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National Severe Storms Laboratory unveils weather radar research prototype

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 7:28pm

By Silas Allen Staff Writer

NORMAN — Officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Severe Storms Laboratory unveiled a new system Thursday that they hope will give forecasters more accurate information more quickly as severe weather approaches.

The Advanced Technology Demonstrator is a $38 million research prototype for a system that, if successful, could be rolled out across the country within the next 20 years.

The system, located just east of Max Westheimer Airport, is the first to combine two weather prediction technologies: phased-array radar, which allows forecasters to look across a wide area more quickly than conventional radar allows, and dual polarization, which gives forecasters information about what type of precipitation is falling within a storm.

Now that the research prototype is up and running, researchers will begin looking at how to use the technology to improve weather forecasts, said Kurt Hondl, program manager at the severe storms lab.

Phased-array radar represents a substantial improvement over the conventional NEXRAD systems that are in place at National Weather Service forecast offices across the country, Hondl said.

Conventional radar systems use a dish to focus radar beams on a single area.


OHP trooper charged, accused of harassing women

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 6:42pm

By Josh Wallace Staff Writer

NORMAN — A former University of Oklahoma football player and current Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper was charged Wednesday, accused of abusing law enforcement technology to stalk and harass women he met at a local gym.

Rodney Lynn Rideaux, 40, was charged Wednesday in Cleveland County District Court on five counts of unauthorized use of the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Telecommunication System.


Report sheds light on Norman bus crash

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 9:46pm

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — An elementary school principal was driving too fast in the rain when he lost control of a bus that rolled over along a central Texas highway last month, a crash report shows.

The bus was carrying 24 fifth-grade girls and three adults from Cleveland Elementary to SeaWorld in San Antonio when the crash occurred about 3:15 p.m.


Edmond artist Mongo Allen to present 'Stepping into the Light' exhibit in Norman

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 4:33pm

By Kimberly Burk For The Oklahoman

NORMAN — An exhibit by Edmond artist and educator Mongo Allen will open Oct. 25 at the Whispering Willows Gallery, 226 E Main St.

Allen's collection of acrylic black and white paintings is called “Stepping into the Light.”

“It was motivated by my years of working with families who are dealing with mental illness and substance abuse,” said Allen, who is founder and president of the nonprofit Five Smooth Stones Foundation, which provides educational and life skills resources to struggling families.

“In many cases, the caregivers who are providing help to the family members become traumatized by their experiences.


Cleveland County community enjoys celebration after storm, fire recovery

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 4:26pm

By Joy Hampton For The Oklahoman

Natural disasters created a time to cry, but residents in east Cleveland County are resilient.

Wildfires in 2012 and a tornado on May 19, 2013, destroyed homes, vegetation and infrastructure throughout east Cleveland County.

Then, the cleanup recovery efforts further damaged key roadways as heavy equipment moved through the already stressed area.

Now, six years and $26 million in road improvements later, the residents of Little Axe and Pecan Valley are able to celebrate.

In conjunction with the completion of Cleveland County road projects funded by Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Relief funds, program managers with the Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS), Cleveland County Commissioner Darry Stacy and the city of Norman hosted a public hearing followed by a community celebration at the Little Axe Community Center, 1000 168th Ave NE.

“It was amazing to me, as I drove out here tonight, you still see the devastation from those fires,” Stacy said.


Cherokee music scheduled at the University of Oklahoma

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 9:55am


NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma School of Music will present "Cherokee Music Through the Ages" at 8 p.m.


Fall book sale starts Friday at Norman Public Library

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 9:44am


NORMAN — More than 50,000 used books will be available during the upcoming annual fall book sale sponsored by the Friends of the Norman Library.

The largest of four sales sponsored by the Friends group will be held Friday through Monday at the Norman Public Library, 225 N Webster.

The sale will open Friday with a members-only preview sale from 6 to 9 p.m.


Romanian man arrested in OKC, accused of credit card fraud

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 12:03pm

From Staff Reports

An Oklahoma bank is out thousands of dollars after a Romanian man admitted to making multiple ATM transactions using re-encoded credit cards, police said.

About 12:15 p.m.


Gallogly says research key to future of University of Oklahoma, state economy

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 11:04pm

By K.S. McNutt Staff Writer

NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma lacks vital research needed to bolster its reputation and the state's economy, OU President Jim Gallogly has said repeatedly since taking office July 1.

"Today our research component is not close to where it needs to be.


Norman Fire Department reminds residents to be prepared with National Fire Prevention Week

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 7:14pm


NORMAN — The city of Norman Fire Department is reminding residents to always be prepared for the event of a fire through an emphasis on fire prevention with the National Fire Protection Association's Fire Prevention Week, which began Sunday.

This year's Fire Prevention Week theme is “Look.


Veterans turn to bicycles to help overcome PTSD and physical challenges

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 7:02pm

By Chip Minty NewsOK Contributor

For some people, walking out of the front door is a daunting prospect, and the mere act of going to the mall or standing in a crowded grocery store causes overwhelming anxiety.

Living a life of fear, apprehension and isolation is a consuming handicap associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and thousands of veterans battle it every day.

The government estimates more than 30 percent of Vietnam veterans suffer from the condition, and it afflicts as many as 10 percent of veterans from more recent Middle Eastern conflicts.

The Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Oklahoma City is helping many of those veterans on the long road to recovery, and it is using the bicycle to get them there.

