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Sharply focused | Oklahoma Gazette
Oklahoma Gazette | July 15, 2018
Oklahoma City’s new mayor wants to focus on establishing an education conversation. On the second floor of Oklahoma City Hall, just inside the mayor’s conference room connected to both the mayor’s office and the council chambers, framed portraits of the cit...
True manhood | Oklahoma Gazette
Oklahoma Gazette | July 15, 2018
Oklahoma City police build strong relationships with local teenage boys, including those in the care of the state’s Office of Juvenile Affairs. Brandon McDonald is motivated.…
Big green | Oklahoma Gazette
Oklahoma Gazette | July 15, 2018
City of Oklahoma City rolls out a new recycling plan that benefits household residents and the city. For more than two decades, Oklahoma City residents have recycled aluminum cans, glass jars and bottles, plastic tubs and bottles, paper and more in 18-gallon recy...
Man shot five times near Edmond Sunday | The Oklahoman
The Oklahoman | July 15, 2018
From Staff ReportsA man was shot five times early Sunday near Edmond, police reported.About 1:30 a.m., the man, whose name was not released, was reportedly attempting to solicit a woman for sex at a home near NW 192 and Western Avenue when a man came out and shot the victim five times in his abdomen...
Fitness competitions held in OKC Saturday | The Oklahoman
The Oklahoman | July 15, 2018
FROM STAFF REPORTSMen and women geared toward high-level fitness flocked to the Cox Convention Center on Saturday for the OKC Fitness Expo. The event featured a number of competitions, including men's and women's bodybuilding, powerlifting and cross fit. Read more on NewsOK.com
Little Britches, big rodeo | The Oklahoman
The Oklahoman | July 15, 2018
FROM STAFF REPORTSGUTHRIE — Children as young as 5 years old competed Saturday during the National Little Britches Rodeo Association Finals at Lazy E Arena. Events during the finals included goat tying, steer wrestling, bull riding and barrel racing. The organization offers children the opportunit...
Candid discussion: Oklahoma students give advice to new teachers | The Oklahoman
The Oklahoman | July 15, 2018
By Tim Willert Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.comNORMAN — The students, most of them incoming high school seniors, didn't hold back when Oklahoma's top education official asked them what they'd like their teachers to know. Their advice to new and less-experienced educators: Be yourself, engage yo...
Coach teaches basketball, life skills to area youth | The Oklahoman
The Oklahoman | July 15, 2018
Kimberly Thompson Staff Writer kthompson@oklahoman.comOklahoma City — Rose State College adjunct professor Jimmy Lawson is using basketball to make a difference in the lives of children in Oklahoma City. He founded JL Basketball Training in June 2016 to train and prepare young athletes with life s...
Only 20,000 more signatures needed for recreational marijuana petition, organizers say | The Oklahoman
The Oklahoman | July 15, 2018
Activist group Green The Vote said Sunday that it has received more than 104,000 signatures to get a constitutional question about recreational marijuana on November's ballot, which means the group needs about 20,000 more. The number of signatures in support of State Question 797 rose by more than 2...
The Oklahoman | July 15, 2018
By Josh Wallace Staff Writer jwallace@oklahoman.comAbout 1 a.m. March 30, Eric Davis and his brother were driving west on Interstate 40 through Oklahoma City when a police car slipped in behind their rented pickup. Minutes later, the officer pulled the two men over for a traffic violation. Citing wh...
The Oklahoman | July 15, 2018
From Staff ReportsA pedestrian died Sunday after being struck by a motorcycle in northwest Oklahoma City.About 2:05 a.m., firefighters and police were called out to the 4300 block of N Western on reports of a wreck.Read more on NewsOK.com
Home talks | Oklahoma Gazette
Oklahoma Gazette | July 14, 2018
The City of Oklahoma City is designing broad regulations for the home-sharing industry. The City of Oklahoma City is seeking to do what many other American cities have tried in recent years: regulate the home-sharing industry.…
Ponca City woman dead after Saturday morning wreck in Noble County | The Oklahoman
The Oklahoman | July 14, 2018
From Staff ReportsRED ROCK – A 57-year-old Ponca City woman died Saturday morning after a wreck along a Noble County highway, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.About 2:35 a.m., Angela Gayle Bettencourt-Rieheld was driving a pickup north on U.S. 177, about four miles south and six miles east of ...
