28 December 2005
Rock down to Electric Avenue
In 1990, the city of McAlester, Oklahoma renamed a major thoroughfare Gene Stipe Boulevard, after a local lawyer who had served in the state Senate for four decades.
Two years ago, after pleading guilty to federal charges of funneling money illegally into an associate's Congressional race and subsequently laundering the funds, Stipe resigned from the Senate in disgrace, was fined a gazillion dollars, and gave up his law license.
Earlier this year, five hundred McAlester residents submitted a petition to get Stipe's name off the street signs, and yesterday the City Council voted 5-2 to do just that; the street will revert to its previous name of Electric Avenue.
A friend of Stipe's said he'd see to it that Mayor Don Lewis was turned out of office at the next election.Posted at 10:35 AM to Soonerland
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McAlester reverses its name change of one of its main thoroughfares, erasing the now disgraced Gene Stipe name and restoring the original Electric Avenue name. ......[read more]