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HISTORIC VICTORY FOR FALLIN, GOP Oklahoma elects first female governor; Republicans sweep state races BY MICHAEL MCNUTT AND DIANA BALDWIN

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STATE HOUSE

Republicans, already at record-high levels in the state House, picked up six more seats Tuesday.

Benefiting from voters upset with what they see as an overreaching federal government, Republican Mary Fallin on Tuesday was elected the state’s first female governor. GOP candidates also swept all statewide offices, another first, including lieutenant governor, insurance commissioner, labor commissioner, superintendent of schools, auditor and inspector, attorney general and treasurer. The Republican Party also has control of the Oklahoma House and Senate. Fallin, becoming only the second Oklahoma member of Congress to win the state’s top chief executive post, captured about 58 percent of the vote over Democrat Jari Askins.

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STATE SENATE

Republicans appeared headed for victory in seven of 10 state Senate races as the party sought to solidify its control of the upper chamber. PAGE 5A

JUDICIAL

Voters retained Steven W. Taylor and James R. Winchester as Oklahoma Supreme Court justices. Four other judges also were retained. PAGE 6A

Gov.-elect Mary Fallin shares a moment with her daughter, Christina, her husband, Wade Christiansen, right, and her son, Price, on Tuesday during the Republican watch party in Oklahoma City. PHOTO BY JOHN CLANTON, THE OKLAHOMAN

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Lankford cruises to win; incumbents retain seats

Voters soundly defeat State Question 744

[ PAGE 11A ] Republican James Lankford, a former

[ PAGE 2A ] The $830 million education

church camp director, cruised to victory in the 5th District race Tuesday, completing his improbable run with a convincing victory over Democrat Billy Coyle. Rep. Dan Boren, D-Muskogee, easily won reelection, as did Reps. Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne, and John Sullivan, R-Tulsa. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, won a new term after the July 27 primary since he didn’t have a general election opponent.

James Lankford signs an autograph Tuesday at the Republican watch party in Oklahoma City. PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN

funding amendment, State Question 744, failed to get more than 20 percent of voter approval. The amendment to the constitution would have mandated that Oklahoma at least spend the regional average of six surrounding states per student on common education. It would have meant a boost of roughly $1,300 per student.

WINNERS OF STATEWIDE RACES: STORIES ON PAGES 3-4A

CALIF. POT VOTE

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Todd Lamb Lieutenant governor

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Mark Costello Labor commissioner

Janet Barresi Schools superintendent

John Doak Insurance commissioner

Gary Jones Auditor and inspector

Ken Miller Treasurer

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WASHINGTON — Two years ago, Barack Obama promised change. Tuesday, the voters made a change of their own.

In a tidal wave of anger and anxiety, they voted President Barack Obama’s Democrats out of office from coast to coast, sweeping them out of power in the House of Representatives and slash-

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ing their once nearinvincible numbers in the Senate. Democrats appeared likely to hold a narrow Senate majority. The vote changed the balance of power in Washington, slammed the

brakes on Obama’s agenda and ignited anew the central question of what the country wants from its government. It also reopened debate over whether either major political party is anywhere

near forging a durable majority coalition. One passionate phenomenon more than any other colored the politics of 2010 — the tea party

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2 children die in Norman fire

State sues websites

Norman fire officials are investigating the Tuesday fire that destroyed this house. The fire claimed a 7-year-old boy and 2-year-old girl, and three adults were hospitalized.

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Fiery battle over SQ 744 ends in measure’s defeat

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The $830 million education funding amendment, State Question 744, failed to get more than 20 percent of voter approval Tuesday night. Oklahomans have been bombarded with the message for the past two years that the state is nearly last, 49th, in what it spends per student on prekindergarten through 12th-grade education. “It’s a win, win for education,” said Heather Sparks, teacher of the year in 2009, said of the fact that State Question 744 lost. “We have let the public know, really put the giant spotlight on the fact that we are in the bottom five every year. We can do better if we have more resources. It needs to be a priority in our state.” Sparks, who teaches at Taft Middle School, said the lack of resources classrooms face — particularly when it comes to technology — is astounding. The amendment to the constitution would have mandated that Oklahoma spend at least the regional average per student on common education. It would have meant a boost of roughly $1,300 per student. State Question 744’s resounding defeat can be attributed to an opposition campaign spearheaded by Gov. Brad Henry, University of Oklahoma President David Boren and Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis. “Both sides of the issue care deeply about our state and the quality of our education and the future of our young people,” Henry said Tuesday night at a campaign watch party. “We owe it to them to put aside our differences and come together, not as Democrats and Republicans, but as Oklahomans who care about the future of our state.”

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Gov. Brad Henry and his wife, Kim, arrive at a northwest Oklahoma City hotel Tuesday to tell opponents of SQ 744 that the proposal had been rejected by Oklahoma voters. PHOTO BY JIM BECKEL, THE OKLAHOMAN

There was no identified funding source for the additional $830 million a year required to fund State Question 744 beginning in three years. Henry called for the current leaders and newly elected leaders to put aside partisan politics and develop a plan to fund education. “We need to identify a funding source so that every other area of state government is protected and not sacrificed,” he said. Also failing Tuesday night was the counter-744 initiative that would have made it unconstitutional to base a state agency’s funding on what other states spend, or on other set equations. Rep. Leslie Osborn, who authored State Question 754, said she was thrilled SQ 744 was defeated, but disappointed that her bill was facing defeat because it would have prevented similar measures from being put on the ballot in future years. “If we beat 744 by the resounding numbers it looks like we’re going to, that secondary goal might take care of itself,” Osborn said, adding that other groups would be hesitant to spend millions on a funding question that

would fail. Oklahoma wasn’t alone Tuesday in having voters decide funding issues for education. Washington state voted on an initiative that would raise taxes on the so-called rich, reduce taxes for others and send any increased revenue to education. Florida voters were considering a constitutional amendment that would lift class size requirements similar to those that were lifted this fiscal year in Oklahoma by lawmakers due to budget cuts. And a voter initiative in Arizona would pull funding from early childhood programs and put it into the general fund for other purposes. In 2007 the Oklahoma Education Association lost a lawsuit against the state, alleging education funding in the state was inadequate and violated state law. The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled the OEA, one of the state’s largest teacher unions, didn’t have standing to sue. Then in 2008, members of the OEA began leading signature collection efforts on a petition to get State Question 744 on the 2010 general election ballot. The group Helping Oklahoma Public Education

(HOPE) turned in 238,000 signatures and spent $3.9 million over the past two years to get State Question 744 approved by voters. The largest contributor to the campaign was the National Education Association, a national labor union, giving $3.2 million. Outspent and playing catch-up to a yes campaign that had begun nearly a year earlier, the One Oklahoma Coalition began running a campaign based on the fact that there was no way to fund State Question 744. Television ads said 8,400 prisoners would be released from jail and seniors’ medications would be taxed and have to pay increased property taxes. The coalition stuck by the ads saying all of those were possible outcomes if the government had to reallocate nearly $1.7 billion toward education — a number that accounts for a 5 percent increase in regional education spending over the next three years. The One Oklahoma Coalition had raised about $1.3 million as of September 30 to oppose the state question, much of the money coming from construction companies, hospitals, chambers of commerce and banks.

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“It feels wonderful,” said Fallin, a congresswoman from Edmond, saying she was deeply humbled and honored. “I’m a small-town girl from Tecumseh, Oklahoma,” she said. Fallin said she would start “immediately on right-sizing government.” “One of the first things I’ll do is to address our financial challenges that we have within our state,” Fallin said outside her suite at the Oklahoma City Marriott, site of the Oklahoma Republican Party’s watch party. “I talked on the campaign trail about having a governor’s task force to look at ways to make government more efficient and more effective. “I’ve identified people throughout the state that I hope will come alongside me and work with me to take an in-depth look at how we can create more efficiency and eliminate waste and any duplication in government, that we can put the money to our important priorities of our state such as education, transportation, law enforcement, corrections and mental health.” On the campaign trail, Fallin used just about every opportunity to demonize Democratic President Barack Obama and the Democratic Congress for passing the health care measure earlier this year and for being against the oil and gas industry, a huge player in Oklahoma’s economy. Fallin repeatedly said she would “stand up to Washington” and the biggovernment policies of Obama. Askins, the state’s lieutenant governor, tried to distance herself from the president, who failed to win any of Oklahoma’s 77 counties two years ago. She said she opposed the health care law for more than a year and said on several occasions she never even met the president. Askins tried to put the focus on her ability to continue the workhorse-like

Republican Party supporters celebrate Tuesday as Gov.-elect Mary Fallin speaks on stage at the watch party in Oklahoma City. PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN

attitude she developed as a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives and lieutenant governor. She told supporters at the Crowne Plaza Hotel that she had congratulated Fallin. “I pledged to her my support and offered her that anytime that I could share or help Oklahoma she could count on me, just like the people of Oklahoma could count on me for 30 years of public service,” Askins said. “I also believe the voters of Oklahoma have spoken.” Askins said Oklahomans’ unhappiness with the president and Congress played a part in her race. “A lot of what happened in Washington did have an effect on what happened,” she said. “We worked very hard, and I feel I am very different from the Democrats in Washington.” Republicans gained a majority in the House after the 2004 elections for only the second time in history and took control of the Senate for the first time in state history after the 2008

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jari Askins receives a hug Tuesday after giving a concession speech in Oklahoma City. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN

elections. The Republican Governors Association spent about $500,000 on ads supporting Fallin, portraying Askins as an Obama liberal. Askins and Fallin raised more than $8 million between them. Askins, who loaned her campaign $1.125 million, raised $4.07 mil-

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lion and Fallin raised $3.95 million. Askins, 57, proposed a biennial budget cycle that would require more businesslike budget planning and review of existing revenues and expenditures. She also said she would work to develop a comprehensive fiscal review process. Fallin said she would

improve the economy by working to reduce workers’ compensation costs and legal fees and would seek to improve education to ensure Oklahoma has highly skilled work force that attracts good jobs. She also said she would work to scale back taxes on individuals and businesses.

Fallin, elected the state’s first female lieutenant governor in 1994, will succeed Gov. Brad Henry, a Democrat, who could not seek a third four-year term because of term limits. Fallin will take office in January. Fallin, 55, was elected to the state House in 1990 and after winning reelection ran for lieutenant governor. She became the first Republican and the first woman to be elected lieutenant governor. Fallin ran for and captured the 5th Congressional District seat in 2006 when Ernest Istook stepped down to run for governor. Fallin opted against seeking re-election to run for governor. She announced her candidacy in February 2009. Until January, Fallin will hire a staff and name key advisers as she works on developing a balanced budget for the next fiscal year, which is expected to have a significant revenue shortfall. She also will have hundreds of appointments to consider.

ATTORNEY GENERAL

Republican Pruitt defeats Priest for top attorney post BY RANDY ELLIS Staff Writer rellis@opubco.com

Todd Lamb, with his wife, Monica, left, wave to supporters during the Republican watch party in Oklahoma City. PHOTO BY JOHN CLANTON, THE OKLAHOMAN

Lamb captures victory over Senate colleague BY MICHAEL BAKER Staff Writer mbaker@opubco.com

Republican candidate Todd Lamb won a decisive victory over his Democratic challenger in the race between two state senators for the post of lieutenant governor. Sen. Lamb won more than 60 percent of the vote on Tuesday over Sen. Kenneth Corn, who had less than 35 percent of the vote with nearly all the votes counted. Independent Richard Prawdzienski, of Edmond, collected less than 5 percent. Lamb was emboldened by an election night that saw great gains for Republicans in Oklahoma. He said he looked forward to working with Republican

Gov. Mary Fallin. “The voters of Oklahoma want a conservative government,” Lamb said. “As lieutenant governor, I want to concentrate on a conservative climate. I want to focus on job retention, job recruitment and tourism.” Lamb, 38, R-Edmond, was elected to the Senate in 2004 and was the first Republican majority floor leader. He also served three years working for former Gov. Frank Keating and is a former U.S. Secret Service agent. Lamb will be the first male Republican elected lieutenant governor since statehood in 1907. Mary Fallin was the only previous Republican elected to the position. Lamb’s victory came despite an advertisement

by Corn that tried to connect Lamb to a corruption investigation of state lawmakers. The Democratic district attorney behind the probe said Corn’s attack was “completely false.” Corn, 34, D-Poteau, cannot seek re-election to his Senate post because of legislative term limits. Corn and Lamb each raised about $1.1 million. Prawdzienski, 62, filed paperwork saying he didn’t plan to raise more than $500. The lieutenant governor serves as the president of the Senate and may cast tiebreaking votes in that chamber. The lieutenant governor also would serve as governor in case of death, resignation or removal of the governor.

Republican Scott Pruitt defeated Democrat Jim Priest on Tuesday to win the race for Oklahoma attorney general. Pruitt had an easy victory with 65 percent of the vote. “I’m excited and very thankful to the people of Oklahoma,” Pruitt said at his victory watch party. “The people of Oklahoma, I think, have sent a very strong and clear message that they want an advocate in the attorney general’s office, an advocate that’s willing to give

meaning to the Constitution and to push back against Obamacare,” Pruitt said. Pruitt said he looks forward to joining attorneys general from other states who are fighting new federal health-care policies. Pruitt, 42, of Broken Arrow, said he also plans to make fighting methamphetamine trafficking a major goal of his office. “It’s something the attorney general needs to partner with local district attorneys to make sure we combat that aggressively,” he said. Advocating the state’s water interests also is likely to be a major issue over the

next four years, he said. Pruitt will succeed Democratic Attorney General Drew Edmondson, who made an unsuccessful run for the governor’s office. During the campaign, Pruitt touted his business experience serving as general managing partner of the Oklahoma RedHawks. Pruitt has been a practicing attorney for 17 years and served as a state senator from 1998 to 2002. He graduated from Georgetown College in Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in political science and communications. He obtained a law degree from the University of Tulsa in 1993.

Attorney General-elect Scott Pruitt stands with family as he speaks Tuesday at the Republican watch party in Oklahoma City. PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN


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STATE SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT

Barresi triumphs in schools chief race BY MEGAN ROLLAND Staff Writer mrolland@opubco.com

For the first time, an elected Republican will lead the state Department of Education. Janet Barresi won a commanding victory Tuesday for state schools superintendent. Barresi ran on a platform of education reform, drawing on her experience founding two charter schools in Oklahoma City. “We’re going to get some rest and then start the busy work of transition,” Barresi said.

“We are going to be assembling a first-rate team, focusing on budget issues making sure we get as much money in classrooms as possible.” With 84 percent of the precincts reporting, Barresi had 55 percent of the votes to Democratic candidate Susan Paddack’s 38 percent. Richard Cooper, an independent candidate, received 7 percent. Paddack, a state senator who has two years remaining in her second term, said she will continue her life’s work in education by serving her district in the Senate.

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“The results tonight clearly reflect that people are not happy with what’s happening at the federal level,” Paddack said. “I think someone said ‘it’s a tsunami tonight.’ ” For the last 20 years, Sandy Garrett has held the superintendent’s post. Garrett, a Democrat, won four consecutive elections beginning in 1990 for the state’s top education seat, but she declared early this election season that she would not seek a fifth term. “The children of Oklahoma don’t have time for politics and political

games,” Barresi said of being the first Republican in the post since one was appointed for a short time in 1988. “Every one of us has to work together for the children of Oklahoma.” Barresi, 58, said the secret to the academic success of her charter schools was the mandate-free control her administrators and board had over decisions regarding the budget, curriculum and the hiring and firing of teachers. After the transition, and dealing with what is shaping up to be a difficult budget year, Barresi said the real reforms will begin.

Janet Barresi, standing with her sons Joe and Ben, speaks Tuesday at the Republican watch party in Oklahoma City. PHOTO BY JOHN CLANTON, THE OKLAHOMAN

STATE LABOR COMMISSIONER

OC professor cruises to victory

State Treasurer-elect Ken Miller talks to supporters Tuesday at the Republican watch party. PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN

BY MICHAEL BAKER Staff Writer mbaker@opubco.com

State Rep. Ken Miller won a decisive victory Tuesday night in the race for Oklahoma treasurer. Miller, R-Edmond, won about 65 percent of the vote with nearly all the votes counted. Miller defeated Democrat Stephen Covert. “We’re just going to celebrate the win tonight,” he said. “Tomorrow we’ll begin working with Treasurer (Scott) Meacham. I’m inheriting a very professional staff and office.” Meacham did not seek re-election. Throughout his campaign, Miller touted his

experience in both the public and private sector. Miller, chairman of the House Appropriations and Budget Committee, is serving his third term in the Legislature. He is also an economics professor at Oklahoma Christian University and holds a doctorate in political economics. Covert, of Midwest City, who was largely an unknown Democratic candidate, worked as a CPA and owns and operates Certified Data Processing Contractors in Midwest City. During the campaign, Miller raised more than $525,000 in his election bid. Covert raised less than $25,000.

Labor Commissioner-elect Mark Costello is surrounded by family as he waves to supporters in his win over Lloyd Fields at the Republican watch party Tuesday in Oklahoma City. PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN

Costello defeats incumbent Fields BY SUSAN SIMPSON Business Writer ssimpson@opubco.com

Republican Mark Costello easily beat incumbent Lloyd Fields for state labor commissioner. With the majority of precincts reporting, Costello garnered more than 60 percent of votes. “I’ve chosen to run in the right year,” said Costello, 54. “I think the voters of Oklahoma have spoken well about the type of government they want.” During the campaign, Costello poked fun at Fields’ headlines-

grabbing behavior — including a bizarre run-in at a party in 2008. Fields reportedly tried to steal singer and bull rider Colby Yates’ guitar before being tackled by security guards and taken by police to a detox center. Fields later apologized and called the incident “a joke.” Fields, 53, also drew attention in July for storming into a state employee group’s office and tearing up his candidate questionnaire because he was angry an opponent received a campaign donation from the group. “I think I had a pretty soft target when it came to Mr. Fields,” Costello said.

“It made it pretty easy for us to draw attention to his foibles and foolishness.” Fields said Democrats didn’t have much chance at statewide races this year. “There’s a Republican tint to it this year,” Fields said. “It’s hurt everyone statewide.” In 2006, Fields barely beat Republican Brenda Reneau for the job. He said he helped make workplaces safer during his term, while running an agency that lost state dollars and employees. “I’ve done my job,” Fields said. “We’ve accomplished a lot.”

STATE AUDITOR AND INSPECTOR

STATE INSURANCE COMMISSIONER

Jones’ 3rd try proves success

Doak defeats Holland in close race BY DON MECOY Business Writer dmecoy@opubco.com

BY VALLERY BROWN Staff Writer vbrown@opubco.com

The third try proved successful for Republican Gary Jones as he defeated incumbent Democrat Steve Burrage for the state auditor and inspector position. With the majority of the precincts reporting, Jones received about 56 percent of the vote compared to Burrage’s 44 percent. Jones said his first priority once he takes office will be to increase transparency by completing more county audits. “I’m going to sit down and determine how we get caught up,” Jones said. “We’re behind on the county audits and really need those if we want to know what’s going on.” Jones, of Cache, said he wrestled with the decision to run for the post a third time. Jones was defeated in 2002 and 2006 by Democrat Jeff McMahan. McMahan was convicted of accepting bribes and conspiracy to deprive

State Auditor and Inspector-elect Gary Jones hugs his wife, Mary Jane, Tuesday at the Republican watch party. PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN

I’m going to sit down and determine how we get caught up. We’re behind on the county audits and really need those if we want to know what’s going on.” GARY JONES

Oklahomans of their right to honest public service and is currently serving a federal prison sentence. Gov. Brad Henry appointed Steve Burrage to fill the position in 2008 when McMahan resigned.

This was Burrage’s first attempt at statewide office and the third for Jones. Jones formerly served as Oklahoma Republican Party chairman and county commissioner for Comanche County.

Political newcomer John Doak ousted incumbent Insurance Commissioner Kim Holland on Tuesday to complete a sweep of statewide elective offices for Republicans. Doak’s race was the closest among those for statewide office, as he held 54.6 percent of the vote with 90 percent of 2,229 precincts counted. Doak, 47, of Tulsa, focused on his conservative leanings during a campaign in which he labeled Holland a liberal for her service as a Barack Obama

delegate during the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Doak is a plaintiff in the Oklahoma lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of the federal health care reform mandates. He also supported State Question 756, which would prohibit penalties against Oklahomans who refuse to obtain Obamabacked federally mandated health care. Holland, 55, was appointed in January 2005 to finish the unexpired term of Insurance Commissioner Carroll Fisher, who had been indicted and dismissed. The Democrat was

elected four years ago with 52 percent of the vote. “We knew it was going to be down to the wire,” Holland said. “We are staying confident to the end.” Holland said she was proud of her campaign, and of her service as insurance commissioner. “We’ve run a campaign that was positive, that was based on the issues,” she said. “I would not do anything differently.” Holland collected $700,671 for her campaign, outspending Doak, who raised $497,640. Doak has worked in the insurance industry for 21 years with retail and executive experience.

Taking a closer look Left: Michael Hardesty uses a magnifying glass Tuesday as he votes at his precinct in Oklahoma City. AP PHOTO


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GOP likely to retain record Party gap widens in Senate BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Capitol Bureau mmcnutt@opubco.com

Republicans, already at record-high levels in the House of Representatives, picked up six more seats Tuesday, knocking out three Democratic House members in the process. Rep. Kris Steele, RShawnee, the designated speaker for next year’s session, said he is “ecstatic” that there will be 68 Republicans in the 101-member House next session. ”We’re thankful that the people of Oklahoma have put their confidence in the Republican caucus,” Steele said. Democratic Reps. Den-

nis Bailey, of Broken Bow, Ken Luttrell, of Ponca City, and Wallace Collins, of Norman, lost re-election bids. Republicans also picked up three seats that were vacated by Democrats Ryan Kiesel, of Seminole, Lucky Lamons, of Tulsa, and John Carey, of Durant. All three did not seek reelection. Steele said all House Republicans held onto their seats, including Reps. Randy Terrill, R-Moore, and Mike Christian, ROklahoma City, who are part of a political corruption investigation. No criminal charges have been filed. Republicans this past

session had a 62-39 majority in the House. After the primary, 36 Republicans and 18 Democrats either were unopposed or had won their races. The remaining 47 seats were decided Tuesday. House Republicans gained the majority in 2004 for the first time since the 1921 session, when the GOP had 55 members, compared with 37 Democrats. Rep. Scott Inman, DDel City, the designated House Democratic leader next session, said he had been hoping Democrats could hold onto their 39 seats and perhaps pick up a seat or two.

BY RANDY ELLIS Staff Writer rellis@opubco.com

Republicans appeared headed for victory in seven of 10 state Senate races Tuesday as the party solidified its control of the state upper chamber. Republican Mark Allen defeated Democrat Neil Brannon by 524 votes in one of the closest state Senate races of the evening. Allen will assume the District 4 seat representing Le Flore and Sequoyah counties. The seat was previously held by Democrat Kenneth Corn who ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor this year. Republicans gained con-

trol of the state Senate for the first time in state history just two years ago when they obtained a 26-22 majority over Democrats. Republicans went into Tuesday’s election knowing they would continue to be the majority party since they had 25 state Senate seats locked up before voting started. Another 10 seats were up for grabs. Late Tuesday, it appeared Republicans might capture seven of those 10 seats, which would bring their total to 32. There are 48 seats in the Senate. Incumbent state Sen. Jay Paul Gumm, DDurant, conceded defeat early in the evening. In the most closely

watched state Senate race of the night, Republican Ralph Shortey defeated Democrat Randy Rose by a vote of 57 percent to 43 percent to win the Oklahoma City Senate District 44 seat that opened when Democratic state Sen. Debbe Leftwich decided to not seek re-election. Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater has been investigating whether Republican state Rep. Randy Terrill of Moore conspired with Leftwich to create an $80,000 a year job in the state medical examiner’s office for her in exchange for Leftwich not seeking re-election. Both have denied wrongdoing.

English-only, health care, A FEW SIGHTS FROM METRO POLLING SITES Sharia law measures pass BY DARLA SLIPKE Staff Writer dslipke@opubco.com

Above: Mary Stephens votes at Woodcrest Baptist Church in Guthrie. PHOTO BY STEVE GOOCH, THE OKLAHOMAN

Left: Genevieve and Leno Soliz sign in to vote Tuesday at precinct 497 at 1140 SW 29 in Oklahoma City. The precinct is one of the smallest in the metro area and usual has 20 to 40 voters for the entire day, but by 2 p.m., more than 100 had cast votes. PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN

Voters in Garvin County approve liquor by the drink BY BOB DOUCETTE Staff Writer bdoucette@opubco.com

For proponents of legalizing liquor by the drink in Garvin County, Tuesday’s vote can be described with two words: Bottoms up. Garvin County voters approved a proposal to allow the sale of liquor by the drink, 4,647 to 4,301. “This will allow us to compete,” said Glenn Prater, of the group Garvin County Citizens for Development. “We’ve been at a competitive disadvantage in our restaurants, and it spilled over to our hotels.” Prater said Garvin County was the only dry county along Interstate 35 until Tuesday’s vote. The county became the 50th “wet” county in the state. Passage of the measure means that Garvin County restaurants and bars will be able to sell liquor and mixed drinks in the same manner that establishments in Oklahoma’s other 49 wet counties do now. Twenty-seven “dry” counties remain.

Although state voters approved the option to sell liquor by the drink in 1984, counties still have the right to remain dry. Joel Downing, pastor of Pauls Valley’s Higher Ground Church and an opponent of the plan, said he doesn’t expect much of a windfall locally. “I think the changes will come slowly,” he said. “Murray County didn’t change a lot (when the measure passed there), and McClain County didn’t either. No new restaurants came in.”

Other elections

Moore voters overwhelmingly approved extending a sales tax for four years to fund street improvements, with 69 percent voting in favor. Bryan County voters passed a plan that would spend up to $3 million to expand the county jail. Voters in Alfalfa, Dewey, Haskell and McCurtain counties approved proposals to fund and establish enhanced 911 services. Funds would come from fees attached to phone bills.

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Oklahoma voters approved a trio of Republican-backed statewide measures Tuesday. The measures make English the state’s official language, allow Oklahomans to opt out of a health care system and ban Oklahoma courts from considering international or Islamic law for case decisions. They are among 11 state questions voters decided Tuesday. With 82 percent of precincts counted, yes votes accounted for 76 percent of the official English language measure, 70 percent of the international law measure and 65 percent of the health care opt-out measure. A Republican majority Legislature overrode Gov. Brad Henry’s vetoes of those three measures to get them on Tuesday’s ballot. State Question 751 mandates that official state actions be conducted in English, with a few exceptions. Oklahoma joins about 30 other states that have adopted similar measures, according to Tim Schultz, director of government relations for U.S. English, Inc., a national citizen action group with about 1.8 million members. Exceptions to the official English language measure would be made for American Indian languages, or if federal law requires the use of other languages. The measure also prevents lawsuits from being brought against the state or subdivisions of the state if a state agency fails to use a language other than English. Sen. Patrick Anderson, REnid, who was involved with rewriting the measure, said English already is essentially the language Oklahoma officials use to conduct business. The measure was intended to protect the state against lawsuits that could be costly to taxpayers, such as a court order that would require the state to provide street signs in another language, Anderson said. Sen. Harry Coates, RSeminole, described the initiative as a “meek and mild measure.” “It doesn’t have any meat to it,” Coates said. “It just says if we’re going to do business in Oklahoma, we’re going to do it in English.” David Castillo, executive director of the Greater Oklahoma City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, said the English-only measure was unnecessary. “I think it’s politicians just trying to make a point with all the immigration issues,” Castillo said. Rey Madrid, president of the Oklahoma City Council of the League of United Latin American Citizens, said he is opposed to the measure because he believes it will cause discrimination and racism. “Oklahoma, like many other states, is a state of immigrants,” Madrid said. “Why try to deny that?”

I think it’s politicians just trying to make a point with all the immigration issues.” DAVID CASTILLO EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE GREATER OKLAHOMA CITY HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Oklahoma, like many other states, is a state of immigrants. Why try to deny that?” REY MADRID

PRESIDENT OF THE OKLAHOMA CITY COUNCIL OF THE LEAGUE OF UNITED LATIN AMERICAN CITIZENS

AT A GLANCE SQ 746: VOTER ID It would require voters to show identification at the polls. It passed. Those without the required identification could sign a sworn statement and cast a provisional ballot.

SQ 747: STATEWIDE OFFICE TERM LIMITS It would limit the number of years officials may serve certain statewide elected offices. It passed. The measure imposes an eight-year limit on the office of the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, treasurer, labor commissioner, auditor and inspector, insurance commissioner and superintendent. The corporation commissioner is limited to 12 years.

SQ 748: LEGISLATIVE APPORTIONMENT It would change the makeup of the threemember legislative Apportionment Commission. It passed. The measure removes the attorney general, state superintendent and treasurer from the board and makes it a seven-member commission appointed by the governor, Senate president pro tempore and House speaker.

SQ 750: PETITION SIGNATURES Early results for this measure were split, with about half of voters in favor of the measure and half against it. If approved, the measure would change the number of signatures required for initiative and referendum petitions. It would require the number of signatures to be based on the percentage of votes cast during gubernatorial elections, instead of alternating between votes cast for governor and for president. The measure would likely decrease the number of signatures required during some years because presidential elections tend to produce more votes.

SQ 752: JUDICIAL NOMINATIONS It adds two at-large members to the Judicial Nominating Commission, which nominates candidates for judge or justice when a spot opens. It passed. The members would be appointed by the Senate president pro tempore and the House speaker. They cannot be lawyers or have a lawyer in their immediate family.

SQ 757: INCREASE RESERVE FUNDS Early results for this measure were close, with about 51 percent of voters in favor of the measure, which would increase the amount of surplus revenue that goes into the state’s constitutional reserve fund from 10 percent to 15 percent of certified general revenue funds. About 49 percent of early votes had come in against the measure.


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James Winchester

Voters retain justices, judges BY NOLAN CLAY Staff Writer nclay@opubco.com

Voters Tuesday retained Steven W. Taylor and James R. Winchester as Oklahoma Supreme Court justices. Voters also retained four judges on the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals — Deborah B. Barnes, Doug Gabbard II, John F. Fischer and Larry E. Joplin. They had no opponents. Voters only were deciding whether they stayed. With most of the ballots counted, each had 60 percent or more of the votes. Oklahoma voters never have kicked anyone off the appeals courts. Taylor, 61, of McAlester, is the best known of the six on the retention ballot this year. He was the judge who presided over bombing conspirator Terry Nichols’ 2004 state trial. “I have the blessing of a job that I love,” Taylor said. “I just really appreciate the confidence of people allowing me to continue to do the work that I love.”

Oklahoma County Commissioner Ray Vaughn votes Tuesday at the polling place at Spring Creek Assembly of God in Edmond. PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN

District 1 Oklahoma County Commissioner Willa Johnson got a scare Tuesday as she narrowly held off a political newcomer to keep her job for another four years. Johnson, a Democrat, nearly fell victim to the statewide Republican landslide, bringing in about 52.5 percent of the vote against Republican challenger Sam Crosby. At times during the vote tally, Johnson’s lead fell to less than half a percent. District 3 Commissioner Ray Vaughn, meanwhile, had no such problems. Vaughn, a Republican, won more than 70 percent of the vote against Democratic challenger Thomas Parkhurst. “There is every chance that many of the Republicans who probably would have voted for me in a normal time just voted a straight Republican ticket,” Johnson said. “I absolutely chalk it up to the times we are in and put it behind me.” Vaughn said voters returning incumbent county officials to office shows that their confidence in the county is growing. “What it says to me is that people see that the county is working together,” Vaughn said. “The elected officials and the budget board, we are all working together. “We are trying to raise the bar down here and be professional, and it’s paying off.”

Cindy Truong

Truong named district judge BY NOLAN CLAY Staff Writer nclay@opubco.com

Former prosecutor Cindy Truong won Tuesday in a bitter race to become Oklahoma County’s next district judge. Truong, 35, of Oklahoma City, defeated retired prosecutor Pat Crawley. With most of the ballots counted, Truong led 95,809 to 73,200. Her victory is the latest milestone in what her campaign called “an Oklahoma success story” that began when she arrived from Vietnam in 1986. “It just proves that if you work hard and you believe in yourself, anything could happen,” she said. “Oklahoma is a great state to be able to do that. They’re not judging me based on my race, my age, my gender, but based on my character, my record and my qualifications.” She used a campaign slogan that she was law enforcement’s choice. Crawley, who had the endorsement of the Oklahoma City Fraternal Order of Police, contended she actually had little law enforcement support.


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Election results ✓= Winner (i) = incumbent (ind.) = independent (R) = Republican (D) = Democrat T = tie

FEDERAL RACES U.S. SENATOR

2229 of 2,229 precincts Jim Rogers (D), 265,775, 26.13% Ronald Dwyer (ind.), 7,805, 0.77% Stephen Wallace (ind.), 25,042, 2.46% √(i) Tom Coburn (R), 718,404, 70.64%

U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 1

349 of 349 precincts Angelia O’Dell (ind.), 45,646, 23.19% √(i) John Sullivan (R), 151,155, 76.81%

DISTRICT 2

570 of 570 precincts √(i) Dan Boren (D), 108,184, 56.52% Charles Thompson (R), 83,215, 43.48%

DISTRICT 3

571 of 571 precincts Frankie Robbins (D), 45,684, 22.01% √(i) Frank Lucas (R), 161,916, 77.99%

DISTRICT 5

328 of 328 precincts Billy Coyle (D), 68,947, 34.98% Clark Duffe (ind.), 3,454, 1.75% Dave White (ind.), 2,721, 1.38% √James Lankford (R), 122,009, 61.89%

STATEWIDE RACES GOVERNOR

2229 of 2,229 precincts Jari Askins (D), 409,206, 39.55% √Mary Fallin (R), 625,433, 60.45%

LT. GOVERNOR

√Danny Morgan (D), 6,993, 61.97% John Husted (R), 4,292, 38.03%

DISTRICT 34

17 of 17 precincts √Cory Williams (D), 4,890, 51.47% Ryan Smith (R), 4,610, 48.53%

DISTRICT 35

31 of 31 precincts Rodger Ensign (D), 3,240, 29.17% √Dennis Casey (R), 7,867, 70.83%

DISTRICT 36

26 of 26 precincts Greg Brown (D), 4,671, 44.14% √Sean Roberts (R), 5,911, 55.86%

DISTRICT 37

23 of 23 precincts (i) Ken Luttrell (D), 4,534, 47.42% √Steve Vaughan (R), 5,028, 52.58%

DISTRICT 43

18 of 18 precincts J. Hemminger (D), 2,393, 18.57% (i) Colby Schwartz (R), 10,490, 81.43%

DISTRICT 44

16 of 16 precincts √Emily Virgin (D), 5,575, 63.63% Kent Hunt (R), 3,187, 36.37%

DISTRICT 45

16 of 16 precincts (i) Wallace Collins (D), 5,823, 47.98% √Aaron Stiles (R), 6,313, 52.02%

DISTRICT 46

24 of 24 precincts Zachary Knight (ind.), 2,692, 19.70% √Scott Martin (R), 10,972, 80.30%

DISTRICT 49

33 of 33 precincts Samson Buck (D), 5,201, 49.83% √Tommy Hardin (R), 5,237, 50.17%

DISTRICT 53

16 of 16 precincts Amy Corley (D), 5,272, 39.05% √Randy Terrill (R), 8,230, 60.95%

DISTRICT 56

36 of 36 precincts Maya Torralba (D), 2,532, 26.09% √Phil Richardson (R), 7,173, 73.91%

2229 of 2,229 precincts Kenneth Corn (D), 334,663, 32.51% Richard Prawdzienski (ind.), 35,652, 3.46% √Todd Lamb (R), 659,175, 64.03%

DISTRICT 58

AUDITOR AND INSPECTOR

46 of 46 precincts Stephen Skacall (ind.), 1,948, 23.01% √Gus Blackwell (R), 6,517, 76.99%

2229 of 2,229 precincts Steve Burrage (D), 449,095, 44.06% √Gary Jones (R), 570,104, 55.94%

ATTORNEY GENERAL

2229 of 2,229 precincts Jim Priest (D), 357,114, 34.89% √Scott Pruitt (R), 666,327, 65.11%

STATE TREASURER

2229 of 2,229 precincts Stephen Covert (D), 339,224, 33.43% √Ken Miller (R), 675,438, 66.57%

STATE SUPT. OF SCHOOLS

2229 of 2,229 precincts Susan Paddack (D), 386,958, 37.72% Richard Cooper (ind.), 65,228, 6.36% √Janet Barresi (R), 573,652, 55.92%

41 of 41 precincts Wilson Adamson (D), 1,558, 14.22% √Jeff Hickman (R), 9,398, 85.78%

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DISTRICT 64

12 of 12 precincts Michael Corrales (D), 1,433, 23.84% √Ann Coody (R), 4,577, 76.16%

DISTRICT 66

18 of 18 precincts Eli Potts (D), 3,502, 49.31% √Jadine Nollan (R), 3,600, 50.69%

DISTRICT 1

31 of 31 precincts (i) Dennis Bailey (D), 3,984, 49.17% √Rusty Farley (R), 4,118, 50.83%

DISTRICT 2

27 of 27 precincts (i) Glen Smithson (D), 4,003, 45.50% √John Bennett (R), 4,794, 54.50%

DISTRICT 3

24 of 24 precincts √James Lockhart (D), 4,713, 53.01% Roger Mattox (R), 4,178, 46.99%

DISTRICT 4

19 of 19 precincts √Mike Brown (D), 5,555, 63.00% Dwayne Thompson (R), 3,262, 37.00%

DISTRICT 9

17 of 17 precincts Eric Cullen (D), 3,407, 25.58% √Marty Quinn (R), 9,913, 74.42%

DISTRICT 10

28 of 28 precincts Nick Brown (D), 3,468, 35.40% √Steve Martin (R), 6,329, 64.60%

DISTRICT 15

35 of 35 precincts √Ed Cannaday (D), 5,893, 63.93% Paul Parrott (R), 3,325, 36.07%

DISTRICT 17

49 of 49 precincts √Brian Renegar (D), 5,739, 57.89% Micah Thompson (R), 4,175, 42.11%

DISTRICT 18

36 of 36 precincts √Donnie Condit (D), 4,816, 50.57% Kyle Burmeier (R), 4,708, 49.43%

DISTRICT 21

27 of 27 precincts Nathan Williams (D), 4,623, 48.24% √Dustin Roberts (R), 4,961, 51.76%

DISTRICT 22

34 of 34 precincts √Wes Hilliard (D), 6,007, 60.69% Allie Burgin (R), 3,891, 39.31%

DISTRICT 29

25 of 25 precincts David Narcomey (D), 2,203, 21.72% √Skye McNiel (R), 7,942, 78.28%

DISTRICT 30

21 of 21 precincts Donna Vogelpohl (D), 2,460, 24.15% √Mark McCullough (R), 7,726, 75.85%

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DISTRICT 18

54 of 54 precincts Janice Aldridge (D), 6,526, 34.01% √Kim David (R), 12,660, 65.99%

DISTRICT 42

37 of 37 precincts Mike Kelly (D), 6,932, 31.67% √Cliff Aldridge (R), 14,953, 68.33%

DISTRICT 44

33 of 33 precincts Randy Rose (D), 4,509, 42.66% √Ralph Shortey (R), 6,060, 57.34%

DISTRICT 46

33 of 33 precincts √Andrew Rice (D), 7,546, 68.27% Joshua Jantz (R), 3,507, 31.73%

DISTRICT ATTORNEY DISTRICT 6

51 of 51 precincts Thomas Salisbury, 5,237, 30.32% √Brian Hermanson, 12,038, 69.68%

DISTRICT 10

44 of 44 precincts Jeff Jones, 8,980, 47.42% √Rex Duncan, 9,956, 52.58%

DISTRICT 11

36 of 36 precincts Alan Gentges, 5,296, 27.33% √Kevin Buchanan, 14,081, 72.67%

DISTRICT 27

115 of 115 precincts (i) Jerry Moore, 19,245, 41.06% √Brian Kuester, 27,621, 58.94%

DISTRICT 2, OFFICE 1

59 of 59 precincts √Doug Haught, 9,967, 54.51% Richard Phillips, 8,317, 45.49%

DISTRICT JUDGE DISTRICT 7, OFFICE 7

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DISTRICT 17, OFFICE 1

69 of 69 precincts Marion Fry, 8,176, 45.10% √Jonathan Sullivan, 9,951, 54.90%

22 of 22 precincts Brittany Novotny (D), 2,958, 34.11% √Sally Kern (R), 5,715, 65.89%

67 of 67 precincts √Willard Driesel, 7,992, 53.18% J. Longacre, 7,036, 46.82%

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DISTRICT 20, OFFICE 1

21 of 21 precincts Gail Vines (D), 3,990, 31.21% Edward Shadid (ind.), 1,346, 10.53% √David Dank (R), 7,449, 58.26%

78 of 78 precincts √Dennis Morris, 13,198, 56.17% Thomas Walker, 10,298, 43.83%

DISTRICT 87

141 of 141 precincts Jonathan Nichols, 33,633, 42.40% √Tracy Schumacher, 45,690, 57.60%

DISTRICT 88

141 of 141 precincts √Greg Dixon, 42,935, 54.09% John Mantooth, 36,445, 45.91%

DISTRICT 91

141 of 141 precincts Jeff Bryant, 26,548, 33.76% √Tom Lucas, 52,085, 66.24%

DISTRICT 93

141 of 141 precincts Charles Broadway, 27,756, 35.55% √Lori Walkley, 50,324, 64.45%

16 of 16 precincts Wanda Peltier (D), 2,184, 44.52% √Mike Christian (R), 2,722, 55.48%

DISTRICT 94

19 of 19 precincts √Scott Inman (D), 4,811, 59.67% Kyle Coulter (R), 3,252, 40.33%

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DISTRICT 23, OFFICE 1

54 of 54 precincts √Cindy Ashwood, 16,503, 63.15% Robert Thompson, 9,632, 36.85%

DISTRICT 24, OFFICE 3

DISTRICT 95

93 of 93 precincts √Ken Adair, 17,448, 59.25% John Maley, 11,999, 40.75%

DISTRICT 97

STATE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE

15 of 15 precincts Michael Walker (D), 2,889, 34.52% √Charlie Joyner (R), 5,481, 65.48% 34 of 34 precincts √Mike Shelton (D), 8,514, 83.87% Daniel Stankiewicz (ind.), 1,638, 16.13%

DISTRICT 98

23 of 23 precincts Dennis Weese (D), 2,569, 23.85% √John Trebilcock (R), 8,204, 76.15%

DISTRICT 101

12 of 23 precincts Johnny Laudermilk (D), 2,087, 30.26% (i) Gary Banz (R), 4,811, 69.74%

STATE SENATE 55 of 55 precincts Neil Brannon (D), 9,450, 48.65% √Mark Allen (R), 9,974, 51.35% 69 of 69 precincts Jay Gumm (D), 8,925, 43.24% √Josh Brecheen (R), 11,714, 56.76%

2,229 of 2,229 precincts Vote to Not Retain, 336,098, 38.40% √Vote to Retain, 539,256, 61.60%

DISTRICT 3, OFFICE 2 JOHN F. FISCHER

2,229 of 2,229 precincts Vote to Not Retain, 326,472, 37.26% √Vote to Retain, 549,681, 62.74%

DISTRICT 4, OFFICE 2 LARRY E. JOPLIN

1,628 of 2,229 precincts Vote to Not Retain, 329,486, 37.54% √Vote to Retain, 548,174, 62.46%

STATE QUESTIONS SQ 744

Education budget initiative √Failed 2,229 of 2,229 precincts Against Proposition, 828,499, 81.41% For Proposition, 189,127, 18.59%

SQ 746

Voter ID √Passed 2,229 of 2,229 precincts Against Proposition, 257,486, 25.66% For Proposition, 745,967, 74.34%

DISTRICT 2 STEVEN W. TAYLOR

1861 of 2,229 precincts Vote to Not Retain, 311,574, 35.12% √Vote to Retain, 575,495, 64.88%

DISTRICT 5 JAMES R. WINCHESTER

1628 of 2,229 precincts Vote to Not Retain, 307,579, 34.98% √Vote to Retain, 571,820, 65.02%

COURT OF CIVIL APPEALS DISTRICT 2, OFFICE 1 DEBORAH B. BARNES 2229 of 2,229 precincts

COUNTY AND LOCAL RACES ADAIR CO. COMM. DISTRICT 1

English Language √Passed 2,229 of 2,229 precincts Against Proposition, 239,875, 24.46% For Proposition, 740,824, 75.54%

SQ 752

Judicial Nominating Commission √Passed 2,229 of 2,229 precincts Against Proposition, 358,875, 37.17% For Proposition, 606,732, 62.83%

SQ 754

Budgetary Decision Making √Failed 2,229 of 2,229 precincts Against Proposition, 614,145, 62.92% For Proposition, 361,859, 37.08%

SQ 755

Court Decisions √Passed 2,229 of 2,229 precincts Against Proposition, 296,903, 29.92% For Proposition, 695,568, 70.08%

SQ 756

Health Care System √Passed 2,229 of 2,229 precincts Against Proposition, 347,908, 35.27% For Proposition, 638,455, 64.73%

SQ 757

Constitutional Reserve Fund √Passed 2,229 of 2,229 precincts Against Proposition, 479,289, 48.98% For Proposition, 499,230, 51.02%

ASSOC. DIST. JUDGE

18 of 18 precincts Thomas Hadley, 1,707, 43.83% √James Wolfe 2,188, 56.17%

COUNTY TREASURER

FORT TOWSON

3 of 3 precincts √Keith Davis (D), 1,271, 58.01% Haskell Kindle (R), 920, 41.99%

ALFALFA COUNTY TREASURER

11 of 11 precincts Cynthia Diefenback (D), 613, 30.94% √Valerie Vetter (R), 1,368, 69.06%

ALFALFA COUNTY PROP. 1

√Measure Passed Enhanced 911 service 11 of 11 precincts Against Proposition, 526, 25.94% For Proposition, 1,502, 74.06%

ALFALFA COUNTY PROP. 2

√Measure Passed Wireless 911 service fee 11 of 11 precincts Against Proposition, 610, 30.20% For Proposition, 1,410, 69.80%

SQ 748

SQ 751

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CO. COMM. DISTRICT 3

13 of 13 precincts Mike Abel, 2,169, 40.92% √Michelle Kirby-Roper 3,132, 59.08%

Petition Signatures √Passed 2,229 of 2,229 precincts Against Proposition, 477,988, 49.60% For Proposition, 485,637, 50.40%

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18 of 18 precincts √Arlene Minchey (D), 2,225, 55.46% Kim Young (R), 1,787, 44.54%

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Term Limits √Passed 2,229 of 2,229 precincts Against Proposition, 299,750, 30.12% For Proposition, 695,509, 69.88%

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4 of 4 precincts √Danny Braden (D), 1,132, 61.09% Wayne Davis (R), 721, 38.91%

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16 of 16 precincts Hollis Harper (D), 3,453, 25.30% √Mike Reynolds (R), 10,197, 74.70%

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DISTRICT 16, OFFICE 1

12 of 12 precincts √Al McAffrey (D), 4,173, 69.56% Dominique Block (R), 1,826, 30.44%

DISTRICT 3, OFFICE 1

Legislative Apportionment √Passed 2,229 of 2,229 precincts Against Proposition, 403,682, 41.58% For Proposition, 567,219, 58.42%

24 of 24 precincts √Jeannie McDaniel (D), 5,404, 53.40% Molly McKay (R), 4,715, 46.60%

13 of 13 precincts Dana Orwig (D), 4,367, 45.90% √Jason Nelson (R), 5,147, 54.10%

Vote to Not Retain, 316,505, 35.93% √Vote to Retain, 564,318, 64.07%

107 of 107 precincts Bret Burns, 16,095, 41.64% √Jason Hicks, 22,555, 58.36%

DISTRICT 78

DISTRICT 6

26 of 26 precincts Ed Smith (D), 3,424, 39.09% √Tom Newell (R), 5,336, 60.91%

37 of 37 precincts √John Sparks (D), 10,505, 52.62% Sharon Parker (R), 9,459, 47.38%

285 of 285 precincts (i) Kurt Glassco, 72,743, 50.99% √Jon Patton, 69,911, 49.01%

DISTRICT 27

DISTRICT 28

DISTRICT 16

DISTRICT 72

DISTRICT 4

19 of 19 precincts Chris Odneal (D), 3,809, 40.21% √Josh Cockroft (R), 5,664, 59.79%

61 of 61 precincts Darryl Roberts (D), 7,987, 37.33% √Frank Simpson (R), 13,407, 62.67%

285 of 285 precincts Carl Funderburk, 52,884, 36.76% √Bill Musseman, 90,997, 63.24%

DISTRICT 23

20 of 20 precincts Mark Manley (D), 2,300, 32.39% √Sue Tibbs (R), 4,801, 67.61%

DISTRICT 14

DISTRICT 71

INS. COMMISSIONER

STATE HOUSE

62 of 62 precincts Dale Christenson (D), 8,641, 37.63% √Eddie Fields (R), 14,324, 62.37%

285 of 285 precincts John Eagleton, 57,295, 38.54% √Linda Morrissey, 91,373, 61.46%

17 of 17 precincts Seth Watkins (D), 3,187, 32.01% √Glen Mulready (R), 6,768, 67.99%

19 of 19 precincts √Seneca Scott (D), 3,326, 75.85% Randall Reese (R), 1,059, 24.15%

LEGISLATIVE RACES

DISTRICT 10

DISTRICT 68

20 of 20 precincts Jeff Tracy (D), 3,909, 40.37% √Daniel Sullivan (R), 5,774, 59.63%

2229 of 2,229 precincts Kim Holland (D), 464,247, 45.52% √John Doak (R), 555,677, 54.48%

69 of 69 precincts √Roger Ballenger (D), 10,560, 53.82% Janica Edmonds (R), 9,061, 46.18%

303 of 303 precincts Pat Crawley, 73,294, 43.30% √Cindy Truong, 95,966, 56.70%

LABOR COMMISSIONER

2229 of 2,229 precincts Lloyd Fields (D), 362,753, 35.83% √Mark Costello (R), 649,672, 64.17%

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BLAINE CO. COMM. DISTRICT 1

5 of 5 precincts Mike Allen (D), 493, 48.05% √Melba Nance (R), 533, 51.95%

CO. COMM. DISTRICT 3

4 of 4 precincts √Raymond Scheffler (D), 503, 58.15% Farrell Boyd (R), 362, 41.85%

BRYAN

√Measure Passed Water and sewage sales tax increase 2 of 2 precincts Against Proposition, 75, 44.38% For Proposition, 94, 55.62%

CIMARRON CIMARRON COUNTY PROP. 1

√Measure Passed Head of household tax exemption 7 of 7 precincts Against Proposition, 267, 26.57% For Proposition, 738, 73.43%

CLEVELAND CO. COMM. DISTRICT 3

25 of 25 precincts Jim Robertson (D), 8,315, 48.75% √Rusty Sullivan (R), 8,743, 51.25%

COUNTY TREASURER

91 of 91 precincts Mona Nelson (D), 29,543, 41.61% √Jim Reynolds (R), 41,452, 58.39%

MOORE

√Measure Passed Street improvement sales tax extension 21 of 21 precincts Against Proposition, 4,254, 31.06% For Proposition, 9,441, 68.94%

COAL CO. COMM. DISTRICT 1

3 of 3 precincts √Alvin Pebworth (D), 487, 64.76% Wesley Brown (R), 265, 35.24%

COMANCHE COUNTY ASSESSOR

ASSOC. DIST. JUDGE

43 of 43 precincts Grant Edwards (D), 9,414, 44.42% √Richard Strickland (R), 11,778, 55.58%

COUNTY CLERK

17 of 17 precincts Gail Turner (D), 3,891, 50.00% John Bordelon (R), 3,891, 50.00%

29 of 29 precincts Chris Jones, 3,706, 38.65% √Rocky Powers 5,882, 61.35% 29 of 29 precincts √Tammy Reynolds (D), 5,767, 55.97% Glenn Russell (R), 4,536, 44.03%

CO. COMM. DISTRICT 3

9 of 9 precincts √Jay Perry (D), 1,797, 63.36% Robert Brewer (R), 1,039, 36.64%

BRYAN COUNTY PROP. 1

√Measure Passed County jail expansion 29 of 29 precincts Against Proposition, 3,596, 34.52% For Proposition, 6,821, 65.48%

CANADIAN MAYOR OF EL RENO

14 of 14 precincts Rita Anderson, 170, 4.42% David L. Hill, 182, 4.74% Jerry Robertson, 1,024, 26.65% √Matt White, 2,467, 64.19%

CO. COMM. DISTRICT 1

CO. COMM. DISTRICT 3

16 of 16 precincts Debbie McDonald (D), 3,436, 38.83% √Don Hawthorne (R), 5,413, 61.17%

COTTON COTTON COUNTY PROP. 1

√Measure Passed Hotel/motel tax 12 of 12 precincts Against Proposition, 652, 35.63% For Proposition, 1,178, 64.37%

CRAIG CO. COMM. DISTRICT 1

7 of 7 precincts √Roy Bible (D), 742, 58.80% Todd Taylor (ind.), 520, 41.20%

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√For Proposition, 1,570, 73.36%

TUTTLE PROP. 6

CREEK COUNTY ASSESSOR

43 of 43 precincts Veronica Wedel (D), 7,108, 35.47% √JaNell Enlow-Gore (R), 12,934, 64.53%

CO. COMM. DISTRICT 1

43 of 43 precincts Dana Hudgins (D), 3,002, 39.71% √Newt Stephens (R), 4,557, 60.29%

CO. COMM. DISTRICT 3

43 of 43 precincts Lane Whitehouse (D), 3,137, 49.25% √Danny Gann (R), 3,233, 50.75%

COUNTY TREASURER

43 of 43 precincts Jeff Sparks (D), 8,623, 43.26% √Byron Davis (R), 11,308, 56.74%

CUSTER CO. COMM. DISTRICT 3

5 of 5 precincts Jim Powers (D), 924, 41.29% √Lyle Miller (R), 1,314, 58.71%

CLINTON WARD 2 CITY COUNCIL

Terms for city manager making city purchases. No precinct data available Against Proposition, 362, 20.34% √For Proposition, 1,418, 79.66%

TUTTLE PROP. 7

√Measure Passed Establishes Tuttle Ambulance Service. No precinct data available Against Proposition, 340, 16.31% √For Proposition, 1,745, 83.69%

TUTTLE PROP. 8

√Measure Passed Allow city council to establish boards and committees. No precinct data available Against Proposition, 245, 11.86% √For Proposition, 1,820, 88.14%

TUTTLE PROP. 9

DEWEY CO. COMM. DISTRICT 1

5 of 5 precincts √Stacy King (D), 384, 62.95% Robert Etheridge (R), 226, 37.05%

COUNTY SHERIFF

4 of 4 precincts Tom Wilcox (D), 271, 15.28% √Lanny Sander (R), 1,502, 84.72%

DEWEY COUNTY PROP. 1

√Measure Passed 911 wireless telephone fee 11 of 11 precincts Against Proposition, 658, 35.49% For Proposition, 1,196, 64.51%

DEWEY COUNTY PROP. 2

√Measure Passed Establish an enhanced 911 service. 11 of 11 precincts Against Proposition, 662, 35.80% For Proposition, 1,187, 64.20%

ELLIS CO. COMM. DISTRICT 1

5 of 5 precincts Vance Woods (D), 195, 40.79% √Terry Fagala (R), 283, 59.21%

GARVIN COUNTY SHERIFF

24 of 24 precincts Steven Brooks (D), 4,197, 47.83% √Larry Rhodes (R), 4,577, 52.17%

GARVIN COUNTY PROP. 1

√Measure Passed Liquor by the drink 24 of 24 precincts Against Proposition, 4,301, 48.07% For Proposition, 4,647, 51.93%

GRADY CO. COMM. DISTRICT 1

No precinct data available Roy Testerman (D), 2,420, 35.10% √Windle Hardy (R), 4,474, 64.90%

MINCO COUNCILMAN WARD 4, POSITION 1 No precinct data available Bill Braunig, 126, 22.58% √D. Bruce Campbell, 432, 77.42%

MINCO COUNCILMAN WARD 4, POSITION 2 No precinct data available √Delvin Albers, 303, 53.16% David Walje, 267, 46.84%

NINNEKAH PROP. 1

√Measure Passed Combine position of clerk and treasurer No precinct data available Against Proposition, 110, 32.84% √For Proposition, 225, 67.16%

TUTTLE PROP. 1

Alter number of city council No precinct data available Against Proposition, 315, 14.66% √For Proposition, 1,833, 85.34%

TUTTLE PROP. 2

√Measure Passed City duty compensation No precinct data available Against Proposition, 917, 43.01% √For Proposition, 1,215, 56.99%

TUTTLE PROP. 3

√Measure Passed Limiting city council’s authority No precinct data available Against Proposition, 777, 36.53% √For Proposition, 1,350, 63.47%

TUTTLE PROP. 4

√Measure Passed City council vacancies No precinct data available Against Proposition, 389, 18.21% √For Proposition, 1,747, 81.79%

TUTTLE PROP. 5

√Measure Passed Sets terms for hiring a city manager. No precinct data available Against Proposition, 570, 26.64%

CO. COMM. DISTRICT 1

7 of 7 precincts Bill Evans (D), 1,374, 24.73% √Mark Sharpton (R), 4,181, 75.27%

MULHALL PROP. 1

√Measure Passed Town clerk/treasurer appointment 2 of 2 precincts Against Proposition, 20, 22.47% For Proposition, 69, 77.53%

MAJOR ASSOC. DIST. JUDGE

OKMULGEE

MAUD PROP. 2

WAGONER

CO. COMM. DISTRICT 1

34 of 34 precincts Howard Antwine (D), 1,502, 43.79% √J.W. Hill (R), 1,928, 56.21%

OKMULGEE COUNTY PROP. 1

√Measure Passed Household good tax exemption 34 of 34 precincts Against Proposition, 2,780, 27.30% For Proposition, 7,404, 72.70%

OSAGE CO. COMM. DISTRICT 1

15 of 15 precincts √Bob Jackson (D), 2,473, 58.35% Randall Jones (R), 1,765, 41.65%

CO. COMM. DISTRICT 3

11 of 11 precincts √Jim Clark (D), 2,427, 50.77% Dan Matlock (R), 2,353, 49.23%

MARSHALL

TUTTLE PROP. 10

CO. COMM. DISTRICT 3

PAWNEE

TUTTLE PROP. 11

√Measure Passed Hotel/motel tax for tourism 1 of 1 precincts Against Proposition, 60, 44.78% For Proposition, 74, 55.22%

23 of 23 precincts Jackie Gooch (D), 4,273, 33.88% √Tisha Hampton (R), 8,340, 66.12%

TULSA PROP. 2

32 of 32 precincts √Joyce Hathcoat (D), 8,067, 56.77% Shirley Matlock (R), 6,144, 43.23%

DELAWARE

WEST SILOAM SPRINGS

COUNTY ASSESSOR

MAUD PROP. 1

14 of 14 precincts √Tim Haworth 1,574, 54.46% John McCue, 1,316, 45.54%

Rules for de-annexing property No precinct data available Against Proposition, 398, 19.13% √For Proposition, 1,683, 80.87%

9 of 9 precincts David Poindexter (D), 1,824, 41.86% √Doug Smith (R), 2,533, 58.14%

LOGAN

CO. COMM. DISTRICT 3

102 of 102 precincts Thomas Parkhurst (D), 23,434, 27.81% √Ray Vaughn (R), 60,839, 72.19%

√Measure Passed Filing a petition with the city clerk. No precinct data available Against Proposition, 391, 18.93% √For Proposition, 1,675, 81.07%

1 of 1 precincts √Don Rodolph, 373, 52.83% Terry Wheeler, 333, 47.17%

CO. COMM. DISTRICT 1

Taylor Kaufman, 28, 4.55% Brenda Perry, 43, 6.98% Naomi Tricomi, 13, 2.11% Jack Turner, 96, 15.58% Donna Valentine, 76, 12.34% Gregory Wilson, 109, 17.69% L. Laurice Wilson, 34, 5.52% Gregory Wolfe, 129, 20.94%

√Measure Passed Corrects a misspelling in the city charter. No precinct data available Against Proposition, 334, 16.08% For Proposition, 1,743, 83.92%

GREER GRANITE SCHOOLS PROP. 1

$225,000 bond for buses and other school vehicles No precinct data available Against Proposition, 209, 45.83% √For Proposition, 247, 54.17%

GRANITE SCHOOLS PROP. 2

$75,000 bond for insulation in school buildings and a new gym floor No precinct data available √Against Proposition, 233, 51.10% For Proposition, 223, 48.90%

HARPER CO. COMM. DISTRICT 1

No precinct data available Lawrence Jordan (D), 160, 41.13% √Cody Hickman (R), 229, 58.87%

HASKELL HASKELL COUNTY PROP. 1

√Measure Passed Establish an enhanced 911 service No precinct data available Against Proposition, 1,340, 39.06% √For Proposition, 2,091, 60.94%

JACKSON CO. COMM. DISTRICT 1

24 of 24 precincts Dale Dunn (D), 936, 37.86% √Marty Clinton (R), 1,536, 62.14%

COUNTY TREASURER

24 of 24 precincts Sandra Anderson (D), 1,984, 33.88% √Renee Howard (R), 3,872, 66.12%

JEFFERSON ASSOC. DIST. JUDGE

11 of 11 precincts √Dennis Gay 916, 51.61% Jon Staton, 859, 48.39%

KAY CO. COMM. DISTRICT 3

11 of 11 precincts Vicky Purdy (D), 1,926, 47.43% √Tyson Rowe (R), 2,135, 52.57%

4 of 4 precincts √Chris Duroy (D), 812, 50.85% Tom Allen (R), 785, 49.15%

CO. COMM. DISTRICT 3

PAYNE

MCCURTAIN CO. COMM. DISTRICT 1

MCINTOSH CO. COMM. DISTRICT 3

9 of 9 precincts √Michael Burns (D), 1,337, 66.55% David Throckmorton (R), 672, 33.45%

MUSKOGEE CO. COMM. DISTRICT 3

11 of 11 precincts √Dexter Payne (D), 3,121, 63.42% Bruce Harper (R), 1,800, 36.58%

MUSKOGEE PROP. 1

√Measure Passed Fire chief residency requirements 19 of 19 precincts Against Proposition, 2,674, 28.64% For Proposition, 6,664, 71.36%

MUSKOGEE PROP. 2

√Measure Passed Reset ward boundaries 19 of 19 precincts Against Proposition, 2,848, 31.59% For Proposition, 6,167, 68.41%

NOBLE CO. COMM. DISTRICT 1

17 of 17 precincts Kirt Sharp (D), 617, 48.43% √Mark Sanders (R), 657, 51.57%

CO. COMM. DISTRICT 3

CO. COMM. DISTRICT 1

NOWATA

CO. COMM. DISTRICT 3

12 of 12 precincts Bud Frost (D), 451, 43.08% √Tim Kilpatrick (R), 596, 56.92%

LINCOLN CO. COMM. DISTRICT 1

9 of 9 precincts Wayne Corter (D), 1,271, 38.86% √Don Sporleder (R), 2,000, 61.14%

CO. COMM. DISTRICT 3

8 of 8 precincts Terry Young (D), 1,721, 47.95% √Lee Doolen (R), 1,868, 52.05%

COUNTY SHERIFF

23 of 23 precincts √Charlie Dougherty (D), 5,595, 52.53% Todd Beesley (R), 5,056, 47.47%

CARNEY BOARD OF TRUSTEES 2 of 2 precincts Leroy Corn, 56, 9.09% Karla Dimick, 10, 1.62% Vickie Gilliam, 22, 3.57%

CO. COMM. DISTRICT 3

COUNTY TREASURER

12 of 12 precincts √Bonnie Workman (D), 2,414, 74.03% Steve Kloehr (R), 847, 25.97%

OKFUSKEE CO. COMM. DISTRICT 1

7 of 7 precincts √Danny Wilson (D), 669, 64.14% David Davis (R), 374, 35.86%

WELEETKA PROP. 1

√Measure Passed Sales tax increase 3 of 3 precincts Against Proposition, 80, 43.96% For Proposition, 102, 56.04%

OKLAHOMA CO. COMM. DISTRICT 1

107 of 107 precincts √Willa Johnson (D), 27,990, 52.52% Sam Crosby (R), 25,301, 47.48%

CO. COMM. DISTRICT 1

6 of 6 precincts √Michael Brittingham (D), 983, 66.55% Butch Morris (R), 494, 33.45%

ROGERS COUNTY ASSESSOR

34 of 34 precincts Brian Wilson (D), 6,399, 27.14% √Scott Marsh (R), 17,181, 72.86%

CO. COMM. DISTRICT 1

9 of 9 precincts Dan DeLozier (D), 3,485, 49.91% √Blake Lewis (R), 3,498, 50.09%

CO. COMM. DISTRICT 3

11 of 11 precincts Leon Hershberger (D), 2,980, 38.08% √Kirt Thacker (R), 4,846, 61.92%

NORTHWEST FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT

12 of 12 precincts Bob Azbill, 1,470, 44.86% √Matthew Henson, 1,807, 55.14%

CO. COMM. DISTRICT 1

PITTSBURG

√Measure Passed Establish an enhanced 911 system 32 of 32 precincts Against Proposition, 2,200, 26.56% For Proposition, 6,084, 73.44%

PUSHMATAHA

9 of 9 precincts √Ray Watts (D), 2,262, 63.93% Dennis Treat (R), 1,276, 36.07%

38 of 38 precincts Angela Lockwood (D), 7,816, 40.37% √James Cowan (R), 11,544, 59.63%

MCCURTAIN COUNTY PROP. 1

MCCURTAIN COUNTY PROP. 2

√Measure Failed City clerk appointees 4 of 4 precincts Against Proposition, 136, 56.20% For Proposition, 106, 43.80%

SEQUOYAH

15 of 15 precincts Bobby Farley (D), 2,313, 37.91% √Bill Deering (R), 3,788, 62.09%

√Measure Passed 911 emergency telephone fee 32 of 32 precincts Against Proposition, 2,332, 28.08% For Proposition, 5,973, 71.92%

√Measure Passed Permanent sales tax 4 of 4 precincts Against Proposition, 114, 46.91% √For Proposition, 129, 53.09%

COUNTY ASSESSOR

12 of 12 precincts √Jim Freeny (D), 2,072, 78.54% Marvin Skipper (ind.), 566, 21.46%

LE FLORE

15 of 15 precincts Ceb Scott (D), 2,546, 68.20% Bobby McKinzey (R), 1,187, 31.80%

CO. COMM. DISTRICT 1

MAYES

17 of 17 precincts Mike Frank (D), 99, 5.97% √Lance West (ind.), 811, 48.94% Randy Ritthaler (R), 747, 45.08%

11 of 11 precincts √Derwin Gist (D), 3,046, 76.02% Ike Davis (ind.), 961, 23.98%

COUNTY TREASURER

9 of 9 precincts Jessie Jones (D), 811, 48.33% √David Wilkins (R), 867, 51.67%

9 of 9 precincts Wade Parker (D), 1,658, 44.34% √Ryan Ball (R), 2,081, 55.66%

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CO. COMM. DISTRICT 1

TULSA COUNTY ASSESSOR

273 of 273 precincts Nancy Bolzle (D), 61,748, 37.54% √Ken Yazel (R), 102,720, 62.46%

Ward 6 City Council 11 of 11 precincts √Sam Mason, 356, 51.08% Ralph Stephan, 115, 16.50% Ben Uennedy, 226, 32.42%

CO. COMM. DISTRICT 1

POTTAWATOMIE

√Measure Passed Economic Stabilization Reserve 219 of 219 precincts Against Proposition, 33,776, 33.41% For Proposition, 67,308, 66.59%

CO. COMM. DISTRICT 3

11 of 11 precincts √Buck Day (D), 20,578, 89.32% Kenneth McDaniel (R), 2,460, 10.68%

89 of 89 precincts Wilbert Collins (D), 17,175, 38.07% √John Smaligo (R), 27,938, 61.93%

TULSA PROP. 1

√Measure Passed Primary election dates 219 of 219 precincts Against Proposition, 43,080, 43.14% For Proposition, 56,779, 56.86%

COUNTY ASSESSOR

38 of 38 precincts Jason Rousselot (D), 6,214, 30.24% √Sandy Hodges (R), 14,337, 69.76%

COUNTY TREASURER

38 of 38 precincts Gloria Marshall (D), 8,277, 40.22% √Dana Patten (R), 12,304, 59.78%

WASHINGTON CO. COMM. DISTRICT 3

8 of 8 precincts Raymond Raley (ind.), 965, 25.68% √Mike Dunlap (R), 2,793, 74.32%

COURT CLERK

24 of 24 precincts Lynne Harris (D), 5,680, 35.23% √James Weaver (R), 10,443, 64.77%

BARTLESVILLE

√Measure Passed City charter changes 19 of 19 precincts Against Proposition, 5,110, 46.30% For Proposition, 5,927, 53.70%

OCHELATA PROP. 1

√Measure Passed Natural gas system 2 of 2 precincts Against Proposition, 56, 37.33% For Proposition, 94, 62.67%

OCHELATA PROP. 2

√Measure Failed Lenn Gas Compnay franchise 2 of 2 precincts Against Proposition, 115, 79.31% For Proposition, 30, 20.69%

OCHELATA PROP. 3

√Measure Passed Utilities Authority indebtedness limit 2 of 2 precincts Against Proposition, 63, 42.28% For Proposition, 86, 57.72%

WOODS WAYNOKA PROP. 1

√Measure Passed Sales tax continuance 2 of 2 precincts Against Proposition, 69, 24.47% For Proposition, 213, 75.53%


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Lankford takes Fallin’s seat in Congress’ 5th District BY CHRIS CASTEEL Washington Bureau ccasteel@opubco.com

James Lankford, left, and Sen. Tom Coburn talk during the Republican watch party Tuesday at the Marriott in Oklahoma City. PHOTO BY JOHN CLANTON, THE OKLAHOMAN

Coburn wins second term in U.S. Senate BY CHRIS CASTEEL Washington Bureau ccasteel@opubco.com

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn on Tuesday captured his second and final term in the U.S. Senate, where he has used the considerable power given to each senator to slow down hundreds of bills and rail against the federal government’s reach. Coburn, R-Muskogee, had only token opposition for a second six-year term as Democrats essentially took a pass on challenging the popular physician. Coburn’s Democratic opponent, Jim Rogers, of Midwest City, is a perennial candidate who does little campaigning. With 76 percent of the

precincts reporting, Coburn had 71 percent of the vote. Rogers had 26 percent; independents Stephen P. Wallace, of Tulsa, Ronald F. Dwyer, of Tulsa, split the rest. Coburn said he was “humbled and grateful for the trust” Oklahomans placed in him. “Oklahomans sent a loud and clear message to the political establishment in Washington that we cannot continue to live beyond our means,’’ Coburn said. “I pledge to my fellow Oklahomans that I will continue the work they first sent me to do in the Senate six years ago — hold Washington accountable and govern by the founding principles that created this great experiment

called America.” Coburn, who served six years in the U.S. House in the 1990s before honoring a term limits pledge, promised in 2004 that he would serve no more than 12 years in the Senate. He used this campaign to repeat what he has stressed for his entire political career — that Washington spends money recklessly and is threatening the nation’s future. And, though he claims President Barack Obama as a personal friend, Coburn has been harshly critical of the president’s policies. Since he didn’t have a competitive race this year, Coburn donated $1 million from his account to the national Republican effort to win Senate seats.

