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NAMRON YourStory Workshop Series 2019 to begin Saturday

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 12:00am

Staff reports

NAMRON Players Theatre has announced the schedule for its Storytelling Workshop Series, "YourStory.

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Wed, 09/18/2019 - 12:00am

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

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Two arrested on child pornography case out of Cleveland County

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 9:30pm

By Josh Dulaney
Staff writer jdulaney@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — After a months-long investigation by the Cleveland County sheriff’s office, two men were arrested this week on child pornography charges.

Hector Mercado, 39, and Adam F. Roberts, 44, were each charged with felony possession of child pornography.

The investigation started with a tip from a concerned resident who had seen pictures of a child in a lewd pose on an electronic device owned and used by Roberts, authorities said.

During the investigation, sheriff’s Detective Matt Sandburg learned that Mercado had many of the same images on his social media account.

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Rotary Road Rally celebrates bikes, benefits Norman schools

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 12:23am

Staff reports

NORMAN — Scores of bike riders will converge Sept. 21 at Norman’s Reaves Park for the third annual Rotary Road Rally & Flat Armadillo Festival, an event created to benefit Norman Public Schools.

The tour will feature 34- and 54-mile rides, with the longest going to Flat Armadillo Road near Lexington.

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STASH Pop-Up Makers Market returns Friday during Norman's 2nd Friday Art Walk

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 12:00am

Staff reports

NORMAN — Pop-up shopping, local food trucks and music will be in east downtown Norman as part of STASH’s Flower Power Market during Norman's 2nd Friday Art Walk.

The market will be a handmade shopping experience from 6 to 9:30 p.m.

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Katia Cardenal in Concert at the University of Oklahoma

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 12:00am

Staff reports

NORMAN — A concert presented by Katia Cardenal will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Sharp Concert Hall, Catlett Music Center, 500 W Boyd St., on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus.

Cardenal, the voice of Nicaragua and the Nueva Trova movement, will bring the ferment of revolutionary Nicaragua with a concert of reflexive music, a fusion of Latin American melodies and poetry, and songs of love, a news release stated.

As founder director of the Duo GUARDABARRANCO, she promotes music as a tool for awareness and integration, humanism, ecology and education.

She is a world-renowned, award-winning artist with 22 albums who has also participated in collective recordings with artists from over 20 countries.

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 12:00am

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

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Anderson excels even without band

Sat, 09/07/2019 - 11:44am

By Ed Godfrey egodfrey@oklahoman.com

My wife and I had this debate during the John Anderson show at Riverwind Casino in Norman on Friday night.

Was he better by himself or with his band?

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Cleveland County sheriff, rural schools implement Handle with Care program

Wed, 09/04/2019 - 12:00am

By Joy Hampton
For The Oklahoman

Cleveland County Sheriff Todd Gibson and members of the Cleveland County sheriff’s office have partnered with area schools to protect children who have been exposed to violence or other trauma.

In conjunction with Lexington, Little Axe and Noble school districts, the sheriff’s office is implementing Handle with Care, a three-prong approach involving law enforcement, schools and counseling.

“Children who have experienced violence, abuse or other trauma in their homes or environments should not be traumatized again by other unsuspecting adults in their lives,” Gibson said.

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Mon, 09/02/2019 - 4:30pm

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

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Norman includes LGBTQ community in non-discrimination protections

Sat, 08/31/2019 - 8:30pm

By Kayla Branch
Staff writer kbranch@oklahoman.com

Norman recently became the first city in the state to pass an ordinance specifically extending non-discrimination protections to the LGBTQ community.

At its Tuesday meeting, the Norman City Council voted 8-1 to approve an ordinance that specified sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and same-sex marriage as protected from housing, employment or public accommodation discrimination.

“I don’t think there is any downside to protecting your citizens from discrimination,” Mayor Breea Clark said.

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At rally in Norman, Booker says beating Trump just the first step toward progress

Thu, 08/29/2019 - 8:22pm

By Chris Casteel
Staff writer ccasteel@oklahoman.com

NORMAN – U.S. Sen. Cory Booker brought his Democratic presidential campaign to Oklahoma on Thursday, telling a rally here that beating President Donald Trump was just the first step toward healing the country and dealing with the nation’s problems.

“Beating Donald Trump is the floor — it is not the ceiling,” the New Jersey senator said in remarks in the Campus Corner area.

“Beating Donald Trump gets us out of the valley, but it doesn’t get us to the mountaintop.

“We’re looking not to go back to the glorious days of 2015 before Donald Trump was in office.

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City of Norman accepting Inclusive Community Subcommittee applications

Wed, 08/28/2019 - 12:12am

Staff reports

NORMAN — The city of Norman is seeking residents to serve on Mayor Breea Clark's newly created Inclusive Community Subcommittee of the Human Rights Commission.

The subcommittee will identify a list of actionable ways to improve inclusivity in the Norman community that will be presented at the annual Mayor's Interfaith Breakfast on Martin Luther King Jr.

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America’s Got Talent performer, Oklahoma illusionist Rob Lake returns home for animal rescue benefit show Sept. 10 in Norman

Wed, 08/28/2019 - 12:04am

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NORMAN — Illusionist and native Oklahoman Rob Lake will present a benefit performance at 7 p.m. Sept.

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Wed, 08/28/2019 - 12:00am

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

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Five key quotes from opioid trial verdict

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 8:23pm

Here are key quotes from Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman's 42-page judgment in the state's opioid case against Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries:

• "Defendants' sales representatives called on Oklahoma medical professionals hundreds of thousands of times while selling opioids as evidenced by 35 boxes of call notes from Defendants' Oklahoma sales representatives over the last two decades.

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Recap: Verdict announced in Oklahoma's opioid trial

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 12:40am

Staff Reports

Watch live as the verdict for Oklahoma's opioid trial is handed down by Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman.

For more coverage of the trial, click here.



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At town hall meetings, Oklahoma congressmen face questions about Trump and his policies

Sat, 08/24/2019 - 8:27pm

By Chris Casteel
Staff writer ccasteel@oklahoman.com

From a raucous marathon session in Norman to a low-key civics lesson in Yukon, congressional town hall meetings last week reflected Oklahomans’ concerns about trade, guns, immigration, campaign money, climate change, election security, the national debt and — most passionately — President Donald Trump.

“I don’t control his Twitter feed,’’ U.S. Rep.

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Man arrested after standoff at Norman mobile home park

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 12:13pm

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — An armed man who barricaded himself inside a mobile home was arrested Thursday following a standoff that lasted nearly four hours, Cleveland County officials said.

Around 9 a.m., sheriff's deputies were called to a mobile home community at 17200 S Sunnylane Rd., where a man had allegedly threatened family members with a gun, authorities reported. 

Norman SWAT officers were asked to assist during the incident after the suspect, identified as 30-year-old Justin Sammuel Tucker, refused to surrender.

Tucker was eventually taken into custody without a fight, spokeswoman Joy Hampton said.

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Westwood Family Aquatic Center open swim hours change

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 12:00am

Staff reports

NORMAN — The Westwood Family Aquatic Center has new hours of operation due to school starting in the Norman area.

The pool will be available for open swim from 5 to 8 p.m.

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