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  • One killed as tornado rips through Tulsa, Oklahoma area [Wednesday, 3/25/2015]

    03/26/2015 2:18:09 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 15 replies
    MSNBC ^ | Wednesday, March 25, 2015 | M. Alex Johnson
    One person was killed Wednesday and several other people were injured, at least one of them critically, when a series of “extremely dangerous” tornadoes ripped through the Tulsa, Oklahoma, area, emergency officials said.
  • Former OU Frat Member to Speak Out Wednesday

    03/25/2015 1:03:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | Sean Murphy
    Levi Pettit, a former OU student and member of SAE fraternity, will address the media.A former University of Oklahoma student who led a racist chant apologized personally to the leader of Oklahoma's Legislative Black Caucus and plans to meet with more civic leaders before speaking publicly about the incident for the first time, a state senator said Wednesday. Sen. Anastasia Pittman, an Oklahoma City Democrat, said the student, Levi Pettit, called her personally to apologize after he and another fraternity member were caught on video earlier this month leading a chant that referenced lynching and used a racial slur to...
  • Levi Pettit to publicly apologize Wednesday for role in racist SAE video [OU]

    03/25/2015 9:19:15 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 11 replies
    DallasNews.com ^ | 03/24/2015 | Robert Wilonsky
    Levi Pettit, the Highland Park High School graduate seen in the now-infamous University of Oklahoma SAE video chanting racial epithets, will make his first public remarks Wednesday at an event hosted by an Oklahoma state senator. Sen. Anastasia Pittman, chair of the Oklahoma Black Caucus and a University of Oklahoma graduate, says Pettit will join her tomorrow at 4 p.m. at the Fairview Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, where he will apologize for singing that racist chant earlier this month. And before that, she says, he will spend an hour behind closed doors talking with pastors and politicians and African-American...
  • Edmond Dad’s Response to Student Planning ‘Mass Casualty Event’ Goes Viral

    03/18/2015 6:12:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    KFOR ^ | Sarah Stewart
    An Edmond father’s response to a student who was planning a mass casualty event is going viral. Charles Martin’s son, Michael, is a freshman at Edmond North High School. Martin reacted a little out of the box to the news of the mass casualty plot uncovered at his son’s school. “The first thought just goes back to what it’s like being a teenager. It’s a brutal, brutal time,” said Martin. On Friday, Edmond police said they had uncovered a plan of a potential mass killing at the high school. Several students had come forward with text messages from the suspect...
  • In Resignation, Oklahoma Teacher Blows Whistle on Common Core

    03/18/2015 3:47:20 PM PDT · by detective · 18 replies
    The New American ^ | March 17, 2015 | Alex Newman
    In a scathing resignation letter about the issue, Oklahoma City math teacher Juli Sylvan blasted the controversial Common Core standards and exposed numerous serious problems with the Obama-backed scheme — including the fact that it is being quietly implemented in apparent defiance of state law. Among the most troubling elements, according to Sylvan — a veteran teacher with more than two decades in the classroom — is the data-mining of children, which she said she is not willing to facilitate. However, the problems with the administration-promoted national school standards are much more wide ranging. From using ineffective teaching methods and...
  • The Power of Forgiveness

    03/17/2015 11:22:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 17, 2015 | Cal Thomas
    Turn on the news and you expect to see people of different races and politics denouncing each other. That's why what happened last week on "The Kelly File," Megyn Kelly's Fox News program, was so remarkable. Following the expulsion of Parker Rice and Levi Pettit, two Sigma Alpha Epsilon members at the University of Oklahoma, upon the video release of a racist sing-a-long they led, Isaac Hill, the president of the university's Black Student Association, told Kelly the students should be forgiven. Kelly, who is normally in complete control, was stunned and nearly speechless. It was not what she...
  • The Limits of Free Speech: University of Oklahoma Frat does not deserve First Amendment Protection

    03/14/2015 6:24:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 03/14/2015 | Kent Greenfield
    Members of a fraternity at the University of Oklahoma were recently filmed chanting that they’d rather see a black student lynched than as a member of their clan. The now viral video of dapper, privileged white men shouting, “There will never be a nigger at SAE, you can hang him from a tree” reminds us of our greatest national shame. The chant has been roundly condemned as abhorrent. But after university president David Boren announced the expulsion of two students leading the chants, prominent legal scholars from the right and left have come to their defense. The university is a...
  • Club for Growth gives Ted Cruz, Mike Lee perfect marks

