April 21, 2011
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Sports: Thunder wins, claims 2-0 series lead. B1 www.tulsaworld.com Weekend: The best places to walk, run or bike. final home edition THURSDAY April 21, 2011 $1.00 LOCALLY OWNED SINCE 1905 Fallin signs abortion bill ��Abortions�after�20�weeks�are� restricted�on�the�premise�that� fetuses�that�age�can�feel�pain. BY BARBARA HOBEROCK World Capitol Bureau OKLAHOMA�CITY�--�Gov.�Mary�Fallin�on� Wednesday� signed� a�measure�banning� abortions�after�20�weeks�based�on�the�claim�that�a� fetus�can�feel�pain. House� Bill� 1888,� called� the� "Pain-Capable� Unborn� Child� Protection� Act,"� would� allow� for�an�abortion�after�20�weeks�only�if�it�were� to� save� the� mother's� life� or� to� prevent� her� from�losing�a�significant�bodily�function.�The� measure�by�Rep.�Pam�Peterson,�R-Tulsa,�and� Sen.� Clark� Jolley,� R-Edmond,� doesn't� make� exceptions�for�a�fetus�that�is�not�viable. The� measure's� opponents� dispute� that� a� 20-week-old�fetus�can�feel�pain. "I� believe� life� begins� at� conception,"� said� Fallin,� who� signed� the� measure� during� her� 100th�day�in�office.�"Life�is�very�sacred.�I�believe�God�has�given�each�one�of�us�a�responsibility�to�do�what�we�can�to�protect�life,�especially�the�lives�of�the�unborn." Fallin� was� flanked� by� anti-abortion� lawmakers� and� advocates� at� a� Capitol� bill-signing�ceremony. Tulsa�Reproductive�Services�would�not�be� affected�by�the�measure�because�it�performs� abortions�only�up�to�18�weeks. "We�are�deeply�disappointed�that�the�governor� has� signed� this� harmful� bill� into� law,"� SEE ABORTION A4 What happened Wednesday Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks based on the belief that a fetus can feel pain. She also signed a bill that would require a separate insurance policy for an abortion. PREVIOUS LEGAL CHALLENGES Pending: House Bill 2780, passed last year, would Bill to cut prisoner ranks gets Senate OK BY BARBARA HOBEROCK World Capitol Bureau require a woman to undergo an ultrasound before having an abortion. A previous law containing the ultrasound language was thrown out in 2009 for violating the state constitution's single-subject rule. February 2010: A law requiring women seeking abortions to disclose information that would be put on a state-run website and banning abortions based on fetus gender is thrown out by a state district court judge for violating the single-subject rule. POLICE PROPERTY: NEW HOME AT OSU OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Senate on Wednesday passed a measure designed to reduce the prison's population, despite concerns a key provision of the bill had been taken out. House Bill 2131, by House Speaker Kris Steele, R-Shawnee, and Sen. Patrick Anderson, R-Enid, now heads to the House after securing passage in the Senate by a vote of 44 to 3. The measure would expand community sentencing and electronic monitoring. Community sentencing costs about $3.50 per day while electronic monitoring costs about $4.75 a day. The cost to house an offender at minimum security is about $38 a day. "If we can increase the use of community-based services for nonviolent offenders and place a greater focus on treatment and prevention, the crime rates in our state could be SEE PRISONS A4 Cleveland, Wilson air views on TPS BY ANDREA EGER AND KIM ARCHER World Staff Writers Fran Randall examines a rifle at the Tulsa Police Department's Forensic Laboratory last week. Both the police lab and the property room moved from the downtown police station to OSU's Center for Health Science.Photos by MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World Crime lab goes high-tech TPD's new facility up for international accreditation BY NICOLE MARSHALL World Staff Writer Parents and students at Wilson and Cleveland middle schools grilled school district officials Wednesday evening about a proposal that could shutter both buildings and consolidate students at Rogers High School in the fall. In separate forums, people sought officials' reasons for targeting the two middle schools and answers about what alternatives might exist for students who aren't interested in an early college program. "How can you assure students that this experimental program will be up and running in just a few months?" one woman asked at Wilson, where about 85 people turned out. SEE TPS A3 See continuing coverage of Tulsa Public Schools' Project Schoolhouse initiative. tulsaworld.com/projectschoolhouse The cramped confines of the old Tulsa Police Department Forensic Laboratory and Property Room now seem light years behind the state-of-the art facilities where criminal evidence is now stored and tested. In fact, the high-tech Tulsa Police Laboratory could receive an international accreditation. After