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2008-07-31 03:00:35

By Julie Bisbee, The Oklahoman Jul. 31--VALLIANT -- A state representative and a retired engineer are vying for a state Senate seat to represent voters in the southeastern corner of Oklahoma. Democrat Jerry Ellis, 61 of Valliant and Republican Patrick K. Miller, 69, of Snow will face off in the Nov. 4 election to fill the seat being vacated by Jeff Rabon. Rabon, of Hugo, has been a member of the Oklahoma Senate since 1996, but could not seek re-election because of term limits. Ellis...

2008-07-30 03:00:40

By Don Mecoy, The Oklahoman Jul. 30--Boone Pickens' hedge fund bet that energy prices were going to fall early this year. They didn't. "We tried to be very clever in the first quarter of the year, and we were wrong," he said during a May 20 interview with CNBC. "We missed it." Pickens' BP Capital Management Fund sold out of those positions and is poised to benefit from higher oil and natural gas prices. That's how an expert plays the risk-filled commodities futures game. Tulsa's...

2008-07-30 03:00:34

By Chris Jones, The Oklahoman Jul. 30--Gluten is in the news frequently, and Mary Ann O'Dell, a registered dietitian and director for Akins Natural Foods in Tulsa, said there are a number of reasons why the national spotlight is on the common sticky substance. In August, the Food and Drug Administration is expected to release its official definition of gluten-free foods. Gluten is a protein found in grains such as wheat, oats, rye and barley. Gluten shows up in much of what we eat...

2008-07-30 03:00:33

By Steve Lackmeyer, The Oklahoman Jul. 30--Oklahoma City's Will Rogers World Airport is losing direct connections to five of 22 cities and will see an overall 13 percent cut in flights and seats per day as the airline industry continues to struggle with rising fuel costs. Mark Kranenburg, director of airports for Oklahoma City, said Tuesday that flights are being cut, even though they might be filled with passengers, due to fuel costs and not a route's success. Despite the cuts, he said,...

2008-07-30 03:00:32

By Tami Althoff, The Oklahoman Jul. 30--NORMAN -- For the past month, 44 young performers have been working to perfect their singing, acting and dancing skills in the Sooner Theatre's Young Producers program. The performers, a group of 13- to 18-year-olds from Norman, Noble, Moore, Newalla and Oklahoma City, have been rehearsing five days a week since July 7. Their hard work will culminate when they present "Fiddler on the Roof" Thursday through Saturday at the Sooner Theatre, 101 E Main...

2008-07-29 15:01:15

By Heather Warlick, The Oklahoman Jul. 29--Oklahoma has a new Miss Black Oklahoma, Ashton Joseph, and she is beating the odds in more ways than one. Not only is she the fourth consecutive Oklahoma City University student to win the state title, but she is also a survivor of a disease that will kill thousands of women this year. In January, Joseph, 19, was diagnosed with cervical cancer and a few months later, she underwent surgery to remove it. So far, she said, it seems like the surgery...

2008-07-29 12:01:18

By Jack Money, The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City Jul. 29--LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Chesapeake Energy Corp. is paying the state of Arkansas more than $29.5 million to gain access to two of its wildlife management areas to look for natural gas. Members of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission signed off on the two leases Monday. One lease covers about 7,579 mineral acres and about 15,500 surface acres at the Petit Jean River Wildlife Management Area, near Ola, in Yell County. Chesapeake...

2008-07-29 12:00:33

By Chris Jones, The Oklahoman Jul. 29--For many moms, a prenatal photo album is as important today as a baby shower. Sometimes, high-tech photos are part of the baby shower entertainment. What do pregnant women need to know before booking an ultrasound? Dr. Phillip H. Stratemeier, who specializes in radiology at St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City, answered these questions on the subject of nonmedical, pre-natal ultrasounds. Q:What is your opinion on "designer ultrasound boutiques"...

2008-07-29 03:01:05

By Tami Althoff, The Oklahoman Jul. 29--NORMAN -- For the past month, 44 young performers have been working to perfect their singing, acting and dancing skills in the Sooner Theatre's Young Producers program. The performers, a group of 13- to 18-year-olds from Norman, Noble, Moore, Newalla and Oklahoma City, have been rehearsing five days a week since July 7. Their hard work will culminate when they present "Fiddler on the Roof" Thursday through Saturday at the Sooner Theatre, 101 E Main...

2008-07-28 03:00:24

By The Oklahoman Jul. 28--If you have trees that are shedding leaves, they're trying to tell you something. They're thirsty. Brown leaves swirling in the summer breeze is becoming a common sight around Oklahoma City, which has received only an inch of rain this month, none of it falling in the last two weeks while the ground has baked under 90- and 100-degree temperatures. The thirsty flora species are particularly prone to hot temperatures, so local landscapers say to take extra...


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