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Oklahoma City's homeless population increases 24%, largest uptick since 2007

Over 1,500 people were experiencing homelessness during Oklahoma City’s yearly count of its homeless population in January, a...

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OKC reinstating some restrictions in response to spike

Mayor David Holt is issuing emergency orders, purposely ahead of the July Fourth holiday, in an attempt to short-circuit a...

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Oklahoma County commissioners discuss possible Black Lives Matter mural

Oklahoma County commissioners are mulling over a request to paint a Black Lives Matter mural outside of the county jail. During...

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Black Lives Matter protest over criminal charges planned in OKC

Hundreds are expected Thursday morning at a protest in Oklahoma City over the filing of terrorism and other felony charges...

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OHP troopers injured in collision in Oklahoma City

Three troopers in the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Motorcycle Division were seriously injured Thursday along the Kilpatrick Turnpike...

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US adds 4.8 million jobs as unemployment falls to 11.1%

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a substantial 4.8 million jobs in June, and the unemployment rate fell to 11.1%, as the...

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"True change": Oklahoma County Jail Trust officially takes over county jail

The last 13 months resembled a marathon to Tricia Everest. But instead of running, the miles were filled with legal contracts,...

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Opinion: Reopenings may collapse as infections spread

A decision by Mayor David Holt to require restaurant and bar workers to wear masks the next two weeks follows an alarming...

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Progressive candidate unseats Democratic incumbent for OKC House seat

A progressive community organizer in the heart of Oklahoma City defeated a top Democrat in Oklahoma's House. Mauree Turner...

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Masks now required on elevators in Oklahoma County facilities

Those who want to ride elevators in Oklahoma County facilities will now be required to wear a mask unless they are medically...

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Republican candidates for Oklahoma County sheriff head to runoff, commissioner wins primary

Current Oklahoma County Sheriff P.D. Taylor will face Norman police officer Tommie Johnson in a Republican runoff for county...

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Oklahoma Fourth of July plans: List of events around the OKC metro, state

Most of the time, Oklahoma's Fourth of July calendar resembles a fireworks show: lots of familiar fun, with a smattering of new...

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Death row inmates eligible for commutation hearings, AG Hunter says

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter said Tuesday death row inmates are eligible for commutation hearings through the state’s...

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Downtown OKC's Midtown Walkabout returns for month of July

Midtown Walkabout Month will take place all day on Saturdays in July and will feature summertime promotions and activities for...

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Edmond group hosts virtual walk, donates to homeless women veterans

EDMOND — The Daughters of the American Revolution Cordelia Steen Chapter in Edmond recently coordinated a virtual FunRunWalk in...

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Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunions

Editor's note: In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, several venues and businesses are temporarily closed. Please...

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Couples celebrating 50 years or more of marriage

Go to Oklahoman.com/life/weddings to view Oklahoma couples celebrating 50 years or more of marriage. Publication of anniversary...

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Editor's note: Please contact area shelters before visiting. Some shelters may be closed, have adjusted hours of operation or...

By land and air, weather researchers track tornadic storms

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SALINA, Kan. — For the first time in almost a decade, meteorologists from across the Midwest will track and intercept tornado birthing grounds as part of a large-scale collaborative research project. The TORUS Project, or Targeted Observation...

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Entrepreneur faces charges in claimed $1.4B hospital lab-billing scheme

A Miami entrepreneur who led a rural hospital empire that included communities in Oklahoma is facing charges in what federal...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Apartment loans get more forbearance, but most renters won't feel it in OKC area

Most people living in apartments in the Oklahoma City area are caught up on rent, so extra dual protection given Monday to...

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Patriotic parade for seniors set for Thursday in Oklahoma City

With most Independence Day festivities canceled across Oklahoma City, one local group plans to help seniors celebrate in a...

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Achievers

Amanda English has received the 2020 ACTE Regional IV Teacher of the Year award. She was recognized in May at the Association...

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Achievers

Ten students representing five Oklahoma school systems received recognition for their projects during the 2020 National History...

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OSU Extension offers summer youth workshops

The Oklahoma County OSU Extension Service will offer youth workshops during July at the OSU Extension Conference Center, 2500...

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Church's senior minister officially resigns

A metro-area church besieged with numerous allegations of misconduct continues to hold worship services, at least online....

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Oklahoma City lays off eight employees

The city of Oklahoma City laid off eight employees as measures took effect to counter the COVID-19 pandemic's effects on city...

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Solar powered, unmanned aircraft will be developed in Oklahoma

A record-setting aircraft powered by the sun will return to Oklahoma, this time as a platform for developing a persistent...

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OKC schools to return with in-person and virtual classes

The largest school district in Oklahoma is pushing toward both traditional and virtual education in the 2020-21 school year...

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Ajay Pittman narrowly wins reelection in House District 99

State Rep. Ajay Pittman won her reelection bid for House District 99 by narrow margins tonight, pulling off a close victory...

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US Rep Horn easily captures Democratic nod in 5th District

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn easily dispatched her lone opponent Tuesday to capture the Democratic nomination in...

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More OKC protesters charged with rioting

Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater filed two more rioting cases Tuesday, despite complaints he has excessively...

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Black Lives Matter OKC leader criticizes DA for protest charges

The executive director of Black Lives Matter Oklahoma City on Monday called the filing of criminal charges against protesters...

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Oklahoma County Jail Trust talks contracts, COVID-19 before July 1 takeover

Two days before officially taking over management of the county jail on July 1, the Oklahoma County Jail Trust shored up...

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Former state health commissioner Gary Cox returning to OU

A recently replaced commissioner of the Oklahoma Health Department is expected to become an associate dean at the University of...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, June 29, 2020

'Level Red' effects worsen at Fire Department Some Oklahoma City fire rigs are being idled due to staffing shortages as...

