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Forming friendships, changing lives: Best Buddies program brings peers, people with disabilities together to create bonds

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 2:21pm

By Sharla Bardin For The Oklahoman

NORMAN — Grey Garrett and Case Kinnett are beginning to become buddies.

Their first step was meeting at a dinner in Norman, learning more about each other and, later, posing with props for silly pictures.

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Norman events will jump-start your holiday

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 3:27pm

By Whitney Bryen For The Oklahoman

NORMAN — 'Tis the season when debates ensue over whether it's too early to start playing Christmas music.

Whether you're waiting until December or had the tree decorated the day after Halloween, the holidays are quickly approaching and, ready or not, Norman is kicking off its seasonal celebrations this month.

The Christmas in Lights parade on Main Street is the apex of Norman's holiday cheer, and this year organizers are planning to light up downtown.

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Achievers

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 3:41pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

FOI Oklahoma has announced winners from the Zach Taylor First Amendment Congress essay contest.

More than 240 essay entries were received from students from ASTEC, Bixby, Chouteau, Deer Creek, Duncan, Enid Chisholm, Hammon, Hennessey, Hobart, Inola, Lawton MacArthur, Marlow, Norman, Oklahoma Christian, Oklahoma Virtual Charter, Pawnee, Southwest Covenant, Walters, and Edmond Memorial, Edmond Santa Fe and Edmond North high schools.

FOI Oklahoma sponsors the annual essay contest and the annual First Amendment Congress to help young people explore the importance of the amendment's five freedoms in modern day America.

Essay winners were Jade Roberson, Edmond Santa Fe High School, first place, $300 cash prize; Sonia Coffin, Hobart High School, second place, $200; and Michaela Anang, Edmond Santa Fe High School, third place, $100.

Those receiving honorable mentions and a $15 iTunes gift card, include:

Gabriele Davis, Edmond Memorial High School; Angela George, Norman High School; Cori Ratliff, Edmond Memorial High School; Patrick Stone, ASTEC Charter High School; McKenzie Tipton, Oklahoma Christian School; Jessica Gutierrez, Enid Chisholm High School; and Haden Bollenbach, Edmond Memorial High School.

Certificates and prizes were presented at the First Amendment Congress at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.

FROM STAFF REPORTS

To be considered for this column, please send achievement announcements and photos to LLynn@Oklahoman.com.



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Norman group seeks support as it plans city’s first LGBTQ Pride festival

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 3:05pm

Norman residents are trying to organize the city’s first LGBTQ Pride celebration — and they’re seeking volunteers and local businesses to help make it happen.

Andrew Coulter, founder of Norman Pride, said the idea came about after he put on a drag show at Louie’s Bar & Grill on the University of Oklahoma's Campus Corner earlier this year.

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Motorist charged after broadcasting vehicle pursuit on Facebook Live

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 4:54pm

By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — A motorist who used Facebook Live to broadcast his run from law enforcement last week was charged Monday with multiple offenses.

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OU recognized nationally as bike friendly university

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 3:15pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma has been awarded with a silver Bicycle Friendly University designation by the League of American Bicyclists.

“This is an exciting honor for the university,” said OU President David L. Boren.

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Man hit by Taser catches fire, dies Tuesday in McClain County

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 1:00pm

By Robert Medley Josh Wallace

LINDSAY — A man died Tuesday evening after dousing himself and the inside of his van in gasoline and then being struck by a police officer's Taser, the McClain County Sheriff's Department reported.

The man had been reported as missing by Norman police and was reportedly suicidal, said McClain County Sheriff Don Hewett.

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Korean War veteran to tell his story at Norman Veterans Day ceremony

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 10:11am

By Whitney Bryen For The Oklahoman

With every passing year, the numbness spreads farther down Harold Mulhausen's fingers.

The 87-year-old Marine veteran has lost nearly all of the feeling in his fingertips, toes and ears — lingering symptoms of frostbite that serve as a reminder of the brutal Korean War battle at Chosin Reservoir in 1950.

“The temperatures got as low as 45 F below zero, and we didn't have any housing, no protection or shelter; our clothes were inadequate; there were no fires and you couldn't dig holes because the frozen ground was like concrete,” Mulhausen said.

