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Home talks | Oklahoma Gazette
Oklahoma Gazette | May 27, 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.…
Thriving tech | Oklahoma Gazette
Oklahoma Gazette | May 26, 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 | May 26, 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 | May 26, 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...
Police identify Louie's gunman, victims, civilians who ended shooting | The Oklahoman
The Oklahoman | May 26, 2018
By Josh Wallace and Robert Medley Staff WritersWeeks before police say he walked up to a crowded restaurant and opened fire, Alexander Tilghman pleaded for help on social media, saying he was "under hard-core demonic attack.Read more on NewsOK.com
OKC Central Chat: Still looking for a new Oklahoma City downtown grocer | The Oklahoman
The Oklahoman | May 26, 2018
The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer fielded questions Friday during his weekly OKC Central chat. This is an abridged transcript of that conversation.Read more on NewsOK.com
Presenting meritorious works of historic preservation in Oklahoma | The Oklahoman
The Oklahoman | May 26, 2018
FROM STAFF REPORTSThe Oklahoma Historical Society's State Historic Preservation Office has presented its 2018 Citation of Merit Awards for historic preservation work — restoration, rehabilitation, research, planning, public programming and other activities. Half of the award winners, with brief su...
3 OKC women ordered to trial over baby boy's burns, leg amputation | The Oklahoman
The Oklahoman | May 26, 2018
By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.comThree women were ordered Friday to stand trial on allegations they failed to get medical care for an Oklahoma City baby boy burned so badly his right leg had to be amputated. The boy's godmother, mother and another woman are charged with felony child ...
Achievers | The Oklahoman
The Oklahoman | May 26, 2018
Five Delta Gamma alumnae, including an incoming university president, were honored by the Oklahoma City Delta Gamma Alumnae Chapter for their professional accomplishments and service to the community. “We are proud of these outstanding women, and want them to know we recognize their contributions ...
OKC teacher wins $15,000 wedding | The Oklahoman
The Oklahoman | May 26, 2018
FROM STAFF REPORTSAn Oklahoma City teacher recently was surprised with a wedding giveaway valued at $15,000. Noell Figueroa, a first-grade teacher at John Rex Charter Elementary School, was surrounded by her students when she heard the good news. The Pointe, an Oklahoma wedding event planner, create...
Some OKC pools open Saturday | The Oklahoman
The Oklahoman | May 26, 2018
FROM STAFF REPORTSSome Oklahoma City swimming pools and spraygrounds will be open beginning Saturday. Here is a list for those seeking cool waters: Earlywine and Will Rogers Family Aquatic Centers Locations: Earlywine, 3101 SW 119; Will Rogers: 3201 N Grand Blvd. • May 26-June 3: Noon to 6 p.m.Rea...
Opening your home to a foster animal helps save lives | The Oklahoman
The Oklahoman | May 26, 2018
By Jonathan Gary NewsOK ContributorMore than 3,000 animals were sent to foster homes for Oklahoma City Animal Welfare in 2017. Sadly, there were hundreds more that needed to be fostered. Each year, thousands of animals enter Oklahoma City Animal Welfare needing a foster home before they are able to ...
Under control, Norman builder loads model home with voice activation | The Oklahoman
The Oklahoman | May 26, 2018
By Dyrinda Tyson For The Oklahoman dyrinda@gmail.comNORMAN — Dan Reeves cleared his throat and ordered, “Alexa, good night.” “Good night, sleep tight,” replied Amazon's home assistant from a screen by the bed. Then the lights blinked out, and shades lowered on the nearby windows with a qui...
The Oklahoman | May 26, 2018
HOLDENVILLE — A 30-year-old man suspected in a Saturday morning double homicide in Hughes County was arrested after leading police on a chase. Rodney Key was arrested in Pottawatomie County after the pursuit and was being held on complaints of possession of stolen property and unauthorized use of ...
The Oklahoman | May 26, 2018
FROM STAFF REPORTSGROVE — A 17-year-old girl died Friday night after the utility terrain vehicle she was in wrecked near a Delaware County highway, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported. About 10:45 p.m.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | May 26, 2018
By Tim Willert Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.comFour schools in the Oklahoma City district will have new principals in the coming year. The schools are Bodine Elementary, Classen School of Advanced Studies, Greystone Elementary and Johnson Elementary, the district announced Thursday. Each school h...
The Oklahoman | May 26, 2018
By David Dishman Business writer ddishman@oklahoman.comOklahoma City restaurant owners and managers are reflecting on customer and employee safety following Thursday's shooting at Louie's Grill & Bar, a Hal Smith Restaurant. The shooting prompted leadership at Hal Smith Restaurants to issue a st...
The Oklahoman | May 26, 2018
FROM STAFF REPORTSNORMAN — The Norman Animal Welfare Oversight Committee is accepting nominations for the Norman Animal Welfare Volunteerism Award. Created to honor Erica Loftis, who dedicated her life to saving animals, this award celebrates those who have made substantial contributions to animal...