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'Better prepared': OU medical students work to improve LGBTQ health care

Students and educators at the OU College of Medicine are marking Pride month by helping future health care providers better...

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20-40-60 Etiquette: It's best not to whine about the wine

QUESTION: I was at dinner at a friend’s home. The host offered a white wine with the meal. I only like red wine. Would it have...

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Chesapeake Energy Corp. seeks bankruptcy protection

Chesapeake Energy Corp., the Oklahoma City-based pioneer in horizontal drilling and completion techniques, has filed for...

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Oklahoma County voters to narrow candidates in two key races June 30

Oklahoma County voters will narrow down candidates in two key races Tuesday during the primary election. Five men filed for...

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OKC Public Schools Wall of Fame nominations open through July 10

Unsung heroes live among us. They are working in hospitals, at fire and police departments, at grocery stores and as truck...

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Oklahoma City Parties! Helen Ford Wallace

LET’S ACT A LITTLE WILD Luncheon: Judy Love invited a group of close friends for a “Social Distance” Luncheon and “a lot of...

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Oklahoma City property management company settles overtime violations

A property management company in Oklahoma City has paid more than $23,000 in owed overtime wages to resolve violations brought...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Regional service economy in shaky recovery, Kansas City Fed says

The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City said Friday that the region's service economy, which includes real estate, improved...

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CBRE announces sale of Halliburton field camp in El Reno to local investor

EL RENO — Halliburton’s field camp facility has sold to an undisclosed local investor, CBRE announced Friday. The 86-acre...

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Retail goes retro in plans for 1960s-theme center in Midwest City

No TG&Y of course, nor Woolworth nor Kinney Shoes, and no funky Fotomat in the parking lot, but Center Marketplace will...

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5 Insta-worthy hacks to get your home in tip-top summer shape

Looking to have a little fun with your chores? Try these five unexpected shelf liner hacks around your home to protect against...

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Landscape lights add finishing flourish to yard makeover

“Are we done yet?” My husband, DC, wants to know as he writes one more check in an endless stream for our outdoor landscaping...

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Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for June 27, 2020

Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $28 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk David B....

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How much home equity is needed for a mortgage refinance?

Today’s low mortgage rates have more homeowners dreaming of a lower rate and the smaller monthly payments that go with it, but...

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Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for June 27, 2020

Lingo Construction Services: 1130 N Harvey Ave., apartment, erect, $4,000,000. Monarch Property Group LLC: 817 NE 42,...

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Events scheduled for those needing help with unemployment claims

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission has scheduled two Oklahoma City events for people needing help processing their...

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Some OKC protesters charged with terrorism, rioting, assault

Protesters blamed for the violence that broke out in Oklahoma City the last weekend in May were charged Friday with terrorism,...

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Oklahoma State Fair's cancellation expected to have a ripple effect

In 2007, fiddler Kyle Dillingham and his bandmates in Horseshoe Road played 33 shows in 11 days at the Oklahoma State Fair. The...

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OKC Zoo cuts 12 positions due to pandemic

The Oklahoma City Zoo has eliminated 12 staff positions after financial setbacks caused by COVID-19. The zoo said "many" of the...

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Oklahoma County judge tests positive for COVID-19

Oklahoma County District Judge Natalie Mai has tested positive for COVID-19, The Oklahoman has learned. Mai notified the...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Symphony Show House plays to coda in OKC

The Symphony Show House plays to its coda for 2020 this weekend during the coronavirus, with visitors turning out in person at...

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Edmond man faces 30 years in prison for smuggling firearms to Middle East

An Edmond man faces 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to illegally shipping firearms to the Middle East, as well as...

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Summer showers boost flowers

We were getting very dry across Oklahoma and then this last week provided several really nice, thirst-quenching and cooling...

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Gallery of Homes at Rivendell returns to south OKC to raise money for The Sparrow Project, Moore Faith Medical Center

The Gallery of Homes at Rivendell opens Saturday with four builders opening doors to new homes on one street to raise money for...

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The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for June 27, 2020

The Listing of the Week is an "estate-style" home with banquet-size dining, a pool and lush landscaping and grounds in...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: State Housing Finance Agency says ‘Say Yes to Homeownership’ during National Homeownership Month

Just a month or so before the coronavirus pandemic sent students and teachers home for the semester, Erin Francis closed on her...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Ailing retail could give warehouses supply pain

Leased warehouses remain untouched by the coronavirus pandemic and related economic disruption — so far. "Over all,...

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Myriad Gardens planting 'Seeds & Stories' for first Member Appreciation Weekend

The theme for the Members Appreciation Weekend will be "Seeds & Stories," and the decorations will pay homage to classic...

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OKC Public Schools meal service extended into July

The Oklahoma City Public School Summer Meal Service has been extended at school sites through July for the first time. The...

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Nonprofit Lilyfield to host virtual event in place of regular in-person fundraising events

Lilyfield, a local nonprofit serving at-risk children and families, has transitioned its annual fundraising event to a virtual...

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2020 Norman Music Festival canceled due to ongoing coronavirus pandemic

NORMAN — The 2020 Norman Music Festival has been canceled in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. "NMF is looking at new...

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'Seeds & Stories': Myriad Gardens plants first Membership Appreciation Weekend

A coconut tree is springing up right in downtown Oklahoma City. The iconic palm from the classic children's book "Chicka Chicka...

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In Oklahoma City, new street murals support Black Lives Matter

With several new paintings finished this week, Oklahoma City has joined the national trend of street murals honoring minority...

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Four involved in street murals arrested after trying to make police report

Oklahoma City police arrested four individuals involved with painting street murals near police headquarters on disorderly...