months of work, lab examiners are waiting for word from the American Society of Crime Lab Directors about the accreditation, which lab director Tara Valouch described as a "big step in the right direction." `It is absolutely wonderful. The space has increased four times compared to the previous space, from 6,000 to 24,000 square feet.' Tara Valouch TPD forensic lab director Inside today's Tulsa World Action Line ...... E4 Ask Amy ......... D4 Bridge............... D4 CD rates ........... E2 Comics .........D4,5 Crosswords .... D4 Disassembled bullets lie on a table at the Tulsa Police Department's Forensic Laboratory. Forensic examiners had input on how to design the space, from the heights of the benches to the shelving. Editorial ..........A14 Horoscope ...... C8 Movies..........W10 Obituaries..... A10 Sports TV ........ B2 Stocks ............... E5 Both the police lab and the property room moved in February 2010 from the first floor of the downtown police station to the Forensic Sciences and Biomedical Research Facility at OSU's CenSEE LAB A4 Today High 66, Low 62 Chance of storms. More weather on D6 BREAKING NEWS AT TULSAWORLD.COM Daily - - $1.00 Daily 75 cents View more photos of TPD's Forensics Laboratory. tulsaworld.com/photos 8 11775 00001 6 Saturday, May 21 � 6 pm � 10 pm � Play at all 7 locations! Find us on Facebook! 7 Care4,000 in Lawn Equipment! WILL $ WIN Fulfill your thrill. 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A9 Tracing history Area churches have special services planned all weekend in celebration of Easter. Tulsa World file The Tulsa Oilers take on Bossier-Shreveport on Friday with a chance to advance in the CHL playoffs. KEVIN PYLE/for the Tulsa World. A native Oklahoman walks the 835-mile route of the American Indians' Trail of Tears. A9 Holy Week services Churches across the city are holding special services to celebrate Holy Week and Easter. Hosted by five churches, a community Good Friday service will be held at 7 p.m. at Thoreau Demonstration Academy, 7370 E. 71st St. Worshippers at St. Francis Xavier, a Hispanic Roman Catholic Church at 2434 E. Admiral Blvd., will walk through the church's neighborhood at 1 p.m. Friday to re-enact the Crucifixion. Among the many services planned are "Risen," the annual Easter pageant at Victory Christian Center, 7700 S. Lewis Ave., at 7 p.m. Friday, 5 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 9 and 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday. SPORTS Taunting rule tightened Teams could have their points wiped off the board if officials rule a player taunted an opposing player en route to a score. B1 Oilers playoff game at home The Tulsa Oilers can advance to the conference finals when they face off against BossierShreveport at 7:35 p.m. Friday at the BOK Center in Game 4 of their Central Hockey League playoff series. If the Oilers win, they advance to face Odessa or Allen in the Berry Conference finals. A Bossier-Shreveport win forces a Game 5, which would be at Bossier-Shreveport at 7:05 p.m. Saturday. Tickets for Friday's game range from $12-$42 and can be ordered by calling 866726-5287 or at tulsaworld.com/ oilerstickets. NFL lockout continues Both sides of the NFL lockout left and may not meet again until May. B2 Don't miss the action (or the fireworks) this weekend as the Drillers take on Springfield. STEPHEN PINGRY/Tulsa World Fireworks on Friday; bring your dog Saturday The Tulsa Drillers continue a Texas League baseball series against Springfield at ONEOK Field with 7:05 p.m. games on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Thursday features $1 beer and soft drinks. There will be a fireworks show after Friday's game. Saturday you can bring your dog to the ballpark on Bark in the Park day. Tickets are available by calling 918-744-5901 or at tulsaworld.com/drillers. The series ends Saturday, and it's the Drillers' final home game until May 3. SCENE Morgan Dickerson takes part in a yoga class on a Cherry Street roof.JAMES GIBBARD/Tulsa World Yoga with a view Instead of hitting the gym, head up to the roof at one Cherry Street building. D1 Mentoring mission Several Easter egg hunts are planned this weekend in the Tulsa area. The Talons host the Iowa Barnstormers on Saturday at the BOK Center. JAMES GIBBARD/Tulsa World file CORY YOUNG/Tulsa World file Are you bad to the bone? Join George Thorogood & the Destroyers at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa to find out.Courtesy Find food and flora galore at the 15th annual Jenks Herb & Plant Festival. