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Accused graffiti vandal hospitalized for 'health danger'

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 8:21pm

By Tim Willert
Staff writer twillert@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — A woman accused of spray-painting racist graffiti was hospitalized for medical and mental health treatment because of a "possible danger to her health," a judge ordered.

Allison Christine Johnson was to be "transported back" to the Cleveland County jail upon her release, the order filed Aug.

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 5:37pm

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

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Power outages force Cleveland County courthouse, sheriff's office to close

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 11:00am

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — Power outages forced the Cleveland County Courthouse and sheriff's office to close early on Friday afternoon, officials said.

Additional areas of downtown Norman were affected by the outages, spokeswoman Joy Hampton reported.

For more information, go to normanok.gov or visit the City of Norman social media pages.



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OU Interim President Joseph Harroz welcomes new students to OU

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 8:20pm

By Adam Kemp
Staff writer akemp@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — The welcome brigade waved signs and cheered as the long line of cars ushered in the next wave of University of Oklahoma students on Thursday.

Much to the amusement of some parents and the delight of most, OU handles the heavy lifting for students.

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Achievers: OHCE scholarship winners

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 12:07am

Four Cleveland County graduating seniors were selected to receive $1,500 scholarships provided yearly by county Oklahoma Home and Community Education (OHCE) groups.

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Public meetings set for preliminary updated floodplain maps

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 12:00am

Staff reports

NORMAN — Residents are invited to discuss proposed flood hazard information and modifications to the floodplain maps for 10 Mile Flat Creek and Brookhaven Creek at public meetings on Aug.

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 12:00am

Bethany Animal Control Shelter:

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Side effects: Medical marijuana may be legal across Oklahoma, but on state colleges it's been denied admission

Sun, 08/11/2019 - 8:14pm

By Adam Kemp
Staff writer akemp@oklahoman.com

A short walk separates college life from a different sort of higher education.

Pass between the brick and stone columns that mark the north entrance of the University of Oklahoma campus and walk the half-block north on Asp Avenue into Norman’s famous Campus Corner, walking past some of the college town’s most popular restaurants, and you’ll reach the white sign sitting on the sidewalk, its bold, green cross and the words “Now Open” underneath, beckoning customers inside to the shopping area’s first medical marijuana dispensary.

The short distance is ideal for Scott Huggins.

The industrial engineering major at OU said his walk from Gallogly College of Engineering to his job at Green Buffalo Dispensary is only about three minutes.

“It’s so convenient,” Huggins says of his part-time job.

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Norman mayor signs letter demanding action on gun safety bills

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 8:26pm

By Carmen Forman
Staff writer cforman@oklahoman.com

Norman Mayor Breea Clark joined mayors across the country to sign onto a letter this week demanding U.S. Senate leaders call their members back into session to pass gun safety reforms.

Clark was one of 237 mayors nationwide to sign the letter that comes less than a week after back-to-back mass shootings rocked the country.

She was the only Oklahoma mayor to sign the letter that also was signed by the mayors of El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio — the sites of recent mass shootings.

The United States Conference of Mayors sent the letter Thursday to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic leader Chuck Schumer imploring them to end the August recess and call their members back to Washington, D.C.

"When these mass shootings happen in cities all over the nation, it is the local officials that are there first, consoling residents, offering support, and trying to move their cities past unthinkable tragedy," Clark said in a statement posted on Facebook.

The mayors want the Senate to vote on two bills expanding federal background checks for gun sales.

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University of Oklahoma adds misconduct, discrimination staff

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 3:35am

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The University of Oklahoma plans to add five employees to address sexual misconduct and discrimination.

OU Office of Institutional Integrity Officer Bobby Mason said the new employees will help students or employees who suffer misconduct or discrimination with resources such as counseling, protection and class schedule changes if needed.

The university has been shaken by allegations that former OU President Boren and former university administrator Tripp Hall sexually harassed male students.

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Proponents brought nation's first community health center to Oklahoma

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 8:21pm

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

NORMAN — The first federally funded community mental health center in the nation is celebrating its 50th anniversary this summer.

The Central Oklahoma Community Mental Health Center opened in 1969 in Norman as part of the movement to take people out of institutions and provide them outpatient care in the communities where they lived.

"Oklahoma has always had strong advocacy around this issue," said Cathy Billings, the center's director for the past four years.

Vocal leaders in Congress pushed for Oklahoma to get funding for the first center after President John F. Kennedy signed the Community Mental Health Act in October 1963, she said.

Dr.

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Norman extends deadline for 2019 Norman Youth Council Class applications

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 12:00am

Staff reports

NORMAN — The city of Norman is extending the application deadline for 2019 Norman Youth Council Class to Friday.

The city is seeking high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who are active in their school and community and are interested in learning about local government.

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Achievers

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 12:00am

Kathryn Mariah Smith, of Norman, recently completed an honors course titled "Multidisciplinary Perspectives: Research Management in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem" in Yellowstone National Park.

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Donations sought for fundraising events planned to benefit child attacked by dogs

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 12:00am

Staff reports

A cookout, motorcycle ride and auction are planned Sept. 8 to benefit a child attacked by dogs.

Haylee Bischel, as well as the Department of Pediatric Surgery at Children’s Hospital where Haylee is receiving care, will benefit from the fundraising events.

The cookout will begin at 11 a.m.

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Norman City Council approves agreement with Embark to operate public transit system

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 12:00am

Staff reports

NORMAN — The Norman City Council voted to approve a contract with Embark to operate the city’s recently acquired public transit system.

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Wed, 08/07/2019 - 12:00am

Bethany Animal Control Shelter,

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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OU flying high with airline partnerships

Sun, 08/04/2019 - 8:12pm

By Adam Kemp
Staff writer akemp@oklahoman.com

Brendan O’Toole loves the view from his classroom.

As a student of aviation studies at the University of Oklahoma, the cockpit of an airplane is where he does his best learning.

“It’s just the insane awesomeness of what I get to do,” O’Toole said.

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Native American art sale Friday and Saturday at Cleveland County Fairgrounds

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 12:22am

Staff reports

NORMAN — The seventh annual Central Oklahoma Native American Art Sale will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Norman City Council accepting applications for upcoming Ward 4 vacancy

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 12:03am

Staff reports

NORMAN — The Norman City Council is accepting applications to fill the Ward 4 council seat that will become vacant when Councilman Bill Hickman’s resignation goes into effect Aug.

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 12:00am

Bethany Animal Control Shelter,

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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