    02/24/2014 9:19:56 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 27 replies
    Washington Time ^ | Monday, February 24, 2014 | David Sherfinski
    The conservative Club For Growth released its annual scorecard for 2013 on Monday, bestowing two Republican U.S. senators — Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah — and four GOP congressmen with 100 percent ratings for their voting records “based on issues relating to limited government and economic growth.”The four congressmen with perfect ratings for 2013 are Republican Reps. Matt Salmon, Trent Franks and David Schweikert of Arizona and Tom McClintock of California. Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan got a 99 percent rating in 2013 “but because of rounding has a 100 percent LifeScore,” the group said.“2013 saw...
  • Barred Fraternity’s Lawyer Seeks to Alter Punishment

    03/13/2015 8:18:40 PM PDT · by Oliviaforever · 34 replies
    NYT ^ | 3/13/15 | By RICHARD PÉREZ-PEŃA and MANNY FERNANDEZ
    The fraternity chapter banished from the University of Oklahoma and evicted from its house after members were caught on video singing a racist song is seeking “some other resolution to this matter” and, failing that, may take the university to court, the group’s lawyer said Friday.
  • OU SAE to Sue University, Possibly President Boren

    03/13/2015 12:50:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 52 replies
    KFOR ^ | MARCH 12, 2015
    The local chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon is planning to pursue legal action against the University of Oklahoma, and possibly OU President David Boren. The group has hired high-profile attorney Stephen Jones to represent them. Jones told NewsChannel 4 the group is outraged over President Boren shutting down the fraternity house and branding all SAE members as racists and bigots. Jones says the two students who were expelled because of the incident have apologized sincerely for their remarks, and now the incident is being exploited. He said they lacked judgment in a social setting, but they should not be tarred...
  • HEADQUARTERS ISSUES NEW DETAILS ON LEGAL REPRESENTATION [SAE National Organization]

    03/13/2015 9:32:48 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 22 replies
    SAE.net ^ | 03/13/2015 | SAE National
    The Sigma Alpha Epsilon national headquarters, or national fraternity, has not retained legal representation, nor do we intend to pursue any action against the University of Oklahoma. Based on reports that have been brought to our attention, certain local alumni may have retained legal representation, but we cannot validate those reports nor are we involved in that matter. There has been no communication from the alumni advisory group to the national headquarters since the chapter closing. We support and respect the university administrators’ decision to revoke recognition of the group. Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s leadership continues to proceed with bringing all...
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon Chapter at Oklahoma University Hires Attorney

    03/13/2015 3:13:08 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 5 replies
    NBC News ^ | March 13, 2015
    The Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter disbanded after a video showed members singing a racist chant has reportedly hired an attorney who represented Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. High-profile lawyer Stephen Jones told NBC station KFOR the group he's representing is unhappy that the their chapter was closed by University of Oklahoma President President David Boren and plans legal action against the college.
  • No, it’s not constitutional for the University of Oklahoma to expel students for racist speech

    03/12/2015 8:24:47 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 98 replies
    Volokh Conspiracy - Washington Post ^ | March 10, 2015 | Eugene Volokh
    Some University of Oklahoma students in the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity were videorecorded singing (as best I and others can tell), There will never be a nigger at SAE There will never be a nigger at SAE You can hang him from a tree But he’ll never sign with me There will never be a nigger at SAE University of Oklahoma president David Boren said, “If I’m allowed to, these students will face suspension or expulsion.” [UPDATE: The president has indeed expelled two of the students.] But he is not, I think, allowed to do that.
  • Oklahoma football team seeks punishment for racist video

    03/12/2015 2:40:34 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 69 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 12, 2015 | Heide Brandes
    The University of Oklahoma's renowned football team has suspended practice for a week in protest against a racist video linked to a fraternity and called for punishment of its leadership, team members said on Thursday. [Snip] "It is our passionately expressed desire as members of the football team for the leadership of SAE to be expelled, suspended or otherwise disciplined severely," a statement from the football team said, adding that leaders of the fraternity helped foster a culture of intolerance. [Snip] The football team, with the support of its coach, said it will hold a demonstration over the video during...
  • Amendment would require Oklahoma businesses to bring religious beliefs out of the closet

    03/12/2015 7:07:42 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 16 replies
    kfor.com ^ | 03/12/2015 | K. QUERRY
    An amendment to a controversial piece of legislation is making waves across Oklahoma. House Bill 1371, which was proposed by Rep. Chuck Strohm, would create the Oklahoma Religious Freedom Act. The bill would give businesses the right to refuse service to customers if it is against their religious beliefs. Specifically, the bill addresses that companies should not be required “to participate in any marriage ceremony, celebration, or other related activity or to provide items or services for such purposes against the person’s religious beliefs.” The legislation was proposed after several businesses around the country have faced legal action after denying...
  • What speech is going to justify expulsion next, if the OU / SAE expulsion is accepted as proper?

