Unspinning the Whirled

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My latest column for Urban Tulsa Weekly is online, and in honor of National Newspaper Week, I've written about our city's monopoly daily newspaper, the Tulsa Whirled.

The column is about the investigation into Great Plains Airlines, and why the Tulsa Whirled seems so intent on halting that investigation before we know how the airline spent over $30 million in public investment. If you've been trying to understand what the Great Plains fuss is all about, this column is a good place to start, if I do say so myself.

Also in this issue, G. W. Schulz delves into the politics of distributing Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) dollars and other federal funds to local non-profits. G. W. provides the background to the recent controversy over the city repaying grant money to the Feds. And Barry Friedman has some doubts about those estimates of the New Orleans Hornets' economic impact on Oklahoma City.

You can find Urban Tulsa Weekly at finer dining establishments and smart cafés all over Tulsa.

By the way, I've added a blog category to collect each week's announcement of my latest column and thus serve as a sort of column archive.

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It looks as though tonights city council meeting might have a few items of interests - 4c. Final Plat: Arvest Midtown Amended subdivision located at or near the SE/c of E. 15th St. So. and Utica Ave. (CD-4) (PD-6) 05-856-2It... Read More


Bobby Author Profile Page said:

So how hard was it for you to use World instead of Whirled.

Joe Kelley referenced "persistent naysayers" in his Bridge Brief post. With the back room deals of the special interest good ol' boy network and their "business as usual" modus operandi, being a "persistent naysayer" isn't a bad thing.

Mike said:

Excellent article, Michael. I will share it with as many people as I can. It is well past time the bright light of truth was shined on this cronyism.

W. Author Profile Page said:

Why don't you file a Freedom of Information Act request on the Great Plains Airlines documents?

soandsosfrnd Author Profile Page said:

Love the article. I have forwarded the link to friends and coworkers.

Bobby, I was sure to double-check my spelling.

W., the records in question aren't yet in government hands, so they wouldn't be subject to a FOIA request. That's one reason the subpoena needs to be approved tomorrow night.

Thanks, Mike and soandsosfrnd, for the kind words.

susan said:

Fantastic article Michael!

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