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World file It's tune time Thursday at the performance hall of the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, 111 E. First St.Tulsa World file Meet a local man with a passion for Big Brothers Big Sisters and mentoring. D3 WEEKEND Restaurant reviews Find Scott Cherry's latest reviews -- from a Mexican restaurant (5) to a great breakfast spot (16). Searching for egg hunts George Thorogood Who do you love? George Thorogood hopes it's him. The rocker and his band, the Destroyers, will play Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, 777 W. Cherokee St. in Catoosa, Friday, with doors opening at 7 p.m. Perhaps best known for his song "Bad to the Bone," Thorogood might perform songs from his upcoming album, "2120 South Michigan Avenue." While you're there, keep an ear perked for "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer." And an ear, too, if the crowd goes wild. Tickets $45-$85 at tulsaworld. com/hardrockcasino; or 918-384ROCK. Herb and plant festival The 15th annual Jenks Herb & Plant Festival is set for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in downtown Jenks. Gather some herbs, perennials, annuals and more at the festival near Main, First and Third streets and spilling onto A Street. Food is also a draw at this growing festival and will include German food, freshly made ice cream and more. Entertainment will be provided on the Reasor's stage, featuring local musicians and youth performers. For more, tulsaworld.com/jenksgardenclub. Sax appeal One of the leading lights of Kansas City's jazz scene -- alto saxophonist Bobby Watson -- will perform with the University of Tulsa Big Band at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, 111 E. First St. Watson has combined a career as a soloist and guest artist with teaching at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. Tickets are $15-$20. Call 918-281-8600 or tulsaworld.com/mytix. About 50,000 Easter eggs will be dropped by helicopter over Talons at home Owasso's Centennial Park, 15301 E. 86th St. North, at 11 a.m. and In their last home game of the month, the Tulsa Talons take 2 p.m. Saturday. Canned food donations will be accepted. on the Iowa Barnstormers in an Lifepoint Baptist Church is Arena League football game at 7 p.m. Saturday at the BOK Center. the sponsor, and kids can expect inflatables and other activities. The Talons enter the game 1-4 The Black Officers Coalition while Iowa is 2-3. Tickets range will host a free hunt at Lacy Park from $12 to $87 and can be ordered by calling 918-294-1000 and Community Center, 2134 N. or at tulsaworld.com/talonstickets. Madison Place, with a free car seat check between 10 a.m. and noon. Call 918-596-1470. BUSINESS Energy viewpoints T. Boone Pickens and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. find common ground at a Tulsa conference. E1 Losing altitude American Airlines reports a first-quarter loss of $436 million as the cost of jet fuel jumps. E1 WAY BACK WHEN: TODAY IN HISTORY BY GENE CURTIS 1967 -- Twisters rip large area A series of tornadoes ripped through heavily populated areas of northern Illinois, killing 57 and injuring more than 1,000. The storm also raked wide areas of western Michigan where at least 18 were injured and one person was killed when a tree fell on his car. IN FOCUS Want a copy of this image? Reprints can be ordered by calling the Tulsa World at 918-732-8198. 1928 -- North Pole flight Capt. George H. Wilkins announced that he and Carl B. Elelson had flown over the North Pole from Point Barrow, Alaska, and had a narrow escape from disaster at the end of their adventure. The narrow escape involved landing on a deserted islet where they were detained for five days by bad weather. 1986 -- Capone's vault empty A vault in Chicago's Lexington Hotel that was linked to Al Capone was opened during a live TV special hosted by Geraldo Rivera. Except for a few bottles and a sign, the vault was empty. Rivera had promoted the million-dollar adventure for months. The hotel at one time had been headquarters for Capone, who died in 1947. Gene Curtis 918-581-8304 email@example.com 1930 -- Prison fire kills 317 Fire and smoke killed 317 prisoners at the Ohio penitentiary in Columbus that was housing 4,200 convicts in a facility built to house 1,500. The assistant warden ordered guards to use axes and sledge hammers in an attempt to free some of the prisoners after it was discovered that the key to their cells had been misplaced. An excavator stands at the opening into Al Capone's vault in Chicago after it was blasted open.Associated Press file Earnestine Fennell (left) receives products from Elizabeth Gorman of Schnake Turnbo Frank PR, who was working the Lafarge booth Wednesday at Enviro Expo, "Tulsa's official Earth Day party."MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World TOMORROW IN YOUR WORLD It's Earth Day, and ReGreen Tulsa is still undoing damage from the 2007 ice storm. News We profile OU receiver Ryan Broyles and OSU receiver Justin Blackmon, who enter next season as two of the top receivers in the nation. Sports We ask Tulsans what they want to see playing when the Admiral Twin reopens. Scene See how one group is still helping Tulsa Southwest Airlines reports its first- recover from the 2007 ice storm in tomorquarter earnings. Business row's Tulsa World.ADAM WISNESKI/Tulsa World World Publishing Company 315 S. 