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  • Surveillance Footage Of Shooting At Wanenmacher’s Tulsa Arms Show

    04/20/2017 4:25:03 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 22 replies
    News On 6 ^ | 4-6-17 | Dylan Goforth
    Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Justin Green said that although an investigative report was taken following Saturday’s accidental shooting at the Wanenmacher’s Tulsa Arms Show, no criminal charges would be pursued against the shooter. Green said the man who was shot, former TCSO Sgt. Rick Treadwell, had told investigators he did not want charges to be filed. Treadwell identified the shooter as Brian Pounds, a Tulsa County Assessor’s Office employee. Pounds, a former candidate for Tulsa County commissioner, served as a reserve deputy under former Sheriff Stanley Glanz.
  • Keri Young gave birth to her daughter so the baby's organs could be harvested

    04/20/2017 1:26:29 PM PDT · by KingofZion · 64 replies
    sfgate ^ | April 19,2017 | Darla Guillen
    Royce and Keri Young are greeting and saying farewell to their daughter, Eva, who was born Tuesday with the sole purpose of giving life to others. Keri Young knew during her pregnancy that her daughter would be born with anencephaly, a birth defect that prevents the proper formation of the brain. They were told that because of this, the baby would likely not survive for long. In a selfless act of courage, she asked if the newborn's organs could be harvested. When she learned this was possible, she decided she would carry the baby to full term. *** "Will people...
  • Rep. Markwayne Mullin Calls 'Bullcrap' at Town Hall:'This Is a Service. No One Here Pays Me to Go'

    04/19/2017 2:22:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Tulsa World ^ | Apr 13, 2017 | Randy Krehbiel
    Second District Congressman Markwayne Mullin meant he and his businesses have paid more in federal income taxes than he’s received in congressional salary when he told an audience in Jay it is “bullcrap” that “you pay for me to do this,” a spokeswoman for Mullin said Tuesday. Mullin owns several companies under the Mullin Plumbing umbrella. “The congressman is referencing the federal taxes that he and his businesses have paid to the government over the years, prior to his being in office,” said Amy Lawrence. “Like all business owners, Congressman Mullin pays his taxes, which contribute to congressional salaries.” In...
  • Rep. Markwayne Mullin to constituents: Saying you pay my salary is ‘bullcrap’

    04/13/2017 11:42:17 AM PDT · by Timpanagos1 · 57 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4/13/17 | Jessica Chasmar
    Rep. Markwayne Mullin is facing backlash for telling constituents during an Oklahoma town hall Tuesday that the idea they pay his salary is “bullcrap.” The Oklahoma Republican told the crowd in Jay that he “paid enough taxes” as the owner of multiple businesses in order to pay his own salary. “You said you pay for me to do this. Bullcrap. I pay for myself. I paid enough taxes before I got there and continue to through my company to pay my own salary. This is a service. No one here pays me to go,” Mr. Mullin said in a video...
  • 'Unlearning' workshops at OU raise 'brainwashing' concerns

    04/07/2017 11:21:48 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | April 7, 2017 | Amber Athey
    The University of Oklahoma is defending its decision to offer students in greek life a series of “unlearning” workshops on topics such as racism, sexism, ableism, and classism. OU Student Affairs, the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, and the Center for Social Justice are jointly sponsoring "Unlearning: Workshops for the Greek Community," the first of which is scheduled to take place Friday, with seven additional sessions throughout April, according to OU Daily.
  • No Charges Against Man Who Killed Three Criminals with AR-15 to Defend Home

    04/04/2017 6:38:29 AM PDT · by Bon mots · 42 replies
    Newsline ^ | April 4, 2017 | Denny Ruelos
    No charges will be filed against Zachary Peters, the man who shot and killed three teenaged criminals who broke into his home, an Oklahoma prosecutor declared Monday. However, the woman who acted as getaway driver for the home intruders will be charged with first-degree murder. Investigators say that the 23-year-old Peters was alone in his house near Broken Arrow in Tulsa on March 27, when he used an AR-15 rifle to shoot Jakob Woodruff, Jacob Redfearn, and Maxwell Cook. Jack Thorp, Wagoner County Assistant District Attorney told the Associated Press (AP):”It is the opinion of this office that Zachary Peters...
  • Oklahoma Man Who Gunned Down 3 Intruders Won’t Face Charges

