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University of Oklahoma's luxury housing beds go unfilled

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 9:13pm

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

NORMAN — Upperclassmen move into campus housing Wednesday at the University of Oklahoma, but many rooms will be vacant.

OU's efforts to entice more students to live on campus after their freshman year began last fall with the opening of two elegant residential colleges that together can accommodate 600 upperclassmen.

The concept of a residential college was new to many students, but once they stepped inside and saw all the amenities, the beds in Headington College and Dunham College filled up, OU reported.

Officials predicted there would be a waiting list to get into Dunham and Headington going forward.

But this fall's occupancy for the two residential colleges is at 70 percent, OU spokeswoman Erin Yarbrough said.

Another 1,230 beds for upperclassmen are available for the first time this fall with the opening of Cross Neighborhood, a luxury complex bordered by Asp Avenue, Fourth Street, Jenkins Avenue and Timberdell Road.

Two years ago, OU entered into a ground lease with Provident Resources Group Inc.

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Blanchard woman arrested Thursday in Norman fatal wreck

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 10:40am

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — A Blanchard woman was arrested Thursday in connection to a wreck that killed a 23-year-old Norman woman.

About 12:35 p.m.

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Update: Missing Norman teenager found in Arkansas

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 9:31am

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — A missing and endangered teenager was found safe in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, police reported.

Police took the teenager's father, Clint Allen Brewer, into custody.

Wednesday evening, Norman police reported they were seeking Calaway Brewer, 13, after the boy had not had contact with his family for several days.

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Lightning strikes delay move in at University of Oklahoma

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 11:53am

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — Move-in times for students going through sorority rush at the University of Oklahoma were delayed two hours Wednesday morning due to weather conditions.

The Office of Emergency Preparedness at OU reported there were 11,259 lightning strikes between 2 and 10 a.m.

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Deadline extended for 2018 Norman Youth Council Class applications

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 3:11pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — The city of Norman is extending the application deadline for 2018 Norman Youth Council Class until Friday.

The city is seeking high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who are active in their school and community and are interested in learning about local government.

Applications are being accepted for the 2018 Norman Youth Council Class.

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Norman police locate man reported missing in mid-July

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 11:48am

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — Police have located a man who had been reported as missing for several weeks.

Anthony Buckner, 37, was found safe, police reported. 

He had been missing since mid-July, but police did not think he was in danger. 

UPDATE (August 1): Anthony Buckner has been located and is safe.

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Car show benefits Food and Shelter

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 3:48pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Motoring enthusiasts turned out for the Canadian River Cruisers' seventh annual Food and Shelter Charity Car Show on Saturday at Andrews park.

The auto club raised $3,799 at the event, according to its website.

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Swimmers splash away summer sizzle

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 4:04pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Whether it was a turn in the lazy river or slipping down exhilarating slides, swimmers kept their cool at the Westwood Family Aquatic Center, 2400 Westport Drive.

The aquatic center opened this year in time for the summer swim season and also includes splash pads and a large pool.



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Manner of death of man who caught fire and died near Lindsay unknown

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 3:29pm

STAFF REPORTS

LINDSAY — A state medical examiner's report declined to determine whether the death of a man who caught fire moments after being struck by a police Taser is a homicide or suicide.

Dana Dean Carrothers, 52, died from burn injuries Nov.

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Manner of death of man who caught fire and died near Lindsay unknown

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 1:09pm

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LINDSAY — A state medical examiner's report declines to determine whether the death of a man who caught fire moments after being struck by a police Taser is a homicide or suicide.

Dana Dean Carrothers, 52, died from burn injuries Nov.

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Select Norman district students face random drug testing

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 5:42pm

By Tim Willert Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — Oklahoma's seventh-largest school district is the latest to adopt a random drug-testing policy for high school students who participate in sports and other extracurricular activities.

Beginning Aug.

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Father, daughter give boomerangs a spin

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 1:20pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — What might you see walking through Andrews Park?

Well, a boomerang demonstration, of course.

Tom Luczycki and his daughter, Chloe, were practicing their skills Tuesday throwing and catching different types of boomerangs in the park, 201 W Daws St.



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Meeting set for Norman's Ward 8 residents

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 12:51pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Councilmember Alexandra Scott is inviting residents of Ward 8 to attend a meeting at 1 p.m.

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OU Foundation withdraws plans for entertainment district, athletic arena

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 10:48pm

By David Dishman Business Writer ddishman@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — The Norman City Council withdrew a resolution regarding the University North Park development at the request of the OU Foundation, effectively ending the foundation's pursuit of tax increment financing for a proposed new arena district at this time.

“It is our request that you withdraw the TIF moving forward,” OU Foundation attorney Sean Rieger said during the council meeting.

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Class planned on smudging with culinary herbs

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 5:18pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — The Cleveland County Master Gardener Association will be conducting a class on "Smudging With Culinary Herbs" on Aug.

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OU VP resigns

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 8:43am

Kathryn McNutt

Erin Yarbrough, Interim Vice President for Public Affairs, said in an email Jabar Shumate, Associate Vice President for University Community, resigned from the university to pursue other career opportunities.

"We thank him for his years of service to OU," Yarbrough said.

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Two die in crashes on Oklahoma roads

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 12:24pm

From Staff Reports

Two people were killed in recent crashes on Oklahoma roads, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported Thursday.

Unidentified man, 55, Norman

An unidentified 55-year-old Norman man was pronounced dead at the scene of a Wednesday night collision in Cleveland County, troopers reported.

About 7:40 p.m., the man was driving a pickup on U.S. 77 at York Road when he collided with a pickup driven by Robert E. Riggle, 50, of Purcell at York Road about 1.5 miles north of Lexington.

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Norman police stage armed intruder drill at school

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 5:32pm

By Tim Willert Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — Denise Madole cries out for help, her face and arm stained with someone else's blood.

Madole is frantic.

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University of Oklahoma to install president Aug. 16 at New Sooner Convocation

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 5:01pm

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

NORMAN — New Sooner Convocation, the annual ceremony that welcomes incoming students to the University of Oklahoma family, will commemorate another beginning this year.

The inauguration of Jim Gallogly as the university's 14th president will be held in conjunction with the event.

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Norman, Oklahoma, ranks well for first-time homebuyers

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 4:40pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Norman ranked No. 19 overall and No.

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