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No Outside Developer Had Worked In OKC’s East Side For 35 Years. Then, An Unlikely Team Stepped Up.

Part of a series on right-sizing capital Jill Castilla had just driven under the giant railroad trestle on Broadway Extension outside Oklahoma City when Jonathan Dodson reached her on Bluetooth. “I have a deal,” he started. The young developer had previous successes in the city, Castilla knew, including a rehab of an old theater. She […]

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Wartime Entrepreneurs: 50 Syrian Women Find A Way To Export Aleppo’s Famous Soap To The U.S.

“Everybody would be telling stories about their homes. Then the singing and laughter would turn into tears.” Amid the flood of migrants, and the fear provoked by terror attacks, individual stories only slowly come to the fore, especially the stories of women. It’s been three years since I wrote the story below, about the inspiring […]

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A Tiny Woman Entrepreneur Stands Up To The Trump Administration On Lead

The day the U.S. federal government repealed the federal ban on lead ammunition on wildlife refuges, Lynn Tompkins had a bald eagle dying of lead poisoning in her bird rehab center. She told the young woman working with her to grab a phone and video the bird’s suffering. The bird, likely poisoned from eating the carcasses […]