California voters reject measure to legalize recreational marijuana BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

SAN FRANCISCO — Warned of dangers and legal chaos, California voters Tuesday rejected a measure that would have made their state the first to legalize the use and sale of marijuana. The spirited campaign over Proposition 19 had pitted the state’s political and law enforcement establishment against determined activists seeking to end the prohibition of pot. It was by far the highest-profile of the 160 ballot measures being decided in 37 states. Other measures dealt with abortion, tax cuts and health care reform. On a night of conservative advances in much of the country, Massachusetts voters spurned a chance to cut their taxes — rejecting a proposal to lower the state sales tax from 6.25 percent to 3 percent. Critics said the cut would have forced the state to slash $2.5 billion in services, including local aid to cities and towns. California’s marijuana proposal — titled the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act — would have allowed adults 21 and over to possess up to an ounce of pot, consume it in nonpublic places as long as no children were present, and grow it in small private plots. Proposition 19 also would have authorized local governments to permit commercial pot cultivation, as well as the sale and use of marijuana at licensed establishments. Proponents pitched it as a sensible, though unprecedented, experiment that would provide muchneeded revenue for the cash-strapped state, dent the drug-related violence in Mexico by causing pot

prices to plummet, and reduce marijuana arrests that they say disproportionately target minority youth. The state branches of the NAACP and the League of United Latin American Citizens endorsed it, as did several retired police chiefs. However, every major newspaper, both political parties, the two candidates for governor and all but a handful of leading politicians came out against it. Federal officials said they would continue enforcing laws against marijuana possession and sales if the initiative had passed. Even facing defeat, Prop 19 supporters said they were buoyed by a new Gallup poll showing that national support for legalizing marijuana has reached an all-time high of 46 percent. Gallup said majority support could come within a few years if recent trends continue. In South Dakota, voters

rejected a measure to legalize medical marijuana — a step already taken by California and 13 other states. A medical marijuana measure also was on Arizona’s ballot, and Oregon voters were deciding whether to expand the state’s current medical marijuana law by authorizing state-licensed dispensaries. Among other notable ballot issues on Tuesday: Washington state’s voters repealed taxes on candy, soda and bottled water adopted by lawmakers last year — a move that could eliminate a projected $352 million in revenue over five years. Voters rejected a proposal to impose a state income tax on any income above $200,000, or $400,000 for couples. In the littlest state, voters chose to keep the longest formal name — opting to stay as Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, instead of just Rhode Island.

WASHINGTON — Republican James Lankford, the former church camp director who felt called to replace Mary Fallin in Congress, was elected to the 5th District on Tuesday, completing his improbable run with a convincing victory over Democrat Billy Coyle. With two-thirds of the precincts reporting Lankford, of Edmond, had 61 percent of the vote to Coyle’s 36 percent. Independents Clark Duffe and Dave White, whose name remained on the ballot even though he dropped out of the race and endorsed Lankford, shared the rest. Three of Oklahoma’s incumbents in Congress — Reps. Dan Boren, D-Muskogee; Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne; and John Sullivan, R-Tulsa, easily won re-election on Tuesday; the fourth, Rep. Tom Cole, RMoore, didn’t have a general election opponent. Lankford said Tuesday night that he looked at the campaign as a yearlong job interview. “Now it’s time to get to work,’’ he said. Lankford said that he met thousands of people through the small group meetings he held around the district and that they were comfortable with him and his message and helped spread the word about him. He said he would immediately start assembling a congressional staff and seek out like-minded freshmen when he comes to Washington for orientation in two weeks. Lankford, 42, ran the Falls Creek camp for 14 years for the Southern Baptist Convention of Oklahoma, but decided to run after reading about Fallin’s intent to leave Congress to run for governor. With no political experience, Lankford began his campaign last year with the help of some friends and fellow Baptists and built an organization that had little money but a lot of savvy about the Internet; the campaign used social media tools like Facebook and Twitter to get his message out.

James Lankford talks with members of the media during the Republican watch party at the Marriott in Oklahoma City. PHOTO BY JOHN CLANTON, THE OKLAHOMAN

By the July 27 GOP primary, it was clear Lankford had a strong following. In the Aug. 24 runoff, he easily dispatched former state Rep. Kevin Calvey, and money started rolling in from the local establishment and special interest groups. He topped $1 million last month. Coyle said he fought as hard as he could for the seat and probably would have done better if it hadn’t been such a tough election year for Democrats. He said no one gave him a chance to win but that he took that as a challenge. “I gave it my heart and soul,’’ he said. “I do give James Lankford all the credit. He’s a nice guy and I wish him the best of luck.” Boren, the only Democrat in Congress from Oklahoma, spent more than $1.5 million trying to hang on to his seat in a district that, though overwhelmingly Democrat, voted overwhelmingly against Barack Obama in 2008. With nearly complete returns, Boren had 56 of the vote and beat Republican Charles Thompson, of Hulbert. Lucas got 78 percent of the vote to beat Democrat Frankie Robbins, of Medford. Lucas will return to Washington in 2011 as chairman of the Agriculture Committee. Sullivan beat Independent Angelia O’Dell, of Tulsa, getting 79 percent of the vote in incomplete returns. Cole won a new term after his July 27 primary because he had no general election opposition.


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Ball is rolling on top piece of MAPS 3 plan OST concerns have forced a slight change to a complementary piece of MAPS 3. The biggest piece is in the early stages but is coming along. Oklahoma City Council members voted last week to tweak the design of the pedestrian bridge that will span the Interstate 40 Crosstown Expressway when that highway is completed in a few years. The bridge isn’t part of the MAPS 3 projects voters approved 11 months ago. But the bridge will connect the north and south sides of a 70-acre park, which is on the MAPS 3 projects’ list. Original plans for the Skydance Bridge had cables extending from an 18-story sculpture to the bridge below. The plan approved last week changes the design to make it a free-standing structure. Meantime, the price tag for a new downtown convention center — the biggest and arguably most important MAPS 3 project — is $280 million. It will be several years before it’s completed, but it may not be long before the facility begins to take shape. That’s because eight firms from around the U.S. are competing to be the consultant for planning the convention center. The fact this job has attracted a national response from competing firms can only be good for the city, in ensuring it gets the best deal available. The importance of a new convention center can’t be overstated. The other pieces of the $770 million MAPS 3 lineup are important in their own right and will make

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Day of gratitude Any city that aspires to climb into the top 25 nationwide has to have a facility that attracts large conventions on a regular basis. our city a better place to live. But any city that aspires to climb into the top 25 nationwide has to have a facility that attracts large conventions on a regular basis. A steady diet of conventions generates revenue and buzz — and if done right, plenty of both. The old Myriad was retrofitted into the Cox Convention Center about a decade ago. But it’s too small to attract the kind of conventions a major league city needs. Hence the need for a new and much bigger one. Selection of the consultant is part of the initial process of getting the project off the drawing board. The most crucial step is deciding where the building will be located. Some want it to be handy to Bricktown; others believe it would be better to place the convention center closer to what used to be called the Ford Center, nearer to where the new green space will emerge. That’s a decision for another day. Now it’s time to focus on the consultant, who can help guide a process that eventually will turn another of Oklahoma City’s big dreams into reality.

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We’ll take ’em: High-paying jobs are headed this way

Cut rate: On defense, U.S. can’t follow Brits

It seems a good many Boeing employees aren’t all that excited about the prospects of moving to Oklahoma when their jobs begin doing the same early next year. We’re sorry to hear that, although the good news is that bright Oklahomans figure to benefit as a result. Steve Hendrickson, Boeing’s director of government operations, told city business leaders Monday that he expects “hundreds” of the high-paying jobs to go to people hired locally. And he means highpaying — an average of $130,000 per year. Boeing announced in August that it was moving its C-130 Avionics Modernization and B-1 programs, and the 550 engineering jobs associated with them, to Oklahoma City from Long Beach, Calif. The aerospace giant already has about 1,000 employees in our state; moving these programs here will save Boeing money and help its competitiveness in the market. Hendrickson admitted that workers in California were “reluctant, surprised and apprehensive” when they heard about the company’s move. “There are some enthusiastic employees embracing it, but others, not so much,” he said. We can’t match the ocean beaches in Southern California, and Long Beach may have us beat on yearround weather. But the quality of life is good here, the cost of living is far superior and our traffic is a breeze by comparison. Hendrickson said Boeing is “not done announcing” other moves. Here’s hoping Oklahoma stays on the company’s list of best options. And if Californians don’t want them, we’ll certainly take all the goodpaying jobs the company has to offer.

Britain’s plan to dramatically cut government has had many people wondering whether similar deficit reduction could work in the United States. It could, but there’s a caveat to the Brits’ acrossthe-board spending slash — deep gashes in defense spending raise questions about whether Britain can defend itself and meet military obligations around the world. By 2015-16, British military spending reportedly will fall from 2.7 percent of the country’s total economic output to 2 percent. All armed services will lose uniformed personnel, and spending on weapons systems and platforms will fall. Prime Minister David Cameron says Britain will not reduce efforts in Afghanistan, but Theodore Bromund of the conservative Heritage Foundation writes that the cuts pose a “risk to Britain’s ability to deter, fight and win wars.” There also could be ripple effects. Others in NATO will find it easier to justify their own military cuts, Bromund writes, and Britain could become more reliant on the U.S. “Britain will become increasingly focused on providing boots on the ground while relying on the U.S. to supply the transport, logistics, and heavy weapons,” he writes. “Simply put, Britain is slowly giving up on conventional deterrence.” The United States doesn’t have that luxury. There’s no military benefactor to cover for U.S. defense cuts on a similar scale — the cue Pentagon opponents no doubt will take from Great Britain. While we’re not reflexively opposed to cutting military spending, national defense is government’s primary duty and shouldn’t be considered a big, easy target for funding other, lower-priority programs.

A resolution presented to Congress would require employers to give veterans time off on Veterans Day in order to observe this holiday and also to be recognized for their military service. After being referred to a House committee and subcommittee, the issue appears to have been dropped. A majority of employers don’t allow veterans to take the day off, on a holiday designed for them! And if they do allow it, a penalty of sorts (they must use a sick day, vacation day or get no pay) is incurred. Giving one day out of the year to show our gratitude toward those who’ve shown us their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good isn’t too much to ask. With Veterans Day coming up soon, how can an issue such as this just die in committee? Kevin Mullins, McLoud

‘JESUS IN DISGUISE’ Regarding “Shack-a-thon in Edmond has students at UCO outdoors” (feature, Oct. 27): I’d like to give all of the participating UCO students a round of applause. As a student who took part last year in a UCO student Erick Silva similar event at St. sits outside his shack Gregory’s Uniduring annual Shack-aversity in Shawnee, Thon. I appreciate what the UCO students are doing. From my own experience, sleeping in a box toward the end of fall was the coldest, longest, most sleepless night I’ve had. However, it was a sacrifice worth doing. The ability to experience, even to a degree, what the homeless regularly experience was to put myself in their shoes. It was to take myself out of my generally spoiled life and look at it from another’s perspective. It was to be in solidarity with the less fortunate around us. For these UCO students, it’s a beautiful time to be in solidarity with each other. As Mother Teresa, the missionary to the poorest of the poor, would say, “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one ... each one is Jesus in disguise.” UCO is doing just this by camping out and “begging” in order to help feed the homeless. Samantha Bugos, McLoud

GREAT EXPECTATIONS I don’t like paying taxes, but it’s necessary if I’m to get the things I’ve come to expect from government. I expect highways and bridges to be safe and to fly without fear of crashing. I expect assistance when natural or man-made disasters strike and to have clean water and safe, nutritious food. I expect the armed forces to keep us safe from enemies, and I expect that banks and loan companies will be prevented from cheating me. When people get sick, I expect them to get all necessary treatment regardless of their financial worth. I expect children to get the best education in the world. I expect people who fall on hard times to be helped, and I expect people who rob, cheat and steal with the gun or pen to be prosecuted. I expect businesses to create safe work environments. I expect pensions to be fully funded and protected from misappropriation. I expect my Social Security and Medicare benefits to be paid. I expect government to look out for everyone, not just those with money and power. And I would happily pay a few dollars more in taxes if government would guarantee that everyone has a job. A.A. Austin, Del City

ABOLISH FEDERAL AGENCY In a debate between candidates for the 5th District congressional seat, the question was asked whether the candidates favored abolishment of the U.S. Department of Education. Both candidates said no. I can see that with Democratic nominee Billy Coyle but not with Republican James Lankford. The Department of Education and the National Education Association are inextricable partners. This hasn’t been a good thing. How can conservative representatives be content to allow this faulty system to continue? Ever since the department was created during the Carter administration, education quality has declined. Many Oklahomans have been clamoring for years to get education returned to the states. We’re fed up with liberals having absolute control over our education system and we want it changed. Claude Chambers, Earlsboro


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French President Nicolas Sarkozy, left, and Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron exchange defense deal documents Tuesday. AP PHOTO

Britain, France unite forces What would Napoleon or Lord Nelson make of this? Britain and France struck a historic defense deal Tuesday aimed at preserving military muscle in an age of austerity, pledging to deploy troops under a single command, share aircraft carriers and collaborate on once fiercely guarded nuclear programs. The often skeptical neighbors insist an era of unprecedented cooperation is a pragmatic fit for two cash-strapped allies, though many question if the storied enemies of the battles of Agincourt and Waterloo truly can overcome centuries of mutual suspicion.

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The deal is to last 50 years. › Timeline: What it covers: It forms a joint rapid reaction ›force, sharing warhead testing facilities and tack-

ling together the threats from cyberwarfare and the militarization of space. It will include a pool of at least 5,000 troops, including special forces, able to deploy under a commander from either nation. Reasoning: British Prime Minister David Cameron told his Cabinet the deal would save hundreds of millions of pounds (dollars) as Britain seeks to clear its national debts, while French President Nicolas Sarkozy said he believed the pact will help protect all of Europe. Nuclear assets: The nations will share specialist laboratories at the U.K. Atomic Weapons Establishment in Aldermaston, southern England, and a new center at Valduc, southeast of Paris. U.S. reaction: The U.S. said the deal would secure the standing of two major NATO powers. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates both have recently raised concern about the impact of cuts to European defense budgets.

A Yemeni policeman takes a position Tuesday outside the state security court in San‘a, Yemen, after U.S.-born radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was put on trial in absentia, accused of plotting to kill foreigners. AP PHOTO

WAR ON TERRORISM | DISABLED CELL PHONES WERE WIRED TO SHIPPED EXPLOSIVES BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON — Even after a suspected test run in September, last week’s attempted mail bombings from Yemen were a shot in the dark for al-Qaida, which could not have known exactly where its packages were when they were set to explode, U.S.

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officials said Tuesday. When investigators pulled the Chicago-bound packages off cargo planes in Britain and the United Arab Emirates on Friday, they found the bombs wired to cell phones. The communication cards had been removed and the phones could not receive calls, officials said, making

it likely terrorists intended the alarm or timer functions to trigger the bombs. Investigators believe alQaida mailed three innocent-looking packages from Yemen to Chicago in mid-September to watch the route they took. Authorities were investigating whether Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born Ye-

meni cleric, was involved. He has inspired a string of attempted attacks against the West. The cleric is a fugitive, targeted by a U.S. kill-orcapture list. Yemeni authorities put him on trial in absentia Tuesday, charging him as a new defendant in the October killing of a French security guard.

STATE DEPARTMENT AUDIT LOOKS TO MILITARY’S EXIT

Report questions safety of U.S. staffers in Iraq

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least one shot was fired overnight at a Coast Guard recruiting office in northern Virginia, police said Tuesday, the fifth case since last month of unexplained gunfire targeting military-related buildings in the Washington area. There were no injuries and only minor damage at the mall site, Prince William County police said. Police said the gunfire did not shatter the front glass. The FBI has blamed four previous shootings on an unknown assailant who they say could be harboring a grievance against the Marines. Three of the five attacks since mid-October hit Marine -related facilities. Nobody was injured. Outside the Coast Guard office Tuesday, law officials could be seen searching, some crossing the ground about 10 abreast while others looked through grass on their hands and knees.

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The Obama administration could be overstating what American diplomats can do to contain Iraq’s ethnic and sectarian tensions without U.S. military forces, a State Department audit concluded Tuesday, raising fresh concerns about the planned pullout of American troops next year. The auditors also questioned whether American diplomats who remain behind will be adequately protected against insurgent violence, and their report faulted Washington for its planning of the transition from a U.S. military-led mission in Iraq to one run by American civilians in 2011. The audit’s findings echo worries expressed by some American defense analysts and former diplomats. They say hard-won security gains in Iraq could

UPDATE In the latest outbreak of violence, bombings and mortar strikes killed dozens and wounded scores across Baghdad’s mostly Shiite neighborhoods Tuesday. The bloodshed came just two days after gunmen in the Iraqi capital held a Christian congregation hostage in a siege that ended with 58 people dead.

crumble if American military forces leave on schedule.

Stability not seen In its report, the State Department’s office of inspector general said stability in Iraq may be years away. It warned that the failure of Iraqi political leaders to form a unity government has interfered with the “urgent task” of planning for Washington’s post-2011 diplomatic role. Stephen Biddle, an Iraq watcher at the Council on Foreign Relations, said it will be difficult for U.S. diplomats to keep a lid on Sunni-Shiite and Arab-

Kurd rivalries in the absence of a sizable American military presence. The report said the first six months of 2012 are likely to be “especially dangerous as extremists test U.S. resolve and Iraqi security forces’ capabilities.” It questioned whether the U.S. can meet President Barack Obama’s goal of ensuring a safe work environment for remaining U.S. personnel in Iraq in 2012. “Security risks are expected to increase,” the report said. The U.S. now has just under 50,000 troops in Iraq, down from a wartime high of 170,000.

Future teachers must show, not just tell BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Standing at the edge of a pond surrounded by her class of fourth-graders, Jasmine Zeppa filled a bucket with brown water and lectured her pupils on the science of observing and recording data. Many of the children seemed more interested in nearby geese, a passing jogger and the crunchy leaves underfoot. Zeppa’s own professor from St. Catherine University stood nearby and recorded video of it all. “I think it went as well as it possibly could have, given her experience,” professor Susan Gibbs Goetz said. Her snap review: Zeppa, 25, could have done a better job holding the students’ attention but did well building on past lessons. Zeppa is among the first class of aspiring teachers

Professor Susan Gibbs Goetz videotapes aspiring teacher Jasmine Zeppa during a recent science lesson in St. Paul, Minn. AP PHOTO

who are getting ready for new, more demanding requirements to receive their teacher license. A new licensing system is being tested in 19 states that includes filming student teachers in their classroom and evaluating the video. Candidates also must show they can prepare a lesson, tailor it to different

levels of students and present it effectively. Most states only require that would-be teachers pass their classwork and a written test. Supporters of the new system say the Teacher Performance Assessment Program is a significant improvement, while others are a little more cautious in their

praise, warning that it’s not guaranteed it will lead to more successful teachers. The assessments also place responsibility for grading the would-be teachers with teams of outside evaluators who have no stake in the result. Currently, teachers-intraining are evaluated by their colleges, which want their students to get their teaching licenses. Minnesota is set to be the first state to adopt the system, in 2012. Massachusetts, Ohio, Tennessee and Washington plan to implement it within five years. Fourteen more states are running pilots. The assessment program is a joint project by a consortium of Stanford University, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and the Council of Chief State School Officers.

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ELECTRICAL TROUBLE DELAYS LAUNCH CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The final launch of space

shuttle Discovery has been delayed again, this time because of an electrical problem. NASA decided early Tuesday evening to bump the liftoff until at least Thursday. The decision came less than 24 hours before the scheduled launch today. The space agency has until Sunday — possibly as late as Monday — to send Discovery to the International Space Station. Otherwise, it will have to wait until December because of sun angles. Gas leaks had already forced a two-day postponement for Discovery’s last trip into orbit.

NO ALZHEIMER’S BENEFIT SEEN IN DHA CHICAGO — Researchers are reporting disappointing

news about omega-3 fatty acid pills and Alzheimer’s disease. Pills containing the fatty acid DHA are promoted as boosting memory. They didn’t slow mental and physical decline in older patients with mild or moderate Alzheimer’s disease. Those results are in a multimillion-dollar governmentfunded study released Tuesday in this week’s Journal of the American Medical Association.

DELAY PAINTED AS GROUP’S LEADER AUSTIN, Texas — Prosecutors Tuesday tried to imply to jurors that former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay was the driving force behind a political action committee authorities say was involved in illegally funneling $190,000 in corporate donations into Texas legislative races eight years ago. DeLay’s attorneys countered at his trial on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering that he had little involvement in committee operations. DeLay has denied wrongdoing. If convicted, he could face up to life in prison.

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BOMB SENT TO GERMAN CHANCELLOR BERLIN — German police disarmed a mail bomb Tuesday that was sent from Greece to German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office, hours after similar small bombs exploded outside the Russian and Swiss embassies in Athens in attacks blamed on far-left Greek extremists. Greek police destroyed five more suspected bombs in Athens, and two local men have been charged.

HURRICANE TAKES AIM AT HAITI PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — A hurricane may hit Haiti this week, adding to the woes of a nation where cholera is spreading and more than 1 million earthquake survivors have only a plastic tarp or tent to protect them. A U.S. Navy vessel, the Iwo Jima, was steaming toward Haiti on Tuesday to provide disaster relief in case Tropical Storm Tomas strikes late in the week as forecast, possibly as a Category 2 hurricane.

ITALY’S PREMIER RILES GAY GROUPS ROME — Premier Silvio Berlusconi dismissed calls Tuesday to resign over his involvement with an underage Moroccan runaway — and even created a new uproar by claiming it was better to love beautiful girls than gays. His comments sparked outrage from gay rights groups and fueled new calls for him to step down.

OFFICIALS MAY TAKE BABY OF GIRL, 10 MADRID — A 10-year-old girl has given birth in southern Spain and authorities are evaluating whether to let her and her family retain custody of the baby, an official said Tuesday. The baby was born last week in Jerez de la Frontera, said Micaela Navarro, Andalusia region’s social affairs minister. FROM WIRE SERVICES


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Nation: Voters point at money woes

Hopefuls report last-minute funding BY MICHAEL MCNUTT Capitol Bureau mmcnutt@opubco.com

Three campaigns for statewide candidates reported last-minute contributions on Election Day. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jari Askins received $4,500 Tuesday, putting her total at $4.08 million, the most raised during this election cycle, according to reports from

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grass-roots rebellion, aimed first at establishment Republicans, then at the Democrats who controlled Washington until Tuesday. Tea partybacked Senate candidates won in Florida and Kentucky — holding those seats for the GOP — but fell short in Delaware, where Republicans hoped to pick up the seat once held by Vice President Joe Biden. Ultimately, though, Tuesday’s vote was most about Obama, and about the country that sent him to the White House with great hopes, then watched in mounting frustration as unemployment increased despite his massive expansion of government spending and debt. “This president has overpromised and underdelivered. People expected more change than they got,” said Larry Sabato, the director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia. “Americans are trying to issue a midterm correction to Obama, to nudge him back to the middle, where they thought he was when they elected him. They’re surprised he’s as liberal as he’s been.” Most presidential parties lose seats in the House of Representatives in the president’s first midterm election; since 1960, the average loss has been 22.6 seats. Over the past 80 years, only two presidents have seen their party gain House seats in their first midterm elections — Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1934 and George W. Bush in 2002. Each had unusual circumstances — voters rallied to FDR’s Democrats as he marshaled the federal government to fight the Great Depression and to Bush’s Republicans in the aftermath of the 2001 terrorist attacks. However, the wholesale rejection of Obama’s party Tuesday was deeper and more emphatic than average. Why? One key reason is the economy. Although it’s rebounded weakly from its collapse, the recovery has been painfully slow, and unemployment remains high at 9.6 percent. For voters, the economy eclipsed all other issues Tuesday, according to exit polls; more than 80 percent of voters said they’re worried about the country’s direction and about half said they think that Obama’s policies are hurting the country. Any president should expect to be punished in a bad economy. Facing his first midterm elections during the recession of 1982, Ronald Reagan’s Republican Party lost 26 House seats. “If the unemployment

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Kentucky Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul rubs the head of his son, Robert, 11, on Tuesday after filling out his ballot in Bowling Green, Ky. AP PHOTO

rate were 6 percent, we wouldn’t be having this conversation today,” said Lee Miringoff, the director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. A second major factor: Obama and Democrats in Congress overreached. After winning control of Congress in 2006 and the

White House in 2008, Democrats thought the country wanted a sweeping expansion of government programs, as in FDR’s New Deal in the 1930s and Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society in the 1960s. Liberals surely did. But most independents didn’t, and conservatives rejected it as socialism.

the state Ethics Commission. The biggest contributor of Tuesday’s contributions was Jeff Wilmes, an Altus automobile dealer, who gave $2,500 to Askins, the state’s lieutenant governor. Republican gubernatorial candidate U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin, of Edmond, raised $3.95 million. Republican lieutenant governor candidate Todd Lamb, a state senator from

Edmond, reported lastminute contributions of $6,010, putting his total at $1.12 million. Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Kenneth Corn, a state senator from Poteau, has raised $1.15 million. Insurance Commissioner Kim Holland, a Democrat, reported receiving $2,000 Tuesday, making her total $702,671. Her Republican challenger, John Doak, has raised $497,640.


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Warmer weather expected The bumper comes off a car Tuesday as it drives into a flooded area on Interstate 45 South in Dallas. Today in Oklahoma, it is expected to be warm and breezy. For the complete forecast, see Page 6C. AP PHOTO/DALLAS MORNING NEWS

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Two children die in Norman fire BY JAMES TYREE AND JANE GLENN CANNON Staff Writers

NORMAN — A young pregnant woman broke through a window to escape a burning house and banged on a neighbor’s door early Tuesday, but could only point to the raging fire she had just escaped. Suffering from smoke inhalation, Amber Larkins, 22, later underwent a successful cesarean

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section delivery at Norman Regional Hospital, just hours after two children lost their lives in the blaze. The fire began about 4:20 a.m. in a wood-frame house at 905 N Cockrel Ave., Norman firefighters said. Savvy Larkins, 2, died in the fire and her father, Daniel Larkins, 19, was being treated for smoke inhalation in the intensive care unit at Integris Baptist Medical Center. Michael Larkins, 7, also died in

the fire. He was spending the night at the home of his aunt, Oley Mae Thornton, who was delivering newspapers at the time of the fire. Thornton lost a grandchild, Savry, but gained a grandchild with the birth of Amber Larkins’ baby. Also being treated for smoke inhalation at Integris was Amber Larkins, while Kelly Larkins, 46, was in the burn unit with seconddegree burns on 10 percent of his body, Integris spokeswoman

Brooke Cayot said. The neighbor, Jim Larkins, a relative, said Amber Larkins’ baby was doing fine. “Amber banged on my door and all she could manage to do was point, but I could see what was going on,” Jim Larkins said. “I tried to get to the back of the house, but the fire was too dangerous.” Jim Larkins said he heard the

MAN PLEADS TO ASSAULT Ricky Charles Howard Hoover Jr., 27, of Indiahoma, pleaded guilty to assault resulting in serious bodily injury in connection with a traffic accident that killed a man who was mowing his yard near Indiahoma in April, U.S. Attorney Sanford Coats reported Tuesday. Hoover was under the influence of alcohol and Lortab when he lost control of his vehicle, which struck and killed Kenneth Kowena, 61, of Indiahoma, records show. Hoover faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 at sentencing, Coats said. FROM STAFF REPORTS

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BY NOLAN CLAY Staff Writer nclay@opubco.com

The state of Oklahoma is alleging in a lawsuit it has been cheated out of millions of dollars in hotel room taxes. The state is suing for back sales taxes from Priceline.com, Expedia, Orbitz, Travelocity.com and other online reservation companies that offer discount hotel rooms. The lawsuit — filed Tuesday in Oklahoma County District Court — is the latest against the online travel industry. A year ago, Florida became the first state to sue the online travel companies. San Antonio and other Texas cities last year won $20 million in their 2006 lawsuit against Expedia and other companies. The lawsuit was initiated by Gov. Brad Henry. “We believe some outof-state firms have not paid their appropriate state sales tax bill and have essentially shorted Oklahoma taxpayers out of hundreds of millions of dollars,” said a spokesman for the governor. The lawsuit alleges the companies act deceptively, collecting taxes from travelers “at or above” retail room rates but only paying the state taxes on wholesale rates. The state hired law firms from Georgia and Oklahoma to file the lawsuit. Most of the hotel tax cases against the industry have not been successful, said Andrew Weinstein, a spokesman for the Interactive Travel Services Association.

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POLICE NAME SLAIN WOMAN Ramona Lynn Anders, 25, was the woman found shot to death Saturday morning at 3151⁄2 SW 34, police said Tuesday. Anyone who has information about the crime should call 297-1200. The death is the 48th homicide in Oklahoma City this year. FROM STAFF REPORTS

FLU SHOTS OFFERED FREE The Riverpark Neighborhood Association will conduct its annual health fair from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 3901 SW 29. The event, held in conjunction with the University of Central Oklahoma School of Nursing and Mercy Community Outreach, will include free flu shots and free health screenings. For information, call Jeanna Daniel at 519-2188.

An Emergency Medical Services Authority paramedic, right, sets off a bomb Monday as Rockie Yardley, left, an Edmond Police Department bomb expert, and two paramedic students watch. Paramedic students joined with the Edmond police bomb squad for a training exercise on responding to explosions. For the story, see Page 16A. PHOTO BY JOHN CLANTON, THE OKLAHOMAN

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Metro-area high schools show wide range on ACT scores

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Advanced Placement U.S. history students Laenie Fletcher, left, and Hannah Wilson read along with their teacher, Christine Curtright, at Edmond Memorial High School. PHOTO BY STEVE GOOCH, THE OKLAHOMAN

An analysis of metroarea schools’ average ACT college entrance exam scores shows that only four schools scored at or higher than 24, the score desired by most four-year colleges for entrance. The Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics led the way by scoring an average composite ACT score of 31.4. The school is a two-year residential high school for academically gifted students across the state.

Edmond North High School ranked next highest in the state, with an average composite score of 24.3. Also meeting or surpassing a score of 24 were Classen School of Advanced Studies, with a score of 24.2, and Norman North High School, with an average score of 24. Other metro-area schools came close to the benchmark score. Edmond Memorial High School had a score of 23.6, Deer Creek High School scored 23.2 and Norman SEE EXAM, PAGE 16A

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EMSA, bomb technicians team up to teach safety BY DIANA BALDWIN Staff Writer dbaldwin@opubco.com

EDMOND — Emergency Medical Services Authority paramedic students this week got an explosive lesson in what law enforcement officers face at crime scenes. Nine paramedic students spent the day Monday with Edmond police officers and members of their bomb squad. It was the first time EMSA and a law enforcement agency have joined forces to help train paramedics about crime scene investigations, how to help an injured bomb technician and what to look for in explosives, said Maj. Heather Yazdanipour, an EMSA paramedic and instructor. “Today has been invaluable,” Yazdanipour said. “There is a lot of power

packed into today. What better way to learn but to seek out the experts.” Edmond officer Michael King also is an EMSA paramedic. He was instrumental in getting the class together. “It is a great learning experience,” King said. “EMSA and the law enforcement community react to situations every day. Very seldom do they get together outside of the scene. This gives them the ability to work better together.” Some of the students dressed in 90-pound bomb technician suits, while others learned how to remove the $12,000 piece of protective gear. They later learned about the different kinds of explosives and what to look for when they arrive at a crime scene involving an explosion. Three of them got to set off different

and Putnam City North high schools each had scores of 22.9. ACT stipulates the composite score to be college-ready is 24, said Bob Melton, science curriculum facilitator for the Putnam City School District. Colleges such as the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University and other four-year schools have picked that score as an entrance requirement. ACT arrived at that score based on data of students who passed the test with that score and how they did in college, Melton said. Students who achieve that score have a 50 percent chance of making a B or better and a 75 percent chance of making a C or better in their freshman year in college, he said. Other colleges, such as community colleges, accept a lower entrance score. Edmond North Principal Jan Keirns attributed her school’s score to the number of Advanced Placement courses students take. “One of the main things we do here is really encourage a rigorous program and hold students to high expectations, whether in AP or pre-AP classes,” Keirns said. “We really want our students to be fully prepared when they leave us.” Putnam City high schools also showed a wide range of average scores on the ACT test. Putnam City North tied for eighth in the state with five other schools with an average score of 22.9. Putnam City High School had a score of 20.5, while Putnam City West High School scored 19.3. Putnam City Academy, the district’s alternative school, scored 17.8. Melton said looking at schools with high vs. low scores is not really an accurate way to judge success, however. “You have to drill down into what percentage of those kids are taking the tests, what percentage are going onto college and what percentage are taking the rigorous course work,” he said. Students can prepare for the ACT in a variety of ways, but what really counts is the courses they take, Melton said. Students who take biology, chemistry and physics, for instance, typically perform at college-ready levels on the ACT, he said. The rigor of a course also counts, said Steve Lindley, Putnam City School District spokesman. “What really makes the difference in ACT is four years of rigorous courses,” Lindley said.

Lindley and Melton both said students need to start thinking about doing well on the ACT in middle school.

IN BRIEF ST. ELIJAH PLANS ANNUAL FOOD FEST St. Elijah Orthodox Christian Church will host its annual food festival and holiday bake sale from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the church, NW 150 and May Avenue. Guided tours of the church and specialty booths also will be available. For more information, go to www.stelijahokc.com. FROM STAFF REPORTS

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Scrabble Club, 3 p.m., Game HQ, 1620 SW 89, 691-0509.

McEvoy’s Toastmasters, 6:30 p.m., Grace United Methodist Church, 6316 N Tulsa, 787-1598. El Reno School Board, 5:30 p.m., administration building, 100 S Bickford. Kingfisher City Council, 5:30 p.m., city hall, 301 N Main. Mustang School Board, 7 p.m., education center, 400 N Clear Springs Road. Piedmont School Board, 6 p.m., administration building, 713 Piedmont Road.

FRIDAY Paramedic students Tori Spencer, right, and Jennifer Coker look at a stick of dynamite Monday during a demonstration on explosives. PHOTOS BY JOHN CLANTON, THE OKLAHOMAN

kinds of explosives at the police firing range. “All explosives burn fast,” said Rockie Yardley, a police department bomb expert. “There are different sizes. None of them are good.” Yardley warned the students to be aware of what is around them because

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“If you’re thinking about doing well on the ACT, your junior year is too late,” Melton said. “The die has been cast.”

homemade bombs are becoming more popular. “We are rescuers at heart,” Yardley said. “Just stop and think. Take it slow.”

Tree Sale, 8 a.m., Moore Community Center, 301 S Howard, 793-5090.

SATURDAY Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City Farmers Market, 8 a.m., 400 N Portland Ave.


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Craft, book sales set for Saturday in Yukon FROM STAFF REPORTS

YUKON — A paperback book sale and craft festival are planned Saturday. The events are being organized by the Mabel C. Fry Library and the Yukon Parks and Recreation Department. The Pumpkin Harvest Craft Festival will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Robertson Activity Center, 1200 Lakeshore Drive. Entry is free. The book sale will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the library next door. Both venues are in the vicinity of State Highway 66 and Mustang Road. The craft festival will feature more than 40 vendors from across the state. Taco soup and baked goods also will be for sale, Yukon Parks and Recreation Department officials said. The Friends of the Li-

African Children’s Choir to perform FROM STAFF REPORTS

The African Children’s Choir will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Douglass High School auditorium, 900 N Martin Luther King Ave. For tickets, call 524-3800.

brary Paperback Book Sale will feature paperback books at 50 cents each. A box of romance novels will be priced at $5. Craft books will be available at

various prices. For more information on the craft festival, call 3508937. For more information about the book sale, call 354-8232.


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LIBRARY EVENTS These programs are scheduled at a Metropolitan Library System branch. For a list of all programs and events, go to metrolibrary.org. For more information and additional events, and to post details about new events, go to wimgo.com.

TODAY

THURSDAY

What: Book Blast When: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Where: Choctaw Ages: 6 and older

What: Pajama story time When: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Where: Warr Acres Ages: 2½ to 5

What: Local Author Series: Rodney Redus When: 6 to 7 p.m. Where: Del City Ages: Adults

FRIDAY What: Developmental screenings When: 9 a.m. to noon Where: Bethany Ages: Newborn to 5 years

Aseem Nevrekar, a student at the University of Oklahoma, performs with OU’s Arashi Taiko, an Asian drum band, at the Red Ribbon Culture Jam at Moore Public Library. The festival was one of several activities Saturday, including the annual Red Ribbon Parade against drug abuse. PHOTOS BY JIM BECKEL, THE OKLAHOMAN

Above and left: Bagpiper Jessie Bills performs Saturday at the Red Ribbon Culture Jam in Moore.

Phil Clark, of Norman, browses through items for sale.

UCO to host dance festival FROM STAFF REPORTS

EDMOND — The University of Central Oklahoma Department of Dance will host more than 180 high school students and their teachers for two days of classes, workshops and performances during its first Oklahoma High School Dance Festival on Friday and Saturday. Participating high schools are Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School, Classen School of Advanced Studies, Harding Fine Arts Academy, John Marshall High School, Luther High School, Norman High School, Norman North High School, Putnam City North High School, Southeast High School and U.S. Grant High School. In addition to taking classes in ballet, modern, jazz, hip-hop, flamenco and aerial dance from UCO faculty and alumni, six of the participating high schools will have the opportunity to join the UCO Kaleidoscope Dancers in performance. Dancers from Southeast, Norman North and Norman will perform with Kaleidoscope at 7:30 p.m. Friday, while students from Harding Fine Arts Academy, Bishop McGuinness and John Marshall high schools will perform with Kaleidoscope at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The festival also will include instructional workshops for high school dance teachers. Tickets to the concert are $14 for adults, $10 for seniors and non-UCO students and $4 for UCO students. To reserve tickets, call the box office at 9743375. Reservations are recommended.

INFORMATION For more information about the festival, call 974-5231 or e-mail jjacobson @uco.edu.

ACHIEVERS devices that have been submitted by companies worldwide. He plays a critical role in the design and monitoring of the clinical trials that ultimately lead to approval or disapproval of these retinal devices. Dr. Sam Dahr

PROFESSIONAL An Integris ophthalmologist has received a certificate of appreciation from the Center for Devices and Radiological Health of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Sam Dahr has been the principal retinal consultant for the Ophthalmic Device Division of the FDA for the past three and a half years. In this role, he reviews applications for FDA approval of retinal

COMMUNITY SERVICE Four community activists and one nonprofit were honored by World Neighbors at the A Journey Around the World gala. Patty Johnston and Mark and Jerry Gautreaux were given the World Neighbors Namaste award, recognizing them for their contributions to World Neighbors and for representing the qualities of World Neighbors mission throughout the Oklahoma community. The

Dale Rogers Training Center is receiving the World Neighbors & KFOR Dignity award for the nonprofit category. The center provides training and job placement to promote independence for people with disabilities. The other Dignity Award winner is Charlotte Lankard, a marriage and family therapist. Lankard founded the nonprofit group Calm Waters, which provides grief support groups for children.

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Notice of Intent to Bid Rehabilitation and Construction Contracts For The Comanche Nation Housing Authority h The Comanche Nation Housing Authority (CNHA), Lawton, Oklahoma will be soliciting bids in the near future on housing rehabilitation and new construction work. The intent of this announcement is to identify qualified Indianowned contractors that may be interested in bidding on future work. All interested Indian-owned contractors will be placed on a list for use in future solicitations. Interested contractors may provide CNHA with a Statement of Intent to respond to future Invitation for Bid (IFB) or Request for Proposals (RFP). Contractors must be bondable and must provide required insurance documentation as well as Contractor’s License. For a detailed list of requirements, interested firms may contact the Comanche Nation Housing Authority at 580357-4956. The closing date for accepting the letter of intent is November 5, 2010 at the close of business, 5:00 pm CST.

NOTICE OF APPLICATION Union Bank, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, intends to apply to the Federal Reserve Board for permission to (1) merge with First Coleman National Bank, Coleman, Texas, Graham National Bank, Graham, Texas, Citizens National Bank of Breckenridge, Breckenridge, Texas, First State Bank of Canadian, National Association, Canadian, Texas, First National Bank of Olney, Olney, Texas, Friona State Bank, National Association, Friona, Texas, Farmers National Bank of Seymour, Seymour, Texas and InterBank, Elk City, Oklahoma; and (2) purchase the assets and assume the liabilities of the banking offices of First National Bank of Borger, Borger, Texas which are located at 531 N. Deahl Street, Borger, Texas and 525 Morse Street, Stinnett, Texas. Each of the banking offices of the banks to be acquired by merger and the banking offices located in Borger and Stinnett, Texas to be acquired by purchase and assumption will become branch offices of Union Bank. The Federal Reserve considers a number of factors in deciding whether to approve the application, including the record of performance of our banks in helping to

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Other Legal Notices CITY OF MOORE BID NOTICE BID #101-008 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Moore will receive sealed bids in the office of the City Clerk, Purchasing Division, Moore City Hall, 301 North Broadway, Suite 203, Moore, Oklahoma, 73160, for MOWING OF SELECTED CITY PROPERTY. Bids will not be accepted after 1:45 P.M., CST, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2010. Bids will be made in accordance with the specifications, and these specifications are on file and available for examination, or may be obtained from the office of the City Clerk, Moore City Hall. One (1) copy addressed to the Office of the City Clerk, Purchasing Division, will be submitted, and that copy must be sealed and clearly marked with the name of the bidding vendor and identified as follows: “SEALED BID #101-008” “MOWING OF SELECTED CITY PROPERTY” The bidder must attend the mandatory pre-bid conference at 2:00 p.m., CST, Monday, November 22, 2010. The pre-bid conference will be held in the City Council Chambers, Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway, Moore, Oklahoma. Attendance is required in order to be qualified to submit a bid. Bids filed as provided herein will be publicly opened at 2:00 p.m., CST, Monday, November 29, 2010, Moore City Hall, City Council Chambers, 301 North Broadway, Suite 126, Moore, Oklahoma 73160. All bids will remain at least forty-eight (48) hours thereafter, before a contract will be made and entered into thereon. Bids received more than ninety-six (96) hours [excluding Saturdays, Sundays and holidays], before the time set for the receipt of bids will not be considered. The City of Moore reserves the right to accept the bid which, in the judgment of the Staff, is the best for the application of needs, materials and services as covered in the specifications, and is deemed the best, overall, for the good of the City. The City of Moore reserves the right to reject any and all bids; waive irregularities and formalities in any bid submitted. In addition, the City of Moore reserves the right to contract with one or more parties to perform identical services as deemed appropriate. The City of Moore is an equal opportunity employer. Carol Folsom, Purchasing Agent 405/793-5022

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NOTICE OF SEIZURE AND PETITION FOR FORFEITURE PURSUANT TO PENAL CODE SECTION 186.4 COUNTY OF SANTA BARBARA, SUPERIOR COURT CASE NO: 1333867 TO ALL INTERESTED PARTIES, you are hereby notified that: On July 1, 2010, the District Attorney of Santa Barbara County initiated proceedings to forfeit property and assets pursuant to Penal Code section 186.4. The property and assets subject to the above-described proceedings includes cash, an automobile and other personal property. You are hereby notified that any interested person may file a verified claim with the Superior Court of the County of Santa Barbara stating the nature and amount of their claimed interest. You must file this claim within thirty (30) days after receipt of this notice, or within thirty (30) days from the date of the first publication of the notice, if that person was not personally served or served by mail. You must serve a verified copy of your claim on the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office (Attention: Senior Deputy District Attorney Lee Carter) at 1112 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Failure to serve the District Attorney's Office within thirty (30) days from the date of filing the claimed interest with the Superior Court can result in a waiver of interest in the property or assets or delay of any legal proceedings. Failure to file a verified claim stating an interest in the property or assets with the Superior Court of the County of Santa Barbara will result in a waiver of any interest in the property or assets without further hearing pursuant to Penal Code §186.5). The following property is subject to the above-described proceedings: $4,180.00 U.S. currency, a 2000 CADILLAC VIN 1G6KD54Y8YU202179 and all the contents of the 2000 CADILLAC, including clothing, cell phones and computers Dated: October 27, 2010 JOYCE DUDLEY District Attorney LEE CARTER Senior Deputy District Attorney

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meet local credit needs. You are invited to submit comments on this application in writing to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, One Memorial Drive, Kansas City, Missouri 64198. The comment period will not end before December 6, 2010, and may be somewhat longer. The Board’s procedures for processing applications may be found at 12 C.F.R. Part 262. Procedures for processing protested applications may be found at 12 C.F.R. Part 262.25. To obtain a copy of the Board’s procedures or if you need more information about how to submit your comments on the application, contact Dennis Denney, Assistant Vice President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City at (816) 881-2633. The Federal Reserve will consider your comments and any request for a hearing on the application if they are accepted by the Reserve Bank on or before the last date of the comment period.

Anyone having interest in the following vehicle should contact John @ 370-0845: 2002 Honda CRX VIN # JHMEC 1316HS026799 2002 HYUNDAI ACCENT VIN# KMHCG35C22V196493 1992 MERCEDES 190E VIN# WDBDA29D1NF969454 Anyone having financial interest in 1964 Chev VIN# 41847R1218884 Contact Lloyd 405-388-2671 Anyone with legal/ financial interest in 2002 Saturn VIN 1G8ZN12862Z234296 call Sandra 350-2087 Anyone with interest in 1971 chev nova vin# 1142711138 to be sold for mechanics lien on 11-25-10 contact Gary 405-812-8209. Anyone with interest in 1974 Johnson boat motor Model # 50ESL74M, Serial #4040409, HP 50. Sale to be held on 11-25-10 contact Betty at 405-634-5897


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OCU set to honor distinguished alumni BY LESLIE BERGER NewsOK.com Contributor

The Oklahoma City University Alumni Association will honor outstanding alumni during Homecoming weekend festivities Saturday. The annual Distinguished Alumni and Athletic Hall of Fame Awards Dinner begins with a 6 p.m. reception, followed by dinner at 7 p.m. at the Devon Boathouse, 616 SE 6. This year’s honorees are law alumnus Carl Alexandre; business alumnus Frank Bruno; music alumnus Edgar Cruz; honors alumnus John Fletcher; dance/arts management alumnus Stephen Kovash; arts and sciences alumna Angela Monson; nursing alumna Marla PeixottoSmith; religion alumna Ekaterina “Katya” Marsakova Zoubkova; and Ath-

Carl Alexandre

Frank Bruno

and Training for the U.S. Department of Justice. Bruno was previously inducted into the OCU Athletic Hall Ekaterina of Fame. He is Marla PeixottoMarsakova Smith retiring after Zoubkova 59 years as letic Hall of Fame inductee co-owner of Bruno’s Home Furnishings. Phil McSpadden. Alexandre is the diCruz played string rector of the Office of bass for the OCU OrchesOverseas Prosecutorial tra, established his indeDevelopment, Assistance pendent record label,

John Fletcher

Edgar Cruz

Stephen Kovash

E.C.I. Recordings in 1987, and began his official recording career in 1989. Fletcher starred in a number of OCU productions and spent a year in OCU’s touring children’s theater troupe, the Let’s Pretend Players. He is assistant professor of theater history and women’s and gender studies at Louisiana State University. Kovash serves as the national acquisition manager for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Develop-

Phil McSpadden

ment and is a certified federal mediator and facilitator. Monson was elected chair of the Oklahoma City School Board last year after previously serving as a state senator and in the state House of Representatives. Peixotto-Smith earned her master’s in nursing degree from OCU’s Kramer School of nursing. She is retired as director of emergency services, outpatient services and the transplant program at St. Anthony Hospital. Zoubkova, a native of

Angela Monson

Ulyanovsk, Russia, transferred to OCU in 1994. She serves as pastor of the Tyumen United Methodist Church of the Salvation. McSpadden is a softball coach who has captured eight national championships and was a 2007 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics hall of famer. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased by calling 208-7787 or e-mailing rsvp@okcu.edu.

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Cold case ends with sentencing BY ANN KELLEY Staff Writer akelley@opubco.com

CHANDLER — A Missouri

prison inmate was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the 1992 death of a woman who was strangled and dumped in a creek bed in rural Lincoln County. Dennis Ray Wright, 50, pleaded no contest in Lincoln County District Court to a reduced charge of first-degree manslaughter in the death of Georgette Pless, 22, of Tulsa. Wright was initially charged in April with firstdegree murder, but the complaint was altered as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors. District Attorney Richard Smothermon said the sentence almost ensures Wright will spend the rest of his life behind bars. Wright is a diabetic and in poor health, he said. “There is little risk of him ever getting out alive,” Smothermon said. Wright appeared Friday in court, but no one was in the courtroom representing Pless’ family. Smothermon said law enforcement has been unable to reach any of Pless’ family members to tell them about the conviction. He said investigators tracked her mother to a homeless shelter in Louisiana and left messages there, but received no response. Pless has a son who agents continue to search

for, he said. “We’d like to let someone in her family know that after all this time Georgette Pless got justice,” he said. Deputies stumbled upon Pless’ nude body in November 1992 while searching for two victims in an unrelated murder case. She was facedown under a bridge in rural Lincoln County, authorities said. It took months for law enforcement to identify her remains, and her murder remained unsolved for nearly two decades. Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agents last year had DNA information from semen collected from Pless’ body compared to DNA information kept in a national computer database. The results garnered a match to Wright, who was serving time in a Missouri prison on a fraud conviction, said Gary Perkinson, agent in charge of the OSBI’s cold case unit. Perkinson said investigators later learned Wright once lived about a mile from where Pless’ body was found, and he lived in the neighborhood from which she disappeared. Perkinson said Wright never admitted to killing Pless, and denied ever knowing her. There were ligature marks across the front of Pless’ neck, and her spine was broken in several places, according to a report from the state medical examiner’s office.

TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS CLAIM 3 ON STATE ROADS Three people died from accidents on state roads, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported Tuesday. Jackie Morris, 43, Clayton Morris died at the scene of a crash Tuesday four miles west of Wilburton in Latimer County, the patrol reported. He was driving a car about 5:45 p.m. west on U.S. 270 when it veered left of center and struck an oncoming tractor-trailer rig, troopers said. The rig’s driver was not hurt. Both drivers were wearing seat belts, the patrol reported. Leslie Fipps, 24, Paden Fipps died Monday after a wreck in Seminole County north of Seminole, troopers said. She was driving an eastbound car about 7 p.m. on the ramp from U.S. 377 to Interstate 40 when she ran a stop sign, the patrol reported. A southbound pickup slammed into her car. Fipps died at a Seminole hospital, troopers said. The driver of the pickup was not hurt. Both drivers were wearing seat belts, the patrol reported. Donald Richardson, 47, Custer City Richardson died Tuesday after a wreck west of Custer City in Custer County, troopers said. He was driving a westbound SUV about 3 a.m. on State Highway 33 when it left the road, the patrol reported. The SUV hit a concrete ditch and rolled 21⁄2 times. Richardson was ejected from the vehicle and died at an Oklahoma City hospital, troopers said. He was not wearing a seat belt. FROM STAFF REPORTS

Deaths BARTLESVILLE

Scott, Richard Lee, 82, died Saturday. Graveside services 1 p.m. today, Summit View Cemetery, Guthrie (Stumpff, Bartlesville). Wright, Naomi Joella, 63, died Sunday. Services 2 p.m. Thursday (Stumpff, Bartlesville).

BEAVER

Elfers, Fumiko, 74, died Sunday. Services 2 p.m. today, Church of Christ (Mason, Shattuck).

BLANCHARD

Brown, Mickey Hough, 57, died Oct. 31. Services 10 a.m. Saturday (Eisenhour, Blanchard).

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CLINTON

Hill, Robert Wesley “Hillboy,” 69, died Monday. Services 1 p.m. Friday (Stanley-Lee, Clinton). Torres, Antonio, 74, died Tuesday. Services 2 p.m. Thursday (Kiesau-Lee, Clinton).

Henry, Alice “Marie,” 84, died Monday. Graveside services 2 p.m. Thursday, Dustin Cemetery (Hunn, Black & Merritt, Eufaula).

FORT GIBSON

Burch, Florabelle C., 84, died Monday. Graveside services 1 p.m. Thursday, Fort Gibson National Cemetery (Lescher-Millsap, Fort Gibson).

HINTON

Huey, Willie, 92, died Monday. Services 2 p.m. Friday, Bridgeport United Methodist Church (Turner, Hinton).

JENNINGS

Reavis Marshall, Geneva Jacqueline, 71, died Oct. 28. Services 2 p.m. today, Oilton First Baptist Church (Affordable Cremation, Oklahoma City).

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fire started in the middle of the house but knew no other details. Norman fire marshals were still investigating Tuesday afternoon. A neighbor, Kristine Butler, said the fire awakened her. “I saw them pull the bodies out. Thank goodness my kids didn’t. It was awful,” Butler said. Another neighbor, Stephen Swim, said the tragedy “breaks my heart.” Swim said he woke up to the sound of a dog barking

ONLINE Video Watch video from the site of the fatal fire online at NewsOK.com.

and could see light through a window shade. When he looked out, he could see the house on fire, he said. The fire caused an estimated $125,000 worth of damage to the house and its contents.

RINGLING

Maussner, Patricia, 76, died Monday. Graveside services 2 p.m. Thursday, Oak Hill Cemetery (Chaney-Harkins, McAlester).

MIDWEST CITY

Bodenheimer, Clyde Edward “Ed,” 71, died Monday. Services 3 p.m. Sunday, Crossings Community Church, Oklahoma City (Ford, Midwest City).

MOORE

Dunn, Patricia Ann, 62, died Oct. 24. Services 2 p.m. Saturday, Eakley First Assembly of God (John M. Ireland, Moore).

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NEWCASTLE

Brown, John W., 82, died Tuesday. Services 2 p.m. Thursday, Glory Promise Center (Vondel L. Smith & Son South, Oklahoma City).

NICOMA PARK

Ballard, Anna Mae, 64, died Monday. Services 10 a.m. Thursday (Hibbs, Choctaw).

NINNEKAH

McClendon, Hazel F., 83, died Monday. Services 10:30 a.m. Friday (Ferguson, Chickasha).

Sears, Debbie Ann (Walker), 50 died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Saturday, First United Methodist Church, Durant (Holmes-Coffey-Murray, Durant).

Records Editor’s note: The Oklahoman will publish free birth and adoption announcements as space permits. Include full names of parents, sex, birth date, hospital or county of adoption. You can send the information to The Oklahoman, P.O. Box 25125, Oklahoma City, OK 73125, or call us at 475-3539. The Oklahoman has discontinued publishing birth announcements from hospitals that do not provide full names of parents.

MARRIAGE LICENSES

Michael Rory Shearer, 52, and Carol Sue Rhoads, 55. Jerry David Snider, 47, and Theresa Dolores Roche, 48. Joseph Lynn Suttle, 30, and Kasey Lynn Prowell, 29. Mark Anthony Morgan II, 28, and Tara Necole Johnson, 21. Dan Nubine Jr., 55, and Laura Diedra Howard, 40. Johnny Wayne Goodwin, 24, and Christine Elizabeth Crites, 18. Jereme Michael Cowan, 31, and Courtney Leigh Allen, 29. Michael Joe Rothrock, 28, and Natalie Kay Banks, 28. Rodney Lee Brehm, 26, and Chrystal Dawn Ableiter, 20. Eric Vincent Owen, 41, and Heather Dawn Estridge, 18. Michael Adam Mosteller, 27, and Kathryn Lynnell Tarr, 33. Loren Del Rosebrook, 21, and Audrey

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Church (Parks Brothers, Prague).

PAULS VALLEY

Ayers, Steven Wayne, 38, died Oct. 30. Services 2 p.m. Saturday, Erin Springs Baptist Church, Lindsay (B.G. Boydston, Lindsay). Holt, Tracy Denise, 49, died Saturday. Services 2 p.m. Thursday (Stufflebean-Coffey, Pauls Valley).

PAWNEE

Cather-Brown, Ruth E., 99, died Sunday. Graveside services 12:30 p.m. Friday, Highland Cemetery (Poteet, Pawnee). Rolland, Edward Floyd, 55, died Oct. 29. Services 2 p.m. Saturday, First Assembly of God (Poteet, Pawnee).

PONCA CITY

Stanger, Norma Jean “Lindy,” 83, died Saturday. Graveside services 2 p.m. Thursday, Odd Fellows Cemetery (Trout, Ponca City).

PRAGUE

Hoffman, Paula Elaine (Friend), 58, died Monday. Services 2 p.m. Friday, Sharon Baptist Church, Shawnee (Parks Brothers, Prague).

RALSTON

Dilbeck, Margie, 79, died Sunday.

Sheriellen Danyel Wall, 21. Adrien Javan Stafford, 28, and Aleicia Lashelle Henry, 24. Christopher B. Stewart, 33, and Cherith J. Pennell, 26. Jonathan Wesley Jones, 39, and Heather Renee Rinehart, 32. Adam Daniel Deutsch, 24, and Amanda J. Montelongo, 20.

DIVORCES ASKED

Carney, Jana K. v. Damon R. Cody, Tamara Lynn v. Michael James Conner, Karla J. v. Jason W. Donohew, Kimberley D. v. Joseph N. Gonzales, Jerry S. v. Elliott-Gonzales, Heather L. Hall, Bobby W. v. Marcella G. Jackson, Lloyd Dale Sr. v. Arleatha Gale Jones, Rita A. v. William R. Lietch, Christy Dawn v. Lewis Christopher Milberg, Carla Elaine v. Thomas Ripley Nola-Turk, Christine P. v. Turk, Steven J. Olson, Marjorie v. Scott E. Petrus, Jessica v. Salter, Thomas Anthony Quinn, Jennifer Lee v. Andrew James Reither, Meredyth v. Johnny L. Simpson, Holly Catherine v. Devon Kyle Smith Hough, Katherine Ainslie v. Hough, Charles Vandoren Spybuck, Stephanie H. v. Jason E. Tennyson, David R. v. Jayne A. Tran, Daniel Le v. Le, Cuong Kim Thi Webb, Samuel A. v. Diane L. Yarbrough, Tellia R. v. William L.

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Vincent, Pattie Jean, 89, died Oct. 30. Memorial services 2 p.m. Dec. 18 Turner, Don Mike, 81, died Tuesday. Graveside services 10:30 a.m. Thursday, (Strode, Stillwater). Ringling Memorial Cemetery (AlexanUTICA der, Wilson). Carr, Muriel, 88, died Monday. RINGWOOD Services 10 a.m. today (Brown’s, Durant). Farrington, Clara Belle, 77, died Monday. Services 10 a.m. Saturday, First WYNNEWOOD Baptist Church (Lanman, Helena). Hensley, Willis Dwight, 67, died SALLISAW Monday. Services 11 a.m. Thursday Lowrimore, Othel E., 95, died Monday. (DeArman, Wynnewood). Services 10 a.m. Thursday, Immanuel YALE Baptist Church (Agent, Sallisaw). Turner, Frank, 81, died Oct. 30. SHAWNEE Services 10 a.m. Saturday, First Assembly of God (Palmer Marler, King, Terry Lee, 46, died Saturday. Cushing). Services 2 p.m. Friday, Spring Baptist

BASS Bert Faircloth Bass, 81, was Harwell, Paul, 87, died Monday. born in Thomasville, GA on Dean, William Jessie, 73, died Friday. Services 10 a.m. Friday (Hampton July 27, 1929, the son of John Private services (OK Cremation, Mortuary, Checotah). C. Bass and Oklahoma City). Houston, Luke, 76, died Sunday. Laura HanDEL CITY Graveside services 2 p.m. today, IOOF nah Griffin. Harris, Alta Mae, 87, died Tuesday. Cemetery (Havenbrook, Norman). He passed Graveside services 2 p.m. Friday, Fairview Cemetery, Tuttle (Caskets away NoOKLAHOMA CITY Inc. & Johnson, Del City). vember 2, Allen, Jean Marie, 79, died Saturday. Sherrill, Virginia L., 94, died Monday. 2010, in Services 2 p.m. Thursday (Advantage, Services 10 a.m. Thursday, Bethel Midwest City). Oklahoma Church, Choctaw (Smith-Parks, Barfelz, Alan Gale, 50, died Sunday. City. On Harrah). Services 3 p.m. Thursday (Bill EisenNov. 6, Williams, Letha F., 88, died Tuesday. hour NE, Oklahoma City). 1955, Bert Services 10 a.m. Friday (Bill Eisenhour Booker, Darryl, 50, died Oct. 22. SE, Del City). Services 11 a.m. Friday, Greater Mount married Carolyn Sugg in Lonoke, AR. Bert served in Olive Baptist Church (Temple and DEWEY the U.S. Army during the KoSons, Oklahoma City). Ketchum, Billy George Jr., 40, died rean War, rising to rank of Farnsworth, Dean Leonard Sr., 50, Oct. 29. Services 1 p.m. Friday, Dewey died Saturday. Services 11:30 a.m. Captain at age 26. After beChurch of Christ (Stumpff, BartlesThursday, Mercer Adams, Bethany ing discharged from the U.S. ville). (Affordable Cremation, Oklahoma Army, he worked for the FAA DURANT City). as an Air Traffic Controller Franklin, Billy Ray, 78, died Oct. 23. No Flanagan, W.W., 86, died Sunday. and meteorologist, retiring services (OK Cremation, Oklahoma Services 11 a.m. Thursday, United from government service in City). Methodist Church, Calera (Holmes1982. He then worked as a Harper, Alma R., 96, died Monday. Coffey-Murray, Durant). real estate agent and apServices 10 a.m. Friday, Forest Hill EDMOND Christian Church (Mercer-Adams, praiser until his retirement. McEver, Winfred “Mac,” 90, died Bethany). Bert moved to Yukon in 1978, Monday. Services 1:30 p.m. Nov. 18, Heitman-Smith, Frances Mae, 94, died and was a member of the Southern Hills Christian Church Tuesday. Services in Chrisman, Ill. United Methodist Church of (Baggerley, Edmond). (Corbett, Oklahoma City). the Good Shepherd in Yukon. Whitaker, Gerald D., 80, died SatHyeche, Rose M., 62, died Oct. 29. He was an avid genealogist, urday. Services 1 p.m. Friday, First Services 11 a.m. Saturday, Greater Christian Church (OK Cremation, military historian, and reShiloh Baptist Church (Temple and Oklahoma City). cently began collecting coins. Sons, Oklahoma City). Kemp, Kenneth G., 85, died Sunday. As a former pilot in the Army ELK CITY Services 2 p.m. Friday, Chapel Hill Air Corps., he enjoyed phoSmith, Bertha, 94, died Monday. United Methodist Church (Hahn-Cook/ tographing and researching Services 2 p.m. today (Martin, Elk Street & Draper, Oklahoma City). historic aircraft, and attendCity). Lerner, Charlotte Marie, 77, died ing air shows. Bert is surMonday. Services 11 a.m. Thursday ENID vived by his wife, Carolyn; (Vondel Smith South Lakes, OklaCantellay, Joe H., 59, died Monday. sons, Brad Bass and wife Dihoma City). Services 2 p.m. Friday (Brownanna of Carrollton, Texas and Rae, Bill, 81, died Sunday. Services 2 Cummings, Enid). p.m. Thursday (Hahn-Cook/Street & Brian Bass of Carrollton, Falls, Jolene, 76, died Saturday. Draper, Oklahoma City). Texas; daughter-in-law, Cathy Private services (Brown-Cummings, Schumacher, LaVonne B., 78, died Enid). Bass of Oklahoma City; and Tuesday. Wake 7 p.m. Thursday, Mass grandchildren, James Bass, Grandon, LeeRoy, 84, died Monday. 10 a.m. Friday, St. Francis of Assisi (Bill Graveside services Friday at Burrton, Stephen Bass, Michael Bass, Merritt, Bethany). Kan. (Ladusau-Evans, Enid). Carolyn Bass, Kelsey Bass Sumption, Herbert George, 83, died Jackson, Louie A. Jr., 83, died Satand Kenny Bass. He was preMonday. Private services (Mercerurday. Services 10 a.m. today (BrownAdams, Bethany). ceded in death by his parents, Cummings, Enid). Townley, Melton “Ray,” 63, died Oct. John and Laura Bass; sibMcClanahan, Sunshine, 50, died Oct. lings, Mary Lou Hillman, John 28. Services 10 a.m. Thursday (Brown- 27. Services 2 p.m. Saturday, Resurrection Free Methodist Church (CorCummings, Enid). C. (Bub) Bass, and Betty Lee bett, Oklahoma City). O’Dea, Betty Jo, 77, died Sunday. O'Reilly; and his son, Brett Waters, Richard I., 70, died Monday. Services 10 a.m. Friday (HenningerBass. Memorial services will Services 10 a.m. Saturday (Memorial Hinson, Enid). be held 2:00 p.m., Sunday, Park, Oklahoma City). Tefft, Twyla, 81, died Thursday. November 7, 2010, at the Zachritz, Mary Elizabeth, 89, died Services 10 a.m. today (LadusauTuesday. Services 1:30 p.m. Friday, United Methodist Church of Evans, Enid). Nichols Hills United Methodist Church the Good Shepherd in Yukon, Turner, Willie, 48, died Oct. 28. (Demuth, Oklahoma City). OK. Online condolences may Services 2 p.m. Saturday, Grayson Baptist Church (Ladusau-Evans, be signed at www.yandaand PADEN Enid). sonfuneralhome.com Fipps, Leslie Lynn, 24, died Monday. Services 2 p.m. Friday, First Baptist EUFAULA COUNCIL HILL

Briggs, Leona, 97, died Monday. Graveside services 2 p.m. Friday, Carnegie Cemetery (Smith-Gallo, Guthrie).

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Blauvelt, Roy Dale, 44, died Monday. Services 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Victory Temple, Roland (Mallory-Martin, Sallisaw).