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The Tulsa World will continue all subscriptions at regular price unless notified. Periodical postage paid at Tulsa OK. Postmaster: Address changes to Tulsa World, PO Box 1770, Tulsa OK 74102 Home delivery rates Thursday, April 21, 2011 n n A3 TulsaWorld.com is powered by the largest news staff in northeastern Oklahoma John Kerr of Tulsa cycles along the trail near 31st Street and Riverside Drive in Tulsa. JAMES GIBBARD/ Tulsa World Follow us on: Web-exclusive content at: .com Find a map of the Tulsa area trails system. tulsaworld.com/trailsmap MOST READ 1 Man arrested after allegedly taking video under woman's skirt 2 The Miracle in Room 105 Top stories in the last 24 hours SPORTS: OU BLOG How do the Sooners feel about being preseason No. 1? While Bob Stoops doesn't have strong feelings on the subject, Dejuan Miller has some pointed thoughts. tulsaworld.com/oublog 3 Dave Sittler: Oklahoma State has a tough road leading up to Bedlam 4 Pickens funds `Boone State' to add to legacy 5 Dave Sittler: Bob Stoops has no worries about his QB's supporting cast OSU's Justin Blackmon hauls in a pass under pressure from OU's Quinton Carter during their Bedlam football game in November.MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World file WHAT YOU'RE SAYING Barney Doyle: $51 to fill my car yesterday. My first car cost $50 street legal out of a salvage yard. It doesn't matter when that was, I just thought it was funny, sort of. Oklahoma's Dejuan Miller has some thoughts on OU's preseason ranking.MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World file Gas gauge on `E' for many drivers NEWS See where all the research is done and evidence stored The Tulsa Police Department Forensic Laboratory and Property Room is new and could get international accreditation. See behind-thescenes pictures of the new facility. tulsaworld.com/photos BUSINESS 85771: It amazes me about gas prices, they jump 10 cents, then trickle down a penny at a time for a week, then jump 10 cents again, so the increase is about 7 to 8 cents every time. Diverse thoughts on sustainable energy Find out what guest speakers had to say Wednesday at Oklahoma State University's Sustainable Enterprise Conference in Tulsa. tulsaworld.com/energyspeakers Print subscribers have unlimited access to all Tulsa World digital products. Activate your account at tulsaworld.com/activate TulsaWorld.com is updated throughout the day with the latest news. Questions? Contact Web Editor Jason Collington at 918-581-8464. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org NEWS See continuing coverage of Women in Prison series Keep up with legislation, stories, videos and photos with our Women in Prison series. Oklahoma leads the nation in the number of women incarcerated. tulsaworld.com/womeninprison Patricia Spottedcrow waits inside Dr. Eddie Warrior Correctional Center.ADAM WISNESKI/Tulsa World file CALENDAR Find out what's going on in Tulsa View our comprehensive online calendar and sort events by day, location and event category. You can also add your event and get it From break-dancing classes to conconsidered for publication in print. certs, find something to do on our online tulsaworld.com/calendar calendar.JAMES GIBBARD/Tulsa World file to tell two district officials their thoughts on the possible closure of that school. Most seemed resigned to the prospect that the school, located at 724 N. Birmingham Ave., would close. "No matter what the parents say, TPS already has their mind made up," said one Spanish-speaking woman whose words were relayed by a translator. "TPS destroys families." One district official assured the group that a decision had not yet been made. Seventh-grader Noah Crutison said that "I do not believe that Cleveland should be closed. Cleveland is a family. You cannot separate us. "Why when Cleveland's crime rate is a lot lower than Gilcrease (Middle School, at 5550 N. Cincinnati Ave.) did you decide to close down Cleveland?" he asked. The crowd applauded, and many murmured that Tulsa Public Schools doesn't care about kids. "We may not be the smartest school, but we do love and help each other," said seventh-grader Broderick McQuarters. Another parent suggested that if Wilson Middle School is also closed, their students be consolidated at Cleveland. "Oklahoma pays $17,000 per prisoner and $6,000 per student," said one man. "It seems like we want our kids to fail rather than succeed." Andrea Eger 918-581-8470 email@example.com Japan makes plant TPS: area a no-go zone BY MARI YAMAGUCHI AND ELAINE KURTENBACH Associated Press TOKYO -- Japan declared a 12-mile area evacuated around its tsunami-crippled nuclear power plant a no-go zone on Thursday, urging residents to abide by the order for their own safety. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said the order was meant to prevent unrestricted entry into the mostly deserted area, which was ordered evacuated after last month's tsunami and earthquake wrecked the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant's power and cooling systems. Under Japan's Disaster Countermeasures Basic Law, people who enter the zone would be subject to fines of up to $1,200 and possible arrest. Up to now, defiance of the evacuation order was not punishable by law. "We beg the understanding of residents. We really want residents not to enter the areas," Edano said. "Unfortunately, there are still some people in the areas." Almost all the zone's nearly 80,000 residents left when the area was evacuated on March 12, a day after the tsunami struck, but police have not been able to legally block them from going back. Police contacted Thursday said they had no estimate of the exact number of people who have returned to the zone or who still might be living there. Officials said the order was meant to limit exposure to radiation leaking from the plant, and to control entry to prevent theft. Edano said authorities would arrange brief visits for residents, allowing one person per household to return by bus for a maximum of two hours to collect necessary belongings. Residents would be required to go through radiation screening, he said. "We realize this is extremely inconvenient for residents, but we urge you to be patient," Edano told reporters in Tokyo. Prime Minister Naoto Kan was visiting the region Thursday to meet with local officials and evacuees to discuss the plans for strict enforcement of the evacuation zone. Kan, who will also visit a nuclear crisis management center during his Thursday trip, has been under fire from the opposition for the government's response to the nuclear crisis. Meanwhile, a doctor who met with workers at the stricken plant said Wednesday that crews are suffering from insomnia, show signs of dehydration and high blood pressure and are at risk of developing depression or heart trouble. The crews have been fighting to get the radiation-spewing plant under control since it was crippled by the earthquake and tsunami. "The conditions at the plant remain harsh," epidemiologist Takeshi Tanigawa told The Associated Press. "I am afraid that if this continues we will see a growing risk of health problems." One district official assured the group that a decision had not yet been made. FROM A1 Final Project Schoolhouse forum The Tulsa Council of PTAs will hold one additional forum before Superintendent Keith Ballard announces his Project Schoolhouse recommendations on Friday. That forum will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at Clinton Middle School, 2224 W. 41st St. Project Schoolhouse research highlights On Wednesday, Tulsa Public Schools released highlights of the third-party research that was used in the development of Project Schoolhouse proposals to make some Tulsa high schools' grade configurations 7-12 rather than 9-12. Superintendent Keith Ballard responded, "I would tell students this is a rare and excellent opportunity. It is not experimental. This model has been successful in other cities, and it is working in Tulsa right now. We've got 36 students already in the program at TCC (Tulsa Community College)." If the plan is approved as part of Tulsa Public Schools' Project Schoolhouse consolidation initiative, Rogers would offer students the opportunity to simultaneously earn high school diplomas and associate degrees. But only students in the Kendall-Whittier and Sequoyah elementary school boundaries would be guaranteed admission there. All other seats would be awarded by a lottery. Parents at both forums wanted details about what would happen to children with special needs, as well as those who don't qualify to be in the proposed Rogers High School early college program. Kevin Burr, associate superintendent for secondary schools, said at the Wilson forum, "We do want to open the program to anyone, regardless of whether they are individuals with disabilities or who are on IEPs (Indi- Among the findings: vidualized Education Programs)." He said students from Kendall-Whittier and Sequoyah would have an opportunity regardless of their academic achievement. One woman said her daughter told her she