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5 University of Oklahoma homecoming traditions not to miss

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 4:17pm

By Darla Slipke

The University of Oklahoma's homecoming celebration culminates this weekend

Here are five activities and traditions that OU alumni and supporters won't want to miss:

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Pep rally 

Students will show off their Sooner spirit during the Rah!

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Boren names interim dean for Honors College at University of Oklahoma

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 5:04pm

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — University of Oklahoma President David Boren has named award-winning OU educator Douglas Gaffin to be interim dean of the Honors College, succeeding David Ray, whose retirement takes effect in December.

Boren made the announcement Tuesday during a meeting of the OU Board of Regents at Cameron University in Lawton.

"The entire university family has deep appreciation for Dean David Ray, who has provided outstanding leadership for the Honors College for a decade," Boren said.

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University of Oklahoma regents name presidential search committee members

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 9:56pm

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

An Oklahoma City banker and a college dean will lead the 17-member search committee charged with reviewing candidates for the University of Oklahoma's 14th president.

The OU Board of Regents named the committee members in a special meeting Monday night on the OU Health Sciences Center campus.

“We commit that this will be an open and inclusive process.

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Former owner of tornado shelter company sentenced in embezzlement case

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 3:42pm

By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — The former owner of a tornado shelter company has been ordered to pay more than $100,000 in restitution to defrauded customers, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter announced Monday.

William Jay Stephens, 56, of Muskogee, pleaded no contest Monday in Cleveland County District Court to six counts of embezzlement and one count of a pattern of criminal offenses.

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Weather festival provides learning atmosphere

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 12:10pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — The National Weather Festival drew inquisitive visitors wanting to learn more about weather and the National Weather Center on Saturday.

Festivalgoers learned more about the center, as well as the equipment used to help monitor weather.

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Halloween events planned in October

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 12:02pm

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

Haunt the Zoo

The 34th annual Haunt the Zoo will become a daytime event this year.

Guests can enjoy the trick-or-treat event from 9 a.m.

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Tornado hits Riverwind Casino

Sun, 10/22/2017 - 4:53pm

By Matt Dinger Staff Writer mdinger@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — A tornado hit Riverwind Casino on Saturday night while the Beach Boys performed before a sold-out crowd inside.

"There's somebody still out in the field investigating all the activity last night.

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Oklahoma on canvas: 77 paintings, 77 stories

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 1:21pm

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 - 10:52pm

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 - 8:56am

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 - 11:42am

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 - 3:44pm

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 - 12:56pm

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 - 11:31am

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 - 7:39am

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 - 7:12am

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 - 9:28pm

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 - 2:50pm

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 - 8:56am

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 - 9:48am

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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