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Thousands of fans of the hip hop music duo Insane Clown Posse are convening at Oklahoma City’s Lost Lakes Amphitheater this week for the annual music festival known as the “Gathering of the Juggalos.”

Fans of the Insane Clown Posse and other Psychopathic Records musical groups refer to themselves as “Juggalos.” Rappers in a genre known as “horrorcore,” Joseph “Violent J” Bruce and Joseph “Shaggy 2 Dope” Utsler attract legions of their enthusiastic fans from across the United States.

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A new craft brewery and taproom opens this weekend on the west side of downtown Oklahoma City.

Stonecloud Brewing Co. owner and head brewer Joel Irby is a Stillwater native, who spent the last decade working at breweries in Colorado. He says it's an exciting time for the beer market in Oklahoma.

Patrons Rally For Local Oklahoma City Businesses

Jul 14, 2017
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Patrons of several local businesses protested Thursday on Classen Circle in Oklahoma City.

The protest came after Braum’s Ice Cream and Dairy Store asked the city to rezone a portion of the property to build a new restaurant. Construction plans include demolishing the Donnay Building, built in 1954 and home to the HiLo Club, The Drunken Fry and Charlie’s Records.

Musician Marilyn Tate lives in the area. She played her first show at the HiLo Club 21 years ago.

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A new report from the Brookings Institution says Oklahoma City is positioned for growth. It says the city has a solid layer of infrastructure essential for development — and diversifying the economy.

But there’s a threat to this development, and that’s a potentially weak workforce. Some researchers say local officials need to ensure schools provide the training innovative companies need. And they need to be doing it now.

MAPS 3 Park To Be Named 'Scissortail Park'

Jun 29, 2017
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The Scissortail Park will be the newest project to join the MAPS 3 series of renovations.

Community leaders announced the name Thursday at a groundbreaking ceremony.

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett says the 70-acre park will become a source of pride for the city.

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Thousands lined the OKC Pride parade route along NW 39th Street on Sunday evening.

The parade capped off a weekend of events for OKC Pride, which was celebrating 30 years since its first parade in 1987. Small gay pride celebrations in Oklahoma City date back to the 1970s.

Above are some photos we took during the parade.

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A one-night survey of homelessness in Oklahoma City shows overall homelessness rates are down by nearly 10 percent. However, survey organizers say not all of the results show signs of improvement.

This year’s survey, conducted on Jan. 26, finds the number of homeless people counted in Oklahoma City on one night was 1,368. Last year, the number was 1,511.

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The government of Guatemala is opening a new consulate in Oklahoma City today, the first official consulate in the city.

Approximately 15,000 Guatemalans currently live in Oklahoma.

Consul General Jose Rodriguez says the Guatemalan government chose to put a consulate in Oklahoma City because it is centrally-located with easy access to other urban areas.

Rodriguez says Guatemalans have been coming to Oklahoma for many years.

The seventeenth edition of deadCenter Film Festival kicked off last night in downtown Oklahoma City, and Executive Director Lance McDaniel has been planning and anticipating with his crew for the big weekend.

Filmmakers have submitted more than 100 films that will be screened through Sunday in several locations throughout the metro area, with special events and activities in between.

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