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A Norman fire vehicle is parked in front of 905 N Cockrel Ave., where an early-morning fire killed two children and injured three adults.

Graveside services 2 p.m. today, Ralston Church, Sasakwa (Stout-Phillips, Riverside Cemetery (Hunsaker-Wooten, Wewoka). Fairfax).

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Chilcoat, Mary Louise, 83, died Tuesday. Services 1 p.m. Friday, First Baptist Church, Midwest City (Ford, Midwest City).

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Pendleton, Vernon, 74, died Monday. Graveside services 10:30 a.m. today, Mountain View Cemetery (Ray & Martha’s, Mountain View).

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Whitewolf, Jeffery “Boe,” 41, died Saturday. Wake 7 p.m. Thursday. Services 11 a.m. Friday, First Apache Indian Baptist Church, Fort Cobb (Ray & Martha’s, Carnegie). Callich, Lola Mae, 86, died Monday. Services 11 a.m. Friday, First United Methodist Church (Garrett Family, Checotah).

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CULLERS William M. “Bill” Cullers passed peacefully into his heavenly home on 11-2-2010. He was born in Lincoln, Arkansas on 11-111927 to William A. and Hattie J. Cullers. In January 1951, he married the love of his life Wilma Lee Hamlin. Together they had 5 children. He is survived by his devoted wife, Wilma, his sons Mike and Vickey Cullers, Bob Cullers and Retha, James Cullers and Patsy, all of OKC and his daughters Mary Dresel and Janie Patrick of MWC, OK. He leaves behind 8 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter. During his career, Bill served in the U.S. Army, was a schoolteacher and worked 33 years for DHS. After retirement he enjoyed walking and visiting with his friends at the mall. Bill especially enjoyed Sunday dinners and time spent with his family. Contributions in memory of Bill may be made to Britton Baptist Church. Services pending with Demuth Funeral Home.

ALEXANDER Violet Hautez (Tez) Alexander, 86, a longtime resident of the Oklahoma City area, passed away on Friday, October 29, 2010, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Funeral services will be held at 2 PM on Friday, November 5, 2010, at Mercer Adams Chapel, 3925 North Asbury, Bethany, Oklahoma. Reverend Steven C. Wright will officiate. The family will receive visitors at Mercer Adams on Friday, November 5, from 10 AM through 12 noon. While flowers are acceptable, memorial contributions made to the Alzheimer's Association, New Mexico Chapter, 9500 Montgomery NE, Suite 121, Albuquerque, NM, 87111, would be appreciated. Mrs. Alexander was born in Atwood, Oklahoma, to the late J.B. and Lula Miller. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Harvey R. Alexander; one brother, Hewit Miller; and one sister, Beatrice Wright. Mrs. Alexander was a graduate of Calvin High School and Hills School of Business. She was a homemaker, devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a longtime member of the Bethany First Church of the Nazarene. Mrs. Alexander is survived by two sons: David R. Alexander of Albuquerque, New Mexico; and James H. Alexander of Enid, Oklahoma; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends. She will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew her. To share a memory or condolence, visit: www.mercer-adams.com

BALLARD Anna Mae Ballard passed away Nov. 1, 2010. Ann was born to Frank and Velma Williams in Richland Center, WI on Nov. 9, 1945. She married Raymond Ballard on Jan. 29, 1977. They spent many happy years square dancing and traveling together. Ann and Raymond served as Central District SD Assoc. presidents in 1989-90. They belonged to Happy Tracks and Rolling Squares Clubs, and many others over the years. Ann was preceded in death by sisters, Arzenith Peterson and Alberta “Peaches” Wickels. She is survived by husband, Raymond; sisters and brother, Alma Bee, Allen Williams, Arlene Winchell, and Ariel Banker and husband Delbert, all of WI; son, Jeff Nevel and wife Donna; daughters, Cynthia Griffin, Lorene Flores, Jean McCray and husband Ron, and Raymona VanCuren and husband Jamie. Survivors also include 10 grandchildren, Cherie, Felicia, Markus, Matthew, Ashlee, Amber, Melody, Jamie, Fernando, and Seth; 4 greatgrandchildren, Sabra, Lance, Matthew Jr., and Serenity; and many nieces and nephews. Ann retired from Tinker after 27 years of service, including 14 years as Building Manager for Bldg. 3001. Her hobbies included sewing, embroidery, and quilting, and she loved hosting family events, especially on Christmas Eve. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM, Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, at Hibbs Funeral Home, Choctaw, with interment to follow at Arlington Memory Gardens, Midwest City. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Cancer Society.


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Do-it-yourself workshop yields tasty gifts Each Christmas, I have delusions of gift grandeur. I imagine putting together a pile of personalized, handmade gifts for all my loved ones. I’d gracefully wrap holiday ribbon around baked goods in my pristine kitchen. Then a songbird would land on my shoulder and admire my thoughtfulness. For some reason, this hasn’t panned out yet. But this year, I’m hoping to create a realistic version of my dream. I attended the Gifts From Your Kitchen workshop at the Oklahoma County Extension Center. Dietitian Casey Campbell instructed about 75 people how to make their own holiday projects. Everyone could make three gifts: soup in a mug, soup in a jar and cookies in a jar. Campbell gave some good advice about making food as gifts. Run containers through the dishwasher first, and start the project with clean hands and a clean kitchen. Use fresh ingredients. Use

Homemade cookies-in-ajar and soupin-a-jar can be an inexpensive option for the holiday gifts.

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labels with at least two things: Ingredients. The gift receiver may have allergies. Instructions. Receivers need to know how to prepare and store the food. You don’t want to give the recipient a foodborne illness or allergic reaction, Campbell said. Unless you don’t like that person and it’s a sabotage present. I think we’ve all given those at one point or another. As if creating your own personalized gifts weren’t crafty enough, you could gussy up your projects by painting the jars or tie on a cute cookie cutter, Campbell suggested. And then, if you haven’t had enough, you could toss it in a handwoven basket full of orga-

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nic cheeses you made. Package with fresh-cut flowers from your greenhouse. Deliver in a horsedrawn sleigh filled with a children’s choir singing carols. Or you could just make the jars. Your friends will be impressed enough. Besides, hiring a children’s choir probably is pricey. Casey turned us loose to make our projects with ingredients laid out on long tables. It was craft madness. Women dumped flour and spices and pasta into jars and Baggies. Campbell allowed at least an hour to put together the gifts.

City council votes to keep ban on out-of-state travel BY BRYAN DEAN Staff Writer bdean@opubco.com

Oklahoma City Council members declined Tuesday to lift a ban on their own out-of-state travel. The council voted a year ago to quit paying for its own members to travel outside Oklahoma for seminars, conventions and other activities. The ban also applies to the mayor. The moratorium came

after the city’s sales tax revenue took a turn for the worse, prompting budget cuts in every department and a hiring freeze. After six months of positive sales tax receipts, Ward 5 Councilman Brian Walters suggested lifting the ban. Walters was the chief advocate for passing the ban in the first place. Other council members said although they are encouraged by improving sales tax, they don’t think

the timing is right to lift the moratorium. The proposal to lift the ban failed 6-3. Voting to lift the ban were Walters, Mayor Mick Cornett and Ward 7 Councilman Skip Kelly. Voting no were Ward 1 Councilman Gary Marrs, Ward 2 Councilman Sam Bowman, Ward 3 Councilman Larry McAtee, Ward 4 Councilman Pete White, Ward 6 Councilwoman Meg Salyer and Ward 8 Councilman Pat Ryan.

Sales tax growth prompts optimism BY BRYAN DEAN Staff Writer bdean@opubco.com

October’s sales tax report continued an encouraging trend, prompting some cautious optimism Tuesday from Oklahoma City officials. Sales tax revenue was up 16.7 percent over expectations and 19.2 percent over last year’s collections for the same period. The October report includes actual collections for the second half of August and estimated collections for the first half of September. It is the sixth straight month of sales tax growth over the previous year. “We’re out of the woods, but we could still be hit by a falling tree,”

Ward 8 Councilman Pat Ryan said. The growth over the past few months has been well over expectations, a development that surprised city officials who have attributed the numbers to busy body shops and roofing companies after a major summer hailstorm. City Manager Jim Couch said there are signs the city’s tax base is growing beyond the temporary bump from storm recovery. “For the first quarter, our revenue is up by just under $6 million,” Couch said. “The primary driver on that is sales tax. We believe about two-thirds of that growth is attributable to the storm. If you take that out of the equation,

sales tax still grew, but it’s about $1 million over target. “It was a very strong month for us. The growth is better than we anticipated. It’s good news. We are coming out of it.” Council members used temporary funds to plug some of the holes in this year’s budget. Without new revenue to fill that gap, further cuts would be needed next year.

Forget it. The flurry of holiday cheer and the possibility of discounted gift-giving were too much for the room to bear. I was briefly scared that I might get trampled, which would be the opposite of holiday cheer.

GET THE RECIPES HOW TO PURCHASE COOKBOOKS The Oklahoma County Extension Center has “Gifts From Your Kitchen” cookbooks available for sale at the office, 930 N Portland Ave. The books are $5. They can be mailed for $5 plus shipping. To order, call 713-1125. The cookbooks include recipes from extension services throughout Oklahoma. Get three of the recipes on Carrie Coppernoll’s blog online at blog.newsok.com/red-dirt-ruckus.

Aside from the impending doom, the projects were really easy to make. Just to be sure this class was legitimate, I made the soup when I got home. It was spectacular. I’ll admit it: I’m probably

going to make the cookies and the other soup myself. I just want to be sure this whole gift-in-a-jar idea is, you know, good. So, here’s a heads up to my friends and family: You’re all getting potato soup this year.


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HENRY Alice “Marie” Henry, 84, died November 1, 2010 following a hard fought battle with parotid carcinoma. Marie was born April 26, 1926 near Dustin, OK to Rufus and Lee Ella (Moore) Leffler. Following graduation from Hanna High School, she moved to OKC where she held numerous jobs including “Rosie the Riveter” for Douglas Aircraft. On March 16, 1946, she married Joe W. Henry, who preceded her in death on December 23, 2000. In 1957, she graduated from Capitol Hill Beauty College and eventually owned and operated Marie’s Beauty Shop in their home at S.W. 25 and Miller in OKC until Joe had to retire due to his health in 1979, and they moved to the Eagle Bluff area on Lake Eufaula. In 1996 when Joe’s health began to fail further, they moved to the Sandy Bass Bay No. 4 area to be near their daughter, Carol Jo McKay and husband Gary. Other survivors are her son James Raymond and wife, Coleen of Edmond, OK, granddaughters, Amy of Dallas, TX and Alyson and husband Scott and great granddaughter Paige Noel Crawford of Lubbock, TX. She is preceded in death by all her siblings, Irene Park of Hanna, OK, R.S. of Martinez, CA, Eugene of OKC and Charlie of Countyline, OK. Also left to grieve her loss are numerous nieces and nephews who adored their Aunt Reesee and step grandson Mark and wife Kimberley McKay of OKC. Graveside services will be held Thursday, November 4, 2010 at 2:00 p.m., at the Dustin Cemetery. Viewing will be held November 3 from 9-8 at the Hunn, Black & Merritt Funeral Home & Crematory in Eufaula. HIATT-OUTLAW Mildred (Rowe) Hiatt-Outlaw, 87, passed away peacefully on October 22, 2010 at Tuscany Village Nursing Home in Oklahoma City. Mildred was born in Augusta, Georgia. She was the daughter of the late Lillie Belle and Samuel Rowe. In 1944 she married Lambert Hiatt in Augusta and moved to Oklahoma City following WWII to work and raise their family. Mildred worked as office manager to Drs. Wilk and Hiatt Optometrists for many years. She maintained her Georgia roots by an annual summer trip to Augusta to visit family and friends. She was socially active in Oklahoma City, a member of the Reveler’s Dance Club, Mayfair Dance Club, Lost Needles Sewing Club, and Designing Women Investment Club. She also played Mah Jongg weekly with a group of friends for many years. Following the death of her husband of 54 years, Dr. Lambert R. Hiatt, she remarried Dr. Robert Outlaw of Oklahoma City. She is predeceased by her late husband, Lambert R.; a daughter, Janis Sidwell; son, Jack Hiatt; sisters, Evelyn Greiner, Ernestine Hughes, Alice Shackelford; and niece, Carol Marsh. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Robert Outlaw; two sons: David B. Hiatt and his wife, Gwen, of Portland, Maine; and Charles R. Hiatt of Oklahoma City; daughter-in-law, Patricia Hiatt of Jacksonville, Florida; sister, Elizabeth Fogle of Augusta, Georgia; five grandchildren and one great grandson. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, November 5, at 10:00 AM, at Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper, 6600 Broadway Ext., Oklahoma City, OK 73116, telephone 405-848-3744. The family requests no flowers. Those wishing to make memorial contributions may do so to a charity of their choice. A private burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

FARNSWORTH Dean L. Farnsworth Sr. had a short 50 years; was a loving and caring son, brother and father, and was survived by Karle R. & Donna J. Farnsworth (parents); Walter L. Farnsworth and David L. Farnsworth (brothers); sons, Dean Jr, Kyle S.; daughter, Heather Farnsworth; and daughter, Lauren and husband Zackary West; niece, Tami, husband Charlie Bradley, and thier son, Kendal; uncle Henry C & aunt Doris Williams; uncle Gary V. & aunt Karen Williams; along with many other uncles, aunts and cousins, nephews, and nieces. Memorial to be held at Mercer-Adams funeral home, 3925 N. Asbury Ave., Bethany, OK 73008, cross street 39 Expressway, at 11:30 am on 11/04/10. GILBREATH Carla Sue, 56, passed away Oct. 31, 2010. She was born Sept. 10, 1954 in Okla. City, OK to Robert and Marjorie Tompkins. She is survived by her brother, Bobby Tompkins, sister, Joyce Brown, daughters, Tracie Jones and April Rodriguez, sons-in-law, Bruce Jones and Rafael Rodriguez, 5 grandchildren, Robbie and Brandon Jones, Junior, Arianna and Isabel Aguilar. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Amber Dawn Gilbreath. A private memorial service will be held Thursday at 1:00 p.m. KEMP Kenneth G. Kemp died peacefully at home on Sunday, October 31, 2010. Ken was born May 24, 1925 in Pawhuska, Oklahoma to John T. and Ruth G. Kemp. He graduated from Norman High School, where he played basketball and baseball. After high school he joined the military and served in the Army Air Corp during World War II. He attended Texas A&M and graduated from Oklahoma City University with a degree in petroleum geology. In 1950, he married the love of his life Nina Dickinson and they enjoyed nearly 60 years of a wonderful partnership. He was a great dad to his four children, Susan, Brad, Sarah and Taylor and a loving granddad to his thirteen grandchildren. Ken served as a Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 168 and was a longtime member of Chapel Hill United Methodist Church. He was an avid OU football and basketball fan. He was a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and was proud of his Indian heritage. After college he began a distinguished career in the oil and gas industry. Ken was a well log analyst for Schlumberger for many years, living in Shawnee, Duncan, Ardmore and Oklahoma City. He was a member of AAPG, SIPES, SPWLA and the Oklahoma City Geological Society. After retiring from Schlumberger in 1986, he worked as a geologist for Holden Energy and then as an independent log consultant. During his career he became an industry expert on reading old electrical logs to find bypassed pay zones in oil and gas wells. He taught in the Geology Department at the University of Oklahoma and spoke at numerous industry seminars on Well Log Analysis. He was preceded in death by his wife Nina, his parents John and Ruth, his brothers John T. Kemp, Jr., and Robert C. Kemp and nephew Mack Kemp. He is survived by his children and their spouses Susan Sampson, Brad and Susie Kemp, Taylor and Joni Kemp of Oklahoma City and Sarah and Jim Askew of Kansas City; his grandchildren Carter and Stuart Sampson, Michelle, Ford and Tricia Kemp, Baird, Bennett and Claire Askew, Amy and Michael Wopsle, and Adam, Caroline, Katie and John Kemp. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Alzheimer's Association, 3555 NW 58 St., Oklahoma City, OK 73112, American Heart Association, 5700 N. Portland Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73112 or Boy Scout Troop 168, c/o Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, 2717 W. Hefner Rd., Oklahoma City, OK 73120. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, November 5, at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2010 KETCHUM Billy George Ketchum Jr., of Rush, Springs, OK, died Friday, October 29, 2010. He was born April 8, 1970 in Key West, Florida, the son of Billy (George) & Barbara Ketchum. Billy was a member of the Eastern Delaware Tribe. He graduated from Copan High School in 1988. Billy was active in football, hunting, fishing, gardening, and hanging out with his big sister. Billy married his high school sweetheart, Elizabeth (Kraft) Ketchum, on January 1, 1988 and had two lovely children, Sarah and Kimberly. Billy was an active and loving father in the lives of his girls. His greatest pleasures in life were playing in the snow with his daughters and swimming in the family pool. He graduated with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. He was a Senior Auditor for the Defense Contract Audit Agency in Oklahoma City. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Kraft) Ketchum; daughters, Sarah and Kimberly; father and mother, Billy (George) and Barbara Ketchum of Dewey, OK; sister, Tricia Harrell, niece, Chelsea Hudson, and brother-in-law, Tim Harrell of Pittsburg, KS; brother-in-law, K.C. Kraft and nephew, Conrad Kraft of Stillwater, OK; mother-in-law, Sally Derr; father-in-law and wife, Charles and Barbara Kraft of Texas; grandfather and grandmother, Robert and Maggie Fitch of Bartlesville, OK; and numerous cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by grandfather, Willard Ketchum; grandmother, Iris (Ketchum) Friend; and aunt, Linda Eddy. We will miss him very much. A memorial service will be held at Dewey Church of Christ in Dewey, Oklahoma, on Friday, November 5th, at 1:00 pm. There will be a private interment on the family land. PARKER Rev. Rick C. Parker, 60, born April 29, 1950 in Oklahoma City, passed away at Ave Maria Convalescent Hospital, Monterey, California, on October 27, 2010. He attended St. Gregory’s College in Shawnee, Central State University (now known as the University of Central Oklahoma) in Edmond and Immaculate Conception Seminary in Missouri before receiving his Masters in Divinity from St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in Indiana. Fr. Rick served as Associate Pastor and teacher at St. Francis’ Church and St. Eugene’s Church in Oklahoma City, St. John the Baptist Church in Edmond, and St. Stephen’s Church in San Francisco, CA. He also taught at Bishop McGuinness High School in Oklahoma City, Notre Dame High School in Riverside, CA, San Domenico High School in San Anselmo, CA, and Business Ethics at Central State University. After moving to Carmel, CA, in 1993, Fr. Rick was a very active member and board member of John XXIII AIDS Ministry which is now the Central Coast HIV and AIDS Services or CCHAS. He was a volunteer Chaplain at Community Hospital for many years and celebrated Mass at Carmel Mission and many other parishes in the Monterey, CA, Diocese. Fr. Rick is survived by his brother, G. Brock Parker of Oklahoma City and his identical twin, R. Brent Parker of Warr Acres; his nephew and niece, Damon Z. Parker of Las Vegas and Annessa J. Parker of Oklahoma City; his longtime companion, Larry Kern of Carmel and his beloved Scottish Terriers, Maggie, Malcolm and Hannah. He was preceded in death by his parents, H. Bruce and Betty Parker, and his brother, Mark. Visitation will be noon to 7p.m. on Thursday November 4, 2010 at Smith and Kernke, 1401 NW 23, Oklahoma City. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Catholic Pastoral Center Chapel, 7501 NW Expressway, Oklahoma City at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, November 5. Interment will follow at Resurrection Memorial Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to: CCHAS, PO Box 1931, Monterey, CA 93942.

SWINDELL E.W. “Woody” Swindell, 90, was born August 8, 1920, and passed away November 1, 2010. A graveside service will be 2pm, Thursday, November 4, 2010, at Memorial Park Cemetery.

PEYTON Ruth E. Peyton, 100, of Oklahoma City, passed away November 1, 2010 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Ruth was born April 16, 1910 in Butler, Oklahoma to Elbert and Madie Barton. She was one of eight girls and 4 boys born to the couple. After graduating from Butler High School in 1926, she attended Draughon’s Practical Business College in Oklahoma City. Ruth pursued her career in business as she worked as a bank teller, secretary, and served as church secretary at May Avenue United Methodist Church retiring after more than 23 years of service under ten ministers. Ruth married Robert Peyton in February 1936. He preceded her in death in 1995. Ruth was a longtime member of May Avenue UMC holding many offices in the United Methodist Women’s group including president. She was a member of the Leah Chapter of Eastern Star. Ruth is survived by her daughter Diane Buchanan and husband Richard of Stillwater; grandson Adam and wife Nicole of Cary, North Carolina; granddaughter Bethany of Indianapolis, Indiana; great grandson Peyton D. Buchanan; 2 brothers, E.M. Barton of Moscow, Idaho, John Barton of Kansas City, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews. Family will greet friends on Wed. 6:30 to 8:00 PM. Services are 10:30 a.m., Thurs., November 4, at May Avenue United Methodist Church, Oklahoma City. Interment at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. The family would like to thank the staff at Westhaven Nursing Home and Judith Karman Hospice. Ruth will be remembered for her sweet smile, fabulous sense of humor, and winning at BINGO and love of playing bridge! Memorials may be made to: The May Avenue United Methodist Church, 2604 North May Avenue, OKC 73107. Condolences may be offered at www.guardianwestfuneral chapel.com

OVERBEY Darrel Dewayne Overbey, 76, passed away October 29, 2010 in Oklahoma City. He was born May 23, 1934 in Snyder, OK to Thomas and Dovie Overbey. Darrel joined the Army at 19, and was honorable discharged. He worked many years as a truck driver and retired from his profession several years ago. Darrel is survived by his wife Ida Overbey; sister Edna Arbuckle; brother-in-law George Lewis and his wife Ginger; 5 children and their spouses; 12 grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. At this time no services are planned.

SHERRILL Virginia Lela Ross Sherrill Born to Lee and Lela Tuttle Ross on Sep. 6, 1916 in Shawnee, OK. Virginia was the baby of 6 children. She finished her race on earth on Nov. 1, 2010 and was warmly greeted by our Lord and Savior and the many loved ones that had gone before her. Throughout her life, she worked various jobs though her greatest joy was being a homemaker. She taught the adult Sunday School Class and Bible study in her retirement years. Grandma enjoyed fishing, sewing, writing poetry, cooking, gardening, and loved helping others. She loved life! She married our Grandpa, Leland “Omer” Sherrill on Sep. 30, 1939. He was the love of her life always doing the little things that would bring a smile to her face. Special treasures were the red roses he gave her for their anniversaries. Grandma was preceded in death by her husband, parents, 3 sisters, 2 brothers, great granddaughter, Rachel Zawisza and grandson, Jody French. She is survived by her son, Emmitt and Joy Looney, 5 grandchildren, Debbie and Charles Barton, Donna and David Zawisza, Mark French, Deanna and Bill LaPach and Robin and Barrett Crane; 22 great grandchildren, and 8K great great grandchildren. Services are 10:00AM, Thursday, November 4, 2010, at Bethel Church, Choctaw, OK, with Dr. Dick Temple and Rev. Robert Temple officiating. Interment will follow at Memory Lane Cemetery, Harrah, OK. Services are under the direction of Smith-Parks Funeral Service in Harrah, OK. A guest book is available to share your memories on-line. Please visit www.smithparks.com

RIGGS Charlotte Riggs 7 Nov. 1944 - 21 Sep. 2010 Graveside memorial service Resurrection Cemetery for friends and family at 2:00 PM 5th of Nov. 2010. She is preceded in death by her father, Edward Y. Riggs; her mother, Christine McGarity Riggs. She is survived by her daughter, Raylene R. Lee, Springfield, MO; her sister, Isabell R. Eadens, Kemp, TX; her brother, (Bill) William R. (Ray) Riggs, OKC, OK. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Real Rescue, Inc., PO Box 358, Arcadia, OK 73007. Condolences will be received at rigwll@aol.com

VAHLBERG Mary Elizabeth Vahlberg Nov. 3, 1920 - Oct. 28, 2010 What do you say about perhaps the sweetest person who ever lived? To say that she was a wonderful mother seems inadequate. That she was a mentor, voice of reason, accomplished golfer, practical joker, pilot, music lover, republican, bird watcher, avid reader, lifetime learner, eccentric cook, advisor, witty, loved God, loved her husband, loved her children and loved life - almost scratch the surface. What we can say for certain is that when Mary passed away after a brief illness, a special light left this world and now brightens the next. Mary was born in Eudora, Arkansas in 1920 where she grew up with her five siblings, Sandy, Hilliard, Lamar, Rebecca and Medford, all who survive her. Mary's father, Medford Cashion, was a successful banker and entrepreneur who, along with his wife, Mary Elizabeth Cashion, moved the family to Nichols Hills in Oklahoma City in 1934 after inheriting some land. Here, the family developed a thriving home building business. She graduated from old Classen High School and attended the University of Oklahoma where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. In 1939, she married Jack Callaway and had two children, Mary Cashion (Silver City, Nevada) and John R. (Oklahoma City). After a divorce, she wed Oklahoma City architect Robert W. Vahlberg in 1953 and was married to him for 50 years, the anniversary of which the couple celebrated a few months before his death in 2003. For 49 of their 50 years, Mary and her beloved Robert lived in a unique, contemporary home designed and built by him in Forest Park in east Oklahoma City. (A special thanks to Will and Leonor Rogers for rescuing and reviving the Vahlberg residence and keeping the family heritage alive). Besides the very large family from which Mary arose, she also was responsible for quite an impressive genetic trail. In addition to Cashion Elston and John Callaway, she is survived by her other children, Courtney Dodd (Mustang), Bob Vahlberg (Norman), Mia Vahlberg (Tulsa), and step-children, Stephanie Moody (Alpharetta, Georgia) and Marcia Vahlberg (Florence, Italy), along with 14 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. A memorial service for Mary is set for 2 p.m., Saturday, November 6, 2010, at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4400 N. Shartel in Oklahoma City. The service is open to all of Mary's friends and family. Donations in Mary's name can be made to Neighbor for Neighbor, where Mary served as a volunteer for a number years. ''I am a people person. Love to be around people.'' -Mary Vahlberg's Facebook entry, July 2010. Indeed she was. We love her and will miss her very much.

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PARKER Lesa Ann Parker, 54, born August 20, 1956, in Oklahoma City, was the daughter of Hoyt and Ann Bargman. Lesa graduated from St. Anthony Hospital School of Nursing in 1980 and worked as a nurse most of her life. On April 14, 1989 Lesa married William Darrell Parker, Jr. She passed away October 28, 2010 in Oklahoma City after a long and courageous battle with Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. Lesa is survived by her husband of 21 years, Billy Parker; son, Daniel Adams; and daughters, Breanna Parker, Christina Parker, and Crystal Thornton and husband Marcus; parents, Hoyte and Ann Bargman; brother, Phil Bargman and wife Sharon; and many others. Services will be 1:00 p.m., Saturday, November 6, 2010, at Town & Country Christian Church, interment following at Yukon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Lesa's memory to: The American Cancer Society, 6525 N. Meridian #110, Oklahoma City, OK 73116. Online condolences may be signed at www.yandaandsonfuneral home.com

In Loving Memory of Maxine Barbee-Bowles June 14, 1935 - Nov. 2, 2000 The Broken Chain We little knew that night that God was going to call your name. In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same. It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone; for part of us went with you, the day God called you home. You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide; and though we cannot see you, you are always at our side. Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same; but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again. Love, Your Family Pam (Thompson) Bullington 11/3/1956 to 7/4/1992 It’s hard to believe you have been gone for eighteen years. So much has changed, however the one thing that will never change is how much I love and miss you. Happy Birthday!

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County-by-county results Here’s a look at vote totals by county for U.S. Senate and Oklahoma governor from the Associated Press.

Tessa Mills, 10 months, plays with her mother Elizabeth’s keys while she votes at Deer Creek Middle School on Tuesday in Edmond.

Voters line up at Deer Creek Middle School on Tuesday in Edmond. PHOTOS BY DAVID MCDANIEL, THE OKLAHOMAN

METRO | STATE Governor Adair Alfalfa Atoka Beaver Beckham Blaine Bryan Caddo Canadian Carter Cherokee Choctaw Cimarron Cleveland Coal Comanche Cotton Craig Creek Custer Delaware Dewey Ellis Garfield Garvin Grady Grant Greer Harmon Harper Haskell Hughes Jackson Jefferson Johnston Kay Kingfisher Kiowa Latimer LeFlore Lincoln Logan Love McClain McCurtain McIntosh Major Marshall Mayes Murray Muskogee Noble Nowata Okfuskee Oklahoma Okmulgee Osage Ottawa Pawnee Payne Pittsburg Pontotoc Pottawatomie Pushmataha Roger Mills Rogers Seminole Sequoyah Stephens Texas Tillman Tulsa Wagoner Washington Washita Woods Woodward Totals

TP 18 11 15 9 13 11 29 25 53 28 26 18 7 91 12 43 12 17 43 13 22 11 10 33 24 42 10 16 8 9 17 16 19 11 13 34 17 14 13 39 23 23 13 26 32 17 14 12 26 12 33 17 12 16 303 34 32 20 12 38 49 26 31 17 10 34 16 33 29 16 10 273 38 24 13 8 15 2,229

PR 18 11 15 9 13 11 29 25 46 28 26 18 7 40 12 43 12 17 10 1 22 11 9 33 2 42 10 16 8 9 17 16 19 11 13 34 17 14 13 2 23 23 13 24 32 0 14 12 26 12 27 17 12 16 175 34 27 20 12 38 49 26 31 17 10 30 16 33 29 16 10 76 25 24 13 8 15 1,694

THE OKLAHOMAN | NEWSOK.COM Askins 2,500 737 1,500 321 1,993 1,099 4,346 3,602 8,858 4,461 5,609 1,843 263 14,617 958 10,950 1,007 1,834 1,787 218 4,127 557 314 5,318 366 5,740 613 683 334 331 1,525 1,642 2,050 942 1,230 4,970 1,295 1,250 1,466 581 3,837 4,099 1,107 3,157 4,035 201 791 1,485 4,768 1,802 6,173 1,200 1,300 1,405 52,035 4,903 4,945 3,136 1,813 8,258 5,671 4,412 6,533 1,525 413 7,473 2,687 4,495 8,217 889 1,020 17,874 4,060 5,039 1,333 1,043 1,522 288,493

Fallin 3,023 1,301 2,231 1,564 3,471 2,061 6,111 3,723 21,985 8,478 5,850 2,227 734 18,230 1,052 10,827 818 2,470 3,233 281 7,304 1,307 755 11,515 568 10,027 1,199 892 420 898 1,901 1,880 3,950 881 1,713 8,656 3,504 1,423 1,602 723 6,973 8,846 1,554 6,111 4,312 265 2,221 2,528 6,992 2,177 6,810 2,781 1,960 1,619 59,366 5,389 6,496 3,983 3,030 11,633 6,807 5,363 11,827 1,901 923 15,477 3,636 5,659 6,458 3,545 1,083 26,315 7,728 11,548 2,263 2,041 4,080 422,488

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TP 18 11 15 9 13 11 29 25 53 28 26 18 7 91 12 43 12 17 43 13 22 11 10 33 24 42 10 16 8 9 17 16 19 11 13 34 17 14 13 39 23 23 13 26 32 17 14 12 26 12 33 17 12 16 303 34 32 20 12 38 49 26 31 17 10 34 16 33 29 16 10 273 38 24 13 8 15 2,229

PR 18 11 15 9 13 11 29 25 53 28 26 18 7 91 12 43 12 17 43 13 22 11 10 33 2 42 10 16 8 9 17 16 19 11 13 34 17 14 13 2 23 23 13 26 32 17 14 12 26 12 32 17 12 16 293 34 32 20 12 38 49 26 31 17 10 34 16 33 29 16 10 159 25 24 13 8 15 2,032

Rogers 1,705 284 1,087 162 1,053 599 3,053 2,185 5,603 3,284 3,971 1,304 108 20,179 687 6,114 468 1,169 4,400 1,387 2,593 279 202 2,720 214 3,237 308 410 190 136 1,030 1,057 1,136 547 912 3,177 541 688 958 428 2,261 2,571 775 2,100 2,260 2,012 353 1,038 3,257 1,086 5,264 686 831 909 56,220 3,467 4,638 2,106 1,207 5,266 3,840 2,510 4,338 1,047 188 5,661 1,820 3,112 3,377 491 578 26,101 2,581 3,065 684 522 732 238,519

Coburn 3,601 1,654 2,449 1,620 4,205 2,404 6,881 4,810 27,654 9,027 7,020 2,514 839 48,970 1,232 14,459 1,238 2,924 15,154 6,072 8,243 1,514 1,258 13,096 677 11,742 1,389 1,064 505 1,038 2,269 2,264 4,598 1,136 1,868 9,782 4,019 1,832 1,941 829 8,022 9,839 1,719 8,480 5,573 3,912 2,556 2,763 7,924 2,679 10,988 3,124 2,306 1,973 124,778 6,438 9,140 4,515 3,395 13,623 8,059 6,705 13,062 2,101 1,083 21,234 4,213 6,549 10,576 3,666 1,391 64,861 8,768 12,806 2,756 2,439 4,613 644,420

Wallace 129 55 112 58 102 60 250 153 777 301 254 113 24 2,244 32 578 40 99 472 138 295 31 27 390 30 440 53 38 18 31 59 86 129 47 82 352 65 46 82 28 282 276 69 245 249 118 55 105 277 113 334 98 89 60 4,657 197 337 203 127 518 285 236 454 137 25 599 147 251 339 145 42 2,269 259 380 84 63 110 22,554

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Warmer weather expected The bumper comes off a car Tuesday as it drives into a flooded area on Interstate 45 South in Dallas. Today in Oklahoma, it is expected to be warm and breezy. For the complete forecast, see Page 6C. AP PHOTO/DALLAS MORNING NEWS

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Two children die in Norman fire BY JAMES TYREE AND JANE GLENN CANNON Staff Writers

NORMAN — A young pregnant woman broke through a window to escape a burning house and banged on a neighbor’s door early Tuesday, but could only point to the raging fire she had just escaped. Suffering from smoke inhalation, Amber Larkins, 22, later underwent a successful cesarean

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section delivery at Norman Regional Hospital, just hours after two children lost their lives in the blaze. The fire began about 4:20 a.m. in a wood-frame house at 905 N Cockrel Ave., Norman firefighters said. Savvy Larkins, 2, died in the fire and her father, Daniel Larkins, 19, was being treated for smoke inhalation in the intensive care unit at Integris Baptist Medical Center. Michael Larkins, 7, also died in

the fire. He was spending the night at the home of his aunt, Oley Mae Thornton, who was delivering newspapers at the time of the fire. Thornton lost a grandchild, Savry, but gained a grandchild with the birth of Amber Larkins’ baby. Also being treated for smoke inhalation at Integris was Amber Larkins, while Kelly Larkins, 46, was in the burn unit with seconddegree burns on 10 percent of his body, Integris spokeswoman

Brooke Cayot said. The neighbor, Jim Larkins, a relative, said Amber Larkins’ baby was doing fine. “Amber banged on my door and all she could manage to do was point, but I could see what was going on,” Jim Larkins said. “I tried to get to the back of the house, but the fire was too dangerous.” Jim Larkins said he heard the

MAN PLEADS TO ASSAULT Ricky Charles Howard Hoover Jr., 27, of Indiahoma, pleaded guilty to assault resulting in serious bodily injury in connection with a traffic accident that killed a man who was mowing his yard near Indiahoma in April, U.S. Attorney Sanford Coats reported Tuesday. Hoover was under the influence of alcohol and Lortab when he lost control of his vehicle, which struck and killed Kenneth Kowena, 61, of Indiahoma, records show. Hoover faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 at sentencing, Coats said. FROM STAFF REPORTS

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BY NOLAN CLAY Staff Writer nclay@opubco.com

The state of Oklahoma is alleging in a lawsuit it has been cheated out of millions of dollars in hotel room taxes. The state is suing for back sales taxes from Priceline.com, Expedia, Orbitz, Travelocity.com and other online reservation companies that offer discount hotel rooms. The lawsuit — filed Tuesday in Oklahoma County District Court — is the latest against the online travel industry. A year ago, Florida became the first state to sue the online travel companies. San Antonio and other Texas cities last year won $20 million in their 2006 lawsuit against Expedia and other companies. The lawsuit was initiated by Gov. Brad Henry. “We believe some outof-state firms have not paid their appropriate state sales tax bill and have essentially shorted Oklahoma taxpayers out of hundreds of millions of dollars,” said a spokesman for the governor. The lawsuit alleges the companies act deceptively, collecting taxes from travelers “at or above” retail room rates but only paying the state taxes on wholesale rates. The state hired law firms from Georgia and Oklahoma to file the lawsuit. Most of the hotel tax cases against the industry have not been successful, said Andrew Weinstein, a spokesman for the Interactive Travel Services Association.

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POLICE NAME SLAIN WOMAN Ramona Lynn Anders, 25, was the woman found shot to death Saturday morning at 3151⁄2 SW 34, police said Tuesday. Anyone who has information about the crime should call 297-1200. The death is the 48th homicide in Oklahoma City this year. FROM STAFF REPORTS

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An Emergency Medical Services Authority paramedic, right, sets off a bomb Monday as Rockie Yardley, left, an Edmond Police Department bomb expert, and two paramedic students watch. Paramedic students joined with the Edmond police bomb squad for a training exercise on responding to explosions. For the story, see Page 16A. PHOTO BY JOHN CLANTON, THE OKLAHOMAN

The Riverpark Neighborhood Association will conduct its annual health fair from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the parish hall at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 3901 SW 29. The event, held in conjunction with the University of Central Oklahoma School of Nursing and Mercy Community Outreach, will include free flu shots while they last and free health screenings. A Spanish translator will be available. For more information, call Jeanna Daniel at 519-2188. FROM STAFF REPORTS

Metro-area high schools show wide range on ACT scores BY TRICIA PEMBERTON Staff Writer tpemberton@opubco.com

Advanced Placement U.S. history students Laenie Fletcher, left, and Hannah Wilson read along with their teacher, Christine Curtright, at Edmond Memorial High School. PHOTO BY STEVE GOOCH, THE OKLAHOMAN

An analysis of metroarea schools’ average ACT college entrance exam scores shows that only four schools scored at or higher than 24, the score desired by most four-year colleges for entrance. The Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics led the way by scoring an average composite ACT score of 31.4. The school is a two-year residential high school for academically gifted students across the state.

Edmond North High School ranked next highest in the state, with an average composite score of 24.3. Also meeting or surpassing a score of 24 were Classen School of Advanced Studies, with a score of 24.2, and Norman North High School, with an average score of 24. Other metro-area schools came close to the benchmark score. Edmond Memorial High School had a score of 23.6, Deer Creek High School scored 23.2 and Norman SEE EXAM, PAGE 16A

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IN BRIEF ST. ELIJAH PLANS ANNUAL FOOD FEST St. Elijah Orthodox Christian Church will host its annual food festival and holiday bake sale from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the church, NW 150 and May Avenue. Guided tours of the church and specialty booths also will be available. For more information, go to www.stelijahokc.com.

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EDMOND — Emergency Medical Services Authority paramedic students this week got an explosive lesson in what law enforcement officers face at crime scenes. Nine paramedic students spent the day Monday with Edmond police officers and members of their bomb squad. It was the first time EMSA and a law enforcement agency have joined forces to help train paramedics about crime scene investigations, how to help an injured bomb technician and what to look for in explosives, said Maj. Heather Yazdanipour, an EMSA paramedic and instructor. “Today has been invaluable,” Yazdanipour said. “There is a lot of power packed into today. What better way to learn but to seek out the experts.”

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A paramedic student looks at different types of explosives.

Edmond officer Michael King also is an EMSA paramedic. He was instrumental in getting the class together. “It is a great learning experience,” King said. “EMSA and the law enforcement community react to situations every day. Very seldom do they get together outside of the scene. This gives them the ability to work better together.” Some of the students dressed in 90-pound bomb technician suits, while others learned how to remove the $12,000 piece of protective gear.

Paramedic students Tori Spencer, right, and Jennifer Coker look at a stick of dynamite Monday during a demonstration on explosives. PHOTOS BY JOHN CLANTON, THE OKLAHOMAN

They later learned about the different kinds of explosives and what to look for when they arrive at a crime scene involving an explosion. Three of them got to set off different kinds of explosives at the police firing range. “All explosives burn fast,” said Rockie Yardley, a police department bomb

expert. “There are different sizes. None of them are good.” Yardley warned the students to be aware of what is around them because homemade bombs are becoming more popular. “We are rescuers at heart,” Yardley said. “Just stop and think. Take it slow.”

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and Putnam City North high schools each had scores of 22.9. ACT stipulates the composite score to be college-ready is 24, said Bob Melton, science curriculum facilitator for the Putnam City School District. Colleges such as the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University and other fouryear schools have picked that score as an entrance requirement. ACT arrived at that score based on data of students who passed the test with that score and how they did in college, Melton said. Students who achieve that score have a 50 percent chance of making a B or better and a 75 percent chance of making a C or better in their freshman year in college, he said. Other colleges, such as community colleges, accept a lower entrance score. Edmond North Principal Jan Keirns attributed her school’s score to the number of Advanced

Placement courses students take. “One of the main things we do here is really encourage a rigorous program and hold students to high expectations, whether in AP or pre-AP classes,” Keirns said. Putnam City high schools also showed a wide range of average scores on the ACT test. Putnam City North tied for eighth in the state with five other schools with an average score of 22.9. Putnam City High School had a score of 20.5, while Putnam City West High School scored 19.3. Putnam City Academy, the district’s alternative school, scored 17.8. Melton said districts can learn from the scores. “We take the data and use it to design curriculum,” he said. “We see where we can do a better job in emphasizing certain areas to help students be better able to succeed in college.” Students can prepare for the ACT in a variety of ways, but what really counts is the courses they

take, Melton said. Students who take biology, chemistry and physics, for instance, typically perform at college-ready levels on the ACT, he said. The rigor of a course also counts, said Steve Lindley, Putnam City School District spokesman.

Lindley and Melton both said students need to start thinking about doing well on the ACT in middle school. “If you’re thinking about doing well on the ACT, your junior year is too late,” Melton said. “The die has been cast.”

Moore School Board, 6 p.m., administration Scrabble Club, 3 p.m., building, 1500 SE 4. Game HQ, 1620 SW 89, Mustang School Board, 691-0509. 7 p.m., education center, 400 N Clear Springs FRIDAY Road. Tree Sale, 8 a.m., Moore Okarche School Board, Community Center, 301 7 p.m., superintendent’s office, 215 N Fourth. S Howard, 793-5090. Western Heights School Board, 6 p.m., 8104 SW SATURDAY 44. Oklahoma State Piedmont School Board, University-Oklahoma 6 p.m., administration City Farmers Market, building, 713 Piedmont 8 a.m., 400 N Portland Road. Ave. Tecumseh School Board, 7 p.m., Tecumseh High School library, 901 N 13. MONDAY Union City Board of McEvoy’s ToastTrustees, 7:30 p.m., 102 masters, 6:30 p.m., N Elm St. Grace United Methodist Church, 6316 N Tulsa, TUESDAY 787-1598. Deer Creek School Mid-Del Toastmasters, Board, 6 p.m., Deer 6:15 p.m., Midwest City Creek High School, 6101 Library, 8243 E Reno NW 206. Ave., 341-1938. Choctaw-Nicoma Park West Women’s School Board, 7 p.m., Connection, 11:15 a.m., 12800 NE 10. Sportsman’s Country El Reno School Board, Club, 4001 NW 39, 7405:30 p.m., administra7374. tion building, 100 S Choctaw City Council, Bickford. 7 p.m., city hall, 2500 N Kingfisher City CounChoctaw Road. cil, 5:30 p.m., city hall, Midwest City Council, 301 N Main. 7:10 p.m., city council Midwest City-Del City chambers, 100 N MidSchool Board, 7 p.m., west Blvd. school board center, Oklahoma City Council, 7217 SE 15, Midwest 8:30 a.m., city hall, 200 N City. Walker Ave.


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The Oklahoma City University Alumni Association will honor outstanding alumni during Homecoming weekend festivities Saturday. The annual Distinguished Alumni and Athletic Hall of Fame Awards Dinner begins with a 6 p.m. reception, followed by dinner at 7 p.m. at the Devon Boathouse, 616 SE 6. This year’s honorees are law alumnus Carl Alexandre; business alumnus Frank Bruno; music alumnus Edgar Cruz; honors alumnus John Fletcher; dance/arts management alumnus Stephen Kovash; arts and sciences alumna Angela Monson; nursing alumna Marla PeixottoSmith; religion alumna Ekaterina “Katya” Marsakova Zoubkova; and Athletic Hall of Fame inductee

Carl Alexandre

Frank Bruno

Department of Justice. Bruno was previously inducted into the OCU Athletic Hall of Fame. He is retiring after 59 years as co-owner of Bruno’s Home Fur-

Marla PeixottoSmith

Ekaterina Marsakova Zoubkova

Phil McSpadden. Alexandre is the director of the Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training for the U.S.

nishings. Cruz played string bass for the OCU Orchestra, established his independent record label, E.C.I. Recordings in 1987,

John Fletcher

Edgar Cruz

Stephen Kovash

and began his official recording career in 1989. Fletcher starred in a number of OCU productions and spent a year in OCU’s touring children’s theater troupe, the Let’s Pretend Players. He is assistant professor of theater history and women’s and gender studies at Louisiana State University. Kovash serves as the national acquisition manager for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development and is a certified federal mediator and facilitator.

Phil McSpadden

Monson was elected chair of the Oklahoma City School Board last year after previously serving as a state senator and in the state House of Representatives. Peixotto-Smith earned her master’s in nursing degree from OCU’s Kramer School of nursing. She is retired as director of emergency services, outpatient services and the transplant program at St. Anthony Hospital. Zoubkova, a native of Ulyanovsk, Russia, transferred to OCU in 1994. She serves as pastor of the Ty-

Angela Monson

umen United Methodist Church of the Salvation. McSpadden is a softball coach who has captured eight national championships and was a 2007 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics hall of famer. He has been recognized as national coach of the year by the National Fastpitch Coaches association three times. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased by calling 208-7787 or e-mailing rsvp@okcu.edu.

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WARR ACRES — Putnam

City School District parents on Monday night were reminded to be vigilant about their children’s safety in light of recent news of three cases of middle school students being abducted and molested in Oklahoma City. Superintendent Paul Hurst said Oklahoma City police believe there could be a connection between the cases and have formed a task force to investigate the incidents. “It is important that parents and families remind their children of personal safety rules,” said Hurst during the school

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED Superintendent Paul Hurst said The Care Share Program, a volunteer effort that assists families in need in Putnam City schools, is asking for more people and organizations to help children have a merry Christmas and a warm winter. Those interested in donating may do so by sending checks, made payable to Care Share, to the Putnam City Foundation, 5401 NW 40, Oklahoma City, OK 73122.

board’s meeting. “Ask children to walk to and from school with others, to never approach or speak to a stranger, and to report any suspicious person or persons to a trusted adult. We must work together to

keep children safe.” The girls were abducted Sept. 16 and 29 and Oct. 29 near May and Brookline avenues, SW 59 and Blackwelder Avenue and near Klein Avenue and NW 16.

Advisers say high school students should plan now for college years BY TRICIA PEMBERTON Staff Writer tpemberton@opubco.com

It’s never too soon for high school students to start preparing for college, advisers say. Dee Dee Stafford, a college adviser at Putnam City North High School, said students need to take the most rigorous courses they can successfully handle, mainly Advanced Placement courses. “This is essential to be prepared for college and to be prepared to do well on the SAT or ACT, the admission tests for college,” Stafford said. Stafford also stresses to students that they need to take four years of math — algebra I, geometry, algebra II and pre-calculus or trigonometry. And the newest ACT research indicates that students score best on the test when they have taken biology, chemistry and physics, she said. Some counselors suggest students take the ACT or SAT as early as their freshman year. Others recommend waiting until students have had Algebra II, which is sometimes the junior year. Most advisers recommend taking the tests more than once to improve scores. Many four-year state colleges require an ACT score of 24 or higher for entrance. Stafford said she recommends students take the ACT at least once by the end of their junior year so they can begin applying to colleges by the beginning of their senior year. Students also should select a number of colleges to which they will apply, Stafford said. The exact number, however, depends on the teen. For scholarships, Stafford recommends students sign up early for one or two of

Architects to speak at OU FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Architects from Massachusetts, Michigan and Arkansas are scheduled to speak as part of the University of Oklahoma College of Architecture’s Fall 2010 Bruce Goff Chair of Creative Architecture Lecture Series. Presentations are scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. today in the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Meacham Auditorium. The series is in conjunction with the “Bruce Goff: A Creative Mind” multimedia exhibit at OU’s Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, on display through Jan. 2. Goff was chairman of the OU School of Architecture from 1947 to 1955 and is considered a pioneer of the organic design movement, along with Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan. The speakers will be Sheila Kennedy, professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Craig Borum, associate professor at the University of Michigan, and Marlon Blackwell, head of the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture. The event is part of the Creating Making Forum scheduled today through Friday at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.

Emily Lodes, a senior at Putnam City North High School, fills out her college application with the help of Chan Klingensmith. PHOTO BY STEVE GOOCH, THE OKLAHOMAN

the free scholarship search engines. By the beginning of the year, parents of seniors need to have their financial information in order to apply for federal and state money. Oklahoma scholarship deadlines are Feb 1, Stafford said. Ann Thompson, a guidance counselor at Deer Creek High School, said students should work on their resumes the minute they start high school. These should include a record of their volunteerism, any extracurricular activities they’ve been involved in and any rewards they’ve received. “Even write down good deeds,” Thompson said. To help students decide an area of study, Stafford recommends the Career Interest area of the PLAN test given in 10th grade, or she advises students to explore websites like www.matchcollege. com or the College Board’s www.myroad. collegeboard.com.

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LANGSTON TO HOST DEBATE

The Oklahoma City University Film Institute continues its annual series at 2 p.m. Sunday with Sergei Dvortsevoy’s “Tulpan.” The screening will be in the Meinders School of Business Kerr McGee Auditorium, McKinley Avenue and NW 27. Admission is free. “Tulpan” won the Un Certain Regard award at the Cannes Film Festival and was one of the two most requested works on evaluation forms from last year’s OCU series. The Kazakhstan film is about Asa who returns to his sister’s nomadic brood to begin a career as a shepherd. But before he can tend a flock of his own, Asa must win the hand of the only eligible bachelorette for miles, Tulpan. For more information or future dates in the film series, go to www.okcu.edu/film-lit.

Langston University-Oklahoma City students will debate corrections and criminal justice issues with professionals from those fields from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the school’s campus, 4205 N Lincoln Blvd. The program is open to everyone. For more information, call 962-1667.

LICENSE PLATES AVAILABLE SHAWNEE — State-issued Oklahoma

Baptist University license plates are available for purchase through the Oklahoma Tax Commission. The license plates feature OBU’s Raley Chapel logo. To order an OBU specialty license plate, go to www.tax.ok.gov/ plates/sp140.html. FROM STAFF REPORTS


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Old metal becomes art at OU iron pour BY JAMES S. TYREE Staff Writer jtyree@opubco.com

NORMAN — University of Oklahoma art students and faculty transformed the cast iron from three antique bathtubs and a sink into artistic molded sculptures. They did so Friday outside OU’s North Base art studio, during the School of Art and Art History’s fall iron pour. Students spent part of the day smashing the iron into bits and melting them in a furnace that can reach 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit. But that may not have been the most difficult task. “It is truly hard to find cast iron nowadays,” OU graduate student Mark Zimmerman said. “We were literally going on a hunt for it.” Jonathan Hils, an OU associate professor of sculpture, led the group as he does twice a year in melting and pouring iron into sculptured scratch molds. There were about 40 molds this time, each with its own design. The iron cools in the mold and takes the shape of its design. People from the community pre-ordered a mold from the school and some were there to watch the process. Alex Knox, a graduate student from Greenville, N.C., said the iron pour brings an archaic process into the contemporary world while building teamwork. She said despite the hard work involved, the energy from people working together “is great.” Graduate student Garrett Stowe, who completed his bachelor’s degree at

Alexandra Knox shovels iron at the University of Oklahoma School of Art and Art History iron pour. PHOTO BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN

East Carolina University as Knox did, said the iron pour presents a golden opportunity for students. “If you want to use this material, you have one chance to do it in a semester,” he said. The iron pour was the first half of the School of Art and Art History’s Fuego Friday. A wearable art costume party and contest took place that evening at the Fred Jones Art Center.

Carl Billingsley and Mike Hill stoke the fire.

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LIBRARY EVENTS These programs are scheduled at a Metropolitan Library System branch. For a list of all programs and events, go to metrolibrary.org. For more information, go to wimgo.com.

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What: Book Blast When: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Where: Choctaw Ages: 6 and older

What: Flute circle concert When: 2 to 3 p.m. Where: Midwest City Ages: All ages

What: Local Author Series: Rodney Redus When: 6 to 7 p.m. Where: Del City Ages: Adults

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Aseem Nevrekar, a student at the University of Oklahoma, performs with OU’s Arashi Taiko, an Asian drum band, at the Red Ribbon Culture Jam at Moore Public Library. The festival was one of several activities Saturday, including the annual Red Ribbon Parade against drug abuse. PHOTOS BY JIM BECKEL, THE OKLAHOMAN

What: Family Thanksgiving story time When: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Where: Ralph Ellison Ages: All ages

What: Pajama story time When: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Where: Warr Acres Ages: 2½ to 5

What: Elaine and Susan Hoffman and the Fabulous Shpielkehs When: 7 to 8 p.m. Where: Edmond Ages: All ages

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What: Developmental screenings When: 9 a.m. to noon Where: Bethany Ages: Newborn to 5 years

What: Create a professional resume When: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Where: Downtown Ages: Adults

SATURDAY What: Apple pie time When: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Where: The Village Ages: 5 to 12

What: Nutrition education and weight loss program When: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Where: The Village Ages: Adults

Drummers with Arashi Taiko perform. Above and right: Bagpiper Jessie Bills performs Saturday at the Red Ribbon Culture Jam in Moore.

METRO ACHIEVERS half years. He plays a critical role in the design and monitoring of the clinical trials that ultimately lead to approval or disapproval of these retinal devices.

Dr. Sam Dahr

PROFESSIONAL An Integris ophthalmologist has received a certificate of appreciation from the Center for Devices and Radiological Health of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Sam Dahr has been the principal retinal consultant for the Ophthalmic Device Division of the FDA for the past three and a

UCO offers new athletic program

COMMUNITY SERVICE Four community activists and one nonprofit were honored by World Neighbors at the A Journey Around the World gala. Patty Johnston and Mark and Jerry Gautreaux were given the World Neighbors Namaste Award, recognizing them for their contributions to World Neighbors and for representing the qualities of World Neigh-

bors mission throughout Oklahoma. The Dale Rogers Training Center is receiving the World Neighbors & KFOR Dignity Award for the nonprofit category. The center provides training and job placement to promote independence for people with disabilities. The other Dignity Award winner is Charlotte Lankard, a marriage and family therapist. Lankard founded the nonprofit group Calm Waters, which provides grief and divorce support groups for children. Based in Oklahoma City, World Neighbors is an organization striving to eliminate hunger, poverty and disease in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

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INFORMATION For information about the program or to download an application, go to http://ceps.uco.edu/ programs/at, call McKibbin at 974-2959, or e-mail jmckibbin@uco.edu.

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EDMOND — University of Central Oklahoma’s Graduate Athletic Training Education Program is accepting applications for early admission. UCO’s program is the only one of its kind in Oklahoma and only one of 23 offered in the United States. The program was accredited earlier this year by the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. UCO’s program offers a master of science degree in athletic training. Since its creation, two students have graduated from the program. Currently 15 students are enrolled in the program. The deadline for early admission is Dec. 15. The final deadline to apply for admission is March 1. Applicants will not be admitted to UCO’s Jackson College of Graduate Studies until they have been accepted into the Graduate Athletic Training Education Program. A maximum of 10 students will be admitted into the program each year. The program’s academic plan of study must last a minimum of six semesters — two summer terms and four regular semesters. The first semester begins each summer in July. SARAH HILL IS A UNIVERSITY RELATIONS STAFF WRITER AT UCO.

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Notice of Intent to Bid Rehabilitation and Construction Contracts For The Comanche Nation Housing Authority h The Comanche Nation Housing Authority (CNHA), Lawton, Oklahoma will be soliciting bids in the near future on housing rehabilitation and new construction work. The intent of this announcement is to identify qualified Indianowned contractors that may be interested in bidding on future work. All interested Indian-owned contractors will be placed on a list for use in future solicitations. Interested contractors may provide CNHA with a Statement of Intent to respond to future Invitation for Bid (IFB) or Request for Proposals (RFP). Contractors must be bondable and must provide required insurance documentation as well as Contractor’s License. For a detailed list of requirements, interested firms may contact the Comanche Nation Housing Authority at 580357-4956. The closing date for accepting the letter of intent is November 5, 2010 at the close of business, 5:00 pm CST.

NOTICE OF APPLICATION Union Bank, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, intends to apply to the Federal Reserve Board for permission to (1) merge with First Coleman National Bank, Coleman, Texas, Graham National Bank, Graham, Texas, Citizens National Bank of Breckenridge, Breckenridge, Texas, First State Bank of Canadian, National Association, Canadian, Texas, First National Bank of Olney, Olney, Texas, Friona State Bank, National Association, Friona, Texas, Farmers National Bank of Seymour, Seymour, Texas and InterBank, Elk City, Oklahoma; and (2) purchase the assets and assume the liabilities of the banking offices of First National Bank of Borger, Borger, Texas which are located at 531 N. Deahl Street, Borger, Texas and 525 Morse Street, Stinnett, Texas. Each of the banking offices of the banks to be acquired by merger and the banking offices located in Borger and Stinnett, Texas to be acquired by purchase and assumption will become branch offices of Union Bank. The Federal Reserve considers a number of factors in deciding whether to approve the application, including the record of performance of our banks in helping to

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Other Legal Notices CITY OF MOORE BID NOTICE BID #101-008 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Moore will receive sealed bids in the office of the City Clerk, Purchasing Division, Moore City Hall, 301 North Broadway, Suite 203, Moore, Oklahoma, 73160, for MOWING OF SELECTED CITY PROPERTY. Bids will not be accepted after 1:45 P.M., CST, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2010. Bids will be made in accordance with the specifications, and these specifications are on file and available for examination, or may be obtained from the office of the City Clerk, Moore City Hall. One (1) copy addressed to the Office of the City Clerk, Purchasing Division, will be submitted, and that copy must be sealed and clearly marked with the name of the bidding vendor and identified as follows: “SEALED BID #101-008” “MOWING OF SELECTED CITY PROPERTY” The bidder must attend the mandatory pre-bid conference at 2:00 p.m., CST, Monday, November 22, 2010. The pre-bid conference will be held in the City Council Chambers, Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway, Moore, Oklahoma. Attendance is required in order to be qualified to submit a bid. Bids filed as provided herein will be publicly opened at 2:00 p.m., CST, Monday, November 29, 2010, Moore City Hall, City Council Chambers, 301 North Broadway, Suite 126, Moore, Oklahoma 73160. All bids will remain at least forty-eight (48) hours thereafter, before a contract will be made and entered into thereon. Bids received more than ninety-six (96) hours [excluding Saturdays, Sundays and holidays], before the time set for the receipt of bids will not be considered. The City of Moore reserves the right to accept the bid which, in the judgment of the Staff, is the best for the application of needs, materials and services as covered in the specifications, and is deemed the best, overall, for the good of the City. The City of Moore reserves the right to reject any and all bids; waive irregularities and formalities in any bid submitted. In addition, the City of Moore reserves the right to contract with one or more parties to perform identical services as deemed appropriate. The City of Moore is an equal opportunity employer. Carol Folsom, Purchasing Agent 405/793-5022

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NOTICE OF SEIZURE AND PETITION FOR FORFEITURE PURSUANT TO PENAL CODE SECTION 186.4 COUNTY OF SANTA BARBARA, SUPERIOR COURT CASE NO: 1333867 TO ALL INTERESTED PARTIES, you are hereby notified that: On July 1, 2010, the District Attorney of Santa Barbara County initiated proceedings to forfeit property and assets pursuant to Penal Code section 186.4. The property and assets subject to the above-described proceedings includes cash, an automobile and other personal property. You are hereby notified that any interested person may file a verified claim with the Superior Court of the County of Santa Barbara stating the nature and amount of their claimed interest. You must file this claim within thirty (30) days after receipt of this notice, or within thirty (30) days from the date of the first publication of the notice, if that person was not personally served or served by mail. You must serve a verified copy of your claim on the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office (Attention: Senior Deputy District Attorney Lee Carter) at 1112 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Failure to serve the District Attorney's Office within thirty (30) days from the date of filing the claimed interest with the Superior Court can result in a waiver of interest in the property or assets or delay of any legal proceedings. Failure to file a verified claim stating an interest in the property or assets with the Superior Court of the County of Santa Barbara will result in a waiver of any interest in the property or assets without further hearing pursuant to Penal Code §186.5). The following property is subject to the above-described proceedings: $4,180.00 U.S. currency, a 2000 CADILLAC VIN 1G6KD54Y8YU202179 and all the contents of the 2000 CADILLAC, including clothing, cell phones and computers Dated: October 27, 2010 JOYCE DUDLEY District Attorney LEE CARTER Senior Deputy District Attorney

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meet local credit needs. You are invited to submit comments on this application in writing to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, One Memorial Drive, Kansas City, Missouri 64198. The comment period will not end before December 6, 2010, and may be somewhat longer. The Board’s procedures for processing applications may be found at 12 C.F.R. Part 262. Procedures for processing protested applications may be found at 12 C.F.R. Part 262.25. To obtain a copy of the Board’s procedures or if you need more information about how to submit your comments on the application, contact Dennis Denney, Assistant Vice President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City at (816) 881-2633. The Federal Reserve will consider your comments and any request for a hearing on the application if they are accepted by the Reserve Bank on or before the last date of the comment period.

Anyone having interest in the following vehicle should contact John @ 370-0845: 2002 Honda CRX VIN # JHMEC 1316HS026799 2002 HYUNDAI ACCENT VIN# KMHCG35C22V196493 1992 MERCEDES 190E VIN# WDBDA29D1NF969454 Anyone having financial interest in 1964 Chev VIN# 41847R1218884 Contact Lloyd 405-388-2671 Anyone with legal/ financial interest in 2002 Saturn VIN 1G8ZN12862Z234296 call Sandra 350-2087 Anyone with interest in 1971 chev nova vin# 1142711138 to be sold for mechanics lien on 11-25-10 contact Gary 405-812-8209. Anyone with interest in 1974 Johnson boat motor Model # 50ESL74M, Serial #4040409, HP 50. Sale to be held on 11-25-10 contact Betty at 405-634-5897


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Do-it-yourself workshop yields tasty gifts Each Christmas, I have delusions of gift grandeur. I imagine putting together a pile of personalized, handmade gifts for all my loved ones. I’d gracefully wrap holiday ribbon around baked goods in my pristine kitchen. Then a songbird would land on my shoulder and admire my thoughtfulness. For some reason, this hasn’t panned out yet. But this year, I’m hoping to create a realistic version of my dream. I attended the Gifts From Your Kitchen workshop at the Oklahoma County Extension Center. Dietitian Casey Campbell instructed about 75 people how to make their own holiday projects. Everyone could make three gifts: soup in a mug, soup in a jar and cookies in a jar. Campbell gave some good advice about making food as gifts. Run containers through the dishwasher first, and start the project with clean hands and a clean kitchen. Use fresh ingredients. Use

Homemade cookies-in-ajar and soupin-a-jar can be an inexpensive option for the holiday gifts.

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labels with at least two things: Ingredients. The gift receiver may have allergies. Instructions. Receivers need to know how to prepare and store the food. You don’t want to give the recipient a foodborne illness or allergic reaction, Campbell said. Unless you don’t like that person and it’s a sabotage present. I think we’ve all given those at one point or another. As if creating your own personalized gifts weren’t crafty enough, you could gussy up your projects by painting the jars or tie on a cute cookie cutter, Campbell suggested. And then, if you haven’t had enough, you could toss it in a handwoven basket full of orga-

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nic cheeses you made. Package with fresh-cut flowers from your greenhouse. Deliver in a horsedrawn sleigh filled with a children’s choir singing carols. Or you could just make the jars. Your friends will be impressed enough. Besides, hiring a children’s choir probably is pricey. Casey turned us loose to make our projects with ingredients laid out on long tables. It was craft madness. Women dumped flour and spices and pasta into jars and Baggies. Campbell allowed at least an hour to put together the gifts.

City council votes to keep ban on out-of-state travel BY BRYAN DEAN Staff Writer bdean@opubco.com

Oklahoma City Council members declined Tuesday to lift a ban on their own out-of-state travel. The council voted a year ago to quit paying for its own members to travel outside Oklahoma for seminars, conventions and other activities. The ban also applies to the mayor. The moratorium came

after the city’s sales tax revenue took a turn for the worse, prompting budget cuts in every department and a hiring freeze. After six months of positive sales tax receipts, Ward 5 Councilman Brian Walters suggested lifting the ban. Walters was the chief advocate for passing the ban in the first place. Other council members said although they are encouraged by improving sales tax, they don’t think

the timing is right to lift the moratorium. The proposal to lift the ban failed 6-3. Voting to lift the ban were Walters, Mayor Mick Cornett and Ward 7 Councilman Skip Kelly. Voting no were Ward 1 Councilman Gary Marrs, Ward 2 Councilman Sam Bowman, Ward 3 Councilman Larry McAtee, Ward 4 Councilman Pete White, Ward 6 Councilwoman Meg Salyer and Ward 8 Councilman Pat Ryan.

Sales tax growth prompts optimism BY BRYAN DEAN Staff Writer bdean@opubco.com

October’s sales tax report continued an encouraging trend, prompting some cautious optimism Tuesday from Oklahoma City officials. Sales tax revenue was up 16.7 percent over expectations and 19.2 percent over last year’s collections for the same period. The October report includes actual collections for the second half of August and estimated collections for the first half of September. It is the sixth straight month of sales tax growth over the previous year. “We’re out of the woods, but we could still be hit by a falling tree,”

Ward 8 Councilman Pat Ryan said. The growth over the past few months has been well over expectations, a development that surprised city officials who have attributed the numbers to busy body shops and roofing companies after a major summer hailstorm. City Manager Jim Couch said there are signs the city’s tax base is growing beyond the temporary bump from storm recovery. “For the first quarter, our revenue is up by just under $6 million,” Couch said. “The primary driver on that is sales tax. We believe about two-thirds of that growth is attributable to the storm. If you take that out of the equation,

sales tax still grew, but it’s about $1 million over target. “It was a very strong month for us. The growth is better than we anticipated. It’s good news. We are coming out of it.” Council members used temporary funds to plug some of the holes in this year’s budget. Without new revenue to fill that gap, further cuts would be needed next year.

Forget it. The flurry of holiday cheer and the possibility of discounted gift-giving were too much for the room to bear. I was briefly scared that I might get trampled, which would be the opposite of holiday cheer.

GET THE RECIPES HOW TO PURCHASE COOKBOOKS The Oklahoma County Extension Center has “Gifts From Your Kitchen” cookbooks available for sale at the office, 930 N Portland Ave. The books are $5. They can be mailed for $5 plus shipping. To order, call 713-1125. The cookbooks include recipes from extension services throughout Oklahoma. Get three of the recipes on Carrie Coppernoll’s blog online at blog.newsok.com/red-dirt-ruckus.

Aside from the impending doom, the projects were really easy to make. Just to be sure this class was legitimate, I made the soup when I got home. It was spectacular. I’ll admit it: I’m probably

going to make the cookies and the other soup myself. I just want to be sure this whole gift-in-a-jar idea is, you know, good. So, here’s a heads up to my friends and family: You’re all getting potato soup this year.


