Killing Of Australian Sparks Calls For Boycott Of U.S.
Former Australian deputy prime minister Tim Fischer is urging Australian tourists to stay away from the U.S., following the fatal shooting of 23-year-old Christopher Lane, an Australian on a baseball scholarship at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma.
U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) says he's distressed what he calls a "senseless murder" was committed against a citizen of a country that's always been a, quote, "steadfast friend and ally of the United States."
“It is with sadness that I offer my sincere sympathy and send my prayers to the family and friends of Chris Lane as they grieve the loss of a loved individual,” Cole said in a statement. “To our dear friends in Australia, I extend my profound apology for this senseless, brutal crime that sadly occurred in my state and district.”
Listen to Suzette Grillot's conversation with Ghislain d’Humières.
The departing director of the University of Oklahoma’s Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art says 21st Century art will be shaped by music, video, and other mixed media to visually express ideas in new and exciting ways.
Ghislain d’Humières spoke with World Views host and OU College of International Studies Dean Suzette Grillot shortly before he takes over as the CEO of the Speed Art Museum in Louisville.
“It’s an exciting trend. There is absolutely no border on the canvas. Anything could be the canvas,” d’Humières says. “One could argue that every period had a very cutting-edge, contemporary time, but I think the period we’re living in right now has been seeing a huge amount of new technology and new ways to express art.”
Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 1:31 pm
Update at 10:18 a.m. ET. 35 Years:
Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who was responsible for the largest leak of classified information in U.S. history, was sentenced by a military judge to 35 years in prison Wednesday, according to reporters covering the trial at Fort Meade, Md. He'll get about 3 1/2 years' credit for time he's already spent behind bars.
Oklahoma state Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman has named a state Chamber of Commerce official as his new press secretary and senior adviser.
Bingman says Jennifer Monies will replace Nathan Atkins. Atkins left Bingman's office staff during the summer to attend law school.
Monies is a former reporter for The Oklahoman and Congressional Quarterly. She has also served as press secretary for two Oklahoma House speakers and has worked for the State Chamber of Oklahoma since 2010.
Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 10:45 am
Tuesday's terrifying incident at an elementary school near Atlanta — in which a gunman with an assault rifle and other weapons entered the building — ended with no one being hurt after a school clerk apparently spent about an hour talking to the young man. She says she persuaded him to put down his gun and surrender.
"Two Syrian pro-opposition groups are claiming that dozens of people were killed Wednesday in a poisonous gas attack near Damascus," NPR's Jean Cochran reported earlier this morning on our Newscast. The groups are blaming the attack on government forces, she said.
House Speaker T.W. Shannon is hosting public meetings this week with Republican members of the House and their constituents.
The Lawton Republican plans to meet at coffee shops Tuesday in Oklahoma City and Norman to discuss some of the highlights of the last legislative session and the upcoming special session that is set to begin on Sept. 3 for changes to the state's civil justice system.
Shannon will be at the Kamp's 1910 Cafe at 10 a.m. Thursday in Oklahoma City, followed by a 2 p.m. stop at La Baguette in west Norman.
Originally published on Tue August 20, 2013 5:20 pm
The killing of an Australian man who was in the U.S. on a baseball scholarship has brought grief to his hometown and to the small Oklahoma town where he was shot to death. Three teens have been arrested for the crime; one suspect says they simply had nothing better to do, the police report.