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Achievers

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 10:48pm

OU Daily newspaper wins college media awards

NORMAN — The student newspaper at the University of Oklahoma took two top honors at the recent National College Media Convention in Dallas.

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Veterans Day ceremonies planned at Oklahoma college campuses

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 11:46am

By K.S. McNutt Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.com

STILLWATER — As the global war on terror continues to claim American lives, the annual flag display at Oklahoma State University grows.

"I just got five names for the last five," Rick Hansen, coordinator of Veteran Student Academic Services at OSU, said Thursday.

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OU graduate connects as singer in China

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 3:37pm

By Chris Jones For The Oklahoman

Slater Rhea, a young but gray-haired University of Oklahoma graduate, is a singing sensation who entertains millions.

His devoted fans include grandmothers and giggly girls, but the Louisiana native barely gets noticed in the U.S., or when he visits the Norman campus, where he made his first performances at various Confucius Institute events.

The bright lights of stardom shine on Slater in Beijing, where his voice, his mastery of the Mandarin language and his ability to connect with his Chinese audience have turned a young man's “farfetched dream” into reality.

His audience enjoys his grasp of folk music, as well as popular songs.

The Chinese people call him a young George Clooney, because of his trendy hair color, and they consider him a cultural ambassador.

Slater, who is shy and soft spoken, said his hair, though fashionable, began turning silver in high school.

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Black genealogy workshop planned in Norman

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 2:02pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — An "African-American Genealogy 101 Workshop" held in September in Oklahoma City attracted a capacity crowd, and a similar free workshop will be offered from 9 a.m.

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Wizard World fans don costumes for event

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 11:49am

By Matthew Price Features Editor mprice@oklahoman.com

Wizard World Comic Con wrapped up its Oklahoma City show on Sunday and officially announced its return in 2018; that show is set for Oct.

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OU art museum event celebrates Native American heritage Nov. 2

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 10:20am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art will host a public event from 6 to 8 p.m.

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Oklahoma state and local officials dedicate Lindsey St. bridge over I-35

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 5:59pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — A number of state and local officials gathered along the Lindsey Street bridge over Interstate 35 on Friday to formally dedicate the bridge and unveil new artwork.

The ceremony concluded the final phase of the $71 million project which reconstructed the I-35 interchanges at State Highway 9 East and Lindsey Street, as well as widened the interstate to six lanes from south of Main St.

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Oklahoma state and local officials dedicate Lindsey St. bridge over I-35

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 5:59pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — A number of state and local officials gathered along the Lindsey Street bridge over Interstate 35 on Friday to formally dedicate the bridge and unveil new artwork.

The ceremony concluded the final phase of the $71 million project which reconstructed the I-35 interchanges at State Highway 9 East and Lindsey Street, as well as widened the interstate to six lanes from south of Main St.

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Day care ex-owner convicted of baby's death

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 6:46pm

Kyle Schwab

NORMAN — Cleveland County jurors on Thursday convicted a former home day care owner for killing a 5-month-old girl in her care.

Melissa D. Clark, 47, of Noble, showed little reaction as the judge announced the verdict.

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Day care ex-owner convicted of baby's death

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 6:39pm

By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — Cleveland County jurors on Thursday convicted a former home day care owner for killing a 5-month-old girl in her care.

Melissa D. Clark, 47, of Noble, showed little reaction as the judge announced the verdict.

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University of Oklahoma alumni, students celebrate homecoming this weekend

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 5:05pm

By K.S. McNutt Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — A week of activities infused with Sooner spirit culminates Friday and Saturday with the University of Oklahoma's traditional homecoming activities.

"There's a good energy around homecoming right now," said Quy Nguyen, senior associate director of OU Student Life.

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5 University of Oklahoma homecoming traditions not to miss

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 4:17pm

By Darla Slipke

The University of Oklahoma's homecoming celebration culminates this weekend

Here are five activities and traditions that OU alumni and supporters won't want to miss:

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Pep rally 

Students will show off their Sooner spirit during the Rah!

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