    03/11/2015 4:01:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Washington Post's The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | March 10, 2015 | Eugene Volokh
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)University of Oklahoma President David Boren has expelled two students for leading a racist chant. These students’ speech was indeed quite repugnant, but for reasons I discuss here, it’s protected by the First Amendment. And here’s one reason why. Consider the president’s statement to the students: “You will be expelled because of your leadership role in leading a racist and exclusionary chant which has created a hostile educational environment for others.” Similar things could be said about a vast range of other speech. Students talking to each other about a student group event about how Hamas has it right? (The...
  • 'Racism is part of the culture': Oklahoma State graduate reveals how SAE pledges were [tr]

    03/11/2015 1:43:25 PM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 11, 2015 | Sean O'Hare
    A former Sigma Alpha Epsilon brother from Oklahoma State University has come forward to say that racism was part of the fraternity's culture - and not exclusive to one campus. It comes a day after the University of Oklahoma shut down its SAE frat house and expelled two members for conducting racist chants on a coach trip last Saturday. The Oklahoma State graduate, now in his thirties and who wishes to remain anonymous, told DailyMail.com that the footage didn't surprise him and that similar things happened at his school. 'I can promise you that any SAE who saw the Oklahoma...
  • What Millennials Know and Don't Know (Rush ties education to OU Racial scandal)

    03/11/2015 1:37:43 PM PDT · by shove_it · 10 replies
    EIBNetwork ^ | 11 Mar 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I haven't commented on what happened at the University of Oklahoma and that fraternity that has been banned and closed down on campus, the racist rants and so forth. You know, it's fascinating. There's another story that I think is relevant to this in its own way, and it's going to be my job to link them. A story from Fortune magazine, here's the headline: "American Millennials Are Among the World's Least Skilled." Let me read opening paragraph. "We hear about the superior tech savvy of people born after 1980 so often that we tend to assume...
  • Rapper Waka Flocka Flame sent out a scathing message to the Oklahoma frat

    03/10/2015 5:26:19 PM PDT · by boycott · 53 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Mar. 9, 2015 | Peter Jacobs
    Rapper Waka Flocka Flame says he is "disgusted" and has canceled his upcoming performance at the University of Oklahoma after fraternity members there were filmed reciting a racist chant this weekend. Members of the OU Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter were seen chanting about lynchings and using racist epithets in a video leaked online Sunday. The university and the national SAE fraternity have both taken action against the chapter, which has been closed on the Oklahoma campus. In a statement posted to his Instagram account, Waka Flocka writes that he's "disgusted and disappointed in the actions of the SAE fraternity at...
  • Congratulations, University of Oklahoma, In Your Outrage You Just Violated the Law

    03/11/2015 6:49:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/11/2015 | David French
    This week several University of Oklahoma frat boys were caught on tape singing a vile, racist song (and, no, it wasn’t “unconscious” racism or “coded” racism — it was straight up segregation-era hate). The video triggered a tidal wave of outrage on and off campus. A top football recruit “de-committed” to OU and committed to Alabama, the national fraternity expelled the local OU chapter, and students, coaches, professors, and administrators marched in protest. To this point, the matter is rather simple. The SAE students engaged in racist expression, and private citizens countered with expression of their own — doing what...
  • Oklahoma Sigma Alpha Epsilon: University President Severs Ties With Frat ...

