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Norman street name draws complaints

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 4:30pm

By Matt Patterson Staff Writer mpatterson@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — With its twin ribbons of sidewalks, towering elm trees and American Craftsman-style homes, DeBarr Avenue resembles many of the leafy streets surrounding the University of Oklahoma.

Just a block long, DeBarr borders the north end of campus.

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University of Oklahoma Board of Regents to name successor to OU President David Boren

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 4:30pm

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

NORMAN — Who will succeed David Boren as the University of Oklahoma's next president has been a topic of discussion for years, but the question became more significant Wednesday when Boren announced he plans to retire June 30.

No shortage of suggestions and opinions immediately surfaced, but the decision belongs only to the seven-member OU Board of Regents.

It's been 23 years since the board named a new president.

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University of Oklahoma opens residence halls for upperclassmen

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 4:30pm

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

NORMAN — Campus life is the good life for 600 upperclassmen who moved into the first residential colleges at the University of Oklahoma this semester.

The stately and elegant Headington College and Dunham College opened in August with spacious dining halls, made-to-order food options, private courtyards, game rooms, comfortable lounges and libraries filled with books and artwork on loan from the campus museum.

The amenities are not intended to pamper students, but to increase their academic achievement by enticing them to spend more time on campus interacting with faculty and fellow students.

"I'm really excited," said senior J.D. Baker, one of the resident mentors living in Headington College.

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Forecasting model could give Oklahoma residents more warning before tornadoes form

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 4:30pm

By Josh Wallace Staff Writer jwallace@oklahoman.com

An experimental forecasting model could change the way forecasters alert Oklahomans about tornadic weather, as it did on a deadly day in May more than an hour before a tornado hit.

As storms began to pop up in the Texas Panhandle and head toward Oklahoma on May 16, forecasters alerted residents of the potential for tornadoes in western Oklahoma, about 90 minutes before one ripped through Elk City.

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Judge wears Georgia jersey after lost bet

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 8:47am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Cleveland County District Judge Lori Walkley, a University of Oklahoma fan, honored a lost bet on Monday.

After the Sooners fell to the Bulldogs at the Rose Bowl, Walkley wore a Georgia jersey as she appeared in court.



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Norman man charged in girlfriend’s Christmas Eve death

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 5:59pm

By Josh Wallace Staff Writer jwallace@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — A 40-year-old man was charged with first-degree murder in Cleveland County District Court on Wednesday, accused of killing his 61-year-old girlfriend on Christmas Eve after first telling police she died of an overdose.

About 2:35 p.m.

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Police identify two killed in Norman crash

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 4:18pm

From Staff Reports

Police on Wednesday identified a man and woman killed Tuesday in a Norman crash.

Shortly before 12:30 p.m.

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Two shot during domestic dispute in Norman business

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 4:07pm

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — A domestic dispute inside a business led to a co-worker being shot before the shooter was wounded with his own weapon Wednesday afternoon, police said.

About 2:30 p.m., officers responded to an active shooter call at Bergey WindPower Co., 2200 Industrial Blvd., where they found the two gunshot victims, Norman police spokeswoman Sarah Jensen said.

Neither of their names were released, and their conditions were not immediately available.

A co-worker attempted to break up the domestic dispute between a man and a woman and was shot.

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Cleveland County special judge takes oath of office

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 9:52am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Scott Brockman was sworn in Friday as special judge for Cleveland County.

Brockman took the oath of office during in the ceremonial courtroom of the Cleveland County Courthouse.

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Two dead in Norman crash

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 4:13pm

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — Two people died in a head-on crash Tuesday afternoon.

About 12:30 p.m., an eastbound vehicle on State Highway 9 near 69th Avenue SE crossed the center line and hit a westbound vehicle.

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Norman man ordered to trial in shooting death of daughter

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 6:33pm

By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — A former high school cheerleader who was fatally shot in the face last year couldn't have inflicted the injury herself, a Norman police detective testified Monday.

The victim's father, Ronald Lee McMullen Jr., 43, of Norman, is charged with first-degree murder in the June 29 shooting death of Kailee McMullen, 22.

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Name of woman who died in Pottawatomie County fire released

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 12:15pm

From Staff Reports

PINK — Authorities have released the identity of a woman who died Sunday in a mobile home fire south of Pink.

Mary Martindale, 59, died about 2:20 p.m., a state fire marshal's office spokesman reports.

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Norman businesswomen to meet Tuesday

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 5:19pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — The Norman chapter of American Business Women's Association will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Louie's Grill, 3750 W Robinson in Brookhaven Shopping Center.

Daniel "D" Smith, afterschool director at Loveworks Leadership, will speak about the nonprofit.

The public is welcome to attend.

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Veterans share Christmas lunch in Norman

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 10:54am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Veterans at the Norman Veterans Center recently shared in a Christmas luncheon.

More than 20 veterans living at the facility donated funds for the meal and partnered with the Norman Rib Crib barbecue restaurant and the center's food service department to provide food and drinks for the holiday event.

Rib Crib provided veterans with ribs, chopped beef brisket and beans for a fraction of the usual cost, event organizer Rocky Remick said.

The Norman Veterans Center supplied buns, potato salad, cobbler and beverages for the event, event coordinator Mike Simmons said.



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News events boost interest in Russian language

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 3:14pm

By Pam Olson For The Oklahoman

NORMAN — Few students have been as determined to learn Russian as University of Oklahoma junior David Louden, 21, who grew up in Noble, just south of Norman.

He had never met anyone who spoke the language.

While still in middle school, he taught himself the Russian alphabet after hearing the Russian-born American singer Regina Spektor performing the song “Apres Moi.”

“She sung a Russian poem in it.

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While other Norman stores openly sell glass pipes, artist still faces drug charges

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 9:59pm

By Brianna Bailey Staff Writer bbailey@okahoman.com 

NORMAN — Nearly three years after police raided his store and glassblowing studio, artist Tamichael McCloud still has trouble sleeping at night.

McCloud, 42, said he lives in constant fear of his house being raided by Norman police, who told him they would search his home if he continued to sell glass pipes in the city.

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Edmond Scouts honored for using lifesaving skills

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 3:24pm

By Steve Gust For The Oklahoman

A group of Edmond Boy Scouts and an adult leader were recently lauded for putting their lifesaving skills into action to rescue one of their own from almost certain death.

Five Scouts and an adult leader from Troop No.

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Norman police investigate suspicious death

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 4:50pm

By Matt Dinger

NORMAN — Norman police are investigating a death they consider suspicious.

About 2:30 p.m.

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Winter weather advisory issued for parts of central Oklahoma

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 9:48am

From Staff Reports

Forecasters are urging motorists to look out for icy bridges and overpasses and slick spots on roadways as a round of winter weather moves through the state Friday.

Seven counties in central Oklahoma — Oklahoma, Canadian, Cleveland, Grady, Lincoln, McClain and Pottawatomie counties — are under a winter weather advisory until 3 a.m.

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Achievers

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 1:38pm

NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma has unveiled a student design to serve as the official logo for the Geostationary Carbon Cycle Observatory science mission.

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