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2008-07-26 12:00:48

By Susan Simpson, The Oklahoman Jul. 26--TULSA -- Oklahoma State University is partnering with a Tulsa family that has a dream of a visual and performing arts high school open to students from across the state. OSU Regents on Friday agreed that OSU's College of Education can pursue sponsorship of the Oklahoma School for the Visual and Performing Arts. The residential school would be open to about 200 artistic and academically gifted high school juniors and seniors. State law was...

2008-07-26 12:00:35

By Jennifer Griswold, The Oklahoman Jul. 26--NEWCASTLE -- City officials have banned all outdoor watering through 5 p.m. Sunday and are considering stricter water rationing rules once the ban is lifted. Newcastle instituted an odd-even water rationing schedule earlier this week to help increase water pressure. The rationing didn't help because people were just watering their yards twice as much on their scheduled day, City Manager Nick Nazar said. Because the level of the water in the...

2008-07-26 12:00:31

By Jason Singer, The Oklahoman Jul. 26--Earlier this month, a nine-second video of a man taunting a jaguar at the Oklahoma City Zoo surfaced on the Internet. Within 72 hours, more than 50,000 people had viewed it. By the time local news broadcasts and CNN aired the footage the following day, the video had become a small national phenomenon. Such is the power of the Web, where any minutiae can blaze through the public consciousness like California wildfires. "It's scary," said Dwight...

2008-07-25 09:01:08

By Susan Simpson, The Oklahoman Jul. 25--An Oklahoma City man hopes to use a recently won doctoral scholarship to someday boost the number of American Indians teaching in Oklahoma business colleges. "I do feel responsible for making sure that Native Americans have the same opportunities and are encouraged to go into academic fields," said Beau Barnes, who received a KPMG Foundation scholarship valued at $10,000 a year for up to five years. The national scholarship is designed to help...

2008-07-25 09:01:04

By Julie Bisbee, The Oklahoman Jul. 25--MEDFORD -- An inmate who spent several months as a fugitive in Maine slipped out a bathroom window at the Grant County jail early Thursday and stole a sheriff's department truck. The inmate is still on the run and is thought to be driving a truck that says "Sheriff's Department" on the side and tailgate. Deputies were getting ready to take the inmate, Joshua R. Albright, 23, from the Grant County jail to the state Department of Corrections...

2008-07-25 09:00:57

By Natasha Mitchell, The Oklahoman Jul. 25--Just as the late Oklahoma jazz guitarist Charlie Christian made a lasting impression on today's artists with his compositions, jazz saxophonist Kirk Whalum is connecting with the next generation as an artist-in-residence, and with fans through technology. It is a beautiful, sunny day in Memphis, and Whalum, 50, has been in the studio, compiling tracks for his live recording, "Gospel According to Jazz Chapter III," to be released later this...

2008-07-25 09:00:51

By Chris Casteel and John David Sutter, The Oklahoman Jul. 25--A federal judge in Seattle ruled Thursday that ranchers who had been preparing to use land in a U.S. Department of Agriculture conservation program for haying and grazing can do so for a limited time. The ruling will open up about 200,000 acres of land in Oklahoma to ranchers desperate to feed their cattle. Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne, called the ruling a victory for Oklahoma farmers and ranchers. And a rancher in western...

2008-07-23 03:00:54

By Robert Medley, The Oklahoman Jul. 23--KINGFISHER -- Landowners along a proposed 120-mile Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co. power line should join together to oppose the line, a Woodward landowner said at a meeting Tuesday. Candyce Kline of Woodward was one of about 60 people concerned with the route of the proposed power line from Woodward to northwest Oklahoma City to be built by 2010 by OG&E. Rate payers would see an increase of about $1.50 on electric bills to pay for the line,...

2008-07-23 03:00:51

By Jennifer Griswold, The Oklahoman Jul. 23--NORMAN -- Norman's high school students now can receive academic credit for science courses offered through programs at Moore Norman Technology Center. The Norman Board of Education approved an agreement between the technology center and school district Monday that will allow students to receive credit for physics and forensics classes they take at the technology center. Students enrolled in the technology center's pre-engineering program...

2008-07-22 03:00:38

By Don Mecoy, The Oklahoman Jul. 22--TULSA -- Lenders have seized control of SemGroup Energy Partners, exercising their rights under agreements with the increasingly troubled parent of the Tulsa energy partnership, the company announced Monday. Manchester Securities and Alerian Capital Management replaced several board members, but said they support current corporate management. The change in control also caused SemGroup LP to default on its credit agreement, which allows those...


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  • A stinking tobacco.
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