    04/04/2017 7:12:38 AM PDT · by kevcol · 25 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | April 4, 2017 | Amber Randall
    The Oklahoma man who fatally shot three teenage intruders won’t face charges, authorities announced Monday. Zachary Peters, 23, defended his family’s home with an AR-15 after three teenager broke into the house to try and rob it last week, reports the Associated Press. The Wagoner County assistant district attorney announced that Peters acted lawfully, after authorities conducted an investigation into the shooting.
  • Family Of Dead Burglar Complains About Homeowner’s Son Using AR-15

    04/02/2017 3:17:16 PM PDT · by Mr.Unique · 187 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 04/02/2017 | Amber Randall
    The grandfather of a dead teenage robber criticized an Oklahoma man for using an AR-15 to defend himself against the group of burglars Friday. Leroy Schumacher, the grandfather, said there was no reason his grandson had to die over the attempted robbery, reports KTUL. “What these three boys did was stupid,” Schumacher told KTUL. “They knew they could be punished for it but they did not deserve to die.” Jacob Redfearn, his grandson, and two other teens, Maxwell Cook and Jake Woodruff , were fatally shot by Zach Peters when they tried to break into Peters’ home on March 27....
  • Acclaimed Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko dies in Oklahoma

    04/01/2017 12:42:56 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 26 replies
    AP via ABC News ^ | April 1, 2017 | Ken Miller
    Acclaimed Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, whose work focused on war atrocities and denounced anti-Semitism and tyrannical dictators, has died. He was 84... Yevtushenko gained notoriety in the former Soviet Union while in his 20s, with poetry denouncing Josef Stalin. He gained international acclaim as a young revolutionary with "Babi Yar," the unflinching 1961 poem that told of the slaughter of nearly 34,000 Jews by the Nazis and denounced the anti-Semitism that had spread throughout the Soviet Union... Until "Babi Yar" was published, the history of the massacre was shrouded in the fog of the Cold War...
  • On the run: New images show fugitive teacher, 50, and abducted student, 15, with dyed hair at a

    03/31/2017 2:43:55 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 37 replies ^ | 3/31/17 | Chris Spargo
    Full title......................On the run: New images show fugitive teacher, 50, and abducted student, 15, with dyed hair at a Walmart 700 miles from home days after kidnapping as his wife files for divorce ............ Tad Cummins and Elizabeth Thomas were spotted at a Walmart in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on March 15 The pair were captured on a security camera at the retail store, which is located 700 miles from Thomas' home in Culleoka, Tennessee Cummins, 50, and Thomas, 15, have both dyed their hair since they disappeared, with the teacher going from brown to black and the student now a...
  • Three burglars entered an Oklahoma home. The owner’s son opened fire with an AR-15, deputies say.

    03/28/2017 6:10:35 AM PDT · by NRx · 107 replies
    WaPo ^ | 03-29-2017 | Ben Guarino
    <p>Gunfire rang out Monday afternoon in a home in Broken Arrow, an Oklahoma city 15 miles southeast of Tulsa. Three intruders were killed after the son of the homeowner fired a semiautomatic rifle in what local law enforcement officers later described as an act of self-defense, though their investigation remains open.</p>
  • 13 states join brief in support of Trump’s temporary travel ban

    03/27/2017 9:20:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/27/2017 | John Sexton
    Representatives from 13 states including 12 state attorneys general and one governor filed a motion in support of President Trump’s temporary travel ban. From the Dallas Morning News: Attorney General Ken Paxton on Monday led a coalition of 13 states in filing a brief with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals defending President Donald Trump’s revised immigration order.In the brief, Paxton and representatives from 12 other states argue that the Trump administration’s new order is legal and falls under the president’s power over foreign affairs and national security. Those joining the brief included Paxton plus AG’s in the...
  • Three Intruders Killed by Broken Arrow Homeowner's Son, Deputies Say

    03/27/2017 1:49:44 PM PDT · by blackbetty59 · 94 replies ^ | March 27, 2017 |
    BROKEN ARROW, Oklahoma - The Wagoner County Sheriff's Office said three people are dead after a homeowner's son shot them Monday afternoon. Officers say it happened at a home near 91st and Clearview Drive in Wagoner County. The Wagoner County Sheriff's Office said the homeowner and his adult son were in the home when three males wearing masks and gloves tried to break in at about 12:30 p.m. The homeowner's son shot the intruders with a rifle, deputies said, killing all three. The sheriff's office said both the homeowner and his son are cooperating with the investigation and went to...
  • Oklahoma officer dies after shootout

    A 22-year-old Oklahoma officer died Monday after a shootout during a traffic stop, police said. Tecumseh Assistant Police Chief J.R. Kidney said officer Justin Terney died after undergoing surgery overnight.
  • Tulsa officer’s preliminary hearing request denied

    03/25/2017 2:31:19 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 11 replies
    KFOR ^ | March 24, 2017 | Katrina Butcher
    TULSA, Okla. – The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has ruled that a Tulsa police officer charged with first-degree manslaughter won’t have further preliminary hearing proceedings. The Tulsa World reports 42-year-old Betty Shelby remains on track for trial on May 8. Shelby is charged with first-degree manslaughter in the Sept. 16 shooting death of 40-year-old Terence Crutcher.
  • Oklahoma tribe approves gay marriage as Native American groups debate issue

    03/22/2017 5:18:09 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/22/17 | Lenzy Krehbiel-Burton
    A Native American tribe in Oklahoma has voted to allow same-sex marriage, joining a small group of prominent tribes changing their law in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 2015 decision making the practice legal in all states. The same-sex case known as Obergefell v Hodges has rippled through the 567 federally recognized Indian Nations. As sovereign entities, they are not necessarily bound by the Supreme Court decision, leaving many in the precarious position of trying to decide whether to make the hot-button issue part of their traditional law. "Tribes don’t have to follow Obergefell. Tribes should, unless they...
  • Oklahoma House Passes Bill Banning Abortions on Babies With Down Syndrome

    03/21/2017 5:08:02 PM PDT · by Morgana · 8 replies
    life news ^ | march 21, 2017 | Micaiah Bilger
    The Oklahoma state House marked World Down Syndrome Day on Tuesday by passing a bill to prohibit abortions on unborn babies with Down syndrome and other genetic disorders. KFOR News in Oklahoma reports state House Bill 1549 passed in a 67-17 vote and now moves to the state Senate for consideration. The bill would prohibit discriminatory abortions based on an unborn baby’s genetic abnormalities and hold abortion practitioners who violate the legislation liable. A state House committee initially failed to pass the bill in February after some lawmakers expressed concerns about court challenges, according to the report. However, several committee...
  • Oklahoma state senator under investigation by Moore police

    03/15/2017 11:42:52 AM PDT · by Coronal · 24 replies
    The Oklahoman ^ | March 14, 2017 | Nolan Clay
    MOORE — Police here are investigating why state Sen. Ralph Shortey was in a hotel room last Thursday with a teenage boy. Police are reviewing text messages purportedly exchanged between Shortey and the teenager as part of the investigation, The Oklahoman has learned. Police became involved because of concerns raised by a relative of the boy.
  • Lawmaker Proposes Bill to Protect Date Rape Victims Charged With DUI

    03/09/2017 9:18:33 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    An Oklahoma lawmaker says he wants to protect victims of date rape with a new law. If passed, someone who was forcefully intoxicated and gets charged with a DUI could get a new hearing to possibly get the charge dismissed. Under the law right now, someone can bring an involuntary intoxication defense at a jury trial, but the author of the bill wants to speed up the process. Representative John Paul Jordan wants to add an extra hearing to DUI cases when the defendants claim to be “forcefully intoxicated.” He says what happened to a friend inspired him to file...
  • What happens when the doctors only take cash

    03/07/2017 7:18:50 PM PST · by Wisconsinlady · 64 replies
    Time ^ | 01/26/2017 | Haley Sweetland Edwards
    Sometimes called direct pay, and closely related to concierge care, this sort of business model was once seen as the perquisite of rich folks and medical tourists from foreign lands. But nowadays many of the people seeking cash-based care are middle-class Americans with high-deductible insurance plans. For a patient with an $11,000 family deductible, for example, it might make more sense to seek out a cash-based center like the Premier Medical Imaging facility in Minneapolis, which offers a basic MRI for $499, than to cough up the several thousand dollars that the same procedure generally costs at a traditional hospital....