm picturing it right, there's an old gas station and a couple of empty buildings that front that portion of Exchange Avenue.
Bob 10:55 a.m. From someone who works downtown, there needs to be something done with traffic flow. It is a delicate balance to meet everyones needs when you start talking about the boulevard. I think the new design is a significant improvement over the initial design.
Steve Lackmeyer 10:56 a.m. Yes. Keep in mind, everything is in flux right now. Project 180 is still a construction zone, I-40 isn't done.
Nick 10:56 a.m. Is there anything new coming to the southern sides of Midtown? I know we have the Edge going up, but what about some of the other lots?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:56 a.m. We're going to see a lot of new housing built in the area of NW 7 and Shartel.
Nick 10:57 a.m. Do you know if there's any truth to the rumors of Fassler Hall or Dust Bowl looking to branch out from Tulsa and open in OKC?
Steve Lackmeyer 10:57 a.m. No. That's sounds like it could be a great addition...
david ball 10:57 a.m. by the way, my sincere condolences on the passing of ann weaver. she was wonderful. so was mark hutchinson.
Steve Lackmeyer 10:57 a.m. Thanks. Ann and Mark were truly wonderful journalists and are very much missed by the newsroom.
guy 10:58 a.m. The crowd is 100% tough--i very much appreciate the time you take to do these chats. i feel far more connected to my own neighborhood/community on account of the information you're willing to share directly. Thank you!
Steve Lackmeyer 10:59 a.m. I'm OK. Remember, in my career I've covered Brent Rinehart, Moshe Tal, and many others.... these chats are a lot of fun and it's great to talk with all of you.
Nick 10:59 a.m. David Ball's description of the impending boulevard disaster is the best yet!
Anonymous 10:59 a.m. Do you know anything on the Sherman building? Peering into the windows reveals almost what looks like a would-be restaraunt that was started, but since been left to collect dust.
Steve Lackmeyer 10:59 a.m. The one-story building is still for lease or sale. The office building is being renovated by Stanley Systems.
Nick 11:00 a.m. I hear Chesapeake is having real trouble lately. I wonder if they're going to make it.
Steve Lackmeyer 11:00 a.m. You're not alone. People I respect often remind me about Aubrey McClendon's track record of pulling through scary cliffhangers and advise not to bet against the man.
Nick 11:01 a.m. What has happened with the redevelopment of the Main St. Arcade Building? Nothing is going on...
Steve Lackmeyer 11:01 a.m. The Smith brothers submitted their plans, but did not return my calls for comments about what they plan to do.
Guest 11:01 a.m. Thanks :) That's what everyone says :)
Nick 11:01 a.m. Anything new on the various garages being built downtown? Main St and across from the Marion.
Steve Lackmeyer 11:02 a.m. Design work is underway
Guest 11:02 a.m. What is the status on the Tower Theater on 23rd St? Are there spaces available to lease? Who is the owner of the building?
Steve Lackmeyer 11:02 a.m. Marty Dillon is the owner. He's struggling to get financing.
Ed 11:02 a.m. Thanks! It popped up all of a sudden and looks like a lot of activity.
Steve Lackmeyer 11:02 a.m. I'll take a look Ed.
Nick 11:02 a.m. Can you tell us more about 7th and Shartel? Or too soon in the process?
Steve Lackmeyer 11:03 a.m. I'll do an update soon.
Matt W. 11:03 a.m. Curious why the film row street scape stopped before classen. It still boggles my mind why it is stopped where it did. Continue it to Classen. And with the new Boulevard design, Sheridan is redone and stops at Classen on the West. Now there will be a 2 block scourge in between two new areas. Incomplete.
Steve Lackmeyer 11:03 a.m. Don't be surprised if the remainder of that block is done as part of the next bond issue.
Mick 11:03 a.m. Can you tell those commies with FBB to shut their yappers?
Steve Lackmeyer 11:04 a.m. I'm not aware of anyone with the better boulevard group being registered Communists, though it has never occured to me to ask about such affiliations either.
Guest 11:04 a.m. Any chance that the city buys back the land where the Native American Cultural Center started construction, if they can't get funding to finish? It would make for a great Art Museum and Gardens if anything else. Especially if you could take a boat ride from that area down the Oklahoma River.
Steve Lackmeyer 11:05 a.m. Yes, actually this thought has been discussed, but to my knowledge, not acted on (the idea of the city taking over the project).
david ball 11:05 a.m. why do i feel like it's july 3, 1982? except now i'm old, fat, and weak...
Steve Lackmeyer 11:05 a.m. Probably because we both remember July 3, 1982. Let's hope you're wrong.
Nick 11:06 a.m. What's the next thing for Deep Deuce? It's starting to become a really great area.
Steve Lackmeyer 11:06 a.m. More housing is likely
BethanySooner 11:06 a.m. I know they had to cut back on the scope of the original Project 180 streetscapes because of budget overruns, so what streets or sections in the CBD will get left out when it is all said and done? Also, is there still money in the budget for the furniture and art pieces/monuments?
Steve Lackmeyer 11:06 a.m. Good questions. I'll update this soon.
Nick 11:06 a.m. Will future improvements to streets around downtown keep with the style implemented in Project180 or how will that work?
Steve Lackmeyer 11:07 a.m. I think so. I noticed that the drawings for the new boulevard use the same fixtures.
Jon 11:07 a.m. Do we really need to spend one-half the MAPS3 budget on a new jail?
Steve Lackmeyer 11:07 a.m. I guess a debate on that question is about to start up with it being answered in March.
BethanySooner 11:08 a.m. Sorry to mention a tower, but if someone builds another substantial tower, what do you think the odds are that the original project 180 could be completed out of the resultant TIF funds?
Steve Lackmeyer 11:08 a.m. The odds depend on whether the folks building another tower seek to tap into TIF for their project or take the approach taken by Devon.
Nick 11:08 a.m. Do you think downtown starts to break out of this 3 and 4 story fixation and we start to see taller developments?
Steve Lackmeyer 11:08 a.m. Yes.
Nick 11:08 a.m. Will the federal building allow 7th St to ever be reopened?
Steve Lackmeyer 11:09 a.m. Not likely. Though at some point there may be a discussion about making their "park" more inviting to the community.
Nick 11:09 a.m. I woke up this morning really craving Allen's. God I miss it so much.
Steve Lackmeyer 11:10 a.m. Oh heck yeah. I loved the chicken pasta with onions, mushrooms and peppers. You're a bad man Nick.... why diid you do this to me just before lunch?
Nick 11:10 a.m. When is the Saturn Grill in Midtown due to open?
Steve Lackmeyer 11:10 a.m. If it's not open yet, it's darn close
Steve Lackmeyer 11:10 a.m. Folks, I'm going to log off now. Have a great weekend!
Nick 11:10 a.m. I couldn't help myself! At least twice a week Allen's is all I can think of around lunchtime.
Steve Lackmeyer 11:11 a.m. You're a bad man. That's all I've got to say.
Nick 11:11 a.m. Steve, really appreciate the time you spend doing these chats! I learn a lot and appreciate getting other peoples' perspectives.
NewsOK 11:30 a.m. Thanks for joining us. We'll chat again next week. Same time. Same place. Have a good weekend.

by Steve Lackmeyer
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Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter and columnist who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's Metropolitan...
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