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Superintendent changes mind on closing North Highland | The Oklahoman Superintendent changes mind on closing North Highland
By Tim Willert Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.comOklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Aurora Lora has changed her mind about closing North Highland Elementary and decided to staff the troubled school for the upcoming year, the district reported. Monday's move came hours before the school board was going to consider Lora's recommendation to close the school for 2017-18. “After careful co...
The Oklahoman | June 26, 2017
Name of man fatally shot Sunday by Oklahoma City police released | The Oklahoman Name of man fatally shot Sunday by Oklahoma City police released
FROM STAFF REPORTSPolice released the name of a man who they say fired a gun at passing vehicles and was then fatally shot by a police officer in south Oklahoma City Sunday. Deveonte L. Johnson, 24, was fatally shot by an officer near SW 15 and S Robinson Ave.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | June 26, 2017
Partly sunny skies, high near 86 degrees Monday in Oklahoma City | The Oklahoman Partly sunny skies, high near 86 degrees Monday in Oklahoma City
FROM STAFF REPORTSSkies will be partly sunny Monday in Oklahoma City with a high temperature near 86 degrees, the National Weather Service reports. The Oklahoma City forecast follows: Monday: Partly sunny with a high near 86.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | June 26, 2017
Children came to Edmond Mobile Meals to learn basics of cooking | The Oklahoman Children came to Edmond Mobile Meals to learn basics of cooking
By Eriech Tapia Staff Writer etapia@oklahoman.comEDMOND — Children came to Edmond Mobile Meals to roll up their sleeves and learn the basics of cooking, including how to roll sushi. The program, Little Chefs, was created by Toni Washington as a way to introduce children to the basics of cooking world cuisines. "We are doing ...Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | June 26, 2017
Basketball camp helps Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma children feel included | The Oklahoman Basketball camp helps Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma children feel included
By Nick Sardis Staff Writer nsardis@oklahoman.com  Throughout Chesapeake Energy's fitness center, the echoes of basketballs hitting hardwood floors could be heard as athletes practiced during a special basketball camp. In the gymnasium, nearly 20 athletes were going through drills as part of a basketball camp that looked and sounded like any other, which was the primary intention. The Down Synd...
The Oklahoman | June 26, 2017
#OKC Boxscore for Monday, June 26, 2017 | The Oklahoman #OKC Boxscore for Monday, June 26, 2017
By William Crum Staff Writer wcrum@oklahoman.comShawnee Milling renews animal feed donation Shawnee Milling Co.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | June 26, 2017
Oklahoma City school facing closure vandalized Friday | The Oklahoman Oklahoma City school facing closure vandalized Friday
By Graham Lee Brewer Staff Writer gbrewer@oklahoman.comWhen Rebecca Budd looks at North Highland Elementary School, she sees a safe zone between two often violent gangs.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | June 26, 2017
Two die on Oklahoma roads during the weekend | The Oklahoman Two die on Oklahoma roads during the weekend
From Staff ReportsTwo Oklahomans died during the weekend in vehicle crashes, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported Sunday. Dockie Kosier, 46, Tulsa About 2:25 a.m.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | June 26, 2017
Fisherman presumed drowned in Claremore, Oklahoma | The Oklahoman Fisherman presumed drowned in Claremore, Oklahoma
FROM STAFF REPORTSCLAREMORE - A man seen fishing at Claremore Lake Sunday is presumed drowned after he went into the water but was not seen getting back out in Rogers County, the Oklahoma Lake Patrol reports. About 8:30 p.m.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | June 26, 2017
Man shot, killed by Oklahoma City police | The Oklahoman Man shot, killed by Oklahoma City police
A man who may have been firing his weapon at passing vehicles was shot and killed Sunday by an Oklahoma City police officer. Police were called to the area of S 15 and Robinson Ave.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | June 25, 2017
Two die on Oklahoma roads over the weekend | The Oklahoman Two die on Oklahoma roads over the weekend
From Staff ReportsTwo Oklahomans died over the weekend in vehicle accidents, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported Sunday.  Bryce Lane Bigbey-Lively, 25, of Covington Bigbey-Lively died Saturday morning when he failed to negotiate a curve on Southgate Road just east of Enid, causing him to drive through a ditch, according to a police report.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | June 25, 2017
Inbox app notifications are invaluable for subscribers on The Oklahoman’s app | The Oklahoman Inbox app notifications are invaluable for subscribers on The Oklahoman’s app
Alan HerzbergerI was chatting with a subscriber a few weeks ago – one of our high-profile subscribers. By ‘high-profile,’ I mean someone that is both interested in the news, involved in the news and has made news through the years as a business person and public official. When I see him, he often has a comment about The Oklahoman’s app, which he uses to read the newspaper every day on his phone...