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Cold case ends with sentencing BY ANN KELLEY Staff Writer akelley@opubco.com

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prison inmate was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the 1992 death of a woman who was strangled and dumped in a creek bed in rural Lincoln County. Dennis Ray Wright, 50, pleaded no contest in Lincoln County District Court to a reduced charge of first-degree manslaughter in the death of Georgette Pless, 22, of Tulsa. Wright was initially charged in April with firstdegree murder, but the complaint was altered as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors. District Attorney Richard Smothermon said the sentence almost ensures Wright will spend the rest of his life behind bars. Wright is a diabetic and in poor health, he said. “There is little risk of him ever getting out alive,” Smothermon said. Wright appeared Friday in court, but no one was in the courtroom representing Pless’ family. Smothermon said law enforcement has been unable to reach any of Pless’ family members to tell them about the conviction. He said investigators tracked her mother to a homeless shelter in Louisiana and left messages there, but received no response. Pless has a son who agents continue to search

for, he said. “We’d like to let someone in her family know that after all this time Georgette Pless got justice,” he said. Deputies stumbled upon Pless’ nude body in November 1992 while searching for two victims in an unrelated murder case. She was facedown under a bridge in rural Lincoln County, authorities said. It took months for law enforcement to identify her remains, and her murder remained unsolved for nearly two decades. Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agents last year had DNA information from semen collected from Pless’ body compared to DNA information kept in a national computer database. The results garnered a match to Wright, who was serving time in a Missouri prison on a fraud conviction, said Gary Perkinson, agent in charge of the OSBI’s cold case unit. Perkinson said investigators later learned Wright once lived about a mile from where Pless’ body was found, and he lived in the neighborhood from which she disappeared. Perkinson said Wright never admitted to killing Pless, and denied ever knowing her. There were ligature marks across the front of Pless’ neck, and her spine was broken in several places, according to a report from the state medical examiner’s office.

TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS CLAIM 3 ON STATE ROADS Three people died from accidents on state roads, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported Tuesday. Jackie Morris, 43, Clayton Morris died at the scene of a crash Tuesday four miles west of Wilburton in Latimer County, the patrol reported. He was driving a car about 5:45 p.m. west on U.S. 270 when it veered left of center and struck an oncoming tractor-trailer rig, troopers said. The rig’s driver was not hurt. Both drivers were wearing seat belts, the patrol reported. Leslie Fipps, 24, Paden Fipps died Monday after a wreck in Seminole County north of Seminole, troopers said. She was driving an eastbound car about 7 p.m. on the ramp from U.S. 377 to Interstate 40 when she ran a stop sign, the patrol reported. A southbound pickup slammed into her car. Fipps died at a Seminole hospital, troopers said. The driver of the pickup was not hurt. Both drivers were wearing seat belts, the patrol reported. Donald Richardson, 47, Custer City Richardson died Tuesday after a wreck west of Custer City in Custer County, troopers said. He was driving a westbound SUV about 3 a.m. on State Highway 33 when it left the road, the patrol reported. The SUV hit a concrete ditch and rolled 21⁄2 times. Richardson was ejected from the vehicle and died at an Oklahoma City hospital, troopers said. He was not wearing a seat belt. FROM STAFF REPORTS

Deaths BARTLESVILLE

Scott, Richard Lee, 82, died Saturday. Graveside services 1 p.m. today, Summit View Cemetery, Guthrie (Stumpff, Bartlesville). Wright, Naomi Joella, 63, died Sunday. Services 2 p.m. Thursday (Stumpff, Bartlesville).

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Elfers, Fumiko, 74, died Sunday. Services 2 p.m. today, Church of Christ (Mason, Shattuck).

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Brown, Mickey Hough, 57, died Oct. 31. Services 10 a.m. Saturday (Eisenhour, Blanchard).

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Chilcoat, Mary Louise, 83, died Tuesday. Services 1 p.m. Friday, First Baptist Church, Midwest City (Ford, Midwest City).

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Hill, Robert Wesley “Hillboy,” 69, died Monday. Services 1 p.m. Friday (Stanley-Lee, Clinton). Torres, Antonio, 74, died Tuesday. Services 2 p.m. Thursday (Kiesau-Lee, Clinton).

Henry, Alice “Marie,” 84, died Monday. Graveside services 2 p.m. Thursday, Dustin Cemetery (Hunn, Black & Merritt, Eufaula).

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Burch, Florabelle C., 84, died Monday. Graveside services 1 p.m. Thursday, Fort Gibson National Cemetery (Lescher-Millsap, Fort Gibson).

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Reavis Marshall, Geneva Jacqueline, 71, died Oct. 28. Services 2 p.m. today, Oilton First Baptist Church (Affordable Cremation, Oklahoma City).

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fire started in the middle of the house but knew no other details. Norman fire marshals were still investigating Tuesday afternoon. A neighbor, Kristine Butler, said the fire awakened her. “I saw them pull the bodies out. Thank goodness my kids didn’t. It was awful,” Butler said. Another neighbor, Stephen Swim, said the tragedy “breaks my heart.” Swim said he woke up to the sound of a dog barking

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and could see light through a window shade. When he looked out, he could see the house on fire, he said. The fire caused an estimated $125,000 worth of damage to the house and its contents.

RINGLING

Maussner, Patricia, 76, died Monday. Graveside services 2 p.m. Thursday, Oak Hill Cemetery (Chaney-Harkins, McAlester).

MIDWEST CITY

Bodenheimer, Clyde Edward “Ed,” 71, died Monday. Services 3 p.m. Sunday, Crossings Community Church, Oklahoma City (Ford, Midwest City).

MOORE

Dunn, Patricia Ann, 62, died Oct. 24. Services 2 p.m. Saturday, Eakley First Assembly of God (John M. Ireland, Moore).

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NEWCASTLE

Brown, John W., 82, died Tuesday. Services 2 p.m. Thursday, Glory Promise Center (Vondel L. Smith & Son South, Oklahoma City).

NICOMA PARK

Ballard, Anna Mae, 64, died Monday. Services 10 a.m. Thursday (Hibbs, Choctaw).

NINNEKAH

McClendon, Hazel F., 83, died Monday. Services 10:30 a.m. Friday (Ferguson, Chickasha).

Sears, Debbie Ann (Walker), 50 died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Saturday, First United Methodist Church, Durant (Holmes-Coffey-Murray, Durant).

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MARRIAGE LICENSES

Michael Rory Shearer, 52, and Carol Sue Rhoads, 55. Jerry David Snider, 47, and Theresa Dolores Roche, 48. Joseph Lynn Suttle, 30, and Kasey Lynn Prowell, 29. Mark Anthony Morgan II, 28, and Tara Necole Johnson, 21. Dan Nubine Jr., 55, and Laura Diedra Howard, 40. Johnny Wayne Goodwin, 24, and Christine Elizabeth Crites, 18. Jereme Michael Cowan, 31, and Courtney Leigh Allen, 29. Michael Joe Rothrock, 28, and Natalie Kay Banks, 28. Rodney Lee Brehm, 26, and Chrystal Dawn Ableiter, 20. Eric Vincent Owen, 41, and Heather Dawn Estridge, 18. Michael Adam Mosteller, 27, and Kathryn Lynnell Tarr, 33. Loren Del Rosebrook, 21, and Audrey

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Church (Parks Brothers, Prague).

PAULS VALLEY

Ayers, Steven Wayne, 38, died Oct. 30. Services 2 p.m. Saturday, Erin Springs Baptist Church, Lindsay (B.G. Boydston, Lindsay). Holt, Tracy Denise, 49, died Saturday. Services 2 p.m. Thursday (Stufflebean-Coffey, Pauls Valley).

PAWNEE

Cather-Brown, Ruth E., 99, died Sunday. Graveside services 12:30 p.m. Friday, Highland Cemetery (Poteet, Pawnee). Rolland, Edward Floyd, 55, died Oct. 29. Services 2 p.m. Saturday, First Assembly of God (Poteet, Pawnee).

PONCA CITY

Stanger, Norma Jean “Lindy,” 83, died Saturday. Graveside services 2 p.m. Thursday, Odd Fellows Cemetery (Trout, Ponca City).

PRAGUE

Hoffman, Paula Elaine (Friend), 58, died Monday. Services 2 p.m. Friday, Sharon Baptist Church, Shawnee (Parks Brothers, Prague).

RALSTON

Dilbeck, Margie, 79, died Sunday.

Sheriellen Danyel Wall, 21. Adrien Javan Stafford, 28, and Aleicia Lashelle Henry, 24. Christopher B. Stewart, 33, and Cherith J. Pennell, 26. Jonathan Wesley Jones, 39, and Heather Renee Rinehart, 32. Adam Daniel Deutsch, 24, and Amanda J. Montelongo, 20.

DIVORCES ASKED

Carney, Jana K. v. Damon R. Cody, Tamara Lynn v. Michael James Conner, Karla J. v. Jason W. Donohew, Kimberley D. v. Joseph N. Gonzales, Jerry S. v. Elliott-Gonzales, Heather L. Hall, Bobby W. v. Marcella G. Jackson, Lloyd Dale Sr. v. Arleatha Gale Jones, Rita A. v. William R. Lietch, Christy Dawn v. Lewis Christopher Milberg, Carla Elaine v. Thomas Ripley Nola-Turk, Christine P. v. Turk, Steven J. Olson, Marjorie v. Scott E. Petrus, Jessica v. Salter, Thomas Anthony Quinn, Jennifer Lee v. Andrew James Reither, Meredyth v. Johnny L. Simpson, Holly Catherine v. Devon Kyle Smith Hough, Katherine Ainslie v. Hough, Charles Vandoren Spybuck, Stephanie H. v. Jason E. Tennyson, David R. v. Jayne A. Tran, Daniel Le v. Le, Cuong Kim Thi Webb, Samuel A. v. Diane L. Yarbrough, Tellia R. v. William L.

STILLWATER

Vincent, Pattie Jean, 89, died Oct. 30. Memorial services 2 p.m. Dec. 18 Turner, Don Mike, 81, died Tuesday. Graveside services 10:30 a.m. Thursday, (Strode, Stillwater). Ringling Memorial Cemetery (AlexanUTICA der, Wilson). Carr, Muriel, 88, died Monday. RINGWOOD Services 10 a.m. today (Brown’s, Durant). Farrington, Clara Belle, 77, died Monday. Services 10 a.m. Saturday, First WYNNEWOOD Baptist Church (Lanman, Helena). Hensley, Willis Dwight, 67, died SALLISAW Monday. Services 11 a.m. Thursday Lowrimore, Othel E., 95, died Monday. (DeArman, Wynnewood). Services 10 a.m. Thursday, Immanuel YALE Baptist Church (Agent, Sallisaw). Turner, Frank, 81, died Oct. 30. SHAWNEE Services 10 a.m. Saturday, First Assembly of God (Palmer Marler, King, Terry Lee, 46, died Saturday. Cushing). Services 2 p.m. Friday, Spring Baptist

BASS Bert Faircloth Bass, 81, was Harwell, Paul, 87, died Monday. born in Thomasville, GA on Dean, William Jessie, 73, died Friday. Services 10 a.m. Friday (Hampton July 27, 1929, the son of John Private services (OK Cremation, Mortuary, Checotah). C. Bass and Oklahoma City). Houston, Luke, 76, died Sunday. Laura HanDEL CITY Graveside services 2 p.m. today, IOOF nah Griffin. Harris, Alta Mae, 87, died Tuesday. Cemetery (Havenbrook, Norman). He passed Graveside services 2 p.m. Friday, Fairview Cemetery, Tuttle (Caskets away NoOKLAHOMA CITY Inc. & Johnson, Del City). vember 2, Allen, Jean Marie, 79, died Saturday. Sherrill, Virginia L., 94, died Monday. 2010, in Services 2 p.m. Thursday (Advantage, Services 10 a.m. Thursday, Bethel Midwest City). Oklahoma Church, Choctaw (Smith-Parks, Barfelz, Alan Gale, 50, died Sunday. City. On Harrah). Services 3 p.m. Thursday (Bill EisenNov. 6, Williams, Letha F., 88, died Tuesday. hour NE, Oklahoma City). 1955, Bert Services 10 a.m. Friday (Bill Eisenhour Booker, Darryl, 50, died Oct. 22. SE, Del City). Services 11 a.m. Friday, Greater Mount married Carolyn Sugg in Lonoke, AR. Bert served in Olive Baptist Church (Temple and DEWEY the U.S. Army during the KoSons, Oklahoma City). Ketchum, Billy George Jr., 40, died rean War, rising to rank of Farnsworth, Dean Leonard Sr., 50, Oct. 29. Services 1 p.m. Friday, Dewey died Saturday. Services 11:30 a.m. Captain at age 26. After beChurch of Christ (Stumpff, BartlesThursday, Mercer Adams, Bethany ing discharged from the U.S. ville). (Affordable Cremation, Oklahoma Army, he worked for the FAA DURANT City). as an Air Traffic Controller Franklin, Billy Ray, 78, died Oct. 23. No Flanagan, W.W., 86, died Sunday. and meteorologist, retiring services (OK Cremation, Oklahoma Services 11 a.m. Thursday, United from government service in City). Methodist Church, Calera (Holmes1982. He then worked as a Harper, Alma R., 96, died Monday. Coffey-Murray, Durant). real estate agent and apServices 10 a.m. Friday, Forest Hill EDMOND Christian Church (Mercer-Adams, praiser until his retirement. McEver, Winfred “Mac,” 90, died Bethany). Bert moved to Yukon in 1978, Monday. Services 1:30 p.m. Nov. 18, Heitman-Smith, Frances Mae, 94, died and was a member of the Southern Hills Christian Church Tuesday. Services in Chrisman, Ill. United Methodist Church of (Baggerley, Edmond). (Corbett, Oklahoma City). the Good Shepherd in Yukon. Whitaker, Gerald D., 80, died SatHyeche, Rose M., 62, died Oct. 29. He was an avid genealogist, urday. Services 1 p.m. Friday, First Services 11 a.m. Saturday, Greater Christian Church (OK Cremation, military historian, and reShiloh Baptist Church (Temple and Oklahoma City). cently began collecting coins. Sons, Oklahoma City). Kemp, Kenneth G., 85, died Sunday. As a former pilot in the Army ELK CITY Services 2 p.m. Friday, Chapel Hill Air Corps., he enjoyed phoSmith, Bertha, 94, died Monday. United Methodist Church (Hahn-Cook/ tographing and researching Services 2 p.m. today (Martin, Elk Street & Draper, Oklahoma City). historic aircraft, and attendCity). Lerner, Charlotte Marie, 77, died ing air shows. Bert is surMonday. Services 11 a.m. Thursday ENID vived by his wife, Carolyn; (Vondel Smith South Lakes, OklaCantellay, Joe H., 59, died Monday. sons, Brad Bass and wife Dihoma City). Services 2 p.m. Friday (Brownanna of Carrollton, Texas and Rae, Bill, 81, died Sunday. Services 2 Cummings, Enid). p.m. Thursday (Hahn-Cook/Street & Brian Bass of Carrollton, Falls, Jolene, 76, died Saturday. Draper, Oklahoma City). Texas; daughter-in-law, Cathy Private services (Brown-Cummings, Schumacher, LaVonne B., 78, died Enid). Bass of Oklahoma City; and Tuesday. Wake 7 p.m. Thursday, Mass grandchildren, James Bass, Grandon, LeeRoy, 84, died Monday. 10 a.m. Friday, St. Francis of Assisi (Bill Graveside services Friday at Burrton, Stephen Bass, Michael Bass, Merritt, Bethany). Kan. (Ladusau-Evans, Enid). Carolyn Bass, Kelsey Bass Sumption, Herbert George, 83, died Jackson, Louie A. Jr., 83, died Satand Kenny Bass. He was preMonday. Private services (Mercerurday. Services 10 a.m. today (BrownAdams, Bethany). ceded in death by his parents, Cummings, Enid). Townley, Melton “Ray,” 63, died Oct. John and Laura Bass; sibMcClanahan, Sunshine, 50, died Oct. lings, Mary Lou Hillman, John 28. Services 10 a.m. Thursday (Brown- 27. Services 2 p.m. Saturday, Resurrection Free Methodist Church (CorCummings, Enid). C. (Bub) Bass, and Betty Lee bett, Oklahoma City). O’Dea, Betty Jo, 77, died Sunday. O'Reilly; and his son, Brett Waters, Richard I., 70, died Monday. Services 10 a.m. Friday (HenningerBass. Memorial services will Services 10 a.m. Saturday (Memorial Hinson, Enid). be held 2:00 p.m., Sunday, Park, Oklahoma City). Tefft, Twyla, 81, died Thursday. November 7, 2010, at the Zachritz, Mary Elizabeth, 89, died Services 10 a.m. today (LadusauTuesday. Services 1:30 p.m. Friday, United Methodist Church of Evans, Enid). Nichols Hills United Methodist Church the Good Shepherd in Yukon, Turner, Willie, 48, died Oct. 28. (Demuth, Oklahoma City). OK. Online condolences may Services 2 p.m. Saturday, Grayson Baptist Church (Ladusau-Evans, be signed at www.yandaand PADEN Enid). sonfuneralhome.com Fipps, Leslie Lynn, 24, died Monday. Services 2 p.m. Friday, First Baptist EUFAULA COUNCIL HILL

Huey, Willie, 92, died Monday. Services 2 p.m. Friday, Bridgeport United Methodist Church (Turner, Hinton).

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MCALESTER

Blauvelt, Roy Dale, 44, died Monday. Services 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Victory Temple, Roland (Mallory-Martin, Sallisaw).

HINTON

Fire: Damage was about $125,000

Graveside services 2 p.m. today, Ralston Church, Sasakwa (Stout-Phillips, Riverside Cemetery (Hunsaker-Wooten, Wewoka). Fairfax).

CHECOTAH

Briggs, Leona, 97, died Monday. Graveside services 2 p.m. Friday, Carnegie Cemetery (Smith-Gallo, Guthrie).

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Hill, Marion E., 86, died Oct. 5. Services 10 a.m. Thursday (Becker, Lawton).

Pendleton, Vernon, 74, died Monday. Graveside services 10:30 a.m. today, Mountain View Cemetery (Ray & Martha’s, Mountain View).

GUTHRIE

A Norman fire vehicle is parked in front of 905 N Cockrel Ave., where an early-morning fire killed two children and injured three adults.

LAWTON

Whitewolf, Jeffery “Boe,” 41, died Saturday. Wake 7 p.m. Thursday. Services 11 a.m. Friday, First Apache Indian Baptist Church, Fort Cobb (Ray & Martha’s, Carnegie). Callich, Lola Mae, 86, died Monday. Services 11 a.m. Friday, First United Methodist Church (Garrett Family, Checotah).

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CULLERS William M. “Bill” Cullers passed peacefully into his heavenly home on 11-2-2010. He was born in Lincoln, Arkansas on 11-111927 to William A. and Hattie J. Cullers. In January 1951, he married the love of his life Wilma Lee Hamlin. Together they had 5 children. He is survived by his devoted wife, Wilma, his sons Mike and Vickey Cullers, Bob Cullers and Retha, James Cullers and Patsy, all of OKC and his daughters Mary Dresel and Janie Patrick of MWC, OK. He leaves behind 8 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter. During his career, Bill served in the U.S. Army, was a schoolteacher and worked 33 years for DHS. After retirement he enjoyed walking and visiting with his friends at the mall. Bill especially enjoyed Sunday dinners and time spent with his family. Contributions in memory of Bill may be made to Britton Baptist Church. Services pending with Demuth Funeral Home.

ALEXANDER Violet Hautez (Tez) Alexander, 86, a longtime resident of the Oklahoma City area, passed away on Friday, October 29, 2010, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Funeral services will be held at 2 PM on Friday, November 5, 2010, at Mercer Adams Chapel, 3925 North Asbury, Bethany, Oklahoma. Reverend Steven C. Wright will officiate. The family will receive visitors at Mercer Adams on Friday, November 5, from 10 AM through 12 noon. While flowers are acceptable, memorial contributions made to the Alzheimer's Association, New Mexico Chapter, 9500 Montgomery NE, Suite 121, Albuquerque, NM, 87111, would be appreciated. Mrs. Alexander was born in Atwood, Oklahoma, to the late J.B. and Lula Miller. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Harvey R. Alexander; one brother, Hewit Miller; and one sister, Beatrice Wright. Mrs. Alexander was a graduate of Calvin High School and Hills School of Business. She was a homemaker, devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a longtime member of the Bethany First Church of the Nazarene. Mrs. Alexander is survived by two sons: David R. Alexander of Albuquerque, New Mexico; and James H. Alexander of Enid, Oklahoma; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends. She will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew her. To share a memory or condolence, visit: www.mercer-adams.com

BALLARD Anna Mae Ballard passed away Nov. 1, 2010. Ann was born to Frank and Velma Williams in Richland Center, WI on Nov. 9, 1945. She married Raymond Ballard on Jan. 29, 1977. They spent many happy years square dancing and traveling together. Ann and Raymond served as Central District SD Assoc. presidents in 1989-90. They belonged to Happy Tracks and Rolling Squares Clubs, and many others over the years. Ann was preceded in death by sisters, Arzenith Peterson and Alberta “Peaches” Wickels. She is survived by husband, Raymond; sisters and brother, Alma Bee, Allen Williams, Arlene Winchell, and Ariel Banker and husband Delbert, all of WI; son, Jeff Nevel and wife Donna; daughters, Cynthia Griffin, Lorene Flores, Jean McCray and husband Ron, and Raymona VanCuren and husband Jamie. Survivors also include 10 grandchildren, Cherie, Felicia, Markus, Matthew, Ashlee, Amber, Melody, Jamie, Fernando, and Seth; 4 greatgrandchildren, Sabra, Lance, Matthew Jr., and Serenity; and many nieces and nephews. Ann retired from Tinker after 27 years of service, including 14 years as Building Manager for Bldg. 3001. Her hobbies included sewing, embroidery, and quilting, and she loved hosting family events, especially on Christmas Eve. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM, Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, at Hibbs Funeral Home, Choctaw, with interment to follow at Arlington Memory Gardens, Midwest City. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Cancer Society.


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HENRY Alice “Marie” Henry, 84, died November 1, 2010 following a hard fought battle with parotid carcinoma. Marie was born April 26, 1926 near Dustin, OK to Rufus and Lee Ella (Moore) Leffler. Following graduation from Hanna High School, she moved to OKC where she held numerous jobs including “Rosie the Riveter” for Douglas Aircraft. On March 16, 1946, she married Joe W. Henry, who preceded her in death on December 23, 2000. In 1957, she graduated from Capitol Hill Beauty College and eventually owned and operated Marie’s Beauty Shop in their home at S.W. 25 and Miller in OKC until Joe had to retire due to his health in 1979, and they moved to the Eagle Bluff area on Lake Eufaula. In 1996 when Joe’s health began to fail further, they moved to the Sandy Bass Bay No. 4 area to be near their daughter, Carol Jo McKay and husband Gary. Other survivors are her son James Raymond and wife, Coleen of Edmond, OK, granddaughters, Amy of Dallas, TX and Alyson and husband Scott and great granddaughter Paige Noel Crawford of Lubbock, TX. She is preceded in death by all her siblings, Irene Park of Hanna, OK, R.S. of Martinez, CA, Eugene of OKC and Charlie of Countyline, OK. Also left to grieve her loss are numerous nieces and nephews who adored their Aunt Reesee and step grandson Mark and wife Kimberley McKay of OKC. Graveside services will be held Thursday, November 4, 2010 at 2:00 p.m., at the Dustin Cemetery. Viewing will be held November 3 from 9-8 at the Hunn, Black & Merritt Funeral Home & Crematory in Eufaula. HIATT-OUTLAW Mildred (Rowe) Hiatt-Outlaw, 87, passed away peacefully on October 22, 2010 at Tuscany Village Nursing Home in Oklahoma City. Mildred was born in Augusta, Georgia. She was the daughter of the late Lillie Belle and Samuel Rowe. In 1944 she married Lambert Hiatt in Augusta and moved to Oklahoma City following WWII to work and raise their family. Mildred worked as office manager to Drs. Wilk and Hiatt Optometrists for many years. She maintained her Georgia roots by an annual summer trip to Augusta to visit family and friends. She was socially active in Oklahoma City, a member of the Reveler’s Dance Club, Mayfair Dance Club, Lost Needles Sewing Club, and Designing Women Investment Club. She also played Mah Jongg weekly with a group of friends for many years. Following the death of her husband of 54 years, Dr. Lambert R. Hiatt, she remarried Dr. Robert Outlaw of Oklahoma City. She is predeceased by her late husband, Lambert R.; a daughter, Janis Sidwell; son, Jack Hiatt; sisters, Evelyn Greiner, Ernestine Hughes, Alice Shackelford; and niece, Carol Marsh. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Robert Outlaw; two sons: David B. Hiatt and his wife, Gwen, of Portland, Maine; and Charles R. Hiatt of Oklahoma City; daughter-in-law, Patricia Hiatt of Jacksonville, Florida; sister, Elizabeth Fogle of Augusta, Georgia; five grandchildren and one great grandson. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, November 5, at 10:00 AM, at Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper, 6600 Broadway Ext., Oklahoma City, OK 73116, telephone 405-848-3744. The family requests no flowers. Those wishing to make memorial contributions may do so to a charity of their choice. A private burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

FARNSWORTH Dean L. Farnsworth Sr. had a short 50 years; was a loving and caring son, brother and father, and was survived by Karle R. & Donna J. Farnsworth (parents); Walter L. Farnsworth and David L. Farnsworth (brothers); sons, Dean Jr, Kyle S.; daughter, Heather Farnsworth; and daughter, Lauren and husband Zackary West; niece, Tami, husband Charlie Bradley, and thier son, Kendal; uncle Henry C & aunt Doris Williams; uncle Gary V. & aunt Karen Williams; along with many other uncles, aunts and cousins, nephews, and nieces. Memorial to be held at Mercer-Adams funeral home, 3925 N. Asbury Ave., Bethany, OK 73008, cross street 39 Expressway, at 11:30 am on 11/04/10. GILBREATH Carla Sue, 56, passed away Oct. 31, 2010. She was born Sept. 10, 1954 in Okla. City, OK to Robert and Marjorie Tompkins. She is survived by her brother, Bobby Tompkins, sister, Joyce Brown, daughters, Tracie Jones and April Rodriguez, sons-in-law, Bruce Jones and Rafael Rodriguez, 5 grandchildren, Robbie and Brandon Jones, Junior, Arianna and Isabel Aguilar. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Amber Dawn Gilbreath. A private memorial service will be held Thursday at 1:00 p.m. KEMP Kenneth G. Kemp died peacefully at home on Sunday, October 31, 2010. Ken was born May 24, 1925 in Pawhuska, Oklahoma to John T. and Ruth G. Kemp. He graduated from Norman High School, where he played basketball and baseball. After high school he joined the military and served in the Army Air Corp during World War II. He attended Texas A&M and graduated from Oklahoma City University with a degree in petroleum geology. In 1950, he married the love of his life Nina Dickinson and they enjoyed nearly 60 years of a wonderful partnership. He was a great dad to his four children, Susan, Brad, Sarah and Taylor and a loving granddad to his thirteen grandchildren. Ken served as a Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 168 and was a longtime member of Chapel Hill United Methodist Church. He was an avid OU football and basketball fan. He was a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and was proud of his Indian heritage. After college he began a distinguished career in the oil and gas industry. Ken was a well log analyst for Schlumberger for many years, living in Shawnee, Duncan, Ardmore and Oklahoma City. He was a member of AAPG, SIPES, SPWLA and the Oklahoma City Geological Society. After retiring from Schlumberger in 1986, he worked as a geologist for Holden Energy and then as an independent log consultant. During his career he became an industry expert on reading old electrical logs to find bypassed pay zones in oil and gas wells. He taught in the Geology Department at the University of Oklahoma and spoke at numerous industry seminars on Well Log Analysis. He was preceded in death by his wife Nina, his parents John and Ruth, his brothers John T. Kemp, Jr., and Robert C. Kemp and nephew Mack Kemp. He is survived by his children and their spouses Susan Sampson, Brad and Susie Kemp, Taylor and Joni Kemp of Oklahoma City and Sarah and Jim Askew of Kansas City; his grandchildren Carter and Stuart Sampson, Michelle, Ford and Tricia Kemp, Baird, Bennett and Claire Askew, Amy and Michael Wopsle, and Adam, Caroline, Katie and John Kemp. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Alzheimer's Association, 3555 NW 58 St., Oklahoma City, OK 73112, American Heart Association, 5700 N. Portland Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73112 or Boy Scout Troop 168, c/o Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, 2717 W. Hefner Rd., Oklahoma City, OK 73120. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, November 5, at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2010 KETCHUM Billy George Ketchum Jr., of Rush, Springs, OK, died Friday, October 29, 2010. He was born April 8, 1970 in Key West, Florida, the son of Billy (George) & Barbara Ketchum. Billy was a member of the Eastern Delaware Tribe. He graduated from Copan High School in 1988. Billy was active in football, hunting, fishing, gardening, and hanging out with his big sister. Billy married his high school sweetheart, Elizabeth (Kraft) Ketchum, on January 1, 1988 and had two lovely children, Sarah and Kimberly. Billy was an active and loving father in the lives of his girls. His greatest pleasures in life were playing in the snow with his daughters and swimming in the family pool. He graduated with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. He was a Senior Auditor for the Defense Contract Audit Agency in Oklahoma City. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Kraft) Ketchum; daughters, Sarah and Kimberly; father and mother, Billy (George) and Barbara Ketchum of Dewey, OK; sister, Tricia Harrell, niece, Chelsea Hudson, and brother-in-law, Tim Harrell of Pittsburg, KS; brother-in-law, K.C. Kraft and nephew, Conrad Kraft of Stillwater, OK; mother-in-law, Sally Derr; father-in-law and wife, Charles and Barbara Kraft of Texas; grandfather and grandmother, Robert and Maggie Fitch of Bartlesville, OK; and numerous cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by grandfather, Willard Ketchum; grandmother, Iris (Ketchum) Friend; and aunt, Linda Eddy. We will miss him very much. A memorial service will be held at Dewey Church of Christ in Dewey, Oklahoma, on Friday, November 5th, at 1:00 pm. There will be a private interment on the family land. PARKER Rev. Rick C. Parker, 60, born April 29, 1950 in Oklahoma City, passed away at Ave Maria Convalescent Hospital, Monterey, California, on October 27, 2010. He attended St. Gregory’s College in Shawnee, Central State University (now known as the University of Central Oklahoma) in Edmond and Immaculate Conception Seminary in Missouri before receiving his Masters in Divinity from St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in Indiana. Fr. Rick served as Associate Pastor and teacher at St. Francis’ Church and St. Eugene’s Church in Oklahoma City, St. John the Baptist Church in Edmond, and St. Stephen’s Church in San Francisco, CA. He also taught at Bishop McGuinness High School in Oklahoma City, Notre Dame High School in Riverside, CA, San Domenico High School in San Anselmo, CA, and Business Ethics at Central State University. After moving to Carmel, CA, in 1993, Fr. Rick was a very active member and board member of John XXIII AIDS Ministry which is now the Central Coast HIV and AIDS Services or CCHAS. He was a volunteer Chaplain at Community Hospital for many years and celebrated Mass at Carmel Mission and many other parishes in the Monterey, CA, Diocese. Fr. Rick is survived by his brother, G. Brock Parker of Oklahoma City and his identical twin, R. Brent Parker of Warr Acres; his nephew and niece, Damon Z. Parker of Las Vegas and Annessa J. Parker of Oklahoma City; his longtime companion, Larry Kern of Carmel and his beloved Scottish Terriers, Maggie, Malcolm and Hannah. He was preceded in death by his parents, H. Bruce and Betty Parker, and his brother, Mark. Visitation will be noon to 7p.m. on Thursday November 4, 2010 at Smith and Kernke, 1401 NW 23, Oklahoma City. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Catholic Pastoral Center Chapel, 7501 NW Expressway, Oklahoma City at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, November 5. Interment will follow at Resurrection Memorial Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to: CCHAS, PO Box 1931, Monterey, CA 93942.

SWINDELL E.W. “Woody” Swindell, 90, was born August 8, 1920, and passed away November 1, 2010. A graveside service will be 2pm, Thursday, November 4, 2010, at Memorial Park Cemetery.

PEYTON Ruth E. Peyton, 100, of Oklahoma City, passed away November 1, 2010 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Ruth was born April 16, 1910 in Butler, Oklahoma to Elbert and Madie Barton. She was one of eight girls and 4 boys born to the couple. After graduating from Butler High School in 1926, she attended Draughon’s Practical Business College in Oklahoma City. Ruth pursued her career in business as she worked as a bank teller, secretary, and served as church secretary at May Avenue United Methodist Church retiring after more than 23 years of service under ten ministers. Ruth married Robert Peyton in February 1936. He preceded her in death in 1995. Ruth was a longtime member of May Avenue UMC holding many offices in the United Methodist Women’s group including president. She was a member of the Leah Chapter of Eastern Star. Ruth is survived by her daughter Diane Buchanan and husband Richard of Stillwater; grandson Adam and wife Nicole of Cary, North Carolina; granddaughter Bethany of Indianapolis, Indiana; great grandson Peyton D. Buchanan; 2 brothers, E.M. Barton of Moscow, Idaho, John Barton of Kansas City, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews. Family will greet friends on Wed. 6:30 to 8:00 PM. Services are 10:30 a.m., Thurs., November 4, at May Avenue United Methodist Church, Oklahoma City. Interment at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. The family would like to thank the staff at Westhaven Nursing Home and Judith Karman Hospice. Ruth will be remembered for her sweet smile, fabulous sense of humor, and winning at BINGO and love of playing bridge! Memorials may be made to: The May Avenue United Methodist Church, 2604 North May Avenue, OKC 73107. Condolences may be offered at www.guardianwestfuneral chapel.com

OVERBEY Darrel Dewayne Overbey, 76, passed away October 29, 2010 in Oklahoma City. He was born May 23, 1934 in Snyder, OK to Thomas and Dovie Overbey. Darrel joined the Army at 19, and was honorable discharged. He worked many years as a truck driver and retired from his profession several years ago. Darrel is survived by his wife Ida Overbey; sister Edna Arbuckle; brother-in-law George Lewis and his wife Ginger; 5 children and their spouses; 12 grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. At this time no services are planned.

SHERRILL Virginia Lela Ross Sherrill Born to Lee and Lela Tuttle Ross on Sep. 6, 1916 in Shawnee, OK. Virginia was the baby of 6 children. She finished her race on earth on Nov. 1, 2010 and was warmly greeted by our Lord and Savior and the many loved ones that had gone before her. Throughout her life, she worked various jobs though her greatest joy was being a homemaker. She taught the adult Sunday School Class and Bible study in her retirement years. Grandma enjoyed fishing, sewing, writing poetry, cooking, gardening, and loved helping others. She loved life! She married our Grandpa, Leland “Omer” Sherrill on Sep. 30, 1939. He was the love of her life always doing the little things that would bring a smile to her face. Special treasures were the red roses he gave her for their anniversaries. Grandma was preceded in death by her husband, parents, 3 sisters, 2 brothers, great granddaughter, Rachel Zawisza and grandson, Jody French. She is survived by her son, Emmitt and Joy Looney, 5 grandchildren, Debbie and Charles Barton, Donna and David Zawisza, Mark French, Deanna and Bill LaPach and Robin and Barrett Crane; 22 great grandchildren, and 8K great great grandchildren. Services are 10:00AM, Thursday, November 4, 2010, at Bethel Church, Choctaw, OK, with Dr. Dick Temple and Rev. Robert Temple officiating. Interment will follow at Memory Lane Cemetery, Harrah, OK. Services are under the direction of Smith-Parks Funeral Service in Harrah, OK. A guest book is available to share your memories on-line. Please visit www.smithparks.com

RIGGS Charlotte Riggs 7 Nov. 1944 - 21 Sep. 2010 Graveside memorial service Resurrection Cemetery for friends and family at 2:00 PM 5th of Nov. 2010. She is preceded in death by her father, Edward Y. Riggs; her mother, Christine McGarity Riggs. She is survived by her daughter, Raylene R. Lee, Springfield, MO; her sister, Isabell R. Eadens, Kemp, TX; her brother, (Bill) William R. (Ray) Riggs, OKC, OK. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Real Rescue, Inc., PO Box 358, Arcadia, OK 73007. Condolences will be received at rigwll@aol.com

VAHLBERG Mary Elizabeth Vahlberg Nov. 3, 1920 - Oct. 28, 2010 What do you say about perhaps the sweetest person who ever lived? To say that she was a wonderful mother seems inadequate. That she was a mentor, voice of reason, accomplished golfer, practical joker, pilot, music lover, republican, bird watcher, avid reader, lifetime learner, eccentric cook, advisor, witty, loved God, loved her husband, loved her children and loved life - almost scratch the surface. What we can say for certain is that when Mary passed away after a brief illness, a special light left this world and now brightens the next. Mary was born in Eudora, Arkansas in 1920 where she grew up with her five siblings, Sandy, Hilliard, Lamar, Rebecca and Medford, all who survive her. Mary's father, Medford Cashion, was a successful banker and entrepreneur who, along with his wife, Mary Elizabeth Cashion, moved the family to Nichols Hills in Oklahoma City in 1934 after inheriting some land. Here, the family developed a thriving home building business. She graduated from old Classen High School and attended the University of Oklahoma where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. In 1939, she married Jack Callaway and had two children, Mary Cashion (Silver City, Nevada) and John R. (Oklahoma City). After a divorce, she wed Oklahoma City architect Robert W. Vahlberg in 1953 and was married to him for 50 years, the anniversary of which the couple celebrated a few months before his death in 2003. For 49 of their 50 years, Mary and her beloved Robert lived in a unique, contemporary home designed and built by him in Forest Park in east Oklahoma City. (A special thanks to Will and Leonor Rogers for rescuing and reviving the Vahlberg residence and keeping the family heritage alive). Besides the very large family from which Mary arose, she also was responsible for quite an impressive genetic trail. In addition to Cashion Elston and John Callaway, she is survived by her other children, Courtney Dodd (Mustang), Bob Vahlberg (Norman), Mia Vahlberg (Tulsa), and step-children, Stephanie Moody (Alpharetta, Georgia) and Marcia Vahlberg (Florence, Italy), along with 14 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. A memorial service for Mary is set for 2 p.m., Saturday, November 6, 2010, at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4400 N. Shartel in Oklahoma City. The service is open to all of Mary's friends and family. Donations in Mary's name can be made to Neighbor for Neighbor, where Mary served as a volunteer for a number years. ''I am a people person. Love to be around people.'' -Mary Vahlberg's Facebook entry, July 2010. Indeed she was. We love her and will miss her very much.

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PARKER Lesa Ann Parker, 54, born August 20, 1956, in Oklahoma City, was the daughter of Hoyt and Ann Bargman. Lesa graduated from St. Anthony Hospital School of Nursing in 1980 and worked as a nurse most of her life. On April 14, 1989 Lesa married William Darrell Parker, Jr. She passed away October 28, 2010 in Oklahoma City after a long and courageous battle with Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. Lesa is survived by her husband of 21 years, Billy Parker; son, Daniel Adams; and daughters, Breanna Parker, Christina Parker, and Crystal Thornton and husband Marcus; parents, Hoyte and Ann Bargman; brother, Phil Bargman and wife Sharon; and many others. Services will be 1:00 p.m., Saturday, November 6, 2010, at Town & Country Christian Church, interment following at Yukon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Lesa's memory to: The American Cancer Society, 6525 N. Meridian #110, Oklahoma City, OK 73116. Online condolences may be signed at www.yandaandsonfuneral home.com

In Loving Memory of Maxine Barbee-Bowles June 14, 1935 - Nov. 2, 2000 The Broken Chain We little knew that night that God was going to call your name. In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same. It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone; for part of us went with you, the day God called you home. You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide; and though we cannot see you, you are always at our side. Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same; but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again. Love, Your Family Pam (Thompson) Bullington 11/3/1956 to 7/4/1992 It’s hard to believe you have been gone for eighteen years. So much has changed, however the one thing that will never change is how much I love and miss you. Happy Birthday!

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County-by-county results Here’s a look at vote totals by county for U.S. Senate and Oklahoma governor from the Associated Press.

Tessa Mills, 10 months, plays with her mother Elizabeth’s keys while she votes at Deer Creek Middle School on Tuesday in Edmond.

Voters line up at Deer Creek Middle School on Tuesday in Edmond. PHOTOS BY DAVID MCDANIEL, THE OKLAHOMAN

METRO | STATE Governor Adair Alfalfa Atoka Beaver Beckham Blaine Bryan Caddo Canadian Carter Cherokee Choctaw Cimarron Cleveland Coal Comanche Cotton Craig Creek Custer Delaware Dewey Ellis Garfield Garvin Grady Grant Greer Harmon Harper Haskell Hughes Jackson Jefferson Johnston Kay Kingfisher Kiowa Latimer LeFlore Lincoln Logan Love McClain McCurtain McIntosh Major Marshall Mayes Murray Muskogee Noble Nowata Okfuskee Oklahoma Okmulgee Osage Ottawa Pawnee Payne Pittsburg Pontotoc Pottawatomie Pushmataha Roger Mills Rogers Seminole Sequoyah Stephens Texas Tillman Tulsa Wagoner Washington Washita Woods Woodward Totals

TP 18 11 15 9 13 11 29 25 53 28 26 18 7 91 12 43 12 17 43 13 22 11 10 33 24 42 10 16 8 9 17 16 19 11 13 34 17 14 13 39 23 23 13 26 32 17 14 12 26 12 33 17 12 16 303 34 32 20 12 38 49 26 31 17 10 34 16 33 29 16 10 273 38 24 13 8 15 2,229

PR 18 11 15 9 13 11 29 25 46 28 26 18 7 40 12 43 12 17 10 1 22 11 9 33 2 42 10 16 8 9 17 16 19 11 13 34 17 14 13 2 23 23 13 24 32 0 14 12 26 12 27 17 12 16 175 34 27 20 12 38 49 26 31 17 10 30 16 33 29 16 10 76 25 24 13 8 15 1,694

THE OKLAHOMAN | NEWSOK.COM Askins 2,500 737 1,500 321 1,993 1,099 4,346 3,602 8,858 4,461 5,609 1,843 263 14,617 958 10,950 1,007 1,834 1,787 218 4,127 557 314 5,318 366 5,740 613 683 334 331 1,525 1,642 2,050 942 1,230 4,970 1,295 1,250 1,466 581 3,837 4,099 1,107 3,157 4,035 201 791 1,485 4,768 1,802 6,173 1,200 1,300 1,405 52,035 4,903 4,945 3,136 1,813 8,258 5,671 4,412 6,533 1,525 413 7,473 2,687 4,495 8,217 889 1,020 17,874 4,060 5,039 1,333 1,043 1,522 288,493

Fallin 3,023 1,301 2,231 1,564 3,471 2,061 6,111 3,723 21,985 8,478 5,850 2,227 734 18,230 1,052 10,827 818 2,470 3,233 281 7,304 1,307 755 11,515 568 10,027 1,199 892 420 898 1,901 1,880 3,950 881 1,713 8,656 3,504 1,423 1,602 723 6,973 8,846 1,554 6,111 4,312 265 2,221 2,528 6,992 2,177 6,810 2,781 1,960 1,619 59,366 5,389 6,496 3,983 3,030 11,633 6,807 5,363 11,827 1,901 923 15,477 3,636 5,659 6,458 3,545 1,083 26,315 7,728 11,548 2,263 2,041 4,080 422,488

U.S. Senate Adair Alfalfa Atoka Beaver Beckham Blaine Bryan Caddo Canadian Carter Cherokee Choctaw Cimarron Cleveland Coal Comanche Cotton Craig Creek Custer Delaware Dewey Ellis Garfield Garvin Grady Grant Greer Harmon Harper Haskell Hughes Jackson Jefferson Johnston Kay Kingfisher Kiowa Latimer LeFlore Lincoln Logan Love McClain McCurtain McIntosh Major Marshall Mayes Murray Muskogee Noble Nowata Okfuskee Oklahoma Okmulgee Osage Ottawa Pawnee Payne Pittsburg Pontotoc Pottwatome Pushmataha Rger Mills Rogers Seminole Sequoyah Stephens Texas Tillman Tulsa Wagoner Washington Washita Woods Woodward Totals

TP 18 11 15 9 13 11 29 25 53 28 26 18 7 91 12 43 12 17 43 13 22 11 10 33 24 42 10 16 8 9 17 16 19 11 13 34 17 14 13 39 23 23 13 26 32 17 14 12 26 12 33 17 12 16 303 34 32 20 12 38 49 26 31 17 10 34 16 33 29 16 10 273 38 24 13 8 15 2,229

PR 18 11 15 9 13 11 29 25 53 28 26 18 7 91 12 43 12 17 43 13 22 11 10 33 2 42 10 16 8 9 17 16 19 11 13 34 17 14 13 2 23 23 13 26 32 17 14 12 26 12 32 17 12 16 293 34 32 20 12 38 49 26 31 17 10 34 16 33 29 16 10 159 25 24 13 8 15 2,032

Rogers 1,705 284 1,087 162 1,053 599 3,053 2,185 5,603 3,284 3,971 1,304 108 20,179 687 6,114 468 1,169 4,400 1,387 2,593 279 202 2,720 214 3,237 308 410 190 136 1,030 1,057 1,136 547 912 3,177 541 688 958 428 2,261 2,571 775 2,100 2,260 2,012 353 1,038 3,257 1,086 5,264 686 831 909 56,220 3,467 4,638 2,106 1,207 5,266 3,840 2,510 4,338 1,047 188 5,661 1,820 3,112 3,377 491 578 26,101 2,581 3,065 684 522 732 238,519

Coburn 3,601 1,654 2,449 1,620 4,205 2,404 6,881 4,810 27,654 9,027 7,020 2,514 839 48,970 1,232 14,459 1,238 2,924 15,154 6,072 8,243 1,514 1,258 13,096 677 11,742 1,389 1,064 505 1,038 2,269 2,264 4,598 1,136 1,868 9,782 4,019 1,832 1,941 829 8,022 9,839 1,719 8,480 5,573 3,912 2,556 2,763 7,924 2,679 10,988 3,124 2,306 1,973 124,778 6,438 9,140 4,515 3,395 13,623 8,059 6,705 13,062 2,101 1,083 21,234 4,213 6,549 10,576 3,666 1,391 64,861 8,768 12,806 2,756 2,439 4,613 644,420

Wallace 129 55 112 58 102 60 250 153 777 301 254 113 24 2,244 32 578 40 99 472 138 295 31 27 390 30 440 53 38 18 31 59 86 129 47 82 352 65 46 82 28 282 276 69 245 249 118 55 105 277 113 334 98 89 60 4,657 197 337 203 127 518 285 236 454 137 25 599 147 251 339 145 42 2,269 259 380 84 63 110 22,554

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Warmer weather expected The bumper comes off a car Tuesday as it drives into a flooded area on Interstate 45 South in Dallas. Today in Oklahoma, it is expected to be warm and breezy. For the complete forecast, see Page 6C. AP PHOTO/DALLAS MORNING NEWS

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THREE ADULTS, INCLUDING A PREGNANT WOMAN WHO LEFT FROM THE HOUSE, WERE INJURED

Two children die in Norman fire BY JAMES TYREE AND JANE GLENN CANNON Staff Writers

NORMAN — A young pregnant woman broke through a window to escape a burning house and banged on a neighbor’s door early Tuesday, but could only point to the raging fire she had just escaped. Suffering from smoke inhalation, Amber Larkins, 22, later underwent a successful cesarean

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section delivery at Norman Regional Hospital, just hours after two children lost their lives in the blaze. The fire began about 4:20 a.m. in a wood-frame house at 905 N Cockrel Ave., Norman firefighters said. Savvy Larkins, 2, died in the fire and her father, Daniel Larkins, 19, was being treated for smoke inhalation in the intensive care unit at Integris Baptist Medical Center. Michael Larkins, 7, also died in

the fire. He was spending the night at the home of his aunt, Oley Mae Thornton, who was delivering newspapers at the time of the fire. Thornton lost a grandchild, Savry, but gained a grandchild with the birth of Amber Larkins’ baby. Also being treated for smoke inhalation at Integris was Amber Larkins, while Kelly Larkins, 46, was in the burn unit with seconddegree burns on 10 percent of his body, Integris spokeswoman

Brooke Cayot said. The neighbor, Jim Larkins, a relative, said Amber Larkins’ baby was doing fine. “Amber banged on my door and all she could manage to do was point, but I could see what was going on,” Jim Larkins said. “I tried to get to the back of the house, but the fire was too dangerous.” Jim Larkins said he heard the

MAN PLEADS TO ASSAULT Ricky Charles Howard Hoover Jr., 27, of Indiahoma, pleaded guilty to assault resulting in serious bodily injury in connection with a traffic accident that killed a man who was mowing his yard near Indiahoma in April, U.S. Attorney Sanford Coats reported Tuesday. Hoover was under the influence of alcohol and Lortab when he lost control of his vehicle, which struck and killed Kenneth Kowena, 61, of Indiahoma, records show. Hoover faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 at sentencing, Coats said. FROM STAFF REPORTS

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BY NOLAN CLAY Staff Writer nclay@opubco.com

The state of Oklahoma is alleging in a lawsuit it has been cheated out of millions of dollars in hotel room taxes. The state is suing for back sales taxes from Priceline.com, Expedia, Orbitz, Travelocity.com and other online reservation companies that offer discount hotel rooms. The lawsuit — filed Tuesday in Oklahoma County District Court — is the latest against the online travel industry. A year ago, Florida became the first state to sue the online travel companies. San Antonio and other Texas cities last year won $20 million in their 2006 lawsuit against Expedia and other companies. The lawsuit was initiated by Gov. Brad Henry. “We believe some outof-state firms have not paid their appropriate state sales tax bill and have essentially shorted Oklahoma taxpayers out of hundreds of millions of dollars,” said a spokesman for the governor. The lawsuit alleges the companies act deceptively, collecting taxes from travelers “at or above” retail room rates but only paying the state taxes on wholesale rates. The state hired law firms from Georgia and Oklahoma to file the lawsuit. Most of the hotel tax cases against the industry have not been successful, said Andrew Weinstein, a spokesman for the Interactive Travel Services Association.

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POLICE NAME SLAIN WOMAN Ramona Lynn Anders, 25, was the woman found shot to death Saturday morning at 3151⁄2 SW 34, police said Tuesday. Anyone who has information about the crime should call 297-1200. The death is the 48th homicide in Oklahoma City this year. FROM STAFF REPORTS

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An Emergency Medical Services Authority paramedic, right, sets off a bomb Monday as Rockie Yardley, left, an Edmond Police Department bomb expert, and two paramedic students watch. Paramedic students joined with the Edmond police bomb squad for a training exercise on responding to explosions. For the story, see Page 16A. PHOTO BY JOHN CLANTON, THE OKLAHOMAN

The Riverpark Neighborhood Association will conduct its annual health fair from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the parish hall at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 3901 SW 29. The event, held in conjunction with the University of Central Oklahoma School of Nursing and Mercy Community Outreach, will include free flu shots while they last and free health screenings. A Spanish translator will be available. For more information, call Jeanna Daniel at 519-2188. FROM STAFF REPORTS

Metro-area high schools show wide range on ACT scores BY TRICIA PEMBERTON Staff Writer tpemberton@opubco.com

Advanced Placement U.S. history students Laenie Fletcher, left, and Hannah Wilson read along with their teacher, Christine Curtright, at Edmond Memorial High School. PHOTO BY STEVE GOOCH, THE OKLAHOMAN

An analysis of metroarea schools’ average ACT college entrance exam scores shows that only four schools scored at or higher than 24, the score desired by most four-year colleges for entrance. The Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics led the way by scoring an average composite ACT score of 31.4. The school is a two-year residential high school for academically gifted students across the state.

Edmond North High School ranked next highest in the state, with an average composite score of 24.3. Also meeting or surpassing a score of 24 were Classen School of Advanced Studies, with a score of 24.2, and Norman North High School, with an average score of 24. Other metro-area schools came close to the benchmark score. Edmond Memorial High School had a score of 23.6, Deer Creek High School scored 23.2 and Norman SEE EXAM, PAGE 16A

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EMSA, bomb technicians team up to teach safety

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IN BRIEF ST. ELIJAH PLANS ANNUAL FOOD FEST St. Elijah Orthodox Christian Church will host its annual food festival and holiday bake sale from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the church, NW 150 and May Avenue. Guided tours of the church and specialty booths also will be available. For more information, go to www.stelijahokc.com.

BY DIANA BALDWIN

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Staff Writer dbaldwin@opubco.com

EDMOND — Emergency Medical Services Authority paramedic students this week got an explosive lesson in what law enforcement officers face at crime scenes. Nine paramedic students spent the day Monday with Edmond police officers and members of their bomb squad. It was the first time EMSA and a law enforcement agency have joined forces to help train paramedics about crime scene investigations, how to help an injured bomb technician and what to look for in explosives, said Maj. Heather Yazdanipour, an EMSA paramedic and instructor. “Today has been invaluable,” Yazdanipour said. “There is a lot of power packed into today. What better way to learn but to seek out the experts.”

CALENDAR THURSDAY A paramedic student looks at different types of explosives.

Edmond officer Michael King also is an EMSA paramedic. He was instrumental in getting the class together. “It is a great learning experience,” King said. “EMSA and the law enforcement community react to situations every day. Very seldom do they get together outside of the scene. This gives them the ability to work better together.” Some of the students dressed in 90-pound bomb technician suits, while others learned how to remove the $12,000 piece of protective gear.

Paramedic students Tori Spencer, right, and Jennifer Coker look at a stick of dynamite Monday during a demonstration on explosives. PHOTOS BY JOHN CLANTON, THE OKLAHOMAN

They later learned about the different kinds of explosives and what to look for when they arrive at a crime scene involving an explosion. Three of them got to set off different kinds of explosives at the police firing range. “All explosives burn fast,” said Rockie Yardley, a police department bomb

expert. “There are different sizes. None of them are good.” Yardley warned the students to be aware of what is around them because homemade bombs are becoming more popular. “We are rescuers at heart,” Yardley said. “Just stop and think. Take it slow.”

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and Putnam City North high schools each had scores of 22.9. ACT stipulates the composite score to be college-ready is 24, said Bob Melton, science curriculum facilitator for the Putnam City School District. Colleges such as the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University and other four-year schools have picked that score as an entrance requirement. ACT arrived at that score based on data of students who passed the test with that score and how they did in college, Melton said. Students who achieve that score have a 50 percent chance of making a B or better and a 75 percent chance of making a C or better in their freshman year in college, he said. Other colleges, such as community colleges, accept a lower entrance score. Edmond North Principal Jan Keirns attributed her school’s score to the number of Advanced Placement courses students take. “One of the main things we do here is really encourage a rigorous program and hold students to high expectations, whether in AP or pre-AP classes,” Keirns said. “We really want our students to be fully prepared when they leave us.” The Midwest City-Del City School District saw average ACT scores ranging from 22.4 at Carl Albert High School to 16.7 at the Mid-Del Alternative Academy. While school district spokeswoman Stacey Boyer said the district would not comment on the differences in scores, she did point out that Carl Albert’s 2010 score was a full point above 2009 ACT scores. Principal Silvya Kirk said that comes from emphasizing reading, nonfiction writing, critical thinking skills and focus in all classes all year, she said. “We’re in the business of learning,” she said. “Academics have to be the focus.” The school also has a number of programs to help students who are struggling in classes. The options range from Teacher on Call to Saturday School. “If a kid here fails a course, they chose to,” Kirk said.

Advanced Placement U.S. history teacher Christine Curtright goes over lessons with her class at Edmond Memorial High School. PHOTO BY STEVE GOOCH, THE OKLAHOMAN

AT A GLANCE ACT SCORES BELOW NATIONAL LEVELS Oklahoma’s 2009 graduating class is behind the national average ACT test score in English, mathematics and science, according to state schools Superintendent Sandy Garrett’s latest “Investing in Oklahoma” report. The state matches the average score in reading. In English, Oklahoma’s average score is 20.5; the national is 20.6. In math, the average score is 19.9 for the state and 21 for the nation. In science, scores are 20.5 for the state and 20.9 for the nation. Reading scores are 21.4. Composite scores for the state are 20.7, and nationally 21.1. Shelly Hickman, spokeswoman for the state Education Department, said it’s important to remember that Oklahoma has more test takers than the national average. “We’re very close to the national average in some subjects,” she said, “But math is an area where we need to improve.” TRICIA PEMBERTON, STAFF WRITER

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LIBRARY EVENTS These programs are scheduled at a Metropolitan Library System branch. For a list of all programs and events, go to metrolibrary.org. For more information, go to wimgo.com.

TODAY What: Book Blast When: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Where: Choctaw Ages: 6 and older

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What: Local Author Series: Rodney Redus When: 6 to 7 p.m. Where: Del City Ages: Adults

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THURSDAY What: Pajama story time When: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Where: Warr Acres Ages: 2½ to 5 Aseem Nevrekar, a student at the University of Oklahoma, performs with OU’s Arashi Taiko, an Asian drum band, at the Red Ribbon Culture Jam at Moore Public Library. The festival was one of several activities Saturday, including the annual Red Ribbon Parade against drug abuse. PHOTOS BY JIM BECKEL, THE OKLAHOMAN

Phil Clark, of Norman, browses through items for sale.

Above and left: Bagpiper Jessie Bills performs Saturday at the Red Ribbon Culture Jam in Moore. Drummers with Arashi Taiko perform.

UCO offers new athletic training program

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BY SARAH HILL NewsOK.com Contributor

EDMOND — University of Central Oklahoma’s Graduate Athletic Training Education Program is accepting applications for early admission. UCO’s program is the only one of its kind in Oklahoma and only one of 23 offered in the United States. The program was accredited earlier this year by the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. UCO’s program offers a master of science degree in athletic training. Since its creation, two students have graduated from the program. Currently 15 students are enrolled in the program. The deadline for early admission is Dec. 15. The final deadline to apply for admission is March 1. Applicants will not be admitted to UCO’s Jackson College of Graduate Studies until they have been accepted into the Graduate Athletic Training Education Program. A maximum of 10 students will be admitted into the program each year. The program’s academic plan of study must last a minimum of six semesters — two summer terms and four regular semesters. The first semester begins each summer in July. SARAH HILL IS A UNIVERSITY RELATIONS STAFF WRITER AT UCO.

INFORMATION For information about the program or to download an application, go to http://ceps.uco.edu/ programs/at, call McKibbin at 9742959, or e-mail jmckibbin@uco.edu.

Dr. Sam Dahr

PROFESSIONAL An Integris ophthalmologist has received a certificate of appreciation from the Center for Devices and Radiological Health of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Sam Dahr has been the principal retinal consultant for the Ophthalmic Device Division of the FDA for the past three and a half years. In this role, he reviews applications for FDA approval of retinal devices that have been submitted by companies worldwide. He plays a critical role in the design and monitoring of the clinical trials that ultimately lead to approval or disapproval of these retinal devices. He was recognized in particular for his work in the area of age-related macular degeneration, a disease that affects hundreds of thousands of people in the United States every year.

Four community activists and one nonprofit were honored by World Neighbors at the A Journey Around the World gala. Patty Johnston and Mark and Jerry Gautreaux were given the World Neighbors Namaste Award, recognizing them for their contributions to World Neighbors and for representing the qualities of World Neighbors mission throughout Oklahoma. The Dale Rogers Training Center is receiving the World Neighbors & KFOR Dignity Award for the nonprofit category. The center provides training and job placement to promote independence for people with disabilities. The other Dignity Award winner is Charlotte Lankard, a marriage and family therapist. Lankard founded the nonprofit group Calm Waters, which provides grief and divorce support groups for children. Based in Oklahoma City, World Neighbors is an international development organization striving to eliminate hunger, poverty and disease in the most deprived, rural villages in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

When: 9 a.m. to noon Where: Bethany Ages: Newborn to 5 years

FRIDAY What: Developmental screenings

What: Apple pie time When: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Where: The Village Ages: 5 to 12

What: Flute circle concert When: 2 to 3 p.m. Where: Midwest City Ages: All ages

MONDAY What: Family Thanksgiving story time When: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Where: Ralph Ellison Ages: All ages


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OCU to honor alumni during Homecoming

Carl Alexandre

Frank Bruno

Edgar Cruz

John Fletcher

Stephen Kovash

Phil McSpadden

Angela Monson

Marla Peixotto-Smith

Ekaterina Marsakova Zoubkova

BY LESLIE BERGER

Bruno was previously inducted into the OCU Athletic Hall of Fame. He is retiring after 59 years as co-owner of Bruno’s Home Furnishings. Cruz played string bass for the OCU Orchestra, established his independent record label, E.C.I. Recordings in 1987, and began his official recording career in 1989. Fletcher starred in a number of OCU productions and spent a year in OCU’s touring children’s theater troupe, the Let’s Pretend Players. In 2005, he accepted his current position as assistant professor of theater history and women’s and gender studies at Louisiana State University. Kovash serves as the national acquisition manager for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development and is a certified federal mediator and facilitator. Monson was elected chair of the Oklahoma City School Board last year after previously serving as a

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The Oklahoma City University Alumni Association will honor outstanding alumni during Homecoming weekend festivities Saturday. The annual Distinguished Alumni and Athletic Hall of Fame Awards Dinner begins with a 6 p.m. reception, followed by dinner and the awards ceremony at 7 p.m. at the Devon Boathouse, 616 SE 6. This year’s honorees are law alumnus Carl Alexandre; business alumnus Frank Bruno; music alumnus Edgar Cruz; honors alumnus John Fletcher; dance/arts management alumnus Stephen Kovash; arts and sciences alumna Angela Monson; nursing alumna Marla PeixottoSmith; religion alumna Ekaterina “Katya” Marsakova Zoubkova; and Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Phil McSpadden. Alexandre is the director of the Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training for the U.S. Department of Justice.

OCU film series to continue FROM STAFF REPORTS

The Oklahoma City University Film Institute continues its annual series at 2 p.m. Sunday with Sergei Dvortsevoy’s “Tulpan.” The screening will be in the Meinders School of Business Kerr McGee Auditorium, McKinley Avenue and NW 27. Admission is free. “Tulpan” won the Un Certain Regard award at the Cannes Film Festival and was one of the two most requested works on evaluation forms from last year’s OCU series. The Kazakhstan film is about a young dreamer, Asa, who returns to his sister’s nomadic brood on the desolate steppes to begin a hardscrabble career as a shepherd. But before he can tend a flock of his own, Asa must win the hand of the only eligible bachelorette for miles — his alluringly mysterious neighbor, Tulpan.

INFORMATION For more information about the series, go to www. okcu.edu/film-lit.

state senator and in the state House of Representatives. Peixotto-Smith earned her master’s in nursing degree from OCU’s Kramer School of nursing. She is retired as director of emergency services, outpatient services and the transplant program at St. Anthony Hospital. Zoubkova, a native of Ulyanovsk, Russia, transferred to OCU in 1994. She serves as pastor of the Tyumen United Methodist Church of the Salvation. McSpadden is a softball coach who has captured eight national championships and was a 2007 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics hall of famer. He has been recognized as national coach of the year by the National Fastpitch Coaches association three times. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased by calling 208-7787 or e-mailing rsvp@okcu.edu.

LESLIE BERGER IS ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF MEDIA RELATIONS AT OCU.

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City School District parents on Monday night were reminded to be vigilant about their children’s safety in light of recent news of three cases of middle school students being abducted and molested in Oklahoma City. Superintendent Paul Hurst said Oklahoma City police believe there could be a connection between the cases and have formed a task force to investigate the incidents. “It is important that parents and families remind their children of personal safety rules,” said Hurst during the school

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED Superintendent Paul Hurst said The Care Share Program, a volunteer effort that assists families in need in Putnam City schools, is asking for more people and organizations to help children have a merry Christmas and a warm winter. Those interested in donating may do so by sending checks, made payable to Care Share, to the Putnam City Foundation, 5401 NW 40, Oklahoma City, OK 73122.

board’s meeting. “Ask children to walk to and from school with others, to never approach or speak to a stranger, and to report any suspicious person or persons to a trusted adult. We must work together to

keep children safe.” The girls were abducted Sept. 16 and 29 and Oct. 29 near May and Brookline avenues, SW 59 and Blackwelder Avenue and near Klein Avenue and NW 16.

Advisers say high school students should plan now for college years BY TRICIA PEMBERTON Staff Writer tpemberton@opubco.com

It’s never too soon for high school students to start preparing for college, advisers say. Dee Dee Stafford, a college adviser at Putnam City North High School, said students need to take the most rigorous courses they can successfully handle, mainly Advanced Placement courses. “This is essential to be prepared for college and to be prepared to do well on the SAT or ACT, the admission tests for college,” Stafford said. Stafford also stresses to students that they need to take four years of math — algebra I, geometry, algebra II and pre-calculus or trigonometry. And the newest ACT research indicates that students score best on the test when they have taken biology, chemistry and physics, she said. Students also should select a number of colleges to which they will apply, Stafford said. The exact number, however, depends on the teen. For scholarships, Stafford recommends students sign up early for one or two of the free scholarship search engines. By the beginning of the year, parents of se-

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Emily Lodes, a senior at Putnam City North High School, fills out her college application with the help of Chan Klingensmith. PHOTO BY STEVE GOOCH, THE OKLAHOMAN

niors need to have their financial information in order to apply for federal and state money. Oklahoma scholarship deadlines are Feb 1, Stafford said. To help students decide an area of study, Stafford recommends the Career Interest area of the PLAN test given in 10th grade, or she advises students to explore websites like www.matchcollege. com or the College Board’s www.myroad. collegeboard.com.

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Other Legal Notices

Notice of Intent to Bid Rehabilitation and Construction Contracts For The Comanche Nation Housing Authority h The Comanche Nation Housing Authority (CNHA), Lawton, Oklahoma will be soliciting bids in the near future on housing rehabilitation and new construction work. The intent of this announcement is to identify qualified Indianowned contractors that may be interested in bidding on future work. All interested Indian-owned contractors will be placed on a list for use in future solicitations. Interested contractors may provide CNHA with a Statement of Intent to respond to future Invitation for Bid (IFB) or Request for Proposals (RFP). Contractors must be bondable and must provide required insurance documentation as well as Contractor’s License. For a detailed list of requirements, interested firms may contact the Comanche Nation Housing Authority at 580357-4956. The closing date for accepting the letter of intent is November 5, 2010 at the close of business, 5:00 pm CST.

NOTICE OF APPLICATION Union Bank, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, intends to apply to the Federal Reserve Board for permission to (1) merge with First Coleman National Bank, Coleman, Texas, Graham National Bank, Graham, Texas, Citizens National Bank of Breckenridge, Breckenridge, Texas, First State Bank of Canadian, National Association, Canadian, Texas, First National Bank of Olney, Olney, Texas, Friona State Bank, National Association, Friona, Texas, Farmers National Bank of Seymour, Seymour, Texas and InterBank, Elk City, Oklahoma; and (2) purchase the assets and assume the liabilities of the banking offices of First National Bank of Borger, Borger, Texas which are located at 531 N. Deahl Street, Borger, Texas and 525 Morse Street, Stinnett, Texas. Each of the banking offices of the banks to be acquired by merger and the banking offices located in Borger and Stinnett, Texas to be acquired by purchase and assumption will become branch offices of Union Bank. The Federal Reserve considers a number of factors in deciding whether to approve the application, including the record of performance of our banks in helping to

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Other Legal Notices CITY OF MOORE BID NOTICE BID #101-008 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Moore will receive sealed bids in the office of the City Clerk, Purchasing Division, Moore City Hall, 301 North Broadway, Suite 203, Moore, Oklahoma, 73160, for MOWING OF SELECTED CITY PROPERTY. Bids will not be accepted after 1:45 P.M., CST, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2010. Bids will be made in accordance with the specifications, and these specifications are on file and available for examination, or may be obtained from the office of the City Clerk, Moore City Hall. One (1) copy addressed to the Office of the City Clerk, Purchasing Division, will be submitted, and that copy must be sealed and clearly marked with the name of the bidding vendor and identified as follows: “SEALED BID #101-008” “MOWING OF SELECTED CITY PROPERTY” The bidder must attend the mandatory pre-bid conference at 2:00 p.m., CST, Monday, November 22, 2010. The pre-bid conference will be held in the City Council Chambers, Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway, Moore, Oklahoma. Attendance is required in order to be qualified to submit a bid. Bids filed as provided herein will be publicly opened at 2:00 p.m., CST, Monday, November 29, 2010, Moore City Hall, City Council Chambers, 301 North Broadway, Suite 126, Moore, Oklahoma 73160. All bids will remain at least forty-eight (48) hours thereafter, before a contract will be made and entered into thereon. Bids received more than ninety-six (96) hours [excluding Saturdays, Sundays and holidays], before the time set for the receipt of bids will not be considered. The City of Moore reserves the right to accept the bid which, in the judgment of the Staff, is the best for the application of needs, materials and services as covered in the specifications, and is deemed the best, overall, for the good of the City. The City of Moore reserves the right to reject any and all bids; waive irregularities and formalities in any bid submitted. In addition, the City of Moore reserves the right to contract with one or more parties to perform identical services as deemed appropriate. The City of Moore is an equal opportunity employer. Carol Folsom, Purchasing Agent 405/793-5022

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NOTICE OF SEIZURE AND PETITION FOR FORFEITURE PURSUANT TO PENAL CODE SECTION 186.4 COUNTY OF SANTA BARBARA, SUPERIOR COURT CASE NO: 1333867 TO ALL INTERESTED PARTIES, you are hereby notified that: On July 1, 2010, the District Attorney of Santa Barbara County initiated proceedings to forfeit property and assets pursuant to Penal Code section 186.4. The property and assets subject to the above-described proceedings includes cash, an automobile and other personal property. You are hereby notified that any interested person may file a verified claim with the Superior Court of the County of Santa Barbara stating the nature and amount of their claimed interest. You must file this claim within thirty (30) days after receipt of this notice, or within thirty (30) days from the date of the first publication of the notice, if that person was not personally served or served by mail. You must serve a verified copy of your claim on the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office (Attention: Senior Deputy District Attorney Lee Carter) at 1112 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Failure to serve the District Attorney's Office within thirty (30) days from the date of filing the claimed interest with the Superior Court can result in a waiver of interest in the property or assets or delay of any legal proceedings. Failure to file a verified claim stating an interest in the property or assets with the Superior Court of the County of Santa Barbara will result in a waiver of any interest in the property or assets without further hearing pursuant to Penal Code §186.5). The following property is subject to the above-described proceedings: $4,180.00 U.S. currency, a 2000 CADILLAC VIN 1G6KD54Y8YU202179 and all the contents of the 2000 CADILLAC, including clothing, cell phones and computers Dated: October 27, 2010 JOYCE DUDLEY District Attorney LEE CARTER Senior Deputy District Attorney

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meet local credit needs. You are invited to submit comments on this application in writing to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, One Memorial Drive, Kansas City, Missouri 64198. The comment period will not end before December 6, 2010, and may be somewhat longer. The Board’s procedures for processing applications may be found at 12 C.F.R. Part 262. Procedures for processing protested applications may be found at 12 C.F.R. Part 262.25. To obtain a copy of the Board’s procedures or if you need more information about how to submit your comments on the application, contact Dennis Denney, Assistant Vice President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City at (816) 881-2633. The Federal Reserve will consider your comments and any request for a hearing on the application if they are accepted by the Reserve Bank on or before the last date of the comment period.