    03/09/2015 11:53:14 AM PDT · by shove_it · 47 replies
    ABCNews ^ | 9 Mar 2015 | EMILY SHAPIRO
    The University of Oklahoma is immediately severing "all ties and affiliations" between the school and its local Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, the university president said today ...
  • Second racist chant frat boy identified as a golf champion sophomore, 20, [tr]

    03/11/2015 11:37:45 AM PDT · by C19fan · 84 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 11, 2015 | Sean O'Hare, Kieran Coccoran and Michael Zennie
    Parents of the second Oklahoma University student filmed conducting his Sigma Alpha Epsilon brothers along to a racist chant on a bus have outed their 'disgusting' son - but insist he isn't a racist. Brody and Susan Pettit, from Dallas, issued an apology on behalf of 20-year-old Levi on Tuesday night - three days after he was filmed singing 'There will never be a N**** in SAE' in a sickening video that has shocked the nation. He, along with Parker Rice, a 19-year-old privately-educated former Catholic schoolboy, were immediately expelled by the university president who also booted the disgraced chapter...
  • Oklahoma House votes to do away with state marriage licenses

    03/11/2015 7:18:28 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 40 replies
    Tulsa World ^ | 03/11/2015 | RANDY KREHBIEL
    Oklahoma would stop issuing marriage licenses under legislation passed Tuesday afternoon by the Oklahoma House of Representatives. House Bill 1125, by Rep. Todd Russ, R-Cordell, would instead require those officiating marriage ceremonies to file after-the-fact “certificates of marriage” with court clerks’ offices. Alternatively, couples could file affidavits of common law marriage. Russ said his bill is intended to “protect” county court clerks who do not want to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. “This takes them out of the trap,” he said. Somewhat ironically, the bill removes from statute language limiting marriage to one man and one woman. Other marriage...
  • Two Dallas area teens apologize for OU SAE video (my headline)

    03/10/2015 5:37:46 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 31 replies
    Dallas News ^ | 03/10/2015 | Robert Wilonsky
    Moments after Levi Pettit’s family apologized for their son’s behavior in the SAE video, Parker Rice — the recent Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas graduate — sent his own apology, via his father Bob. Here it is in full: “I am deeply sorry for what I did Saturday night. It was wrong and reckless. I made a horrible mistake by joining into the singing and encouraging others to do the same. On Monday, I withdrew from the university, and sadly, at this moment our family is not able to be in our home because of threatening calls as well...
  • No, it’s not constitutional for the University of Oklahoma to expel students for racist speech

    03/10/2015 3:21:42 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 33 replies
    Washington Post -Volokh Conspiracy ^ | By Eugene Volokh March 10 at 11:29 AM
    Some University of Oklahoma students in the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity were videorecorded singing (as best I and others can tell),
  • Media frenzy over Oklahoma SAE fraternity's Racist Video

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0f8lr3B628c
  • Former Catholic schoolboy named as Oklahoma fraternity brother who led racist chant [edited]

    03/10/2015 11:13:09 AM PDT · by C19fan · 36 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 10, 2015 | Sean O'Hare and Michael Zennie
    The conductor of a sickening racist chant by a University of Oklahoma fraternity has been identified as a graduate of an elite Catholic school in Dallas. Parker Rice is an OU freshman. It is believe he did not even live in the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house, which was shut down by the university on Monday. Rice graduated last year from the prestigious Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas. A spokesman for the school's president, Mike Earsing, told Daily Mail Online: 'We know for sure it is one of our students and it is Parker Rice.' On Tuesday, university president...
  • 2 University Of Oklahoma Students Expelled Over Frat’s Racist Video

    03/10/2015 10:56:01 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    CBS Houston and AP ^ | March 10, 2015 | Staff
    University of Oklahoma President David Boren has expelled two students he says have been identified as leading a racist chant as part of a fraternity event. Boren said in a statement Tuesday the two students were dismissed for creating a “hostile learning environment for others.” The students’ names were not released.
  • SAE Cook Loses Job After Racist Video Leads to Fraternity Closure

    03/10/2015 10:01:37 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    Less than 48 hours after a video surfaced of a racist chant was recorded at a frat function, the University of Oklahoma ordered the closure of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house. Hundreds of students and faculty protested Sigma Alpha Epsilon on Monday morning. The University of Oklahoma is severing all ties with its Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter after leaked cellphone video shows members chanting racial slurs. University of Oklahoma President David Boren sent a clear message to the Oklahoma community Monday morning a night after a leaked video reportedly shows members of the campus' Sigma Alpha Epsilon singing a racist...
  • No, a public university may not expel students for racist speech

    03/10/2015 9:20:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 71 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 10, 2015 | Eugene Volokh
    Some Oklahoma University students in the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity were videorecorded singing (as best I and others can tell), There will never be a n***** at SAE There will never be a n***** at SAE You can hang him from a tree But he’ll never sign with me There will never be a n***** at SAE [Edited from source] Oklahoma University president David Boren said, “If I’m allowed to, these students will face suspension or expulsion.” But he is not, I think, allowed to do that.
  • Now University of Oklahoma sorority comes under fire over female students heard cheering along [tr]

