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USAO to present comedy 'The Philadelphia Story'

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 5:04pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

CHICKASHA — The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma's theater arts department will flex its comedic muscles in its spring production of “The Philadelphia Story.”

Written specifically for Katherine Hepburn in 1938, this classic comedy of manners tells the story of a socialite whose wedding plans are complicated by the simultaneous arrival of her ex-husband and an attractive magazine journalist.

The show will be performed at 7:30 p.m.

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USAO to present comedy 'The Philadelphia Story'

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 5:04pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

CHICKASHA — The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma's theater arts department will flex its comedic muscles in its spring production of “The Philadelphia Story.”

Written specifically for Katherine Hepburn in 1938, this classic comedy of manners tells the story of a socialite whose wedding plans are complicated by the simultaneous arrival of her ex-husband and an attractive magazine journalist.

The show will be performed at 7:30 p.m.

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Community activist to speak on 'The Struggle to Embrace Our Diversity' Wednesday at OU

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 10:17pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Activist Linda Sarsour, co-chair of the 2017 Women's March on Washington, D.C., will speak on “Unapologetically Muslim: The Struggle to Embrace Our Diversity” at 7 p.m.

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OU police investigate death of student found at dorms

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 10:02am

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — University of Oklahoma police are investigating the death of a student found Thursday at a dormitory on the main campus, an OU spokesman confirmed.

OU freshman Kyle Carey was found dead at Walker Center dormitory, said OU spokesman Matt Epting.

OU President David Boren released a statement on the death Thursday night.

"We are deeply saddened by Kyle’s tragic death," Boren said in the statement.

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Achievers

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 4:06pm

Johnnie Keel was once quoted as saying, “It's so important for us to know and have that background about where our food comes from.”

However, the elementary school teacher with 22 years of classroom experience doesn't stop at the “where” of agriculture.

Through her Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom activities she shares with her students about “who” the individuals are that devote their lives to provide food and “how” those individuals take care of not only people, but the earth.

Keel, who has taught for 12 years at Truman Elementary School in Norman, has been selected as the 2018 Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom Teacher of the Year.

“I ask my students how many of them eat, wear clothes, live in a home, take medicine,” Keel said.

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OU lecture examines Wagnerian-inspired art

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 12:56pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Roger Rideout, retired University of Oklahoma professor of music, will give a public lecture on Wagnerian painters and stage designers at 5:30 p.m.

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OU, OSU, UCO cancel Tuesday afternoon classes due to icy weather

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 2:44pm

From Staff Reports

Classes at the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University and the University of Central Oklahoma have been cancelled Tuesday afternoon due to icy weather, officials report.

OU classes were dismissed at 12:45 p.m..

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All-clear given after suspicious device found Monday near OU

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 4:33pm

Staff reports

NORMAN — University of Oklahoma officials have given the all-clear after authorities were investigating a suspicious device Monday afternoon.

The device was reported in area of Oak Tree Ave and 12th Ave SE.

OU Alert: 3:14 PM Reported Law Enforcement emergency in area of Oak Tree and 12th Ave SE is resolved.

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Programs create partnership to enhance services for kids with special needs, their siblings

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 9:10pm

By Sharla Bardin For The Oklahoman

NORMAN — Elsa Pensoneau spent a recent Saturday creating cards, playing games on a playground and meeting new friends who share something in common with the 10-year-old.

Elsa and other children in the group are the brothers and sisters of kids with disabilities and special health needs.

The siblings were participating in Norman Sibshops, which offers a relaxed setting for kids to hang out with peers, play games and talk about their experiences.

While Elsa was in Sibshops, her younger siblings were in another room playing with toys and watching a movie during a session with Project Outreach, a free respite program for children with disabilities up to age 21.

Norman Sibshops and Project Outreach have started a new partnership that will have Sibshops taking place in conjunction with some sessions of Project Outreach.

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Parade brings Mardi Gras to downtown Norman

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 1:50pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Despite cold temperatures, revelers brought their strings of beads and bright lights to the Norman Mardi Gras parade in downtown Norman.

Decorative floats, marching bands, colorful lights and fanciful costumes filled the parade route where some threw beads to onlookers.

An estimated 2,000 turned out for the celebration.



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Norman Chocolate Festival full of flavors

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 11:03am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Mousse cake, chocolate chili, dripping fountains of delicious chocolate.

Chocolate lovers united Saturday to nibble, dip and savor the fare at the Norman Chocolate Festival, held this year at Norman North High School.

This year's event was organized by the Norman PTA Council and benefited public education.



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Officials celebrate new library taking shape in Norman

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 3:40pm

By Whitney Bryen For The Oklahoman

NORMAN — A steel beam signals progress at Norman's new Central Branch Library as officials celebrate the next phase of construction on the $39 million project.

Officials from the city and Pioneer Library Systems gathered at the site just north of Andrews Park recently as the final beam was placed at the peak of the three-story facility.

“It's exciting because we're starting to see the shape of it,” said Terry Floyd, who is managing the project for the city.

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Achievers

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 8:14pm

Ashlynn Chia has been named the National Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program's Oklahoma state winner after growing an 11-pound cabbage.

Ashlynn attends Truman Elementary School in Norman.

She was randomly selected from among participants by the state Agriculture Department and will receive a $1,000 U.S. savings bond toward education from Bonnie Plants.

More than 14,000 Oklahoma third-graders participated in the program.

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OU Dance hosts Daddy-Daughter Ballet Class, performance

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 8:13pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma School of Dance invites families to dance in a Daddy-Daughter Ballet Class and attend a performance by OU Dance students at 6 p.m.

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Cleveland County jail officials release video taken shortly before inmate death

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 4:44pm

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — Officials at the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office released a video Tuesday showing a man being booked into the county jail, where he would die shortly after.

Marconia Kessee, 34, died Jan.

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14 reasons you can't find love in Oklahoma

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 11:55am

If you've been unable to find love in Oklahoma, then there's a chance you've looked at yourself and wondered, "what's wrong with me?

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Museum to premiere poster exhibition Thursday

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 4:23pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Everyone except font Comic Sans is welcome to celebrate clean lines and classic logos during "I Heart Design" at the Fred Jones Jr.

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Norman Chocolate Festival to celebrate 36 years

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 11:33am

BY MELISSA HOWELL mhowell@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — The Norman Chocolate Festival returns for its 36th year on Saturday, with a bounty of chocolate delights, ranging from chocolate fudge mousse cake to chocolate salsa, provided from a variety of area confectioners.

The event runs from 10 a.m.

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