Out of 23 Cabinet and Cabinet-level positions, the Biden administration has had 21 confirmed. graphic by Emma Palmer

Biden’s presidential cabinet confirmations

Following his inauguration on Jan. 20, President Joe Biden started to assemble the most diverse Cabinet in United States history. The Senate has already confirmed Biden’s nominations for the core 15 positions; of the additional eight Cabinet-level positions, the Senate has confirmed six. Of the 21 confirmed positions, Biden’s Cabinet is 45 percent female and […]

Tribal Nations open COVID-19 appointments to all Oklahomans

As states across the country have struggled to find the most efficient and effective ways to roll out the COVID-19 vaccine, tribal nations in Oklahoma have vaccinated their own communities at record-breaking rates. Now, having offered vaccination appointments to all of their own citizens, several tribes have also opened appointments to all Oklahoma residents. Any […]

Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna have been available for several months, but the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine presents alternate options for individuals getting vaccinated. graphic by Emma Palmer

FDA approves Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

Saturday, Feb. 27, the FDA approved Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, making it the third manufacturer able to distribute vaccines in the United States. Joining the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, Johnson & Johnson have planned a wide distribution with the intent to mitigate the risks associated with COVID-19. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is administered […]

If passed in the House, SB 834 would allow cities to greenlight “Back the Blue” street paintings. graphic by Emma Palmer

Oklahoma lawmakers respond to BLM protests

Following Black Lives Matter protests in the summer of 2020 and the January 2021 insurrections at the Capitol, legislators throughout the country have been tasked with finding ways to respond to calls for change. In Oklahoma, several recently authored bills during the 58th legislative session have been criticized for the hypocrisy of their approach to […]

The University of Tulsa elected to hold classes virtually, closing campus, Feb. 9-12 and has not yet announced a plan for classes on Feb. 15. photo by Piper Prolago

Oklahomans prepare for upcoming blizzard

Following a week of unusually cold weather, meteorologists predict a second winter weather system to arrive in eastern Oklahoma early this week. Two overnight storms, predicted for Sunday-Monday and Monday-Tuesday, are currently projected to bring anywhere from six to 12 inches of snow to the Tulsa area. Wind chills of negative 20 degrees fahrenheit are […]

The CDC and health officials state masks with two layers of tightly woven fabric are most effective. graphic by Emma Palmer

Responsible masking protects communities from COVID-19

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, reaching about 107 million cases globally at the time of writing, it has become increasingly important for individuals to find ways to protect themselves and in turn protect their loved ones. While vaccines like Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna have become available to some, a large majority of individuals like students […]

James Lankford was elected in 2014 after serving in the House for two sessions. courtesty Politico

Black Oklahomans demand accountability from Sen. Lankford

Oklahoma Senator James Lankford’s role in propelling riots by pro-Trump extremists has prompted many Oklahomans, particularly Black Oklahomans, to challenge his position on the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission, an organization that oversees activities related to the commemoration of this tragic event in Tulsa history. The Commission ultimately decided to allow Lankford to remain […]

Vaccines in Oklahoma are set to be distributed in four phases; individuals in phase 2 are currently eligible to recieve the vaccine. graphic by Emma Palmer

COVID-19 vaccine safe, distribution disorganized

Since becoming available mid-December, more than 19 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered throughout the country. The New York Times reports that about 16.2 million people have received one dose and an additional 2.8 million are fully vaccinated. This includes the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, both of which are mRNA vaccines administered […]

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Archaeologists find evidence of mass grave in Oaklawn Cemetery

After more than two years of searching for graves associated with the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, archaeologists recently found outlines of 10 coffins that might help the city more wholly understand the events of the massacre. Archaeological inquiry in Oaklawn Cemetery that revealed these coffins followed the oral history accounts of the massacre. Oral history […]