Anyone having interest in the following vehicle should contact John @ 370-0845: 2002 Honda CRX VIN # JHMEC 1316HS026799 2002 HYUNDAI ACCENT VIN# KMHCG35C22V196493 1992 MERCEDES 190E VIN# WDBDA29D1NF969454 Anyone having financial interest in 1964 Chev VIN# 41847R1218884 Contact Lloyd 405-388-2671 Anyone with legal/ financial interest in 2002 Saturn VIN 1G8ZN12862Z234296 call Sandra 350-2087 Anyone with interest in 1971 chev nova vin# 1142711138 to be sold for mechanics lien on 11-25-10 contact Gary 405-812-8209. Anyone with interest in 1974 Johnson boat motor Model # 50ESL74M, Serial #4040409, HP 50. Sale to be held on 11-25-10 contact Betty at 405-634-5897


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Cold case ends with sentencing BY ANN KELLEY Staff Writer akelley@opubco.com

CHANDLER — A Missouri

prison inmate was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the 1992 death of a woman who was strangled and dumped in a creek bed in rural Lincoln County. Dennis Ray Wright, 50, pleaded no contest in Lincoln County District Court to a reduced charge of first-degree manslaughter in the death of Georgette Pless, 22, of Tulsa. Wright was initially charged in April with firstdegree murder, but the complaint was altered as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors. District Attorney Richard Smothermon said the sentence almost ensures Wright will spend the rest of his life behind bars. Wright is a diabetic and in poor health, he said. “There is little risk of him ever getting out alive,” Smothermon said. Wright appeared Friday in court, but no one was in the courtroom representing Pless’ family. Smothermon said law enforcement has been unable to reach any of Pless’ family members to tell them about the conviction. He said investigators tracked her mother to a homeless shelter in Louisiana and left messages there, but received no response. Pless has a son who agents continue to search

for, he said. “We’d like to let someone in her family know that after all this time Georgette Pless got justice,” he said. Deputies stumbled upon Pless’ nude body in November 1992 while searching for two victims in an unrelated murder case. She was facedown under a bridge in rural Lincoln County, authorities said. It took months for law enforcement to identify her remains, and her murder remained unsolved for nearly two decades. Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agents last year had DNA information from semen collected from Pless’ body compared to DNA information kept in a national computer database. The results garnered a match to Wright, who was serving time in a Missouri prison on a fraud conviction, said Gary Perkinson, agent in charge of the OSBI’s cold case unit. Perkinson said investigators later learned Wright once lived about a mile from where Pless’ body was found, and he lived in the neighborhood from which she disappeared. Perkinson said Wright never admitted to killing Pless, and denied ever knowing her. There were ligature marks across the front of Pless’ neck, and her spine was broken in several places, according to a report from the state medical examiner’s office.

TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS CLAIM 3 ON STATE ROADS Three people died from accidents on state roads, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported Tuesday. Jackie Morris, 43, Clayton Morris died at the scene of a crash Tuesday four miles west of Wilburton in Latimer County, the patrol reported. He was driving a car about 5:45 p.m. west on U.S. 270 when it veered left of center and struck an oncoming tractor-trailer rig, troopers said. The rig’s driver was not hurt. Both drivers were wearing seat belts, the patrol reported. Leslie Fipps, 24, Paden Fipps died Monday after a wreck in Seminole County north of Seminole, troopers said. She was driving an eastbound car about 7 p.m. on the ramp from U.S. 377 to Interstate 40 when she ran a stop sign, the patrol reported. A southbound pickup slammed into her car. Fipps died at a Seminole hospital, troopers said. The driver of the pickup was not hurt. Both drivers were wearing seat belts, the patrol reported. Donald Richardson, 47, Custer City Richardson died Tuesday after a wreck west of Custer City in Custer County, troopers said. He was driving a westbound SUV about 3 a.m. on State Highway 33 when it left the road, the patrol reported. The SUV hit a concrete ditch and rolled 21⁄2 times. Richardson was ejected from the vehicle and died at an Oklahoma City hospital, troopers said. He was not wearing a seat belt. FROM STAFF REPORTS

Deaths BARTLESVILLE

Scott, Richard Lee, 82, died Saturday. Graveside services 1 p.m. today, Summit View Cemetery, Guthrie (Stumpff, Bartlesville). Wright, Naomi Joella, 63, died Sunday. Services 2 p.m. Thursday (Stumpff, Bartlesville).

BEAVER

Elfers, Fumiko, 74, died Sunday. Services 2 p.m. today, Church of Christ (Mason, Shattuck).

BLANCHARD

Brown, Mickey Hough, 57, died Oct. 31. Services 10 a.m. Saturday (Eisenhour, Blanchard).

CARNEGIE

CLINTON

Hill, Robert Wesley “Hillboy,” 69, died Monday. Services 1 p.m. Friday (Stanley-Lee, Clinton). Torres, Antonio, 74, died Tuesday. Services 2 p.m. Thursday (Kiesau-Lee, Clinton).

Henry, Alice “Marie,” 84, died Monday. Graveside services 2 p.m. Thursday, Dustin Cemetery (Hunn, Black & Merritt, Eufaula).

FORT GIBSON

Burch, Florabelle C., 84, died Monday. Graveside services 1 p.m. Thursday, Fort Gibson National Cemetery (Lescher-Millsap, Fort Gibson).

HINTON

Huey, Willie, 92, died Monday. Services 2 p.m. Friday, Bridgeport United Methodist Church (Turner, Hinton).

JENNINGS

Reavis Marshall, Geneva Jacqueline, 71, died Oct. 28. Services 2 p.m. today, Oilton First Baptist Church (Affordable Cremation, Oklahoma City).

KEMP

Fire: Damage was about $125,000 FROM PAGE 15A

fire started in the middle of the house but knew no other details. Norman fire marshals were still investigating Tuesday afternoon. A neighbor, Kristine Butler, said the fire awakened her. “I saw them pull the bodies out. Thank goodness my kids didn’t. It was awful,” Butler said. Another neighbor, Stephen Swim, said the tragedy “breaks my heart.” Swim said he woke up to the sound of a dog barking

ONLINE Video Watch video from the site of the fatal fire online at NewsOK.com.

and could see light through a window shade. When he looked out, he could see the house on fire, he said. The fire caused an estimated $125,000 worth of damage to the house and its contents.

RINGLING

Maussner, Patricia, 76, died Monday. Graveside services 2 p.m. Thursday, Oak Hill Cemetery (Chaney-Harkins, McAlester).

MIDWEST CITY

Bodenheimer, Clyde Edward “Ed,” 71, died Monday. Services 3 p.m. Sunday, Crossings Community Church, Oklahoma City (Ford, Midwest City).

MOORE

Dunn, Patricia Ann, 62, died Oct. 24. Services 2 p.m. Saturday, Eakley First Assembly of God (John M. Ireland, Moore).

MOUNTAIN VIEW

MULDROW

NEWCASTLE

Brown, John W., 82, died Tuesday. Services 2 p.m. Thursday, Glory Promise Center (Vondel L. Smith & Son South, Oklahoma City).

NICOMA PARK

Ballard, Anna Mae, 64, died Monday. Services 10 a.m. Thursday (Hibbs, Choctaw).

NINNEKAH

McClendon, Hazel F., 83, died Monday. Services 10:30 a.m. Friday (Ferguson, Chickasha).

Sears, Debbie Ann (Walker), 50 died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Saturday, First United Methodist Church, Durant (Holmes-Coffey-Murray, Durant).

Records Editor’s note: The Oklahoman will publish free birth and adoption announcements as space permits. Include full names of parents, sex, birth date, hospital or county of adoption. You can send the information to The Oklahoman, P.O. Box 25125, Oklahoma City, OK 73125, or call us at 475-3539. The Oklahoman has discontinued publishing birth announcements from hospitals that do not provide full names of parents.

MARRIAGE LICENSES

Michael Rory Shearer, 52, and Carol Sue Rhoads, 55. Jerry David Snider, 47, and Theresa Dolores Roche, 48. Joseph Lynn Suttle, 30, and Kasey Lynn Prowell, 29. Mark Anthony Morgan II, 28, and Tara Necole Johnson, 21. Dan Nubine Jr., 55, and Laura Diedra Howard, 40. Johnny Wayne Goodwin, 24, and Christine Elizabeth Crites, 18. Jereme Michael Cowan, 31, and Courtney Leigh Allen, 29. Michael Joe Rothrock, 28, and Natalie Kay Banks, 28. Rodney Lee Brehm, 26, and Chrystal Dawn Ableiter, 20. Eric Vincent Owen, 41, and Heather Dawn Estridge, 18. Michael Adam Mosteller, 27, and Kathryn Lynnell Tarr, 33. Loren Del Rosebrook, 21, and Audrey

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Church (Parks Brothers, Prague).

PAULS VALLEY

Ayers, Steven Wayne, 38, died Oct. 30. Services 2 p.m. Saturday, Erin Springs Baptist Church, Lindsay (B.G. Boydston, Lindsay). Holt, Tracy Denise, 49, died Saturday. Services 2 p.m. Thursday (Stufflebean-Coffey, Pauls Valley).

PAWNEE

Cather-Brown, Ruth E., 99, died Sunday. Graveside services 12:30 p.m. Friday, Highland Cemetery (Poteet, Pawnee). Rolland, Edward Floyd, 55, died Oct. 29. Services 2 p.m. Saturday, First Assembly of God (Poteet, Pawnee).

PONCA CITY

Stanger, Norma Jean “Lindy,” 83, died Saturday. Graveside services 2 p.m. Thursday, Odd Fellows Cemetery (Trout, Ponca City).

PRAGUE

Hoffman, Paula Elaine (Friend), 58, died Monday. Services 2 p.m. Friday, Sharon Baptist Church, Shawnee (Parks Brothers, Prague).

RALSTON

Dilbeck, Margie, 79, died Sunday.

Sheriellen Danyel Wall, 21. Adrien Javan Stafford, 28, and Aleicia Lashelle Henry, 24. Christopher B. Stewart, 33, and Cherith J. Pennell, 26. Jonathan Wesley Jones, 39, and Heather Renee Rinehart, 32. Adam Daniel Deutsch, 24, and Amanda J. Montelongo, 20.

DIVORCES ASKED

Carney, Jana K. v. Damon R. Cody, Tamara Lynn v. Michael James Conner, Karla J. v. Jason W. Donohew, Kimberley D. v. Joseph N. Gonzales, Jerry S. v. Elliott-Gonzales, Heather L. Hall, Bobby W. v. Marcella G. Jackson, Lloyd Dale Sr. v. Arleatha Gale Jones, Rita A. v. William R. Lietch, Christy Dawn v. Lewis Christopher Milberg, Carla Elaine v. Thomas Ripley Nola-Turk, Christine P. v. Turk, Steven J. Olson, Marjorie v. Scott E. Petrus, Jessica v. Salter, Thomas Anthony Quinn, Jennifer Lee v. Andrew James Reither, Meredyth v. Johnny L. Simpson, Holly Catherine v. Devon Kyle Smith Hough, Katherine Ainslie v. Hough, Charles Vandoren Spybuck, Stephanie H. v. Jason E. Tennyson, David R. v. Jayne A. Tran, Daniel Le v. Le, Cuong Kim Thi Webb, Samuel A. v. Diane L. Yarbrough, Tellia R. v. William L.

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Vincent, Pattie Jean, 89, died Oct. 30. Memorial services 2 p.m. Dec. 18 Turner, Don Mike, 81, died Tuesday. Graveside services 10:30 a.m. Thursday, (Strode, Stillwater). Ringling Memorial Cemetery (AlexanUTICA der, Wilson). Carr, Muriel, 88, died Monday. RINGWOOD Services 10 a.m. today (Brown’s, Durant). Farrington, Clara Belle, 77, died Monday. Services 10 a.m. Saturday, First WYNNEWOOD Baptist Church (Lanman, Helena). Hensley, Willis Dwight, 67, died SALLISAW Monday. Services 11 a.m. Thursday Lowrimore, Othel E., 95, died Monday. (DeArman, Wynnewood). Services 10 a.m. Thursday, Immanuel YALE Baptist Church (Agent, Sallisaw). Turner, Frank, 81, died Oct. 30. SHAWNEE Services 10 a.m. Saturday, First Assembly of God (Palmer Marler, King, Terry Lee, 46, died Saturday. Cushing). Services 2 p.m. Friday, Spring Baptist

BASS Bert Faircloth Bass, 81, was Harwell, Paul, 87, died Monday. born in Thomasville, GA on Dean, William Jessie, 73, died Friday. Services 10 a.m. Friday (Hampton July 27, 1929, the son of John Private services (OK Cremation, Mortuary, Checotah). C. Bass and Oklahoma City). Houston, Luke, 76, died Sunday. Laura HanDEL CITY Graveside services 2 p.m. today, IOOF nah Griffin. Harris, Alta Mae, 87, died Tuesday. Cemetery (Havenbrook, Norman). He passed Graveside services 2 p.m. Friday, Fairview Cemetery, Tuttle (Caskets away NoOKLAHOMA CITY Inc. & Johnson, Del City). vember 2, Allen, Jean Marie, 79, died Saturday. Sherrill, Virginia L., 94, died Monday. 2010, in Services 2 p.m. Thursday (Advantage, Services 10 a.m. Thursday, Bethel Midwest City). Oklahoma Church, Choctaw (Smith-Parks, Barfelz, Alan Gale, 50, died Sunday. City. On Harrah). Services 3 p.m. Thursday (Bill EisenNov. 6, Williams, Letha F., 88, died Tuesday. hour NE, Oklahoma City). 1955, Bert Services 10 a.m. Friday (Bill Eisenhour Booker, Darryl, 50, died Oct. 22. SE, Del City). Services 11 a.m. Friday, Greater Mount married Carolyn Sugg in Lonoke, AR. Bert served in Olive Baptist Church (Temple and DEWEY the U.S. Army during the KoSons, Oklahoma City). Ketchum, Billy George Jr., 40, died rean War, rising to rank of Farnsworth, Dean Leonard Sr., 50, Oct. 29. Services 1 p.m. Friday, Dewey died Saturday. Services 11:30 a.m. Captain at age 26. After beChurch of Christ (Stumpff, BartlesThursday, Mercer Adams, Bethany ing discharged from the U.S. ville). (Affordable Cremation, Oklahoma Army, he worked for the FAA DURANT City). as an Air Traffic Controller Franklin, Billy Ray, 78, died Oct. 23. No Flanagan, W.W., 86, died Sunday. and meteorologist, retiring services (OK Cremation, Oklahoma Services 11 a.m. Thursday, United from government service in City). Methodist Church, Calera (Holmes1982. He then worked as a Harper, Alma R., 96, died Monday. Coffey-Murray, Durant). real estate agent and apServices 10 a.m. Friday, Forest Hill EDMOND Christian Church (Mercer-Adams, praiser until his retirement. McEver, Winfred “Mac,” 90, died Bethany). Bert moved to Yukon in 1978, Monday. Services 1:30 p.m. Nov. 18, Heitman-Smith, Frances Mae, 94, died and was a member of the Southern Hills Christian Church Tuesday. Services in Chrisman, Ill. United Methodist Church of (Baggerley, Edmond). (Corbett, Oklahoma City). the Good Shepherd in Yukon. Whitaker, Gerald D., 80, died SatHyeche, Rose M., 62, died Oct. 29. He was an avid genealogist, urday. Services 1 p.m. Friday, First Services 11 a.m. Saturday, Greater Christian Church (OK Cremation, military historian, and reShiloh Baptist Church (Temple and Oklahoma City). cently began collecting coins. Sons, Oklahoma City). Kemp, Kenneth G., 85, died Sunday. As a former pilot in the Army ELK CITY Services 2 p.m. Friday, Chapel Hill Air Corps., he enjoyed phoSmith, Bertha, 94, died Monday. United Methodist Church (Hahn-Cook/ tographing and researching Services 2 p.m. today (Martin, Elk Street & Draper, Oklahoma City). historic aircraft, and attendCity). Lerner, Charlotte Marie, 77, died ing air shows. Bert is surMonday. Services 11 a.m. Thursday ENID vived by his wife, Carolyn; (Vondel Smith South Lakes, OklaCantellay, Joe H., 59, died Monday. sons, Brad Bass and wife Dihoma City). Services 2 p.m. Friday (Brownanna of Carrollton, Texas and Rae, Bill, 81, died Sunday. Services 2 Cummings, Enid). p.m. Thursday (Hahn-Cook/Street & Brian Bass of Carrollton, Falls, Jolene, 76, died Saturday. Draper, Oklahoma City). Texas; daughter-in-law, Cathy Private services (Brown-Cummings, Schumacher, LaVonne B., 78, died Enid). Bass of Oklahoma City; and Tuesday. Wake 7 p.m. Thursday, Mass grandchildren, James Bass, Grandon, LeeRoy, 84, died Monday. 10 a.m. Friday, St. Francis of Assisi (Bill Graveside services Friday at Burrton, Stephen Bass, Michael Bass, Merritt, Bethany). Kan. (Ladusau-Evans, Enid). Carolyn Bass, Kelsey Bass Sumption, Herbert George, 83, died Jackson, Louie A. Jr., 83, died Satand Kenny Bass. He was preMonday. Private services (Mercerurday. Services 10 a.m. today (BrownAdams, Bethany). ceded in death by his parents, Cummings, Enid). Townley, Melton “Ray,” 63, died Oct. John and Laura Bass; sibMcClanahan, Sunshine, 50, died Oct. lings, Mary Lou Hillman, John 28. Services 10 a.m. Thursday (Brown- 27. Services 2 p.m. Saturday, Resurrection Free Methodist Church (CorCummings, Enid). C. (Bub) Bass, and Betty Lee bett, Oklahoma City). O’Dea, Betty Jo, 77, died Sunday. O'Reilly; and his son, Brett Waters, Richard I., 70, died Monday. Services 10 a.m. Friday (HenningerBass. Memorial services will Services 10 a.m. Saturday (Memorial Hinson, Enid). be held 2:00 p.m., Sunday, Park, Oklahoma City). Tefft, Twyla, 81, died Thursday. November 7, 2010, at the Zachritz, Mary Elizabeth, 89, died Services 10 a.m. today (LadusauTuesday. Services 1:30 p.m. Friday, United Methodist Church of Evans, Enid). Nichols Hills United Methodist Church the Good Shepherd in Yukon, Turner, Willie, 48, died Oct. 28. (Demuth, Oklahoma City). OK. Online condolences may Services 2 p.m. Saturday, Grayson Baptist Church (Ladusau-Evans, be signed at www.yandaand PADEN Enid). sonfuneralhome.com Fipps, Leslie Lynn, 24, died Monday. Services 2 p.m. Friday, First Baptist EUFAULA COUNCIL HILL

Briggs, Leona, 97, died Monday. Graveside services 2 p.m. Friday, Carnegie Cemetery (Smith-Gallo, Guthrie).

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Blauvelt, Roy Dale, 44, died Monday. Services 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Victory Temple, Roland (Mallory-Martin, Sallisaw).

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A Norman fire vehicle is parked in front of 905 N Cockrel Ave., where an early-morning fire killed two children and injured three adults.

Graveside services 2 p.m. today, Ralston Church, Sasakwa (Stout-Phillips, Riverside Cemetery (Hunsaker-Wooten, Wewoka). Fairfax).

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Chilcoat, Mary Louise, 83, died Tuesday. Services 1 p.m. Friday, First Baptist Church, Midwest City (Ford, Midwest City).

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Pendleton, Vernon, 74, died Monday. Graveside services 10:30 a.m. today, Mountain View Cemetery (Ray & Martha’s, Mountain View).

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Whitewolf, Jeffery “Boe,” 41, died Saturday. Wake 7 p.m. Thursday. Services 11 a.m. Friday, First Apache Indian Baptist Church, Fort Cobb (Ray & Martha’s, Carnegie). Callich, Lola Mae, 86, died Monday. Services 11 a.m. Friday, First United Methodist Church (Garrett Family, Checotah).

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CULLERS William M. “Bill” Cullers passed peacefully into his heavenly home on 11-2-2010. He was born in Lincoln, Arkansas on 11-111927 to William A. and Hattie J. Cullers. In January 1951, he married the love of his life Wilma Lee Hamlin. Together they had 5 children. He is survived by his devoted wife, Wilma, his sons Mike and Vickey Cullers, Bob Cullers and Retha, James Cullers and Patsy, all of OKC and his daughters Mary Dresel and Janie Patrick of MWC, OK. He leaves behind 8 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter. During his career, Bill served in the U.S. Army, was a schoolteacher and worked 33 years for DHS. After retirement he enjoyed walking and visiting with his friends at the mall. Bill especially enjoyed Sunday dinners and time spent with his family. Contributions in memory of Bill may be made to Britton Baptist Church. Services pending with Demuth Funeral Home.

ALEXANDER Violet Hautez (Tez) Alexander, 86, a longtime resident of the Oklahoma City area, passed away on Friday, October 29, 2010, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Funeral services will be held at 2 PM on Friday, November 5, 2010, at Mercer Adams Chapel, 3925 North Asbury, Bethany, Oklahoma. Reverend Steven C. Wright will officiate. The family will receive visitors at Mercer Adams on Friday, November 5, from 10 AM through 12 noon. While flowers are acceptable, memorial contributions made to the Alzheimer's Association, New Mexico Chapter, 9500 Montgomery NE, Suite 121, Albuquerque, NM, 87111, would be appreciated. Mrs. Alexander was born in Atwood, Oklahoma, to the late J.B. and Lula Miller. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Harvey R. Alexander; one brother, Hewit Miller; and one sister, Beatrice Wright. Mrs. Alexander was a graduate of Calvin High School and Hills School of Business. She was a homemaker, devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a longtime member of the Bethany First Church of the Nazarene. Mrs. Alexander is survived by two sons: David R. Alexander of Albuquerque, New Mexico; and James H. Alexander of Enid, Oklahoma; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends. She will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew her. To share a memory or condolence, visit: www.mercer-adams.com

BALLARD Anna Mae Ballard passed away Nov. 1, 2010. Ann was born to Frank and Velma Williams in Richland Center, WI on Nov. 9, 1945. She married Raymond Ballard on Jan. 29, 1977. They spent many happy years square dancing and traveling together. Ann and Raymond served as Central District SD Assoc. presidents in 1989-90. They belonged to Happy Tracks and Rolling Squares Clubs, and many others over the years. Ann was preceded in death by sisters, Arzenith Peterson and Alberta “Peaches” Wickels. She is survived by husband, Raymond; sisters and brother, Alma Bee, Allen Williams, Arlene Winchell, and Ariel Banker and husband Delbert, all of WI; son, Jeff Nevel and wife Donna; daughters, Cynthia Griffin, Lorene Flores, Jean McCray and husband Ron, and Raymona VanCuren and husband Jamie. Survivors also include 10 grandchildren, Cherie, Felicia, Markus, Matthew, Ashlee, Amber, Melody, Jamie, Fernando, and Seth; 4 greatgrandchildren, Sabra, Lance, Matthew Jr., and Serenity; and many nieces and nephews. Ann retired from Tinker after 27 years of service, including 14 years as Building Manager for Bldg. 3001. Her hobbies included sewing, embroidery, and quilting, and she loved hosting family events, especially on Christmas Eve. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM, Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, at Hibbs Funeral Home, Choctaw, with interment to follow at Arlington Memory Gardens, Midwest City. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Cancer Society.


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Do-it-yourself workshop yields tasty gifts Each Christmas, I have delusions of gift grandeur. I imagine putting together a pile of personalized, handmade gifts for all my loved ones. I’d gracefully wrap holiday ribbon around baked goods in my pristine kitchen. Then a songbird would land on my shoulder and admire my thoughtfulness. For some reason, this hasn’t panned out yet. But this year, I’m hoping to create a realistic version of my dream. I attended the Gifts From Your Kitchen workshop at the Oklahoma County Extension Center. Dietitian Casey Campbell instructed about 75 people how to make their own holiday projects. Everyone could make three gifts: soup in a mug, soup in a jar and cookies in a jar. Campbell gave some good advice about making food as gifts. Run containers through the dishwasher first, and start the project with clean hands and a clean kitchen. Use fresh ingredients. Use

Homemade cookies-in-ajar and soupin-a-jar can be an inexpensive option for the holiday gifts.

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labels with at least two things: Ingredients. The gift receiver may have allergies. Instructions. Receivers need to know how to prepare and store the food. You don’t want to give the recipient a foodborne illness or allergic reaction, Campbell said. Unless you don’t like that person and it’s a sabotage present. I think we’ve all given those at one point or another. As if creating your own personalized gifts weren’t crafty enough, you could gussy up your projects by painting the jars or tie on a cute cookie cutter, Campbell suggested. And then, if you haven’t had enough, you could toss it in a handwoven basket full of orga-

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nic cheeses you made. Package with fresh-cut flowers from your greenhouse. Deliver in a horsedrawn sleigh filled with a children’s choir singing carols. Or you could just make the jars. Your friends will be impressed enough. Besides, hiring a children’s choir probably is pricey. Casey turned us loose to make our projects with ingredients laid out on long tables. It was craft madness. Women dumped flour and spices and pasta into jars and Baggies. Campbell allowed at least an hour to put together the gifts.

City council votes to keep ban on out-of-state travel BY BRYAN DEAN Staff Writer bdean@opubco.com

Oklahoma City Council members declined Tuesday to lift a ban on their own out-of-state travel. The council voted a year ago to quit paying for its own members to travel outside Oklahoma for seminars, conventions and other activities. The ban also applies to the mayor. The moratorium came

after the city’s sales tax revenue took a turn for the worse, prompting budget cuts in every department and a hiring freeze. After six months of positive sales tax receipts, Ward 5 Councilman Brian Walters suggested lifting the ban. Walters was the chief advocate for passing the ban in the first place. Other council members said although they are encouraged by improving sales tax, they don’t think

the timing is right to lift the moratorium. The proposal to lift the ban failed 6-3. Voting to lift the ban were Walters, Mayor Mick Cornett and Ward 7 Councilman Skip Kelly. Voting no were Ward 1 Councilman Gary Marrs, Ward 2 Councilman Sam Bowman, Ward 3 Councilman Larry McAtee, Ward 4 Councilman Pete White, Ward 6 Councilwoman Meg Salyer and Ward 8 Councilman Pat Ryan.

Sales tax growth prompts optimism BY BRYAN DEAN Staff Writer bdean@opubco.com

October’s sales tax report continued an encouraging trend, prompting some cautious optimism Tuesday from Oklahoma City officials. Sales tax revenue was up 16.7 percent over expectations and 19.2 percent over last year’s collections for the same period. The October report includes actual collections for the second half of August and estimated collections for the first half of September. It is the sixth straight month of sales tax growth over the previous year. “We’re out of the woods, but we could still be hit by a falling tree,”

Ward 8 Councilman Pat Ryan said. The growth over the past few months has been well over expectations, a development that surprised city officials who have attributed the numbers to busy body shops and roofing companies after a major summer hailstorm. City Manager Jim Couch said there are signs the city’s tax base is growing beyond the temporary bump from storm recovery. “For the first quarter, our revenue is up by just under $6 million,” Couch said. “The primary driver on that is sales tax. We believe about two-thirds of that growth is attributable to the storm. If you take that out of the equation,

sales tax still grew, but it’s about $1 million over target. “It was a very strong month for us. The growth is better than we anticipated. It’s good news. We are coming out of it.” Council members used temporary funds to plug some of the holes in this year’s budget. Without new revenue to fill that gap, further cuts would be needed next year.

Forget it. The flurry of holiday cheer and the possibility of discounted gift-giving were too much for the room to bear. I was briefly scared that I might get trampled, which would be the opposite of holiday cheer.

GET THE RECIPES HOW TO PURCHASE COOKBOOKS The Oklahoma County Extension Center has “Gifts From Your Kitchen” cookbooks available for sale at the office, 930 N Portland Ave. The books are $5. They can be mailed for $5 plus shipping. To order, call 713-1125. The cookbooks include recipes from extension services throughout Oklahoma. Get three of the recipes on Carrie Coppernoll’s blog online at blog.newsok.com/red-dirt-ruckus.

Aside from the impending doom, the projects were really easy to make. Just to be sure this class was legitimate, I made the soup when I got home. It was spectacular. I’ll admit it: I’m probably

going to make the cookies and the other soup myself. I just want to be sure this whole gift-in-a-jar idea is, you know, good. So, here’s a heads up to my friends and family: You’re all getting potato soup this year.


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HENRY Alice “Marie” Henry, 84, died November 1, 2010 following a hard fought battle with parotid carcinoma. Marie was born April 26, 1926 near Dustin, OK to Rufus and Lee Ella (Moore) Leffler. Following graduation from Hanna High School, she moved to OKC where she held numerous jobs including “Rosie the Riveter” for Douglas Aircraft. On March 16, 1946, she married Joe W. Henry, who preceded her in death on December 23, 2000. In 1957, she graduated from Capitol Hill Beauty College and eventually owned and operated Marie’s Beauty Shop in their home at S.W. 25 and Miller in OKC until Joe had to retire due to his health in 1979, and they moved to the Eagle Bluff area on Lake Eufaula. In 1996 when Joe’s health began to fail further, they moved to the Sandy Bass Bay No. 4 area to be near their daughter, Carol Jo McKay and husband Gary. Other survivors are her son James Raymond and wife, Coleen of Edmond, OK, granddaughters, Amy of Dallas, TX and Alyson and husband Scott and great granddaughter Paige Noel Crawford of Lubbock, TX. She is preceded in death by all her siblings, Irene Park of Hanna, OK, R.S. of Martinez, CA, Eugene of OKC and Charlie of Countyline, OK. Also left to grieve her loss are numerous nieces and nephews who adored their Aunt Reesee and step grandson Mark and wife Kimberley McKay of OKC. Graveside services will be held Thursday, November 4, 2010 at 2:00 p.m., at the Dustin Cemetery. Viewing will be held November 3 from 9-8 at the Hunn, Black & Merritt Funeral Home & Crematory in Eufaula. HIATT-OUTLAW Mildred (Rowe) Hiatt-Outlaw, 87, passed away peacefully on October 22, 2010 at Tuscany Village Nursing Home in Oklahoma City. Mildred was born in Augusta, Georgia. She was the daughter of the late Lillie Belle and Samuel Rowe. In 1944 she married Lambert Hiatt in Augusta and moved to Oklahoma City following WWII to work and raise their family. Mildred worked as office manager to Drs. Wilk and Hiatt Optometrists for many years. She maintained her Georgia roots by an annual summer trip to Augusta to visit family and friends. She was socially active in Oklahoma City, a member of the Reveler’s Dance Club, Mayfair Dance Club, Lost Needles Sewing Club, and Designing Women Investment Club. She also played Mah Jongg weekly with a group of friends for many years. Following the death of her husband of 54 years, Dr. Lambert R. Hiatt, she remarried Dr. Robert Outlaw of Oklahoma City. She is predeceased by her late husband, Lambert R.; a daughter, Janis Sidwell; son, Jack Hiatt; sisters, Evelyn Greiner, Ernestine Hughes, Alice Shackelford; and niece, Carol Marsh. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Robert Outlaw; two sons: David B. Hiatt and his wife, Gwen, of Portland, Maine; and Charles R. Hiatt of Oklahoma City; daughter-in-law, Patricia Hiatt of Jacksonville, Florida; sister, Elizabeth Fogle of Augusta, Georgia; five grandchildren and one great grandson. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, November 5, at 10:00 AM, at Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper, 6600 Broadway Ext., Oklahoma City, OK 73116, telephone 405-848-3744. The family requests no flowers. Those wishing to make memorial contributions may do so to a charity of their choice. A private burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

FARNSWORTH Dean L. Farnsworth Sr. had a short 50 years; was a loving and caring son, brother and father, and was survived by Karle R. & Donna J. Farnsworth (parents); Walter L. Farnsworth and David L. Farnsworth (brothers); sons, Dean Jr, Kyle S.; daughter, Heather Farnsworth; and daughter, Lauren and husband Zackary West; niece, Tami, husband Charlie Bradley, and thier son, Kendal; uncle Henry C & aunt Doris Williams; uncle Gary V. & aunt Karen Williams; along with many other uncles, aunts and cousins, nephews, and nieces. Memorial to be held at Mercer-Adams funeral home, 3925 N. Asbury Ave., Bethany, OK 73008, cross street 39 Expressway, at 11:30 am on 11/04/10. GILBREATH Carla Sue, 56, passed away Oct. 31, 2010. She was born Sept. 10, 1954 in Okla. City, OK to Robert and Marjorie Tompkins. She is survived by her brother, Bobby Tompkins, sister, Joyce Brown, daughters, Tracie Jones and April Rodriguez, sons-in-law, Bruce Jones and Rafael Rodriguez, 5 grandchildren, Robbie and Brandon Jones, Junior, Arianna and Isabel Aguilar. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Amber Dawn Gilbreath. A private memorial service will be held Thursday at 1:00 p.m. KEMP Kenneth G. Kemp died peacefully at home on Sunday, October 31, 2010. Ken was born May 24, 1925 in Pawhuska, Oklahoma to John T. and Ruth G. Kemp. He graduated from Norman High School, where he played basketball and baseball. After high school he joined the military and served in the Army Air Corp during World War II. He attended Texas A&M and graduated from Oklahoma City University with a degree in petroleum geology. In 1950, he married the love of his life Nina Dickinson and they enjoyed nearly 60 years of a wonderful partnership. He was a great dad to his four children, Susan, Brad, Sarah and Taylor and a loving granddad to his thirteen grandchildren. Ken served as a Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 168 and was a longtime member of Chapel Hill United Methodist Church. He was an avid OU football and basketball fan. He was a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and was proud of his Indian heritage. After college he began a distinguished career in the oil and gas industry. Ken was a well log analyst for Schlumberger for many years, living in Shawnee, Duncan, Ardmore and Oklahoma City. He was a member of AAPG, SIPES, SPWLA and the Oklahoma City Geological Society. After retiring from Schlumberger in 1986, he worked as a geologist for Holden Energy and then as an independent log consultant. During his career he became an industry expert on reading old electrical logs to find bypassed pay zones in oil and gas wells. He taught in the Geology Department at the University of Oklahoma and spoke at numerous industry seminars on Well Log Analysis. He was preceded in death by his wife Nina, his parents John and Ruth, his brothers John T. Kemp, Jr., and Robert C. Kemp and nephew Mack Kemp. He is survived by his children and their spouses Susan Sampson, Brad and Susie Kemp, Taylor and Joni Kemp of Oklahoma City and Sarah and Jim Askew of Kansas City; his grandchildren Carter and Stuart Sampson, Michelle, Ford and Tricia Kemp, Baird, Bennett and Claire Askew, Amy and Michael Wopsle, and Adam, Caroline, Katie and John Kemp. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Alzheimer's Association, 3555 NW 58 St., Oklahoma City, OK 73112, American Heart Association, 5700 N. Portland Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73112 or Boy Scout Troop 168, c/o Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, 2717 W. Hefner Rd., Oklahoma City, OK 73120. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, November 5, at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2010 KETCHUM Billy George Ketchum Jr., of Rush, Springs, OK, died Friday, October 29, 2010. He was born April 8, 1970 in Key West, Florida, the son of Billy (George) & Barbara Ketchum. Billy was a member of the Eastern Delaware Tribe. He graduated from Copan High School in 1988. Billy was active in football, hunting, fishing, gardening, and hanging out with his big sister. Billy married his high school sweetheart, Elizabeth (Kraft) Ketchum, on January 1, 1988 and had two lovely children, Sarah and Kimberly. Billy was an active and loving father in the lives of his girls. His greatest pleasures in life were playing in the snow with his daughters and swimming in the family pool. He graduated with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. He was a Senior Auditor for the Defense Contract Audit Agency in Oklahoma City. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Kraft) Ketchum; daughters, Sarah and Kimberly; father and mother, Billy (George) and Barbara Ketchum of Dewey, OK; sister, Tricia Harrell, niece, Chelsea Hudson, and brother-in-law, Tim Harrell of Pittsburg, KS; brother-in-law, K.C. Kraft and nephew, Conrad Kraft of Stillwater, OK; mother-in-law, Sally Derr; father-in-law and wife, Charles and Barbara Kraft of Texas; grandfather and grandmother, Robert and Maggie Fitch of Bartlesville, OK; and numerous cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by grandfather, Willard Ketchum; grandmother, Iris (Ketchum) Friend; and aunt, Linda Eddy. We will miss him very much. A memorial service will be held at Dewey Church of Christ in Dewey, Oklahoma, on Friday, November 5th, at 1:00 pm. There will be a private interment on the family land. PARKER Rev. Rick C. Parker, 60, born April 29, 1950 in Oklahoma City, passed away at Ave Maria Convalescent Hospital, Monterey, California, on October 27, 2010. He attended St. Gregory’s College in Shawnee, Central State University (now known as the University of Central Oklahoma) in Edmond and Immaculate Conception Seminary in Missouri before receiving his Masters in Divinity from St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in Indiana. Fr. Rick served as Associate Pastor and teacher at St. Francis’ Church and St. Eugene’s Church in Oklahoma City, St. John the Baptist Church in Edmond, and St. Stephen’s Church in San Francisco, CA. He also taught at Bishop McGuinness High School in Oklahoma City, Notre Dame High School in Riverside, CA, San Domenico High School in San Anselmo, CA, and Business Ethics at Central State University. After moving to Carmel, CA, in 1993, Fr. Rick was a very active member and board member of John XXIII AIDS Ministry which is now the Central Coast HIV and AIDS Services or CCHAS. He was a volunteer Chaplain at Community Hospital for many years and celebrated Mass at Carmel Mission and many other parishes in the Monterey, CA, Diocese. Fr. Rick is survived by his brother, G. Brock Parker of Oklahoma City and his identical twin, R. Brent Parker of Warr Acres; his nephew and niece, Damon Z. Parker of Las Vegas and Annessa J. Parker of Oklahoma City; his longtime companion, Larry Kern of Carmel and his beloved Scottish Terriers, Maggie, Malcolm and Hannah. He was preceded in death by his parents, H. Bruce and Betty Parker, and his brother, Mark. Visitation will be noon to 7p.m. on Thursday November 4, 2010 at Smith and Kernke, 1401 NW 23, Oklahoma City. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Catholic Pastoral Center Chapel, 7501 NW Expressway, Oklahoma City at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, November 5. Interment will follow at Resurrection Memorial Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to: CCHAS, PO Box 1931, Monterey, CA 93942.

SWINDELL E.W. “Woody” Swindell, 90, was born August 8, 1920, and passed away November 1, 2010. A graveside service will be 2pm, Thursday, November 4, 2010, at Memorial Park Cemetery.

PEYTON Ruth E. Peyton, 100, of Oklahoma City, passed away November 1, 2010 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Ruth was born April 16, 1910 in Butler, Oklahoma to Elbert and Madie Barton. She was one of eight girls and 4 boys born to the couple. After graduating from Butler High School in 1926, she attended Draughon’s Practical Business College in Oklahoma City. Ruth pursued her career in business as she worked as a bank teller, secretary, and served as church secretary at May Avenue United Methodist Church retiring after more than 23 years of service under ten ministers. Ruth married Robert Peyton in February 1936. He preceded her in death in 1995. Ruth was a longtime member of May Avenue UMC holding many offices in the United Methodist Women’s group including president. She was a member of the Leah Chapter of Eastern Star. Ruth is survived by her daughter Diane Buchanan and husband Richard of Stillwater; grandson Adam and wife Nicole of Cary, North Carolina; granddaughter Bethany of Indianapolis, Indiana; great grandson Peyton D. Buchanan; 2 brothers, E.M. Barton of Moscow, Idaho, John Barton of Kansas City, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews. Family will greet friends on Wed. 6:30 to 8:00 PM. Services are 10:30 a.m., Thurs., November 4, at May Avenue United Methodist Church, Oklahoma City. Interment at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. The family would like to thank the staff at Westhaven Nursing Home and Judith Karman Hospice. Ruth will be remembered for her sweet smile, fabulous sense of humor, and winning at BINGO and love of playing bridge! Memorials may be made to: The May Avenue United Methodist Church, 2604 North May Avenue, OKC 73107. Condolences may be offered at www.guardianwestfuneral chapel.com

OVERBEY Darrel Dewayne Overbey, 76, passed away October 29, 2010 in Oklahoma City. He was born May 23, 1934 in Snyder, OK to Thomas and Dovie Overbey. Darrel joined the Army at 19, and was honorable discharged. He worked many years as a truck driver and retired from his profession several years ago. Darrel is survived by his wife Ida Overbey; sister Edna Arbuckle; brother-in-law George Lewis and his wife Ginger; 5 children and their spouses; 12 grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. At this time no services are planned.

SHERRILL Virginia Lela Ross Sherrill Born to Lee and Lela Tuttle Ross on Sep. 6, 1916 in Shawnee, OK. Virginia was the baby of 6 children. She finished her race on earth on Nov. 1, 2010 and was warmly greeted by our Lord and Savior and the many loved ones that had gone before her. Throughout her life, she worked various jobs though her greatest joy was being a homemaker. She taught the adult Sunday School Class and Bible study in her retirement years. Grandma enjoyed fishing, sewing, writing poetry, cooking, gardening, and loved helping others. She loved life! She married our Grandpa, Leland “Omer” Sherrill on Sep. 30, 1939. He was the love of her life always doing the little things that would bring a smile to her face. Special treasures were the red roses he gave her for their anniversaries. Grandma was preceded in death by her husband, parents, 3 sisters, 2 brothers, great granddaughter, Rachel Zawisza and grandson, Jody French. She is survived by her son, Emmitt and Joy Looney, 5 grandchildren, Debbie and Charles Barton, Donna and David Zawisza, Mark French, Deanna and Bill LaPach and Robin and Barrett Crane; 22 great grandchildren, and 8K great great grandchildren. Services are 10:00AM, Thursday, November 4, 2010, at Bethel Church, Choctaw, OK, with Dr. Dick Temple and Rev. Robert Temple officiating. Interment will follow at Memory Lane Cemetery, Harrah, OK. Services are under the direction of Smith-Parks Funeral Service in Harrah, OK. A guest book is available to share your memories on-line. Please visit www.smithparks.com

RIGGS Charlotte Riggs 7 Nov. 1944 - 21 Sep. 2010 Graveside memorial service Resurrection Cemetery for friends and family at 2:00 PM 5th of Nov. 2010. She is preceded in death by her father, Edward Y. Riggs; her mother, Christine McGarity Riggs. She is survived by her daughter, Raylene R. Lee, Springfield, MO; her sister, Isabell R. Eadens, Kemp, TX; her brother, (Bill) William R. (Ray) Riggs, OKC, OK. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Real Rescue, Inc., PO Box 358, Arcadia, OK 73007. Condolences will be received at rigwll@aol.com

VAHLBERG Mary Elizabeth Vahlberg Nov. 3, 1920 - Oct. 28, 2010 What do you say about perhaps the sweetest person who ever lived? To say that she was a wonderful mother seems inadequate. That she was a mentor, voice of reason, accomplished golfer, practical joker, pilot, music lover, republican, bird watcher, avid reader, lifetime learner, eccentric cook, advisor, witty, loved God, loved her husband, loved her children and loved life - almost scratch the surface. What we can say for certain is that when Mary passed away after a brief illness, a special light left this world and now brightens the next. Mary was born in Eudora, Arkansas in 1920 where she grew up with her five siblings, Sandy, Hilliard, Lamar, Rebecca and Medford, all who survive her. Mary's father, Medford Cashion, was a successful banker and entrepreneur who, along with his wife, Mary Elizabeth Cashion, moved the family to Nichols Hills in Oklahoma City in 1934 after inheriting some land. Here, the family developed a thriving home building business. She graduated from old Classen High School and attended the University of Oklahoma where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. In 1939, she married Jack Callaway and had two children, Mary Cashion (Silver City, Nevada) and John R. (Oklahoma City). After a divorce, she wed Oklahoma City architect Robert W. Vahlberg in 1953 and was married to him for 50 years, the anniversary of which the couple celebrated a few months before his death in 2003. For 49 of their 50 years, Mary and her beloved Robert lived in a unique, contemporary home designed and built by him in Forest Park in east Oklahoma City. (A special thanks to Will and Leonor Rogers for rescuing and reviving the Vahlberg residence and keeping the family heritage alive). Besides the very large family from which Mary arose, she also was responsible for quite an impressive genetic trail. In addition to Cashion Elston and John Callaway, she is survived by her other children, Courtney Dodd (Mustang), Bob Vahlberg (Norman), Mia Vahlberg (Tulsa), and step-children, Stephanie Moody (Alpharetta, Georgia) and Marcia Vahlberg (Florence, Italy), along with 14 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. A memorial service for Mary is set for 2 p.m., Saturday, November 6, 2010, at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4400 N. Shartel in Oklahoma City. The service is open to all of Mary's friends and family. Donations in Mary's name can be made to Neighbor for Neighbor, where Mary served as a volunteer for a number years. ''I am a people person. Love to be around people.'' -Mary Vahlberg's Facebook entry, July 2010. Indeed she was. We love her and will miss her very much.

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PARKER Lesa Ann Parker, 54, born August 20, 1956, in Oklahoma City, was the daughter of Hoyt and Ann Bargman. Lesa graduated from St. Anthony Hospital School of Nursing in 1980 and worked as a nurse most of her life. On April 14, 1989 Lesa married William Darrell Parker, Jr. She passed away October 28, 2010 in Oklahoma City after a long and courageous battle with Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. Lesa is survived by her husband of 21 years, Billy Parker; son, Daniel Adams; and daughters, Breanna Parker, Christina Parker, and Crystal Thornton and husband Marcus; parents, Hoyte and Ann Bargman; brother, Phil Bargman and wife Sharon; and many others. Services will be 1:00 p.m., Saturday, November 6, 2010, at Town & Country Christian Church, interment following at Yukon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Lesa's memory to: The American Cancer Society, 6525 N. Meridian #110, Oklahoma City, OK 73116. Online condolences may be signed at www.yandaandsonfuneral home.com

In Loving Memory of Maxine Barbee-Bowles June 14, 1935 - Nov. 2, 2000 The Broken Chain We little knew that night that God was going to call your name. In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same. It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone; for part of us went with you, the day God called you home. You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide; and though we cannot see you, you are always at our side. Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same; but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again. Love, Your Family Pam (Thompson) Bullington 11/3/1956 to 7/4/1992 It’s hard to believe you have been gone for eighteen years. So much has changed, however the one thing that will never change is how much I love and miss you. Happy Birthday!

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County-by-county results Here’s a look at vote totals by county for U.S. Senate and Oklahoma governor from the Associated Press.

Tessa Mills, 10 months, plays with her mother Elizabeth’s keys while she votes at Deer Creek Middle School on Tuesday in Edmond.

Voters line up at Deer Creek Middle School on Tuesday in Edmond. PHOTOS BY DAVID MCDANIEL, THE OKLAHOMAN

METRO | STATE Governor Adair Alfalfa Atoka Beaver Beckham Blaine Bryan Caddo Canadian Carter Cherokee Choctaw Cimarron Cleveland Coal Comanche Cotton Craig Creek Custer Delaware Dewey Ellis Garfield Garvin Grady Grant Greer Harmon Harper Haskell Hughes Jackson Jefferson Johnston Kay Kingfisher Kiowa Latimer LeFlore Lincoln Logan Love McClain McCurtain McIntosh Major Marshall Mayes Murray Muskogee Noble Nowata Okfuskee Oklahoma Okmulgee Osage Ottawa Pawnee Payne Pittsburg Pontotoc Pottawatomie Pushmataha Roger Mills Rogers Seminole Sequoyah Stephens Texas Tillman Tulsa Wagoner Washington Washita Woods Woodward Totals

TP 18 11 15 9 13 11 29 25 53 28 26 18 7 91 12 43 12 17 43 13 22 11 10 33 24 42 10 16 8 9 17 16 19 11 13 34 17 14 13 39 23 23 13 26 32 17 14 12 26 12 33 17 12 16 303 34 32 20 12 38 49 26 31 17 10 34 16 33 29 16 10 273 38 24 13 8 15 2,229

PR 18 11 15 9 13 11 29 25 46 28 26 18 7 40 12 43 12 17 10 1 22 11 9 33 2 42 10 16 8 9 17 16 19 11 13 34 17 14 13 2 23 23 13 24 32 0 14 12 26 12 27 17 12 16 175 34 27 20 12 38 49 26 31 17 10 30 16 33 29 16 10 76 25 24 13 8 15 1,694

THE OKLAHOMAN | NEWSOK.COM Askins 2,500 737 1,500 321 1,993 1,099 4,346 3,602 8,858 4,461 5,609 1,843 263 14,617 958 10,950 1,007 1,834 1,787 218 4,127 557 314 5,318 366 5,740 613 683 334 331 1,525 1,642 2,050 942 1,230 4,970 1,295 1,250 1,466 581 3,837 4,099 1,107 3,157 4,035 201 791 1,485 4,768 1,802 6,173 1,200 1,300 1,405 52,035 4,903 4,945 3,136 1,813 8,258 5,671 4,412 6,533 1,525 413 7,473 2,687 4,495 8,217 889 1,020 17,874 4,060 5,039 1,333 1,043 1,522 288,493

Fallin 3,023 1,301 2,231 1,564 3,471 2,061 6,111 3,723 21,985 8,478 5,850 2,227 734 18,230 1,052 10,827 818 2,470 3,233 281 7,304 1,307 755 11,515 568 10,027 1,199 892 420 898 1,901 1,880 3,950 881 1,713 8,656 3,504 1,423 1,602 723 6,973 8,846 1,554 6,111 4,312 265 2,221 2,528 6,992 2,177 6,810 2,781 1,960 1,619 59,366 5,389 6,496 3,983 3,030 11,633 6,807 5,363 11,827 1,901 923 15,477 3,636 5,659 6,458 3,545 1,083 26,315 7,728 11,548 2,263 2,041 4,080 422,488

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TP 18 11 15 9 13 11 29 25 53 28 26 18 7 91 12 43 12 17 43 13 22 11 10 33 24 42 10 16 8 9 17 16 19 11 13 34 17 14 13 39 23 23 13 26 32 17 14 12 26 12 33 17 12 16 303 34 32 20 12 38 49 26 31 17 10 34 16 33 29 16 10 273 38 24 13 8 15 2,229

PR 18 11 15 9 13 11 29 25 53 28 26 18 7 91 12 43 12 17 43 13 22 11 10 33 2 42 10 16 8 9 17 16 19 11 13 34 17 14 13 2 23 23 13 26 32 17 14 12 26 12 32 17 12 16 293 34 32 20 12 38 49 26 31 17 10 34 16 33 29 16 10 159 25 24 13 8 15 2,032

Rogers 1,705 284 1,087 162 1,053 599 3,053 2,185 5,603 3,284 3,971 1,304 108 20,179 687 6,114 468 1,169 4,400 1,387 2,593 279 202 2,720 214 3,237 308 410 190 136 1,030 1,057 1,136 547 912 3,177 541 688 958 428 2,261 2,571 775 2,100 2,260 2,012 353 1,038 3,257 1,086 5,264 686 831 909 56,220 3,467 4,638 2,106 1,207 5,266 3,840 2,510 4,338 1,047 188 5,661 1,820 3,112 3,377 491 578 26,101 2,581 3,065 684 522 732 238,519

Coburn 3,601 1,654 2,449 1,620 4,205 2,404 6,881 4,810 27,654 9,027 7,020 2,514 839 48,970 1,232 14,459 1,238 2,924 15,154 6,072 8,243 1,514 1,258 13,096 677 11,742 1,389 1,064 505 1,038 2,269 2,264 4,598 1,136 1,868 9,782 4,019 1,832 1,941 829 8,022 9,839 1,719 8,480 5,573 3,912 2,556 2,763 7,924 2,679 10,988 3,124 2,306 1,973 124,778 6,438 9,140 4,515 3,395 13,623 8,059 6,705 13,062 2,101 1,083 21,234 4,213 6,549 10,576 3,666 1,391 64,861 8,768 12,806 2,756 2,439 4,613 644,420

Wallace 129 55 112 58 102 60 250 153 777 301 254 113 24 2,244 32 578 40 99 472 138 295 31 27 390 30 440 53 38 18 31 59 86 129 47 82 352 65 46 82 28 282 276 69 245 249 118 55 105 277 113 334 98 89 60 4,657 197 337 203 127 518 285 236 454 137 25 599 147 251 339 145 42 2,269 259 380 84 63 110 22,554

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Warmer weather expected The bumper comes off a car Tuesday as it drives into a flooded area on Interstate 45 South in Dallas. Today in Oklahoma, it is expected to be warm and breezy. For the complete forecast, see Page 6C. AP PHOTO/DALLAS MORNING NEWS

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Two children die in Norman fire BY JAMES TYREE AND JANE GLENN CANNON Staff Writers

NORMAN — A young pregnant woman broke through a window to escape a burning house and banged on a neighbor’s door early Tuesday, but could only point to the raging fire she had just escaped. Suffering from smoke inhalation, Amber Larkins, 22, later underwent a successful cesarean

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section delivery at Norman Regional Hospital, just hours after two children lost their lives in the blaze. The fire began about 4:20 a.m. in a wood-frame house at 905 N Cockrel Ave., Norman firefighters said. Savvy Larkins, 2, died in the fire and her father, Daniel Larkins, 19, was being treated for smoke inhalation in the intensive care unit at Integris Baptist Medical Center. Michael Larkins, 7, also died in

the fire. He was spending the night at the home of his aunt, Oley Mae Thornton, who was delivering newspapers at the time of the fire. Thornton lost a grandchild, Savry, but gained a grandchild with the birth of Amber Larkins’ baby. Also being treated for smoke inhalation at Integris was Amber Larkins, while Kelly Larkins, 46, was in the burn unit with seconddegree burns on 10 percent of his body, Integris spokeswoman

Brooke Cayot said. The neighbor, Jim Larkins, a relative, said Amber Larkins’ baby was doing fine. “Amber banged on my door and all she could manage to do was point, but I could see what was going on,” Jim Larkins said. “I tried to get to the back of the house, but the fire was too dangerous.” Jim Larkins said he heard the

MAN PLEADS TO ASSAULT Ricky Charles Howard Hoover Jr., 27, of Indiahoma, pleaded guilty to assault resulting in serious bodily injury in connection with a traffic accident that killed a man who was mowing his yard near Indiahoma in April, U.S. Attorney Sanford Coats reported Tuesday. Hoover was under the influence of alcohol and Lortab when he lost control of his vehicle, which struck and killed Kenneth Kowena, 61, of Indiahoma, records show. Hoover faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 at sentencing, Coats said. FROM STAFF REPORTS

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BY NOLAN CLAY Staff Writer nclay@opubco.com

The state of Oklahoma is alleging in a lawsuit it has been cheated out of millions of dollars in hotel room taxes. The state is suing for back sales taxes from Priceline.com, Expedia, Orbitz, Travelocity.com and other online reservation companies that offer discount hotel rooms. The lawsuit — filed Tuesday in Oklahoma County District Court — is the latest against the online travel industry. A year ago, Florida became the first state to sue the online travel companies. San Antonio and other Texas cities last year won $20 million in their 2006 lawsuit against Expedia and other companies. The lawsuit was initiated by Gov. Brad Henry. “We believe some outof-state firms have not paid their appropriate state sales tax bill and have essentially shorted Oklahoma taxpayers out of hundreds of millions of dollars,” said a spokesman for the governor. The lawsuit alleges the companies act deceptively, collecting taxes from travelers “at or above” retail room rates but only paying the state taxes on wholesale rates. The state hired law firms from Georgia and Oklahoma to file the lawsuit. Most of the hotel tax cases against the industry have not been successful, said Andrew Weinstein, a spokesman for the Interactive Travel Services Association.

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POLICE NAME SLAIN WOMAN Ramona Lynn Anders, 25, was the woman found shot to death Saturday morning at 3151⁄2 SW 34, police said Tuesday. Anyone who has information about the crime should call 297-1200. The death is the 48th homicide in Oklahoma City this year. FROM STAFF REPORTS

FREE FLU SHOTS OFFERED The Riverpark Neighborhood Association will conduct its annual health fair from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the parish hall at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 3901 SW 29. The event, held in conjunction with the University of Central Oklahoma School of Nursing and Mercy Community Outreach, will include free flu shots and free health screenings. For information, call Jeanna Daniel at 519-2188.

An Emergency Medical Services Authority paramedic, right, sets off a bomb Monday as Rockie Yardley, left, an Edmond Police Department bomb expert, and two paramedic students watch. Paramedic students joined with the Edmond police bomb squad for a training exercise on responding to explosions. For the story, see Page 16A. PHOTO BY JOHN CLANTON, THE OKLAHOMAN

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Advanced Placement U.S. history students Laenie Fletcher, left, and Hannah Wilson read along with their teacher, Christine Curtright, at Edmond Memorial High School. PHOTO BY STEVE GOOCH, THE OKLAHOMAN

An analysis of metroarea schools’ average ACT college entrance exam scores shows that only four schools scored at or higher than 24, the score desired by most four-year colleges for entrance. The Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics led the way by scoring an average composite ACT score of 31.4. The school is a two-year residential high school for academically gifted students across the state.

Edmond North High School ranked next highest in the state, with an average composite score of 24.3. Also meeting or surpassing a score of 24 were Classen School of Advanced Studies, with a score of 24.2, and Norman North High School, with an average score of 24. Other metro-area schools came close to the benchmark score. Edmond Memorial High School had a score of 23.6, Deer Creek High School scored 23.2 and Norman SEE EXAM, PAGE 16A

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IN BRIEF ST. ELIJAH PLANS ANNUAL FOOD FEST St. Elijah Orthodox Christian Church will host its annual food festival and holiday bake sale from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the church, NW 150 and May Avenue. Guided tours of the church and specialty booths also will be available. For more information, go to www.stelijahokc.com.

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EDMOND — Emergency Medical Services Authority paramedic students this week got an explosive lesson in what law enforcement officers face at crime scenes. Nine paramedic students spent the day Monday with Edmond police officers and members of their bomb squad. It was the first time EMSA and a law enforcement agency have joined forces to help train paramedics about crime scene investigations, how to help an injured bomb technician and what to look for in explosives, said Maj. Heather Yazdanipour, an EMSA paramedic and instructor. “Today has been invaluable,” Yazdanipour said. “There is a lot of power packed into today. What better way to learn but to seek out the experts.”

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A paramedic student looks at different types of explosives.

Edmond officer Michael King also is an EMSA paramedic. He was instrumental in getting the class together. “It is a great learning experience,” King said. “EMSA and the law enforcement community react to situations every day. Very seldom do they get together outside of the scene. This gives them the ability to work better together.” Some of the students dressed in 90-pound bomb technician suits, while others learned how to remove the $12,000 piece of protective gear.

Paramedic students Tori Spencer, right, and Jennifer Coker look at a stick of dynamite Monday during a demonstration on explosives. PHOTOS BY JOHN CLANTON, THE OKLAHOMAN

They later learned about the different kinds of explosives and what to look for when they arrive at a crime scene involving an explosion. Three of them got to set off different kinds of explosives at the police firing range. “All explosives burn fast,” said Rockie Yardley, a police department bomb

expert. “There are different sizes. None of them are good.” Yardley warned the students to be aware of what is around them because homemade bombs are becoming more popular. “We are rescuers at heart,” Yardley said. “Just stop and think. Take it slow.”

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and Putnam City North high schools each had scores of 22.9. ACT stipulates the composite score to be college-ready is 24, said Bob Melton, science curriculum facilitator for the Putnam City School District. Colleges such as the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University and other four-year schools have picked that score as an entrance requirement. ACT arrived at that score based on data of students who passed the test with that score and how they did in college, Melton said. Students who achieve that score have a 50 percent chance of making a B or better and a 75 percent chance of making a C or better in their freshman year in college, he said. Other colleges, such as community colleges, ac-

cept a lower entrance score. Edmond North Principal Jan Keirns attributed her school’s score to the number of Advanced Placement courses students take. “One of the main things we do here is really encourage a rigorous program and hold students to high expectations, whether in AP or pre-AP classes,” Keirns said. “We really want our students to be fully prepared when they leave us.” The Midwest City-Del City School District saw average ACT scores ranging from 22.4 at Carl Albert High School to 16.7 at the Mid-Del Alternative Academy. While school district spokeswoman Stacey Boyer said the district would not comment on the differences in scores, she did point out that Carl Albert’s 2010 score was a full point above 2009 ACT scores.

Principal Silvya Kirk said that comes from emphasizing reading, nonfiction writing, critical thinking skills and focus in all classes all year, she said. “We’re in the business of learning,” she said. “Academics have to be the focus.”

The school also has a number of programs to help students who are struggling in classes. The options range from Teacher on Call to Saturday School. “If a kid here fails a course, they chose to,” Kirk said.

Moore School Board, 6 p.m., administration Scrabble Club, 3 p.m., building, 1500 SE 4. Game HQ, 1620 SW 89, Mustang School Board, 691-0509. 7 p.m., education center, 400 N Clear Springs FRIDAY Road. Tree Sale, 8 a.m., Moore Okarche School Board, Community Center, 301 7 p.m., superintendent’s office, 215 N Fourth. S Howard, 793-5090. Western Heights School Board, 6 p.m., 8104 SW SATURDAY 44. Oklahoma State Piedmont School Board, University-Oklahoma 6 p.m., administration City Farmers Market, building, 713 Piedmont 8 a.m., 400 N Portland Road. Ave. Tecumseh School Board, 7 p.m., Tecumseh High School library, 901 N 13. MONDAY Union City Board of McEvoy’s ToastTrustees, 7:30 p.m., 102 masters, 6:30 p.m., N Elm St. Grace United Methodist Church, 6316 N Tulsa, TUESDAY 787-1598. Deer Creek School Mid-Del Toastmasters, Board, 6 p.m., Deer 6:15 p.m., Midwest City Creek High School, 6101 Library, 8243 E Reno NW 206. Ave., 341-1938. Choctaw-Nicoma Park West Women’s School Board, 7 p.m., Connection, 11:15 a.m., 12800 NE 10. Sportsman’s Country El Reno School Board, Club, 4001 NW 39, 7405:30 p.m., administra7374. tion building, 100 S Choctaw City Council, Bickford. 7 p.m., city hall, 2500 N Kingfisher City CounChoctaw Road. cil, 5:30 p.m., city hall, Midwest City Council, 301 N Main. 7:10 p.m., city council Midwest City-Del City chambers, 100 N MidSchool Board, 7 p.m., west Blvd. school board center, Oklahoma City Council, 7217 SE 15, Midwest 8:30 a.m., city hall, 200 N City. Walker Ave.


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BY JOHN A. WILLIAMS Staff Writer jwilliams@opubco.com

EDMOND — It was like a

fireworks show and a science project rolled into one. More than 100 pumpkins were launched Sunday by a catapult during the first Pumpkin Chunkin’ sponsored by Edmond Parks and Recreation Department. Program manager Diane Self said as many as 50 people came to Mitch Park to set the orange orbs into orbit. “Families brought two or three pumpkins a piece so we were out there two and a half hours launching pumpkins,” Self said. “Everyone had a good time.” There were no official measurements made, but most of the pumpkins wound up in a nearby field, while a couple went backward. “The little ones were the ones that just flew,” Self said. The Pumpkin Chunkin’ is scheduled to come back next year as part of a larger Pumpkin Fest that will encompass Fall Family Night activities and introduce pumpkin races. “There are so many things to do with pumpkins so we are going to change it up so it’s not all arts events,” Self said.

The forum today is free for OU students and faculty. For more information, go to arch.ou. edu/creatingmaking or e-mail creating making@ou.edu.

What: Apple pie time When: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Where: The Village Ages: 5 to 12

What: Local Author Series: Rodney Redus When: 6 to 7 p.m. Where: Del City Ages: Adults

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A pumpkin is launched into the air from a catapult Sunday during the Pumpkin Chunkin’ at Mitch Park in Edmond. PHOTO BY JOHN CLANTON, THE OKLAHOMAN

What: Developmental screenings When: 9 a.m. to noon Where: Bethany Ages: Newborn to 5 years

What: Flute circle concert When: 2 to 3 p.m. Where: Midwest City Ages: All ages

MONDAY What: Family Thanksgiving story time When: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Where: Ralph Ellison Ages: All ages What: Elaine and Susan Hoffman and the Fabulous Shpielkehs When: 7 to 8 p.m. Where: Edmond Ages: All ages

Above: Garan Smith, 6, gets help from his father, Gary Smith, as he pulls the pin on a catapult.

Left: Pumpkins are lined up ready to be launched.

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What: Book Blast When: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Where: Choctaw Ages: 6 and older

What: Pajama story time When: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Where: Warr Acres Ages: 2½ to 5

For a list of upcoming Parks and Recreation Department events, go to http://edmond ok.com/parks/rec.

NORMAN — Architects from Massachusetts, Michigan and Arkansas are scheduled to speak as part of the University of Oklahoma College of Architecture’s Fall 2010 Bruce Goff Chair of Creative Architecture Lecture Series. Presentations are scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. today in the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Meacham Auditorium. The series is in conjunction with the “Bruce Goff: A Creative Mind” multimedia exhibit at OU’s Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, which will remain on display through Jan. 2. Goff was chairman of the OU School of Architecture from 1947 to 1955 and is considered a pioneer of the organic design movement, along with Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan. The speakers will be Sheila Kennedy, professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Craig Borum, associate professor at the University of Michigan, and Marlon Blackwell, head of the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture. The event is part of the Creating_Making Forum scheduled today through Friday at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, which will feature more than 20 other lectures by noted architecture scholars from around the country.

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PROFESSIONAL An Integris ophthalmologist has received a certificate of appreciation from the Center for Devices and Radiological Health of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Sam Dahr has been the principal retinal consultant for the Ophthalmic Device Division of the FDA for the past three and a half years. In this role, he reviews applications for FDA approval of retinal devices that have been submitted by companies worldwide. He plays a critical role in the design and monitoring of the clinical trials that ultimately lead to approval or disapproval of these retinal devices. He was recognized in particular for his work in the area of age-related macular degeneration, a disease that affects hundreds of thousands of people in the United States every year.

