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Moore will be more

Dispatches from the May 20 tornado reveal the character of a community


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Tim Farley, Louis Fowler, Peter Wright and Phil Bacharach
The afternoon of May 20, on a neighborhood street west of the Moore Medical Center, the Stephens family — Greg, Lynda and 19-year-old daughter Deanna — prepared to take shelter from the tornado. They headed into an underground storm shelter in their backyard, joined by their two dogs and two next-door neighbors.
 
Monday, May 27, 2013

Conventional wisdom

Questions and concerns surround OKC’s would-be convention center hote


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Tim Farley
Uncertainty hovers over Oklahoma City’s proposed convention center hotel, as industry experts suggest financing the project with tax money could be dangerous.
 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Senior class

OKC officials mull over a quartet of proposals for senior wellness centers.


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Tim Farley
Multiple operating partners likely will be needed for four senior wellness centers promised by Oklahoma City’s MAPS 3 program.
 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

To catch a crook

Local law enforcement agencies turn to social media in their fight against crime.


News

Brendan Hoover
Local law enforcement agencies are enlisting help from the public in fighting crime through social media. Through Facebook, Twitter and other online methods, they can release information faster and easier than ever, said Mark Myers, Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) spokesman.
 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Chipping in

OKC developer Chip Fudge’s efforts in historic preservation earn him this year’s Urban Pioneer Award.


News

Tim Farley

2013 Urban Pioneer Award
11:30 a.m. Thursday
Bill & Pam Shdeed Great Hall
Oklahoma City University
2501 N. Blackwelder
plazadistrict.org
367-9403
Free


 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Dispatches from a disaster


News

Tim Farley
Adam Johnston had never seen a tornado until Monday. Now, he’s ready to move back to California.
 
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Getting testy

Putnam City Schools consider implementing random drug-testing for students in certain extracurricular activities.


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Brendan Hoover
Putnam City Public Schools could become the next metro district to implement a random drug-testing policy for students in competitive extracurricular activities.
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

No comment

Sen. Jim Inhofe has opposed China’s previous deal-cutting with U.S. energy companies, but has nothing to say about Chesapeake’s recent venture with a Chinese firm.


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Jerry Bohnen
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, doesn’t lack an opinion on most topics, but there are exceptions.
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Lofty goal

A local developer is converting the old downtown library into upscale lofts.


News

Tim Farley
Growing up in Pauls Valley, Judy Hatfield loved going to the public library. She would sit in a corner and read for hours.
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Brain gain

Two Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation researchers are making headway in the treatment of brain tumors.


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Dawn Watson
A pair of Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation scientists may have found a way to attack brain tumors from the inside.
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Street smarts

City officials educate the public on plans and next steps for the MAPS 3 streetcar.


News

Tim Farley
Almost everything Oklahoma City residents wanted to know about streetcars but were afraid to ask was covered during a May 9 public forum at the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library.
 
Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Exhausted exams

In the wake of glitches with online standardized testing, some school districts and state lawmakers question the validity of the exams.


News

Phil Bacharach
Nothing gets people testy like test-taking, especially when accessing the test becomes a sort of test in itself. That was the case last month for 9,100 Oklahoma students in sixth through 12 grade whose scores on online tests were invalidated because of a technological snafu.
 
Monday, May 13, 2013

Fanning fears?

Oklahoma’s Muslim community contends a recently signed state law could spur anti-Islamic bigotry.


News

Tim Farley
Gov. Mary Fallin and state lawmakers should “embrace diversity” instead of demonizing the Muslim community, said Adam Soltani, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Worst-case scenario

OKC officials roll out a possible water conservation plan in case of a brutally dry summer.


News

Tim Farley
If drought conditions worsen in Oklahoma City, homeowners won’t be mowing thick, lush lawns this summer.
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Not-so-easy rider

With a weak public transit system, city officials consider controversial changes to get it back on track.


News

Tim Farley
Improving public transportation in Oklahoma City isn’t going to be easy. In fact, it might create the kind of controversy no one wants.
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
 
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