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Boren says he was tempted to fight on

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 8:22pm

By Nolan Clay
Staff writer nclay@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — Former President David Boren says he has only best wishes for the University of Oklahoma and will always be a supporter.

In a three-paragraph statement released Thursday, Boren, 78, spoke out for the first time about the sexual misconduct investigation that led him to step down as president emeritus and give up teaching political science at OU.

Boren retired as president in 2018 after nearly 24 years in charge at OU. On Wednesday, the former governor and U.S. senator submitted a two-page resignation letter ending any further official affiliation with the university.

His resignation brought to a close the university's personnel matter against him that arose because of the sexual misconduct allegations.

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In third round of layoffs, OU cuts nearly 70 jobs

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 8:22pm

By Adam Kemp
Staff writer akemp@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma went through its third recent round of layoffs on Thursday, as officials said they continue to work to fix the university's finances.

OU announced on Thursday evening that 69 employee positions were being let go, saving the university an estimated $4.2 million.

In a prepared statement, the university announced the lost positions are a result in the transfer in the operation of the Cleveland Area Rapid Transit bus system to the city of Norman.

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University of Oklahoma announces additional staff layoffs

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 10:00am

By Adam Kemp

The University of Oklahoma confirmed reports of staff layoffs on Thursday afternoon. 

A university spokeswoman said they would not comment on the number of layoffs in the staff reduction until all staff had been notified. 

This is the second reduction in force at OU in the past seven months as 50 staff positions were cut in November as the university attempted to address debt concerns while former president James Gallogly was in charge.

Gallogly announced his retirement as president in May.

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 12:15am

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

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STASH kicks off summer with Brad Fielder Trio, pop-up makers market

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 12:14am

Staff reports

NORMAN — STASH will host the Flower Power Market one more time before taking the summer off. As part of Norman's 2nd Friday Art Walk, STASH’s Flower Power Market is a handmade shopping experience planned from 6 to 10 p.m.

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Norman plans Coffee with a Cop to build relationships, break down barriers

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 12:00am

Staff reports

NORMAN — The Norman Police Department will hold its next Coffee with a Cop from 7:30 to 9 a.m. June 19 at Starbucks, 1601 24th Ave.

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Norman police investigating death of former state lawmaker

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 8:29pm

By Carmen Forman and Nolan Clay
Staff writers

NORMAN — Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a former state senator.

Jonathan Nichols’ body was found in his Norman home, and a gun was on a table across the room, law enforcement sources told The Oklahoman.

Norman police responded to a report of an individual with a gunshot wound at 8:44 p.m.

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Mayor-elect Clark, VisitNorman plan inaugural Tourist for a Day event on July 27

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 12:00am

Staff reports

NORMAN — Residents won't have to travel far for a staycation atmosphere when many Norman attractions and restaurants offer discounts and incentives on July 27.

Mayor-elect Breea Clark and VisitNorman are inviting residents to be a Tourist for a Day across the Norman community.

The Tourist for a Day event will be a fun-filled affair aimed at encouraging Norman residents to get out and enjoy all their community has to offer, a news release stated.

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Orr Family Farm day campers to learn about animals, agriculture

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 12:00am

Staff reports

Registration is open for Orr Family Farm's summer camp.

Children in kindergarten through sixth grade may participate in the summer camp, which will be from 9 a.m.

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 12:00am

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

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Achievers: Norman student achieves perfect ACT score

Wed, 06/05/2019 - 12:00am

Lindsay A. Bolino, of Norman, has earned a score of 36 on the ACT test, the highest possible ACT composite score.

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Norman man killed in Grady County crash Monday, Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported

Mon, 06/03/2019 - 6:29am

Staff reports

TUTTLE -- A Norman man died of injuries suffered in a Grady County crash early Monday, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

Spencer D. Horton, 21, suffered fatal injuries in a crash about 3:55 a.m.

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National Weather Service reports above average tornado season for May in Oklahoma

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 8:28am

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — Storms throughout the month brought nearly twice the average number of tornadoes across the state, the National Weather Service in Norman reported Thursday.

For the month of May, preliminary reports indicate 61 twisters touched down across the state.

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 12:00am

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

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Six witnesses told law firm about Boren encounters

Tue, 05/28/2019 - 8:17pm

By Nolan Clay
Staff writer nclay@oklahoman.com

Six witnesses gave accounts about encounters with David Boren to the law firm that conducted a sexual misconduct investigation of the retired University of Oklahoma president, according to an excerpt from the law firm's report.

One of the witnesses, Jess Eddy, on Tuesday released the excerpt of the confidential report to the media, after OU allowed him to review it.

"Mr.

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Norman Water Treatment Plant offers free testing for private water wells impacted by flooding

Tue, 05/28/2019 - 4:50am

Staff reports

NORMAN — The city of Norman Water Treatment Plant is offering free bacteriological testing of private water wells that have been submerged in floodwater.

Residents should not drink water from a flooded well until it has been disinfected and sample analysis shows it is safe for consumption.

Residents with affected wells can visit the plant at 300 E Robinson Ave.

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Norman's Westwood Family Aquatic Center opens Friday

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 12:12pm

Staff reports

The Westwood Family Aquatic Center will open to the public at noon Friday and will be open daily through September. 

Hours for open swim will be from noon to 8 p.m.

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Residents invited to Norman Forward Indoor Tennis Facility ribbon-cutting; Norman City Council approves senior center location

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 12:00am

Staff reports

Norman residents and tennis enthusiasts are invited to join the city of Norman for a ribbon-cutting and grand opening celebration of the newly completed Westwood Indoor Tennis Facility, 2420 Westport Drive.

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m.

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Wed, 05/22/2019 - 12:00am

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

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OU chief focuses on inclusion

Mon, 05/20/2019 - 8:18pm

By Adam Kemp
Staff writer akemp@oklahoman.com

The University of Oklahoma's interim president wants to improve inclusion efforts during his tenure, which follows several racist incidents on campus and calls for improved diversity initiatives.

“Step One is to recognize and be honest,” said Joseph Harroz, Jr., who was named interim president on Friday.

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