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Bishop Creek Tributary Cleanup rescheduled for May 18

Wed, 05/08/2019 - 12:00am

Staff reports

NORMAN — The Bishop Creek Tributary Cleanup event originally scheduled for May 4 has been rescheduled for May 18.

Residents are invited to join the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and the city of Norman Stormwater Division to clean up the tributary from 10 a.m.

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Former University of Oklahoma President David Boren asks for meeting with regents

Tue, 05/07/2019 - 8:20pm

By Nolan Clay
Staff writer nclay@oklahoman.com

In an extraordinary move, former University of Oklahoma President David Boren asked in writing Tuesday to meet with regents about the sexual misconduct investigation of him.

The regents next meet Thursday and Friday in Norman.

"President Boren would like to directly and fully address the reckless course of conduct being pursued to shamelessly and falsely dishonor Oklahoma University and Mr.

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Oklahoma Senate panel advances OU regent nominee

Tue, 05/07/2019 - 8:17pm

By Carmen Forman
Staff writer cforman@oklahoman.com

A Senate panel on Tuesday unanimously approved confirmation of Gov. Kevin Stitt’s latest appointment to the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents despite some senators’ early skepticism about the appointee.

The Senate Education Committee supported the governor’s appointment of Oklahoma businessman Gary Pierson to fill a vacancy on the board.

The approval comes after some senators quietly questioned the governor’s pick and hinted that Pierson may not make it through the Senate confirmation process.

At the time, Senate Pro Tem Greg Treat said he told the governor’s office the confirmation process wouldn’t be “a cakewalk” because of some of Pierson’s previous interactions with state lawmakers.

In the hearing, Pierson touted his business background as an asset especially while OU President James Gallogly makes reining in university spending a top priority.

Pierson is the president and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company, which was over The Oklahoman newspaper until its sale to GateHouse Media in 2018.

The regents need to be asking tough questions about where money is being spent and why it’s being spent the way it is, Pierson said.

“I’m ready to dig in.

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OU pays law firm more than $500K for David Boren, financial data investigations

Sun, 05/05/2019 - 8:18pm

By Nolan Clay
Staff writer nclay@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma has paid $561,493 to the law firm that investigated both former OU President David Boren and the misreporting of information to U.S. News & World Report.

The latest payment to Jones Day — for $166,814 — was made April 24, two weeks after regents were briefed at a six-hour closed meeting on the findings of the Boren investigation, records show.

OU first hired Jones Day last year to investigate the misreporting of information to U.S. News & World Report for its annual ranking of universities.

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Norman Pride expands to Campus Corner for second annual LGBTQ celebration

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 8:18pm

By Siali Siaosi
Staff writer ssiaosi@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — After debuting last August, Norman Pride returns this weekend with a festival spanning two districts set to celebrate LGBTQ Oklahomans.

Festivities begin Friday with kickoff parties and a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Main Street, followed by a Campus Corner block party Saturday and a parade Sunday in downtown Norman.

“We have a ton of stuff going on all over the place,” said Andrew Coulter, Norman Pride president.

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State briefs for May 2

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 2:29pm

OKLAHOMA CITY

Initiative aims to support cancer research led by women

The American Cancer Society in Oklahoma City announced Wednesday a new initiative to engage women of influence to raise funds directly supporting cancer research led by women.

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Wed, 05/01/2019 - 12:00am

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

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Journalist Soledad O'Brien to speak at OU Commencement

Tue, 04/30/2019 - 8:20pm

By Adam Kemp
Staff writer akemp@oklahoman.com

Award-winning journalist Soledad O'Brien is set to deliver the commencement address at the University of Oklahoma next week.

O'Brien, who hosts "Matter of Fact" on ABC and is a member of both the National Association of Black Journalists and Hispanic Journalists, will speak at OU’s university-wide commencement address at 7 p.m.

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Norman police recommend charges against ‘Murder Money Gang’

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 11:36am

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — Police are recommending racketeering charges for a group of people who identified themselves as being part of the “Murder Money Gang.”

Investigators working cases involving armed robberies, vehicle thefts, drive-by-shootings and drug related crimes in Norman identified the people behind the crimes as members of the gang, according to a news release.

The Norman Police Department recommended Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations, also known as RICO, charges to the Cleveland County District Attorney’s office.

Police said the members of the gang went on a crime spree that lasted from June through December and that they also committed crimes in jurisdictions outside Norman.

The people involved with the Murder Money Gang are currently in custody at various detention centers.

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Norman police to hold Coffee with a Cop on Thursday

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 12:00am

Staff reports

NORMAN — The Norman Police Department will hold its next Coffee with a Cop from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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Senior Center public input session planned Tuesday in Norman

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 12:00am

Staff reports

NORMAN — After Tuesday's Norman City Council study session, residents will be invited to provide input on several site location options for the proposed Norman Forward Senior Center.

City staff will present a summarized review of the Senior Citizens Center site options during the 5:30 p.m.

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City of Norman to host 18th annual Earth Day Festival April 28

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 12:00am

Staff reports

NORMAN — The city of Norman and the Cleveland County Conservation District will host the 18th Annual Earth Day Festival from noon to 5 p.m.

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 12:00am

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

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Oklahoma Legislature approves ban on taxing plastic bags

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 6:16am

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature has approved a bill to prevent cities and towns from imposing a fee on single-use plastic and paper bags and it will now proceed to the governor's office.

The measure aims to bar local governments from prohibiting or taxing "auxiliary containers" used for carrying groceries, carryout and other bought items.

The Journal Record reports that the Oklahoma House passed Sen.

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Achievers

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 12:32am

The Oklahoma Association of Secondary School Principals and the Oklahoma Middle Level Education Association have announced Scott Beck, of Norman High School, as the 2019 High School Principal of the Year and Kristy VanDorn, of Deer Creek Middle School, as the Middle School Principal of the Year.

Both will be recognized at the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration Summer Leadership Conference in June.

To be considered for this column, please email achievement announcements and photos to LLynn@Oklahoman.com.



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Citywide sign sweep scheduled April 18 in Norman

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 12:29am

Staff reports

Norman code compliance inspectors will perform a sweep of Norman's city rights-of-way on Thursday to remove any illegally placed signage.

Under city ordinance, signs are not permitted in city-owned rights-of-way without a limited license, which is generally given for community awareness-oriented signs.

Here are facts regarding placing signs in Norman:

• Business signs are not allowed in the right-of-way, regardless of the level of establishment.

• Temporary business signs are allowed on private property with a permit, and some restrictions apply.

• Political or election signs are not allowed in the rights-of-way except in front of a residential dwelling.

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 12:00am

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

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Achievers

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 12:00am

A flag disposal box has been installed at the Cleveland County Courthouse just inside the west entrance and across from the County Treasurer’s Office.

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Governor appoints Gary Pierson to OU Regents

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 8:19pm

By Adam Kemp
Staff writer akemp@oklahoman.com

Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Tuesday that businessman Gary Pierson is his choice for the remaining open spot on the University of Oklahoma board of regents.

Pierson, will fill the remainder of Bill Burgess' term for the regents.

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New OU Regent Eric Stevenson eager to listen to student's calls for change

Sat, 04/13/2019 - 8:37pm

By Adam Kemp
Staff writer akemp@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — Strolling through Beaird Lounge inside the University of Oklahoma Student Union, Eric Stevenson was quickly surrounded by a group of students eager to meet him.

The space is dubbed the “living room” of OU and Stevenson was making himself at home.

He met with more than 30 students earlier this month to shake hands, answer questions and listen to the concerns of the Sooner student body.

“I want to hear,” Stevenson said.

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