Man drowns Friday in Tillman County lake | The Oklahoman
The Oklahoman | July 14, 2018
FROM STAFF REPORTSMANITOU — An 18-year-old Frederick man died after complaining of being tired while he was swimming, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported. About 6:30 p.m.Read more on NewsOK.com
Man arrested on murder complaint after wreck in Edmond led to child's death | The Oklahoman
The Oklahoman | July 14, 2018
From Staff ReportsEDMOND — A child is dead and a Moore man was booked into the Oklahoma County jail following an early Saturday wreck along Interstate 35.About 2:30 a.m., Xavier Trevon Ware, 20, was driving a car north on I-35, south of E 2nd Avenue in Edmond.Read more on NewsOK.com
Dolese closing Edmond plant | The Oklahoman
The Oklahoman | July 14, 2018
BY ERIECH TAPIA For The OklahomanEDMOND — After more than a half-century of calling the city home, Dolese will be closing its concrete plant in downtown next month. With its towering silos over downtown, Dolese has been in Edmond since the mid-1950s at 104 W Main Street.Read more on NewsOK.com
Oil industry activity expands in region | The Oklahoman
The Oklahoman | July 14, 2018
By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.comThe oil and natural gas sector continues to expand as stronger oil prices again are boosting industry executives' expectations, according to a survey released Friday by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Most energy firms in the region report...
The Oklahoman | July 14, 2018
FROM STAFF REPORTSNine Southwest Orthopaedic specialists have agreed to pay $670,000 to settle civil claims stemming from allegations they submitted false claims to Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare. Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma Robert J. Troester and Oklahoma Attorney Gene...
Thriving tech | Oklahoma Gazette
Oklahoma Gazette | July 13, 2018
OK Innovate seeks to take Oklahoma City’s technology and innovation ecosystem to the next level. Seven months into the job, Joshua Fahrenbruck, the chief operating officer of OK Innovate, sees the future of Oklahoma City’s burgeoning tech and innovation scene...
COVER: Viral disease | Oklahoma Gazette
Oklahoma Gazette | July 13, 2018
As local journalism faces challenges on many fronts, Facebook is not an allied force In early March 2015, a YouTube video emerged featuring members of the University of Oklahoma’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity singing a racist chant on a charter bus ride to Ok...
Think Bethany | Oklahoma Gazette
Oklahoma Gazette | July 13, 2018
The small municipality’s NW 23rd Street corridor is poised for revitalization. City leaders and businesses are leading the charge. For much of the past few decades, Bethany’s NW 23rd Street corridor has been a place where only the locals go, with grocery stor...
Getting seated | Oklahoma Gazette
Oklahoma Gazette | July 13, 2018
A thick field of candidates are competing in the special election to represent Ward 7 on the city council. Former city councilman John Pettis resigned his Ward 7 position at the end of May after being charged with felony embezzlement and one count of intentional f...
Path finder | Oklahoma Gazette
Oklahoma Gazette | July 13, 2018
OKC’s first master plan for pedestrians and cyclists aims to connect dots around the metro. Many people would call the idea of living comfortably in Oklahoma City without a car impossible.…
Names of two people killed in fiery Roosevelt Bridge collision released | The Oklahoman
The Oklahoman | July 13, 2018
From Staff ReportsThe state medical examiner's office has identified two people who died in June in a fiery collision on the Roosevelt Bridge at Lake Texoma in Bryan County, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.Adrianne M. Pinckney, 59, of Kingston, and John F. Bosh, 54, of Oakwood, Texas, were pron...