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#ThrowbackThursday: A tribute to history

We are running a #ThrowbackThursday image each week, showcasing Oklahoma’s history. Be sure to follow us on Twitter...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Sonic Summer Movie Nights move to Scissortail Park

The Sonic Summer Movie Nights are 8 to 11 p.m. Wednesdays.

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Douglass football coach tests positive for COVID-19

A football coach at Douglass High School has tested positive for COVID-19.The positive test was first reported by Oklahoma City...

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Soldier Creek Industrial Park Recreational Trail system opening Phase 2

MIDWEST CITY — A ribbon cutting ceremony at 6 p.m. Wednesday will mark the opening of Phase 2 of the Soldier Creek Industrial...

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Editor's note: Please contact area shelters before visiting. Some shelters may be closed, have adjusted hours of operation or...

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Oklahoma Historical Society sharing Black history online

The Oklahoma Historical Society has announced a new landing page on its website, offering numerous online opportunities to...

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"Perfectly designed": New location enjoyed by Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office

The Oklahoma County sheriff’s office is fully moved out of the county jail and operating out of its new facility in northeast...

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OKC Community Foundation awards disaster relief grants to local groups

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation completed its latest round of disaster relief grants to Central Oklahoma agencies in...

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OKC street murals to honor Black, LGBTQ, Native American communities

Artists are creating downtown murals in honor of minority groups and people of color. Organized by Brandon Riles of Oklahoma...

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Holt: OKC restrictions could return if case trend continues

Amid a spike in coronavirus cases, Mayor David Holt on Tuesday called on the public to exercise vigilance and warned of...

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Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunions

Editor's note: In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, several venues and businesses are temporarily closed. Please...

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Construction continues on new downtown OKC structures

Cranes and lifts signal continuing work on a new parking garage in downtown Oklahoma City, which will complement the Omni Hotel...

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Recap: Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt holds press conference

Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt held a press conference at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

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OKC's Scissortail Park announces lineup for 'Live from the Lawn' summer concert series

Guests are encouraged to bring picnics, blankets, and lawn chairs to enjoy an evening of quality music in the park.

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'Better Conversations' planned at Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum

The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum is hosting 'Better Conversations' this week, opening space for people to come...

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Couples celebrating 50 years or more of marriage

Go to Oklahoman.com/life/weddings to view Oklahoma couples celebrating 50 years or more of marriage. Publication of anniversary...

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OKC doctor accused of illegally prescribing opioids

A federal grand jury is blaming an Oklahoma City pain doctor for illegally prescribing opioids and and other controlled...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, June 22, 2020

OKCFD at 'Level Red' The Oklahoma City Fire Department has instituted "Level Red" measures as pressure on manpower escalates...

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Don't chicken out on your photos

QUESTION: What is the protocol for taking photographs? Should we pose for a picture with a drink in our hand? How about the...

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Smaller Heartland Flyer to continue to run despite 'dramatically' down ticket sales

Amtrak’s passenger train operating between Oklahoma City and Fort Worth, Texas, will continue to offer daily train service, but...

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Renovations on tap for BancFirst Tower interior, exterior

The early 1970s facade of the rechristened BancFirst Tower is fading from the downtown skyline as the addition of a new...

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As recession becomes reality, Oklahomans explore creative ways to launch a business

It's official. The country is in a recession. Of course, we didn't need the recent announcement by the National Bureau of...

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Oklahoma City Parties! Helen Ford Wallace

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JIM Drive by party: Jim Samis celebrated his 95th birthday recently with family members and friends merrily...

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Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for June 20, 2020

Jerry McNabb: 4300 Grant Blvd., bank, erect, $2,100,000. Colony Fine Homes LLC: 11021 NW 94 Terrace, residence, erect,...

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The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for June 20, 2020

The Listing of the Week offers as much living outside as indoors, with a pool and hot tub, fireplace, fire pit, horse shoe pit,...

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Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for June 20, 2020

Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $52 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk David B....

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma, Requiem for retail as we once knew it

Except for groceries sometimes, I'm not a shopper: I go to stores and buy things. Any other "shopping" is online, or by catalog...

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Laughlin: Bagworms, webworms are hanging around

Bagworms and webworms are both common pests of our landscape plants. Bagworms Bagworms are caterpillars that make distinctive...

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Commercial real estate transactions from The Oklahoman for June 20, 2020

CBRE reports these real estate transactions: • 17 Design and Manufacturing leased 21,942 square feet of industrial space from...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Summertime home sales could sizzle on COVID-19 backlog

Home sales are set to sizzle through summer. Pending sales shot up in May, perhaps more than they fell in the first two months...

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Mize: COVID-19 jars housing stats

Metro-area housing stats in May, technically speaking, were plumb crazy. Even with the number of new listings up 8% (to 2,329),...

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Hot Property: Steve Harvey's new Atlanta estate is no joke

LOS ANGELES — Who says there's no money in daytime television? "Family Feud" host Steve Harvey has bought a 35,000-square-foot...

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Marni Jameson, Sir Terence Conran speaks out on plain, simple, useful living

As someone who’s spent way too much time asking herself, "If I could afford anything, what would my home look like?" I have...

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Oklahoma City St. Jude Dream Home is underway

EDMOND — The 2020 Oklahoma City St. Jude Dream Home is under construction and will be raffled off Aug. 23. Tulsa-based Shaw...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Symphony Show House plays well, and safely, with others in Oklahoma City

The Symphony Show House hasn't hit a sour note, despite being conducted during the coronavirus pandemic. “We had over 500...

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5th District GOP hopefuls say more money needed for police

Three Republicans running for the congressional seat held by Democratic Rep. Kendra Horn said Thursday that police need more...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OKC testing, tracing plan advances

Oklahoma City is about to embark on an aggressive coronavirus testing and tracing program devised to keep COVID-19 in check...

