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Oklahoma on canvas: 77 paintings, 77 stories

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 2:21pm

By William Crum Staff Writer wcrum@oklahoman.com

Norman painter Tim Kenney's jaunt around Oklahoma is as much about the stories he collects and the people he meets as the art he creates.

In the midst of his "77 Paintings in 77 Counties in 77 Days" tour, Kenney is painting, as the title suggests, in each of the state's 77 counties.

"I say it slow so people can understand what I'm doing," Kenney said.

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Norman's new cold case investigator reopens homicide, rape cases

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:52pm

By Whitney Bryen For The Oklahoman

NORMAN — A 27-year-old woman dead in her home. A teen's body mysteriously discovered on a county road

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Norman library book sale starts Friday

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 9:56am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — The Friends of the Norman Library Fall Book Sale opens Friday to members and to the public Saturday and Sunday, with a fill-a-bag sale on Monday.

Sale hours are: 6 to 9 p.m.

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Halloween events planned in October

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 12:42pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Family friendly autumn and Halloween activities are scheduled this month across the metro area. Here are some of those events:

Oklahoma City

Brick or Treat

The Bricktown Association and Downtown OKC Inc.

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Achievers

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 4:44pm

Five students from the First Tee of Metropolitan Oklahoma City were selected to play in the Pure Insurance Sr.

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Achievers

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 1:56pm

This year's state finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching include Cheryl Brannum, of Yukon; Megan Cannon, of Sapulpa; Julie Klingensmith, of Norman; and Telannia Norfar, of Oklahoma City.

The state Education Department recently announced the finalists for secondary teaching.

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Norman street name draws complaints

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 12:31pm

By Matt Patterson Staff Writer mpatterson@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — With its twin ribbons of sidewalks, towering elm trees and American Craftsman-style homes, DeBarr Avenue resembles many of the leafy streets surrounding the University of Oklahoma.

Just a block long, DeBarr borders the north end of campus.

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Former Norman police captain Todd Gibson named Cleveland County interim sheriff

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 8:39am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN - Cleveland County Commissioners have announced the appointment of Todd Gibson as interim sheriff after Joe Lester's recent retirement.

Gibson, of Moore, a former Norman police officer, has been named to the position, according to a Cleveland County Facebook post.

Lester retired abruptly Monday, Oct.

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OU police investigating September sexual assault on campus

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 8:12am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — University of Oklahoma police are investigating reports of a sexual assault on campus, an OU spokesman said.

OU police took a report Wednesday about an assault the victim states happened between midnight and 2 a.m.

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University of Oklahoma's chrysanthemum gardens are in full bloom for homecoming

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 10:28pm

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

NORMAN — The chrysanthemum gardens on the University of Oklahoma's Van Vleet Oval are in full bloom, depicting OU's logo and the words Oklahoma and Sooners in deep red and white.

The short-lived dramatic display is the culmination of work that began in late March, when 1-inch plugs were purchased and placed in a greenhouse to grow until they were ready for planting in gardens in June.

Football fans flocked to the gardens Oct.

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Halloween events planned in October

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 3:50pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Family-friendly autumn and Halloween activities are scheduled this month across the metro area. Here are some of those events:

Oklahoma City

Brick or Treat

The Bricktown Association and Downtown OKC Inc.

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Achievers

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 9:56am

Christina Warriner, presidential research professor and assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Oklahoma, has been named one of Science News' "SN 10: Scientists to Watch.

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Norman police investigating assault of man by teenagers

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 10:48am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN - Police are investigating an assault on a man who said several teenagers attacked him Monday, a police spokeswoman said.

The man was assaulted in the 900 block of Garver Street about 12:45 p.m., police spokeswoman Sarah Jensen said.

The man told police he was using his cellphone to take video of a group of teenagers he said were destroying property and smoking cigarettes in an alley behind his residence.

The man said the teens knocked his cellphone out of his hand, causing it to fall on the other side of a fence into the alley.

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Campus Corner mural honors 100 years, sports icons

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 9:38pm

By Whitney Bryen For The Oklahoman

For more than 60 years, Rainey Powell has had a front-row seat to the evolution of Norman's Campus Corner District.

From the windows at Harold's — his father's upscale clothing shop that closed in 2008 — to his own Campus Corner office, Powell watched dozens of businesses open and close and thousands of students come and go.

But this month, Powell is witness to a rare site that brings a little more color to the ever-changing scene.

In honor of the district's 100th anniversary, the Campus Corner Association commissioned a mural on the east side of one of Powell's buildings, which houses the University of Oklahoma's IT building, 588 Buchanan Ave.

Oklahoma artist Dean Codner's design was chosen from 12 submissions and features OU's first Heisman Trophy winner, Billy Vessels, and OU basketball star Wayman Tisdale, who was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.

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Norman man is preparing jet to fly again

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 6:03pm

By Matt Patterson Staff Writer mpatterson@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — Jay Duechting's favorite retreat doesn't have an 80-inch television, a wet bar or a fancy pool table.

His refreshment comes from a small refrigerator filled with bottled water.

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Beta Theta Phi calls lawsuit 'baseless' in alleged hazing injury at University of Oklahoma

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 7:11pm

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

Officials with Beta Theta Pi fraternity say they have evidence that contradicts allegations that a hazing incident caused "serious bodily injury" to a pledge in 2015.

A lawsuit filed Sept.

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Achievers

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 4:47pm

From Staff Reports

Samuel Keith Wishon, 16, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank within the Boy Scouts of America program.

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OU student charged in connection with threats to kill patrons at Campus Corner bar

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 11:18am

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — A University of Oklahoma student faces charges in connection with threats made to shoot patrons at a Campus Corner bar, court documents show.

Dawson Don Rogers, 19, of Norman, was charged Friday in Cleveland County District Court with one count each of threatening, planning or attempting bodily harm and for using a telecommunication or electronic device for harassment, according to Oklahoma Supreme Court Network online records.

In a case investigated by OU police, the charges allege Rogers sent several text messages to a woman Sept.

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Cleveland County sheriff retires

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 7:40pm

By Nolan Clay Staff Writer nclay@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — Cleveland County Sheriff Joe Lester retired abruptly Monday, less than a month after the release of a state audit of his office that found widespread financial mismanagement.

Lester, 73, also is dismissing a lawsuit that accused county officials of willfully and wrongfully failing to adequate fund the jail for years.

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Football plays against autumn skies

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 4:27pm

The autumn evening sky is the backdrop as Newcastle fans watch the football game against Chickasha.

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