didn't think she was smart enough for the early college program. Burr responded, "We want her, and we want her to have that opportunity." Another woman told officials, "It really, really scares me that you're willing to trash it (Wilson) and move it into another building and slap a new name on it. I think your intentions are good, but I think the long-term ramifications are not great because not everybody is cut out to be the same." Ballard responded by saying that he is excited about the new educational opportunity for students and that school districts today need to strive to make every student collegeready, regardless of his or her future plans. Some 70 students, parents and teachers met at Cleveland Middle School Kim Archer 918-581-8315 firstname.lastname@example.org � The fewer school-to-school transitions, the better chance a student has of completing high school; the more transitions, the higher the drop-out rate. � If there is a transition into a new school for high school instruction, seventh grade appears to be the ideal time, as it shows the lowest drop-out rate. � Schools with more grade levels per building have demonstrated higher academic achievement and better attendance rates, self-esteem and attitudes toward school. They also saw fewer suspensions and behavior programs regardless of socioeconomic status. � More opportunities exist for tutoring and older student role model programs in schools with a broad span of grades levels. � Longer grade spans allow for better curriculum alignment across grade levels. � A significant number of districts across the nation are transitioning away from the use of middle schools. The number of middle schools peaked in 2005 at just over 9,000, and there were estimated to be fewer than 7,950 in 2010. � Researchers have found that students who attended middle school in sixth grade were twice as likely to be disciplined than sixth-graders in elementary schools. Also, sixth-grade boys, in particular, experienced more suspensions in middle schools or junior high schools than in elementary schools, possibly related to the effects of the transition. A4 n n Thursday, April 21, 2011 LAB: An officer says better security is a benefit of the new property room. FROM A1 PRISONS: A key provision that could cut prison terms was removed. FROM A1 ter for Health Sciences in Tulsa. The 125,000-square-foot facility at 1111 W. 17th St. houses the evidence room and forensic lab on the first and second floor. "It is absolutely wonderful. The space has increased four times compared to the previous space, from 6,000 to 24,000 square feet. Everybody has a little more room to do their analysis," Valouch said. "The work flow has benefited, so the case loads will benefit." The third, fourth and fifth floors are used for teaching and research by OSU forensics and biomedical faculty members and graduate students. The nearly $39 million project was paid for by higher education and city bonds, grants and the city's 2001 and 2006 third-penny sales taxes. There are 17 people now working in the police laboratory, conducting DNA, toxicology and firearms testing, as well as studies on blood splatter, latent prints and other crime-scene evidence. The examiners had input on how to design the space, from the heights of the benches to the shelving, Valouch said. "What is good for the DNA testing is not necessarily good for the toxicology room. Relatively speaking, it is just leaps and bounds above the other lab. Any examiner from across the nation would love to come work here," she said. The lab has even been recognized in the field for efforts to conserve energy with motion-activated lights and doors, Valouch said. "It makes it nice because you are not constantly flipping on and off switches, especially with your hands full," she said. The lab is connected by a secure elevator to the police's new property room where white cardboard boxes fill row after row of oversized, movable shelves. Some boxes may contain evidence that eventually solves a homicide, closes a rape case or brings a battered child safety and justice. "Keeping the evidence or property allows for several things. Senior forensic scientist Cheri Langston works in the DNA biology section of the Tulsa Police Department's Forensic Laboratory.Photos by MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World Seized guns line a shelf in the Tulsa Police Department's new property room. This first thing is just the obvious, putting the bad guy in jail. The second thing is to ensure that the wrong guy does not go to prison, and, lastly, it is to keep them there if they do need go to jail," Sgt. Kim Presley said. Presley supervised the transition from the old property room to the new facility. She estimated that there is at least seven times