Company offers urgent care house calls in Oklahoma City area | The Oklahoman
The Oklahoman | July 13, 2018
By Meg Wingerter Staff Writer mwingerter@oklahoman.comOklahoma City — DispatchHealth is expanding its mobile urgent care business into the Oklahoma City area, and Blue Cross Blue Shield is encouraging patients to give it a try. Patients who think they have a problem that needs quick attention, but...
Positives seen in homelessness report | The Oklahoman
The Oklahoman | July 13, 2018
By William Crum Staff Writer wcrum@oklahoman.comOklahoma City's annual homelessness snapshot documented a 13.5 percent decrease from 2017 in the number of people who were homeless, but found more were living outdoors. The 2018 Point in Time Count was conducted Jan.Read more on NewsOK.com
Centennial Health ribbon-cutting marks start of makeover for northeast side of Oklahoma City | The Oklahoman
The Oklahoman | July 13, 2018
BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.comA blighted decades-old service station converted into a clinic might not be the sort of ribbon-cutting that would draw a mayor of a city of 643,000, but David Holt is the first to note the development is a significant boost for NE 23 and the...
Plugging In: Oklahoma energy briefs for July 13 | The Oklahoman
The Oklahoman | July 13, 2018
Service firm extends pumping contract Mammoth Energy Services Inc.Read more on NewsOK.com
Oklahoma dollar house dare draws $515,000 worth of drama | The Oklahoman
The Oklahoman | July 13, 2018
By Richard Mize Real Estate Editor rmize@oklahoman.comRealtor Ryan Hukill's $1 gamble — his bet that a luxury home offered for a buck would beget buzz and a bidding blitz — paid off to the tune of $515,000, some $15,000 more than the sellers' had hoped. The purchase price was also about $15,000 ...
OKC woman claims mutual combat in shovel, knife attack | The Oklahoman
The Oklahoman | July 13, 2018
From Staff ReportsA 24-year-old woman claimed it was “mutual combat” when she allegedly hit one person with a shovel and then stabbed her with a knife near the Homeless Alliance Thursday morning.About 10:45 a.m.Read more on NewsOK.com
Pro-marijuana group sues Fallin over Rx pot rules | The Oklahoman
The Oklahoman | July 13, 2018
By Meg WingerterTwo lawsuits filed Friday claimed the state Board of Health stepped out of line when it passed regulations on medical marijuana Tuesday.Green the Vote, a pro-marijuana advocacy group announced Friday morning that it had filed a suit claiming five members of the state Board of Health ...
International Finals Youth Rodeo continues Friday | The Oklahoman
The Oklahoman | July 13, 2018
FROM STAFF REPORTSSHAWNEE — An annual event that showcases the best high school rodeo athletes in the world continues Friday. Featuring a wide variety of events, including barrel racing, breakaway roping, steer wrestling and bull riding, the International Finals Youth Rodeo at Shawnee's Heart of O...
The Oklahoman | July 13, 2018
From Staff ReportsThree people died after wrecks along Oklahoma roads, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.Michael Eben Brown, 36, of ClaremoreBrown was driving a motorcycle when he crashed about 3:40 a.m.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | July 13, 2018
From Staff ReportsA woman died early Friday when she was struck by a car while she was walking on Interstate 240 in south Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.The name of the 36-year-old woman from Oklahoma City was not released by the patrol.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | July 13, 2018
From Staff ReportsThe heat index in Oklahoma City Friday will be over 100 degrees, the National Weather Service reported. A heat advisory is in effect Friday for Tulsa and parts of eastern Oklahoma from noon until 8 p.m., the weather service reported. The Oklahoma City forecast follows:Fri...
The Oklahoman | July 13, 2018
By Randy Ellis Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.comThe Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services website is working again, Jody Harlan, the state agency's communications director, said Friday. In the past, private sector servers have been used to host the Department of Rehabilitation Services webs...