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Local companies close to observe Juneteenth

Some Oklahoma City businesses have announced they would close Friday for Juneteenth, the holiday that commemorates when the...

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Reality TV, not realty, for OKC Realtor, She can show a kitchen, but don't let her cook in it

Denise Schroder is a woman of many gifts and talents, but there's one thing she can't do: Cook. So, of course she found a way...

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OKC's Myriad Botanical Gardens planning first Member Appreciation Weekend

The event will include story times, seed growing lessons and seed kits to take home, vendors and unlimited rides on Mo’s Carousel.

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Stein Mart's survival in doubt

Can Stein Mart survive sagging sales due to COVID-19?

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

This week's OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer kicks off at 9:30 a.m. but feel free to submit questions now!

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Changing leads: As Lance McDaniel leaves deadCenter Film, Alyx Picard Davis prepares for action

Lance McDaniel never could have imagined that his last deadCenter Film Festival as the nonprofit organization's executive...

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DACA recipients celebrate Supreme Court decision, say fight isn’t over

When Angelica Villalobos woke up and checked the news Thursday morning, she jumped out of bed and ran to her children’s...

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Black gun owners plan pro-Second Amendment walk

They will be arriving in peace, and hoping to carry a message. Omar Chatman, 41, is one of the organizers for 1,000 brothers...

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Oklahoma cities, counties request $7.5 million in COVID-19 reimbursements

Over $2 million from Oklahoma's portion of the the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act have been distributed to...

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OKC Black Justice Fund to award local grants, address racial equity

A new fund will provide grants to Black-led organizations in the metro area and others that are working for racial equity, the...

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OKC theme park debuts new no-contact screening tech

As Frontier City opened its gates Wednesday, employees of the theme park peered down at screens showing a live video of guests...

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UPDATED: Downtown OKC's Scissortail Park to launch 'Live from the Lawn' concert series, feature 'Okie All Stars' show

The debut concert in the "Live from the Lawn" series will feature several of the artists who performed on "Scissortail Streams"...

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Candidates for Oklahoma County sheriff discuss protests, law enforcement reforms

Amid protests against police brutality and discussions about reforming local law enforcement agencies, candidates for Oklahoma...

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South Oklahoma City Chamber sets seventh annual Shred Day for June 26

Unwanted documents that are cluttering up your home can be safely disposed of during the seventh annual South Oklahoma City...

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Couples celebrating 50 years or more of marriage

Go to Oklahoman.com/life/weddings to view Oklahoma couples celebrating 50 years or more of marriage. Publication of anniversary...

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Editor's note: Please contact area shelters before visiting. Some shelters may be closed, have adjusted hours of operation or...

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Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunions

Editor's note: In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, several venues and businesses are temporarily closed. Please...

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‘Backyard Bugs' exhibit now open at Science Museum Oklahoma

Summer explorers can get up-close and personal with 6- and 8-legged creatures and giant animatronic insects in “Backyard Bugs:...

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Lawsuit filed in death of teen in student driving accident

The parents of a teenage girl killed in a student driving accident are suing a driving instructor and a student driver they...

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City budget approved by OKC council

The Oklahoma City Council approved a $1.66 billion budget for fiscal 2021 on Tuesday, ending an emotional chapter in city...

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Curbside Chronicle vendors selling Father's Day succulent arrangements

For the first time, The Curbside Chronicle, an organization employing people experiencing homelessness, is selling succulent...

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Flower shop employing those experiencing homelessness to open in August

A flower shop employing people transitioning out of homelessness in Oklahoma City is set to open this August. Thanks to grant...

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June brings another double-digit decline in Oklahoma City sales tax revenue

Spending reductions projected for the new budget year beginning July 1.

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OKC schools must improve racial equity, leaders say

Oklahoma City Public Schools publicly affirmed its support for Black Lives Matter last week, but district leaders say there’s...

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OKC Civic Life for June 15, 2020

Councilman seeks to study police violence Oklahoma City Councilman James Cooper will seek the city council's approval Tuesday...

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Inmate found dead at Oklahoma County jail, second death this year

Around 5:30 p.m., medical staff were doing rounds and found Desirae Denton, 35, "unresponsive in her cell," where she was...

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Diversity advancement program has long-term goals for OKC Public Schools

The Chinese philosopher Lao-Tzu said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” This is a powerful concept to think...

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Two Oklahoma men contract COVID-19 while incarcerated, survive while homeless

A real fear of dying didn’t manifest for Timothy Holz until he was confined in a St. Anthony Hospital room, listening as his...

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GOP candidates tie fortunes to Trump in congressional primary

Republicans hoping to challenge Rep. Kendra Horn this fall have tied their fortunes to President Donald Trump in a...

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OKC police reviewing uses of force during protests, some footage might not be released

Oklahoma City police are conducting an investigation into use-of-force incidents during recent protests against the death of...

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SandRidge Commons' sale sends clear signal of change

Energy markets ebb and flow. Businesses that power the industry come and go. And every once in a while, an absolute truth...

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Oklahoma City Orchestra League's Symphony Show House fundraiser opens in person and online

The Symphony Show House fundraiser is on and online at 2737 Guilford Lane, with social distancing observed because of the...

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Oklahoma housing tax credits allocated statewide

The Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency’s Board of Trustees allocated federal and state Low Income Housing Tax Credits at a recent...

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Protesters, politicians speak out in downtown OKC

Hundreds of protesters gathered Saturday morning in front of City Hall and marched toward the Oklahoma City Police Department...

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Black Lives Matter holds protest in OKC

Black Lives Matter OKC will hold a march in Oklahoma City starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 13.  Follow news from the...