Last spring, the VA established a cycling team with a handful of members who get together at least once a week to ride together and to learn more about cycling.

“Cycling helps build camaraderie among the veterans, and it gets them together, out in the country,” said Sandy Bond, a certified therapeutic recreation specialist at Oklahoma City's VA center.


Second teacher released from hospital; student remains

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 5:26pm

By Tim Willert Staff Writer

NORMAN — A second Cleveland Elementary School teacher seriously injured when a school bus overturned along a central Texas highway was released from the hospital Monday night, a spokeswoman said.

A student remained hospitalized Tuesday, Norman Public Schools spokeswoman Alesha Leemaster said.

Leemaster would not disclose the identities of the teacher or student or the nature of their injuries, citing privacy concerns.

The bus was carrying 24 fifth-grade girls and three adults from the school to SeaWorld in San Antonio when the crash occurred about 3:15 p.m.


Registration for tree giveaway begins Thursday

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 4:46pm


The Houston-based Apache Corp. and the Tree Bank Foundation of Oklahoma will provide 900 Norman households a free tree this fall.

Residents may request a tree from assorted oak, red maple, Chinese pistache, pine, crape myrtle, cypress, elm and redbud species.


Norman to spray for mosquitoes

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 4:43pm


NORMAN — The Norman Parks and Recreation Department will begin mosquito spraying Wednesday in the following areas:

District 6

• Northern boundary: Alameda Street.

• Southern boundary: Lindsey Street.

• Eastern boundary: 36th Avenue E.

• Western boundary: Classen Boulevard.

Spraying will take place after 10 p.m.

For more information about the mosquito spraying program, go to and click on "Mosquito Control," or contact the city of Norman Parks and Recreation Department at 405-366-5472.



Mon, 10/08/2018 - 4:31pm

East Central University student Allison Maurer has been named the winner of the Brad Henry International Scholarship.

Maurer, a resident of Goldsby and graduate of Washington High School, will spend the 2019 spring semester studying at Swansea University in Wales, United Kingdom.

“I'm super-excited to have this opportunity to travel and to experience culture and a different style of learning,” Maurer said.


Norman teacher released from hospital; two others remain

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 6:26pm

By Tim Willert Staff Writer

NORMAN — A Cleveland Elementary School teacher seriously injured when a school bus rolled over along a central Texas highway was released from the hospital Thursday, a spokeswoman said.

A student and a second teacher remained hospitalized, Norman Public Schools spokeswoman Alesha Leemaster said.

The bus was carrying 24 fifth-grade girls and three adults from the school to SeaWorld in San Antonio when the crash occurred about 3:15 p.m.


Nominations sought for city of Norman Human Rights Award

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 4:23pm


NORMAN — The Norman Human Rights Commission is seeking nominations for the annual city of Norman Human Rights Award.

The award recognizes an individual or group in Norman for exceptional achievement, outstanding effort and/or leadership to promote human rights and equality, and service as an example to all.

The deadline for nominations is Oct.


University of Oklahoma law professor 'saddened, regrets disturbance'

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 11:08pm

By K.S. McNutt Staff Writer

NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma law professor criticized for his personal and religious beliefs said Wednesday he resigned his administrative post both "to calm the situation" and because public pressure left him no choice.

Brian McCall resigned Tuesday as associate dean for academic affairs at the OU College of Law, but continues to be a professor.


Investors breathe new life into Norman's Ashton Grove neighborhood

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 4:29pm

From staff reports

NORMAN — Local investors have bought the Ashton Grove residential development at a sheriff's sale and plan to finish it after its 12-year hiatus.

David and Lisa Williams, longtime luxury homebuilders who live in Ashton Grove, along with the Farzaneh family, David and Judy Morse, local attorneys who also live in Ashton Grove, and Darlene and Charlie Bowline purchased the property, 70 undeveloped acres and 13 developed lots, northeast of W Rock Creek Road and 48th Ave.



Tue, 10/02/2018 - 3:56pm

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation recently awarded $187,000 in scholarships for the 2018-19 academic year to 55 metro-area high school graduates through the state's largest independent scholarship program.

In total, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation awarded more than $2.2 million in scholarships to 730 students throughout the state for the 2018-19 academic year.

Following is a list of scholarship recipients by high school with recipient name and scholarships received:

• Bethany High School — Asia Nguyen, Ruth Mershon Scholarship.

• Capitol Hill High School — Luis Fuentes, P.B. Odom III Family Scholarship.

• Carl Albert High School — Jade Dudley, H.W. Almen West OKC Rotary Scholarship; Amber Garcia, H.W. Almen West OKC Rotary Scholarship, Larry Roach Scholarship; Perry McCollum, H.W. Almen West OKC Rotary Scholarship.

• Classen School of Advanced Studies — Abigail Sandoval, H.W. Almen West OKC Rotary Scholarship.

• Community Christian School — Emma Ramsey, Garner-Stocker Foundation Scholarship.

• Deer Creek High School — Emma Buckles, Ruth Mershon Scholarship; Preston Seibel, Bennett Family Scholarship.

• Del City High School — Victor Price, H.W. Almen West OKC Rotary Scholarship, Seay Sanders Scholarship; Sakinah Smith, H.W. Almen West OKC Rotary Scholarship; Huyen Tran, P.B. Odom III Family Scholarship.

• Douglass High School — Dorena Gordy, Dr.