Indian Times
9:30 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

William Thorpe, Son of Jim Thorpe, Says Native American Olympics Was “Dad’s Dream”

William Thorpe, eldest living son of Jim Thorpe
Credit Susan Shannon

William Thorpe, Jim Thorpe’s oldest living son, sat on the reviewing stand with tribal chiefs and other dignitaries from the native world to watch as Native American athletes from 61 tribes from across the nation to participate in the opening ceremonies for the second annual Jim Thorpe Native American Games. 

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Indian Times
9:14 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

61 Tribes Represented at Jim Thorpe Native American Games in Oklahoma City

Basketball in the Abe Lemmons Arena on the OCU campus
Credit Susan Shannon

Native American athletes from 61 tribes from across the nation competed in the second annual Jim Thorpe Native American Games.  Athletes competed in activities such as basketball, golf, martial arts, wrestling and softball at several sports venues.

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The Two-Way
4:39 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Online Sales Cost Cities And Counties Billions In Taxes, Mayors Say

A chart shows estimated tax revenue losses due to online sales in 11 U.S. cities. Figures for 2013 are projections.
IHS Global Insight

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 4:53 pm

Online retail sales are cutting into tax revenue in counties and cities, according to a report issued by the U.S. Conference of Mayors on Friday. They estimate the lost revenue for America's largest cities and counties came to about $2.8 billion for 2011 and 2012, combined.

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The Two-Way
2:16 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

James Comey Nominated To Be New FBI Director

President Obama speaks Friday during a news conference to announce his nomination of James Comey to become FBI director.
Win McNamee Getty Images

President Obama has formally nominated James Comey, a registered Republican and former Justice Department official under President George W. Bush, to become the next FBI director. If he's confirmed by the Senate, Comey will replace outgoing director Robert Mueller, who has held the post since 2001.

Comey is best-known for his actions in 2004 when he rushed to the hospital bedside of Attorney General John Ashcroft to keep Bush aides from reauthorizing a warrantless-wiretapping program. Comey has described the incident as the most difficult night of his career.

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Science and Technology
12:49 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Supermoon To Dominate Weekend Sky

A "supermoon" rises in Washington, D.C., on March 19, 2011.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

The largest full moon of the year will grace the night sky Sunday as our nearest neighbor in space makes its closest approach.

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World Views
11:41 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Iran's New Leader Already Showing More Moderate Tone

Supporters of president-elect Hasan Rowhani in the streets of Tehran the day before the election - June 13, 2013
Credit Tabarez2 / Wikimedia Commons

A week after Iran's presidential election, a previously-recorded interview run on Iranian state TV Friday suggests president -elect Hasan Rowhani may strike a more moderate tone than his predecessor.

The broadcast appears to be intended to underline Rowhani's pledge to pursue greater openness over Iran's nuclear program.

"How much is going to change is really to be determined," says Suzette Grillot, the Dean of the University of Oklahoma's College of International Studies. "The Supreme Leader (Ali Khamenei) in Iran certainly is the ultimate power-holder, so the relationship that emerges between these two and how that will have an impact on the nuclear situation is really something still to be determined."

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World Views
10:15 am
Fri June 21, 2013

What Makes Brazil's Protests Different Than Turkey

Students and workers protest in Rio de Janeiro's city center - June 13, 2013
Credit Tanya Rego / Agência Brasil/Wikimedia Commons

Residents of Brazil's largest cities have awakened to streets that are still smoldering after a million protesters turned out overnight -- sometimes clashing violently with police during anti-government demonstrations.

"This seems to be seems to be somewhat of a surprise given that Brazil was an economic success story for the last decade or so," says Rebecca Cruise, the Assistant Dean of the University of Oklahoma's College of International Studies. "[It was] leading the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) countries in GDP and really doing quite well."

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Higher Education
9:10 am
Fri June 21, 2013

OU: Flat-Rate Tuition, No In-State Increase Next Year

Credit Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

The University of Oklahoma says it will start offering students a flat-rate tuition and mandatory fees this fall.

OU President David Boren announced Thursday that full-time undergraduates taking between 12 and 21 credit hours per semester will pay a rate based on the university's current 15-credit hour rate for tuition and mandatory fees.

“Changing from a per-credit hour basis to a flat rate encourages all of our students to complete their degrees in a shorter period of time and get the best possible value for their tuition and fees dollar,” Boren said in a statement.

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Farm Bill
7:10 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Four Out Of Five Oklahoma Congressmen Agree: 'Yes' To Farm Bill

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK3) speaks to the Oklahoma Farm Bureau in 2013.
Credit RepFrankLucas / Flickr

Sixty-two Republicans voted against the five-year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill that would have cute $2 billion annual from food stamps and let states impose broad new work requirements on those who receive them.

Freshman U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla. 1) was the only Oklahoma congressman to vote against the farm bill.

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Agriculture
5:26 am
Fri June 21, 2013

House Smacks Down Farm Bill, And Farm Lobby, Too

Gracie Shannon-Sanborn, 5, holds a sign as she joins her father Allen Sanborn (L) and members of Progressive Democrats of America at a rally in front of Rep. Henry Waxman's office on June 17, 2013 in Los Angeles, Calif. The protestors asked the congressman to vote against a House farm bill, which was defeated Thursday.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 1:16 pm

The so-called farm bill came to the floor of the House of Representatives Thursday. And it crashed. The defeat shocked many observers, but the vote wasn't even particularly close: 234-195. (You can see how your own representative voted here.)

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