August 22, 2013 |
Christopher Lane was Australian. But his death in Oklahoma -- allegedly at the hands of three "bored" teenagers -- has become entangled in uncomfortable conversations and innuendo about race in the U.S. And nothing about the debate, of course, has been simple. Take one announcement issued Thursday: A Los Angeles commentator and radio host urged civil rights leaders to condemn the shooting of Lane, a white man, after it was revealed that one of the suspects, who is black, had previously tweeted that he hated white people.
August 21, 2013 |
DUNCAN, Okla. - Even before his name became known worldwide - before authorities said he and two other boys killed an Australian college student because they were "bored" - the boy known as "Bug" had changed. His sister saw it; so did family friends: His American Eagle clothes and sweet demeanor were replaced about six months ago by drooping pants, the do-rags, and a vile stream of braggadocio, sexism and racism the 15-year-old unleashed over his social media accounts. In an Oklahoma town of about 23,000 that was 82% white, Bug, who is black, sometimes tweeted things like "90% of white ppl are nasty.
August 16, 2013 |
The parents outside Plaza Towers Elementary were misty-eyed - and the television camera lenses focused - as they watched students return to a school devastated by a tornado. It has been nearly three months since a massive twister leveled the Plaza Towers campus in Moore, Okla., killing seven third-graders as students and teachers sought shelter in hallways and restrooms. In all, the storm killed 24 people. On Friday, the school welcomed back students as the new academic year got underway.
August 16, 2013 |
It's been three months since Plaza Towers Elementary School became the symbolic heart of the mammoth tornado that ripped through Moore, Okla., leaving 24 people dead. The twister leveled the Plaza Towers campus, killing seven third-graders as students and teachers sought shelter in hallways and restrooms. On Friday, the school welcomed back students -- and their emotional parents -- as the new academic year got underway. Plaza Towers Elementary is being temporarily housed in a nearby junior high school, and Briarwood Elementary, which was also destroyed in the May 20 tornado, is being housed in a Baptist church.
August 10, 2013 |
The Cowboys haven't snapped a down yet, and they're already one of 2013's most exciting teams. Oklahoma State played with (orange and black) pants on fire last season in averaging nearly 46 points per game, but apparently it just wasn't entertaining enough for Coach Mike Gundy. "We expect to play very fast this year," he said. He ordered strength coach Rob Glass to turn up the hamster wheel to get the team in better cardiovascular shape. Oklahoma State is happy to be one of the defendants in the phony "spread offenses lead to more injuries" argument being prosecuted by Alabama Coach Nick Saban.
July 17, 2013 |
MOORE, Okla. - The tree at Plaza Towers Elementary School has leaves again. They jut out in all the wrong places, sprouting from spindly shoots on the disfigured skeleton of what was once a magnificent thornless honeylocust tree. But the leaves are there, green and alive - and for the teachers at this school, that's enough. It's been two months since a massive tornado leveled the Plaza Towers campus, killing seven third-graders as students and teachers sought shelter in hallways and restrooms.
July 7, 2013 |
Several of the biggest names in country music took the stage in Norman, Okla., on Saturday to raise money for victims of a recent spate of tornadoes there. Garth Brooks, Toby Keith (who organized the show and lives in Norman), Trisha Yearwood and Willie Nelson were among the acts that performed at the University of Oklahoma's Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium to an estimated crowd of 65,000. Funds from ticket sales and donations will benefit the United Way of Central Oklahoma, which established a fund for victims of tornadoes in the region, including the devastating May tornado in nearby Moore that killed dozens.
July 4, 2013 |
Saturday's country music all-star gathering for the Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert in Norman, Okla., has aready generated at least $1 million for recovery efforts following the killer storms that swept through the region in May. The $1 million is being donated by Wal-Mart and the Walmart Foundation, which also is sponsoring the concert featuring Toby Keith, Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Trisha Yearwood, Carrie Underwood, Sammy Hagar and others....
June 27, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court told the high court of Oklahoma on Thursday to clarify a new state law restricting the use of the RU-486 abortion pill, setting the stage for a possible future ruling on how far states can go in regulating the practice of abortion. Legislators in several states, including Oklahoma, have passed laws to strictly regulate the practice of abortion. Among them are measures that require all women seeking abortions to undergo an ultrasound test. Oklahoma also adopted a law restricting the use of RU-486.