Four community activists and one nonprofit were honored by World Neighbors at the A Journey Around the World gala. Patty Johnston and Mark and Jerry Gautreaux were given the World Neighbors Namaste award, recognizing them for their contributions to World Neighbors and for representing the qualities of World Neighbors mission throughout the Oklahoma community. The Dale Rogers Training Center is receiving the World Neighbors & KFOR Dignity award for the nonprofit category. The center provides training and job placement to promote independence for people with disabilities. The other Dignity Award winner is Charlotte Lankard, a marriage and family therapist. Lankard founded the nonprofit group Calm Waters, which provides grief and divorce support groups for children. Based in Oklahoma City, World Neighbors is an international development organization striving to eliminate hunger, poverty and disease in the most deprived, rural villages in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

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Notice of Intent to Bid Rehabilitation and Construction Contracts For The Comanche Nation Housing Authority h The Comanche Nation Housing Authority (CNHA), Lawton, Oklahoma will be soliciting bids in the near future on housing rehabilitation and new construction work. The intent of this announcement is to identify qualified Indianowned contractors that may be interested in bidding on future work. All interested Indian-owned contractors will be placed on a list for use in future solicitations. Interested contractors may provide CNHA with a Statement of Intent to respond to future Invitation for Bid (IFB) or Request for Proposals (RFP). Contractors must be bondable and must provide required insurance documentation as well as Contractor’s License. For a detailed list of requirements, interested firms may contact the Comanche Nation Housing Authority at 580357-4956. The closing date for accepting the letter of intent is November 5, 2010 at the close of business, 5:00 pm CST.

NOTICE OF APPLICATION Union Bank, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, intends to apply to the Federal Reserve Board for permission to (1) merge with First Coleman National Bank, Coleman, Texas, Graham National Bank, Graham, Texas, Citizens National Bank of Breckenridge, Breckenridge, Texas, First State Bank of Canadian, National Association, Canadian, Texas, First National Bank of Olney, Olney, Texas, Friona State Bank, National Association, Friona, Texas, Farmers National Bank of Seymour, Seymour, Texas and InterBank, Elk City, Oklahoma; and (2) purchase the assets and assume the liabilities of the banking offices of First National Bank of Borger, Borger, Texas which are located at 531 N. Deahl Street, Borger, Texas and 525 Morse Street, Stinnett, Texas. Each of the banking offices of the banks to be acquired by merger and the banking offices located in Borger and Stinnett, Texas to be acquired by purchase and assumption will become branch offices of Union Bank. The Federal Reserve considers a number of factors in deciding whether to approve the application, including the record of performance of our banks in helping to

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Other Legal Notices CITY OF MOORE BID NOTICE BID #101-008 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Moore will receive sealed bids in the office of the City Clerk, Purchasing Division, Moore City Hall, 301 North Broadway, Suite 203, Moore, Oklahoma, 73160, for MOWING OF SELECTED CITY PROPERTY. Bids will not be accepted after 1:45 P.M., CST, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2010. Bids will be made in accordance with the specifications, and these specifications are on file and available for examination, or may be obtained from the office of the City Clerk, Moore City Hall. One (1) copy addressed to the Office of the City Clerk, Purchasing Division, will be submitted, and that copy must be sealed and clearly marked with the name of the bidding vendor and identified as follows: “SEALED BID #101-008” “MOWING OF SELECTED CITY PROPERTY” The bidder must attend the mandatory pre-bid conference at 2:00 p.m., CST, Monday, November 22, 2010. The pre-bid conference will be held in the City Council Chambers, Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway, Moore, Oklahoma. Attendance is required in order to be qualified to submit a bid. Bids filed as provided herein will be publicly opened at 2:00 p.m., CST, Monday, November 29, 2010, Moore City Hall, City Council Chambers, 301 North Broadway, Suite 126, Moore, Oklahoma 73160. All bids will remain at least forty-eight (48) hours thereafter, before a contract will be made and entered into thereon. Bids received more than ninety-six (96) hours [excluding Saturdays, Sundays and holidays], before the time set for the receipt of bids will not be considered. The City of Moore reserves the right to accept the bid which, in the judgment of the Staff, is the best for the application of needs, materials and services as covered in the specifications, and is deemed the best, overall, for the good of the City. The City of Moore reserves the right to reject any and all bids; waive irregularities and formalities in any bid submitted. In addition, the City of Moore reserves the right to contract with one or more parties to perform identical services as deemed appropriate. The City of Moore is an equal opportunity employer. Carol Folsom, Purchasing Agent 405/793-5022

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NOTICE OF SEIZURE AND PETITION FOR FORFEITURE PURSUANT TO PENAL CODE SECTION 186.4 COUNTY OF SANTA BARBARA, SUPERIOR COURT CASE NO: 1333867 TO ALL INTERESTED PARTIES, you are hereby notified that: On July 1, 2010, the District Attorney of Santa Barbara County initiated proceedings to forfeit property and assets pursuant to Penal Code section 186.4. The property and assets subject to the above-described proceedings includes cash, an automobile and other personal property. You are hereby notified that any interested person may file a verified claim with the Superior Court of the County of Santa Barbara stating the nature and amount of their claimed interest. You must file this claim within thirty (30) days after receipt of this notice, or within thirty (30) days from the date of the first publication of the notice, if that person was not personally served or served by mail. You must serve a verified copy of your claim on the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office (Attention: Senior Deputy District Attorney Lee Carter) at 1112 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Failure to serve the District Attorney's Office within thirty (30) days from the date of filing the claimed interest with the Superior Court can result in a waiver of interest in the property or assets or delay of any legal proceedings. Failure to file a verified claim stating an interest in the property or assets with the Superior Court of the County of Santa Barbara will result in a waiver of any interest in the property or assets without further hearing pursuant to Penal Code §186.5). The following property is subject to the above-described proceedings: $4,180.00 U.S. currency, a 2000 CADILLAC VIN 1G6KD54Y8YU202179 and all the contents of the 2000 CADILLAC, including clothing, cell phones and computers Dated: October 27, 2010 JOYCE DUDLEY District Attorney LEE CARTER Senior Deputy District Attorney

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meet local credit needs. You are invited to submit comments on this application in writing to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, One Memorial Drive, Kansas City, Missouri 64198. The comment period will not end before December 6, 2010, and may be somewhat longer. The Board’s procedures for processing applications may be found at 12 C.F.R. Part 262. Procedures for processing protested applications may be found at 12 C.F.R. Part 262.25. To obtain a copy of the Board’s procedures or if you need more information about how to submit your comments on the application, contact Dennis Denney, Assistant Vice President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City at (816) 881-2633. The Federal Reserve will consider your comments and any request for a hearing on the application if they are accepted by the Reserve Bank on or before the last date of the comment period.

Anyone having interest in the following vehicle should contact John @ 370-0845: 2002 Honda CRX VIN # JHMEC 1316HS026799 2002 HYUNDAI ACCENT VIN# KMHCG35C22V196493 1992 MERCEDES 190E VIN# WDBDA29D1NF969454 Anyone having financial interest in 1964 Chev VIN# 41847R1218884 Contact Lloyd 405-388-2671 Anyone with legal/ financial interest in 2002 Saturn VIN 1G8ZN12862Z234296 call Sandra 350-2087 Anyone with interest in 1971 chev nova vin# 1142711138 to be sold for mechanics lien on 11-25-10 contact Gary 405-812-8209. Anyone with interest in 1974 Johnson boat motor Model # 50ESL74M, Serial #4040409, HP 50. Sale to be held on 11-25-10 contact Betty at 405-634-5897


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Cold case ends with sentencing BY ANN KELLEY Staff Writer akelley@opubco.com

CHANDLER — A Missouri

prison inmate was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the 1992 death of a woman who was strangled and dumped in a creek bed in rural Lincoln County. Dennis Ray Wright, 50, pleaded no contest in Lincoln County District Court to a reduced charge of first-degree manslaughter in the death of Georgette Pless, 22, of Tulsa. Wright was initially charged in April with firstdegree murder, but the complaint was altered as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors. District Attorney Richard Smothermon said the sentence almost ensures Wright will spend the rest of his life behind bars. Wright is a diabetic and in poor health, he said. “There is little risk of him ever getting out alive,” Smothermon said. Wright appeared Friday in court, but no one was in the courtroom representing Pless’ family. Smothermon said law enforcement has been unable to reach any of Pless’ family members to tell them about the conviction. He said investigators tracked her mother to a homeless shelter in Louisiana and left messages there, but received no response. Pless has a son who agents continue to search

for, he said. “We’d like to let someone in her family know that after all this time Georgette Pless got justice,” he said. Deputies stumbled upon Pless’ nude body in November 1992 while searching for two victims in an unrelated murder case. She was facedown under a bridge in rural Lincoln County, authorities said. It took months for law enforcement to identify her remains, and her murder remained unsolved for nearly two decades. Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agents last year had DNA information from semen collected from Pless’ body compared to DNA information kept in a national computer database. The results garnered a match to Wright, who was serving time in a Missouri prison on a fraud conviction, said Gary Perkinson, agent in charge of the OSBI’s cold case unit. Perkinson said investigators later learned Wright once lived about a mile from where Pless’ body was found, and he lived in the neighborhood from which she disappeared. Perkinson said Wright never admitted to killing Pless, and denied ever knowing her. There were ligature marks across the front of Pless’ neck, and her spine was broken in several places, according to a report from the state medical examiner’s office.

TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS CLAIM 3 ON STATE ROADS Three people died from accidents on state roads, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported Tuesday. Jackie Morris, 43, Clayton Morris died at the scene of a crash Tuesday four miles west of Wilburton in Latimer County, the patrol reported. He was driving a car about 5:45 p.m. west on U.S. 270 when it veered left of center and struck an oncoming tractor-trailer rig, troopers said. The rig’s driver was not hurt. Both drivers were wearing seat belts, the patrol reported. Leslie Fipps, 24, Paden Fipps died Monday after a wreck in Seminole County north of Seminole, troopers said. She was driving an eastbound car about 7 p.m. on the ramp from U.S. 377 to Interstate 40 when she ran a stop sign, the patrol reported. A southbound pickup slammed into her car. Fipps died at a Seminole hospital, troopers said. The driver of the pickup was not hurt. Both drivers were wearing seat belts, the patrol reported. Donald Richardson, 47, Custer City Richardson died Tuesday after a wreck west of Custer City in Custer County, troopers said. He was driving a westbound SUV about 3 a.m. on State Highway 33 when it left the road, the patrol reported. The SUV hit a concrete ditch and rolled 21⁄2 times. Richardson was ejected from the vehicle and died at an Oklahoma City hospital, troopers said. He was not wearing a seat belt. FROM STAFF REPORTS

Deaths BARTLESVILLE

Scott, Richard Lee, 82, died Saturday. Graveside services 1 p.m. today, Summit View Cemetery, Guthrie (Stumpff, Bartlesville). Wright, Naomi Joella, 63, died Sunday. Services 2 p.m. Thursday (Stumpff, Bartlesville).

BEAVER

Elfers, Fumiko, 74, died Sunday. Services 2 p.m. today, Church of Christ (Mason, Shattuck).

BLANCHARD

Brown, Mickey Hough, 57, died Oct. 31. Services 10 a.m. Saturday (Eisenhour, Blanchard).

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Hill, Robert Wesley “Hillboy,” 69, died Monday. Services 1 p.m. Friday (Stanley-Lee, Clinton). Torres, Antonio, 74, died Tuesday. Services 2 p.m. Thursday (Kiesau-Lee, Clinton).

Henry, Alice “Marie,” 84, died Monday. Graveside services 2 p.m. Thursday, Dustin Cemetery (Hunn, Black & Merritt, Eufaula).

FORT GIBSON

Burch, Florabelle C., 84, died Monday. Graveside services 1 p.m. Thursday, Fort Gibson National Cemetery (Lescher-Millsap, Fort Gibson).

HINTON

Huey, Willie, 92, died Monday. Services 2 p.m. Friday, Bridgeport United Methodist Church (Turner, Hinton).

JENNINGS

Reavis Marshall, Geneva Jacqueline, 71, died Oct. 28. Services 2 p.m. today, Oilton First Baptist Church (Affordable Cremation, Oklahoma City).

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Fire: Damage was about $125,000 FROM PAGE 15A

fire started in the middle of the house but knew no other details. Norman fire marshals were still investigating Tuesday afternoon. A neighbor, Kristine Butler, said the fire awakened her. “I saw them pull the bodies out. Thank goodness my kids didn’t. It was awful,” Butler said. Another neighbor, Stephen Swim, said the tragedy “breaks my heart.” Swim said he woke up to the sound of a dog barking

ONLINE Video Watch video from the site of the fatal fire online at NewsOK.com.

and could see light through a window shade. When he looked out, he could see the house on fire, he said. The fire caused an estimated $125,000 worth of damage to the house and its contents.

RINGLING

Maussner, Patricia, 76, died Monday. Graveside services 2 p.m. Thursday, Oak Hill Cemetery (Chaney-Harkins, McAlester).

MIDWEST CITY

Bodenheimer, Clyde Edward “Ed,” 71, died Monday. Services 3 p.m. Sunday, Crossings Community Church, Oklahoma City (Ford, Midwest City).

MOORE

Dunn, Patricia Ann, 62, died Oct. 24. Services 2 p.m. Saturday, Eakley First Assembly of God (John M. Ireland, Moore).

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Brown, John W., 82, died Tuesday. Services 2 p.m. Thursday, Glory Promise Center (Vondel L. Smith & Son South, Oklahoma City).

NICOMA PARK

Ballard, Anna Mae, 64, died Monday. Services 10 a.m. Thursday (Hibbs, Choctaw).

NINNEKAH

McClendon, Hazel F., 83, died Monday. Services 10:30 a.m. Friday (Ferguson, Chickasha).

Sears, Debbie Ann (Walker), 50 died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Saturday, First United Methodist Church, Durant (Holmes-Coffey-Murray, Durant).

Records Editor’s note: The Oklahoman will publish free birth and adoption announcements as space permits. Include full names of parents, sex, birth date, hospital or county of adoption. You can send the information to The Oklahoman, P.O. Box 25125, Oklahoma City, OK 73125, or call us at 475-3539. The Oklahoman has discontinued publishing birth announcements from hospitals that do not provide full names of parents.

MARRIAGE LICENSES

Michael Rory Shearer, 52, and Carol Sue Rhoads, 55. Jerry David Snider, 47, and Theresa Dolores Roche, 48. Joseph Lynn Suttle, 30, and Kasey Lynn Prowell, 29. Mark Anthony Morgan II, 28, and Tara Necole Johnson, 21. Dan Nubine Jr., 55, and Laura Diedra Howard, 40. Johnny Wayne Goodwin, 24, and Christine Elizabeth Crites, 18. Jereme Michael Cowan, 31, and Courtney Leigh Allen, 29. Michael Joe Rothrock, 28, and Natalie Kay Banks, 28. Rodney Lee Brehm, 26, and Chrystal Dawn Ableiter, 20. Eric Vincent Owen, 41, and Heather Dawn Estridge, 18. Michael Adam Mosteller, 27, and Kathryn Lynnell Tarr, 33. Loren Del Rosebrook, 21, and Audrey

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Church (Parks Brothers, Prague).

PAULS VALLEY

Ayers, Steven Wayne, 38, died Oct. 30. Services 2 p.m. Saturday, Erin Springs Baptist Church, Lindsay (B.G. Boydston, Lindsay). Holt, Tracy Denise, 49, died Saturday. Services 2 p.m. Thursday (Stufflebean-Coffey, Pauls Valley).

PAWNEE

Cather-Brown, Ruth E., 99, died Sunday. Graveside services 12:30 p.m. Friday, Highland Cemetery (Poteet, Pawnee). Rolland, Edward Floyd, 55, died Oct. 29. Services 2 p.m. Saturday, First Assembly of God (Poteet, Pawnee).

PONCA CITY

Stanger, Norma Jean “Lindy,” 83, died Saturday. Graveside services 2 p.m. Thursday, Odd Fellows Cemetery (Trout, Ponca City).

PRAGUE

Hoffman, Paula Elaine (Friend), 58, died Monday. Services 2 p.m. Friday, Sharon Baptist Church, Shawnee (Parks Brothers, Prague).

RALSTON

Dilbeck, Margie, 79, died Sunday.

Sheriellen Danyel Wall, 21. Adrien Javan Stafford, 28, and Aleicia Lashelle Henry, 24. Christopher B. Stewart, 33, and Cherith J. Pennell, 26. Jonathan Wesley Jones, 39, and Heather Renee Rinehart, 32. Adam Daniel Deutsch, 24, and Amanda J. Montelongo, 20.

DIVORCES ASKED

Carney, Jana K. v. Damon R. Cody, Tamara Lynn v. Michael James Conner, Karla J. v. Jason W. Donohew, Kimberley D. v. Joseph N. Gonzales, Jerry S. v. Elliott-Gonzales, Heather L. Hall, Bobby W. v. Marcella G. Jackson, Lloyd Dale Sr. v. Arleatha Gale Jones, Rita A. v. William R. Lietch, Christy Dawn v. Lewis Christopher Milberg, Carla Elaine v. Thomas Ripley Nola-Turk, Christine P. v. Turk, Steven J. Olson, Marjorie v. Scott E. Petrus, Jessica v. Salter, Thomas Anthony Quinn, Jennifer Lee v. Andrew James Reither, Meredyth v. Johnny L. Simpson, Holly Catherine v. Devon Kyle Smith Hough, Katherine Ainslie v. Hough, Charles Vandoren Spybuck, Stephanie H. v. Jason E. Tennyson, David R. v. Jayne A. Tran, Daniel Le v. Le, Cuong Kim Thi Webb, Samuel A. v. Diane L. Yarbrough, Tellia R. v. William L.

STILLWATER

Vincent, Pattie Jean, 89, died Oct. 30. Memorial services 2 p.m. Dec. 18 Turner, Don Mike, 81, died Tuesday. Graveside services 10:30 a.m. Thursday, (Strode, Stillwater). Ringling Memorial Cemetery (AlexanUTICA der, Wilson). Carr, Muriel, 88, died Monday. RINGWOOD Services 10 a.m. today (Brown’s, Durant). Farrington, Clara Belle, 77, died Monday. Services 10 a.m. Saturday, First WYNNEWOOD Baptist Church (Lanman, Helena). Hensley, Willis Dwight, 67, died SALLISAW Monday. Services 11 a.m. Thursday Lowrimore, Othel E., 95, died Monday. (DeArman, Wynnewood). Services 10 a.m. Thursday, Immanuel YALE Baptist Church (Agent, Sallisaw). Turner, Frank, 81, died Oct. 30. SHAWNEE Services 10 a.m. Saturday, First Assembly of God (Palmer Marler, King, Terry Lee, 46, died Saturday. Cushing). Services 2 p.m. Friday, Spring Baptist

BASS Bert Faircloth Bass, 81, was Harwell, Paul, 87, died Monday. born in Thomasville, GA on Dean, William Jessie, 73, died Friday. Services 10 a.m. Friday (Hampton July 27, 1929, the son of John Private services (OK Cremation, Mortuary, Checotah). C. Bass and Oklahoma City). Houston, Luke, 76, died Sunday. Laura HanDEL CITY Graveside services 2 p.m. today, IOOF nah Griffin. Harris, Alta Mae, 87, died Tuesday. Cemetery (Havenbrook, Norman). He passed Graveside services 2 p.m. Friday, Fairview Cemetery, Tuttle (Caskets away NoOKLAHOMA CITY Inc. & Johnson, Del City). vember 2, Allen, Jean Marie, 79, died Saturday. Sherrill, Virginia L., 94, died Monday. 2010, in Services 2 p.m. Thursday (Advantage, Services 10 a.m. Thursday, Bethel Midwest City). Oklahoma Church, Choctaw (Smith-Parks, Barfelz, Alan Gale, 50, died Sunday. City. On Harrah). Services 3 p.m. Thursday (Bill EisenNov. 6, Williams, Letha F., 88, died Tuesday. hour NE, Oklahoma City). 1955, Bert Services 10 a.m. Friday (Bill Eisenhour Booker, Darryl, 50, died Oct. 22. SE, Del City). Services 11 a.m. Friday, Greater Mount married Carolyn Sugg in Lonoke, AR. Bert served in Olive Baptist Church (Temple and DEWEY the U.S. Army during the KoSons, Oklahoma City). Ketchum, Billy George Jr., 40, died rean War, rising to rank of Farnsworth, Dean Leonard Sr., 50, Oct. 29. Services 1 p.m. Friday, Dewey died Saturday. Services 11:30 a.m. Captain at age 26. After beChurch of Christ (Stumpff, BartlesThursday, Mercer Adams, Bethany ing discharged from the U.S. ville). (Affordable Cremation, Oklahoma Army, he worked for the FAA DURANT City). as an Air Traffic Controller Franklin, Billy Ray, 78, died Oct. 23. No Flanagan, W.W., 86, died Sunday. and meteorologist, retiring services (OK Cremation, Oklahoma Services 11 a.m. Thursday, United from government service in City). Methodist Church, Calera (Holmes1982. He then worked as a Harper, Alma R., 96, died Monday. Coffey-Murray, Durant). real estate agent and apServices 10 a.m. Friday, Forest Hill EDMOND Christian Church (Mercer-Adams, praiser until his retirement. McEver, Winfred “Mac,” 90, died Bethany). Bert moved to Yukon in 1978, Monday. Services 1:30 p.m. Nov. 18, Heitman-Smith, Frances Mae, 94, died and was a member of the Southern Hills Christian Church Tuesday. Services in Chrisman, Ill. United Methodist Church of (Baggerley, Edmond). (Corbett, Oklahoma City). the Good Shepherd in Yukon. Whitaker, Gerald D., 80, died SatHyeche, Rose M., 62, died Oct. 29. He was an avid genealogist, urday. Services 1 p.m. Friday, First Services 11 a.m. Saturday, Greater Christian Church (OK Cremation, military historian, and reShiloh Baptist Church (Temple and Oklahoma City). cently began collecting coins. Sons, Oklahoma City). Kemp, Kenneth G., 85, died Sunday. As a former pilot in the Army ELK CITY Services 2 p.m. Friday, Chapel Hill Air Corps., he enjoyed phoSmith, Bertha, 94, died Monday. United Methodist Church (Hahn-Cook/ tographing and researching Services 2 p.m. today (Martin, Elk Street & Draper, Oklahoma City). historic aircraft, and attendCity). Lerner, Charlotte Marie, 77, died ing air shows. Bert is surMonday. Services 11 a.m. Thursday ENID vived by his wife, Carolyn; (Vondel Smith South Lakes, OklaCantellay, Joe H., 59, died Monday. sons, Brad Bass and wife Dihoma City). Services 2 p.m. Friday (Brownanna of Carrollton, Texas and Rae, Bill, 81, died Sunday. Services 2 Cummings, Enid). p.m. Thursday (Hahn-Cook/Street & Brian Bass of Carrollton, Falls, Jolene, 76, died Saturday. Draper, Oklahoma City). Texas; daughter-in-law, Cathy Private services (Brown-Cummings, Schumacher, LaVonne B., 78, died Enid). Bass of Oklahoma City; and Tuesday. Wake 7 p.m. Thursday, Mass grandchildren, James Bass, Grandon, LeeRoy, 84, died Monday. 10 a.m. Friday, St. Francis of Assisi (Bill Graveside services Friday at Burrton, Stephen Bass, Michael Bass, Merritt, Bethany). Kan. (Ladusau-Evans, Enid). Carolyn Bass, Kelsey Bass Sumption, Herbert George, 83, died Jackson, Louie A. Jr., 83, died Satand Kenny Bass. He was preMonday. Private services (Mercerurday. Services 10 a.m. today (BrownAdams, Bethany). ceded in death by his parents, Cummings, Enid). Townley, Melton “Ray,” 63, died Oct. John and Laura Bass; sibMcClanahan, Sunshine, 50, died Oct. lings, Mary Lou Hillman, John 28. Services 10 a.m. Thursday (Brown- 27. Services 2 p.m. Saturday, Resurrection Free Methodist Church (CorCummings, Enid). C. (Bub) Bass, and Betty Lee bett, Oklahoma City). O’Dea, Betty Jo, 77, died Sunday. O'Reilly; and his son, Brett Waters, Richard I., 70, died Monday. Services 10 a.m. Friday (HenningerBass. Memorial services will Services 10 a.m. Saturday (Memorial Hinson, Enid). be held 2:00 p.m., Sunday, Park, Oklahoma City). Tefft, Twyla, 81, died Thursday. November 7, 2010, at the Zachritz, Mary Elizabeth, 89, died Services 10 a.m. today (LadusauTuesday. Services 1:30 p.m. Friday, United Methodist Church of Evans, Enid). Nichols Hills United Methodist Church the Good Shepherd in Yukon, Turner, Willie, 48, died Oct. 28. (Demuth, Oklahoma City). OK. Online condolences may Services 2 p.m. Saturday, Grayson Baptist Church (Ladusau-Evans, be signed at www.yandaand PADEN Enid). sonfuneralhome.com Fipps, Leslie Lynn, 24, died Monday. Services 2 p.m. Friday, First Baptist EUFAULA COUNCIL HILL

Briggs, Leona, 97, died Monday. Graveside services 2 p.m. Friday, Carnegie Cemetery (Smith-Gallo, Guthrie).

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Blauvelt, Roy Dale, 44, died Monday. Services 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Victory Temple, Roland (Mallory-Martin, Sallisaw).

GUTHRIE

A Norman fire vehicle is parked in front of 905 N Cockrel Ave., where an early-morning fire killed two children and injured three adults.

Graveside services 2 p.m. today, Ralston Church, Sasakwa (Stout-Phillips, Riverside Cemetery (Hunsaker-Wooten, Wewoka). Fairfax).

CHECOTAH

Chilcoat, Mary Louise, 83, died Tuesday. Services 1 p.m. Friday, First Baptist Church, Midwest City (Ford, Midwest City).

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Hill, Marion E., 86, died Oct. 5. Services 10 a.m. Thursday (Becker, Lawton).

Pendleton, Vernon, 74, died Monday. Graveside services 10:30 a.m. today, Mountain View Cemetery (Ray & Martha’s, Mountain View).

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Whitewolf, Jeffery “Boe,” 41, died Saturday. Wake 7 p.m. Thursday. Services 11 a.m. Friday, First Apache Indian Baptist Church, Fort Cobb (Ray & Martha’s, Carnegie). Callich, Lola Mae, 86, died Monday. Services 11 a.m. Friday, First United Methodist Church (Garrett Family, Checotah).

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CULLERS William M. “Bill” Cullers passed peacefully into his heavenly home on 11-2-2010. He was born in Lincoln, Arkansas on 11-111927 to William A. and Hattie J. Cullers. In January 1951, he married the love of his life Wilma Lee Hamlin. Together they had 5 children. He is survived by his devoted wife, Wilma, his sons Mike and Vickey Cullers, Bob Cullers and Retha, James Cullers and Patsy, all of OKC and his daughters Mary Dresel and Janie Patrick of MWC, OK. He leaves behind 8 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter. During his career, Bill served in the U.S. Army, was a schoolteacher and worked 33 years for DHS. After retirement he enjoyed walking and visiting with his friends at the mall. Bill especially enjoyed Sunday dinners and time spent with his family. Contributions in memory of Bill may be made to Britton Baptist Church. Services pending with Demuth Funeral Home.

ALEXANDER Violet Hautez (Tez) Alexander, 86, a longtime resident of the Oklahoma City area, passed away on Friday, October 29, 2010, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Funeral services will be held at 2 PM on Friday, November 5, 2010, at Mercer Adams Chapel, 3925 North Asbury, Bethany, Oklahoma. Reverend Steven C. Wright will officiate. The family will receive visitors at Mercer Adams on Friday, November 5, from 10 AM through 12 noon. While flowers are acceptable, memorial contributions made to the Alzheimer's Association, New Mexico Chapter, 9500 Montgomery NE, Suite 121, Albuquerque, NM, 87111, would be appreciated. Mrs. Alexander was born in Atwood, Oklahoma, to the late J.B. and Lula Miller. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Harvey R. Alexander; one brother, Hewit Miller; and one sister, Beatrice Wright. Mrs. Alexander was a graduate of Calvin High School and Hills School of Business. She was a homemaker, devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a longtime member of the Bethany First Church of the Nazarene. Mrs. Alexander is survived by two sons: David R. Alexander of Albuquerque, New Mexico; and James H. Alexander of Enid, Oklahoma; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends. She will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew her. To share a memory or condolence, visit: www.mercer-adams.com

BALLARD Anna Mae Ballard passed away Nov. 1, 2010. Ann was born to Frank and Velma Williams in Richland Center, WI on Nov. 9, 1945. She married Raymond Ballard on Jan. 29, 1977. They spent many happy years square dancing and traveling together. Ann and Raymond served as Central District SD Assoc. presidents in 1989-90. They belonged to Happy Tracks and Rolling Squares Clubs, and many others over the years. Ann was preceded in death by sisters, Arzenith Peterson and Alberta “Peaches” Wickels. She is survived by husband, Raymond; sisters and brother, Alma Bee, Allen Williams, Arlene Winchell, and Ariel Banker and husband Delbert, all of WI; son, Jeff Nevel and wife Donna; daughters, Cynthia Griffin, Lorene Flores, Jean McCray and husband Ron, and Raymona VanCuren and husband Jamie. Survivors also include 10 grandchildren, Cherie, Felicia, Markus, Matthew, Ashlee, Amber, Melody, Jamie, Fernando, and Seth; 4 greatgrandchildren, Sabra, Lance, Matthew Jr., and Serenity; and many nieces and nephews. Ann retired from Tinker after 27 years of service, including 14 years as Building Manager for Bldg. 3001. Her hobbies included sewing, embroidery, and quilting, and she loved hosting family events, especially on Christmas Eve. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM, Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, at Hibbs Funeral Home, Choctaw, with interment to follow at Arlington Memory Gardens, Midwest City. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Cancer Society.


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Do-it-yourself workshop yields tasty gifts Each Christmas, I have delusions of gift grandeur. I imagine putting together a pile of personalized, handmade gifts for all my loved ones. I’d gracefully wrap holiday ribbon around baked goods in my pristine kitchen. Then a songbird would land on my shoulder and admire my thoughtfulness. For some reason, this hasn’t panned out yet. But this year, I’m hoping to create a realistic version of my dream. I attended the Gifts From Your Kitchen workshop at the Oklahoma County Extension Center. Dietitian Casey Campbell instructed about 75 people how to make their own holiday projects. Everyone could make three gifts: soup in a mug, soup in a jar and cookies in a jar. Campbell gave some good advice about making food as gifts. Run containers through the dishwasher first, and start the project with clean hands and a clean kitchen. Use fresh ingredients. Use

Homemade cookies-in-ajar and soupin-a-jar can be an inexpensive option for the holiday gifts.

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labels with at least two things: Ingredients. The gift receiver may have allergies. Instructions. Receivers need to know how to prepare and store the food. You don’t want to give the recipient a foodborne illness or allergic reaction, Campbell said. Unless you don’t like that person and it’s a sabotage present. I think we’ve all given those at one point or another. As if creating your own personalized gifts weren’t crafty enough, you could gussy up your projects by painting the jars or tie on a cute cookie cutter, Campbell suggested. And then, if you haven’t had enough, you could toss it in a handwoven basket full of orga-

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nic cheeses you made. Package with fresh-cut flowers from your greenhouse. Deliver in a horsedrawn sleigh filled with a children’s choir singing carols. Or you could just make the jars. Your friends will be impressed enough. Besides, hiring a children’s choir probably is pricey. Casey turned us loose to make our projects with ingredients laid out on long tables. It was craft madness. Women dumped flour and spices and pasta into jars and Baggies. Campbell allowed at least an hour to put together the gifts.

City council votes to keep ban on out-of-state travel BY BRYAN DEAN Staff Writer bdean@opubco.com

Oklahoma City Council members declined Tuesday to lift a ban on their own out-of-state travel. The council voted a year ago to quit paying for its own members to travel outside Oklahoma for seminars, conventions and other activities. The ban also applies to the mayor. The moratorium came

after the city’s sales tax revenue took a turn for the worse, prompting budget cuts in every department and a hiring freeze. After six months of positive sales tax receipts, Ward 5 Councilman Brian Walters suggested lifting the ban. Walters was the chief advocate for passing the ban in the first place. Other council members said although they are encouraged by improving sales tax, they don’t think

the timing is right to lift the moratorium. The proposal to lift the ban failed 6-3. Voting to lift the ban were Walters, Mayor Mick Cornett and Ward 7 Councilman Skip Kelly. Voting no were Ward 1 Councilman Gary Marrs, Ward 2 Councilman Sam Bowman, Ward 3 Councilman Larry McAtee, Ward 4 Councilman Pete White, Ward 6 Councilwoman Meg Salyer and Ward 8 Councilman Pat Ryan.

Sales tax growth prompts optimism BY BRYAN DEAN Staff Writer bdean@opubco.com

October’s sales tax report continued an encouraging trend, prompting some cautious optimism Tuesday from Oklahoma City officials. Sales tax revenue was up 16.7 percent over expectations and 19.2 percent over last year’s collections for the same period. The October report includes actual collections for the second half of August and estimated collections for the first half of September. It is the sixth straight month of sales tax growth over the previous year. “We’re out of the woods, but we could still be hit by a falling tree,”

Ward 8 Councilman Pat Ryan said. The growth over the past few months has been well over expectations, a development that surprised city officials who have attributed the numbers to busy body shops and roofing companies after a major summer hailstorm. City Manager Jim Couch said there are signs the city’s tax base is growing beyond the temporary bump from storm recovery. “For the first quarter, our revenue is up by just under $6 million,” Couch said. “The primary driver on that is sales tax. We believe about two-thirds of that growth is attributable to the storm. If you take that out of the equation,

sales tax still grew, but it’s about $1 million over target. “It was a very strong month for us. The growth is better than we anticipated. It’s good news. We are coming out of it.” Council members used temporary funds to plug some of the holes in this year’s budget. Without new revenue to fill that gap, further cuts would be needed next year.

Forget it. The flurry of holiday cheer and the possibility of discounted gift-giving were too much for the room to bear. I was briefly scared that I might get trampled, which would be the opposite of holiday cheer.

GET THE RECIPES HOW TO PURCHASE COOKBOOKS The Oklahoma County Extension Center has “Gifts From Your Kitchen” cookbooks available for sale at the office, 930 N Portland Ave. The books are $5. They can be mailed for $5 plus shipping. To order, call 713-1125. The cookbooks include recipes from extension services throughout Oklahoma. Get three of the recipes on Carrie Coppernoll’s blog online at blog.newsok.com/red-dirt-ruckus.

Aside from the impending doom, the projects were really easy to make. Just to be sure this class was legitimate, I made the soup when I got home. It was spectacular. I’ll admit it: I’m probably

going to make the cookies and the other soup myself. I just want to be sure this whole gift-in-a-jar idea is, you know, good. So, here’s a heads up to my friends and family: You’re all getting potato soup this year.


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HENRY Alice “Marie” Henry, 84, died November 1, 2010 following a hard fought battle with parotid carcinoma. Marie was born April 26, 1926 near Dustin, OK to Rufus and Lee Ella (Moore) Leffler. Following graduation from Hanna High School, she moved to OKC where she held numerous jobs including “Rosie the Riveter” for Douglas Aircraft. On March 16, 1946, she married Joe W. Henry, who preceded her in death on December 23, 2000. In 1957, she graduated from Capitol Hill Beauty College and eventually owned and operated Marie’s Beauty Shop in their home at S.W. 25 and Miller in OKC until Joe had to retire due to his health in 1979, and they moved to the Eagle Bluff area on Lake Eufaula. In 1996 when Joe’s health began to fail further, they moved to the Sandy Bass Bay No. 4 area to be near their daughter, Carol Jo McKay and husband Gary. Other survivors are her son James Raymond and wife, Coleen of Edmond, OK, granddaughters, Amy of Dallas, TX and Alyson and husband Scott and great granddaughter Paige Noel Crawford of Lubbock, TX. She is preceded in death by all her siblings, Irene Park of Hanna, OK, R.S. of Martinez, CA, Eugene of OKC and Charlie of Countyline, OK. Also left to grieve her loss are numerous nieces and nephews who adored their Aunt Reesee and step grandson Mark and wife Kimberley McKay of OKC. Graveside services will be held Thursday, November 4, 2010 at 2:00 p.m., at the Dustin Cemetery. Viewing will be held November 3 from 9-8 at the Hunn, Black & Merritt Funeral Home & Crematory in Eufaula. HIATT-OUTLAW Mildred (Rowe) Hiatt-Outlaw, 87, passed away peacefully on October 22, 2010 at Tuscany Village Nursing Home in Oklahoma City. Mildred was born in Augusta, Georgia. She was the daughter of the late Lillie Belle and Samuel Rowe. In 1944 she married Lambert Hiatt in Augusta and moved to Oklahoma City following WWII to work and raise their family. Mildred worked as office manager to Drs. Wilk and Hiatt Optometrists for many years. She maintained her Georgia roots by an annual summer trip to Augusta to visit family and friends. She was socially active in Oklahoma City, a member of the Reveler’s Dance Club, Mayfair Dance Club, Lost Needles Sewing Club, and Designing Women Investment Club. She also played Mah Jongg weekly with a group of friends for many years. Following the death of her husband of 54 years, Dr. Lambert R. Hiatt, she remarried Dr. Robert Outlaw of Oklahoma City. She is predeceased by her late husband, Lambert R.; a daughter, Janis Sidwell; son, Jack Hiatt; sisters, Evelyn Greiner, Ernestine Hughes, Alice Shackelford; and niece, Carol Marsh. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Robert Outlaw; two sons: David B. Hiatt and his wife, Gwen, of Portland, Maine; and Charles R. Hiatt of Oklahoma City; daughter-in-law, Patricia Hiatt of Jacksonville, Florida; sister, Elizabeth Fogle of Augusta, Georgia; five grandchildren and one great grandson. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, November 5, at 10:00 AM, at Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper, 6600 Broadway Ext., Oklahoma City, OK 73116, telephone 405-848-3744. The family requests no flowers. Those wishing to make memorial contributions may do so to a charity of their choice. A private burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

FARNSWORTH Dean L. Farnsworth Sr. had a short 50 years; was a loving and caring son, brother and father, and was survived by Karle R. & Donna J. Farnsworth (parents); Walter L. Farnsworth and David L. Farnsworth (brothers); sons, Dean Jr, Kyle S.; daughter, Heather Farnsworth; and daughter, Lauren and husband Zackary West; niece, Tami, husband Charlie Bradley, and thier son, Kendal; uncle Henry C & aunt Doris Williams; uncle Gary V. & aunt Karen Williams; along with many other uncles, aunts and cousins, nephews, and nieces. Memorial to be held at Mercer-Adams funeral home, 3925 N. Asbury Ave., Bethany, OK 73008, cross street 39 Expressway, at 11:30 am on 11/04/10. GILBREATH Carla Sue, 56, passed away Oct. 31, 2010. She was born Sept. 10, 1954 in Okla. City, OK to Robert and Marjorie Tompkins. She is survived by her brother, Bobby Tompkins, sister, Joyce Brown, daughters, Tracie Jones and April Rodriguez, sons-in-law, Bruce Jones and Rafael Rodriguez, 5 grandchildren, Robbie and Brandon Jones, Junior, Arianna and Isabel Aguilar. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Amber Dawn Gilbreath. A private memorial service will be held Thursday at 1:00 p.m. KEMP Kenneth G. Kemp died peacefully at home on Sunday, October 31, 2010. Ken was born May 24, 1925 in Pawhuska, Oklahoma to John T. and Ruth G. Kemp. He graduated from Norman High School, where he played basketball and baseball. After high school he joined the military and served in the Army Air Corp during World War II. He attended Texas A&M and graduated from Oklahoma City University with a degree in petroleum geology. In 1950, he married the love of his life Nina Dickinson and they enjoyed nearly 60 years of a wonderful partnership. He was a great dad to his four children, Susan, Brad, Sarah and Taylor and a loving granddad to his thirteen grandchildren. Ken served as a Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 168 and was a longtime member of Chapel Hill United Methodist Church. He was an avid OU football and basketball fan. He was a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and was proud of his Indian heritage. After college he began a distinguished career in the oil and gas industry. Ken was a well log analyst for Schlumberger for many years, living in Shawnee, Duncan, Ardmore and Oklahoma City. He was a member of AAPG, SIPES, SPWLA and the Oklahoma City Geological Society. After retiring from Schlumberger in 1986, he worked as a geologist for Holden Energy and then as an independent log consultant. During his career he became an industry expert on reading old electrical logs to find bypassed pay zones in oil and gas wells. He taught in the Geology Department at the University of Oklahoma and spoke at numerous industry seminars on Well Log Analysis. He was preceded in death by his wife Nina, his parents John and Ruth, his brothers John T. Kemp, Jr., and Robert C. Kemp and nephew Mack Kemp. He is survived by his children and their spouses Susan Sampson, Brad and Susie Kemp, Taylor and Joni Kemp of Oklahoma City and Sarah and Jim Askew of Kansas City; his grandchildren Carter and Stuart Sampson, Michelle, Ford and Tricia Kemp, Baird, Bennett and Claire Askew, Amy and Michael Wopsle, and Adam, Caroline, Katie and John Kemp. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Alzheimer's Association, 3555 NW 58 St., Oklahoma City, OK 73112, American Heart Association, 5700 N. Portland Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73112 or Boy Scout Troop 168, c/o Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, 2717 W. Hefner Rd., Oklahoma City, OK 73120. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, November 5, at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2010 KETCHUM Billy George Ketchum Jr., of Rush, Springs, OK, died Friday, October 29, 2010. He was born April 8, 1970 in Key West, Florida, the son of Billy (George) & Barbara Ketchum. Billy was a member of the Eastern Delaware Tribe. He graduated from Copan High School in 1988. Billy was active in football, hunting, fishing, gardening, and hanging out with his big sister. Billy married his high school sweetheart, Elizabeth (Kraft) Ketchum, on January 1, 1988 and had two lovely children, Sarah and Kimberly. Billy was an active and loving father in the lives of his girls. His greatest pleasures in life were playing in the snow with his daughters and swimming in the family pool. He graduated with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. He was a Senior Auditor for the Defense Contract Audit Agency in Oklahoma City. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Kraft) Ketchum; daughters, Sarah and Kimberly; father and mother, Billy (George) and Barbara Ketchum of Dewey, OK; sister, Tricia Harrell, niece, Chelsea Hudson, and brother-in-law, Tim Harrell of Pittsburg, KS; brother-in-law, K.C. Kraft and nephew, Conrad Kraft of Stillwater, OK; mother-in-law, Sally Derr; father-in-law and wife, Charles and Barbara Kraft of Texas; grandfather and grandmother, Robert and Maggie Fitch of Bartlesville, OK; and numerous cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by grandfather, Willard Ketchum; grandmother, Iris (Ketchum) Friend; and aunt, Linda Eddy. We will miss him very much. A memorial service will be held at Dewey Church of Christ in Dewey, Oklahoma, on Friday, November 5th, at 1:00 pm. There will be a private interment on the family land. PARKER Rev. Rick C. Parker, 60, born April 29, 1950 in Oklahoma City, passed away at Ave Maria Convalescent Hospital, Monterey, California, on October 27, 2010. He attended St. Gregory’s College in Shawnee, Central State University (now known as the University of Central Oklahoma) in Edmond and Immaculate Conception Seminary in Missouri before receiving his Masters in Divinity from St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in Indiana. Fr. Rick served as Associate Pastor and teacher at St. Francis’ Church and St. Eugene’s Church in Oklahoma City, St. John the Baptist Church in Edmond, and St. Stephen’s Church in San Francisco, CA. He also taught at Bishop McGuinness High School in Oklahoma City, Notre Dame High School in Riverside, CA, San Domenico High School in San Anselmo, CA, and Business Ethics at Central State University. After moving to Carmel, CA, in 1993, Fr. Rick was a very active member and board member of John XXIII AIDS Ministry which is now the Central Coast HIV and AIDS Services or CCHAS. He was a volunteer Chaplain at Community Hospital for many years and celebrated Mass at Carmel Mission and many other parishes in the Monterey, CA, Diocese. Fr. Rick is survived by his brother, G. Brock Parker of Oklahoma City and his identical twin, R. Brent Parker of Warr Acres; his nephew and niece, Damon Z. Parker of Las Vegas and Annessa J. Parker of Oklahoma City; his longtime companion, Larry Kern of Carmel and his beloved Scottish Terriers, Maggie, Malcolm and Hannah. He was preceded in death by his parents, H. Bruce and Betty Parker, and his brother, Mark. Visitation will be noon to 7p.m. on Thursday November 4, 2010 at Smith and Kernke, 1401 NW 23, Oklahoma City. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Catholic Pastoral Center Chapel, 7501 NW Expressway, Oklahoma City at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, November 5. Interment will follow at Resurrection Memorial Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to: CCHAS, PO Box 1931, Monterey, CA 93942.

SWINDELL E.W. “Woody” Swindell, 90, was born August 8, 1920, and passed away November 1, 2010. A graveside service will be 2pm, Thursday, November 4, 2010, at Memorial Park Cemetery.

PEYTON Ruth E. Peyton, 100, of Oklahoma City, passed away November 1, 2010 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Ruth was born April 16, 1910 in Butler, Oklahoma to Elbert and Madie Barton. She was one of eight girls and 4 boys born to the couple. After graduating from Butler High School in 1926, she attended Draughon’s Practical Business College in Oklahoma City. Ruth pursued her career in business as she worked as a bank teller, secretary, and served as church secretary at May Avenue United Methodist Church retiring after more than 23 years of service under ten ministers. Ruth married Robert Peyton in February 1936. He preceded her in death in 1995. Ruth was a longtime member of May Avenue UMC holding many offices in the United Methodist Women’s group including president. She was a member of the Leah Chapter of Eastern Star. Ruth is survived by her daughter Diane Buchanan and husband Richard of Stillwater; grandson Adam and wife Nicole of Cary, North Carolina; granddaughter Bethany of Indianapolis, Indiana; great grandson Peyton D. Buchanan; 2 brothers, E.M. Barton of Moscow, Idaho, John Barton of Kansas City, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews. Family will greet friends on Wed. 6:30 to 8:00 PM. Services are 10:30 a.m., Thurs., November 4, at May Avenue United Methodist Church, Oklahoma City. Interment at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. The family would like to thank the staff at Westhaven Nursing Home and Judith Karman Hospice. Ruth will be remembered for her sweet smile, fabulous sense of humor, and winning at BINGO and love of playing bridge! Memorials may be made to: The May Avenue United Methodist Church, 2604 North May Avenue, OKC 73107. Condolences may be offered at www.guardianwestfuneral chapel.com

OVERBEY Darrel Dewayne Overbey, 76, passed away October 29, 2010 in Oklahoma City. He was born May 23, 1934 in Snyder, OK to Thomas and Dovie Overbey. Darrel joined the Army at 19, and was honorable discharged. He worked many years as a truck driver and retired from his profession several years ago. Darrel is survived by his wife Ida Overbey; sister Edna Arbuckle; brother-in-law George Lewis and his wife Ginger; 5 children and their spouses; 12 grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. At this time no services are planned.

SHERRILL Virginia Lela Ross Sherrill Born to Lee and Lela Tuttle Ross on Sep. 6, 1916 in Shawnee, OK. Virginia was the baby of 6 children. She finished her race on earth on Nov. 1, 2010 and was warmly greeted by our Lord and Savior and the many loved ones that had gone before her. Throughout her life, she worked various jobs though her greatest joy was being a homemaker. She taught the adult Sunday School Class and Bible study in her retirement years. Grandma enjoyed fishing, sewing, writing poetry, cooking, gardening, and loved helping others. She loved life! She married our Grandpa, Leland “Omer” Sherrill on Sep. 30, 1939. He was the love of her life always doing the little things that would bring a smile to her face. Special treasures were the red roses he gave her for their anniversaries. Grandma was preceded in death by her husband, parents, 3 sisters, 2 brothers, great granddaughter, Rachel Zawisza and grandson, Jody French. She is survived by her son, Emmitt and Joy Looney, 5 grandchildren, Debbie and Charles Barton, Donna and David Zawisza, Mark French, Deanna and Bill LaPach and Robin and Barrett Crane; 22 great grandchildren, and 8K great great grandchildren. Services are 10:00AM, Thursday, November 4, 2010, at Bethel Church, Choctaw, OK, with Dr. Dick Temple and Rev. Robert Temple officiating. Interment will follow at Memory Lane Cemetery, Harrah, OK. Services are under the direction of Smith-Parks Funeral Service in Harrah, OK. A guest book is available to share your memories on-line. Please visit www.smithparks.com

RIGGS Charlotte Riggs 7 Nov. 1944 - 21 Sep. 2010 Graveside memorial service Resurrection Cemetery for friends and family at 2:00 PM 5th of Nov. 2010. She is preceded in death by her father, Edward Y. Riggs; her mother, Christine McGarity Riggs. She is survived by her daughter, Raylene R. Lee, Springfield, MO; her sister, Isabell R. Eadens, Kemp, TX; her brother, (Bill) William R. (Ray) Riggs, OKC, OK. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Real Rescue, Inc., PO Box 358, Arcadia, OK 73007. Condolences will be received at rigwll@aol.com

VAHLBERG Mary Elizabeth Vahlberg Nov. 3, 1920 - Oct. 28, 2010 What do you say about perhaps the sweetest person who ever lived? To say that she was a wonderful mother seems inadequate. That she was a mentor, voice of reason, accomplished golfer, practical joker, pilot, music lover, republican, bird watcher, avid reader, lifetime learner, eccentric cook, advisor, witty, loved God, loved her husband, loved her children and loved life - almost scratch the surface. What we can say for certain is that when Mary passed away after a brief illness, a special light left this world and now brightens the next. Mary was born in Eudora, Arkansas in 1920 where she grew up with her five siblings, Sandy, Hilliard, Lamar, Rebecca and Medford, all who survive her. Mary's father, Medford Cashion, was a successful banker and entrepreneur who, along with his wife, Mary Elizabeth Cashion, moved the family to Nichols Hills in Oklahoma City in 1934 after inheriting some land. Here, the family developed a thriving home building business. She graduated from old Classen High School and attended the University of Oklahoma where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. In 1939, she married Jack Callaway and had two children, Mary Cashion (Silver City, Nevada) and John R. (Oklahoma City). After a divorce, she wed Oklahoma City architect Robert W. Vahlberg in 1953 and was married to him for 50 years, the anniversary of which the couple celebrated a few months before his death in 2003. For 49 of their 50 years, Mary and her beloved Robert lived in a unique, contemporary home designed and built by him in Forest Park in east Oklahoma City. (A special thanks to Will and Leonor Rogers for rescuing and reviving the Vahlberg residence and keeping the family heritage alive). Besides the very large family from which Mary arose, she also was responsible for quite an impressive genetic trail. In addition to Cashion Elston and John Callaway, she is survived by her other children, Courtney Dodd (Mustang), Bob Vahlberg (Norman), Mia Vahlberg (Tulsa), and step-children, Stephanie Moody (Alpharetta, Georgia) and Marcia Vahlberg (Florence, Italy), along with 14 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. A memorial service for Mary is set for 2 p.m., Saturday, November 6, 2010, at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4400 N. Shartel in Oklahoma City. The service is open to all of Mary's friends and family. Donations in Mary's name can be made to Neighbor for Neighbor, where Mary served as a volunteer for a number years. ''I am a people person. Love to be around people.'' -Mary Vahlberg's Facebook entry, July 2010. Indeed she was. We love her and will miss her very much.

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PARKER Lesa Ann Parker, 54, born August 20, 1956, in Oklahoma City, was the daughter of Hoyt and Ann Bargman. Lesa graduated from St. Anthony Hospital School of Nursing in 1980 and worked as a nurse most of her life. On April 14, 1989 Lesa married William Darrell Parker, Jr. She passed away October 28, 2010 in Oklahoma City after a long and courageous battle with Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. Lesa is survived by her husband of 21 years, Billy Parker; son, Daniel Adams; and daughters, Breanna Parker, Christina Parker, and Crystal Thornton and husband Marcus; parents, Hoyte and Ann Bargman; brother, Phil Bargman and wife Sharon; and many others. Services will be 1:00 p.m., Saturday, November 6, 2010, at Town & Country Christian Church, interment following at Yukon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Lesa's memory to: The American Cancer Society, 6525 N. Meridian #110, Oklahoma City, OK 73116. Online condolences may be signed at www.yandaandsonfuneral home.com

In Loving Memory of Maxine Barbee-Bowles June 14, 1935 - Nov. 2, 2000 The Broken Chain We little knew that night that God was going to call your name. In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same. It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone; for part of us went with you, the day God called you home. You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide; and though we cannot see you, you are always at our side. Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same; but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again. Love, Your Family Pam (Thompson) Bullington 11/3/1956 to 7/4/1992 It’s hard to believe you have been gone for eighteen years. So much has changed, however the one thing that will never change is how much I love and miss you. Happy Birthday!

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2010

County-by-county results Here’s a look at vote totals by county for U.S. Senate and Oklahoma governor from the Associated Press.

Tessa Mills, 10 months, plays with her mother Elizabeth’s keys while she votes at Deer Creek Middle School on Tuesday in Edmond.

Voters line up at Deer Creek Middle School on Tuesday in Edmond. PHOTOS BY DAVID MCDANIEL, THE OKLAHOMAN

METRO | STATE Governor Adair Alfalfa Atoka Beaver Beckham Blaine Bryan Caddo Canadian Carter Cherokee Choctaw Cimarron Cleveland Coal Comanche Cotton Craig Creek Custer Delaware Dewey Ellis Garfield Garvin Grady Grant Greer Harmon Harper Haskell Hughes Jackson Jefferson Johnston Kay Kingfisher Kiowa Latimer LeFlore Lincoln Logan Love McClain McCurtain McIntosh Major Marshall Mayes Murray Muskogee Noble Nowata Okfuskee Oklahoma Okmulgee Osage Ottawa Pawnee Payne Pittsburg Pontotoc Pottawatomie Pushmataha Roger Mills Rogers Seminole Sequoyah Stephens Texas Tillman Tulsa Wagoner Washington Washita Woods Woodward Totals

TP 18 11 15 9 13 11 29 25 53 28 26 18 7 91 12 43 12 17 43 13 22 11 10 33 24 42 10 16 8 9 17 16 19 11 13 34 17 14 13 39 23 23 13 26 32 17 14 12 26 12 33 17 12 16 303 34 32 20 12 38 49 26 31 17 10 34 16 33 29 16 10 273 38 24 13 8 15 2,229

PR 18 11 15 9 13 11 29 25 46 28 26 18 7 40 12 43 12 17 10 1 22 11 9 33 2 42 10 16 8 9 17 16 19 11 13 34 17 14 13 2 23 23 13 24 32 0 14 12 26 12 27 17 12 16 175 34 27 20 12 38 49 26 31 17 10 30 16 33 29 16 10 76 25 24 13 8 15 1,694

THE OKLAHOMAN | NEWSOK.COM Askins 2,500 737 1,500 321 1,993 1,099 4,346 3,602 8,858 4,461 5,609 1,843 263 14,617 958 10,950 1,007 1,834 1,787 218 4,127 557 314 5,318 366 5,740 613 683 334 331 1,525 1,642 2,050 942 1,230 4,970 1,295 1,250 1,466 581 3,837 4,099 1,107 3,157 4,035 201 791 1,485 4,768 1,802 6,173 1,200 1,300 1,405 52,035 4,903 4,945 3,136 1,813 8,258 5,671 4,412 6,533 1,525 413 7,473 2,687 4,495 8,217 889 1,020 17,874 4,060 5,039 1,333 1,043 1,522 288,493

Fallin 3,023 1,301 2,231 1,564 3,471 2,061 6,111 3,723 21,985 8,478 5,850 2,227 734 18,230 1,052 10,827 818 2,470 3,233 281 7,304 1,307 755 11,515 568 10,027 1,199 892 420 898 1,901 1,880 3,950 881 1,713 8,656 3,504 1,423 1,602 723 6,973 8,846 1,554 6,111 4,312 265 2,221 2,528 6,992 2,177 6,810 2,781 1,960 1,619 59,366 5,389 6,496 3,983 3,030 11,633 6,807 5,363 11,827 1,901 923 15,477 3,636 5,659 6,458 3,545 1,083 26,315 7,728 11,548 2,263 2,041 4,080 422,488

U.S. Senate Adair Alfalfa Atoka Beaver Beckham Blaine Bryan Caddo Canadian Carter Cherokee Choctaw Cimarron Cleveland Coal Comanche Cotton Craig Creek Custer Delaware Dewey Ellis Garfield Garvin Grady Grant Greer Harmon Harper Haskell Hughes Jackson Jefferson Johnston Kay Kingfisher Kiowa Latimer LeFlore Lincoln Logan Love McClain McCurtain McIntosh Major Marshall Mayes Murray Muskogee Noble Nowata Okfuskee Oklahoma Okmulgee Osage Ottawa Pawnee Payne Pittsburg Pontotoc Pottwatome Pushmataha Rger Mills Rogers Seminole Sequoyah Stephens Texas Tillman Tulsa Wagoner Washington Washita Woods Woodward Totals

TP 18 11 15 9 13 11 29 25 53 28 26 18 7 91 12 43 12 17 43 13 22 11 10 33 24 42 10 16 8 9 17 16 19 11 13 34 17 14 13 39 23 23 13 26 32 17 14 12 26 12 33 17 12 16 303 34 32 20 12 38 49 26 31 17 10 34 16 33 29 16 10 273 38 24 13 8 15 2,229

PR 18 11 15 9 13 11 29 25 53 28 26 18 7 91 12 43 12 17 43 13 22 11 10 33 2 42 10 16 8 9 17 16 19 11 13 34 17 14 13 2 23 23 13 26 32 17 14 12 26 12 32 17 12 16 293 34 32 20 12 38 49 26 31 17 10 34 16 33 29 16 10 159 25 24 13 8 15 2,032

Rogers 1,705 284 1,087 162 1,053 599 3,053 2,185 5,603 3,284 3,971 1,304 108 20,179 687 6,114 468 1,169 4,400 1,387 2,593 279 202 2,720 214 3,237 308 410 190 136 1,030 1,057 1,136 547 912 3,177 541 688 958 428 2,261 2,571 775 2,100 2,260 2,012 353 1,038 3,257 1,086 5,264 686 831 909 56,220 3,467 4,638 2,106 1,207 5,266 3,840 2,510 4,338 1,047 188 5,661 1,820 3,112 3,377 491 578 26,101 2,581 3,065 684 522 732 238,519

Coburn 3,601 1,654 2,449 1,620 4,205 2,404 6,881 4,810 27,654 9,027 7,020 2,514 839 48,970 1,232 14,459 1,238 2,924 15,154 6,072 8,243 1,514 1,258 13,096 677 11,742 1,389 1,064 505 1,038 2,269 2,264 4,598 1,136 1,868 9,782 4,019 1,832 1,941 829 8,022 9,839 1,719 8,480 5,573 3,912 2,556 2,763 7,924 2,679 10,988 3,124 2,306 1,973 124,778 6,438 9,140 4,515 3,395 13,623 8,059 6,705 13,062 2,101 1,083 21,234 4,213 6,549 10,576 3,666 1,391 64,861 8,768 12,806 2,756 2,439 4,613 644,420

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THREE ADULTS, INCLUDING A PREGNANT WOMAN WHO ESCAPED THROUGH A WINDOW, WERE INJURED

Two children die in Norman fire BY JAMES TYREE AND JANE GLENN CANNON Staff Writers

NORMAN — A young pregnant woman broke through a window to escape a burning house and banged on a neighbor’s door early Tuesday, but could only point to the raging fire she had just escaped. Suffering from smoke inhalation, Amber Larkins, 22, later underwent a successful cesarean

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section delivery at Norman Regional Hospital, just hours after two children lost their lives in the blaze. The fire began about 4:20 a.m. in a wood-frame house at 905 N Cockrel Ave., Norman firefighters said. Savvy Larkins, 2, died in the fire and her father, Daniel Larkins, 19, was being treated for smoke inhalation in the intensive care unit at Integris Baptist Medical Center. Michael Larkins, 7, also died in

the fire. He was spending the night at the home of his aunt, Oley Mae Thornton, who was delivering newspapers at the time of the fire. Thornton lost a grandchild, Savry, but gained a grandchild with the birth of Amber Larkins’ baby. Also being treated for smoke inhalation at Integris was Amber Larkins, while Kelly Larkins, 46, was in the burn unit with seconddegree burns on 10 percent of his body, Integris spokeswoman

Brooke Cayot said. The neighbor, Jim Larkins, a relative, said Amber Larkins’ baby was doing fine. “Amber banged on my door and all she could manage to do was point, but I could see what was going on,” Jim Larkins said. “I tried to get to the back of the house, but the fire was too dangerous.” Jim Larkins said he heard the

Ricky Charles Howard Hoover Jr., 27, of Indiahoma, pleaded guilty to assault resulting in serious bodily injury in connection with a traffic accident that killed a man who was mowing his yard near Indiahoma in April, U.S. Attorney Sanford Coats reported Tuesday. Hoover was under the influence of alcohol and Lortab when he lost control of his vehicle, which struck and killed Kenneth Kowena, 61, of Indiahoma, records show. Hoover faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 at sentencing, Coats said. FROM STAFF REPORTS

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BY NOLAN CLAY Staff Writer nclay@opubco.com

The state of Oklahoma is alleging in a lawsuit it has been cheated out of millions of dollars in hotel room taxes. The state is suing for back sales taxes from Priceline.com, Expedia, Orbitz, Travelocity.com and other online reservation companies that offer discount hotel rooms. The lawsuit — filed Tuesday in Oklahoma County District Court — is the latest against the online travel industry. A year ago, Florida became the first state to sue the online travel companies. San Antonio and other Texas cities last year won $20 million in their 2006 lawsuit against Expedia and other companies. The lawsuit was initiated by Gov. Brad Henry. “We believe some outof-state firms have not paid their appropriate state sales tax bill and have essentially shorted Oklahoma taxpayers out of hundreds of millions of dollars,” said a spokesman for the governor. The lawsuit alleges the companies act deceptively, collecting taxes from travelers “at or above” retail room rates but only paying the state taxes on wholesale rates. The state hired law firms from Georgia and Oklahoma to file the lawsuit. Most of the hotel tax cases against the industry have not been successful, said Andrew Weinstein, a spokesman for the Interactive Travel Services Association.

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POLICE NAME SLAIN WOMAN Ramona Lynn Anders, 25, was the woman found shot to death Saturday morning at 3151⁄2 SW 34, police said Tuesday. Anyone who has information about the crime should call 297-1200. The death is the 48th homicide in Oklahoma City this year. FROM STAFF REPORTS

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An Emergency Medical Services Authority paramedic, right, sets off a bomb Monday as Rockie Yardley, left, an Edmond Police Department bomb expert, and two paramedic students watch. Paramedic students joined the Edmond police bomb squad for a training exercise on responding to explosions. Story, Page 16A. PHOTO BY JOHN CLANTON, THE OKLAHOMAN

The Riverpark Neighborhood Association will conduct its annual health fair from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the parish hall at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 3901 SW 29. The event, held in conjunction with the University of Central Oklahoma School of Nursing and Mercy Community Outreach, will include free flu shots while they last and free health screenings. A Spanish translator will be available. For more information, call Jeanna Daniel at 519-2188. FROM STAFF REPORTS

Edmond North makes the grade EDUCATION | ACT COLLEGE ENTRANCE SCORES VARY GREATLY IN METRO AREA BY TRICIA PEMBERTON Staff Writer tpemberton@opubco.com

An analysis of metroarea schools’ average ACT college entrance exam scores shows that only four schools scored at or higher than 24, the score desired by most four-year colleges for entrance. The Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics led the way by scoring an average composite ACT

score of 31.4. The school is a two-year residential high school for academically gifted students across the state. Edmond North High School ranked next highest in the state, with an average composite score of 24.3. Also meeting or surpassing a score of 24 were Classen School of Advanced Studies, with a score of 24.2, and Norman SEE SCORES, PAGE 16A

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INDEX Advanced Placement U.S. history students Laenie Fletcher, left, and Hannah Wilson read along with their teacher, Christine Curtright, at Edmond Memorial High School. PHOTO BY STEVE GOOCH, THE OKLAHOMAN

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EDMOND — Emergency Medical Services Authority paramedic students this week got an explosive lesson in what law enforcement officers face at crime scenes. Nine paramedic students spent the day Monday with Edmond police officers and members of their bomb squad. It was the first time EMSA and a law enforcement agency have joined forces to help train paramedics about crime scene investigations, how to help an injured bomb technician and what to look for in explosives, said Maj. Heather Yazdanipour, an EMSA paramedic and instructor. “Today has been invaluable,” Yazdanipour said. “There is a lot of power

Paramedic students Tori Spencer, right, and Jennifer Coker look at a stick of dynamite during a demonstration on explosives Monday. PHOTO BY JOHN CLANTON, THE OKLAHOMAN

packed into today. What better way to learn but to seek out the experts.” Edmond officer Michael King also is an EMSA para-

medic. He was instrumental in getting the class together. “It is a great learning experience,” King said. “EMSA and the law en-

forcement community react to situations every day. Very seldom do they get together outside of the scene. This gives them the ability to

work better together.” Some of the students dressed in 90-pound bomb technician suits, while others learned how to remove the $12,000 piece of protective gear. They later learned about the different kinds of explosives and what to look for when they arrive at a crime scene involving an explosion. Three of them got to set off different kinds of explosives at the police firing range. “All explosives burn fast,” said Rockie Yardley, a police department bomb expert. “There are different sizes. None of them are good.” Yardley warned the students to be aware of what is around them because homemade bombs are becoming more popular. “We are rescuers at heart,” Yardley said. “Just stop and think. Take it slow.”

Scores: Edmond North places 2nd in state FROM PAGE 15A

North High School, with an average score of 24. Other metro-area schools came close to the benchmark score. Edmond Memorial High School had a score of 23.6, Deer Creek High School scored 23.2 and Norman and Putnam City North high schools each had scores of 22.9. ACT stipulates the composite score to be collegeready is 24, said Bob Melton, science curriculum facilitator for the Putnam City School District. Colleges such as the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University and other four-year schools have picked that score as an entrance requirement. ACT arrived at that score based on data of students who passed the test with that score and how they did in college, Melton said. Students who achieve that score have a 50 percent chance of making a B or better and a 75 percent chance of making a C or better in their freshman year in college, he said. Other colleges, such as community colleges, accept a lower entrance score. Edmond North Principal Jan Keirns attributed her school’s score to the number of Advanced Placement courses students take. “One of the main things we do here is really en-

courage a rigorous program and hold students to high expectations, whether in AP or pre-AP classes,” Keirns said. “We really want our students to be fully prepared when they leave us.” Keirns said 65 percent of the school’s senior class has taken at least one AP course. Students took more than 1,300 AP exams last year, she said, maintaining a pass rate that is as high as it ever has been. “If you have a strong, rigorous curriculum, not only are students learning academically, they are learning how to learn, they’re learning timemanagement skills, analytical thinking, the ability to write,” she said. “The more we’ve increased that, we’ve consistently seen our ACT scores go up over the past seven years.”

Other districts The Midwest City-Del City School District saw average ACT scores ranging from 22.4 at Carl Albert High School to 16.7 at the Mid-Del Alternative Academy. While school district spokeswoman Stacey Boyer said the district would not comment on the differences in scores, she did point out that Carl Albert’s 2010 score was a full point above 2009 ACT scores. Principal Silvya Kirk

said that comes from emphasizing reading, nonfiction writing, critical thinking skills and focus in all classes all year, she said. “We’re in the business of learning,” she said. “Academics have to be the focus.” The school also has a number of programs to help students who are struggling in classes. The options range from Teacher on Call to Saturday School. “If a kid here fails a course, they chose to,” Kirk said. Putnam City high schools also showed a wide

range of average scores on the ACT test. Putnam City North tied for eighth in the state with five other schools with an average score of 22.9. Putnam City High School had a score of 20.5, while Putnam City West High School scored 19.3. Putnam City Academy, the district’s alternative school, scored 17.8. Melton said districts can learn from the scores. “We take the data and use it to design curriculum,” he said. “We see where we can do a better job in emphasizing certain areas to help

students be better able to succeed in college.” Melton said looking at schools with high vs. low scores is not really an accurate way to judge success, however. “You have to drill down into what percentage of those kids are taking the tests, what percentage are going onto college and what percentage are taking the rigorous course work,” he said. Students who take biology, chemistry and physics, for instance, typically perform at college-ready levels on the ACT, he said.

CALENDAR TODAY Breakfast on Boulevard, 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. Mondays through Fridays, First Christian Church, Boulevard entrance between First and Second streets, 341-3544. Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce Morning Mingle, 8 to 9:30 a.m., AT&T, 2003 W Danforth, 341-2808. 55+ Coffee Break, 9 to 11 a.m., Edmond Library, 10 S Boulevard, 341-9282. Early Risers Exercise, 9:15 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, Edmond Senior Center, 2733 Marilyn Williams Drive, 2167600. Golden Harmonizers Choir Concert, 10 a.m., Touchmark, 2801 Shortgrass Road, 216-7600. Momsomniac Support Group, 10 a.m. second and fourth Wednesdays, Edmond Transforming Life Counseling Center, 16301 Sonoma Park Drive, 623-8899. Tap for Fun, 10 a.m. Wednesdays, 1 p.m. Mondays, Edmond Senior Center, 2733 Marilyn Williams Drive, 216-7600. Kiwanis Club of Edmond, lunch and speaker, noon, Cherokee Room, Nigh University Center at University of Central Oklahoma, 100 N University Drive, 341-4205.


