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Achievers

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 10:08am

An internal medicine physician with expertise in palliative care and doctor-patient communication has received the Patricia Price Browne Prize in Biomedical Ethics, presented by the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.

Dr.

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District Attorney drops remaining Norman glass pipe cases

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 5:24pm

By Brianna Bailey Staff Writer bbailey@oklahoman.com 

NORMAN — Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn dropped drug-related charges Monday against an owner and a former clerk of a Norman glass pipe shop after growing public scrutiny of the case.

Mashburn said he decided to seek dismissal of charges against Robert Cox, 63, owner of The Friendly Market, and former clerk James Maxwell Walters, 22, after talking to law enforcement and jurors from three previous trials concerning the now-closed business.

In a news release, Mashburn said his office would continue its prosecution of similar cases, but would work with law enforcement to gather better evidence moving forward.

“The reason we care about enforcing drug laws is because we see the chaos and destruction drug use causes,” Mashburn said.

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Hometown heroes honored in Moore

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 4:28pm

By Thomas Maupin For The Oklahoman

MOORE — It was a time to honor local heroes. Norman Regional Health System sponsored the Hometown Heroes Celebration at its health care facility at 700 S Telephone Road.

Besides marking the anniversary of Norman Regional Health Moore, the Saturday event was a time to thank members of the Moore Police Department, Moore Fire Department and members of EMSSTAT, which provides emergency medical service.

Richie Splitt, CEO of Norman Regional Health System, said the health system bought the former Moore Medical Center in 2007.

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High school students engage in hands-on learning at OU

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 2:43pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Using 3-D technology, high school students from Oklahoma and surrounding states designed and tested prosthetic hands as part of an immersion learning experience hosted by University of Oklahoma biomedical engineering professors.

The two-day Boeing Engineering Days event on Friday and Saturday introduced students to technological advances and innovation that can bridge the gap between technology and cost.

The students learned about brain and muscle movement and put their new knowledge to use by printing 3-D prosthetic hands powered by wrist movement.

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Community

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 9:27am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Jazz in June events set

NORMAN — Jazz in June returns Thursday and continues through Saturday.

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Edmond's new chief still learning about police department

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 1:13am

By Diana Baldwin Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com

EDMOND — Edmond's newest member of the police department said he is all about the community, partnerships and protecting people's rights.

Chief JD Younger, 47, has been on the job a little over a month.

"I really hope that in a year, they will know what I am going to show up and talk about — accountability and expectations," Younger said of the police department employees.

"I am going to talk about partnerships with the community.

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Sen. Inhofe visits Norman's airport to promote FLIGHT Act

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 4:12pm

BY JANE GLENN CANNON STAFF WRITER jcannon@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — Piloting his twin-engine airplane, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe made a whistle-stop landing Friday at the University of Oklahoma Westheimer Airport to promote general aviation and the introduction of new legislation he has co-authored that would make federal funds more available to smaller airports for infrastructure improvements.

Inhofe, R-Tulsa, and U.S. Sen.

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Community

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 2:58pm

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Norman sidewalk project begins

NORMAN — A project has begun to install a new sidewalk on the south side of Westlawn Drive between Berry Road and Wylie Road.

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Community

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 9:58am

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Libraries to host magician

NORMAN — Tommy Terrific, the magician, will be back in the Pioneer Library System this summer for his tour “Build a Magical World.” Tommy brings his act to Norman for three performances — 2 p.m.

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Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma offering free meals to children across Oklahoma

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 3:48pm

From Staff Reports

While many children find summer vacations from school a carefree time, others might be less enthusiastic as they face hunger normally filled by school food programs.

To help fight the hunger, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma has launched its Summer Meals program, offering free nutritious meals and snacks to children 18 and younger at more than 120 locations in central and western Oklahoma.

The meals are provided on weekdays through July 31 at locations such as churches, YMCAs, community centers, camps and Boys and Girls Clubs.

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Bank of Oklahoma awards scholarships

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 3:14pm

From Staff Reports

Bank of Oklahoma recently surprised six Oklahoma City high school seniors with $5,000 college scholarships.

Bank of Oklahoma has made a multiyear commitment to public education, according to a news release.

The recent high school graduates who received the scholarships were Nayomi Arroyo, of Santa Fe South High School; Lizette Becerra-Tijerina, of ASTEC High School; Ian Blake, of Classen School of Advanced Studies; Evan Bostic, of John Marshall High School; Jocelyn Garcia, of Southeast High School; and Dania Rojo, of Southeast High School.

Arroyo wants to become a doctor and will be the first person from her family to go to college.

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Festival of Homes features functional luxury in Norman, Oklahoma

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 10:01am

By Dyrinda Tyson For The Oklahoman dyrinda@gmail.com

NORMAN — There is a fireplace in the bathroom. Repeat: There is a fireplace in the bathroom.

“We kind of went over the top with the master bathroom,” said builder Evan Nixon in what could be an understatement.

“Over the top” means a cathedral ceiling, granite counters, a shower the size of a small closet and an actual closet that makes full use of the cathedral ceiling with hanging racks and built-ins lining its walls all the way up.

A door to one side opens up to another, smaller closet with a secret identity: It's also a concrete safe room.

“Most people won't know,” Nixon said, tapping the steel door leading into it, “unless they look at the door.”

Nixon's Riverstone Homes designed and built the home at 2109 Brookhaven Blvd., southwest of W Rock Creek Road and 36th Avenue NW. It is one of two special feature homes in the Festival of Homes, which continues Saturday and Sunday with new homes open to the public in and around Norman and Moore.

Homes in the event, by the Builders Association of South Central Oklahoma and Moore Home Builders Association, are open from 1 to 7 p.m.

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Community

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 3:50pm

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Golf tourney is planned

NORMAN — The 42nd annual Westwood Invitation Golf Tournament will be July 1-3.

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Concert to benefit Norman businesswoman

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 2:33pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — The musical duo Miss Brown to You, featuring Mary Reynolds and Louise Goldberg, will present a benefit concert at 8 p.m.

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Community

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 10:02am

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Library builds event for kids

NORMAN — Create and construct at Norman Public Library West's upcoming program “Build a Better World with Magna-Tiles” at 2 p.m.

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Registration open for Norman Conquest bicycle rides

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 1:44pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — The Bicycle League of Norman's Norman Conquest bicycle tour, which benefits the J.D. McCarty Center, is set for July 8.

Rides begin and end at the center, 2002 E Robinson St., which is for children with developmental disabilities.

Chairman Jerry Puckett said the range of routes, organization and support for the event led to Bicycling Magazine naming the Norman Conquest one of the 50 best rides in America in 2012.

Start time for this year's ride is 7 a.m., with bicyclists choosing from five routes.

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Community

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 9:58am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Book event to target teens

NORMAN — Teen book lovers can get their summer reading started with Norman Public Library Central's “Taste of Books” from 2 to 4 p.m.

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Oklahoman serving on Navy coastal patrol ship

Sun, 06/04/2017 - 1:25am

By Lt. Philip Fortnam For The Oklahoman

NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY BAHRAIN — A 2014 Noble High School graduate is part of a Navy team supporting the cyclone-class coastal patrol ships patrolling one the world's most volatile maritime regions.

Seaman Cameron Burkett is an information systems technician supporting the Manama, Bahrain-based squadron of four coastal patrol ships forward-deployed to the Arabian Gulf in the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet.

The Navy's 5th Fleet area of responsibility encompasses about 2.5 million square miles of water area and includes the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Red Sea and parts of the Indian Ocean.

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Young entrepreneurs start tasty trade in Norman

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 9:56pm

By Sharla Bardin For The Oklahoman

NORMAN — Gary Wilkerson was strolling through the Norman Farm Market when he walked past some teenagers selling salsa.

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Cleveland County Budget Board OK's nearly $43 million budget for next year

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 8:56pm

BY JANE GLENN CANNON Staff Writer jcannon@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — The Cleveland County Budget Board has approved a $42.9 million budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1 to cover county operations, including the sheriff's department, but the board and the sheriff remain at loggerheads over a pending lawsuit.

The budget is up by about $5.6 million from the $37.3 million allocated for the current fiscal year ending June 30, and gives an additional $300,000 to the sheriff's office for jail operations.

Sheriff Joe Lester signed off on the budget but remains the plaintiff in a civil suit against the county for “consistently” underfunding the jail.

The budget board, which includes all elected county officials, approved the budget during a special meeting on Tuesday.

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