World Views
5:01 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

How PeacePlayers International Uses Basketball to Unite Divided Communities

Oklahoma City Thunder General Manager Sam Presti works with PeacePlayers International campers in Tel Aviv, Israel
PeacePlayers International

Pessimism abounds as Israeli and Palestinian leaders prepare to resume US-backed peace talks next week.

But government action isn’t the only answer to the region’s problems. PeacePlayers International, a nonprofit organization founded in 2001, is helping to create sustainable peace through grassroots efforts. Its programs in Israel and the West Bank bring together Jewish, Muslim, Christian, and Druze children to play basketball and develop mutual respect and understanding.

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Sports
2:16 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Age Hasn't Stopped This Man From Swimming — And Winning

Graham Johnston, 82, poses for a portrait through an underwater window at the pool on Wednesday. Graham competed at the Senior Games in Cleveland, where more than 10,000 athletes older than 55 are competing in various sports.
Benjamin Morris for NPR

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 11:01 am

More than 10,000 athletes are meeting in Cleveland for The National Senior Games. Adults older than 55 — and some older than 90 — are running track, riding bikes, playing basketball and competing in many of the sports you might see at the Summer Olympics. In fact there are a few who were Olympians themselves back in the day who say they find that competition is just as satisfying in their later years.

One of those is 82-year-old swimmer Graham Johnston. When he's not racing or getting ready to race, he's in the stands, checking out the other swimmers with an expert eye.

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Business and Economy
12:39 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

High-Rise Office Building To Replace Stage Center Theatre

Stage Center Theatre
Credit kosu.org

The former Stage Center theater in downtown Oklahoma City has been sold and the new owner says a 20-plus story office building will be constructed on the site. 

Kestrel Investments, Inc. said in a news release Friday that it bought the 3.15 acres for $4.275 million. Kestrel says plans for the building are still being developed — but that is will include a parking garage, public space and perhaps retail space.

An estimated cost of the project has not been determined.

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Common Core
10:47 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Public Expresses Common Core Doubts, Support

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi
Credit Oklahoma Department of Education

Members of the public were allowed to address the State Board of Education Thursday regarding their opposition to the state’s adoption of Common Core standards, having been denied the opportunity for public comment during the last board meeting after being told their issues were not directly related to any action or non-action items on the board's agenda.

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10:04 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Wireless Emergency Alerts: Frequently-Asked Questions

Lead in text: 
Did you get an alert on your phone for the Flash Flood Warnings this morning? This is the new Wireless Emergency Alert system.
Imagine this: You're driving down the highway, humming along to your favorite tunes, when the cell phone stowed in your bag suddenly makes a strange noise. To investigate, you take the next exit and safely pull over to check the screen.
World Views
9:47 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Rebel Pope Urges Catholics To Shake Up Dioceses

A supporter of Pope Francis holds balloons on the streets of Rio de Janeiro.
Credit George Martell / Pilot New Media Creative Commons

Pope Francis is urging young Catholics to shake up the church and make a "mess" in their dioceses by going out into the streets to spread the faith.

It's a message he put into practice by visiting one of Rio's most violent slums and opening the church's World Youth Day on a rain-soaked Copacabana Beach Thursday.

“1970s surveys suggested that 90 percent of Brazilians identified with being Catholic, and now it's just shy of 60 percent,” says Suzette Grillot, the Dean of the University of Oklahoma’s College of International Studies. “You've seen declining numbers. The pope wants to try to boost those numbers.”

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The Two-Way
8:38 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Report: Feds Have Asked Web Firms For Users' Passwords

NPR

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 2:09 pm

"The U.S. government has demanded that major Internet companies divulge users' stored passwords, according to two industry sources familiar with these orders," CNET News is reporting.

It adds that:

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Prisons
8:30 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Latest Report: Oklahoma’s Rate of Imprisonment Keeps Rising

The 10 states with the highest incarceration rates in 2012.
Credit Oklahoma Watch

Oklahoma continues to imprison people at one of the highest rates in the nation, ranking fourth in a newly released report from the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Oklahoma, which has seen prison populations increase steadily over the past several decades, incarcerated 648 residents per 100,000 population in 2012, according to the study released Thursday by the bureau, part of the U.S. Department of Justice. That’s up 2.5 percent, an increase from 632 in 2011.

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Native American
7:06 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Race A Factor In ICWA Surprise To Biological Mom, So Suing Attorney General

Credit Cherokee Nation

The biological mother of a girl at the center of a South Carolina adoption dispute has sued the federal government over a law governing the placement of Indian children.

Christy Maldonado on Wednesday sued U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder seeking a declaration that parts of the Indian Child Welfare Act are unconstitutional.

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Business and Economy
6:48 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

OSU Helping Its Inventors Go Commercial

Old Central on the campus of Oklahoma State University where the school's for-profit company is helping inventors see their ideas through to commercial production,
Credit DBinfo / Wikemedia Commons

A company owned by Oklahoma State University says it has secured $1.1 million in investment funding for work on arsenic removal technology that can be used in the real world.

The for-profit company, Cowboy Technologies, LLC, announced it closed on the funding for work at Associated Material Processing, a company with products that can remove arsenic from water systems.

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