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2008-07-15 03:00:28

By Bryan Dean, The Oklahoman Jul. 15--The two Democratic candidates for state House District 16 agree the state's failing roads and bridges are among the most important issues in the election. Incumbent Jerry Shoemake, 65, of Morris and challenger James Bo Delso, 43, of Henryetta said the roads in their district, which includes most of Okmulgee County and portions of Muskogee and Wagoner counties, need help and the state must do something about it. Shoemake, a rancher who has served...

2008-07-15 03:00:26

By Jennifer Palmer, The Oklahoman Jul. 15--With news of another airline cancelling service to Oklahoma, airline officials say it's not too early to book holiday flights. This weekend, US Airways said it will discontinue flights to Oklahoma City starting in September. ExpressJet previously announced it would pull out of Oklahoma; the airline had offered several flights from Will Rogers World Airport and Tulsa International Airport. These and other airlines' flight reductions will begin...

2008-07-15 03:00:24

By Jim Stafford, The Oklahoman Jul. 15--Kenny Phillips opened his Rockhouse Cinema studios in far northwest Oklahoma City to a one-man tour Monday, showing off a vast array of editing equipment in what once was nothing more than a, well, rock house. The facility offers editing equipment, sound booths, a recording studio with a new Steinway piano, computer equipment and a new mission for its owner: theatrical film production. The studio is now home to Rockhouse Pictures, a new film...

2008-07-14 15:00:44

By Wendy K. Kleinman, The Oklahoman Jul. 14--Oklahoma public school superintendents typically stay at their jobs about 5 1/2 years, according to an analysis of data from the state Education Department. Last week's appointment of Karl Springer as Oklahoma City schools' superintendent highlighted that issue as people remembered the hospitality and hope they put into John Porter's arrival just a year ago. The Oklahoma City School District has one of the higher turnover rates in the state,...

2008-07-14 15:00:40

By John David Sutter, The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City Jul. 13--PICHER -- Over the years, many have championed the cause of this polluted lead and zinc mining town from behind the scenes. The former northeastern Oklahoma mining district, called Tar Creek, has been on the government's list of high-priority environmental cleanup sites since 1983. In recent years, residents have slowly left the area, as a government-funded program pays willing people for their property. Behind the...

2008-07-14 03:00:34

By Wendy K. Kleinman, The Oklahoman Jul. 14--Oklahoma public school superintendents typically stay at their jobs about 5 years, according to an analysis of data from the state Education Department. Last week's appointment of Karl Springer as Oklahoma City schools' superintendent highlighted that issue as people remembered the hospitality and hope they put into John Porter's arrival just a year ago. The Oklahoma City School District has one of the higher turnover rates in the state,...

2008-07-14 03:00:21

By Tony Thornton, The Oklahoman Jul. 14--When Denny Sanders pays the rent for his Shawnee restaurant, more than 600,000 kids get a shot at a slightly better education. Sanders' landlord is the state of Oklahoma, specifically the Commissioners of the Land Office. He pays $1,933 a month for the acre of land where his 3 Buddies Bar-B-Que sits near Interstate 40. The price is just for the land. Sanders and his two partners own the building. His rent checks eventually are deposited into...

2008-07-11 09:00:40

By The Oklahoman Jul. 11--The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is presenting a matinee film series featuring movies set in ancient Rome in conjunction with the "Roman Art from the Louvre" exhibition. The six-week series is set for 2 p.m. Sundays in the museum's Noble Theater, 415 Couch Drive. The series starts this Sunday with "Quo Vadis," the 1951 epic starring Robert Taylor and Deborah Kerr. "The power and opulence of Rome has been an irresistible subject for filmmakers for decades....

2008-07-11 09:00:32

By Tony Thornton, The Oklahoman Jul. 11--The proposed sale of 206 state-owned acres next to Deer Creek High School in Oklahoma County was put on hold Thursday amid concerns about the appraisal process used to determine its value. Steve Burrage helped shelve the proposed sale in one of his first official acts as the new state auditor and inspector. The dispute deals with the number of independent, on-site appraisals needed to determine the agency's formal appraisal. Lt. Gov. Jari...

2008-07-11 09:00:26

By Jake Trotter, The Oklahoman Jul. 11--There's a reason why James W. Conradt was able to lift a template off The Oklahoman's Web site, NewsOK.com, to create a phony story about Oklahoma quarterbacks Sam Bradford and Landry Jones. The Nebraska football fan living in Austin, Texas, is a computing services manager in the information technology department at the University of Texas. Wednesday, the 36-year-old Conradt wrote a bogus article about Bradford and Jones being arrested on...


Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.