more space now compared with the previous facility on the first floor of the downtown police station. The Tulsa Police Property Room stores all department evidence, items turned in for destruction, items being held for the rightful owner and unclaimed found property. About 75,000 to 100,000 items are brought into the property room per year. The demand for more space is always growing, she said. For every two pieces of stored property, the department can arrange to get rid of one piece. The department disposes of unclaimed property and evidence through an auction administered by the Finance Department. The security also has improved, Presley said. There is a designated area for counting seized cash and secured vehicle areas for unloading property. Security cameras have been installed throughout. There is also a state-of-theart room for examining vehicles, complete with a lift and ventilation system. One room has cabinets for clothing or other materials that might have blood or other fluids on them, Presley said. There is also a large, walk-in refrigerator for storing blood kits or other items that might need a cool environment. Guns that have been seized are marked and placed in their appropriate storage area, whether they are marked for destruction or awaiting return to their lawful owner. "Everything is brand new. We are a great Police Department, and we need to be able to prosecute cases, so we need to be the best-equipped; we need the best tools that we can get to be able to put bad guys in jail," Presley said. Nicole Marshall 918-581-8459 email@example.com reduced," Steele said. Under the measure, nonviolent offenders would be deemed approved for parole if the governor didn't act on the Pardon and Parole Board's action within 30 days. The measure does not remove the governor from the parole process. It also would set minimum standards for Pardon and Parole Board members. Under the measure, a member would have to have a minimum of a bachelor's degree in social science or at least 10 years in criminal justice, law or counseling. However, a key provision that would have dramatically reduced an inmate's length of time behind bars was removed after some prosecutors voiced concern. The original measure would have made offenders convicted of two or more crimes in the same proceeding serve the sentences at the same time, or concurrently, unless a judge ordered otherwise. Currently, in absence of an order from the court, offenders with more than one sentence serve the sentences back to back, or consecutively. Sen. Richard Leblance, D-Hartshorne, said the removal of the language guts the bill. Leblance said he hoped Steele would restore the language when the measure returns to the House. "It is a golden opportunity to allow the Department of Corrections reduce some of its costs," Leblance said. "We did not oppose the bill," said Trent Baggett, District Attorneys Council assistant executive coordinator. He said he was unaware of which prosecutors may have opposed the measure. Department of Corrections Director Justin Jones said he appreciates the efforts of Steele and others to insert best practices into a bill that affects the agency. Because the bill did not have an emergency clause, it would not take effect until Nov. 1. Jones said the agency will see marginal savings in the next six to seven months. Full savings will be realized in about 18 months. Barbara Hoberock 405-528-2465 firstname.lastname@example.org See extensive coverage of the issue of women in prison by the Tulsa World, The Oklahoman and Oklahoma Watch, an independent, nonprofit investigative reporting team. tulsaworld.com/womeninprison ABORTION: Fallin says she will stand by the new law and the Legislature. FROM A1 Carports & Patio Covers Includes the best warranty in the industry. Virtually maintenance free and BEAUTIFUL! Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8-5 � Sat. 9-1 6833 S. Peoria Ave. Since 1959 NEW TECHNOLOGY FOR HEARING LOSS Want to hear better... but not ready to wear a hearing aid? THERE'S A NEW SOLUTION FOR MILD HEARING LOSS said Kate Neary-Pounds, Tulsa Reproductive Services director. "This bill ignores women's individual circumstances and allows the Legislature to intervene between a woman and her doctor instead of allowing a woman to make decisions about her health and her family in consultation with her doctor. This bill is another indication of how little the Oklahoma Legislature respects and values women's health and rights." Reproductive Services is a plaintiff in a pending lawsuit challenging legislation passed last year that requires women seeking abortions to have ultrasounds. "Right now, we are concentrating on our lawsuit regarding last year's ultrasound legislation," Neary-Pounds said. "However, we're keeping