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EDMOND — An ordinance to allow blade signs in Edmond was approved this week by members of the Edmond Sign Ordinance Committee. They are continuing to work on a law for electronic signs. City council members are expected to vote on the blade sign ordinance Nov. 23 or Dec. 13, City Attorney Stephen Murdock said. The three-page ordinance sets up the law for a blade sign, which is a sign that projects from a structure in a perpendicular fashion. Blade signs are not addressed in the present city code. Blade signs have been allowed with a variance to the city code at Hideaway Pizza, Fish City and Edmond Golf. Committee members have been fairly agreeable on the rules for blade signs. That has not been the case for allowing electronic signs in Edmond. Currently, electronic signs are allowed if the city council grants a variance from the city code.

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Discussions to change the electronic sign ordinance began more than two years ago when Bob Williams, with R.L. Williams & Co., wanted to post electronic messages on a sign. Former Mayor Saundra Naifeh continues to speak out against electronic signs. She said she fears Edmond will lose its aesthetics and start to look like Las Vegas. “I guess you can’t be for none at all?” Naifeh asked during the discussions. “That is all I would be favorable of.” Most of the committee members said they are interested in allowing electronic signs on monumenttype ground signs, but not on the walls of businesses. Discussions have been to allow the signs in the commercial corridors, which

are Broadway from Second Street to the south city limits; E Second Street to Interstate 35; W Edmond Road from the railroad underpass west to the city limits; and 33rd Street from Broadway to Boulevard. Committee members will meet Nov. 15 to look at the level of the illumination during the day and night, if automatic dimmers should be required, the square footage allowed and other aspects of the electronic signs.

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DAVID FRASER CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER, EDMOND SCHOOL DISTRICT

The decrease in the general fund comes largely because of a $5.6 million cut in state aid, Fraser said. The shortfall was partially offset by an increase of almost $1.8 million in federal stabilization funds and $852,542 in school land earnings.

Staff cuts No information has come from the state Education Department about how the budget will be approached in the future, he said. And with a state schools superintendent change to result from

Tuesday’s election, school districts are likely to remain in limbo for a while longer, he said. By February or March, however, Fraser said he believes there will be talk of additional budget cuts for all state agencies. As a result of a tighter budget, the district in June recommended reductions of $1.3 million for operations and more than $2 million in cuts to staff and administration. “There’s not much left to tap,” Fraser told board members. “We will have to look at labor.”

OCU hosts film series FROM STAFF REPORTS

The Oklahoma City University Film Institute continues its annual series at 2 p.m. Sunday with Sergei Dvortsevoy’s “Tulpan.” The screening will be in the Meinders School of Business Kerr McGee Auditorium, McKinley Avenue and NW 27. Admission is free. “Tulpan” won the Un Certain Regard award at the Cannes Film Festival and was one of the two most requested works on evaluation forms from last year’s OCU series. For more information or future dates in the film series, go to www.okcu.edu/ film-lit.

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These programs are scheduled at a Metropolitan Library System branch. For a list of all programs and events, go to metrolibrary.org.

What: Book Blast When: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Where: Choctaw Ages: 6 and older

This is the first time in my experience that our budget went down while our school district is still growing.”

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— Edmond School Board members Monday night unanimously approved a $130.1 million general fund budget for the 2010-11 school year. The board also approved $11.7 million for the building fund and $10.8 million for child nutrition. The general fund — the primary operational budget for the district, paying employee wages and benefits as well as schools’ operating budgets — is down $3.8 million from last year, said David Fraser, chief financial officer for the Edmond School District. “This is the first time in my experience that our budget went down while our school district is still growing,” Fraser said. Edmond reported 21,342 students as of Oct. 1, an increase of 595 students from the same date last year.

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Notice of Intent to Bid Rehabilitation and Construction Contracts For The Comanche Nation Housing Authority h The Comanche Nation Housing Authority (CNHA), Lawton, Oklahoma will be soliciting bids in the near future on housing rehabilitation and new construction work. The intent of this announcement is to identify qualified Indianowned contractors that may be interested in bidding on future work. All interested Indian-owned contractors will be placed on a list for use in future solicitations. Interested contractors may provide CNHA with a Statement of Intent to respond to future Invitation for Bid (IFB) or Request for Proposals (RFP). Contractors must be bondable and must provide required insurance documentation as well as Contractor’s License. For a detailed list of requirements, interested firms may contact the Comanche Nation Housing Authority at 580357-4956. The closing date for accepting the letter of intent is November 5, 2010 at the close of business, 5:00 pm CST.

NOTICE OF APPLICATION Union Bank, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, intends to apply to the Federal Reserve Board for permission to (1) merge with First Coleman National Bank, Coleman, Texas, Graham National Bank, Graham, Texas, Citizens National Bank of Breckenridge, Breckenridge, Texas, First State Bank of Canadian, National Association, Canadian, Texas, First National Bank of Olney, Olney, Texas, Friona State Bank, National Association, Friona, Texas, Farmers National Bank of Seymour, Seymour, Texas and InterBank, Elk City, Oklahoma; and (2) purchase the assets and assume the liabilities of the banking offices of First National Bank of Borger, Borger, Texas which are located at 531 N. Deahl Street, Borger, Texas and 525 Morse Street, Stinnett, Texas. Each of the banking offices of the banks to be acquired by merger and the banking offices located in Borger and Stinnett, Texas to be acquired by purchase and assumption will become branch offices of Union Bank. The Federal Reserve considers a number of factors in deciding whether to approve the application, including the record of performance of our banks in helping to

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Other Legal Notices CITY OF MOORE BID NOTICE BID #101-008 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Moore will receive sealed bids in the office of the City Clerk, Purchasing Division, Moore City Hall, 301 North Broadway, Suite 203, Moore, Oklahoma, 73160, for MOWING OF SELECTED CITY PROPERTY. Bids will not be accepted after 1:45 P.M., CST, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2010. Bids will be made in accordance with the specifications, and these specifications are on file and available for examination, or may be obtained from the office of the City Clerk, Moore City Hall. One (1) copy addressed to the Office of the City Clerk, Purchasing Division, will be submitted, and that copy must be sealed and clearly marked with the name of the bidding vendor and identified as follows: “SEALED BID #101-008” “MOWING OF SELECTED CITY PROPERTY” The bidder must attend the mandatory pre-bid conference at 2:00 p.m., CST, Monday, November 22, 2010. The pre-bid conference will be held in the City Council Chambers, Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway, Moore, Oklahoma. Attendance is required in order to be qualified to submit a bid. Bids filed as provided herein will be publicly opened at 2:00 p.m., CST, Monday, November 29, 2010, Moore City Hall, City Council Chambers, 301 North Broadway, Suite 126, Moore, Oklahoma 73160. All bids will remain at least forty-eight (48) hours thereafter, before a contract will be made and entered into thereon. Bids received more than ninety-six (96) hours [excluding Saturdays, Sundays and holidays], before the time set for the receipt of bids will not be considered. The City of Moore reserves the right to accept the bid which, in the judgment of the Staff, is the best for the application of needs, materials and services as covered in the specifications, and is deemed the best, overall, for the good of the City. The City of Moore reserves the right to reject any and all bids; waive irregularities and formalities in any bid submitted. In addition, the City of Moore reserves the right to contract with one or more parties to perform identical services as deemed appropriate. The City of Moore is an equal opportunity employer. Carol Folsom, Purchasing Agent 405/793-5022

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NOTICE OF SEIZURE AND PETITION FOR FORFEITURE PURSUANT TO PENAL CODE SECTION 186.4 COUNTY OF SANTA BARBARA, SUPERIOR COURT CASE NO: 1333867 TO ALL INTERESTED PARTIES, you are hereby notified that: On July 1, 2010, the District Attorney of Santa Barbara County initiated proceedings to forfeit property and assets pursuant to Penal Code section 186.4. The property and assets subject to the above-described proceedings includes cash, an automobile and other personal property. You are hereby notified that any interested person may file a verified claim with the Superior Court of the County of Santa Barbara stating the nature and amount of their claimed interest. You must file this claim within thirty (30) days after receipt of this notice, or within thirty (30) days from the date of the first publication of the notice, if that person was not personally served or served by mail. You must serve a verified copy of your claim on the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office (Attention: Senior Deputy District Attorney Lee Carter) at 1112 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Failure to serve the District Attorney's Office within thirty (30) days from the date of filing the claimed interest with the Superior Court can result in a waiver of interest in the property or assets or delay of any legal proceedings. Failure to file a verified claim stating an interest in the property or assets with the Superior Court of the County of Santa Barbara will result in a waiver of any interest in the property or assets without further hearing pursuant to Penal Code §186.5). The following property is subject to the above-described proceedings: $4,180.00 U.S. currency, a 2000 CADILLAC VIN 1G6KD54Y8YU202179 and all the contents of the 2000 CADILLAC, including clothing, cell phones and computers Dated: October 27, 2010 JOYCE DUDLEY District Attorney LEE CARTER Senior Deputy District Attorney

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meet local credit needs. You are invited to submit comments on this application in writing to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, One Memorial Drive, Kansas City, Missouri 64198. The comment period will not end before December 6, 2010, and may be somewhat longer. The Board’s procedures for processing applications may be found at 12 C.F.R. Part 262. Procedures for processing protested applications may be found at 12 C.F.R. Part 262.25. To obtain a copy of the Board’s procedures or if you need more information about how to submit your comments on the application, contact Dennis Denney, Assistant Vice President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City at (816) 881-2633. The Federal Reserve will consider your comments and any request for a hearing on the application if they are accepted by the Reserve Bank on or before the last date of the comment period.

Anyone having interest in the following vehicle should contact John @ 370-0845: 2002 Honda CRX VIN # JHMEC 1316HS026799 2002 HYUNDAI ACCENT VIN# KMHCG35C22V196493 1992 MERCEDES 190E VIN# WDBDA29D1NF969454 Anyone having financial interest in 1964 Chev VIN# 41847R1218884 Contact Lloyd 405-388-2671 Anyone with legal/ financial interest in 2002 Saturn VIN 1G8ZN12862Z234296 call Sandra 350-2087 Anyone with interest in 1971 chev nova vin# 1142711138 to be sold for mechanics lien on 11-25-10 contact Gary 405-812-8209. Anyone with interest in 1974 Johnson boat motor Model # 50ESL74M, Serial #4040409, HP 50. Sale to be held on 11-25-10 contact Betty at 405-634-5897

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Where: Warr Acres Ages: 2½ to 5

FRIDAY What: Developmental screenings When: 9 a.m. to noon Where: Bethany Ages: Newborn to 5 years

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What: Local Author Series: Rodney Redus When: 6 to 7 p.m. Where: Del City Ages: Adults

What: Apple pie time When: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Where: The Village Ages: 5 to 12

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What: Flute circle concert When: 2 to 3 p.m. Where: Midwest City

What: Pajama story time When: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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Ages: All ages

MONDAY What: Family Thanksgiving story time When: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Where: Ralph Ellison Ages: All ages What: Elaine and Susan Hoffman and the Fabulous Shpielkehs When: 7 to 8 p.m. Where: Edmond Ages: All ages

TUESDAY What: Nutrition education and weight loss program When: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Where: The Village Ages: Adults


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Oklahoma Christian University will present the musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie” at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday as a part of homecoming weekend. The show, with a cast of 25, will be performed in the school’s Hardeman Auditorium. The story focuses on Millie Dillmount, who has just moved to New York to start a new life during the 1920s. The show is directed by OC alumnus Chad Anderson. “We have a lot of dance talent in our cast this year,” Anderson said. “That’s great because there are some challenging tap numbers in this show.” He said choreographer and dance instructor Barbara Berard was instrumental in helping the cast

Tickets are $12 or $10 for seniors and groups of 20 or more. On Thursday, OC employees and students receive free admission with valid school identification. To reserve tickets, call 4255540. The show is appropriate for children age 10 and older.

UCO to host dance festival FROM STAFF REPORTS

EDMOND — The University of Central Oklahoma Department of Dance will host more than 180 high school students and their teachers for two days of classes, workshops and performances during its first Oklahoma High School Dance Festival on Friday and Saturday. Participating high schools are Bishop McGuinness High School, Classen School of Advanced Studies, Harding Fine Arts Academy, John Marshall High School, Luther High School, Norman High School, Norman North High School, Putnam City North High School, Southeast High School and U.S. Grant High School. In addition to taking classes in ballet, modern, jazz, hip-hop, flamenco and aerial dance from UCO faculty and alumni, six of the participating high schools will have the opportunity to join the UCO Kaleidoscope Dancers in performance. Dancers from Southeast, Norman North and Norman will perform with Kaleidoscope at 7:30 p.m. Friday, while students from Harding Fine Arts Academy, Bishop McGuinness and John Marshall high schools will perform with Kaleidoscope at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The festival also will include instructional workshops for high school dance teachers. UCO art students also will be involved in the festival, custom painting and adorning ballet pointe shoes that will be for sale before the evening performances. Tickets to the concert are $14 for adults, $10 for seniors and non-UCO students and $4 for UCO students. To reserve tickets, call the box office at 9743375. Reservations are recommended, as the performances are anticipated to sell out.

MORE INFORMATION For more information about the festival, call 974-5231 or e-mail jjacob son@uco.edu.

learn the tap numbers. “She had so much work to do, especially at the beginning of rehearsals,” Anderson said. “She is a wonderful person to work with and a great asset to OC.”

The leading cast members are mostly upperclassmen from across the country. “This is the first chance OC has had to produce this show,” theater professor Phil Reagan said. “It’s an award-winning musical set in the jazzy, flapper days that will be a lot of fun to watch. It’s really a wonderful, comic love story.” Audiences also will see an elaborate set and production, Anderson said. “There are more wigs in this show than any I’ve been a part of. We have an elaborate set, and we rented costumes from Music Theater of Wichita. It is a very professional production. Each year we try to raise the bar for the homecoming musical,” he said.

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Three architects to speak in lecture series at OU FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Architects from Massachusetts, Michigan and Arkansas are scheduled to speak as part of the University of Oklahoma College of Architecture’s Fall 2010 Bruce Goff Chair of Creative Architecture Lecture Series. Presentations are scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. today in the Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Meacham Auditorium. The series is in conjunction with the “Bruce Goff: A Creative Mind” multimedia exhibit at OU’s Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, which will remain on display through Jan. 2. Goff was chairman of the OU School of Architecture from 1947 to 1955 and is considered a pioneer

of the organic design movement, along with Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan. The speakers will be Sheila Kennedy, professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and principal of Kennedy & Violich Architecture, Craig Borum, associate professor at the University of Michigan and principal of PLY Architecture, and Marlon Blackwell, head of the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture and principal of Marlon Blackwell Architect. The event is part of the Creating_Making Forum scheduled today through Friday at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, which will feature more than 20 other lectures by noted architecture scholars from around

the country. To register or learn more about next week’s events, go to arch.ou.edu/creating making or e-mail creating making@ou.edu.

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IN BRIEF OKLAHOMA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY LICENSE PLATES AVAILABLE SHAWNEE — State-issued Oklahoma Baptist University license plates are avail-

able for purchase through the Oklahoma Tax Commission. The license plates feature OBU’s Raley Chapel logo in green and a five-character combination that may be personalized. The cost for the plates is $38 for an original or replacement, including a $3 mailing fee. A portion of the cost is given to OBU for every tag ordered. To order an OBU specialty license plate, go to www.tax.ok.gov/ plates/sp140.html.

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Edmond tree festival to support senior meals

IN BRIEF MORNING MINGLE IS TODAY

PANCAKE BREAKFAST SET

EDMOND — The Edmond Chamber of Com-

EDMOND — Matthews Funeral

merce’s Morning Mingle will be from 8 to 9:30 a.m. today at the AT&T Store at 2003 W Danforth Road. No reservations are required, and the event is free.

5K RACE TO SUPPORT ARTS EDMOND — The 5k to Monet Race to sup-

port the Edmond Fine Arts Institute programs will be Saturday at the institute, 27 E Edwards. A 1-mile fun run starts at 8 a.m. and the timed 5k race starts at 8:30 a.m. For more information, call 340-4481 or go to www.edmondfinearts.com.

STORE PLANS OPEN HOUSE EDMOND — The Gourmet Gallery, 1532 S

Boulevard, and 2820 NW 122 in Oklahoma City, will have a Holiday Open House from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Vendors and staff will offer samples of products and recipes. For more information, call 7153663.

The Festival of the Trees, an auction of decorated Christmas trees and wreaths to benefit senior meals, has been added to this year’s Dickens of a Christmas celebration in downtown Edmond. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE BY JOHN A. WILLIAMS Staff Writer jwilliams@opubco.com

EDMOND — In the spirit

of the giving season, Edmond’s Downtown Business Association merchants are organizing the first Festival of the Trees to help provide hot meals for seniors. The festival will be a part of the association’s annual Dickens of a Christmas celebration. “We wanted to do something that we felt represented the true spirit of Christmas,” festival Director Karen Morton said. Organizers are looking for individuals to decorate Christmas trees or wreathes that will be auctioned off to help the Edmond Senior Center Meal program. In 2009, state funds were cut for the program that provides a hot meal to about 60 seniors five days a week. Since then the city of Edmond and donations

INFORMATION For more information, go to www.downtown edmondok.com.

have made up the shortfall. “We’re hoping to get 20 trees for our first year,” Morton said.

Trees must be artificial and can be of any size. LED lights and large wreaths are preferred. The trees will be on display at 10 S Broadway. A silent auction will be held Dec. 3-4. To reserve a space, call 285-0927 or drop an application off at Sacred Heart Gifts, 23 S Broadway, or Cinnamon Bears, 102 S Broadway.

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Home is hosting a pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday to benefit the programs at Edmond Senior Center. They will be serving pancakes, sausage, bacon, orange juice and coffee. Tickets are $4. Tickets for children 10 and younger are $2. The breakfast will be at the senior center, 2733 Marilyn Williams Drive.

DEMOCRATS TO MEET GUTHRIE — The Logan County

Democratic Women’s Club will have a meeting and silent auction fundraiser at 7 p.m. Friday in the Hall of Trinity Episcopal Church, 310 E Noble. Members are asked to bring items for the auction. All Logan County Democrats, including men, are invited. FROM STAFF REPORTS


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Professor offers trips to Costa Rica, Hawaii BY JULIE MCGOWAN NewsOK.com Contributor

SHAWNEE — Associate biology professor Dale Utt is offering students the opportunity to explore natural science in Costa Rica and Hawaii next year. A course called Tropical Ecology and Biodiversity of Costa Rica will meet daily for one week in January for pre-field classroom instruction and then travel to Costa Rica for 13 days to explore the rain forest. Utt plans to focus on four areas: exploring Pacific coastal marine and

MORE INFORMATION For more information about the courses in Costa Rica or Hawaii, email Dale Utt at dale.utt@okbu.edu.

lowland tropical forests on the Osa Peninsula; observing cloud forests at the Quetzal Education Research Center in San Gerardode Dota; hiking in the Caribbean lowland rain forest at the La Selva Bio-

logical Research Station; and the geologically active region surrounding the volcano Volcan Arenal. The estimated trip expenses are $2,300. During the spring semester, OBU will offer a course titled Natural History of the Big Island: Hawaii, for four credits. Class members will meet with Utt once per week on campus during the spring semester, and then travel to Hawaii for field work in March. The estimated trip expenses are about $2,600.

'03 Ford Ranger Ext Cab, v6, auto, 94k, cust whls, exc cond $6800 740-0804 '97 Ford Ranger XLT, ext cab. 6 cyl, great cond., $3400 obo. 685-4949

'07 Chrysler T&C Limited nav, dvd, sunroof, 1 owner, $17,400 obo. 620-1882 '06 Ford E150 Cargo Van, V8 auto, shelving, like new $8200 obo 922-7236 '00 Ford 1Ton Handicap Hi-Top, lift & straps Very Nice $7200 obo 922-7236 2007 GMC cargo, low mi, like new, 1 owner, 2 seats, $13,500, 340-0424 1994 Olds Cutlassnice car with real clean body and interior. Needs engine (3100, v6) $500 obo 405-262-1336

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'82 Chevy Short bed Stepside, 350 auto, runs good $2250 OBO 517-6899 '79 Firebird Formula, rebuilt 6.6, Runs Good $2495 Call 636-0597 1964 VW Dune Buggy red, tan int. 1974 VW eng runs good w/chrome acces on eng. $4995 obo 1948 Ford Super Deluxe Coupe needs to be restored no title $3500 obo 399-1528 » 625-9893 '64 Chevy Short bed Stepside, 350 auto, disc brks, tilt ps, rebldr $2000 517-6899 1959 Rambler, 4 door $500. 1962 Corvair, 2 door, $800. 1971 Chevy pickup, $250. » 405-262-4758 »

2002 LeSabre Custom. 6 cyl 3800 eng. tan. very gd cond $3500 601-6860

2004 Cavalier, 2 door, white, very clean, auto, air, stereo, 79K, $4895. 630-0290 or 3621 N May

2010 Escape UT, red. 2300 miles, $23,000, Call 216-272-3468 '04 Ford Taurus, blue w/gray interior, 24 valve v6, sunroof, 6 disc changer, 79k miles, $5000. Can been seen at 10220 W. Reno, OKC, M-F. 620-515-4001 '04 Taurus SE 3.0L, loaded, new ac, new tires, CD $2450 201-9342 '96 Crown Vic loaded a/c, 45K, CNG. Nice, 1 Owner $5000 OBO 922-7236 '90 Thunderbird, nice, low miles, good looking car, $1500 obo. 412-3746

1999 Civic EX, 4 door, black, 5 speed, $3500 obo, 454-3560/227-6607.

Administrative Assistant Financial planning co. in Edmond seeking an AA. Must be able to work in a demanding environment & be able to multi task. Email resume CharlotteS@ shawfinancialinc.com

Data Entry/ Customer Service. Hiring for 2011 tax season. Free training, flexible hours, premium pay. Many locations available. Jackson Hewitt Tax Service. 405-942-1980. Data Entry/ Customer Service Full time. Busy tag office. Apply at 7527 N. May Ave, M-F, 2-4. No phone calls. Entry Level Clerk Needed for OKC Law Firm. Spanish speaking a plus. $1600/month plus benefits. Fax resumes to 525-7855. Legal Secretary at least 5 years Estate Planning experience for large downtown law firm. Excellent benefits & salary. Send resume to: The Oklahoman, Box #1910, P.O. Box 25125, Oklahoma City, OK 73125-0125

'05 Liberty 2WD Lmtd if you find nicer-buy it! 57K, $13.9Kobo 620-1882

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1998 Town car exective series, clean, loaded, $2895. 630-0290 or 3621 N May

'00 Mystique, loaded 80k auto 4cyl, a/c, green VGC $3200 OBO 922-7236

'02 WS6, 30k miles, Sunset horns, 1 owner, $15k obo. 201-9863 '79 Firebird Formula, rebuilt 6.6, Runs Good $2495 Call 636-0597

'87 Toyota Supra, manual transmission $1000, 1 extra '87 manual transmission, $500. 625-6032/625-6048

needed for Country Club. Experience in fine dining helpful. Part time positions. Send resume to pgraham@okcgcc.com. You may also apply in person Tues-Fri. Enter thru the side entrance of the club. OKC Golf & Country Club, 7000 NW Grand Blvd., Nichols Hills, OK 73116. EOE Dietary Manager experience in food prep, cook & order. Managing staff, developing menus Apply in person Heritage Assisted Living Center 9025 NW Expwy, Okc Experienced Cook & Waitstaff needed. Good pay. Need all shifts. Apply in person 1427 SE 30th Mama Lou's Restaurant

Pancho's Mexican Buffet is now hiring for

HEAD CHEF '63 Baja Bug, needs engine work, $700. 405-812-5654 1971 VW Bug, runs & drives, needs work, $1000 firm 405-313-4635

I buy junk cars, trucks & SUVs, run or not, no title, no problem, 512-7278

$$ Fast Cash $$ $$$$ 946-4371 $$$$

'06 & '04 Chevy K Ton, v6 auto, both run/drive great $6000-$7500 922-7236 '06 Ford F-150 Ext Cab XLT, V8 auto, loaded $10,500 OBO 922-7236

DIRECTOR, TEACHERS, VAN DRIVERS. Apply 1755 N. Meridian Ave. Saint John's Child Development Center

FIREFIGHTER

No exp needed. Training, travel, great pay/benefits/ vacation & regular raises. HS Grads & seniors. age 1738. Call: 1-877-628-9562

Apply in person at 2166 SW 74th off I-240 & S. Penn.

DRIVER/COURIER Earn $500-$1000 weekly Requires your cargo van or pick up. Call Shane at 680-0113 or email to scooke@freedomexpress.com Local Fuel Hauler Salary $45-$60K. Nights and every other weekend off. Experience desired, but not req'd. Will train. Call 405-850-5040

New Year New CareerBethany Dental Assisting School. 12 week course. Next Class Jan 3, 11 Call Now 405-789-5266

Nichols Hills Cleaners is searching for CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVES We are open from 7-7 M-F and 8-5 Sat. You must be able to work either shift and every other weekend. This is full time employment. Starting pay is $9ph. Apply at our Northpark Location, 2804 NW 122nd, Just East of May. Hate dirt, but love people? Must have car, ins & DL. No nights/no weekends. Health & dental insurance. Merry Maids South 670-1120

Hotel Breakfast Attendant Must be available Monday - Tuesday, Friday –Sunday. Hours 5am – 11:30am. Food handlings experience a plus. No phone calls please Hampton Inn Edmond, 300 Meline off I-35 and 2nd street.

OKLAHOMA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE Now accepting applications for •Detention Officers •Clerical Employees Good starting salaries + 401k & Deferred Comp Plan. Health , Dental & Vision Insurance + Paid Leave. P/U application @ 201 N Shartel, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

ADON/LPN(QA), LPNs, RNs Experienced in Home Health Please call M-F, 605-1400 or fax resume to Janice 605-1451 Dental Assistant FT Dental Hygienist PT NEEDED FOR GROWING EDMOND PRACTICE. Experience required. APPLY IN PERSON 1400 W. COVELL RD. EDMOND damonrjohnsondds.com DON & RN Case Manager Loretta's Home Health Care has an immediate opening with experience. Apply at 500 N. Meridian Ave Suite 107, or call 405-948-2770 M-F, 10-3pm or fax resume to 948-2773 Lab Tech for family practice. Experienced only. Send resume MDFP 1212 S Douglas MWC 73130

LPN/RN

needed for busy NW OKC Pulmonary office. Great benefits. Fax resume to 946-6677 MEDICAL ASSISTANTS (Licensed) For busy specialty practice at Mercy. Experience required. Fax resume to 752-4242 RECEPTIONIST Will train qualified applicant. Optometric physician's office in Midwest City. Call 737-8935 SURGICAL COORDINATOR Schedule procedures & surgeries, greet patients & guests, interact with Dr's & staff, maintaining medical records. Experience preferred. Must have excellent computer & interpersonal skills. FAX RESUME TO: 405-280-5303

3 bdr, 1.5ba ch&a, 2 car, $800 month, $550 deposit. 405-755-0831

REAL ESTATE AUCTION Ardmore, OK Nov. 18, 10 AM. Building with over 19,000+ sf of space plus over 6,000 sf upper level which includes apartments and office. Building previously housed a sign company. Also selling personal property--lots of transformers and misc. United Country, Hendren & Associates 918-253-4133 and United Country, Wilson Realty 580-2233699. For info or brochure, call either office or LeRoy 918-6950808 or Kelly 580-2226248 or go to www.unitedcountry.com/jayok or www.ucwilsonreal ty.com. Also selling 90 acres near Healdton, OK surface and mineral rights. LeRoy Hendren

DELIVERY DRIVER Part Time, Apply at Penny & Irene's Flowers, 7556 SE 15th, MWC

TECH/DRILLER Lab & Field Tech/ Driller for geotechnical engineering firm. Exp preferred but will train right candidate. Excellent benefits. Must have clean background & driving record. Apply in person @ METCO, 2025 S. Nicklas Ave, Ste 101, OKC, 73128.

Commercial RE Commercial Property For Sale

LUBE TECHS needed for Busy quick lube center seeking Lube Techs. We offer industry top starting pay & paid training. Apply at 2625 Broadway Court, Edmond, OK.

Classics Wanted

91 Seville, extra clean, well maintained, call for details, $1250, 514-4980.

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Data Entry/ Customer Service. Hiring for 2011 tax season. Free training, flexible hours, premium pay. Many locations available. Jackson Hewitt Tax Service. 405-942-1980.

Nationally owned Dental Lab looking for DELIVERY DRIVER Must have good driving record. Will need copy of record if hired. This is full time with large number of miles driven daily. Hours are-M-F 8AM-5PM. Good benefits–car provided Apply M-F 9AM-4PM 3824 N. MacArthur

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Professional (Degree Required) '04 Ford F-350 4x4 Lariat SRW 6.0 dsl, Exc Cond 183K $14,900 820-5949

Dale Utt, associate professor of biology at Oklahoma Baptist University, searches for fossils in a quarry in Utah this past summer.

Queen Bdrm Set: dresser w/mirror, chest, 2 night stands & bed $750; Queen matt. & box $250 All Good Cond. 250-6591 Lighted curio/entertainment center, mirror back, locking wine drawer, pecan wood, burl inlays, $850. 685-8240 Kennedy Rocking Chair Vintage 1961 $50. 454-3816 Wood Entertainment Center with 4 cabinets, $275. 691-8646 7 pc Spanish oak din set, cane back chairs $250; loveseat $50; 721-1784. Queen size Memory Foam bed $150 OBO Call 924-5394

Industrial Property For Rent Manager sought to suppot child care resource and referral services to childcare providers in Oklahoma. Masters degree preferred. Must have knowledge of the ECE field and minimum 3 years experience in a childcare setting. Complete job disciption at www.oklahomachildcare.org, send resumes by Nov. 12 to pkoos@ oklahomachildcare.org

Advertising Account Executive Part/Full Time w/DollarsInside. Must be self motivated with a strong work ethic. Sales experience a plus but will teach, must have reliable transportation. Great pay for performance. Send Resume to: dollarsinsideok@gmail.com or call James at 405-210-5095.

FT Sales Rep

position avail. to cover OK. Degree in Bus/Marketing or related. 8 yrs sales exp in lieu of degree. 2 yrs sales exp in healthcare industry pref. Competitive sal, expenses and company pd family coverage medical/dental. Send resume to HPC, 63 S. Royal St., Suite 710, Mobile, AL 36602, fax 251.441.1986, email: stoulson@ hpcinternational.com

Building For Lease 3500 sqft, with approx 2 acres, 638 N. Meridian. 405-412-5441 or 405-947-0200

Panel Installer Aluminum siding, metal panel, aluminum cladding, & layout installers needed. Experience required. “Special training” opportunity. Great wages & benefits with year round work. Send resume to Shanna@ downtownglass.com

(1) 10'' radial arm saw w/steel base, (1) 6'' Craftsman wood lathe w/cabinet complete with motor, 1 8 gal. Craftsman wet dry vacuum, (1) air compressor Campbell Hausfeld needs service, (7) misc size wood cabinets with Formica tops. (2) battery chargers. $15-$300. 405-728-0327

Antiques, Art, Collectibles 501

TECH/DRILLER Lab & Field Tech/ Driller for geotechnical engineering firm. Exp preferred but will train right candidate. Excellent benefits. Must have clean background & driving record. Apply in person @ METCO, 2025 S. Nicklas Ave, Ste 101, OKC, 73128.

Several Germ. wall & mantel clocks, restored, Beautiful! $80-$300 691-3121

Wine Refrigerator cedar wood, holds 25 cases. $6000 new, sell for $500 firm. 313-4635

Clean 1 bedroom apt. AC, you pay electric. 2328 SW 28th 685-8278 Furn 1BD most bills Paid + EMSA, no sec 8 and no pets, 524-2730

SALES CAREER

Looking to be part of a winning team? We offer: •Four-Day Work Week •Top Incentives •$3,000 Monthly Training Incentive Available •Management Opportunities •Many FIRST Year Representatives Earn $55K-$60K Overnight travel required (Mon. - Thurs.). Call now for interview times & locations. Brandon Headrick (866) 225-0727

Spacious, quiet, secure 2 bed duplex, $775 Call 826-2345. 3/2.5/2 9909 Mashburn Blvd. $875mo, No Sec. 8 412-8540 jjcrent.com

Houses for rent

2600 Nantucket - 3/2/2 + off. new carpet, granite & appliances, $1250 mo + dep. 627-1231 Commercial Roofers needed for Watonga, OK. Must have rubber roofing experience. Call 405-415-4107, ext. 1.

3 bed, 2 bath, 2 car gar, 1800 sf, $1100 month. Call 405-990-0488

3/1/2, brick, also 1 home in Harrah. 1 year lease, $675+deposit. 454-2314

Glazers Needed

Must have trans., driver's lic. & 5 years experience. 918-704-2688 or 918-244-7800

3 bed, 1 bath, 1 car gar, ch&a, $575+dep. 1120 Hazelwood Dr. 412-7013

Journeyman Plumber needed for commercial work in the metro area & out of town. Call 473-6639

Magnetic Particle Inspector for Cougar Tool Inc. A min of 1 yr experience inspecting down-hole drilling equipment. Wage is negotiable based on experience. Excellent benefits including 401K plan. Please fax resumes to 405-789-6765 or fill out an application at 9505 W Reno Ave

MECHANIC

The Village Public Works Department is accepting applications for an experienced Mechanic through November 5, 2010. Starting salary is $3,053.50/monthly with excellent benefits. Minimum Qualifications must be at least 18 years old, high school diploma/ GED & with Oklahoma Driver License, with good background and physical condition. Work hours may vary. Applications can be picked up at 1701 N.W. 115th Oklahoma City, Ok for further information call 751-4933. The City of The Village is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Kenmore refrigerator, 18 cubic feet, $110 cash, 354-2660. Apt. size Refrig, 15 cf, white; Elec Range, white $100 ea. 405-203-4034

WELL & SEPTIC ON 5 ACRES Close in Noble. Owner Carry 226-2015co

3 bd, 1.5 ba, 2c garage, ch&a, wet bar, $650+dep. 10022 Issac Dr. 412-7013

3 bd, 1.5 ba, 1 car gar, remodeled 1113 Berwyck $750mo + dep. 833-3540

Farms, Ranches For Sale, Okla. 308 Real Estate Auction McAlester, OK Nov. 13, 2010. 195 Acres selling in 3 parcels. Executive home, manager's home, tractors, farm equip., household, misc. Call United Country, Hendren & Associates 918-2534133 or LeRoy 918-6950808 for information or brochure, or see www. unitedcountry.com/jayok Preview: Nov. 7, 2-3 PM

Homes For Sale

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3bd, 1.5ba, 1c, remodeled 1113 Berwyck approx 1k sqft $87,500, 833-3540

3808 S. Brookline 2bd, 1ba, single gar, lrg yard, $40,000. 632-7953

Nice lrg 3 bd, liv/din, appls, laundry rm w/d hkup no pets/no sec 8, $580. 1941 NW 15 557-1288 Nice 2 bd, liv, din, appl's w/d hkup, 2 car, 2808 NW 20th, $580, no pets, no sec 8, 301-5979. 1743 Churchill Way. The Village, 2bd ch&a, compl redone $750mo 942-3552 2/1/1 brick, ch&a, fenced, stove, Mayfair area, $595, 550-5128. 3 bd, $400 mo + $150 dep fncd yrd 1524 NW 10. 1 bed avail. 639-0556

Nice 3 bed 1O ba, ch&a, 2 car, 4913 Keith Dr. $795 month 733-3360

7x12, 76"x16', 76''x10', 5x8 util, 6x10 encl, 7x12 concession trlr, never used Nice $1200-$8500 922-7236 18ft tandem axle trailer, pipe desgn w/spare good tires $1200 685-7557

(9) Combo Snack & Beverage Machines: $1750-$2500, 1 or all. Call Bobby, 405-306-7750

Dell Pentium 4. 2.8 GHz, 1Gb DDR memory, WinXP, DVD/CDRW, internet ready, complete system w/17" LCD, $150. 819-8691 Dell Pentium 4. 2.8 GHz, 1Gb DDR memory, WinXP, DVD/CDRW, internet ready, complete system w/17" LCD, $150. 819-8691

2005, 750 C-II John Deere Dozer Hydraulic C frame long track with 6-way tilt blade, 3 shank Vail ripper, air suspension deluxe comfort control high back seat, cab heat and A/C, AM/FM weather band radio, 7600 hours on unit. $50,000 OBO. Contact: Ben Johnson at 405-242-6083 or bjohnson@ equalenergyus.ca

3-way flat screen tv console w/3 glass shelves, new, $200. 685-8240

Chinese Crested, Reg., 6 weeks old, POP, S/W $300 ea. 580-658-1467 or 405-428-0808 Cocker Spaniel Puppies Registered with several colors available. 300.00 580-548-6897 or amerflight@pldi.net Cocker Spaniel, ACA reg. 1 M $100, 3 F $150. 8 weeks, 405-215-1464 DACH, MINI, 2 red males X-special, 10 weeks old, $125 each »» 321-1209 Dachshund, Mini, 6 wks old, s/w, blk & tan, reds, $150 each. 405-623-7223 DACHSHUND PUPPIES SHOTS $150. 409-5132 Doberman, AKC, 9 weeks old, white, VERY LARGE 2 Males left! $475ea. 580-736-9519

Baby Sulcata Tortoises: Must be kept warm in winter. Grow very large. Make excellent pets. $80, Cash Only, (405) 596-6419, ask for Robert.

Oklahoma Breds 3 TB mares all in foal by First Smart Money QH. $1000 stud fee was paid. Sacrifice at $1000 each 405-371-0003 3yr AQHA bay filly, bred for performance & speed, broke $500 405-745-3502

English Bulldog Male, 9 weeks, red/white, hsebroke, s/w, papers, sleeping cage, harness & toys. Must sell due to owners' failing health. Must see to appreciate $1,250. 308-6542 English Bulldog AKC, 2 F, $1500 ea, 285-2825, englishbulldogsjarvis.com

German Shepherd AKC Puppy AKC register German Shepherd puppies for sale. She is 10 weeks old current on w/s, proven healthy, both parents are on site. We take great strides to make great companion for individuals. This dog has excellent ball and prey drive, and great obedience/social skill! For information or picture call (918) 399-2982. $500 (918) 399-2982

Olhausen Pool Table, 1'' slate top $600 Call Bobby, 405-306-7750

Hunting/Fishing Leases 607.0 German Shepherd Puppies Selling 4 import bred German shepherd pups excellent pedigree, health guarantee, both parents OFA certified.All shots. already started obedience 950.00 Call David@ 405-474-8200 German Shepherd AKC, born 10/01/10, black & tan, pop, country raised $350, 918-225-0032 Great Dane Puppies ACA, 3 males, shots, wormed, $300 black, $500 platinum merles, 580-541-5550 Maltese Puppies, ACA, Small, S/W $250-$300 918-426-5181

Olde English Bulldoggee Male, 1 year old, housebroke, plays rough. No papers, good watch dog $450. Enid, 580-541-3647

Deer hunting, duck, turkey & wild hog Call 580-994-5532 for prices & dates. Leave message. 300 acres 50 miles East of OKC. Deer & Turkey. 1 year lease $2000. 405-919-9687 TROPHY DEER LEASE 1st time offered. 1 hour N of OKC. 316-992-6935

2006 Honda Gold Wing Trike GL 1800, Red, 5600 Miles, Clear Title, One Owner, $7600. bayronjess68@gmail.com $7600 (405) 522-0576

Race car & trailer race ready! Pure/factory stock, $2500. 405-812-5654

Papillion Puppy AKC, male, 1st shots $300 (405) 464-1551 Pit Bulls-blue fawn 2 boys, 2 girls, $125. Call for info @ 837-5322

2 LITTLE KITTENS Must stay together. $10 Cash ’ 741-3420 Animals R Us Rescue Cats/Kittens, all ages & types, $10-$50 » 317-7593 Bengal kittens Full Blood brown spotted bengal kittens. Ready for Halloween 3Males 1 Female. $600.00 Nicole 405-816-2760

POM, ACA, 10 weeks, Small Male $150 shots/ wormed 405-626-6703 Pomeranian, AKC/CKC, Partis »» okcpoms.com $200-$550, 405-609-9241 Poms-8 weeks old, 1 female, $300; 2 males, $200 each; 1 male, 14 weeks, $150. Very fluffy, Very spoiled. All shots & records. Registered w/pedigree. 405-3977539 or 405-397-7536 Poms-Kennel CloseoutPure bred small dogs, minimum 6, $25 each. 405-872-7243

Fall Gathering 2010 Nov. 6th, 10 AM, Joplin Reg. Stockyards 3000 Cows & bred Heifers; 80 Bulls, 17 Ranch geldings; 43 weanlings. Mike Armitage, 918-625-5689

Poms ACA M & F, 8wks 4 months, $200-$250 ’ 405-872-7243 ’

2000 Winnebago Adventurer Motor Home 35ft , 2 slides, super clean, many extras. Free storage until Sept 2011. $41,000 Call 405-227-2455 '10 38FT 5TH WHEEL 3 SLIDE, FIREPLAC. W/D NOPETS & SMOKE NEW $32000 obo 8177296123 2007 Puma, 28 foot TT, 5 new tires, new mattress, heat & air, new batteries $10,500, 759-3633. '05 Salem 38 ft Super Slide 2 bdrm $11,500; '99 Springdale 29 ft, sleeps 7. $6500 ‘ 812-208-3997

Poodles ''Standard" AKC Pups, 3M, 1F, family raised, $250-$300 OBO 12wk OKC 405-919-7477

AKC German Shorthair, M/F, 5-7 mo, s/w, quails killed, whoas, points, backs, retrieves, natural, $400-$600 405-550-8324

(3) Reg. Angus bulls top bloodlines DOB 1/09 & 2/3/09. $1100-$2000. 273-2405 or 659-7825

PUG PUPPIES, REG, 1 blk male, 1 blk female , 12-13 weeks, 1st shots, wormed, $200, (405)756-4994/756-5074

Boykin Spaniels BSS/AKC great all-round retreivers, 2-F,1-M shots. $200 405.590.3846

(15) serviceable age Angus & (4) Maine bulls. F.T. 381-4307 lv msg.

Rat Terrier Puppies, 2M 8 weeks, black & white $45 each. 405- 314-7761

2 hyd mec shot shell reloaders, .410 & .28 gauge rebuilt May 2009, plus motor, $900, 250-2078.

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Do-it-yourself workshop yields tasty gifts Each Christmas, I have delusions of gift grandeur. I imagine putting together a pile of personalized, handmade gifts for all my loved ones. I’d gracefully wrap holiday ribbon around baked goods in my pristine kitchen. Then a songbird would land on my shoulder and admire my thoughtfulness. For some reason, this hasn’t panned out yet. But this year, I’m hoping to create a realistic version of my dream. I attended the Gifts From Your Kitchen workshop at the Oklahoma County Extension Center. Dietitian Casey Campbell instructed about 75 people how to make their own holiday projects. Everyone could make three gifts: soup in a mug, soup in a jar and cookies in a jar. Campbell gave some good advice about making food as gifts. Run containers through the dishwasher first, and start the project with clean hands and a clean kitchen. Use fresh ingredients. Use

Homemade cookies-in-ajar and soupin-a-jar can be an inexpensive option for the holiday gifts.

Carrie Coppernoll ccoppernoll @opubco.com

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labels with at least two things: Ingredients. The gift receiver may have allergies. Instructions. Receivers need to know how to prepare and store the food. You don’t want to give the recipient a foodborne illness or allergic reaction, Campbell said. Unless you don’t like that person and it’s a sabotage present. I think we’ve all given those at one point or another. As if creating your own personalized gifts weren’t crafty enough, you could gussy up your projects by painting the jars or tie on a cute cookie cutter, Campbell suggested. And then, if you haven’t had enough, you could toss it in a handwoven basket full of orga-

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nic cheeses you made. Package with fresh-cut flowers from your greenhouse. Deliver in a horsedrawn sleigh filled with a children’s choir singing carols. Or you could just make the jars. Your friends will be impressed enough. Besides, hiring a children’s choir probably is pricey. Casey turned us loose to make our projects with ingredients laid out on long tables. It was craft madness. Women dumped flour and spices and pasta into jars and Baggies. Campbell allowed at least an hour to put together the gifts.

City council votes to keep ban on out-of-state travel BY BRYAN DEAN Staff Writer bdean@opubco.com

Oklahoma City Council members declined Tuesday to lift a ban on their own out-of-state travel. The council voted a year ago to quit paying for its own members to travel outside Oklahoma for seminars, conventions and other activities. The ban also applies to the mayor. The moratorium came

after the city’s sales tax revenue took a turn for the worse, prompting budget cuts in every department and a hiring freeze. After six months of positive sales tax receipts, Ward 5 Councilman Brian Walters suggested lifting the ban. Walters was the chief advocate for passing the ban in the first place. Other council members said although they are encouraged by improving sales tax, they don’t think

the timing is right to lift the moratorium. The proposal to lift the ban failed 6-3. Voting to lift the ban were Walters, Mayor Mick Cornett and Ward 7 Councilman Skip Kelly. Voting no were Ward 1 Councilman Gary Marrs, Ward 2 Councilman Sam Bowman, Ward 3 Councilman Larry McAtee, Ward 4 Councilman Pete White, Ward 6 Councilwoman Meg Salyer and Ward 8 Councilman Pat Ryan.

Sales tax growth prompts optimism BY BRYAN DEAN Staff Writer bdean@opubco.com

October’s sales tax report continued an encouraging trend, prompting some cautious optimism Tuesday from Oklahoma City officials. Sales tax revenue was up 16.7 percent over expectations and 19.2 percent over last year’s collections for the same period. The October report includes actual collections for the second half of August and estimated collections for the first half of September. It is the sixth straight month of sales tax growth over the previous year. “We’re out of the woods, but we could still be hit by a falling tree,”

Ward 8 Councilman Pat Ryan said. The growth over the past few months has been well over expectations, a development that surprised city officials who have attributed the numbers to busy body shops and roofing companies after a major summer hailstorm. City Manager Jim Couch said there are signs the city’s tax base is growing beyond the temporary bump from storm recovery. “For the first quarter, our revenue is up by just under $6 million,” Couch said. “The primary driver on that is sales tax. We believe about two-thirds of that growth is attributable to the storm. If you take that out of the equation,

sales tax still grew, but it’s about $1 million over target. “It was a very strong month for us. The growth is better than we anticipated. It’s good news. We are coming out of it.” Council members used temporary funds to plug some of the holes in this year’s budget. Without new revenue to fill that gap, further cuts would be needed next year.

Forget it. The flurry of holiday cheer and the possibility of discounted gift-giving were too much for the room to bear. I was briefly scared that I might get trampled, which would be the opposite of holiday cheer.

GET THE RECIPES HOW TO PURCHASE COOKBOOKS The Oklahoma County Extension Center has “Gifts From Your Kitchen” cookbooks available for sale at the office, 930 N Portland Ave. The books are $5. They can be mailed for $5 plus shipping. To order, call 713-1125. The cookbooks include recipes from extension services throughout Oklahoma. Get three of the recipes on Carrie Coppernoll’s blog online at blog.newsok.com/red-dirt-ruckus.

Aside from the impending doom, the projects were really easy to make. Just to be sure this class was legitimate, I made the soup when I got home. It was spectacular. I’ll admit it: I’m probably

going to make the cookies and the other soup myself. I just want to be sure this whole gift-in-a-jar idea is, you know, good. So, here’s a heads up to my friends and family: You’re all getting potato soup this year.


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Cold case ends with sentencing BY ANN KELLEY Staff Writer akelley@opubco.com

CHANDLER — A Missouri

prison inmate was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the 1992 death of a woman who was strangled and dumped in a creek bed in rural Lincoln County. Dennis Ray Wright, 50, pleaded no contest in Lincoln County District Court to a reduced charge of first-degree manslaughter in the death of Georgette Pless, 22, of Tulsa. Wright was initially charged in April with firstdegree murder, but the complaint was altered as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors. District Attorney Richard Smothermon said the sentence almost ensures Wright will spend the rest of his life behind bars. Wright is a diabetic and in poor health, he said. “There is little risk of him ever getting out alive,” Smothermon said. Wright appeared Friday in court, but no one was in the courtroom representing Pless’ family. Smothermon said law enforcement has been unable to reach any of Pless’ family members to tell them about the conviction. He said investigators tracked her mother to a homeless shelter in Louisiana and left messages there, but received no response. Pless has a son who agents continue to search

for, he said. “We’d like to let someone in her family know that after all this time Georgette Pless got justice,” he said. Deputies stumbled upon Pless’ nude body in November 1992 while searching for two victims in an unrelated murder case. She was facedown under a bridge in rural Lincoln County, authorities said. It took months for law enforcement to identify her remains, and her murder remained unsolved for nearly two decades. Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agents last year had DNA information from semen collected from Pless’ body compared to DNA information kept in a national computer database. The results garnered a match to Wright, who was serving time in a Missouri prison on a fraud conviction, said Gary Perkinson, agent in charge of the OSBI’s cold case unit. Perkinson said investigators later learned Wright once lived about a mile from where Pless’ body was found, and he lived in the neighborhood from which she disappeared. Perkinson said Wright never admitted to killing Pless, and denied ever knowing her. There were ligature marks across the front of Pless’ neck, and her spine was broken in several places, according to a report from the state medical examiner’s office.

TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS CLAIM 3 ON STATE ROADS Three people died from accidents on state roads, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported Tuesday. Jackie Morris, 43, Clayton Morris died at the scene of a crash Tuesday four miles west of Wilburton in Latimer County, the patrol reported. He was driving a car about 5:45 p.m. west on U.S. 270 when it veered left of center and struck an oncoming tractor-trailer rig, troopers said. The rig’s driver was not hurt. Both drivers were wearing seat belts, the patrol reported. Leslie Fipps, 24, Paden Fipps died Monday after a wreck in Seminole County north of Seminole, troopers said. She was driving an eastbound car about 7 p.m. on the ramp from U.S. 377 to Interstate 40 when she ran a stop sign, the patrol reported. A southbound pickup slammed into her car. Fipps died at a Seminole hospital, troopers said. The driver of the pickup was not hurt. Both drivers were wearing seat belts, the patrol reported. Donald Richardson, 47, Custer City Richardson died Tuesday after a wreck west of Custer City in Custer County, troopers said. He was driving a westbound SUV about 3 a.m. on State Highway 33 when it left the road, the patrol reported. The SUV hit a concrete ditch and rolled 21⁄2 times. Richardson was ejected from the vehicle and died at an Oklahoma City hospital, troopers said. He was not wearing a seat belt. FROM STAFF REPORTS

Deaths BARTLESVILLE

Scott, Richard Lee, 82, died Saturday. Graveside services 1 p.m. today, Summit View Cemetery, Guthrie (Stumpff, Bartlesville). Wright, Naomi Joella, 63, died Sunday. Services 2 p.m. Thursday (Stumpff, Bartlesville).

BEAVER

Elfers, Fumiko, 74, died Sunday. Services 2 p.m. today, Church of Christ (Mason, Shattuck).

BLANCHARD

Brown, Mickey Hough, 57, died Oct. 31. Services 10 a.m. Saturday (Eisenhour, Blanchard).

CARNEGIE

CHOCTAW

Chilcoat, Mary Louise, 83, died Tuesday. Services 1 p.m. Friday, First Baptist Church, Midwest City (Ford, Midwest City).

CLINTON

Hill, Robert Wesley “Hillboy,” 69, died Monday. Services 1 p.m. Friday (Stanley-Lee, Clinton). Torres, Antonio, 74, died Tuesday. Services 2 p.m. Thursday (Kiesau-Lee, Clinton).

Henry, Alice “Marie,” 84, died Monday. Graveside services 2 p.m. Thursday, Dustin Cemetery (Hunn, Black & Merritt, Eufaula).

FORT GIBSON

Burch, Florabelle C., 84, died Monday. Graveside services 1 p.m. Thursday, Fort Gibson National Cemetery (Lescher-Millsap, Fort Gibson).

JENNINGS

Reavis Marshall, Geneva Jacqueline, 71, died Oct. 28. Services 2 p.m. today, Oilton First Baptist Church (Affordable Cremation, Oklahoma City).

KEMP

fire started in the middle of the house but knew no other details. Norman fire marshals were still investigating Tuesday afternoon. A neighbor, Kristine Butler, said the fire awakened her. “I saw them pull the bodies out. Thank goodness my kids didn’t. It was awful,” Butler said. Another neighbor, Stephen Swim, said the tragedy “breaks my heart.” Swim said he woke up to the sound of a dog barking

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and could see light through a window shade. When he looked out, he could see the house on fire, he said. The fire caused an estimated $125,000 worth of damage to the house and its contents.

RINGLING

Maussner, Patricia, 76, died Monday. Graveside services 2 p.m. Thursday, Oak Hill Cemetery (Chaney-Harkins, McAlester).

MIDWEST CITY

Bodenheimer, Clyde Edward “Ed,” 71, died Monday. Services 3 p.m. Sunday, Crossings Community Church, Oklahoma City (Ford, Midwest City).

MOORE

Dunn, Patricia Ann, 62, died Oct. 24. Services 2 p.m. Saturday, Eakley First Assembly of God (John M. Ireland, Moore).

MOUNTAIN VIEW

MULDROW

NEWCASTLE

Brown, John W., 82, died Tuesday. Services 2 p.m. Thursday, Glory Promise Center (Vondel L. Smith & Son South, Oklahoma City).

NICOMA PARK

Ballard, Anna Mae, 64, died Monday. Services 10 a.m. Thursday (Hibbs, Choctaw).

NINNEKAH

McClendon, Hazel F., 83, died Monday. Services 10:30 a.m. Friday (Ferguson, Chickasha).

Sears, Debbie Ann (Walker), 50 died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Saturday, First United Methodist Church, Durant (Holmes-Coffey-Murray, Durant).

Records Editor’s note: The Oklahoman will publish free birth and adoption announcements as space permits. Include full names of parents, sex, birth date, hospital or county of adoption. You can send the information to The Oklahoman, P.O. Box 25125, Oklahoma City, OK 73125, or call us at 475-3539. The Oklahoman has discontinued publishing birth announcements from hospitals that do not provide full names of parents.

MARRIAGE LICENSES

Michael Rory Shearer, 52, and Carol Sue Rhoads, 55. Jerry David Snider, 47, and Theresa Dolores Roche, 48. Joseph Lynn Suttle, 30, and Kasey Lynn Prowell, 29. Mark Anthony Morgan II, 28, and Tara Necole Johnson, 21. Dan Nubine Jr., 55, and Laura Diedra Howard, 40. Johnny Wayne Goodwin, 24, and Christine Elizabeth Crites, 18. Jereme Michael Cowan, 31, and Courtney Leigh Allen, 29. Michael Joe Rothrock, 28, and Natalie Kay Banks, 28. Rodney Lee Brehm, 26, and Chrystal Dawn Ableiter, 20. Eric Vincent Owen, 41, and Heather Dawn Estridge, 18. Michael Adam Mosteller, 27, and Kathryn Lynnell Tarr, 33. Loren Del Rosebrook, 21, and Audrey

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Church (Parks Brothers, Prague).

PAULS VALLEY

Ayers, Steven Wayne, 38, died Oct. 30. Services 2 p.m. Saturday, Erin Springs Baptist Church, Lindsay (B.G. Boydston, Lindsay). Holt, Tracy Denise, 49, died Saturday. Services 2 p.m. Thursday (Stufflebean-Coffey, Pauls Valley).

PAWNEE

Cather-Brown, Ruth E., 99, died Sunday. Graveside services 12:30 p.m. Friday, Highland Cemetery (Poteet, Pawnee). Rolland, Edward Floyd, 55, died Oct. 29. Services 2 p.m. Saturday, First Assembly of God (Poteet, Pawnee).

PONCA CITY

Stanger, Norma Jean “Lindy,” 83, died Saturday. Graveside services 2 p.m. Thursday, Odd Fellows Cemetery (Trout, Ponca City).

PRAGUE

Hoffman, Paula Elaine (Friend), 58, died Monday. Services 2 p.m. Friday, Sharon Baptist Church, Shawnee (Parks Brothers, Prague).

RALSTON

Dilbeck, Margie, 79, died Sunday.

Sheriellen Danyel Wall, 21. Adrien Javan Stafford, 28, and Aleicia Lashelle Henry, 24. Christopher B. Stewart, 33, and Cherith J. Pennell, 26. Jonathan Wesley Jones, 39, and Heather Renee Rinehart, 32. Adam Daniel Deutsch, 24, and Amanda J. Montelongo, 20.

DIVORCES ASKED

Carney, Jana K. v. Damon R. Cody, Tamara Lynn v. Michael James Conner, Karla J. v. Jason W. Donohew, Kimberley D. v. Joseph N. Gonzales, Jerry S. v. Elliott-Gonzales, Heather L. Hall, Bobby W. v. Marcella G. Jackson, Lloyd Dale Sr. v. Arleatha Gale Jones, Rita A. v. William R. Lietch, Christy Dawn v. Lewis Christopher Milberg, Carla Elaine v. Thomas Ripley Nola-Turk, Christine P. v. Turk, Steven J. Olson, Marjorie v. Scott E. Petrus, Jessica v. Salter, Thomas Anthony Quinn, Jennifer Lee v. Andrew James Reither, Meredyth v. Johnny L. Simpson, Holly Catherine v. Devon Kyle Smith Hough, Katherine Ainslie v. Hough, Charles Vandoren Spybuck, Stephanie H. v. Jason E. Tennyson, David R. v. Jayne A. Tran, Daniel Le v. Le, Cuong Kim Thi Webb, Samuel A. v. Diane L. Yarbrough, Tellia R. v. William L.

STILLWATER

Vincent, Pattie Jean, 89, died Oct. 30. Memorial services 2 p.m. Dec. 18 Turner, Don Mike, 81, died Tuesday. Graveside services 10:30 a.m. Thursday, (Strode, Stillwater). Ringling Memorial Cemetery (AlexanUTICA der, Wilson). Carr, Muriel, 88, died Monday. RINGWOOD Services 10 a.m. today (Brown’s, Durant). Farrington, Clara Belle, 77, died Monday. Services 10 a.m. Saturday, First WYNNEWOOD Baptist Church (Lanman, Helena). Hensley, Willis Dwight, 67, died SALLISAW Monday. Services 11 a.m. Thursday Lowrimore, Othel E., 95, died Monday. (DeArman, Wynnewood). Services 10 a.m. Thursday, Immanuel YALE Baptist Church (Agent, Sallisaw). Turner, Frank, 81, died Oct. 30. SHAWNEE Services 10 a.m. Saturday, First Assembly of God (Palmer Marler, King, Terry Lee, 46, died Saturday. Cushing). Services 2 p.m. Friday, Spring Baptist

BASS Bert Faircloth Bass, 81, was Harwell, Paul, 87, died Monday. born in Thomasville, GA on Dean, William Jessie, 73, died Friday. Services 10 a.m. Friday (Hampton July 27, 1929, the son of John Private services (OK Cremation, Mortuary, Checotah). C. Bass and Oklahoma City). Houston, Luke, 76, died Sunday. Laura HanDEL CITY Graveside services 2 p.m. today, IOOF nah Griffin. Harris, Alta Mae, 87, died Tuesday. Cemetery (Havenbrook, Norman). He passed Graveside services 2 p.m. Friday, Fairview Cemetery, Tuttle (Caskets away NoOKLAHOMA CITY Inc. & Johnson, Del City). vember 2, Allen, Jean Marie, 79, died Saturday. Sherrill, Virginia L., 94, died Monday. 2010, in Services 2 p.m. Thursday (Advantage, Services 10 a.m. Thursday, Bethel Midwest City). Oklahoma Church, Choctaw (Smith-Parks, Barfelz, Alan Gale, 50, died Sunday. City. On Harrah). Services 3 p.m. Thursday (Bill EisenNov. 6, Williams, Letha F., 88, died Tuesday. hour NE, Oklahoma City). 1955, Bert Services 10 a.m. Friday (Bill Eisenhour Booker, Darryl, 50, died Oct. 22. SE, Del City). Services 11 a.m. Friday, Greater Mount married Carolyn Sugg in Lonoke, AR. Bert served in Olive Baptist Church (Temple and DEWEY the U.S. Army during the KoSons, Oklahoma City). Ketchum, Billy George Jr., 40, died rean War, rising to rank of Farnsworth, Dean Leonard Sr., 50, Oct. 29. Services 1 p.m. Friday, Dewey died Saturday. Services 11:30 a.m. Captain at age 26. After beChurch of Christ (Stumpff, BartlesThursday, Mercer Adams, Bethany ing discharged from the U.S. ville). (Affordable Cremation, Oklahoma Army, he worked for the FAA DURANT City). as an Air Traffic Controller Franklin, Billy Ray, 78, died Oct. 23. No Flanagan, W.W., 86, died Sunday. and meteorologist, retiring services (OK Cremation, Oklahoma Services 11 a.m. Thursday, United from government service in City). Methodist Church, Calera (Holmes1982. He then worked as a Harper, Alma R., 96, died Monday. Coffey-Murray, Durant). real estate agent and apServices 10 a.m. Friday, Forest Hill EDMOND Christian Church (Mercer-Adams, praiser until his retirement. McEver, Winfred “Mac,” 90, died Bethany). Bert moved to Yukon in 1978, Monday. Services 1:30 p.m. Nov. 18, Heitman-Smith, Frances Mae, 94, died and was a member of the Southern Hills Christian Church Tuesday. Services in Chrisman, Ill. United Methodist Church of (Baggerley, Edmond). (Corbett, Oklahoma City). the Good Shepherd in Yukon. Whitaker, Gerald D., 80, died SatHyeche, Rose M., 62, died Oct. 29. He was an avid genealogist, urday. Services 1 p.m. Friday, First Services 11 a.m. Saturday, Greater Christian Church (OK Cremation, military historian, and reShiloh Baptist Church (Temple and Oklahoma City). cently began collecting coins. Sons, Oklahoma City). Kemp, Kenneth G., 85, died Sunday. As a former pilot in the Army ELK CITY Services 2 p.m. Friday, Chapel Hill Air Corps., he enjoyed phoSmith, Bertha, 94, died Monday. United Methodist Church (Hahn-Cook/ tographing and researching Services 2 p.m. today (Martin, Elk Street & Draper, Oklahoma City). historic aircraft, and attendCity). Lerner, Charlotte Marie, 77, died ing air shows. Bert is surMonday. Services 11 a.m. Thursday ENID vived by his wife, Carolyn; (Vondel Smith South Lakes, OklaCantellay, Joe H., 59, died Monday. sons, Brad Bass and wife Dihoma City). Services 2 p.m. Friday (Brownanna of Carrollton, Texas and Rae, Bill, 81, died Sunday. Services 2 Cummings, Enid). p.m. Thursday (Hahn-Cook/Street & Brian Bass of Carrollton, Falls, Jolene, 76, died Saturday. Draper, Oklahoma City). Texas; daughter-in-law, Cathy Private services (Brown-Cummings, Schumacher, LaVonne B., 78, died Enid). Bass of Oklahoma City; and Tuesday. Wake 7 p.m. Thursday, Mass grandchildren, James Bass, Grandon, LeeRoy, 84, died Monday. 10 a.m. Friday, St. Francis of Assisi (Bill Graveside services Friday at Burrton, Stephen Bass, Michael Bass, Merritt, Bethany). Kan. (Ladusau-Evans, Enid). Carolyn Bass, Kelsey Bass Sumption, Herbert George, 83, died Jackson, Louie A. Jr., 83, died Satand Kenny Bass. He was preMonday. Private services (Mercerurday. Services 10 a.m. today (BrownAdams, Bethany). ceded in death by his parents, Cummings, Enid). Townley, Melton “Ray,” 63, died Oct. John and Laura Bass; sibMcClanahan, Sunshine, 50, died Oct. lings, Mary Lou Hillman, John 28. Services 10 a.m. Thursday (Brown- 27. Services 2 p.m. Saturday, Resurrection Free Methodist Church (CorCummings, Enid). C. (Bub) Bass, and Betty Lee bett, Oklahoma City). O’Dea, Betty Jo, 77, died Sunday. O'Reilly; and his son, Brett Waters, Richard I., 70, died Monday. Services 10 a.m. Friday (HenningerBass. Memorial services will Services 10 a.m. Saturday (Memorial Hinson, Enid). be held 2:00 p.m., Sunday, Park, Oklahoma City). Tefft, Twyla, 81, died Thursday. November 7, 2010, at the Zachritz, Mary Elizabeth, 89, died Services 10 a.m. today (LadusauTuesday. Services 1:30 p.m. Friday, United Methodist Church of Evans, Enid). Nichols Hills United Methodist Church the Good Shepherd in Yukon, Turner, Willie, 48, died Oct. 28. (Demuth, Oklahoma City). OK. Online condolences may Services 2 p.m. Saturday, Grayson Baptist Church (Ladusau-Evans, be signed at www.yandaand PADEN Enid). sonfuneralhome.com Fipps, Leslie Lynn, 24, died Monday. Services 2 p.m. Friday, First Baptist EUFAULA COUNCIL HILL

Huey, Willie, 92, died Monday. Services 2 p.m. Friday, Bridgeport United Methodist Church (Turner, Hinton).

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Blauvelt, Roy Dale, 44, died Monday. Services 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Victory Temple, Roland (Mallory-Martin, Sallisaw).

HINTON

Fire: Damage was about $125,000

Graveside services 2 p.m. today, Ralston Church, Sasakwa (Stout-Phillips, Riverside Cemetery (Hunsaker-Wooten, Wewoka). Fairfax).

CHECOTAH

Briggs, Leona, 97, died Monday. Graveside services 2 p.m. Friday, Carnegie Cemetery (Smith-Gallo, Guthrie).

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Hill, Marion E., 86, died Oct. 5. Services 10 a.m. Thursday (Becker, Lawton).

Pendleton, Vernon, 74, died Monday. Graveside services 10:30 a.m. today, Mountain View Cemetery (Ray & Martha’s, Mountain View).

GUTHRIE

A Norman fire vehicle is parked in front of 905 N Cockrel Ave., where an early-morning fire killed two children and injured three adults.

LAWTON

Whitewolf, Jeffery “Boe,” 41, died Saturday. Wake 7 p.m. Thursday. Services 11 a.m. Friday, First Apache Indian Baptist Church, Fort Cobb (Ray & Martha’s, Carnegie). Callich, Lola Mae, 86, died Monday. Services 11 a.m. Friday, First United Methodist Church (Garrett Family, Checotah).

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CULLERS William M. “Bill” Cullers passed peacefully into his heavenly home on 11-2-2010. He was born in Lincoln, Arkansas on 11-111927 to William A. and Hattie J. Cullers. In January 1951, he married the love of his life Wilma Lee Hamlin. Together they had 5 children. He is survived by his devoted wife, Wilma, his sons Mike and Vickey Cullers, Bob Cullers and Retha, James Cullers and Patsy, all of OKC and his daughters Mary Dresel and Janie Patrick of MWC, OK. He leaves behind 8 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter. During his career, Bill served in the U.S. Army, was a schoolteacher and worked 33 years for DHS. After retirement he enjoyed walking and visiting with his friends at the mall. Bill especially enjoyed Sunday dinners and time spent with his family. Contributions in memory of Bill may be made to Britton Baptist Church. Services pending with Demuth Funeral Home.