The Oklahoman | May 26, 2018
From staff reportsThe Festival of Homes, organized by the Builders Association of South Central Oklahoma (BASCO), will feature 59 new houses in the Norman and Moore areas open free to the public June 1-3 and June 3-8. The event also involves the Moore Home Builders Association and Southwest Builders...
New Leaders Council Oklahoma will foster the state’s millennial talent through unique leadership training to create changemakers. | Oklahoma Gazette
Oklahoma Gazette | May 25, 2018
New Leaders Council Oklahoma will foster the state’s millennial talent through unique leadership training to create changemakers. The power of social networking drew Oklahoman Bailey Perkins to New Leaders Council, a national nonprofit dedicated to developi...
A bicycle and pedestrian master plan makes its way through City Hall this spring | Oklahoma Gazette
Oklahoma Gazette | May 25, 2018
A bicycle and pedestrian master plan makes its way through City Hall this spring. There is no denying that Oklahoma City, like many other U.S. cities, is an automobile-centric city. While there are signs of progress for active transportation, from the arrival of t...
Transit improvements | Oklahoma Gazette
Oklahoma Gazette | May 25, 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 | May 25, 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...
OKC residents seek housing in the urban center | Oklahoma Gazette
Oklahoma Gazette | May 25, 2018
OKC residents seek housing in the urban center With the start of construction on luxury condominiums, townhomes, apartments, flats and single-family homes all in Oklahoma City’s downtown and surrounding districts — including Midtown, Automobile Alley, Bricktow...
Cover: Oklahoma Gazette sizes up Mick Cornett’s 14 years in office | Oklahoma Gazette
Oklahoma Gazette | May 25, 2018
Cornett leaves office as OKC's 35th mayor next month, passing the gavel to mayor-elect David Holt. When Mick Cornett took office as Oklahoma City’s mayor on March 2, 2004, there was no Devon Energy Center dominating the city’s skyline, nor was there a National...
Video: OKC Police press conference on Lake Hefner shooting | The Oklahoman
The Oklahoman | May 25, 2018
Related content Police ID suspected gunman, civilians who shot him outside Louie's Man identified as Louie's shooter had posted on social media about being 'under hardcore demonic attack' Gunshot victim remains hospitalized Friday following Louie's shootings Video: Eyewitness report of shooting at L...
OKC Central Chat transcript, May 25, 2018 | The Oklahoman
The Oklahoman | May 25, 2018
The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers in today's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's Q&A's on Fridays at 9:30 a.m.Read more on NewsOK.com
Dignitaries formally begin OKC's Station 29 construction | The Oklahoman
The Oklahoman | May 25, 2018
By William Crum Staff Writer wcrum@oklahoman.comDignitaries including Chief Richard Kelley and Ward 4 Councilman Todd Stone formally kicked off construction of southeast Oklahoma City's long-awaited fire Station 29 on Thursday. Earth already is being rearranged at 8400 SE 164, in mostly agricultural...
Advisory board approves convention center construction contract | The Oklahoman
The Oklahoman | May 25, 2018
By William Crum Staff Writer wcrum@oklahoman.comConstruction is set to begin in a few weeks on Oklahoma City's new downtown convention center, the most expensive of the MAPS 3 projects promised to voters in 2009. The MAPS 3 Citizens Advisory Board on Thursday approved a $168.2 million construction c...
Stocking up: Pine Pantry program offers simple way to help and get help | The Oklahoman
The Oklahoman | May 25, 2018
By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.comThe founder of a unique food outreach thought its simple premise wouldn't catch on: "Leave what you can.Read more on NewsOK.com
Parents of three children killed in an El Reno house fire sue space heater makers | The Oklahoman
The Oklahoman | May 25, 2018
By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.comEL RENO — The parents of three children killed in an El Reno house fire are suing the makers of a space heater they allege caused the blaze. James Redbird and Ke-Yanna Osage filed the negligence lawsuit in Canadian County District Court last week.Re...
Shooting creates chaos at OKC restaurant | The Oklahoman
The Oklahoman | May 25, 2018
By Robert Medley Staff Writer rmedley@oklahoman.comRelated content Suspect in Lake Hefner shooting killed Oklahoma City police were working late Thursday to piece together what happened when a man shot people at a popular Lake Hefner restaurant, hitting at least two people and ending with the shoote...
Suspect in Lake Hefner shooting killed | The Oklahoman
The Oklahoman | May 25, 2018
By Robert MedleyA passerby shot and killed a man who went into a Lake Hefner restaurant Thursday evening and opened fire.Oklahoma City Lt.Read more on NewsOK.com
Live updates: Suspect killed, multiple victims after shooting at Lake Hefner restaurant | The Oklahoman
The Oklahoman | May 25, 2018
Police say there are multiple victims following a shooting at Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City. Follow live updates here.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | May 25, 2018
From Staff ReportsTwo men have died Thursday and Friday in separate Oklahoma traffic accidents, authorities report.Denoris Greasham, 39, Greasham was killed Thursday after the car he was driving drifted into oncoming traffic.About 9:45 p.m., Denoris Greasham was reportedly driving erratically w...
