World Views
10:43 am
Fri November 15, 2013

How The Typhoon In The Philippines Could Be A Diplomatic Teaching Moment

Marines and U.S. Army Soldiers load supplies onto an MV-22 Osprey assigned to assist the Philippine government in response to the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan - November 14, 2013.
Credit Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ricardo R. Guzman / U.S. Navy

Thousands have died, and millions more have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan’s landfall in the Philippines earlier this month, and significant aid has poured in from the United States, Australia and Japan.

But paltry support for the Philippines from its neighbor China could negatively affect that country’s image on the diplomatic stage.

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Criminal Justice
10:25 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Could Whitey Bulger Be Coming To Tulsa?

James "Whitey" Bulger
Credit U.S. Marshals Service

Prosecutors have not yet decided whether to move forward with the murder case filed against former Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger.

A judge in Boston sentenced the 84-year-old gangster to two consecutive life sentences Thursday. In Tulsa, Bulger is charged with first-degree murder in the 1981 killing of Tulsa businessman Roger Wheeler.

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10:16 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Chamber Memo Shows Proposals For Major Changes To State Courts

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The Journal-Record's M. Scott Carter reports on a plan by the State Chamber that might change the way Oklahoma selects its judges. The Chamber and some legislative leaders have been critical of the Oklahoma Supreme Court's ruling that a law changing the way lawsuits are filed and litigated in the state is unconstitutional.
A series of recommendations designed to make major changes in Oklahoma's judicial and tort systems will be reviewed by board members of the State Chamber of Oklahoma in December. The recommendations could then become part of the organization's 2014 legislative agenda, documents obtained by The Journal Record show.
9:57 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Depression, Postwar Photos Displayed in New Oklahoma Exhibit

Boy with Goggles, 1947
Horace Bristol (1908-1997) The Horace and Masako Bristol Trust

Listen as Mark White with the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art describes some of the photographs in the museum's latest exhibition.

Depression-era Oklahoma migrants, World War II combat and postwar Japan are subjects of a new photography exhibition at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. The museum at the University of Oklahoma opens On Assignment: the Photojournalism of Horace Bristol to the public Saturday.

A public lecture Friday at 6 p.m. on Friday precedes a private exhibition opening reception for Museum Association members and their guests at 7 p.m.

Through his photo essays for LIFE, Fortune and Time magazines, Bristol exposed American audiences to the dismal conditions facing Oklahoma migrants during the Great Depression, the triumphs and horrors of combat during World War II, and the realities of Japanese life following the war.

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The Two-Way
6:57 am
Fri November 15, 2013

We Beheaded The Wrong Man, Syrian Terrorists Say

A member of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant urges Syrians in the city of Aleppo to fight against the Assad regime. This week, the militants apologized for beheading a commander from another anti-Assad group.
Karam al-Masri AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 15, 2013 9:28 am

"Militant Islamist rebels in Syria ... have asked for 'understanding and forgiveness' for cutting off and putting on display the wrong man's head," The Telegraph reports.

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Krulwich Wonders...
5:23 am
Fri November 15, 2013

My Wine Won't Stop Crying — A Mystery In A Wineglass

Dan Quinn YouTube

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 12:23 pm

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2:35 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Making New Connections On A Trapped Subway Train

New York City subway conductor Paquita Williams (left) and passenger Laura Lane became friends after a two-hour train breakdown.

Originally published on Fri November 15, 2013 11:37 am

Laura Lane met Paquita Williams, a New York City subway conductor, when their train was stopped underground for two hours. Generally, Paquita says, most passengers are nice, but "there's times if the train breaks down, people think that's my fault."

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Doak Says Numbers Minimal
6:25 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Not Many Health Care Policies Canceled In Oklahoma

John Doak
Credit Oklahoma Insurance Commission

Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak says the number of health insurance policies canceled in the state due to Affordable Care Act guidelines has been minimal.

Doak made the comments Thursday after President Obama announced changes to temporarily allow insurers to keep offering plans that otherwise would have been canceled under the federal health care law.

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John Hope Franklin Center For Reconciliation
4:16 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Clifton Taulbert To Speak At Dinner Of Reconciliation

Dr John Hope Franklin
Credit Butler University Photos /

The Tulsa-based John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation will host its fourth community dinner to honor the life and legacy of local historian Dr. John Hope Franklin.

The Dinner of Reconciliation is Nov. 21 at the Greenwood Cultural Center.

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Workers' Compensation
2:56 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Attorneys Argue Over Oklahoma Workers' Comp Lawsuit

Credit Oklahoma Supreme Court

An attorney for two state lawmakers and a firefighter's organization says Oklahoma's new workers' compensation law is unconstitutional and should be struck down.

Attorney John McMurry told a state Supreme Court referee Thursday that the law unconstitutionally delegates legislative powers and amounts to unconstitutional logrolling, or combining multiple subjects into one bill.

Oklahoma Solicitor General Patrick Wyrick and attorneys for business groups defended the law and say it should be given a chance to work.

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