ALEXANDER Violet Hautez (Tez) Alexander, 86, a longtime resident of the Oklahoma City area, passed away on Friday, October 29, 2010, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Funeral services will be held at 2 PM on Friday, November 5, 2010, at Mercer Adams Chapel, 3925 North Asbury, Bethany, Oklahoma. Reverend Steven C. Wright will officiate. The family will receive visitors at Mercer Adams on Friday, November 5, from 10 AM through 12 noon. While flowers are acceptable, memorial contributions made to the Alzheimer's Association, New Mexico Chapter, 9500 Montgomery NE, Suite 121, Albuquerque, NM, 87111, would be appreciated. Mrs. Alexander was born in Atwood, Oklahoma, to the late J.B. and Lula Miller. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Harvey R. Alexander; one brother, Hewit Miller; and one sister, Beatrice Wright. Mrs. Alexander was a graduate of Calvin High School and Hills School of Business. She was a homemaker, devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a longtime member of the Bethany First Church of the Nazarene. Mrs. Alexander is survived by two sons: David R. Alexander of Albuquerque, New Mexico; and James H. Alexander of Enid, Oklahoma; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends. She will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew her. To share a memory or condolence, visit: www.mercer-adams.com

BALLARD Anna Mae Ballard passed away Nov. 1, 2010. Ann was born to Frank and Velma Williams in Richland Center, WI on Nov. 9, 1945. She married Raymond Ballard on Jan. 29, 1977. They spent many happy years square dancing and traveling together. Ann and Raymond served as Central District SD Assoc. presidents in 1989-90. They belonged to Happy Tracks and Rolling Squares Clubs, and many others over the years. Ann was preceded in death by sisters, Arzenith Peterson and Alberta “Peaches” Wickels. She is survived by husband, Raymond; sisters and brother, Alma Bee, Allen Williams, Arlene Winchell, and Ariel Banker and husband Delbert, all of WI; son, Jeff Nevel and wife Donna; daughters, Cynthia Griffin, Lorene Flores, Jean McCray and husband Ron, and Raymona VanCuren and husband Jamie. Survivors also include 10 grandchildren, Cherie, Felicia, Markus, Matthew, Ashlee, Amber, Melody, Jamie, Fernando, and Seth; 4 greatgrandchildren, Sabra, Lance, Matthew Jr., and Serenity; and many nieces and nephews. Ann retired from Tinker after 27 years of service, including 14 years as Building Manager for Bldg. 3001. Her hobbies included sewing, embroidery, and quilting, and she loved hosting family events, especially on Christmas Eve. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM, Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, at Hibbs Funeral Home, Choctaw, with interment to follow at Arlington Memory Gardens, Midwest City. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Cancer Society.


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HENRY Alice “Marie” Henry, 84, died November 1, 2010 following a hard fought battle with parotid carcinoma. Marie was born April 26, 1926 near Dustin, OK to Rufus and Lee Ella (Moore) Leffler. Following graduation from Hanna High School, she moved to OKC where she held numerous jobs including “Rosie the Riveter” for Douglas Aircraft. On March 16, 1946, she married Joe W. Henry, who preceded her in death on December 23, 2000. In 1957, she graduated from Capitol Hill Beauty College and eventually owned and operated Marie’s Beauty Shop in their home at S.W. 25 and Miller in OKC until Joe had to retire due to his health in 1979, and they moved to the Eagle Bluff area on Lake Eufaula. In 1996 when Joe’s health began to fail further, they moved to the Sandy Bass Bay No. 4 area to be near their daughter, Carol Jo McKay and husband Gary. Other survivors are her son James Raymond and wife, Coleen of Edmond, OK, granddaughters, Amy of Dallas, TX and Alyson and husband Scott and great granddaughter Paige Noel Crawford of Lubbock, TX. She is preceded in death by all her siblings, Irene Park of Hanna, OK, R.S. of Martinez, CA, Eugene of OKC and Charlie of Countyline, OK. Also left to grieve her loss are numerous nieces and nephews who adored their Aunt Reesee and step grandson Mark and wife Kimberley McKay of OKC. Graveside services will be held Thursday, November 4, 2010 at 2:00 p.m., at the Dustin Cemetery. Viewing will be held November 3 from 9-8 at the Hunn, Black & Merritt Funeral Home & Crematory in Eufaula. HIATT-OUTLAW Mildred (Rowe) Hiatt-Outlaw, 87, passed away peacefully on October 22, 2010 at Tuscany Village Nursing Home in Oklahoma City. Mildred was born in Augusta, Georgia. She was the daughter of the late Lillie Belle and Samuel Rowe. In 1944 she married Lambert Hiatt in Augusta and moved to Oklahoma City following WWII to work and raise their family. Mildred worked as office manager to Drs. Wilk and Hiatt Optometrists for many years. She maintained her Georgia roots by an annual summer trip to Augusta to visit family and friends. She was socially active in Oklahoma City, a member of the Reveler’s Dance Club, Mayfair Dance Club, Lost Needles Sewing Club, and Designing Women Investment Club. She also played Mah Jongg weekly with a group of friends for many years. Following the death of her husband of 54 years, Dr. Lambert R. Hiatt, she remarried Dr. Robert Outlaw of Oklahoma City. She is predeceased by her late husband, Lambert R.; a daughter, Janis Sidwell; son, Jack Hiatt; sisters, Evelyn Greiner, Ernestine Hughes, Alice Shackelford; and niece, Carol Marsh. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Robert Outlaw; two sons: David B. Hiatt and his wife, Gwen, of Portland, Maine; and Charles R. Hiatt of Oklahoma City; daughter-in-law, Patricia Hiatt of Jacksonville, Florida; sister, Elizabeth Fogle of Augusta, Georgia; five grandchildren and one great grandson. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, November 5, at 10:00 AM, at Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper, 6600 Broadway Ext., Oklahoma City, OK 73116, telephone 405-848-3744. The family requests no flowers. Those wishing to make memorial contributions may do so to a charity of their choice. A private burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

FARNSWORTH Dean L. Farnsworth Sr. had a short 50 years; was a loving and caring son, brother and father, and was survived by Karle R. & Donna J. Farnsworth (parents); Walter L. Farnsworth and David L. Farnsworth (brothers); sons, Dean Jr, Kyle S.; daughter, Heather Farnsworth; and daughter, Lauren and husband Zackary West; niece, Tami, husband Charlie Bradley, and thier son, Kendal; uncle Henry C & aunt Doris Williams; uncle Gary V. & aunt Karen Williams; along with many other uncles, aunts and cousins, nephews, and nieces. Memorial to be held at Mercer-Adams funeral home, 3925 N. Asbury Ave., Bethany, OK 73008, cross street 39 Expressway, at 11:30 am on 11/04/10. GILBREATH Carla Sue, 56, passed away Oct. 31, 2010. She was born Sept. 10, 1954 in Okla. City, OK to Robert and Marjorie Tompkins. She is survived by her brother, Bobby Tompkins, sister, Joyce Brown, daughters, Tracie Jones and April Rodriguez, sons-in-law, Bruce Jones and Rafael Rodriguez, 5 grandchildren, Robbie and Brandon Jones, Junior, Arianna and Isabel Aguilar. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Amber Dawn Gilbreath. A private memorial service will be held Thursday at 1:00 p.m. KEMP Kenneth G. Kemp died peacefully at home on Sunday, October 31, 2010. Ken was born May 24, 1925 in Pawhuska, Oklahoma to John T. and Ruth G. Kemp. He graduated from Norman High School, where he played basketball and baseball. After high school he joined the military and served in the Army Air Corp during World War II. He attended Texas A&M and graduated from Oklahoma City University with a degree in petroleum geology. In 1950, he married the love of his life Nina Dickinson and they enjoyed nearly 60 years of a wonderful partnership. He was a great dad to his four children, Susan, Brad, Sarah and Taylor and a loving granddad to his thirteen grandchildren. Ken served as a Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 168 and was a longtime member of Chapel Hill United Methodist Church. He was an avid OU football and basketball fan. He was a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and was proud of his Indian heritage. After college he began a distinguished career in the oil and gas industry. Ken was a well log analyst for Schlumberger for many years, living in Shawnee, Duncan, Ardmore and Oklahoma City. He was a member of AAPG, SIPES, SPWLA and the Oklahoma City Geological Society. After retiring from Schlumberger in 1986, he worked as a geologist for Holden Energy and then as an independent log consultant. During his career he became an industry expert on reading old electrical logs to find bypassed pay zones in oil and gas wells. He taught in the Geology Department at the University of Oklahoma and spoke at numerous industry seminars on Well Log Analysis. He was preceded in death by his wife Nina, his parents John and Ruth, his brothers John T. Kemp, Jr., and Robert C. Kemp and nephew Mack Kemp. He is survived by his children and their spouses Susan Sampson, Brad and Susie Kemp, Taylor and Joni Kemp of Oklahoma City and Sarah and Jim Askew of Kansas City; his grandchildren Carter and Stuart Sampson, Michelle, Ford and Tricia Kemp, Baird, Bennett and Claire Askew, Amy and Michael Wopsle, and Adam, Caroline, Katie and John Kemp. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Alzheimer's Association, 3555 NW 58 St., Oklahoma City, OK 73112, American Heart Association, 5700 N. Portland Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73112 or Boy Scout Troop 168, c/o Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, 2717 W. Hefner Rd., Oklahoma City, OK 73120. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, November 5, at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2010 KETCHUM Billy George Ketchum Jr., of Rush, Springs, OK, died Friday, October 29, 2010. He was born April 8, 1970 in Key West, Florida, the son of Billy (George) & Barbara Ketchum. Billy was a member of the Eastern Delaware Tribe. He graduated from Copan High School in 1988. Billy was active in football, hunting, fishing, gardening, and hanging out with his big sister. Billy married his high school sweetheart, Elizabeth (Kraft) Ketchum, on January 1, 1988 and had two lovely children, Sarah and Kimberly. Billy was an active and loving father in the lives of his girls. His greatest pleasures in life were playing in the snow with his daughters and swimming in the family pool. He graduated with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. He was a Senior Auditor for the Defense Contract Audit Agency in Oklahoma City. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Kraft) Ketchum; daughters, Sarah and Kimberly; father and mother, Billy (George) and Barbara Ketchum of Dewey, OK; sister, Tricia Harrell, niece, Chelsea Hudson, and brother-in-law, Tim Harrell of Pittsburg, KS; brother-in-law, K.C. Kraft and nephew, Conrad Kraft of Stillwater, OK; mother-in-law, Sally Derr; father-in-law and wife, Charles and Barbara Kraft of Texas; grandfather and grandmother, Robert and Maggie Fitch of Bartlesville, OK; and numerous cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by grandfather, Willard Ketchum; grandmother, Iris (Ketchum) Friend; and aunt, Linda Eddy. We will miss him very much. A memorial service will be held at Dewey Church of Christ in Dewey, Oklahoma, on Friday, November 5th, at 1:00 pm. There will be a private interment on the family land. PARKER Rev. Rick C. Parker, 60, born April 29, 1950 in Oklahoma City, passed away at Ave Maria Convalescent Hospital, Monterey, California, on October 27, 2010. He attended St. Gregory’s College in Shawnee, Central State University (now known as the University of Central Oklahoma) in Edmond and Immaculate Conception Seminary in Missouri before receiving his Masters in Divinity from St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in Indiana. Fr. Rick served as Associate Pastor and teacher at St. Francis’ Church and St. Eugene’s Church in Oklahoma City, St. John the Baptist Church in Edmond, and St. Stephen’s Church in San Francisco, CA. He also taught at Bishop McGuinness High School in Oklahoma City, Notre Dame High School in Riverside, CA, San Domenico High School in San Anselmo, CA, and Business Ethics at Central State University. After moving to Carmel, CA, in 1993, Fr. Rick was a very active member and board member of John XXIII AIDS Ministry which is now the Central Coast HIV and AIDS Services or CCHAS. He was a volunteer Chaplain at Community Hospital for many years and celebrated Mass at Carmel Mission and many other parishes in the Monterey, CA, Diocese. Fr. Rick is survived by his brother, G. Brock Parker of Oklahoma City and his identical twin, R. Brent Parker of Warr Acres; his nephew and niece, Damon Z. Parker of Las Vegas and Annessa J. Parker of Oklahoma City; his longtime companion, Larry Kern of Carmel and his beloved Scottish Terriers, Maggie, Malcolm and Hannah. He was preceded in death by his parents, H. Bruce and Betty Parker, and his brother, Mark. Visitation will be noon to 7p.m. on Thursday November 4, 2010 at Smith and Kernke, 1401 NW 23, Oklahoma City. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Catholic Pastoral Center Chapel, 7501 NW Expressway, Oklahoma City at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, November 5. Interment will follow at Resurrection Memorial Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to: CCHAS, PO Box 1931, Monterey, CA 93942.

SWINDELL E.W. “Woody” Swindell, 90, was born August 8, 1920, and passed away November 1, 2010. A graveside service will be 2pm, Thursday, November 4, 2010, at Memorial Park Cemetery.

PEYTON Ruth E. Peyton, 100, of Oklahoma City, passed away November 1, 2010 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Ruth was born April 16, 1910 in Butler, Oklahoma to Elbert and Madie Barton. She was one of eight girls and 4 boys born to the couple. After graduating from Butler High School in 1926, she attended Draughon’s Practical Business College in Oklahoma City. Ruth pursued her career in business as she worked as a bank teller, secretary, and served as church secretary at May Avenue United Methodist Church retiring after more than 23 years of service under ten ministers. Ruth married Robert Peyton in February 1936. He preceded her in death in 1995. Ruth was a longtime member of May Avenue UMC holding many offices in the United Methodist Women’s group including president. She was a member of the Leah Chapter of Eastern Star. Ruth is survived by her daughter Diane Buchanan and husband Richard of Stillwater; grandson Adam and wife Nicole of Cary, North Carolina; granddaughter Bethany of Indianapolis, Indiana; great grandson Peyton D. Buchanan; 2 brothers, E.M. Barton of Moscow, Idaho, John Barton of Kansas City, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews. Family will greet friends on Wed. 6:30 to 8:00 PM. Services are 10:30 a.m., Thurs., November 4, at May Avenue United Methodist Church, Oklahoma City. Interment at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. The family would like to thank the staff at Westhaven Nursing Home and Judith Karman Hospice. Ruth will be remembered for her sweet smile, fabulous sense of humor, and winning at BINGO and love of playing bridge! Memorials may be made to: The May Avenue United Methodist Church, 2604 North May Avenue, OKC 73107. Condolences may be offered at www.guardianwestfuneral chapel.com

OVERBEY Darrel Dewayne Overbey, 76, passed away October 29, 2010 in Oklahoma City. He was born May 23, 1934 in Snyder, OK to Thomas and Dovie Overbey. Darrel joined the Army at 19, and was honorable discharged. He worked many years as a truck driver and retired from his profession several years ago. Darrel is survived by his wife Ida Overbey; sister Edna Arbuckle; brother-in-law George Lewis and his wife Ginger; 5 children and their spouses; 12 grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. At this time no services are planned.

SHERRILL Virginia Lela Ross Sherrill Born to Lee and Lela Tuttle Ross on Sep. 6, 1916 in Shawnee, OK. Virginia was the baby of 6 children. She finished her race on earth on Nov. 1, 2010 and was warmly greeted by our Lord and Savior and the many loved ones that had gone before her. Throughout her life, she worked various jobs though her greatest joy was being a homemaker. She taught the adult Sunday School Class and Bible study in her retirement years. Grandma enjoyed fishing, sewing, writing poetry, cooking, gardening, and loved helping others. She loved life! She married our Grandpa, Leland “Omer” Sherrill on Sep. 30, 1939. He was the love of her life always doing the little things that would bring a smile to her face. Special treasures were the red roses he gave her for their anniversaries. Grandma was preceded in death by her husband, parents, 3 sisters, 2 brothers, great granddaughter, Rachel Zawisza and grandson, Jody French. She is survived by her son, Emmitt and Joy Looney, 5 grandchildren, Debbie and Charles Barton, Donna and David Zawisza, Mark French, Deanna and Bill LaPach and Robin and Barrett Crane; 22 great grandchildren, and 8K great great grandchildren. Services are 10:00AM, Thursday, November 4, 2010, at Bethel Church, Choctaw, OK, with Dr. Dick Temple and Rev. Robert Temple officiating. Interment will follow at Memory Lane Cemetery, Harrah, OK. Services are under the direction of Smith-Parks Funeral Service in Harrah, OK. A guest book is available to share your memories on-line. Please visit www.smithparks.com

RIGGS Charlotte Riggs 7 Nov. 1944 - 21 Sep. 2010 Graveside memorial service Resurrection Cemetery for friends and family at 2:00 PM 5th of Nov. 2010. She is preceded in death by her father, Edward Y. Riggs; her mother, Christine McGarity Riggs. She is survived by her daughter, Raylene R. Lee, Springfield, MO; her sister, Isabell R. Eadens, Kemp, TX; her brother, (Bill) William R. (Ray) Riggs, OKC, OK. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Real Rescue, Inc., PO Box 358, Arcadia, OK 73007. Condolences will be received at rigwll@aol.com

VAHLBERG Mary Elizabeth Vahlberg Nov. 3, 1920 - Oct. 28, 2010 What do you say about perhaps the sweetest person who ever lived? To say that she was a wonderful mother seems inadequate. That she was a mentor, voice of reason, accomplished golfer, practical joker, pilot, music lover, republican, bird watcher, avid reader, lifetime learner, eccentric cook, advisor, witty, loved God, loved her husband, loved her children and loved life - almost scratch the surface. What we can say for certain is that when Mary passed away after a brief illness, a special light left this world and now brightens the next. Mary was born in Eudora, Arkansas in 1920 where she grew up with her five siblings, Sandy, Hilliard, Lamar, Rebecca and Medford, all who survive her. Mary's father, Medford Cashion, was a successful banker and entrepreneur who, along with his wife, Mary Elizabeth Cashion, moved the family to Nichols Hills in Oklahoma City in 1934 after inheriting some land. Here, the family developed a thriving home building business. She graduated from old Classen High School and attended the University of Oklahoma where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. In 1939, she married Jack Callaway and had two children, Mary Cashion (Silver City, Nevada) and John R. (Oklahoma City). After a divorce, she wed Oklahoma City architect Robert W. Vahlberg in 1953 and was married to him for 50 years, the anniversary of which the couple celebrated a few months before his death in 2003. For 49 of their 50 years, Mary and her beloved Robert lived in a unique, contemporary home designed and built by him in Forest Park in east Oklahoma City. (A special thanks to Will and Leonor Rogers for rescuing and reviving the Vahlberg residence and keeping the family heritage alive). Besides the very large family from which Mary arose, she also was responsible for quite an impressive genetic trail. In addition to Cashion Elston and John Callaway, she is survived by her other children, Courtney Dodd (Mustang), Bob Vahlberg (Norman), Mia Vahlberg (Tulsa), and step-children, Stephanie Moody (Alpharetta, Georgia) and Marcia Vahlberg (Florence, Italy), along with 14 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. A memorial service for Mary is set for 2 p.m., Saturday, November 6, 2010, at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4400 N. Shartel in Oklahoma City. The service is open to all of Mary's friends and family. Donations in Mary's name can be made to Neighbor for Neighbor, where Mary served as a volunteer for a number years. ''I am a people person. Love to be around people.'' -Mary Vahlberg's Facebook entry, July 2010. Indeed she was. We love her and will miss her very much.

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PARKER Lesa Ann Parker, 54, born August 20, 1956, in Oklahoma City, was the daughter of Hoyt and Ann Bargman. Lesa graduated from St. Anthony Hospital School of Nursing in 1980 and worked as a nurse most of her life. On April 14, 1989 Lesa married William Darrell Parker, Jr. She passed away October 28, 2010 in Oklahoma City after a long and courageous battle with Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. Lesa is survived by her husband of 21 years, Billy Parker; son, Daniel Adams; and daughters, Breanna Parker, Christina Parker, and Crystal Thornton and husband Marcus; parents, Hoyte and Ann Bargman; brother, Phil Bargman and wife Sharon; and many others. Services will be 1:00 p.m., Saturday, November 6, 2010, at Town & Country Christian Church, interment following at Yukon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Lesa's memory to: The American Cancer Society, 6525 N. Meridian #110, Oklahoma City, OK 73116. Online condolences may be signed at www.yandaandsonfuneral home.com

In Loving Memory of Maxine Barbee-Bowles June 14, 1935 - Nov. 2, 2000 The Broken Chain We little knew that night that God was going to call your name. In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same. It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone; for part of us went with you, the day God called you home. You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide; and though we cannot see you, you are always at our side. Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same; but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again. Love, Your Family Pam (Thompson) Bullington 11/3/1956 to 7/4/1992 It’s hard to believe you have been gone for eighteen years. So much has changed, however the one thing that will never change is how much I love and miss you. Happy Birthday!

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County-by-county results Here’s a look at vote totals by county for U.S. Senate and Oklahoma governor from the Associated Press.

Tessa Mills, 10 months, plays with her mother Elizabeth’s keys while she votes at Deer Creek Middle School on Tuesday in Edmond.

Voters line up at Deer Creek Middle School on Tuesday in Edmond. PHOTOS BY DAVID MCDANIEL, THE OKLAHOMAN

Governor Adair Alfalfa Atoka Beaver Beckham Blaine Bryan Caddo Canadian Carter Cherokee Choctaw Cimarron Cleveland Coal Comanche Cotton Craig Creek Custer Delaware Dewey Ellis Garfield Garvin Grady Grant Greer Harmon Harper Haskell Hughes Jackson Jefferson Johnston Kay Kingfisher Kiowa Latimer LeFlore Lincoln Logan Love McClain McCurtain McIntosh Major Marshall Mayes Murray Muskogee Noble Nowata Okfuskee Oklahoma Okmulgee Osage Ottawa Pawnee Payne Pittsburg Pontotoc Pottawatomie Pushmataha Roger Mills Rogers Seminole Sequoyah Stephens Texas Tillman Tulsa Wagoner Washington Washita Woods Woodward Totals

TP 18 11 15 9 13 11 29 25 53 28 26 18 7 91 12 43 12 17 43 13 22 11 10 33 24 42 10 16 8 9 17 16 19 11 13 34 17 14 13 39 23 23 13 26 32 17 14 12 26 12 33 17 12 16 303 34 32 20 12 38 49 26 31 17 10 34 16 33 29 16 10 273 38 24 13 8 15 2,229

PR 18 11 15 9 13 11 29 25 46 28 26 18 7 40 12 43 12 17 10 1 22 11 9 33 2 42 10 16 8 9 17 16 19 11 13 34 17 14 13 2 23 23 13 24 32 0 14 12 26 12 27 17 12 16 175 34 27 20 12 38 49 26 31 17 10 30 16 33 29 16 10 76 25 24 13 8 15 1,694

Askins 2,500 737 1,500 321 1,993 1,099 4,346 3,602 8,858 4,461 5,609 1,843 263 14,617 958 10,950 1,007 1,834 1,787 218 4,127 557 314 5,318 366 5,740 613 683 334 331 1,525 1,642 2,050 942 1,230 4,970 1,295 1,250 1,466 581 3,837 4,099 1,107 3,157 4,035 201 791 1,485 4,768 1,802 6,173 1,200 1,300 1,405 52,035 4,903 4,945 3,136 1,813 8,258 5,671 4,412 6,533 1,525 413 7,473 2,687 4,495 8,217 889 1,020 17,874 4,060 5,039 1,333 1,043 1,522 288,493

THE OKLAHOMAN | NEWSOK.COM Fallin 3,023 1,301 2,231 1,564 3,471 2,061 6,111 3,723 21,985 8,478 5,850 2,227 734 18,230 1,052 10,827 818 2,470 3,233 281 7,304 1,307 755 11,515 568 10,027 1,199 892 420 898 1,901 1,880 3,950 881 1,713 8,656 3,504 1,423 1,602 723 6,973 8,846 1,554 6,111 4,312 265 2,221 2,528 6,992 2,177 6,810 2,781 1,960 1,619 59,366 5,389 6,496 3,983 3,030 11,633 6,807 5,363 11,827 1,901 923 15,477 3,636 5,659 6,458 3,545 1,083 26,315 7,728 11,548 2,263 2,041 4,080 422,488

U.S. Senate Adair Alfalfa Atoka Beaver Beckham Blaine Bryan Caddo Canadian Carter Cherokee Choctaw Cimarron Cleveland Coal Comanche Cotton Craig Creek Custer Delaware Dewey Ellis Garfield Garvin Grady Grant Greer Harmon Harper Haskell Hughes Jackson Jefferson Johnston Kay Kingfisher Kiowa Latimer LeFlore Lincoln Logan Love McClain McCurtain McIntosh Major Marshall Mayes Murray Muskogee Noble Nowata Okfuskee Oklahoma Okmulgee Osage Ottawa Pawnee Payne Pittsburg Pontotoc Pottwatome Pushmataha Rger Mills Rogers Seminole Sequoyah Stephens Texas Tillman Tulsa Wagoner Washington Washita Woods Woodward Totals

TP 18 11 15 9 13 11 29 25 53 28 26 18 7 91 12 43 12 17 43 13 22 11 10 33 24 42 10 16 8 9 17 16 19 11 13 34 17 14 13 39 23 23 13 26 32 17 14 12 26 12 33 17 12 16 303 34 32 20 12 38 49 26 31 17 10 34 16 33 29 16 10 273 38 24 13 8 15 2,229

PR 18 11 15 9 13 11 29 25 53 28 26 18 7 91 12 43 12 17 43 13 22 11 10 33 2 42 10 16 8 9 17 16 19 11 13 34 17 14 13 2 23 23 13 26 32 17 14 12 26 12 32 17 12 16 293 34 32 20 12 38 49 26 31 17 10 34 16 33 29 16 10 159 25 24 13 8 15 2,032

Rogers 1,705 284 1,087 162 1,053 599 3,053 2,185 5,603 3,284 3,971 1,304 108 20,179 687 6,114 468 1,169 4,400 1,387 2,593 279 202 2,720 214 3,237 308 410 190 136 1,030 1,057 1,136 547 912 3,177 541 688 958 428 2,261 2,571 775 2,100 2,260 2,012 353 1,038 3,257 1,086 5,264 686 831 909 56,220 3,467 4,638 2,106 1,207 5,266 3,840 2,510 4,338 1,047 188 5,661 1,820 3,112 3,377 491 578 26,101 2,581 3,065 684 522 732 238,519

Coburn 3,601 1,654 2,449 1,620 4,205 2,404 6,881 4,810 27,654 9,027 7,020 2,514 839 48,970 1,232 14,459 1,238 2,924 15,154 6,072 8,243 1,514 1,258 13,096 677 11,742 1,389 1,064 505 1,038 2,269 2,264 4,598 1,136 1,868 9,782 4,019 1,832 1,941 829 8,022 9,839 1,719 8,480 5,573 3,912 2,556 2,763 7,924 2,679 10,988 3,124 2,306 1,973 124,778 6,438 9,140 4,515 3,395 13,623 8,059 6,705 13,062 2,101 1,083 21,234 4,213 6,549 10,576 3,666 1,391 64,861 8,768 12,806 2,756 2,439 4,613 644,420

Wallace 129 55 112 58 102 60 250 153 777 301 254 113 24 2,244 32 578 40 99 472 138 295 31 27 390 30 440 53 38 18 31 59 86 129 47 82 352 65 46 82 28 282 276 69 245 249 118 55 105 277 113 334 98 89 60 4,657 197 337 203 127 518 285 236 454 137 25 599 147 251 339 145 42 2,269 259 380 84 63 110 22,554

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Warmer weather expected The bumper comes off a car Tuesday as it drives into a flooded area on Interstate 45 South in Dallas. Today in Oklahoma, it is expected to be warm and breezy. For the complete forecast, see Page 6C. AP PHOTO/DALLAS MORNING NEWS

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THREE ADULTS, INCLUDING A PREGNANT WOMAN WHO LEFT FROM THE HOUSE, WERE INJURED

Two children die in Norman fire BY JAMES TYREE AND JANE GLENN CANNON Staff Writers

NORMAN — A young pregnant woman broke through a window to escape a burning house and banged on a neighbor’s door early Tuesday, but could only point to the raging fire she had just escaped. Suffering from smoke inhalation, Amber Larkins, 22, later underwent a successful cesarean

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section delivery at Norman Regional Hospital, just hours after two children lost their lives in the blaze. The fire began about 4:20 a.m. in a wood-frame house at 905 N Cockrel Ave., Norman firefighters said. Savvy Larkins, 2, died in the fire and her father, Daniel Larkins, 19, was being treated for smoke inhalation in the intensive care unit at Integris Baptist Medical Center. Michael Larkins, 7, also died in

the fire. He was spending the night at the home of his aunt, Oley Mae Thornton, who was delivering newspapers at the time of the fire. Thornton lost a grandchild, Savry, but gained a grandchild with the birth of Amber Larkins’ baby. Also being treated for smoke inhalation at Integris was Amber Larkins, while Kelly Larkins, 46, was in the burn unit with seconddegree burns on 10 percent of his body, Integris spokeswoman

Brooke Cayot said. The neighbor, Jim Larkins, a relative, said Amber Larkins’ baby was doing fine. “Amber banged on my door and all she could manage to do was point, but I could see what was going on,” Jim Larkins said. “I tried to get to the back of the house, but the fire was too dangerous.” Jim Larkins said he heard the

Ricky Charles Howard Hoover Jr., 27, of Indiahoma, pleaded guilty to assault resulting in serious bodily injury in connection with a traffic accident that killed a man who was mowing his yard near Indiahoma in April, U.S. Attorney Sanford Coats reported Tuesday. Hoover was under the influence of alcohol and Lortab when he lost control of his vehicle, which struck and killed Kenneth Kowena, 61, of Indiahoma, records show. Hoover faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 at sentencing, Coats said. FROM STAFF REPORTS

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BY NOLAN CLAY Staff Writer nclay@opubco.com

The state of Oklahoma is alleging in a lawsuit it has been cheated out of millions of dollars in hotel room taxes. The state is suing for back sales taxes from Priceline.com, Expedia, Orbitz, Travelocity.com and other online reservation companies that offer discount hotel rooms. The lawsuit — filed Tuesday in Oklahoma County District Court — is the latest against the online travel industry. A year ago, Florida became the first state to sue the online travel companies. San Antonio and other Texas cities last year won $20 million in their 2006 lawsuit against Expedia and other companies. The lawsuit was initiated by Gov. Brad Henry. “We believe some outof-state firms have not paid their appropriate state sales tax bill and have essentially shorted Oklahoma taxpayers out of hundreds of millions of dollars,” said a spokesman for the governor. The lawsuit alleges the companies act deceptively, collecting taxes from travelers “at or above” retail room rates but only paying the state taxes on wholesale rates. The state hired law firms from Georgia and Oklahoma to file the lawsuit. Most of the hotel tax cases against the industry have not been successful, said Andrew Weinstein, a spokesman for the Interactive Travel Services Association.

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POLICE NAME SLAIN WOMAN Ramona Lynn Anders, 25, was the woman found shot to death Saturday morning at 3151⁄2 SW 34, police said Tuesday. Anyone with information about the crime should call 297-1200. The death is the 48th homicide in Oklahoma City this year. FROM STAFF REPORTS

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Dino the Dinosaur sports a new paint job and a reattached head after being damaged by vandals in August. Owner Jerry Masters said the 700-pound, fiberglass apatosaurus is “as good as new or better” and has been repaired and repositioned in front of Master’s Sinclair service station at Main Street and Hal Muldrow Drive in Norman. PHOTO BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN

GOV. BRAD HENRY AND RETIRED MAJ. GEN. TONEY STRICKLIN WILL SPEAK AT EVENT

Governor to help Norman honor vets BY JANE GLENN CANNON Staff Writer jcannon@opubco.com

NORMAN — A Salute to

Vietnam Veterans, postponed from July 4 because of rain, will be Saturday at Reaves Park, 2501 S Jenkins Ave., city officials said. Gov. Brad Henry and retired Maj. Gen. Toney Stricklin will speak at 5:30 p.m. in a formal recognition ceremony, which also will feature an F-16 flyover and music by the 145th Army Band and a community choir, city officials said. A video tribute to Vietnam veterans will be included in the ceremony, along with a 21-gun salute.

Vietnam veterans Robert Poolaw, of Norman, left, and Paul Jones, of Guthrie, shake hands in front of the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall at Reaves Park on July 4. PHOTO BY JOHN CLANTON, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE

A fireworks display will cap off the evening, Norman Parks and Recreation Director Jud Foster said. The celebration will begin at noon with static dis-

plays of military equipment and memorabilia from the war. The recognition of Vietnam veterans originally was scheduled for July 4 to

coincide with a display of the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall, a traveling replica of the war memorial in Washington. The display was in Norman from June 30-July 5. A closing ceremony honoring veterans was rained out. Donations for Stuff the Truck, a community initiative to provide deployed soldiers with care packages, will be accepted from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at the park. For a list of items needed for the care packages or for more information on the celebration, call 366-5472 or go to www.norman fun.com.

The Riverpark Neighborhood Association will conduct its annual health fair from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the parish hall at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 3901 SW 29. The event, held in conjunction with the University of Central Oklahoma School of Nursing and Mercy Community Outreach, will include free flu shots while they last and free health screenings. A Spanish translator will be available. For more information, call Jeanna Daniel at 519-2188. FROM STAFF REPORTS

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FRED JONES JR. MUSEUM OF ART TO DISPLAY PHOTOGRAPHS

Two photographic images of a 1979 work by Jack Welpott, left, and a 1983 work by Francis Merritt Thompson, right, are combined to create a three-dimensional stereograph, part of a student-curated show opening Friday. PHOTO PROVIDED BY FRED JONES JR. MUSEUM OF ART

Stereo images seen in students’ exhibit FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — A studentcurated photographic exhibit will open Friday at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Ave. A free public reception will be at 7 p.m. A lecture at 6 p.m. by student curators Lauren Barnes, Sherwin Tibayan and Ken Sims will open the exhibit. Local experimental guitarist John Calvin will perform at the reception. “Stare Stare Stereo” is curated exclusively by students, museum Director Ghislain d’Humieres said. The exhibit positions pairs of photographic images from the museum’s per-

manent collection, d’Humieres said. “By placing two images together, an immediate dichotomy is created,” Barnes said. “A conversation of comparison and contrast is fostered, and an emphasis on looking and connoisseurship is elevated.” When students get involved in selecting the works, designing an exhibit and presenting artwork in a new way, “they connect in a much deeper way both with the art and with their visitors,” d’Humieres said. “Only in a university setting is this sort of connection possible.” Each pairing remains open to analysis and en-

courages a different interpretation, Tibayan said. The exhibit features stereographs, Tibayan said. A stereograph is composed of two slightly different images paired to create the illusion of three dimensions. The stereographs used in the exhibit parallel the standard art historical technique developed by Heinrich Wolfflin in the late 19th century, he said. The exhibit will remain on display through May 15 and is part of a semester of architecture exhibits at the museum this fall celebrating the art and achievements of famous architects.

Norman’s financial officers win award for budget plan FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada has awarded its Distinguished Budget Presentation Award to the city’s financial department for its 2011 fiscal year budget, officials said.

The award is presented to financial departments for “significant achievement” in the budgeting process, according to a news release from the organization. To receive the award, the financial department is assessed and must receive high marks for its policy

document, a financial plan, an operations guide and a communications device, according to the release. Recognized individually for their work on the 2011 budget are city Finance Director Anthony Francisco and budget manager Suzanne Krohmer.

Blues guitarist Bugs Henderson’s concert date reset for February FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — A Sooner Theatre concert featuring noted blues guitarist Bugs Henderson has been rescheduled for 8 p.m. Feb. 25. The performance originally was scheduled in September. Henderson is a Texas native who has played with such guitar icons as B.B.

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King, Freddie King, Eric Clapton, Ted Nugent, Roy Buchanan and James Burton. “We are so happy that people will have the opportunity to see this phenomenal musician at our theater,” said Jennifer Baker, Sooner Theatre executive director. “There are many venues that host concerts, but there are very few like the

Sooner Theatre.” Tickets cost $25, $20 and $15. They are available by calling 321-9600, at www.soonertheatre.org, or at Sooner Theatre, 101 E Main St., from 10 a.m. to noon or 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays or one hour before the show. A $2 per ticket service charge will be added to phone and online orders.

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THURSDAY Toddler Story Time, 9:30 a.m., Norman Public Library, 225 N Webster Ave., 701-2620. Preschool Story Time, 10:30 a.m., Norman Public Library, 225 N Webster Ave., 701-2620. U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman to visit University of Oklahoma, 2 p.m., Oklahoma Memorial Union, 900 Asp, 325-3784. Scrabble Club, 3 p.m., Game HQ, 1620 SW 89, Oklahoma City, 691-0509. Public forum on municipal finance, 6 p.m., Norman High School, 911 W Main, 366-5812. Women’s basketball exhibition, OU vs. Oklahoma Christian University, 7 p.m., Lloyd Noble Center, 2900 Jenkins, 325-4666. Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, 7 p.m., Edsel Ford House, 107 State Drive, 2869370. Sooner Toastmasters, 7 p.m., McFarlin United Methodist Church, 419 S University, 2107831. Lauren Deger, 7 p.m., Othello’s Italian Restaurant, 434 Buchanan, 360-2353. Contemporary Dance Okla-

homa, 8 p.m., Rupel J. Jones Theatre, 563 Elm, 325-4101. Breathe Owl Breathe, 8 p.m., Opolis Production LLC, 113 N Crawford Open Mic with Zach Walchuk,

9 p.m., Othello’s Italian Restaurant, 434 Buchanan, 360-2353. John Calvin and The Cavalry CD Release with Shining Lights, 9 p.m., The Brewhouse, 110 W Main, 321-2739.

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Technology center sets career night FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — The Moore Norman Technology Center will hold a Career Awareness Night for public school students and their parents from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the campus at 12th Avenue NW and Franklin. Career Awareness Night for students in grades six through 12 and their parents is hosted each year by the center in partnership with Moore and Norman school districts, said Anna Trowbridge, spokeswoman for the technology center. The interactive event allows students to explore a variety of careers, learn about the center’s study

LEARN MORE For more information, call the career night coordinator at 364-5763, ext. 7379, or e-mail iadair@ mntechnology.com.

programs and get firsthand knowledge about work from local businesses and industry, Trowbridge said. Business and higher education professionals will share their expertise and related career experiences with students attending the event, Trowbridge said. Students may participate in a “reality check” exhibit, where they are

made aware of the realities of daily and monthly living expenses, she said. Parents can gather information on Oklahoma’s Promise and other state programs, as well as talk with high school counselors in the Student Transitions room, Trowbridge said. Representatives from local colleges and universities, Moore Norman Technology Center instructors and career advisers will be available, as well. High school students will be given information about summer employment opportunities, internships, college credit courses, higher education opportunities and entrance requirements, Trowbridge said.

Metro-area students struggle with ACTs BY TRICIA PEMBERTON Staff Writer tpemberton@opubco.com

An analysis of metroarea schools’ average ACT college entrance exam scores shows that only four schools scored at or higher than 24, the score desired by most four-year colleges for entrance. The Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics led the way by scoring an average composite ACT score of 31.4. The school is a two-year residential high school for academically gifted students across the state. Edmond North High School ranked next highest in the state, with an average composite score of 24.3. Also meeting or surpassing a score of 24 were Classen School of Advanced Studies, with a score of 24.2, and Norman North High School, with an average score of 24. Other metro-area schools came close to the benchmark score. Edmond Memorial High School had a score of 23.6, Deer Creek High School scored 23.2 and Norman and Putnam City North high schools each had scores of 22.9. ACT stipulates the composite score to be college-ready is 24, said Bob Melton, science curriculum facilitator for the Putnam City School District. Colleges such as the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University and other four-year schools have picked that score as an entrance requirement. ACT arrived at that score based on data of stu-

AT A GLANCE OKLAHOMA SCORES BEHIND NATION Oklahoma’s 2009 graduating class is behind the national average ACT test score in English, mathematics and science, according to state schools Superintendent Sandy Garrett’s latest “Investing in Oklahoma” report. The state matches the average score in reading. In English, Oklahoma’s average score is 20.5, the national is 20.6. In math, the average score is 19.9 for the state and 21 for the nation. In science, scores are 20.5 for the state and 20.9 for the nation. Reading scores are 21.4. Composite scores for the state are 20.7, and nationally 21.1. Shelly Hickman, spokeswoman for the state Education Department, said it’s important to remember that Oklahoma has more test takers than the national average. “The more students who take an exam, the lower the overall score,” she said. Still, she acknowledges the state has work to do. “We’re very close to the national average in some subjects,” she said, “But math is an area where we need to improve.” TRICIA PEMBERTON, STAFF WRITER

dents who passed the test with that score and how they did in college, Melton said. Students who achieve that score have a 50 percent chance of making a B or better and a 75 percent chance of making a C or better in their freshman year in college, he said. Other colleges, such as community colleges, accept a lower entrance score. Edmond North Principal Jan Keirns attributed her school’s score to the number of Advanced Placement courses students take. Keirns said 65 percent of the school’s senior class has taken at least one AP course. Students took more than 1,300 AP exams last year, she said, maintaining a pass rate that is as high as it ever has been. “If you have a strong,

rigorous curriculum, not only are students learning academically, they are learning how to learn, they’re learning timemanagement skills, analytical thinking, the ability to write,” she said. The Midwest City-Del City School District saw average ACT scores ranging from 22.4 at Carl Albert High School to 16.7 at the Mid-Del Alternative Academy. Putnam City high schools also showed a wide range of average scores on the ACT test. Putnam City North tied for eighth in the state with five other schools with an average score of 22.9. Putnam City High School had a score of 20.5, while Putnam City West High School scored 19.3. Putnam City Academy, the district’s alternative school, scored 17.8.

Norman board to consider projects FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — The Norman School Board has scheduled a special meeting today to discuss and possibly give authorization to proceed with design plans for a new elementary school in southeast Norman and for classroom additions at three other schools. The meeting is at 5:30 p.m. at the Administrative Services Center, 131S Flood Ave. Representatives from The Stacy Group will show and explain plans for the new school, followed by representatives of Locke Wright Pruitt & Brown discussing the initial designs for classroom additions at Cleveland, Jackson and Wilson elementary schools. The capital improvements are part of the $109.7 million bond issue passed by Norman voters in December. After each design is ex-

plained and discussed, the school board will vote on whether to proceed with the construction document phase.

The board’s next regular meeting is scheduled to begin 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Administrative Services Center.


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A group of re-enactors dressed as a U.S. marshal’s posse watches over a celebration in February as Stockyards City Main Street celebrated the completion of its new archway at the entrance to Stockyards City in Oklahoma City. PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE

Stockyards guard the Old West flair HISTORY | CENTURY OF TRADITION CELEBRATED EVERYDAY BY BRYAN PAINTER Staff Writer bpainter@opubco.com

A century into its existence, lots of activity can still be found at Historic Stockyards City. Each day Historic Stockyards City offers local, national and international visitors the opportunity to return to the Old West. The western district is home to more than 70 businesses specializing in catering to the everyday working cowboy and cowgirl. You can find western wear, farm and ranch needs, fine dining, entertainment and obviously, the Oklahoma National Stockyards Co. In addition to the present-day activity, it’s a great place to appreciate a rich history. The Oklahoma National Stockyards Co. began operating as a public livestock market in October 1910 — 100 years ago this fall. The stockyards and meat packing plants were Oklahoma City’s first major industrial installations

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and represented the heaviest concentration of labor in the capital city, according to Stockyards City Main Street. In the first five years of operation, the volume of livestock handling increased by 130 percent. By 1966, the Oklahoma National Stockyards had become the sixth-largest market in the nation on the basis of livestock handling, representing $125 million in annual business. When the number of cattle for sale soared to 919,280 head in 1973, the stockyards took the nation’s lead. On one particular day in 1974, 21,000 head of cattle were sold by auction in a continuous trading span of 23½ hours, according to “Cattle Market for the World,” by Carol Holderby Welsh.

And certainly with all this activity was the need for a supporting community of goods and services. The streetcar was extended to this business district and what became known as “Packingtown.” A post office was opened, along with a bank, hotels, restaurants and a wide variety of businesses related to the cattle trade. Much of the original business district remains intact, maintaining the western atmosphere but broadening the marketing approach to serve the needs of the larger community. Historic Stockyards City and the Oklahoma National Stockyards officially celebrated their centennial in October. Large centennial celebration events were held in the summer.

Students honored by Kiwanis FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — The Norman Kiwanis Club has recognized one adult and one high school student as October students of the month. Selected students are enrolled at the Moore Norman Technology Center and represent full-time majors in health, business and information technology. Honored are Norman North High School senior Alison Lanphere and Tiffany McDonald, a secondyear accounting student at the Moore Norman Technology Center.

Alison Lanphere Besides fulfilling requirements at Norman North High School, Lanphere is a second-year student in the pre-nursing course at the center. She serves as president of her class chapter of Health Occupations Students of America. She placed first in the annual Health Occupations Students Association’s job-seeking skills event this year and is eligible for national competition in Orlando, Fla., in June. She has volunteered at the Full Circle Day Center, a day-care center for elderly adults in Norman, since 2008 and is a member of the Medical Explorer Post No. 901 sponsored by Norman Regional Hospital. She also is a Eucharist minister for the homebound and nursing home patients in her church.

Tiffany McDonald McDonald is a secondyear accounting student focusing on the fullcharge bookkeeper career

major. She began the course as a Moore High School senior. She will complete the course this semester at the center. She is a member of the Business Professionals of America student organization and is a member of the center’s Employment

Leadership Council. She plans to attend Oklahoma City Community College for general education courses and transfer to the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond to complete a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

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Oklahoma City Zoo maps out big projects BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL Staff Writer ccoppernoll@opubco.com

The Oklahoma City Zoo plans to spend nearly $100 million in the coming years to build, repair and remodel major exhibits ranging from Asian habitats to underwater ecosystems. “It’s a very exciting map,” said Dwight Scott, executive director of the zoo. “We are going to add over the next 10 years some pretty exciting and engaging exhibits.” Scott will present the master plan to the Oklahoma City Council for approval in coming weeks. Two weeks ago, the Oklahoma City Zoo Trust approved the final draft of the zoo’s master plan, a comprehensive outlook at the next 10 years. Seven large-scale building projects are scheduled to be completed before 2020. The second phase of the Asia project will open in 2013 and cost $17 million. The first phase was the elephant exhibit, which alone cost $13 million and is nearly paid for and is ex-

pected to open this spring. A new veterinarian hospital also is scheduled to open in 2013. The $9 million building will include an area where the public can see veterinarians at work. The setup can be found at only a few zoos in the country, but it’s popular with guests at those locations, Scott said. The World Plaza will open in 2014 at a cost of $5 million. The World Plaza is the central location where visitors can access the major exhibits, such as Oklahoma Trails, Cat Forest and Great EscApe. The first phase of an Africa exhibit will open in 2015. It is expected to cost $20.5 million. The pachyderm building at the front of the zoo will be razed to make way for an Africanstyle restaurant and events center. The giraffes will be moved into the old rhino yards, so visitors will have an up-close look at the animals. The old pachyderm building, Scott said, is “one of our biggest eyesores.” The Canopy Restaurant

will be remodeled into a better herpetarium, which will cost $2.7 million and open in 2017. A $2.5 million demonstration amphitheater and entertainment zone will open in 2018. Aquaticus will be updated and expanded to make room for new and larger animals, possibly sharks and jellyfish. The upgrades will cost $19.4 million, and the new center is set to open in 2019. Smaller projects — like a ropes course, zip line and Safari Skyride — also are tucked in between the bigger developments. Scott said officials also have been careful to include enough guest amenities, such as restrooms and concession stands. Those miscellaneous costs are expected to total $21 million. The second phase of the Africa exhibit is expected to open in 2022. It will cost $42.4 million, bringing the total of the two phases of the Africa exhibit to $62.9 million. It will be twice as expensive as the Asia project. The Tropical Forest

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needed for busy NW OKC Pulmonary office. Great benefits. Fax resume to 946-6677 MEDICAL ASSISTANTS (Licensed) For busy specialty practice at Mercy. Experience required. Fax resume to 752-4242

FIREFIGHTER

LUBE TECHS needed for Busy quick lube center seeking Lube Techs. We offer industry top starting pay & paid training. Apply at 2625 Broadway Court, Edmond, OK.

SURGICAL COORDINATOR Schedule procedures & surgeries, greet patients & guests, interact with Dr's & staff, maintaining medical records. Experience preferred. Must have excellent computer & interpersonal skills. FAX RESUME TO: 405-280-5303

Please fax resumes to 405-789-6765 or fill out an application at 9505 W Reno Ave

3 bdr, 1.5ba ch&a, 2 car, $800 month, $550 deposit. 405-755-0831

REAL ESTATE AUCTION Ardmore, OK Nov. 18, 10 AM. Building with over 19,000+ sf of space plus over 6,000 sf upper level which includes apartments and office. Building previously housed a sign company. Also selling personal property--lots of transformers and misc. United Country, Hendren & Associates 918-253-4133 and United Country, Wilson Realty 580-2233699. For info or brochure, call either office or LeRoy 918-6950808 or Kelly 580-2226248 or go to www.unitedcountry.com/jayok or www.ucwilsonreal ty.com. Also selling 90 acres near Healdton, OK surface and mineral rights. LeRoy Hendren

WELL & SEPTIC ON 5 ACRES Close in Noble. Owner Carry 226-2015co

Dachshunds fullblood puppies, 2M 1F, 4 wks, $150. For info 887-2114 Dachs Minis, 2M, 3F, colorful, cute, very small, $150-$225. 405-380-8469 Doberman, AKC, 9 weeks old, white, VERY LARGE 2 Males left! $475ea. 580-736-9519

(1) 10'' radial arm saw w/steel base, (1) 6'' Craftsman wood lathe w/cabinet complete with motor, 1 8 gal. Craftsman wet dry vacuum, (1) air compressor Campbell Hausfeld needs service, (7) misc size wood cabinets with Formica tops. (2) battery chargers. $15-$300. 405-728-0327

German Shepherd AKC Puppy AKC register German Shepherd puppies for sale. She is 10 weeks old current on w/s, proven healthy, both parents are on site. We take great strides to make great companion for individuals. This dog has excellent ball and prey drive, and great obedience/social skill! For information or picture call (918) 399-2982. $500 (918) 399-2982

1030 Trencher, 3 whlchair lifts, 76''x16' util. trailer $1250-$3000 ¡ 922-7236

German Shepherd Puppies Selling 4 import bred German shepherd pups excellent pedigree, health guarantee, both parents OFA certified.All shots. already started obedience 950.00 Call David@ 405-474-8200

1 pr OU vs Colorado section 33, row 45, seats 25 & 28. $80 cash 314-9511

Great Dane Puppies ACA, 3 males, shots, wormed, $300 black, $500 platinum merles, 580-541-5550 Lab Puppies AKC, male only, s/w, pop, yellow & wht, $250. 918-387-4216 Labs, full blood puppies, black, golden & chocolate, $125. 405-933-1014 Lhasa Apso, 1 F Pup, Shots/Wormed $200 Cash ’ 659-9256 Papillion Puppy AKC, male, 1st shots $300 (405) 464-1551 Pom pup, 8 weeks old, ready to go, 1 white M, s/w, reg, $125, 376-3130 Poms-Kennel CloseoutPure bred small dogs, minimum 6, $25 each. 405-872-7243

Industrial Property For Rent

Poodle Puppies, toy, ACA, M&F s/w, pop, very cute, $225, 918-387-4216

Building For Lease 3500 sqft, with approx 2 acres, 638 N. Meridian. 405-412-5441 or 405-947-0200

Poodle Pups, Toy 2F, 1 blk 1 brown $350; 1 M apricot $300 each; 794-5365

(9) Combo Snack & Beverage Machines: $1750-$2500, 1 or all. Call Bobby, 405-306-7750

3 bed, 1 bath, 2 car, on 5 acres, Union City/ElReno area, owner finance with 10% down, $140,000, $1200 month, 833-9707.

Nice 10 acres in Cleveland Co., big trees, might divide, owner finance 360-6586 or 590-4367.

END OF THE SEASON!!! JD 425, 3pt hitch, 54'' deck, nice. Very nice MF TO30. Very nice 8N Ford. $2500-$3000 Serious offers only For appt call 641-9932

18' car hauler, steel floor brakes, new tires, dovetail $2075 405-834-9094

Automatic form, fill & seal film packaging machine, stainless steel LCD monitor, $9400; Multi roasting machine, automatic, stainless steel, $4500; $11,000 for both; all negotiable; never used; 405-615-4958.

40 acre tract near Lexington, excellent location good grass, trees, creek & ponds, 405-517-8600.

Magnetic Particle Inspector for Cougar Tool Inc. A min of 1 yr experience inspecting down-hole drilling equipment. Wage is negotiable based on experience. Excellent benefits including 401K plan.

2 bed, corner lot, large carport. No pets. $600mo + dep. 232-9704

Several Germ. wall & mantel clocks, restored, Beautiful! $80-$300 691-3121

Journeyman Plumber needed for commercial work in the metro area & out of town. Call 473-6639 Licensed Journeymen & Prime Power Electricians Fax resume to 405946-4443 or email to fedconjobapps@yahoo.com

4bd-2ba-2317 SW 46th huge mstr bd & strg bldg $785 + no pets-sect 8 ok. 405-642-4116/794-0928.

10x13 High Quality Hand Made Wool Persian Rug like new $1400, 819-7778

80 beautiful wooded acres, SE of T-Bird Lake, by owner, 360-6586 or 590-4367

Queen size Memory Foam bed $150 OBO Call 924-5394

jects will come from taxes, donations and memberships, zoo officials said.

English Bulldogs, AKC, Cute and Cuddly, $1000 405-368-7211 www.lovemybulldogs.com

Commercial Property For Sale

Commercial Roofers needed for Watonga, OK. Must have rubber roofing experience call 405-415-4107 ext. 1.

Glazers Needed

Nice 3 bed 1O ba, ch&a, 2 car, 4913 Keith Dr. $795 month 733-3360

Antiques, Art, Collectibles 501

Must have trans., driver's lic. & 5 years experience. 918-704-2688 or 918-244-7800

10x13 High Quality Hand Made Wool Persian Rug like new $1400, 819-7778 Hide-a-bed, very clean; 2 recliners; $50-$250; 405-737-3850.

Commercial RE

Looking to be part of a winning team? We offer: •Four-Day Work Week •Top Incentives •$3,000 Monthly Training Incentive Available •Management Opportunities •Many FIRST Year Representatives Earn $55K-$60K Overnight travel required (Mon. - Thurs.). Call now for interview times & locations. Brandon Headrick (866) 225-0727

Commercial Roofers needed for Watonga, OK. Must have rubber roofing experience. Call 405-415-4107, ext. 1.

Nice 2 bd, liv, appls, ch/a 1941 NW 15, $435, no pets, no sec 8, 557-1288

DW on Acreage, 4 Bed/ 2 Bath, 2350 sq ft, 2 car garage ¡ 405-412-6236

SALES CAREER

RECEPTIONIST Will train qualified applicant. Optometric physician's office in Midwest City. Call 737-8935

No exp needed. Training, travel, great pay/benefits/ vacation & regular raises. HS Grads & seniors. age 1738. Call: 1-877-628-9562

Manager sought to suppot child care resource and referral services to childcare providers in Oklahoma. Masters degree preferred. Must have knowledge of the ECE field and minimum 3 years experience in a childcare setting. Complete job disciption at www.oklahomachildcare.org, send resumes by Nov. 12 to pkoos@ oklahomachildcare.org

complex indoor rain forest exhibit. The money for the pro-

Farms, Ranches For Sale, Okla. 308

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1994 Olds Cutlassnice car with real clean body and interior. Needs engine (3100, v6) $500 obo 405-262-1336

Conservatory will cost $11.2 million and open in 2025. It is designed to be a

Furn 1BD most bills Paid + EMSA, no sec 8 and no pets, 524-2730

3/2.5/2 9909 Mashburn Blvd. $875mo, No Sec. 8 412-8540 jjcrent.com

Houses for rent

2005, 750 C-II John Deere Dozer Hydraulic C frame long track with 6-way tilt blade, 3 shank Vail ripper, air suspension deluxe comfort control high back seat, cab heat and A/C, AM/FM weather band radio, 7600 hours on unit. $50,000 OBO. Contact: Ben Johnson at 405-242-6083 or bjohnson@ equalenergyus.ca

2 extra nice Gofer Machines, 1 Allison $1095, 1 HD Ekroat $1295. 405-794-8289

1108 S Howard $750 disc 3/1.5/2- lrg lr-nice crpt avail 11/1-no pets-appt 405-642-4116/794-0928 3 bed, 1.5 bath, 1 car, CH&A $700mo + $500dep ‘‘‘ 631-8220 ‘‘‘

Woods Unlimited Firewood: Del. $100, Pick up $75 Call 9-WOOD-52

2 LITTLE KITTENS Must stay together. $10 Cash ’ 741-3420 Bengal kittens Full Blood brown spotted bengal kittens. Ready for Halloween 3Males 1 Female. $600.00 Nicole 405-816-2760

SCHNAUZER, AKC MINI, 10 weeks, S/W/T/DC, 1 Wheaton M, $150 Cash »» » 314-8274 » »»

Olhausen Pool Table, 1'' slate top $600 Call Bobby, 405-306-7750

Taylor Made irons, 3PW, and Burner driver, all regular flex graphite shafts, $250, 691-1080.

Hunting/Fishing Leases 607.0 Deer hunting, duck, turkey & wild hog Call 580-994-5532 for prices & dates. Leave message. 300 acres 50 miles East of OKC. Deer & Turkey. 1 year lease $2000. 405-919-9687 TROPHY DEER LEASE 1st time offered. 1 hour N of OKC. 316-992-6935

2006 Honda Gold Wing Trike GL 1800, Red, 5600 Miles, Clear Title, One Owner, $7600. bayronjess68@gmail.com $7600 (405) 522-0576 '06 Harley 1200 XL Custom Sportster, $7000, 918-348-0928

2000 Winnebago Adventurer Motor Home 35ft , 2 slides, super clean, many extras. Free storage until Sept 2011. $41,000 Call 405-227-2455 '10 38FT 5TH WHEEL 3 SLIDE, FIREPLAC. W/D NOPETS & SMOKE NEW $32000 obo 8177296123 '05 Salem 38 ft Super Slide 2 bdrm $11,500; '99 Springdale 29 ft, sleeps 7. $6500 ‘ 812-208-3997

Schnauzers, AKC/CKC, mini, okcpoms.com $250-$500, 405-609-9241 Schnauzers, Mini, 1M 1F, Extra Cute Puppies $150$225 Guar. 405-380-5859

Siamese applehead sealpoint kittens, 10 weeks , litter box trained, 1M, 2F $100 ea, 405-320-4587.

Yorkie, Reg., Absolutely Adorable M & F, 9 wks, S/W $200-$750 580-515-6680

Custom .270 Rem, never hunted with, Douglas bbl, jewel trigger, fiberglass stock, 3x9 Zeiss scope, cost $1850, sell $1250. CZ over/under 20 ga, used once, $750. » » 405-428-1880 » » Boykin Spaniels BSS/AKC great all-round retreivers, 2-F,1-M shots. $200 405.590.3846

Siamese Kittens- seal & blue point, 1st shots, $150; 8 month male blue point, $50; 642-4416.

Yorkies, 1F Teacup $550; 1M, Tiny $250 EXTRA NICE! Guar. 405-380-5859

English Pointer Puppies Reg. 2F $250ea. 6mos old S/W/DC. 580-564-4975 or 405-517-8329

FREE KITTENS 1 female, 2 male, (1) 6 mo old Kitten 324-2130

Yorkies, ACA, 1F $225, 2M home raised S of Norman 527-2606/760-4863

German Shorthair Pointer, female, FREE to good home. 405-392-3055 TRX3S Wildlife Tracking Unit, 3 collars $200 obo Call 405-659-3725

(3) Reg. Angus bulls top bloodlines DOB 1/09 & 2/3/09. $1100-$2000. 273-2405 or 659-7825

Yorkie terriers 2 AKC registered for free, contact jmdouglas001@ gmail.com

(15) serviceable age Angus & (4) Maine bulls. F.T. 381-4307 lv msg.

» Aussie's » all colors, mini & toy's, $200-$400, 405-650-4671 Basset pups, AKC, 8 weeks old , $250 580330-0304, 580-588-3853.

Drives, foundations, patios, lic, bond, ins, free estimates,769-3094 100 gal AQUARIUM With wood cabinet-62w 54h 24d, includes everything you need. Cabinet totally full of extras. $400.00 Jamie (405)388-7878

BOXER AKC PUPS, $250 CASH. Meeker, 405-279-2340 Chihuahua Pups, papers, $150-$400 381-3740 www.mychihuahuas.net Chinese Crested, Reg., 6 weeks old, POP, S/W $300 ea. 580-658-1467 or 405-428-0808 Cocker Spaniel Puppies Registered with several colors available. 300.00 580-548-6897 or amerflight@pldi.net

Service Directory

Oklahoma Breds 3 TB mares all in foal by First Smart Money QH. $1000 stud fee was paid. Sacrifice at $1000 each 405-371-0003 5 year old gray miniature stud, well mannered, $400 obo, 833-9707. 7 year old Smart Little Lena gelding, heel horse, $3000 obo, 833-9707.

Drywall Ceiling & Wall Doctor Roofing & Remodeling ‚ Acoustic popcorn removal ‚ Drywall repair ‚ Custom hand trowel finishes & spray finishes ‚ Interior/Exterior painting ‚ Powerwashing ‚ Flooring, carpet, tile, wood ‚ Granite counter tops Call Jeff for free estimate at 405-408-5453

‘ Fence Repair and ‘ Replacement Free Est. 15 years exp. ‘ 410-2671

Hauling & Clean Up, reasonable prices, 201-0955.


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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2010

THE OKLAHOMAN

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Cold case ends with sentencing BY ANN KELLEY Staff Writer akelley@opubco.com

CHANDLER — A Missouri

prison inmate was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the 1992 death of a woman who was strangled and dumped in a creek bed in rural Lincoln County. Dennis Ray Wright, 50, pleaded no contest in Lincoln County District Court to a reduced charge of first-degree manslaughter in the death of Georgette Pless, 22, of Tulsa. Wright was initially charged in April with firstdegree murder, but the complaint was altered as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors. District Attorney Richard Smothermon said the sentence almost ensures Wright will spend the rest of his life behind bars. Wright is a diabetic and in poor health, he said. “There is little risk of him ever getting out alive,” Smothermon said. Wright appeared Friday in court, but no one was in the courtroom representing Pless’ family. Smothermon said law enforcement has been unable to reach any of Pless’ family members to tell them about the conviction. He said investigators tracked her mother to a homeless shelter in Louisiana and left messages there, but received no response. Pless has a son who agents continue to search

for, he said. “We’d like to let someone in her family know that after all this time Georgette Pless got justice,” he said. Deputies stumbled upon Pless’ nude body in November 1992 while searching for two victims in an unrelated murder case. She was facedown under a bridge in rural Lincoln County, authorities said. It took months for law enforcement to identify her remains, and her murder remained unsolved for nearly two decades. Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agents last year had DNA information from semen collected from Pless’ body compared to DNA information kept in a national computer database. The results garnered a match to Wright, who was serving time in a Missouri prison on a fraud conviction, said Gary Perkinson, agent in charge of the OSBI’s cold case unit. Perkinson said investigators later learned Wright once lived about a mile from where Pless’ body was found, and he lived in the neighborhood from which she disappeared. Perkinson said Wright never admitted to killing Pless, and denied ever knowing her. There were ligature marks across the front of Pless’ neck, and her spine was broken in several places, according to a report from the state medical examiner’s office.

TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS CLAIM 3 ON STATE ROADS Three people died from accidents on state roads, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported Tuesday. Jackie Morris, 43, Clayton Morris died at the scene of a crash Tuesday four miles west of Wilburton in Latimer County, the patrol reported. He was driving a car about 5:45 p.m. west on U.S. 270 when it veered left of center and struck an oncoming tractor-trailer rig, troopers said. The rig’s driver was not hurt. Both drivers were wearing seat belts, the patrol reported. Leslie Fipps, 24, Paden Fipps died Monday after a wreck in Seminole County north of Seminole, troopers said. She was driving an eastbound car about 7 p.m. on the ramp from U.S. 377 to Interstate 40 when she ran a stop sign, the patrol reported. A southbound pickup slammed into her car. Fipps died at a Seminole hospital, troopers said. The driver of the pickup was not hurt. Both drivers were wearing seat belts, the patrol reported. Donald Richardson, 47, Custer City Richardson died Tuesday after a wreck west of Custer City in Custer County, troopers said. He was driving a westbound SUV about 3 a.m. on State Highway 33 when it left the road, the patrol reported. The SUV hit a concrete ditch and rolled 21⁄2 times. Richardson was ejected from the vehicle and died at an Oklahoma City hospital, troopers said. He was not wearing a seat belt. FROM STAFF REPORTS

Deaths BARTLESVILLE

Scott, Richard Lee, 82, died Saturday. Graveside services 1 p.m. today, Summit View Cemetery, Guthrie (Stumpff, Bartlesville). Wright, Naomi Joella, 63, died Sunday. Services 2 p.m. Thursday (Stumpff, Bartlesville).

BEAVER

Elfers, Fumiko, 74, died Sunday. Services 2 p.m. today, Church of Christ (Mason, Shattuck).

BLANCHARD

Brown, Mickey Hough, 57, died Oct. 31. Services 10 a.m. Saturday (Eisenhour, Blanchard).

CARNEGIE

CLINTON

Hill, Robert Wesley “Hillboy,” 69, died Monday. Services 1 p.m. Friday (Stanley-Lee, Clinton). Torres, Antonio, 74, died Tuesday. Services 2 p.m. Thursday (Kiesau-Lee, Clinton).

Henry, Alice “Marie,” 84, died Monday. Graveside services 2 p.m. Thursday, Dustin Cemetery (Hunn, Black & Merritt, Eufaula).

FORT GIBSON

Burch, Florabelle C., 84, died Monday. Graveside services 1 p.m. Thursday, Fort Gibson National Cemetery (Lescher-Millsap, Fort Gibson).

HINTON

Huey, Willie, 92, died Monday. Services 2 p.m. Friday, Bridgeport United Methodist Church (Turner, Hinton).

JENNINGS

Reavis Marshall, Geneva Jacqueline, 71, died Oct. 28. Services 2 p.m. today, Oilton First Baptist Church (Affordable Cremation, Oklahoma City).

KEMP

Fire: Damage was about $125,000 FROM PAGE 15A

fire started in the middle of the house but knew no other details. Norman fire marshals were still investigating Tuesday afternoon. A neighbor, Kristine Butler, said the fire awakened her. “I saw them pull the bodies out. Thank goodness my kids didn’t. It was awful,” Butler said. Another neighbor, Stephen Swim, said the tragedy “breaks my heart.” Swim said he woke up to the sound of a dog barking

ONLINE Video Watch video from the site of the fatal fire online at NewsOK.com.

and could see light through a window shade. When he looked out, he could see the house on fire, he said. The fire caused an estimated $125,000 worth of damage to the house and its contents.

RINGLING

Maussner, Patricia, 76, died Monday. Graveside services 2 p.m. Thursday, Oak Hill Cemetery (Chaney-Harkins, McAlester).

MIDWEST CITY

Bodenheimer, Clyde Edward “Ed,” 71, died Monday. Services 3 p.m. Sunday, Crossings Community Church, Oklahoma City (Ford, Midwest City).

MOORE

Dunn, Patricia Ann, 62, died Oct. 24. Services 2 p.m. Saturday, Eakley First Assembly of God (John M. Ireland, Moore).

MOUNTAIN VIEW

MULDROW

NEWCASTLE

Brown, John W., 82, died Tuesday. Services 2 p.m. Thursday, Glory Promise Center (Vondel L. Smith & Son South, Oklahoma City).

NICOMA PARK

Ballard, Anna Mae, 64, died Monday. Services 10 a.m. Thursday (Hibbs, Choctaw).

NINNEKAH

McClendon, Hazel F., 83, died Monday. Services 10:30 a.m. Friday (Ferguson, Chickasha).

Sears, Debbie Ann (Walker), 50 died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. Saturday, First United Methodist Church, Durant (Holmes-Coffey-Murray, Durant).

Records Editor’s note: The Oklahoman will publish free birth and adoption announcements as space permits. Include full names of parents, sex, birth date, hospital or county of adoption. You can send the information to The Oklahoman, P.O. Box 25125, Oklahoma City, OK 73125, or call us at 475-3539. The Oklahoman has discontinued publishing birth announcements from hospitals that do not provide full names of parents.

MARRIAGE LICENSES

Michael Rory Shearer, 52, and Carol Sue Rhoads, 55. Jerry David Snider, 47, and Theresa Dolores Roche, 48. Joseph Lynn Suttle, 30, and Kasey Lynn Prowell, 29. Mark Anthony Morgan II, 28, and Tara Necole Johnson, 21. Dan Nubine Jr., 55, and Laura Diedra Howard, 40. Johnny Wayne Goodwin, 24, and Christine Elizabeth Crites, 18. Jereme Michael Cowan, 31, and Courtney Leigh Allen, 29. Michael Joe Rothrock, 28, and Natalie Kay Banks, 28. Rodney Lee Brehm, 26, and Chrystal Dawn Ableiter, 20. Eric Vincent Owen, 41, and Heather Dawn Estridge, 18. Michael Adam Mosteller, 27, and Kathryn Lynnell Tarr, 33. Loren Del Rosebrook, 21, and Audrey

NORMAN

Church (Parks Brothers, Prague).

PAULS VALLEY

Ayers, Steven Wayne, 38, died Oct. 30. Services 2 p.m. Saturday, