OKGazette.com Blogs - GazetteBlog http://www.okgazette.com/oklahoma/blogs-1-1-1-4.html <![CDATA[Ad2OKC seeks to assist non-profit organizations]]>

Those of you working for non-profits in need of no-cost advertising services, the Ad2OKC club is looking for you!

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Those of you working for non-profits in need of no-cost advertising services, the Ad2OKC club is looking for you!

Ad2OKC ]]> <![CDATA[Was the pharmacist justified?]]>

About 10 minutes before 6 p.m. May 19, Chickasha resident and disabled veteran Jerome Ersland, 57, shot and killed a would-be robber at Reliable Discount Pharmacy in Oklahoma City. Ersland, an employee of the pharmacy, said two suspects entered the store with guns drawn demanding cash and drugs. He told reporters they began shooting after entering the store, one shot having grazed his hand.

"And that's when I started defending myself," Ersland said.

Ersland fired upon the suspects, hitting one in the head. Ersland then chased the second suspect, who subsequently fled the scene, but was unable to apprehend him. Ersland walked back into the store, grabbed another gun from behind the register and emptied five rounds into the first suspect, who at this point was incapacitated, according to the medical examiner. After all was said and done, Antwun Parker, 16, lay dead on the scene.

The whole incident took under a minute.

Ersland later defended his actions by stating that this is what the Second Amendment is for. He praised his efforts to protect the other employees.

"I was able to return fire and protect the girls' lives," he said. "God was helping me."

Prosecutors, however, disagreed. They allege Ersland shot an unconscious, unarmed robber, five more times after he had incapacitated Parker with a shot to the head, and Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater has since filed first degree murder charges on Ersland for the death of Parker.

Prater said in a press conference "though Jerome Ersland was justified to shoot Antwun Parker during the robbery attempt, Mr. Ersland is accused of exceeding that lawful authority to employ deadly force when Ersland shot Parker five times in the abdomen with a .380-caliber pistol after the failed robbery. It is alleged that Parker was unarmed, lying on his back, unconscious but alive, when he was shot in the abdomen by Ersland."

It was also stated there was no evidence at the scene that the robbery suspects ever fired a round inside the pharmacy, which directly contradicts Ersland's account of events.

Crime scene photographs indicate that Parker was shot five times while he was on his back with his palms up.

And despite State Rep. Randy Terrill, having told the Associated Press that the charges against Ersland are "absolutely wrong, wrong wrong," or the fact that the Oklahoma County District Judge overseeing the case has received two death threats, or even the flood of support and letters from pastors and concerned citizens in Ersland's defense " District Attorney Prater has made the correct decision in filing murder charges.

Almost nothing in Ersland story matches up with the surveillance video, crime scene photographs or ballistics tests. Ersland has invoked God in his defense and willingness to fire upon Parker. And so far, it is evident that though Ersland did have the right to protect himself, which the Second Amendment grants, he also neglected to take into consideration the element of responsibility that act grants. Ersland made a grave miscalculation in the heat of the moment, and fired upon Parker not out of fear or self-defense, but out of an angry, emotional response to being robbed. The last five shots were not reasonable, logical or protected by the Stand Your Ground law or the Second Amendment. "Tyler Branson

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<![CDATA[Swine Flu tips from experts]]>

With the concern about the swine flu spread, the OU College of Medicine has provided some expert information. Here is what Gary Raskob, Ph.D. and Michael Bronze, M.D. want to share:

Swine Flu: What you can do to stay healthy
The recent outbreak of swine flu in Mexico and in the United States underscores the importance of maintaining a strong public health emergency response system. It also reminds us of the critical role that each and every one of us plays in helping to control the spread of infectious disease.

Swine flu is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by influenza (flu) viruses known as type A ]]> <![CDATA[The not-so secretly named Oklahoma City Thunder]]>

Moments after the NBA OKC issued press release this morning detailing the team's 2008-09 schedule, some very savvy surfers at TheLostOgle managed to visit and save a screenshot of what appears to be the Oklahoma City Thunder's schedule.

However, for those who were a day late and a dollar short to nba.com/schedules/?team=thunder did not see what our friends there did:

 

 

Subsequent visitors to that URL did not see the Thunder but instead saw a series of different screens including SuperSonics, blank pages, some error pages and finally a page that is nonsensical.

Apparently it is officially unofficial that the team will be the Oklahoma City Thunder. Let the jokes begin.

(Thanks Patrick!)

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<![CDATA[Dismissals of Sooners Plumley, Jarboe related?]]>

Oklahoma women's basketball coach suspended gard Jenna Plumley indefinitely from the team July 17. Coale's statement to the media was that Plumley's citation that week for allegedly pocketing cosmetics was one event in a chain of happenings that displeased the coach.

"There had been ongoing concerns with Jenna that culminated in a meeting within the last two weeks," Coale said in the statement. "During that meeting a plan was outlined for what our program expected from her. She has not met those expectations. I am concerned for Jenna and want proceed in a way that is in the best interest of her education and our team. This is an unfortunate situation, but I am hopeful that it will produce the best results in the long run."

Aug. 1, Oklahoma football coach announced receiver Josh Jarboe was being dismissed from the team.

As a high-school senior, the Georgia native faced weapons charges for allegedly carrying a gun on school property. Late in July, a YouTube video spread virally across the Internet in which Jarboe was rapping lyrics to a song about shooting people.

"We are disappointed in this outcome, but our complete review and this final decision is in the best interest of our program" Stoops said in a statement. "We outlined for Josh the expectations we had for him when he arrived and, unfortunately, those expectations have not been met."

So what is the connection between the two events?

Apparently, our friends at TheLostOgle found one.

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<![CDATA[The not-so secretly named Oklahoma City Thunder]]>

Moments after the NBA OKC issued press release this morning detailing the team's 2008-09 schedule, some very savvy surfers at TheLostOgle managed to visit and save a screenshot of what appears to be the Oklahoma City Thunder's schedule.

However, for those who were a day late and a dollar short to nba.com/schedules/?team=thunder did not see what our friends there did:

 

 

Subsequent visitors to that URL did not see the Thunder but instead saw a series of different screens including SuperSonics, blank pages, some error pages and finally a page that is nonsensical.

Apparently it is officially unofficial that the team will be the Oklahoma City Thunder. Let the jokes begin.

(Thanks Patrick!)

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<![CDATA[Dismissals of Sooners Plumley, Jarboe related?]]>

Oklahoma women's basketball coach suspended Guard Jenna Plumley indefinitely from the team July 17. Coale's statement to the media was that Plumley's citation earlier that week for allegedly pocketing cosmetics was one event in a chain of happenings that displeased the coach.

"There had been ongoing concerns with Jenna that culminated in a meeting within the last two weeks," Coale said in the statement. "During that meeting a plan was outlined for what our program expected from her. She has not met those expectations. I am concerned for Jenna and want proceed in a way that is in the best interest of her education and our team."

Aug. 1, Oklahoma football coach announced receiver Josh Jarboe was being dismissed from the team.

As a high-school senior, the Georgia native faced weapons charges for allegedly carrying a gun on school property. Late in July, a YouTube video spread virally across the Internet in which Jarboe was rapping lyrics to a song about shooting people.

"We are disappointed in this outcome, but our complete review and this final decision is in the best interest of our program" Stoops said in a statement. "We outlined for Josh the expectations we had for him when he arrived and, unfortunately, those expectations have not been met."

So what is the connection between the two events?

Apparently, our friends at TheLostOgle found one.

 

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<![CDATA[Third time's the charm]]> Episode three started with a bang, literally, bathroom stall sex for Grace gone bad.

Showtime has nothing on Holly Hunter's sex scenes. Smoking hot. -Gazette staff
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<![CDATA[Twice as nice]]> Episode two of Turner Network Television's Saving Grace started out with some nakedness and some condiments. Guess the writers wanted to set up the instense Murrah building plot with something racy at the outset.

Think the writers went two episodes without any Johnnie's burger mentions and/or placements?]]>
<![CDATA[Grace returns]]> Turner Network Television's set-in-Oklahoma City series returns to the airwaves tonight after finishing up season one in December.

Let's see, the big reveal was Grace and the priest in the finale. Will the story pick up from there? What will happen to Earl now?

And on a lighter note, since the cast and crew visited Oklahoma last fall, will new OKC culture references make the scripts?

OKG will be tuning in to watch season two.
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<![CDATA[OKC hits weight-loss milestone; free tacos!]]>

According to Mayor Mick's weight-loss Web site, Oklahoma City dieters have lost 100,000 pounds. And how does this affect you directly, you ask?

Leave it to OKG to tell you.

July 29, area Taco Bell restaurants will reward Oklahoma City with a Free Fresco Taco Day.

Free Taco Bell for all?

OKG says, "Keep dieting!"

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<![CDATA[Name that team!]]>

With the announcement imminent for the NBA team locating in Oklahoma City's name, colors and logo, OKG staffers are getting antsy to know for whom we will be cheering.

Some of our suggestions may not fly with the league office in New York City, but some of our favorites have been the 3.2ers, Stealers, Chesapeakers and CanalBoat Gamblers.

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<![CDATA[Vote for state's best song]]>

Oklahoma has been given a chance to vote for the state's best rock song.

OKG staffers have had a few things to say about it (refresher: Oklahoma native's Brazilian following votes his song to state's best list and Legislature passes resolution for state song) so far but with the window of opportunity passing, here's a kick in the pants to get off your derriere and vote or else you forfeit the right to complain about what the voter decide.-Gazette staff

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<![CDATA[Causing a racket!]]>

Have you considered the double entendre of the word rack?

Apparently, area television stations did and chose not to air our commercial.

Want to see it, rebel?

Here's your chance:

 

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<![CDATA[Causing a racket!]]>

Have you considered the double entendre of the word rack?

Apparently, area television stations did and chose not to air our commercial.

Want to see it, rebel?

Here's your chance:

 

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<![CDATA[Former lieutenant governor, Oklahoma Sooner quarterback dies]]>

Former Lieutenant Governor and Oklahoma Sooner quarterback Jack Mildren passed away May 22 after a battle with cancer. He was 58.

Mildren served Oklahoma as lieutenant governor from 1990 to 1994 and then unsuccessfully ran against Frank Keating in the governor's race.

Democrat Leader Danny Morgan said his thoughts were with Mildren's family.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Lieutenant Governor Jack Mildren's family tonight," Morgan, D- Prague, said in a statement.  "Oklahoma has lost one its greatest ambassadors tonight. We will always remember his sports heroics, his accomplishments as a public servant and his dedication to his wife and children. Tonight we mourn the loss of a great Oklahoman."

Born and raised in West Texas, Mildren played quarterback for Oklahoma from 1969 to 1971. He was the first Sooner quarterback to play in the "Wishbone" offense. "Stefanie Brickman

 

 

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<![CDATA[Former lieutenant governor, Sooner quarterback dies]]>

Former Lieutenant Governor and Oklahoma Sooner quarterback Jack Mildren passed away May 22 after a battle with cancer. He was 58.

Mildren served Oklahoma as lieutenant governor from 1990 to 1994 and then unsuccessfully ran against Frank Keating in the governor's race.

Democrat Leader Danny Morgan said his thoughts were with Mildren's family.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Lieutenant Governor Jack Mildren's family tonight," Morgan, D- Prague, said in a statement.  "Oklahoma has lost one its greatest ambassadors tonight. We will always remember his sports heroics, his accomplishments as a public servant and his dedication to his wife and children. Tonight we mourn the loss of a great Oklahoman."

Born and raised in West Texas, Mildren played quarterback for Oklahoma from 1969 to 1971. He was the first Sooner quarterback to play in the "Wishbone" offense. "Stefanie Brickman

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<![CDATA[Serial Box]]>

Don't let George Lucas or anyone else tell you differently: Those movie serials from back in the day that inspired the creation of Indiana Jones are unmitigated, unrepentant, unreconstructed, undeniable junk ]]> <![CDATA[Sutton era ends in Stillwater]]>

The two-year Sean Sutton era ended in Stillwater on April Fool's Day 2008.

 

Although the team won 39 games and lost 29 during his tenure as head coach, the Cowboys did not advance to the NCAA men's basketball championship either year.

 

Athletics director Mike Holder said he and Sutton "mutually agreed" the coach would resign, is that really the case?

 

Holder has said a national coaching search would commence to replace Sutton. On whom has Holder set his sights? Will he make the trip to the Alamo city this weekend to pursue candidates as the Final Four play for the championship title?

 

Where will Sutton land? Will he pursue another head-coaching position in the collegiate ranks or will he try and land an assistant's post at another university?

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