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Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for June 13, 2020

Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $46 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk David B....

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Hot Property: Leon Russell's old studio is for sale

LOS ANGELES — The Hollywood Hills home that the late musician-songwriter and Oklahoma native Leon Russell once used as a...

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A salute to construction executive Oscar C. Boldt

It's been a long time since the Boldt. Co. was seen as an out-of-state construction company — for years, most competitors and...

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The Oklahoman's real estate notes for June 13, 2020

BOK Park Plaza leasing changes hands Price Edwards & Co. has taken over leasing for 27-story BOK Park Plaza, 499 W...

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Rodd Moesel: It's beginning to feel a lot like summer in the garden

It is beginning to feel more like summer as the sun intensifies, the days get longer and the day and night temperatures rise....

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Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for June 13, 2020

OnCue: 820 S Meridian Ave., retail sales, erect, $5,350,000. Precision Construction Group: 2650 Shull Ave., office-warehouse,...

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Marni Jameson: Building ‘skoolie’ was in couple’s wheelhouse

Shortly after Hannah and Ian Hernandez began dating five years ago, they took their relationship on the road, driving together...

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The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for June 13, 2020

The Listing of the Week is an updated midcentury home on 0.23 acre next door to the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club in...

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Top tips to mow like a pro

If you’re a homeowner who already has a nice lawn but you are looking to take its appearance to the next level, striping is a...

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OKC church provides housing for missionaries in coronavirus era

As COVID-19 rapidly became a worldwide crisis and much overseas travel came to a standstill, many Southern Baptist missionaries...

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Commercial real estate transactions from The Oklahoman for June 13, 2020

Keller Williams Commercial reports these real estate transactions: • Ahmed Sajiruddin paid $210,000 to Lester Investment Co....

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Back for more, Dallas Industrial investors buy more warehouses in Oklahoma City

No sooner had Sealy & Co. sold off $100 million worth of warehouses than it came back to Oklahoma City for more. The...

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Judge rules in OKC's favor in lawsuit over Kiamichi Basin water

The city of Oklahoma City's claim on "generational water" to sustain economic growth was strengthened by a judge who...

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Oklahoma City grandma sentenced to 17 years in prison for causing boy's death

A judge Thursday sentenced an Oklahoma City woman to more than 17 years in federal prison for causing the death of her...

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Symphony Show House fundraiser is on, and online, in Oklahoma City

The Symphony Show House fundraiser is on at 2737 Guilford Lane, with social distancing observed because of the coronavirus...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

The chat kicks off at 9:30 a.m. but feel free to submit questions now!

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Oklahoma City Convention Visitors Bureau president to retire this fall

Mike Carrier, who as president of the Oklahoma City Convention Visitors Bureau oversaw its transformation into a Tier 2 market...

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"What are you willing to do:" Black Women Voices hosts conversation on race

A group of local, black female leaders hosted a public discussion on race Wednesday evening after being left out of Gov. Kevin...

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Task force to study human rights commission

Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt said Thursday that Ward 7 Councilwoman Nikki Nice would co-chair a task force to develop a...

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OKC Human Rights Commission dissolved over LGBT issues

An Oklahoma City human rights commission helped guide the city on matters of civil rights and discrimination between 1963 and...

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Not Antifa: metro protester says image shouldn't take away from message

The image of his arrest during recent protests in Oklahoma City has been shared online, but tattooed and mohawked Cory...

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Before transitioning jail management, Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office to be audited

The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office will have to go through another audit before giving jail property to the Oklahoma County...

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Youth continue protests, organize against police brutality

A few dozen protesters from a new, organized group of youth called The Movement continue to occupy space outside of the...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum reopening today

The museum has implemented new procedures to enhance health and safety protections for visitors and employees.

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Editor's note: Please contact area shelters before visiting. Some shelters may be closed, have adjusted hours of operation or...

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Application deadline extended to June 15 for grandparents raising grandchildren fall school supply assistance

Due to COVID-19, Sunbeam Family Services has extended the application deadline to June 15 for its annual fall backpack and...

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Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunions

Editor's note: In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, several venues and businesses are temporarily closed. Please...

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Couples celebrating 50 years or more of marriage

Go to Oklahoman.com/life/weddings to view Oklahoma couples celebrating 50 years or more of marriage. Publication of anniversary...

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Achievers

Oklahoma City natives Kentrell Wallace and Emma Saunders will graduate this spring from the Oklahoma School for the Blind in...

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Youth continue protests, organize against police brutality

On Tuesday evening, several individuals gathered outside of police headquarters near downtown before walking to the...

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Federal funds drive $10 million budget increase for OKC schools

Despite economic shortfalls, Oklahoma City Public Schools will see about a $10 million budget increase in the next fiscal...

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Riversport promises outreach initiatives

Outgoing Riversport Foundation board Chairman Ronnie Irani has pledged $25,000 toward developing Riversport Adventures programs...

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Councilman proposes police budget changes

A city councilman on Tuesday proposed policing changes to adjust officers' responsibilities in areas more suited to other...

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Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum receives $1 million gift from Paycom CEO Chad Richison

The museum announced in March that it was closing temporarily due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Photo gallery: Community barbecue a chance to rest amid turbulent times in OKC

The movement will continue, but on Sunday, it was time to rest. View photos from the community barbecue.

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Multimillion-dollar mortgage fraud alleged in Oklahoma City

A federal grand jury indicted Ronald J. McCord, 69, of Oklahoma City, on charges of defrauding two banks, Fannie Mae, and...

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White House fence adorned with posters, art has familar feeling in OKC

Protesters in Washington, D.C., have turned the fence around the White House complex into a canvas used to display messages and...

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Meet the Oklahoma County jail's new administrative team

In July, an entirely new administrative team will officially take over management of the Oklahoma County jail. Since the...

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Oklahoma City Police release video of Derrick Ollie Scott's arrest

The Oklahoma City Police Department released bodycam video which met one of the demands from Black Lives Matter. The video...

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Protesters persist through worries of COVID-19

Risk of COVID-19 exposure took a back seat to a movement against police brutality, as Oklahomans gathered by the thousands in...

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Black business owners call for unity, understanding

As the first Black Lives Matter rally came to an end Saturday, Jerome Taylor went back to work at Endo, a cannabis dispensary...

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Some desire to have councilwoman killed, her husband says

Ward 6 Councilwoman JoBeth Hamon's husband, Marty Peercy, said on Twitter Saturday that people want his wife "killed because...

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Flex classes, safety measures in the works for reopening Oklahoma colleges

With plans for students to return this fall, Oklahoma colleges will try to limit exposure to the coronavirus in campus...

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Couple arrested on child sex abuse, bestiality complaints

A couple suspected of sexually assaulting a child, sexually abusing a pet and possessing child pornography is behind bars,...

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A breakdown of OKC's budget challenges

Budget reflects uncertainty The Oklahoma City Council reviewed major budgets dependent upon the general fund, the primary...

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Community barbecue a chance to rest amid turbulent times

The movement will continue, but on Sunday, it was time to rest. As the sizzling barbecue chicken and hot dogs came off the...

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OKC marchers protest in Deep Deuce, Bricktown

A large group of demonstrators marched Saturday from Walnut Avenue at NE 2 to Harkins Theatre in Bricktown in honor of George...

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'Nobody wants destruction': Downtown businesses reflect on protests and the vandalism that followed

Bill Wiley had just gotten home from closing his downtown cannabis dispensary when he saw TV reports that someone had smashed...

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Marland Oil brand returns to Automobile Alley with completion of Broadway Park

A once iconic logo known nationwide — the brand of Marland Oil — is set to return to downtown’s Automobile Alley as work wraps...

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Tough talks needed to fight racism: Local pastors, police officer, discuss the issue at 'Lets Talk About Race' forum

"We gotta go there." The Rev. Herbert Cooper looked into a livestreaming video camera and then out into the crowd gathered at...

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Authorities probe fatal police shooting in Mustang

MUSTANG, Okla. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a fatal police shooting in suburban Oklahoma City.Officers from the Mustang...

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Mize: My house is still a feline farm

Oh, hey, here I am again, not really here, but on another week of furlough. Before I left, I pulled another one of my favorite...

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Steps to create household budget with staying power

These uncertain times are forcing more people to reexamine finances and rewrite their household budgets. According to the Pew...

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Oklahoma County property sales

Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $36 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk David B....

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Doors open for final weekend of Parade of Homes Spring Festival in Oklahoma City

EDMOND — The Parade of Homes Spring Festival continues Saturday and Sunday with nearly 100 new homes open free to the public...

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15 ways homes will change post-COVID

Should I get a birthday cake? My husband asks. One of our kids was coming over with his family to celebrate his birthday. (We’d...

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5 ways to master a move

While real estate agents report that far fewer people than normal have been moving during the COVID-19 pandemic, that may soon...

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The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for June 6, 2020

The Listing of the Week is a custom two-story home in gated Stonebridge Lake Estates at Lake Overholser, in Yukon. The...

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Some hot home renovation trends this summer

Whether building a home from scratch, doing a complete renovation or simply refreshing a room or two, you can take your project...

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Hot Property, Sly Stallone readies for another round

LOS ANGELES — It's been a rocky road for Sylvester Stallone in La Quinta, but the movie star is trying to knock out a home sale...

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Gallery of Homes returns to Rivendell in Oklahoma City

The Gallery of Homes at Rivendell is set for June 27 to July 12, with new homes open from 1 to 8 p.m. daily. One one of...

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Laughlin: Now it’s time to mulch

Now that you have selected that last bedding plant, vegetable transplant, tree or shrub for spring and have everything planted...

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Chief rejects notion that police should 'dominate the streets'

Oklahoma City police Chief Wade Gourley says the notion of dominating the streets is a losing strategy for law enforcement. "If...

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Recap: OKC Central Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer chatted with readers about issues related to downtown Oklahoma City this morning.

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Tulsa contractor pays $2.8 million to settle fraudulent federal bid litigation

A prominent Tulsa contractor and developer is paying $2.8 million to settle five years of litigation alleging the company...

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'Enough is enough': Dozens watch Floyd memorial service together in OKC

One by one the crowd rose to it feet, paying tribute to the memory of a man they had never met from nearly 800 miles away....

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Battling 'two pandemics' with prayer: Crowd gathers near Edmond Police headquarters for faith event

EDMOND — The need for unity was a theme that ran throughout a prayer gathering held Thursday near the Edmond Police...

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State releases 'Return to Learn' guidance for school reopenings

New state guidance for reopening public schools released this week, highlighting a multitude of potential changes to the...

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Photo gallery: Crowd gathers near Edmond police station for prayer event

A crowd of about 100 gathered near Edmond Police headquarters Thursday morning for a prayer event. Browse our photo gallery for...

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Downtown OKC curfew lifted

Mayor David Holt lifted a downtown curfew Tuesday shortly before it was to take effect for a third consecutive night. In an...

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Oklahoma City school employee tests positive for COVID-19

A John Marshall Enterprise Middle School nutrition employee has tested positive for COVID-19. The employee was not directly...

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John Rex School to expand into downtown's McAlpine Center

John Rex Charter School is set to move its middle school from the Myriad Botanical Gardens to the nearby McAlpine Center as the...

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Recap: Demonstrators gather in downtown OKC Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Follow live updates from downtown OKC, where a crowd has gathered Wednesday night following days of protests around the metro.

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Photo gallery: OKC police rally in support of Chief Wade Gourley

Oklahoma City police officers rallied at City Hall Tuesday, June, 2, to voice support for Chief Wade Gourley after Black Lives...

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Photo gallery: 16-year-old student leads peaceful protest in Norman

Led by 16-year-old Norman High School student Lirey Munoz, the rally began on Main Street and ended at police headquarters.

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Photo gallery: Trae Young, more Oklahomans protest death of George Floyd in Norman

NBA star and former OU basketball standout Trae Young joined a crowd of Oklahomans for a peaceful protest in Norman Monday,...

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Photo gallery: Crews clear damage after weekend OKC protests

View photos of Oklahomans clearing damage, cleaning graffiti and boarding up holes after weekend demonstrations around Oklahoma...

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Photo gallery: Peaceful protest in OKC Sunday turns chaotic

Oklahoma City police clashed with protesters for a second night on Sunday, and Mayor David Holt imposed a curfew to disperse a...

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Photo gallery: Police, protesters clash during George Floyd protest in downtown OKC

View images from around Oklahoma City Saturday, May 30, where hundreds of demonstrators gathered to protest the death of George...

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Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunions

Editor's note: In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, several venues and businesses are temporarily closed. Please...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: YWCA OKC reschedules Reduce the Odds, Purple Sash events

Two public awareness and fundraising events hosted by YWCA Oklahoma City have been revised and rescheduled because of safety...

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Couples celebrating 50 years or more of marriage

Go to Oklahoman.com/life/weddings to view Oklahoma couples celebrating 50 years or more of marriage. Publication of anniversary...

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'It means a lot to us': County jail unveils pod dedicated to veterans

Oklahoma County Jail officials on Tuesday unveiled a newly-repainted room dedicated to those who have served in the United...

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Organized by 16-year-old, Norman protest peaceful

NORMAN — Wearing a long-sleeve black shirt and black pants, Lirey Munoz was burning up walking down Main Street on Tuesday...

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OKC residents call for police change during hours-long hearing

Residents demanding "defunding" and "demilitarizing" of the Oklahoma City police dominated an hours-long teleconferenced public...

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OKC police union backs chief, asks some elected leaders to apologize

With a striking backdrop of Oklahoma City police officers in uniform filling the steps outside City Hall, the union president...

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Oklahoma City sit-in participants urge George Floyd protesters to stay peaceful

Meredith Luper Hildreth felt pride well up in her chest as she looked out at the crowd gathered for the George Floyd protest in...

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Unrest compounds confounding times

In the wake of weekend protests over the senseless death of George Floyd in police custody in Minnesota, a few local...

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Editor's note: Please contact area shelters before visiting. Some shelters may be closed, have adjusted hours of operation or...

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Mayor Holt joins protesters in downtown OKC late Tuesday

View live developments from the Black Lives Matter demonstration in Oklahoma City Tuesday night.

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Following protests, Oklahoma National Guard activated in OKC, Tulsa

More than 200 members of the Oklahoma National Guard in Oklahoma City and Tulsa have been activated to help respond, if...

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Black Lives Matter demand for new grocery store could take more time than desired

During a press conference Monday afternoon, T. Sheri Dickerson, head of the local chapter of Black Lives Matter, listed demands...

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Costco buys Hertz building for new operations center

The Hertz administrative building is set to become home for the new Costco operations center. The four-story office building...

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Oklahoma Transportation Commission approves two major OKC interstate projects

Drivers in the Oklahoma City metro area might want to brace themselves for more traffic delays. The Oklahoma Transportation...

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Curfew limits access to neighborhood around downtown OKC police headquarters

Mayor David Holt ordered a dark to dawn curfew in the neighborhood around downtown Oklahoma City's public safety campus after...

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Black Lives Matter seeks OKC police chief's resignation

The leader of Black Lives Matter in Oklahoma City on Monday called for the resignation of Police Chief Wade Gourley and an...

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Rebuilding America: How will life in Oklahoma look after COVID-19?

As states across the U.S. begin to reopen, what will the "new normal" be like for Oklahoma? Here's a look.

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Oklahoma City police, protesters clash for second night

Oklahoma City police clashed with protesters for a second night on Sunday, and Mayor David Holt imposed a curfew to disperse a...

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20-40-60 Etiquette: Don't fold to bad cloth napkin manners

QUESTION: When I went out to lunch recently, it was a real treat to have a cloth napkin, as I have been using paper towels and...

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Protesters at OKC rally say it's time for change

Protesters at Sunday’s rally in northeast Oklahoma City had different ideas about why they were there. But they all agreed on...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, June 1, 2020

Thunder getting new floor The Oklahoma City Council agreed to pay an estimated $143,700 for a new wooden basketball floor for...

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Stitt says state supports both right to protest, local law enforcement

Gov. Kevin Stitt on Sunday urged Oklahomans to protest peacefully about the killing of a black Minnesota man and said the state...

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OKC minister: George Floyd death another 'brutal, heartbreaking reminder'

Some in the local African American community plan to demonstrate Sunday in northeast Oklahoma City as protests and riots...

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'It is the national softball mecca': Women's College World Series' return to OKC will be bigger than ever

COVID-19 closed the road to Oklahoma City for the 2020 Women's College World Series but, with stadium improvements done, next...

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Oklahoma schools 'likely' to have disruptions this fall, officials say

The 2020-21 school year is “likely to include short-term disruptions” because of the coronavirus, the Oklahoma Education...

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Rebuilding America: Oklahoma City history filled with triumphs over adversity

At first glance, the economic forecasts and an energy industry in crisis seem to paint a dismal picture for Oklahoma City’s...

