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Guides needed for kids fishing derby

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 4:21pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Fishing guides are needed for the Sept. 15 CAST for Kids Fishing Derby.

The Lake Thunderbird BoatHouse will host the 17th annual event, which takes children with disabilities fishing.

Partnering with the Edmond Elks Lodge No.

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Festival brings bluegrass to Blanchard

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 4:26pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

BLANCHARD — Two days of gospel and traditional bluegrass music entertained people in Lions Park this past Friday and Saturday during Blanchard's 2018 Bluegrass Festival.

In addition to the music, food vendors were on-site to offer meals and drinks to those attending.



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Former OU researcher defends scientific freedom while facing climate change questions

Sun, 08/26/2018 - 3:08pm

By Emma Keith For The Oklahoman

WASHINGTON — Calling himself a scientist, stormchaser and educator, former University of Oklahoma Vice President Kelvin Droegemeier adamantly defended freedom of scientific inquiry from political influence while facing questions on climate change from a Senate panel.

“The ethical conduct of research with integrity, without political interference ...

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Judge orders attorneys to make opioid witness available

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 8:53pm

By Tim Willert Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — Attorneys for Purdue and Janssen opioid manufacturing companies must comply with court orders and produce witnesses for upcoming depositions, a judge ruled Friday.

The state of Oklahoma accused the attorneys of intentionally disregarding prior orders.

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Cool splash pad designs showcased

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 4:53pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Teams of University of Oklahoma incoming engineering freshmen recently participated in designing and building splash pads with Haitian children in mind.

The highlight of the AT&T Summer Bridge project showcase was the demonstration of splash pad designs that might be built in a rural Haitian village for children to enjoy a break from the heat.

Editor's note: A previous story on the AT&T Summer Bridge program was published with incorrect images.



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Woman keeps spirit alive while sharing cancer struggle

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 10:14pm

By Tim Willert Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — When Chelsee Lewis Wilson was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer in May she considered keeping it to herself.

Anger consumed Lewis Wilson, a 29-year-old educator who works for the University of Oklahoma's K20 Center for Educational and Community Renewal.

"I was angry for the first couple of weeks," she said.

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Beloved dog brings comfort and joy to veterans at Norman center

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 6:11pm

By Matt Patterson Staff Writer  mpatterson@oklahoman.com 

NORMAN — The audience gathered in the Norman Veteran's Center activities hall listens intently as John Otto reads from his new children's book, “Sarge, The Veteran's Best Friend.”

Many are in wheelchairs or on scooters, the bodies of some battered by war and time.

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Gallogly, McDaniel headline chamber event

Tue, 08/21/2018 - 6:40pm

By Tim Willert and K.S. McNutt Staff Writers

The new leader of Oklahoma's largest school district said Tuesday he is "laser focused" on providing access to opportunity for all students to succeed in the classroom.

Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Sean McDaniel, speaking to about 600 people at the annual State of the Schools luncheon, acknowledged the need to improve test scores, attendance and equity across the district.

"Clearly, we need to do a better job in increasing our academic results," he said.

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Kelvin Droegemeier steps down as University of Oklahoma vp for research ahead of his U.S. Senate confirmation hearing

Mon, 08/20/2018 - 5:54pm

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

NORMAN — Kelvin Droegemeier has stepped down as vice president for research at the University of Oklahoma to prepare for his confirmation hearing before the U.S. Senate.

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Norman police seeking additional rape victims

Mon, 08/20/2018 - 3:34pm

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — Police investigators are seeking additional victims while they build their case against a man accused of rape.

Stephen Homan, 24, has been charged with two counts of rape by instrumentation in Cleveland County District Court, records show.

He allegedly sexually assaulted women at college parties.

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Engineering students build relationships, projects

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 4:34pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

University of Oklahoma incoming freshmen planning to major in engineering put their skills in play earlier this month during the AT&T Summer Bridge Program.

The program included team-building exercises, provided an opportunity to meet fellow students, staff and faculty, and was designed to help students prepare for the rigors of engineering coursework, according to the program's website.



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Update: Threats at Norman North High School are not credible

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 3:41pm

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — Investigators determined a threat against Norman North High School was not credible.

Police investigated threats made Friday the high school.

Police reported Friday afternoon there was an increase in police presence at the school and the surrounding area. 



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University of Oklahoma installs Jim Gallogly as 14th president

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 7:34pm

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

NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma installed a new president for the first time in nearly 24 years Thursday evening in a ceremony at Lloyd Noble Center that was attended by the elected leaders, tribal officials, higher education regents, military officers and members of OU's class of 2022.

"I can think of no greater privilege than to lead this community of outstanding faculty, students and staff," President Jim Gallogly said after formerly accepting the position.

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Two arrested in connection with threat against Norman middle school

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 4:00pm

From Staff Reports

NORMAN – Police arrested two men suspected of making threats against Alcott Middle School, officials said.

Ryan Nathaniel Tripp, 21, and Michael Shane Mahseet, 28, were arrested about 1 a.m.

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Westwood changes pool hours through Labor Day

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 1:01pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Westwood Family Aquatic Center began new hours of operation this week as it started a new swim season.

Now through Labor Day, the center will be closed noon through 8 p.m.

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Norman to release new compost

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 12:57pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — The city of Norman will have a new release of compost starting Aug. 25.

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W Main Street in Norman collapsed due to heavy rains

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 9:06am

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — Heavy rains caused the collapse of roadway on a W Main Street bridge, a police dispatcher said.

The collapse is in the 4100 block of W Main Street near Willoway Drive on a bridge over a creek.

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Achievers

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 4:48pm

Parker Bryant, a freshman at the University of Oklahoma, recently was presented with a $1,000 scholarship by the OKC Tall Club from the Tall Clubs International Foundation.

Bryant is a 2018 graduate of Midwest City High School and is working toward a bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering.

The Tall Club provides scholarships to individuals younger than 21 who are entering their first year of higher education and who meet the minimum height requirements for membership in the club.

New York internship

Morgan Montgomery, a University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma sophomore theater arts major from Choctaw, spent the summer interning with the Bristol Valley Theater in Naples, New York.

As Bristol Valley Theater's arts administration intern, Montgomery managed all of the theater's social media accounts, which include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.

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University of Oklahoma's luxury housing beds go unfilled

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 9:13pm

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

NORMAN — Upperclassmen move into campus housing Wednesday at the University of Oklahoma, but many rooms will be vacant.

OU's efforts to entice more students to live on campus after their freshman year began last fall with the opening of two elegant residential colleges that together can accommodate 600 upperclassmen.

The concept of a residential college was new to many students, but once they stepped inside and saw all the amenities, the beds in Headington College and Dunham College filled up, OU reported.

Officials predicted there would be a waiting list to get into Dunham and Headington going forward.

But this fall's occupancy for the two residential colleges is at 70 percent, OU spokeswoman Erin Yarbrough said.

Another 1,230 beds for upperclassmen are available for the first time this fall with the opening of Cross Neighborhood, a luxury complex bordered by Asp Avenue, Fourth Street, Jenkins Avenue and Timberdell Road.

Two years ago, OU entered into a ground lease with Provident Resources Group Inc.

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Blanchard woman arrested Thursday in Norman fatal wreck

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 10:40am

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — A Blanchard woman was arrested Thursday in connection to a wreck that killed a 23-year-old Norman woman.

About 12:35 p.m.

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