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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 5:00am

Bethany Animal Control Shelter, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Voters keep late Edmond mayor on ballot for general election, select new Norman mayor

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 1:04am

By Josh Wallace
Staff writer jwallace@oklahoman.com

A deceased man is headed to the general election for Edmond mayor after voters on Tuesday gave late Mayor Charles Lamb enough votes for a top-two finish with former Mayor Dan O’Neil.

O’Neil garnered 3,492 votes, or 55.91 percent of the vote with all precincts reporting, while Lamb took 2,038 votes, or 32.63 percent.

Richard Prawdzienski received 716 votes, or 11.46 percent, according to unofficial results.

O'Neil and Lamb will be on the ballot in the April 2 general election.

Lamb, who died at age 72 in December shortly after filing for another term, was being promoted by some Edmond residents who opposed the other candidates on the ballot.

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 1:37pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Bethany Animal Control Shelter, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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28 University of Oklahoma employees cut in first layoffs of 2019

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 1:26am

By K.S. McNutt
Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma announced Thursday the first layoffs of the new year — 28 positions on the Norman and Health Sciences Center campuses expected to result in an annual savings of more than $2 million.

The reduction in force came a week after OU’s chief financial officer reported OU is “operating on a very thin margin right now” as officials continue to look for efficiencies department by department.

“It’s very difficult work.

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Stitt to look for diversity in next OU regent

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 1:26am

By Ben Felder
Staff Writer bfelder@oklahoman.com

Gov. Kevin Stitt wants to add diversity to the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents, the governor-appointed body that currently has one vacancy.

“There is not an African American at this time on that board and that would be something I would certainly look for,” Stitt said Thursday at the state Capitol.

The university has drawn criticism following two recent racist incidents, including a social media post of a student in blackface.

The Black Student Association and the Legislative Black Caucus have called on OU to seek more multicultural faculty, staff and administrators.

Those same groups also have said diversity is needed on the Board of Regents.

“We need someone who can relate to the issues of the students in that position, and particularly the students of color,” said Sen.

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Norman man accused of embezzling more than $100,000 from company

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 1:25am

By Josh Dulaney
Staff Writer jdulaney@oklahoman.com

A Norman man has been charged with three counts of felony embezzlement for allegedly stealing high-grade aluminum from his employer and selling it over the course of more than four years.

Michael Angelo Fabri, 56, is accused of stealing more than $100,000 in aluminum from MD Building Products in Oklahoma City and selling the material to Metal Check, a scrap recycling center also based in Oklahoma City.

More than 420 such transactions took place from September 2014 to December 2018, police reported in a court affidavit.

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Norman handmade market to offer jewelry, gifts and artwork

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 5:00am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Locals will find accessories, art, jewelry, leather work and other handmade gifts during STASH’s Flower Power Market from 6 to 9:30 p.m.

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Achievers

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 5:00am

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Several metro-area Scouts recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

Ryan James Karow, of Edmond, has earned his Eagle Scout rank.

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Friends of the Norman Library to host 'Love of Books" sale Friday through Sunday

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 5:00am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — The Friends of the Norman Library will host the "For the Love of Books Sale" from Friday through Sunday.

Formerly the "Romance and More" sale, this sale now includes all general sale categories.

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Speaker to explore spiritual path of love

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 5:00am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — A lecture titled "Rumi and the Sufi Path of Love" will be presented from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

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University of Oklahoma CFO says financial condition remains 'very troubling' despite progress

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 1:34am

By K.S. McNutt
Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.com

The University of Oklahoma’s financial condition remains “very troubling,” despite steps taken since July 1 to improve the situation, OU’s chief financial officer said in a report to the OU Board of Regents.

“We have made some serious progress in the last seven months to correcting this,” CFO Ken Rowe said.

“It’s very difficult work.

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With wait over, Bengals hire Zac Taylor as coach

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 1:04pm

By JOE KAY

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals have hired Zac Taylor as their coach, heading in different direction after failing to get a playoff win during Marvin Lewis' 16 seasons.

They targeted the Rams quarterbacks coach as Lewis' replacement, but weren't able to close a deal until LA's season ended with a 13-3 loss to the Patriots in the Super Bowl on Sunday night.

After three straight losing seasons and 28 years without a playoff victory, Cincinnati has decided to join the wave — turning to a young, offensive-minded coach.

They and the Dolphins were the last two teams waiting to hire new coaches.

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Legislative Black Caucus calls for reform following racist incidents at OU

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 5:46pm

By Silas Allen Staff Writer sallen@oklahoman.com

The chairman of the Legislative Black Caucus on Friday called for the University of Oklahoma to take steps to promote diversity and tolerance after two recent racist incidents on campus.

Sen.

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Valentine's Dance planned for seniors

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 3:31pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — The Norman Parks and Recreation Department is inviting senior adults to enjoy an afternoon of dancing at the Senior Soiree Valentine's Dance on Feb.

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Tickets on sale for Feb. 2 Daddy Daughter Dance

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 3:27pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Dads and daughters are invited to dance the night away with a live DJ at the 19th annual Daddy Daughter Dance on Feb.

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New OU head of student affairs, other steps taken to address issue of racism

Sat, 01/26/2019 - 12:10am

By K.S. McNutt Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma has hired an experienced administrator of African American and Korean heritage to be vice president for student affairs as it addresses problems of racism on campus, President Jim Gallogly said Friday.

David Surratt, an OU graduate is scheduled to begin his duties on Feb.

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University of Oklahoma professor says 'sideshows' are taking focus off racism issue

Thu, 01/24/2019 - 8:07pm

By K.S. McNutt Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — A professor's rant against President Jim Gallogly and a subsequent rally to support the president both distracted from the pressing issue of racism at the University of Oklahoma, Karlos Hill said Thursday.

The focus should be on the "hostile climate at OU in certain pockets" that students of color experience, said Hill, chairman of the department of African and African-American Studies.

OU's Black Student Association organized a rally Tuesday to address the issue after a video of a female student in blackface appeared on social media last week.

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University of Oklahoma reports another blackface incident

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 5:43pm

By K.S. McNutt Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — A video of a person in blackface was posted to social media Wednesday afternoon, one day after a rally against racism on the University of Oklahoma.

The university issued this alert mid-afternoon:

"An individual has been observed walking on and near campus in blackface.

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Former dean calls for OU president to resign

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 7:39pm

By K.S. McNutt Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — The former dean of the College of International Studies at the University of Oklahoma called for President Jim Gallogly to resign immediately during a rally Tuesday.

Suzette Grillot, who was removed as dean Friday, claimed in a letter to friends and colleagues the move was retaliation after she spoke out over the OU Board of Regents' hiring process and "selection of President Gallogly via a secret search.

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Ex-OU students who made racist video issue public apologies

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 11:15am

NORMAN — University of Oklahoma students demanded more from their campus administrators Tuesday, hours after the school released public apologies from two former students who were involved in a video in which one of the women wore blackface and used a racial slur.

About 1,000 students and faculty members gathered at a campus rally Tuesday during which administrators condemned the video in which a white woman is seen with black paint on her face as another white woman laughs.

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