May 29, 2013 |
Top country music stars, including Oklahoma native Blake Shelton and his Grammy Award-winning wife, Miranda Lambert, were gathering Wednesday to raise money for the tornado-ravaged state. Set to perform during a telethon at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in downtown Oklahoma City, just miles from Moore's carnage, were other stars including Vince Gill and Reba McEntire, who are both from Oklahoma, Usher, Darius Rucker and Rascal Flatts. The telethon is being called “ Healing in the Heartland.” A week after the deadly tornado ripped through parts of Oklahoma, killing 24 and causing $2 billion in damage, much of the Midwest again braced for another round of meteorological dangers on Wednesday, including more tornadoes and possible flooding along the Mississippi River.
May 27, 2013 |
MOORE, Okla. - Preston and Nikki McCurtain are exhausted. It's been a week since a massive tornado tore through this Oklahoma City suburb, leaving thousands homeless and 24 dead, including 10 children. Seven were students at Plaza Towers Elementary School, where Nikki McCurtain was about to finish her first year as a fourth-grade teacher. As Nikki grieves - one of her 26 students lost a sibling, and she knows the children who died - her husband helps others with their pain. He manages Moore Funeral and Cremation in this wounded city.
May 25, 2013 |
OKLAHOMA CITY - Before 18-year-old Zach Joyner rushed into a storm shelter Monday, he made sure to grab two prized possessions: his blue Southmoore High School graduation cap and gown. "It's important to me," he said of the ceremonial garb. "I thought, 'I cannot take a chance on this.'" Joyner wore the cap and gown proudly at Southmoore High School graduation Saturday afternoon, five days after a massive tornado ravaged his hometown. Three high schools in Moore and south Oklahoma City - Westmoore, Southmoore and Moore - held back-to-back ceremonies at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.
May 24, 2013 |
OKLAHOMA CITY - She had to pause several times. She needed to collect herself. But then Amy Simpson opened up and memories of a harrowing day poured out. "In God's name, go away!" Simpson said she yelled as Monday's tornado approached Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., where she is principal. "Go away. " Moments later, the tornado had gone. But it only needed moments to level her campus and take the lives of seven students. They were 8 and 9 years old. As she stood before a bank of cameras at a Friday news conference held in the auditorium of another elementary school, Simpson recalled the routine but satisfying slices of her day, the way her job and her school had been before the tornado: Students singing and reciting the school motto during the weekly "Rise and Shine" meeting.
May 23, 2013 |
MOORE, Okla. - Rain drenched the tornado-devastated towns near Oklahoma City again Thursday as weary survivors began to bury their dead and find the strength to carry on. Authorities said they didn't expect the death toll to rise beyond 24 - 10 of whom were children. More than 375 people were injured. The first funeral was for Antonia Lee Candelaria, 9, one of seven children killed when Monday's tornado leveled Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore. In her obituary, "Tonie" was described as "a beautiful young lady on the inside and out" who could "find the positive, good and joy in everything.
May 22, 2013 |
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Uh-oh, 2-0? The San Antonio Spurs find themselves in a familiar place, having won the first two games of the Western Conference finals for a second consecutive season. This is where their season unraveled in stunning fashion last year amid a barrage of baskets by Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden. The Spurs lost four consecutive games, a season-ending slide that seemed all the more improbable considering they had won their previous 20 games.