The Oklahoman | July 13, 2018
From Staff ReportsQUAPAW — Authorities are searching for an Ottawa County man who was reported missing Friday morning.Curtis McKibbon, 64, was last seen about 8 a.m.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | July 13, 2018
From Staff ReportsTwo people died Friday in state traffic, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.Michael Eben Brown, 36, of ClaremoreBrown was driving a motorcycle when he crashed about 3:40 a.m.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | July 13, 2018
BY MIKE COPPOCK For The OklahomanSTILLWATER — Stillwater's newly created tax increment finance district faces a petition drive calling for a citywide vote on whether to overturn its creation by the city council.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | July 13, 2018
From Staff ReportsA 4-year-old boy drowned in Lake Eufaula Thursday after he wandered away from his home, the second drowning of the week in the lake, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.The name of the boy who drowned Thursday was not released by the patrol.The boy's mother and stepfather said the...
The Oklahoman | July 13, 2018
From Staff ReportsQUAPAW — A 64-year-old Ottawa County man has been found after being reported missing Friday morning.Just after 2:10 p.m.Read more on NewsOK.com
Transit improvements | Oklahoma Gazette
Oklahoma Gazette | July 12, 2018
The next big bus system enhancement is Sunday bus service. About seven years ago, Oklahoma City Councilman David Greenwell was appointed to the Central Oklahoma Transportation & Parking Authority (COTPA) board, which provides oversight to the city’s parking an...
Heading west | Oklahoma Gazette
Oklahoma Gazette | July 12, 2018
The NW 23rd Street west corridor is one to watch as a $13.2 million streetscape revitalization project wraps up in The Windsor District. There’s something magical about The Windsor District’s brick markers with the slanted “W” illuminated with an LED beam...
Next Issue: Oklahoma Gazette celebrates the nation’s 242nd birthday | Oklahoma Gazette
Oklahoma Gazette | July 12, 2018
P. 23 Oklahoma Gazette celebrates the nation’s 242nd birthday with a list of the best local Fourth of July events, including fireworks, parades and music.…
Police dogs learn to sniff out bombs in OKC | The Oklahoman
The Oklahoman | July 12, 2018
By KELSY SCHLOTTHAUER Staff Writer kschlotthauer@oklahoman.comGerman shepherds, Belgian Malinois and Labrador retrievers from Oklahoma and surrounding states converged at State Fair Park this week.Read more on NewsOK.com
State's top principal leaving OKC district post | The Oklahoman
The Oklahoman | July 12, 2018
By Tim Willert Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.comOne of Oklahoma's top principals is leaving Oklahoma City Public Schools for Tulsa, where she will head an effort to design better high schools, The Oklahoman has learned. John Marshall Mid-High Principal Aspasia Carlson has been offered the position...
Downtown parking makeover on tap | The Oklahoman
The Oklahoman | July 12, 2018
By Steve Lackmeyer Staff Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.comDocuments obtained Wednesday by The Oklahoman show Continental Resources and BancFirst are set to pay $22.5 million for the city's largest downtown garage, a 48 percent increase from the initial offer pitched by Continental last fall. The sale...
Ex-principal suing OKC district for damages | The Oklahoman
The Oklahoman | July 12, 2018
By Tim Willert Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.comA former elementary school principal reveals in a lawsuit that her students were "subjected to multiple drive-by shootings," including one in which a parent was shot in the shoulder as a result of "gang-related activities" in the neighborhood. The di...
Love at first strike: Couple seek to put their spin on southside Oklahoma City bowling center | The Oklahoman
The Oklahoman | July 12, 2018
By David Dishman Business Writer ddishman@oklahoman.comA shared love for the sport of bowling led to the introduction of Tim and Kim Denny, and the continued love for the sport is leading the now-married couple into a new business venture in Oklahoma City. The Dennys recently purchased Holiday Lanes...
Exception allows recruit to join Oklahoma Army National Guard | The Oklahoman
The Oklahoman | July 12, 2018
By Staff Sgt. Mireille Merilice-Roberts For The OklahomanEach year, thousands of young recruits prepare to ship out for Basic Combat Training. In the early hours of June 29, among a small group of fresh-faced recruits, Spc.Read more on NewsOK.com