The Oklahoman | June 25, 2017
Historic building next to Oklahoma City Memorial gets makeover | The Oklahoman Historic building next to Oklahoma City Memorial gets makeover
BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.comAfter seven years and working through an array of city, state and federal reviews, Bond Payne is finally able to relax in his new offices in one of the city's most historic spaces. For years the building at 621 N Robinson Ave.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | June 25, 2017
Stars and Stripes River Festival draws crowd for boat races, adventure park activities | The Oklahoman Stars and Stripes River Festival draws crowd for boat races, adventure park activities
By Jessica Phillips Staff Writer jphillips@oklahoman.comThe sixth annual Stars & Stripes River Festival on Saturday offered a variety of events from rowing competitions to white-water rafting to adventure park activities for all ages. Gabe Solice, from Colorado Springs, Colorado, was at the Oklahoma River to watch his mother compete.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | June 25, 2017
Oklahoma Developmental Disability Services funding could be cut | The Oklahoman Oklahoma Developmental Disability Services funding could be cut
By Eriech Tapia Staff Writer etapia@oklahoman.comPeople who work in the Department of Human Services' Developmental Disability Services department take care of more than 5,500 disabled in the state, while managing a waiting list for services that continues to grow and a labor shortage among providers due to low pay. Possible cuts could also jeopardize the 7,548 people who are on a more than 10-...
The Oklahoman | June 25, 2017
Biding Time: Long stays are among multiple problems persisting at the Oklahoma County jail | The Oklahoman Biding Time: Long stays are among multiple problems persisting at the Oklahoma County jail
By Josh Dulaney BIDING TIME BIDING TIME maximum security forthe innocent and low risk 1 2 3456 1 2 3456{if $specialArticle}{include file="[org-tpls]/social-bar.tpl" inline}{/if} PART ONE The Oklahoma County jail is overcrowded.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | June 25, 2017
Biding Time: Inmates with addiction, mental illness find Oklahoma County jail difficult to navigate | The Oklahoman Biding Time: Inmates with addiction, mental illness find Oklahoma County jail difficult to navigate
By Josh Dulaney BIDING TIME BIDING TIME 'caught up in the system' 1 2 3456 1 2 3456{if $specialArticle}{include file="[org-tpls]/social-bar.tpl" inline}{/if} PART THREE | coming June 27 Understaffed and lacking resources, the Oklahoma County jail has quickly become bogged down by a large number of inmates, many of whom get stuck with no way out.
The Oklahoman | June 25, 2017
Biding Time: Judges and attorneys look to lessen overcrowding in the Oklahoma County jail | The Oklahoman Biding Time: Judges and attorneys look to lessen overcrowding in the Oklahoma County jail
By Josh Dulaney BIDING TIME BIDING TIME 'who do you want to jail?' 1 2 3456 1 2 3456{if $specialArticle}{include file="[org-tpls]/social-bar.tpl" inline}{/if} PART TWO | coming June 26 A swollen county jail population leads to swollen courts, and many inmates' options are limited as they await their day in front of a judge.
