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Gathering Place Chosen as Best New Attraction in America

USA Today has named the Gathering Place America’s best new attraction of 2018 . The $465 million dollar, 66.5 acre first phase of the park beat out 19 other attractions nominated by a panel of experts in a monthlong national poll. Mayor G.T. Bynum said the Gathering Place is more than a source of pride for Tulsa. "What makes it so special to our community is that this has very quickly — in just 130-plus days — become a place where all Tulsans feel like they can come together," Bynum said. ...

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Place Dynamics

Study Recommends Denser Development as Tulsa Addresses Vacant Retail Centers

A new study recommends the city encourage denser development as part of a plan to help revive Tulsa’s slumping retail markets. The city has about 51 "commercial nodes" in a typical grid layout. "There’s a commercial node pretty much on every major intersection one mile apart from each other, which gets to be a challenge when you have a lower-density population as you do here. Can you really support that much commercial space?" said Michael Stumpf, whose firm, Place Dynamics, did the Vision...

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BuzzFeed: Trump Directed Cohen To Lie To Congress About A Trump Tower In Moscow

Michael Cohen, former personal lawyer for Donald Trump, has admitted he lied to Congress about efforts to build a Trump Tower in Russia. Now, a BuzzFeed News report says Cohen reportedly told investigators that he lied to lawmakers about the real estate project at Trump's direction. The report cites two law enforcement officials with direct knowledge of the Trump Tower Moscow investigation. Democratic chairmen of two House committees vowed to investigate. "These allegations may prove...

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The Savior

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Our guest on StudioTulsa is Tamara Lebak, a Tulsa-based executive coach, organizational development consultant, and minister. She's also an accomplsihed singer-songwriter in the folk/roots/blues/alt-country manner, and she joins us to discuss her new album: "The Psalms Project: Volume 1." As Lebak has written of herself and her music online: "I'm a Universalist minister who believes that the Bible is ultimately about the relentless and persistent love of God.

We chat with Ian Shapiro, the Sterling Professor of Political Science and director of the MacMillan Center at Yale University. He's the co-author of a new book, "Responsible Parties: Saving Democracy from Itself," which he tells us about. The book engagingly explores why and how the form of government known as democracy has -- quite strangely and paradoxically -- reduced if not eradicated trust in political systems worldwide.

Our guest is Terrence Moore, a widely acclaimed photographer who's been shooting images along Route 66 for 40+ years. He tells us about his new book, "66 on 66," which gathers his finest images culled from the many hundreds he's made over the years of "the Mother Road." This book, with a corresponding text by local historian and author Michael Wallis, is just being published, and both Moore and Wallis will appear at a Magic City Books signing here in Tulsa on Friday the 18th. Details are posted here.

Our guest is James Wagner, the Chief of Performance Strategy and Innovation for the City of Tulsa. He leads a team in Mayor Bynum's office that aims to use data both effectively and intelligently in order to reach goals, remove barriers, find solutions, and foster community throughout Tulsa. Wagner joins us to discuss the results of a newly announced data-driven study that Tulsa has completed with the aid of the Gallup polling organization.

On this episode of StudioTulsa, we offer another installment in our ongoing series of Museum Confidential podcasts, which are created twice a month by Jeff Martin of Philbrook Museum and our own Scott Gregroy. This time out, we learn about The Underground Musuem in Los Angeles, which was founded just a few years ago and has grown considerably in terms of recognition, reputation, influence, and importance. Indeed, it continues to grow in all of these ways. Our guest is the director of this museum, Megan Steinman.

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Last summer, All Things Considered and Atlas Obscura took a road trip up the West Coast. Along the way, they met Bob Carr, the creator of Bob's Crystal Cave near Joshua Tree, Calif., where he welcomed visitors for 15 years.

Bob died earlier this month at age 80. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth and daughter Zena. Bob "died as he lived — on his own terms and with dignity and grace," Elizabeth says.

An Iranian-American woman arrested five days ago during a visit to the U.S. is testifying behind closed doors to a grand jury in Washington, D.C., a U.S. federal judge said Friday.

The disclosure by Beryl Howell, chief judge of the U.S. District Court in Washington, marked the first time any U.S. authority has provided information on the mystery surrounding Marzieh Hashemi, an anchor on Press TV, the English-language version of Iran's state television.

According to a report by Billboard magazine on Friday afternoon, R. Kelly has been dropped by RCA Records. The move comes in the wake of a documentary series called Surviving R. Kelly that aired on Lifetime and cataloged more than 25 years of accusations of sexual and physical abuse made against Kelly by a number of women, including seven who were interviewed on camera.

Officials in Columbia, S.C., have evacuated more than 400 people from a public housing complex after finding multiple gas leaks that constituted an "imminent danger to life."

Two men were discovered dead in separate units on Thursday morning. Police haven't confirmed the deaths are tied to the gas leaks, but say they don't suspect foul play.

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In the years following her previous album, 2014's Are We There, Sharon Van Etten has had her hands full. She not only reissued her debut, the singer also acted in the Netflix series The OA, became a mom, wrote a movie score, and began pursuing a degree in psychology at Brooklyn College.

It has been a long, long time since New York City's newsstands have been bereft of copies of The Forward. Founded as a Yiddish-language daily in 1897, the newspaper once known as The Jewish Daily Forward endured a host of major changes over its long life span — but through them all, the small publication reliably went to press with news that its predominantly American Jewish audience often couldn't find elsewhere.

But that will change come springtime.

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