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Oklahoma kids found tech startup with 'Wrist World' game

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 8:25pm

By Nuria Martinez-Keel
Staff writer nmartinez-keel@oklahoman.com

To the surprise of the technology industry, a startup gaming company is emerging in Oklahoma from the minds of 10 middle school students.

"Wrist World" is gaining steam as a mobile game written, designed and coded by a young team of entrepreneurs, all between 11 and 14.

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Fatal crash reported near Stillwater Wednesday in Payne County

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 5:17am

Staff reports

A fatal crash has been reported Wednesday morning in Payne County, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

U.S. 177 at Yost Road was closed about 7:20 a.m.

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Norman City Council appoints next city manager

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 12:00am

Staff reports

The Norman City Council has voted to appoint Darrel Pyle as the next city manager.

Pyle will succeed Mary Rupp, who has served as the interim city manager since October 2018.

“As a council, we are excited to welcome Darrel Pyle to Norman as our new city manager,” Mayor Lynne Miller said.

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City of Norman accepting applications for 2019 Norman Youth Council Class

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 12:00am

Staff reports

NORMAN — The city of Norman is seeking high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who are active in their community and interested in learning about local government to apply for the 2019-20 Norman Youth Council Class.

In addition to providing a completed application, applicants will need to provide two letters of recommendation from adults familiar with their leadership skills and service to the community.

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State briefs for June 19

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 12:00am

Smithsonian exhibition to make five stops in state

“Water/Ways,” a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program, is scheduled to make five stops in Oklahoma starting at the Norman Public Library East from June 29-Aug.

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 12:00am

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

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Achievers: First responders honored

Wed, 06/19/2019 - 12:00am

The American Heart Association recently honored Norman, Moore and Goldsby emergency and health care workers.

EMSSTAT, an emergency medical service, was recognized with the 2019 Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Plus Level Recognition Award.

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Former OU vice president now facing sexual battery lawsuit

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 8:24pm

By Nolan Clay
Staff writer nclay@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — Already under criminal investigation, a former University of Oklahoma vice president is now being sued, as well.

A former OU student, Levi Hilliard, is seeking actual, compensatory and punitive damages from Tripp Hall, a former vice president of development.

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What will happen with Boren's statue on OU's campus?

Sat, 06/15/2019 - 8:38pm

By Adam Kemp
Staff writer akemp@oklahoman.com

Former President David Boren announced last week he will sever ties with the University of Oklahoma.

But his likeness is set to remain a part of OU's campus, at least for the foreseeable future.

In the wake of a sexual misconduct investigation, Boren announced on Wednesday he would give up his president emeritus title, stop teaching political science at the university and forfeit his four free tickets to home football games.

A statue on OU's campus of Boren dressed in academic robes and holding a book was unveiled in April 2018, shortly before Boren stepped down after more than 23 years as OU's president.

The OU regents announced it does not intend to remove Boren's name from the campus or take down the statue, but that could change if Boren is indicted and convicted of a crime.

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Boren says he was tempted to fight on

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 8:22pm

By Nolan Clay
Staff writer nclay@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — Former President David Boren says he has only best wishes for the University of Oklahoma and will always be a supporter.

In a three-paragraph statement released Thursday, Boren, 78, spoke out for the first time about the sexual misconduct investigation that led him to step down as president emeritus and give up teaching political science at OU.

Boren retired as president in 2018 after nearly 24 years in charge at OU. On Wednesday, the former governor and U.S. senator submitted a two-page resignation letter ending any further official affiliation with the university.

His resignation brought to a close the university's personnel matter against him that arose because of the sexual misconduct allegations.

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In third round of layoffs, OU cuts nearly 70 jobs

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 8:22pm

By Adam Kemp
Staff writer akemp@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma went through its third recent round of layoffs on Thursday, as officials said they continue to work to fix the university's finances.

OU announced on Thursday evening that 69 employee positions were being let go, saving the university an estimated $4.2 million.

In a prepared statement, the university announced the lost positions are a result in the transfer in the operation of the Cleveland Area Rapid Transit bus system to the city of Norman.

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University of Oklahoma announces additional staff layoffs

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 10:00am

By Adam Kemp

The University of Oklahoma confirmed reports of staff layoffs on Thursday afternoon. 

A university spokeswoman said they would not comment on the number of layoffs in the staff reduction until all staff had been notified. 

This is the second reduction in force at OU in the past seven months as 50 staff positions were cut in November as the university attempted to address debt concerns while former president James Gallogly was in charge.

Gallogly announced his retirement as president in May.

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 12:15am

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

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STASH kicks off summer with Brad Fielder Trio, pop-up makers market

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 12:14am

Staff reports

NORMAN — STASH will host the Flower Power Market one more time before taking the summer off. As part of Norman's 2nd Friday Art Walk, STASH’s Flower Power Market is a handmade shopping experience planned from 6 to 10 p.m.

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Norman plans Coffee with a Cop to build relationships, break down barriers

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 12:00am

Staff reports

NORMAN — The Norman Police Department will hold its next Coffee with a Cop from 7:30 to 9 a.m. June 19 at Starbucks, 1601 24th Ave.

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Norman police investigating death of former state lawmaker

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 8:29pm

By Carmen Forman and Nolan Clay
Staff writers

NORMAN — Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a former state senator.

Jonathan Nichols’ body was found in his Norman home, and a gun was on a table across the room, law enforcement sources told The Oklahoman.

Norman police responded to a report of an individual with a gunshot wound at 8:44 p.m.

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Mayor-elect Clark, VisitNorman plan inaugural Tourist for a Day event on July 27

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 12:00am

Staff reports

NORMAN — Residents won't have to travel far for a staycation atmosphere when many Norman attractions and restaurants offer discounts and incentives on July 27.

Mayor-elect Breea Clark and VisitNorman are inviting residents to be a Tourist for a Day across the Norman community.

The Tourist for a Day event will be a fun-filled affair aimed at encouraging Norman residents to get out and enjoy all their community has to offer, a news release stated.

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Orr Family Farm day campers to learn about animals, agriculture

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 12:00am

Staff reports

Registration is open for Orr Family Farm's summer camp.

Children in kindergarten through sixth grade may participate in the summer camp, which will be from 9 a.m.

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 12:00am

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

Read more on NewsOK.com

Achievers: Norman student achieves perfect ACT score

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 12:00am

Lindsay A. Bolino, of Norman, has earned a score of 36 on the ACT test, the highest possible ACT composite score.

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