The Two-Way
9:52 am
Sat July 27, 2013

Singer, Songwriter J.J. Cale Dead From Heart Attack At 74

J.J. Cale wrote hits including "After Midnight" and "Cocaine" for Eric Clapton.
R. Diamond WireImage/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 3, 2013 8:12 am

J.J. Cale, whose songs became hits for the likes of Eric Clapton and Lynyrd Skynyrd, has died at age 74 from a heart attack, his management agency's website announced.

Cale died at about 8 p.m. Friday at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, Calif., the Rosebud agency said Saturday.

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Indian Times
10:51 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

This Was The Week That Was For Oklahoma's Natives

Eagle Staff
Credit JoKay Dowell

This has been an unusual week with an unusual amount of news stories concerning three tribes in Oklahoma: the Cherokees, the Delawares, the Keetowahs, and one little girl.

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Politics and Government
7:38 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Court Room Artist Banned From Manning Trial

Clark Stoeckly at far right
Credit codepinkhq / Flickr Creative Commons

A supporter of Pfc. Bradley Manning has been accused of posting threatening messages on the Internet and a judge has banned him from the courtroom for the rest of the soldier's trial.

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Politics and Government
6:59 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Cherokee Dad Wants Supreme Court Intervention

Seal of the Cherokee Nation

The birth father of a girl of Cherokee heritage is asking the Supreme Court to stop a state-court ordered handover of his daughter to adoptive parents.

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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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