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2008-08-05 03:00:39

By Jesse Olivarez, The Oklahoman Aug. 5--DEL CITY -- Working parents with students in Del City Elementary School may soon have the chance to save money on day care expenses. This week, Midwest City-Del City officials announced the school has received a $1.2 million federal grant for after-school programs. The funds will be disbursed in $244,000 allotments over the next five years. Ruth Kizer, the school's principal, said the funds will go toward offering after-school services from...

2008-08-05 03:00:30

By Ann DeFrange, The Oklahoman Aug. 5--I'll be really busy this weekend with sprints and dashes, leaps and lunges. I'll be right there on the balance beam and the diving board, doing my best. Actually, I'll be on my sofa, eating Cheetos, drinking iced tea (a Chinese blend) and watching the Olympics on television. It's my favorite workout, although the every-four-years experience is less a muscular challenge than an endorphin exercise. The athletic events make me weep as wetly as...

2008-08-05 03:00:22

By Augie Frost, The Oklahoman Aug. 5--You may think you deleted that file from your computer. You might think emptying the recycle bin will erase it forever. But deep in the recesses of your hard drive, the file remains intact and can be found -- by someone who knows how to look. The same is true for any device that stores data electronically, such as printers, cell phones and answering machines. That saved one Oklahoma City detective who accidentally deleted a key confession from...

2008-08-05 03:00:20

By The Oklahoman Aug. 5--The Internet connection that most Americans have in their homes may cost much more than a $25 monthly subscription fee. U.S. consumers lost $8.5 billion the past two years to viruses, spyware and phishing schemes, according to Consumer Reports' annual State of the Net survey featured in the September edition of the magazine. Additionally, Americans have replaced about 2.1 million computers over the past two years because of online threats. There were some...

2008-08-04 03:00:28

By The Oklahoman Aug. 4--Community leaders are mourning the passing of a pioneering oil and natural gas exploration leader who co-founded a business that today is Oklahoma's largest publicly-traded company. John Nichols, 93, chairman emeritus of Devon Energy Corp., died early Sunday after a lengthy illness. Nichols, who co-founded Devon with his son, Larry Nichols, was chairman of its board from the time Devon began operations in 1971 until 1999, when he was named chairman emeritus....

2008-08-04 03:00:28

By The Oklahoman Aug. 4--Community leaders are mourning the passing of a pioneering oil and natural gas exploration leader who co-founded a business that today is Oklahoma's largest publicly traded company. John Nichols, 93, chairman emeritus of Devon Energy Corp., died early Sunday after a lengthy illness. Nichols, who co-founded Devon with his son, Larry Nichols, was chairman of its board from the time Devon began operations in 1971 until 1999, when he was named chairman emeritus....

2008-08-04 03:00:18

By Carrie Coppernoll, The Oklahoman Aug. 4--The revamped Children's Zoo exhibit at the Oklahoma City Zoo will be much the same as the old exhibit -- same size, same location and the same animals. However, the goal will be much different. The $8 million exhibit, scheduled to open in fall 2009, is designed to encourage play, interaction and curiosity, said Brian Aucone, animal management director for the zoo. "We just want (kids) to explore and experience," he said. The major...

2008-08-03 15:00:15

By Julie Bisbee, The Oklahoman Aug. 3--TULSA -- Art and music festivals are becoming big business in Oklahoma cities, not just for artists, but for businesses and community leaders who see creating a vibrant arts community as a solid economic development move. "There is a financial incentive to find talent here and grow that talent locally," said Jill Simpson, director of the Oklahoma Film and Music Office. "Historically in Oklahoma, it's been an export business. We're desperately trying...

2008-08-03 03:00:13

By John David Sutter, The Oklahoman Aug. 3--A plucky little bird in northwest Oklahoma -- known for its comical mating dances in which it patters around like a jittery wind-up toy -- has found itself pitted against an unlikely environmental foe. Huge power-generating wind turbines are expected to pop up all over the lesser prairie chicken's habitat in coming years, and biologists say the development could push the birds onto the endangered species list or even into extinction. "We're...

2008-08-02 06:00:24

By Tami Althoff, The Oklahoman Aug. 2--NORMAN -- Three years ago, Jenna McIntosh decided to find a summer project she could do with her granddaughter, Abby Flax, now 11. After shuffling through several ideas, she decided the two could bake bread together, then sell it and donate the money to charity. Abby enjoyed it so much, last year they recruited Abby's cousin, Ali McIntosh, now 9, to help out. Now, it's a summer tradition. Once a week each summer, the girls meet at their...


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baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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