The Oklahoman | June 25, 2017
Biding Time: Public defenders, prosecutors blame a lack of funding at the Oklahoma County jail | The Oklahoman Biding Time: Public defenders, prosecutors blame a lack of funding at the Oklahoma County jail
By Josh Dulaney BIDING TIME BIDING TIME 'do the mostwith the least' 1 2 3456 1 2 3456{if $specialArticle}{include file="[org-tpls]/social-bar.tpl" inline}{/if} PART FOUR | coming June 28 The Oklahoma County jail is decrepit and overflowing with inmates.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | June 25, 2017
Biding Time: Deeply rooted problems in Oklahoma County stave off changes to criminal justice system | The Oklahoman Biding Time: Deeply rooted problems in Oklahoma County stave off changes to criminal justice system
By Josh Dulaney BIDING TIME BIDING TIME 'we can't sustain this' 1 2 3456 1 2 3456{if $specialArticle}{include file="[org-tpls]/social-bar.tpl" inline}{/if} PART SIX | coming June 30 The Oklahoma County criminal justice is on an unsustainable path.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | June 25, 2017
Biding Time: Oklahoma County jail inmates lack treatment programs for mental illness and addiction | The Oklahoman Biding Time: Oklahoma County jail inmates lack treatment programs for mental illness and addiction
By Josh Dulaney BIDING TIME BIDING TIME 'languishing inmates,limited options' 1 2 3456 1 2 3456{if $specialArticle}{include file="[org-tpls]/social-bar.tpl" inline}{/if} PART FIVE | coming June 29 Too few treatment programs lead to more people flooding the overflowing system.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | June 25, 2017
Oklahoma City fire rescue dogs add unique talents to searches | The Oklahoman Oklahoma City fire rescue dogs add unique talents to searches
By Matt Dinger Staff Writer mdinger@oklahoman.comWhen disaster strikes, Oklahoma City calls upon a different type of firefighter. Currently, the Oklahoma City Fire Department has six K-9 search and rescue dogs.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | June 25, 2017
After three and a half decades, Keith Bryant reaching end of Oklahoma City fire career | The Oklahoman After three and a half decades, Keith Bryant reaching end of Oklahoma City fire career
By Matt Dinger Staff Writer mdinger@oklahoman.comOn April 19 this year, Oklahoma City Fire Chief Keith Bryant stood on the same hallowed ground his boots touched 22 years earlier, as a young captain. On what was once the rubble of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, now sits a reflecting pool and a field of chairs representing those killed by a bomb blast. Now 58, Bryant is in his last weeks...
The Oklahoman | June 25, 2017
Central office move produces 1916 handbook | The Oklahoman Central office move produces 1916 handbook
By Tim Willert Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.comOne hundred years ago, unruly public school students were punished with a small rubber tube "applied on the body.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | June 25, 2017
After 18 years, the Okie Noodling Tournament remains quite the show | The Oklahoman After 18 years, the Okie Noodling Tournament remains quite the show
By Nick Sardis Staff Writer nsardis@oklahoman.comPAULS VALLEY — Don “Katt Daddy” Brewer and his buddy Dennis “Copperhead” Williams, who entered the weigh-in area last weekend at the 18th annual Okie Noodling Tournament with more than 50 pounds of catfish resting on their shoulders, are tournament celebrities. Brewer, 45, who has been featured on the documentary "Mudcats," has been hand fishing ...
The Oklahoman | June 25, 2017
Arkansas man drowns in Oklahoma lake | The Oklahoman Arkansas man drowns in Oklahoma lake
From Staff ReportsSKIATOOK — The body of a 22-year-old Arkansas man was pulled from Skiatook Lake on Friday, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported. Anthony Scarpati, of Centerton, Ark., was swimming in the Twin Points area of the lake about 3:10 p.m.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | June 24, 2017
Made in Oklahoma Fest showcases local flavor | The Oklahoman Made in Oklahoma Fest showcases local flavor
By Kay Hunt For The OklahomanMIDWEST CITY — The Made in Oklahoma Fest showcased Midwest City at the Sheraton Midwest City Hotel, Reed Conference Center. The 2017 festival on June 17 marked the sixth annual city of Midwest City production and included entertainment by local musicians, a car and motorcycle show, home brewing and wine making demonstrations, a chocolate and wine pairing class, a Bl...
