The superintendent of Oklahoma's largest public school district says he will retire Aug. 30.
Karl Springer has led the Oklahoma City Public School District for five years. He said in a statement Monday that it was an honor to "serve as the lead teacher" in the district.
Springer is a retired Army colonel and was superintendent of the Mustang district for eight years before moving to the Oklahoma City school system. He was also in education for more than two decades before working at Mustang.
Johnny Depp says that with his portrayal of Tonto in <em>The Lone Ranger,</em> he tried to "right the wrongs of what had been done with regards to the representation of Native Americans in cinema."
Adorned with a dead black crow, headband and face paint, Depp said he knew his Tonto would need to go "against the grain of what had been done before, [he] knew it would require a very, very important iconic look."
Some critics aren't fans of Disney's Tonto and think that the character is a major setback for the Native American image.
Johnny Depp pauses on the red carpet before the Comanche Nation premiere of <em>The Lone Ranger.</em>
The Lone Ranger has long been a fictional hero, taming the Wild West with his trusty Indian guide, Tonto. The faithful companion helps the white man fight bad guys, and does so speaking in pidgin English.
Tonto made his first appearance on the radio in the 1930s, voiced by a non-Native American actor, John Todd. In the series, Western settlers face down what they call "redskins" and "savages." And trusty Tonto is always on hand to interpret the smoke signals.
Supporters of a program offering rebates to attract filmmakers to Oklahoma say they'll try next year to persuade lawmakers to renew the program. The Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program that currently offers a 35 percent rebate on all production expenses made in the state expires July 1, 2014.
The Norman Transcript's Tammy Boyd reports that its not every day that you can go from being rescued to being the rescuer but several dogs on Oklahoma Task Force One's search and rescue units get that chance every time they receive a call for help.
A new study shows Oklahoma has cut its number of structurally deficient state bridges in half in less than a decade.
Department of Transportation Director Mike Patterson presented the figures Monday to the agency's governing commission. Patterson says Federal Highway Commission data shows the number of structurally deficient state bridges dropped from 1,168 in 2005 to 556 currently.
Lake Waurika was built in by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1977 to serve, primarily, as a source of drinking water for Lawton and surrounding communities. It has also become an important tourist attraction for the area.
The Sierra Club on Thursday said two Oklahoma Gas & Electric coal-fired power plants are releasing too much sulfur dioxide, a compound that can cause respiratory disease, which they said endangers residents near Muskogee and Red Rock.
The environmental group commissioned a study that modeled the amount of sulfur dioxide released by the Sooner and Muskogee plants, and says both will violate federal clean air standards — when those standards are implemented.