The Oklahoman | May 25, 2018
From Staff ReportsA 39-year-old man was killed Thursday after the car he was driving drifted into oncoming traffic.About 9:45 p.m., Denoris Greasham was reportedly driving erratically west on SE 15 and failed to stop at stop signs and street signals, police said.Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | May 25, 2018
Norman's ACG buys mining company NORMAN — Norman-based ACG Materials has purchased mining company Kitsap Reclamation and Materials, parent company H.I.G. Capital LLC said. Kitsap operates a basalt quarry in Bremerton, Washington, and ships its products throughout the Seattle area. “Kitsap will e...
The Oklahoman | May 25, 2018
From Staff ReportsATOKA — Two people were found dead Friday in Atoka County and a man has been jailed on homicide complaints, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation reports.Atoka County sheriff's deputies were called to a shooting at a residence Friday, OSBI reports.Deputies found the bodies o...
The Oklahoman | May 25, 2018
See a live stream as the Oklahoma City Police Department discuss Thursday's shooting at Lake Hefner. Read more on NewsOK.com
The Oklahoman | May 25, 2018
From Staff ReportsHeavy rain has moved into Oklahoma City early Friday as thunderstorms move across northern and central parts of the state, the National Weather Service reports.At 6 a.m.Read more on NewsOK.com
Addressing needs | Oklahoma Gazette
Oklahoma Gazette | May 24, 2018
An OCU Law program follows national models to provide legal assistance to tenants facing eviction, thus reducing homelessness. Rents have increased rapidly across the United States housing market, including Oklahoma City, which has long been praised for its low-c...
Armed with compassion, locals are keeping watch over their immigrant neighbors | Oklahoma Gazette
Oklahoma Gazette | May 24, 2018
Armed with compassion, locals are keeping watch over their immigrant neighbors. Promptly at noon, the voices of clergy, retirees and others concerned about a wide range of issues facing immigrants and refugees rang out the solemn verses of “We Shall Overcome” ...
Fast track | Oklahoma Gazette
Oklahoma Gazette | May 24, 2018
Oklahoma City prepares for its first streetcar service in decades. After a decade of discussion around City Hall and among the public about building a modern streetcar system for Oklahoma City, downtown streets are showing all the signs that soon, the sleek color...
Former fuel distributor gets five years for stealing $10 million to 'live the life of the rich and famous' | The Oklahoman
The Oklahoman | May 24, 2018
TULSA — A former Sapulpa fuel distributor, who prosecutors said lived a life of the "rich and famous," was sentenced Wednesday to serve a five-year prison term after pleading guilty earlier to the theft of $10 million from the federal government. Jack Jim Clark, 44, had hoped for a lighter prison ...
Midwest City officers fired at while serving warrant Thursday morning | The Oklahoman
The Oklahoman | May 24, 2018
From Staff ReportsMIDWEST CITY — A man shot at officers attempting to serve a search warrant Thursday morning, narrowly missing them, police said.About 6:40 a.m., Midwest City police officers were executing a search warrant for Anthony Dewayne Hill, 52, at a home in the 1200 block of Lauren Lane.R...
Daily Q&A with Gary Larson: Peer reviews, other follow-up can help when insurance for cancer treatment is denied | The Oklahoman
The Oklahoman | May 24, 2018
Peer reviews, other follow-up can help when insurance for cancer treatment is denied Q: From rising premiums to claim denials, health insurance is a controversial topic right now in Oklahoma.Read more on NewsOK.com
Speaker to offer tips for genealogy road trips | The Oklahoman
The Oklahoman | May 24, 2018
FROM STAFF REPORTSThe upcoming Oklahoma Genealogical Society meeting will offer guidance on preparing for a genealogy road trip. Walt Stoyanoski, Oklahoma Genealogical Society board member, will speak at 6 p.m.Read more on NewsOK.com
New mural in Capitol Hill captures dreams of youth, culture | The Oklahoman
The Oklahoman | May 24, 2018
FROM STAFF REPORTSA new mural recently was added to the historic Capitol Hill District. Oklahoma City artist Sergio "Tank" Ramirez was commissioned by the Capitol Hill Board and Mosaic Therapy Clinic to create the mural. “I wanted to capture the dreams of the youth while representing heritage and ...
OKC's 'Little Blue' to be replaced by larger recycling cart | The Oklahoman
The Oklahoman | May 24, 2018
FROM STAFF REPORTSA longtime icon of Oklahoma City neighborhoods soon will be a thing of the past when the city retires its “Little Blue” recycling bin on June 1 to make way for its new large-cart recycling program starting in early July. All curbside recycling will be suspended in June in Oklah...
Students complete Youth Leadership Edmond | The Oklahoman
The Oklahoman | May 24, 2018
FROM STAFF REPORTSEDMOND — More than 40 high school juniors recently graduated from the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce's annual Youth Leadership Edmond program. The program works with youth in the area to motivate and equip high school juniors with leadership skills through interaction with local...