The Oklahoman | June 24, 2017
Beach time available in Bricktown | The Oklahoman Beach time available in Bricktown
From Staff ReportsThe beach is back in Bricktown for the summer, and so are the volleyball tournaments. A recent tournament was complete with sand, players, food and music. Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | June 24, 2017
OSU Extension offers “Kids in the Kitchen” cooking workshop | The Oklahoman OSU Extension offers “Kids in the Kitchen” cooking workshop
From Staff ReportsChildren learned the basics of food preparation during a two-day cooking school at the Oklahoma State University's Extension Conference Center. This week's cooking school, "Kids in the Kitchen," taught children ages 9 to 12 about what it means to eat nutritiously as they worked in small groups to create a variety of dishes. Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | June 24, 2017
Drive to help Oklahomans beat the heat | The Oklahoman Drive to help Oklahomans beat the heat
From Staff ReportsThe Salvation Army's box fan distribution program got underway Wednesday at The Salvation Army Center of Hope with a donation of 175 fans from Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. The faith-based organization has begun a fund drive to restock its supply of fans for the program, in partnership with Westlake Ace Hardware. Individuals can make monetary donations toward the purchase of f...
The Oklahoman | June 24, 2017
Mustang Elementary teacher of the year is back at her childhood campus | The Oklahoman Mustang Elementary teacher of the year is back at her childhood campus
By Shannon Rigsby For The OklahomanMUSTANG — Mustang Elementary's teacher of the year is media specialist Tanya Bernhardt, and her history with the school is long. She went to elementary school there, did her student teaching there and ended up staying.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | June 24, 2017
Youth sewing camp offered | The Oklahoman Youth sewing camp offered
From Staff ReportsOSU Cooperative Extension will offer a three-day summer sewing camp, Monday through Wednesday at the Oklahoma County OSU Extension Conference Center, 2500 NE 63. The camp is from 9 a.m.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | June 24, 2017
South Oklahoma City apartment buy shows no sign of weakness | The Oklahoman South Oklahoma City apartment buy shows no sign of weakness
By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.comBrookwood Village, Oklahoma's largest apartment complex, fetched a high price — $60.5 million, or $53,635 per unit — even with rent concessions peppering the Oklahoma City apartment market, signaling weakness. Weidner Apartment Homes of Kirkland, Washington, made its second investment in Oklahoma City and its sixth in the state with it...
The Oklahoman | June 24, 2017
Jurors choose life in prison for Oklahoma City shooting called 'random act of violence' | The Oklahoman Jurors choose life in prison for Oklahoma City shooting called 'random act of violence'
By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.comJurors chose life in prison Friday for an Oklahoma City man after convicting him of a shooting prosecutors called "a random act of violence.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | June 24, 2017
Manufacturing activity in Oklahoma region increased over past month | The Oklahoman Manufacturing activity in Oklahoma region increased over past month
By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.comManufacturing activity in the Oklahoma region increased over the past month and is expected to continue growing, according to a survey released Friday by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. The survey of companies in the Fed's Tenth District found the month-over-month composite index was 11 in June, up from 8 in May and 7 in April.Read mo...
The Oklahoman | June 24, 2017
Edmond Exchange, June 24 | The Oklahoman Edmond Exchange, June 24
By Diana Baldwin Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.comNew in town PDQ, one of Edmond's newest restaurants, scheduled to open at 10:30 a.m.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | June 24, 2017
Proposed closing of north Oklahoma City school draws criticism | The Oklahoman Proposed closing of north Oklahoma City school draws criticism
By Tim Willert Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.comIt was mid-May when Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Aurora Lora paid a visit to troubled North Highland Elementary. Longtime special education teacher Debra Dawson was among those who met with Lora and Chuck Tompkins, the district's director of student climate and student discipline. "We really bared our soul to her," Dawson said Fri...