    03/10/2015 6:54:09 AM PDT · by C19fan · 46 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 10, 2015 | Michael Zennie and Snejana Farberov
    A sorority at the beleaguered University of Oklahoma has come under fire over its involvement in the racist chant by the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity over the weekend. The Delta Delta Deltas have been identified as the sorority members on a chartered bus when frat brothers started singing 'there will never be a n**** in SAE.' At least one female student can be seen in the video. She appears to raise her cell phone to record the incident. Her date, however, can be seen clapping to the song. It is also believed that female voices can be heard cheering on...
  • New twist in University of Oklahoma race [Frat Mom used n word]

    03/10/2015 6:42:00 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 34 replies
    CBS ^ | 3/10/15
    New revelations are fueling the outrage at the University of Oklahoma and beyond. Some members of the school's Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity face disciplinary action. A video surfaced Sunday showing members chanting a racist song containing the "n-word." ....When CBS News spoke with her, she was reacting to the nine-second video of students chanting racial slurs. But on Tuesday morning, it's her own words that have set the internet ablaze. In the 2013 video posted on Vine, Gilbow is seen "rapping" the lyrics to a song that includes the "n-word."
  • GOP senators send warning on Iran deal

    03/09/2015 5:46:46 AM PDT · by McGruff · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/9/2015 | David McCabe
    Forty-seven Senate Republicans are signaling in an open letter to Iran and the White House that a deal over Tehran’s nuclear program will be at risk once President Obama leaves office. “It has come to our attention while observing your nuclear negotiations with our government that you may not fully understand our constitutional system,” the senators wrote in the letter, which was first reported by Bloomberg. “Thus, we are writing to bring to your attention two features of our Constitution — the power to make binding international agreements and the different character of federal offices — which you should seriously...
  • University of Oklahoma Fraternity Closed Due to Video of Racist Chant

    03/09/2015 5:25:21 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 212 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | March 9, 2015 | By DEAN SCHABNER and DAN GOOD
    Sigma Alpha Epsilon's national headquarters closed its chapter at the University of Oklahoma Sunday after a video emerged purportedly showing members of the chapter singing a racist chant. The video quickly gained visibility online. It was obtained and posted to Twitter by Unheard, which describes itself as "an alliance of Black students organized for change within campus administration and atmosphere," shows young men on a bus chanting "There will never be a n----r at SAE." The tweet, directed at OU president David Boren, says "Racism is alive at The University of Oklahoma." Students at the university plan to demonstrate on...
  • Boehner escapes jam on DHS vote, but more GOP battles loom

    03/04/2015 5:13:02 PM PST · by george76 · 38 replies
    ap ^ | Mar 4, 2015 | CHARLES BABINGTON
    GOP Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma .. said he doesn't think relying heavily on Democratic votes is a "new normal." But he conceded the Republican-led Congress faces even tougher choices ahead, including another debt limit showdown this year, in which scores of conservatives are unlikely to help. ... Tuesday's vote was perhaps the final coffin nail in the "Hastert Rule," promulgated by former House Speaker Dennis Hastert. He said a speaker should not allow votes on major bills opposed by most of his caucus. More than two-thirds of House Republicans voted against the DHS bill Boehner offered Tuesday.
  • Nitrogen gas executions approved by Oklahoma House

    03/03/2015 11:13:33 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 57 replies
    KAKE.com ^ | 03/03/2015
    <p>OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma would become the first state to allow the execution of inmates using nitrogen gas under a bill that overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives.</p> <p>The House voted 85-10 on Tuesday for the bill by Oklahoma City Republican Rep. Mike Christian, who described the method as humane, painless and easy to administer. There was no debate against the bill, which now heads to the Senate.</p>
  • First came the frackers, then came the earthquakes

    ~snip~ It wasn't always like this. Between 1978 and 2008, Oklahoma averaged fewer than two significant earthquakes per year. In 2014, that number had spiked to 585, including 19 that measured a powerful 4.0 magnitude or stronger...
  • Magellan Midstream and Plains All American plan crude line from Colorado

    03/03/2015 5:52:14 AM PST · by thackney · 1 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | March 2, 2015 | Robert Grattan
    Magellan Midstream Partners and Plains All American Pipeline are teaming up on a new $850 million, 550-mile pipeline to carry crude oil from Colorado to Cushing, Oklahoma. The new pipeline, called the Saddlehorn, will be built and owned by the Saddlehorn Pipeline Co., a 50-50 joint venture between the two companies. In an announcement Friday, Plains and Magellan said the new line has binding commitments from producers Noble Energy and Anadarko Petroleum Corp., and that Anadarko has an option to obtain a 20 percent stake in the venture. The line could be in service by mid-2016 if permitting and construction...
  • U.S. Supreme Court is set for arguments in Tulsa retailer, hijab dispute

    02/24/2015 8:35:45 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 47 replies
    NewsOK.com ^ | 02/23/2015 | Chris Casteel
    The people who ran the Abercrombie & Fitch Kids store at a Tulsa mall in 2008 were inclined to hire Samantha Elauf. The 17-year-old got high marks in her first interview for a sales position on such criteria as “appearance and sense of style” and “outgoing and promotes diversity.” Part of Elauf’s appearance, however, was the headscarf she wore because she’s a Muslim. The store employees in charge of hiring thought it might conflict with the company’s “Look Policy” so they called the district manager for advice. He told them not to hire her. The company has been in a...
  • Justified or not? Tulsa sees rash of self-defense shootings this year

    02/21/2015 1:57:02 PM PST · by Lacey · 23 replies
    Tulsa World ^ | 2/18/2015 | Dylan Goforth
    Dale Long died in the same red car he used to run into an apartment security guard on a cold night in early January. Long, who had been arrested in Tulsa nearly a dozen times since the early 1990s, was spotted by security officers who recognized him not only as the source of the disturbance to which they were responding but also as someone who had been banned from the property. Tulsa police homicide Sgt. Dave Walker said Long was shot in the torso when the security officer he ran into pushed away from the vehicle and fired a single...
  • Coloradans become first to ask feds to block legalized marijuana

    02/20/2015 11:54:50 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 130 replies
    The Eugene Register-Guard ^ | February 19, 2015 | Kristen Wyatt (Associated Press)
    DENVER — Colorado already is being sued by two neighboring states for legalizing marijuana. Now, the state faces groundbreaking lawsuits from its own residents, who are asking a federal judge to order the new recreational industry to close. The owners of a mountain hotel and a southern Colorado horse farm argue in a pair of lawsuits filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Denver that the 2012 marijuana-legalization measure has hurt their property and that the marijuana industry is stinky and attracts unsavory visitors.
  • Why oil is the 'canary in the coal mine': Analyst

    02/20/2015 11:15:48 AM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    CNBC ^ | Feb. 20, 2015 | Matthew J. Belvedere
    Since economies drive commodity prices, not the other way around, the collapse in oil is more of a demand issue than it appears, said Stephen Schork, founder and editor of The Schork Report newsletter. The influential oil analyst told CNBC on Friday that there's an "absolute glut" in crude, but the demand side of the equation can't be overlooked. "When you have such a sharp fall in commodity prices, that's because of economic demand. And I think that's a very worrisome telltale." "Oil prices are the canary in the coal mine," Schork said in a "Squawk Box" interview. "I don't...
  • Oklahoma legislative committee questions legality of Advanced Placement courses in public schools

    02/17/2015 10:53:14 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 39 replies
    Tulsa World ^ | 02/17/2015 | RANDY KREHBIEL
    Some opponents of Common Core apparently have now turned their guns on Advanced Placement courses. The legality of teaching Advanced Placement courses in Oklahoma public schools was raised Monday during a House Common Education Committee hearing on a bill aimed at the AP U.S. history guidelines. That measure, House Bill 1380, by Rep. Dan Fisher, R-Yukon, would direct the state Board of Education to review those guidelines and bar the use of state funds for AP U.S. history courses. During discussion and debate, however, it was suggested that AP courses are similar to Common Core, in that they could be...
  • Bill Would Allow Some To Carry Guns Into Oklahoma Capitol

    02/16/2015 12:00:22 PM PST · by aragorn · 17 replies
    News9.com ^ | Associated Press
    <p>A state lawmaker says anyone with a license to carry a handgun in Oklahoma should be allowed to bring the weapon into the state Capitol building.</p> <p>Republican Rep. John Bennett of Sallisaw has authored a bill allowing those with a permit to carry a weapon into what he calls "the people's Capitol."</p>
  • Tulsa under winter storm warning; 3-7 inches of snow, sleet forecast

    02/15/2015 11:18:14 PM PST · by Star Traveler · 41 replies
    Tulsa World ^ | Sunday, February 15, 2015 | Michael Dekker
    A winter storm could dump 3 to 7 inches of snow and sleet in the Tulsa area overnight into Monday, forecasters said. Tulsa and surrounding counties are under a winter storm warning from until noon Monday. "Travel will become very hazardous," the National Weather Service said. Forecasters said snow was likely to continue early Monday, with chances of precipitation in the Tulsa area around 70 percent. The winter storm started Sunday as freezing rain, then drizzle before changing over to snow. "Around 3 to 7 inches of snow and sleet accumulation is expected mainly north of (U.S.) 412, with the...
  • Study: Oklahoma's daily small quakes raise risk of big ones (Borenstein alert)

    02/15/2015 3:33:52 AM PST · by Crazieman · 32 replies
    Associated Presstitutes ^ | 2/14/2014 | Seth Borenstein
    SAN JOSE, California (AP) -- Small earthquakes shaking Oklahoma and southern Kansas daily and linked to energy drilling are dramatically increasing the chance of bigger and dangerous quakes, federal research indicates. This once stable region is now just as likely to see serious damaging and potentially harmful earthquakes as the highest risk places east of the Rockies such as New Madrid, Missouri, and Charleston, South Carolina, which had major quakes in the past two centuries. Still it's a low risk, about a 1 in 2,500 years' chance of happening, according to geophysicist William Ellsworth of the U.S. Geological Survey.
  • Teacher Confiscates Student’s Valentine’s Day Cards And You Can Probably Guess Why…

    02/14/2015 1:07:31 PM PST · by lowbridge · 22 replies
    http://blessings.buzz ^ | february 13, 2015 | elly maye
    In Glenpool, Oklahoma, a mother is upset after her son’s teacher confiscated his Valentine’s Day cards. During the second grader’s class party, he participated in handing out candy and valentines to his classmates. The card he distributed said “Happy Valentine’s Day” on one side, but on the other side, there was information about church services at LifeChurch. After seeing that, the teacher snatched up each card and got rid of them. Shelley Sweeden, the student’s mother said, “It feels he’s been denied the right to express his love for his church and his faith.” FOX23 downloaded the school’s handbook and it...
  • States rise up against Washington

    02/10/2015 4:32:40 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 10, 2015 | Lydia Wheeler
    State legislators around the country have introduced more than 200 bills aiming to nullify regulations and laws coming out of Washington, D.C., as they look to rein in the federal government. The legislative onslaught, which includes bills targeting federal restrictions on firearms, experimental treatments and hemp, reflects growing discord between the states and Washington, state officials say. “You have a choice,” said Kentucky state Rep. Diane St. Onge (R). “To sit back and not do anything or say anything and let overregulation continue — or you have the alternative choice to speak up about it and say, ‘We know what...
  • Gasoline Prices Rebounding Closer to $2 Average [Tulsa, OK]

    02/09/2015 11:16:39 AM PST · by Star Traveler · 8 replies
    OK Energy Today ^ | Monday, February 9, 2015 | Staff
    Gasoline prices are moving back closer to the $2 a gallon mark across Oklahoma, according to the gasoline website Gas Buddy. The site says Oklahoma’s average has jumped 14 cents a gallon in the past week to a new level of $1.98 a gallon. A month ago, the statewide average was $1.82 a gallon. Nationally, GasBuddy.com reports an average of $2.17 a gallon, which is a 12 cent jump in the past week and only a penny more than a month ago. The cheapest gasoline found in Oklahoma is $1.67 a gallon in Tulsa. Prices of $1.77 a gallon are...
  • Anti-Fracking Rally Cancelled Following Low Turnout ( Colorado )

    02/07/2015 7:34:20 AM PST · by george76 · 24 replies
    Energy in Depth ^ | February 3, 2015 | Aileen Yeung
    A national activist group – which used Tom Steyer’s Colorado political firm to lobby the state’s oil and gas task force – cancelled an anti-fracking rally today after just one person RSVPed. The decision to abandon the rally followed very low turnout at a protest yesterday outside the Colorado Convention Center, where the task force has been meeting the past two days. At yesterday’s demonstration, there were more protest signs than there were protestors to hold them. Clean Water Action Colorado’s Facebook page for the rally mentions how the group “has turned out impacted and frustrated Coloradans for rallies at...