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Lawsuit alleges Norman Public Schools' wrestling program 'fostered an environment of hazing'

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 7:33pm

By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com

PAULS VALLEY — The mother of a boy who, police say, was sexually assaulted by fellow Norman North High School wrestlers claims in a lawsuit that the school district “has fostered a known environment of hazing and assault within its wrestling program.”

The lawsuit, filed last week in Garvin County District Court, alleges coaches and supervisors at Norman Public Schools either "knew or should have known of the common practice of wrestlers hazing and assaulting one another.

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Federal program could help people buy or build houses in Moore

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 7:06pm

By Thomas Maupin For The Oklahoman

MOORE — People who have low to moderate incomes and no recent history of violent crime or drug manufacturing might get help buying or building a house in a Moore neighborhood affected by the May 20, 2013 tornado.

The $1 million, federally funded Down Payment Assistance Program was officially announced Wednesday, but people had already heard about it through social media.

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Comedy writer to speak to writer's club in Midwest City

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 5:28pm

MIDWEST CITY

Writers group will meet at college

Mid Oklahoma Writers will meet from 7 to 9 p.m.

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Norman Notes

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 5:25pm

BY JANE GLENN CANNON Staff Writer jcannon@oklahoman.com

Kansas City eyes Norman's police chief

Norman Police Chief Keith Humphrey is one of two finalists for the post of police chief in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Funeral for OHP Lt. Heath Meyer is Monday at Lloyd Noble in Norman

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 10:05am

FROM STAFF REPORTS,Robert Medley

NORMAN -- A funeral service for Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. Heath Meyer will be 11 a.m.

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OKC celebrities raise funds, MWC writers meet

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 5:35pm

OKLAHOMA CITY

Local celebrities help raise funds for program

Celebrity Wait Night, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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Food and Shelter in Norman holds first breakfast at new location

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 5:05pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Supporters and clients of Food and Shelter Inc., a nonprofit organization serving low-income and homeless people, were invited to break bread together at the first breakfast served in the new dining hall.

Participants shared a feast of scrambled eggs, bacon, doughnuts, toast, juice and more on Friday.

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Community

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 1:23pm

Composting class is offered

NORMAN — Learn about composting, why and where you should compost, and where and how to use it in a free class at 10 a.m.

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Oklahoma Highway Patrol lieutenant dies of injuries from pursuit

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 11:19am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. D. Heath Meyer, who was struck July 14 by a patrol car involved in a car chase, died Monday from his injuries, Patrol Chief Ricky Adams said.

Meyer, 43, had laid stop sticks on Interstate 35 near N 27 in Moore when troopers Rodney Rideaux and Clint Painter came up the interstate in pursuit.

The troopers, attempting to avoid the stop sticks, struck one another.

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Community

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 2:53pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Youth council deadline nears

NORMAN — City officials are seeking high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who are active in their school and community want to learn about local government.

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Boyd Street Brass to perform in Norman

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 12:31pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Norman's own Boyd Street Brass will perform at 7:30 p.m. Aug.

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Lindsey Street bridge at I-35 opens in Norman with fanfare

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 4:41pm

BY JANE GLENN CANNON Staff Writer jcannon@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — Some walked, others jogged, rode scooters, bicycled or roller-skated. One woman even Hula-Hooped her way across the newly constructed Lindsey Street bridge over Interstate 35.

Hundreds of people participated in a celebratory crossing of the bridge Friday morning, just hours before the bridge was officially opened to traffic.

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Mustang's Kerry Villanueva never wanted to leave school

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 3:32pm

By Shannon Rigsby For The Oklahoman

MUSTANG — Kerry Villanueva, Mustang Valley Elementary's teacher of the year, was in elementary school when the thought of being a teacher crossed her mind.

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Oklahoma City area briefs

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 12:42pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Have coffee with officers

NORMAN — The Norman Police Department will host its next Coffee with a Cop event from 7:30 to 9 a.m.

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Forecasting model could give Oklahoma residents more warning before tornadoes form

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 10:37pm

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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Hiking is growing more popular, and Oklahoma offers plenty of trails

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 4:13pm

By Jessica Foy For The Oklahoman

Fall hiking in the Ouachita National Forest in southeast Oklahoma is a well-loved tradition for Norman residents Dana and Greg Rex and their five children.

“The scenic drive is beautiful, and the mountains make you seriously question if you are still in Oklahoma,” Dana Rex said.

Newcomers might make the assumption that Oklahoma's landscape is dry, flat and uninteresting.

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Community

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 3:53pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Caretakers to discuss wildlife

NORMAN — Learn about real life wildlife heroes at Norman Public Library Central and its Summer Reading presentation “Building a Better World with WildCare!” at 2 p.m.

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OKC metro-area achievers

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 2:50pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Jory S. Brownd graduated from Oklahoma City University with a bachelor of science degree in nursing — Magna Cum Laude, on the deans honor roll, Kramer School of Nursing Honors and the outstanding traditional undergraduate senior student award.

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Noble Library event features all sorts of mayhem

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 1:45pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NOBLE — Zombies, Marshmallows and Mayhem was the title of a recent activity at the Noble Library.

The July 13 event for ages 12 and older featured such activities as a Zombie card game and handmade marshmallow shooters.



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Lindsey Street bridge at I-35 to reopen Friday

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 5:05pm

BY JANE GLENN CANNON Staff Writer jcannon@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — The pain for motorists traveling Interstate 35 through Norman is about to end.

A newly constructed bridge at Lindsey Street and I-35 will reopen in the late afternoon or early evening Friday.

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