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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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OU President James Gallogly addresses blackface video

Mon, 01/21/2019 - 2:27pm

From Staff Reports

University of Oklahoma President James Gallogly addresses video of a white student in blackface using a racial slur that was shared online last week.



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Fired Norman sewer worker accepts $250,000 settlement

Sun, 01/20/2019 - 7:03pm

By Nolan Clay Staff Writer nclay@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — After three decades of cleaning sewer lines for a living, city worker Bobby Green came under suspicion when he was spotted at a supply store while on the job.

His bosses put a GPS tracker on his city vehicle and hired four private investigators to follow him around.

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Consumer Electronic Show leaves homes to their own devices

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 10:00am

By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor rmize@oklahoman.com

If the Consumer Electronics Show really is muscling in on turf traditionally held by the International Builders' Show and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, homebuilder Dan Reeves has something to say about it:

"Welcome.

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Superintendent: Failure to notify parents was an 'oversight'

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 5:21pm

By Tim Willert Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.com

LINDSAY — A middle school principal's failure to promptly notify parents or police about a hit list was "just an oversight," his boss said Tuesday.

Lindsay Public Schools Superintendent Dan Chapman said it is common practice for the 1,250-student district to contact parents "whenever we have any kind of disciplinary problems.”

But after two girls got caught last month with lists of people they wanted to hurt or kill, Principal Tommy Ferguson waited more than three weeks to contact the parents of targeted students, Chapman said.

"He contacted them the Monday after Christmas break," he told The Oklahoman.

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Intersection of SH 9 and McGee Drive to be four-way stop Wednesday

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 2:10pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — The intersection of State Highway 9 and McGee Drive will be a four-way stop with stop signs from 9 a.m.

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Norman appoints interim city attorney

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 9:12pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — The Norman City Council recently confirmed Katheryn Walker as interim city attorney.

Walker has represented the city of Norman as the first assistant city attorney since 2012.

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Norman interfaith breakfast honors Martin Luther King Jr.

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 9:11pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Mayor Lynne Miller and the Norman Human Rights Commission are inviting the community to the annual Mayor's Interfaith Breakfast honoring the legacy of the Rev.

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Saxophone quartet to be featured in monthly concert

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 9:02pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Norman Public Library West's “Lunch and Listen” concert series will resume in 2019 with a visit from the OU Daybreak Saxophone Quartet at noon Jan.

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Norman seeks firefighter recruit applicants

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 9:00pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — The city of Norman is accepting applications through Feb. 1 for 12 Firefighter Recruit positions with the Norman Fire Department.

Successful applicants will attend the Norman Fire Academy beginning July 8 before placement in a firefighter position upon graduation.

Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 45, unless previously a member of the Oklahoma Firefighter Pension and Retirement System.

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Norman native serves on ship in Pacific region

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 5:19pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

George Carter, of Norman, a damage controlman 2nd class, is serving aboard the U.S. 7th Fleet Flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19).

The ship is the oldest operational ship in the Navy, and as a 7th Fleet command ship, is responsible for patrolling and fostering relationships within the Indo-Asia Pacific Region.



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Achievers

Mon, 01/07/2019 - 4:47pm

Cleveland County Sheriff Todd Gibson recently recognized four men for lifesaving efforts during 2018.

Gibson also instituted a lifesaving pin that deputies and detention officers can wear on their uniforms to recognize service and encourage others to follow suit in line with the sheriff's office values of compassionately serving and courageously protecting the people of Cleveland County, a news release stated.

Gibson recognized deputies Kyle Turner, Chaz Anderson and Brandon Dominic for heroic action in pulling a man from a burning car and out of danger from several downed power lines.

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OU athletes share injury data to aid research about concussions

Fri, 01/04/2019 - 4:19pm

By Meg Wingerter Staff Writer mwingerter@oklahoman.com

Oklahoma City — You won't find many people still defending the old days of football, when players knocked unconscious were sent back to play as soon as they woke up.

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