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Rebuilding America: Some pandemic changes at grocery stores seen as permanent

An uncertain new normal is being looked at by businesses throughout Oklahoma, including those largely spared the loss of...

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Rebuilding America: Retailers, big and small, adapting to challenges of pandemic

Retail is reopening across the country, though stores are not quite back to business as normal and others are learning from the...

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Rebuilding America: Squeamish home sellers want buyers with financing in hand

When the coronavirus hit, real estate agents hit the cloud fast, going virtual with home tours and open houses. Some tech...

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'Fighting for our lives': Hundreds protest in Oklahoma City against police killings

Tear gas billowed into the air, and crowds began to flee. People of all ages, but many of them younger adults, ran from a...

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Oklahoma City People! Helen Ford Wallace

WHAT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN DOING AT HOME Editor’s Note: Thank you, Oklahoman readers, for keeping us current on your home...

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Recap: Live coverage of the May 30-31 George Floyd protest in Oklahoma City

View a recap of live coverage from the George Floyd protest in Oklahoma City May 30-31.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma Shakespeare cancels remainder of 2020 season

Now scrapped, Oklahoma Shakespeare's 2020 season was originally scheduled to run from February through December and feature...

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Cool rains boost spring growth

We have enjoyed some cooler weather and scattered rains across the state this week and our rose bushes, lilies and many other...

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Marni Jameson: Ceiling fans: To see or not to see, that is the question

“Don’t look up!” I say to my husband, who, naturally, immediately zooms in on the outdoor ceiling fan precariously swinging...

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Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for May 30, 2020

Guernsey: 6811 SE 59, office-warehouse, erect, $18,000,000. Design Architects Plus: 1901 NE 13, school, remodel, $3,900,000....

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End in sight for OKC's pandemic emergency orders

Oklahoma City is on a path to emerging from beneath the COVID-19 state of emergency in mid June, three months after it began....

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State and two largest cities moving to final reopening phase

Oklahoma businesses and other organizations can take the next steps toward resuming normal activity on Monday as the state...

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Airport expects sharp revenue dropoff

Federal pandemic-relief funds will offset airport revenue shortfalls in fiscal 2021 but aviation is expected to take time to...

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The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for May 30, 2020

The Listing of the Week is a completely restored Art Deco-influenced home near Campus Corner in Norman. The 3,586-square-foot...

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Take cleaners with you back to the office

What will you miss about working from home (assuming you're headed back to the office, and many aren't yet, and some won't...

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Container garden is a great place to start for novice gardeners

STILLWATER — For some folks, gardening is a mystery — perhaps even intimidating: Some want-to-be gardeners may believe they...

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You can skip mortgage payments, but what comes after that?

In March, like millions of others, Thomas Taylor saw his income plummet. The global pandemic left the 42-year-old furloughed...

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Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for May 30, 2020

Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $28 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk David B....

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5 not-so-obvious household essentials for your time at home

Extended time at home is making many families more aware of what products they simply can’t do without, and while you may have...

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Route 66 Landing is taking off with doctors in the house in Oklahoma City

Total Healthcare Partners helped bring Route 66 Landing into this world, and now the doctors are in the house — their brand-new...

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How to troubleshoot home technology issues

If you’re like most people, you’ve spent more time than you’re willing to admit troubleshooting a technology issue with any one...

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Planning for a money crunch in hard times

Has your income level changed recently? Or, are you worried about losing your job permanently? You might be terribly anxious...

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Parade of Homes opens doors

EDMOND — Metro-area homebuilders are throwing the doors open to nearly 100 new houses this weekend and next for the Parade of...

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Parade of Homes Spring Festival starts Friday in Oklahoma City area

EDMOND — The Parade of Homes Spring Festival, delayed for a month because of the coronavirus, kicks off Friday. Nearly 100 new...

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OKC business owner arrested with illegal pot plants after fatal shooting

An Oklahoma City business owner was arrested on a complaint of illegal possession of $1.5 million worth of marijuana after...

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OKC Municipal Court to start phased reopening

Beginning June 1, the Oklahoma City Municipal Court will start a phased reopening unless public health conditions...

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Nonprofit snow cone stand expands into Bricktown

Sasquatch Shaved Ice, a snow cone stand managed by the Homeless Alliance that employs low-income and transition-age youth, is...

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Bill settles insurance woes threatening the Oklahoma County Jail Trust

Finding insurance coverage for the Oklahoma County Jail Trust has proven near impossible, but a bill recently signed by Gov....

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What a surge in decks and paint sales in the midst of a pandemics says about economic recovery

Stuck at home in a paralyzing health crisis, people across America finally tackled long-delayed, home-improvement projects that...

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A New America: Coronavirus demands new approaches, products and hopes

America will rebuild. But much like shop owners removing boards off windows in the wake of a natural disaster, Americans aren't...

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Video tours? Suburbs vs cities? Buying, selling a home to look different after COVID-19

Applications to buy a home are again on the rise as states lift orders to stay inside. But the pandemic has altered how...

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Castilla, Cuban launch another collaboration

Local banker Jill Castilla has teamed up with Mark Cuban on a project to help small business owners navigate a complicated loan...

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Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunions

Editor's note: In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, several venues and businesses are temporarily closed. Please...

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Couples celebrating 50 years or more of marriage

Go to Oklahoman.com/life/weddings to view Oklahoma couples celebrating 50 years or more of marriage. Publication of anniversary...

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Grandparents raising grandchildren may apply for fall school supply assistance

Sunbeam Family Services is accepting fall school supply assistance applications for grandparents who are raising their own...

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John Rex Charter School names lead administrator

Dean Ketchum, a teacher and administrator with nearly 30 years’ experience, has been named the next head of school at John Rex...