The Oklahoman | June 24, 2017
Setting the pace for United Way of Central Oklahoma | The Oklahoman Setting the pace for United Way of Central Oklahoma
From Staff ReportsThirty teams competed for bragging rights Thursday evening at the United Way of Central Oklahoma's annual Pacesetter Games on the American Fidelity campus in Oklahoma City. Pacesetter companies complete their workplace campaign early and set the pace for others to follow.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | June 24, 2017
Charleston's to replace Legacy Grill in Oklahoma City's Lower Bricktown | The Oklahoman Charleston's to replace Legacy Grill in Oklahoma City's Lower Bricktown
BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business WriterSay goodbye to a legacy and hello to Charleston's as the Hal Smith Group ends a new concept attempted in Lower Bricktown when they quickly had to end a restaurant's affiliation with former Thunder star Kevin Durant. Legacy Grill opened last September in the space that previously home to KD's southern eatery.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | June 23, 2017
Week in Review Podcast: Criminal Justice Reform, Spaghetti Warehouse, NBA Draft | The Oklahoman Week in Review Podcast: Criminal Justice Reform, Spaghetti Warehouse, NBA Draft
In the latest Week in Review podcast, The Oklahoman's team discusses an upcoming series focusing on criminal justice reform in Oklahoma County, the Thunder's NBA Draft pick and the future of the former Spaghetti Warehouse building in downtown Oklahoma City. Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | June 23, 2017
Midwest City doctor charged in overdose deaths of five patients | The Oklahoman Midwest City doctor charged in overdose deaths of five patients
By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.comA Midwest City doctor was charged Friday in the overdose deaths of five patients, accused of unlawfully prescribing excessive amounts of prescription drugs to the victims. Regan Ganoung Nichols, 57, is charged in Oklahoma County District Court with five counts of second-degree murder.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | June 23, 2017
OKC Central Chat transcript, June 22, 2017 | The Oklahoman OKC Central Chat transcript, June 22, 2017
The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers in today's OKC Central Live Chat.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | June 23, 2017
OKC Pride parade celebrates 30th anniversary | The Oklahoman OKC Pride parade celebrates 30th anniversary
By Nuria Martinez-Keel Staff Writer nmartinez-keel@oklahoman.comThirty years have passed since the first LGBT pride parade in Oklahoma City, and its spirit of resistance has lasted decades. OKC Pride will observe the 30th anniversary of its annual parade at 6 p.m.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | June 23, 2017
OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer | The Oklahoman OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer
Chat with The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer about downtown development and more. Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | June 23, 2017
 Oklahoma faces in the BIO crowd | The Oklahoman  Oklahoma faces in the BIO crowd
Oklahoma faces in the BIO crowd Why are you in San Diego at the 2017 BIO show? Dr.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | June 23, 2017
Oklahoma City Park Commission opposes 'color runs' | The Oklahoman Oklahoma City Park Commission opposes 'color runs'
By Steve Gust For The Oklahoman"Color runs" may become a thing of the past in Oklahoma City parks. Members of the Oklahoma City Park Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to recommend no such runs happen in city parks, because of the colored cornstarch used during the activities.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | June 23, 2017
Academia, industry combine to boost Oklahoma’s presence at annual BIO show | The Oklahoman Academia, industry combine to boost Oklahoma’s presence at annual BIO show
By Jim Stafford For The OklahomanSAN DIEGO — When Tom Kupiec looked to either side, he saw more than a pair of fellow Oklahomans joining him at a small conference table on the floor of the San Diego Convention Center. The trio represented a collaborative effort to take the story of Oklahoma's life sciences industry cluster to the world at the 2017 BIO show here. “This is great example of where ...
The Oklahoman | June 23, 2017
Medical board revokes licenses for three doctors | The Oklahoman Medical board revokes licenses for three doctors
By Eriech Tapia Staff Writer etapia@oklahoman.comAn Oklahoma City doctor has had her medical license revoked after the state Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision found drugs and alcohol in her system while on probation. The board met Thursday morning to review the case of Petrina Nesbitt, who was placed on five-year probation last year. "She has continued to drink throughout this entire t...
The Oklahoman | June 23, 2017
Oklahoma City sees dip in homelessness, but increase in homeless families | The Oklahoman Oklahoma City sees dip in homelessness, but increase in homeless families
By Silas Allen Staff Writer sallen@oklahoman.comA year after the city's homeless population ticked up sharply, advocates say fewer people are living on Oklahoma City streets, according to numbers released Thursday. But the news isn't all good.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | June 23, 2017
Official says state teacher shortage is worsening | The Oklahoman Official says state teacher shortage is worsening
By Tim Willert Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.comOklahoma's top education official bemoaned the state's teacher shortage Thursday as the number of emergency credentials reached a new high. The state Board of Education approved 224 more emergency teaching certificates, which are issued to school districts that lack qualified candidates to fill teaching vacancies. Nearly one quarter of the certi...
The Oklahoman | June 23, 2017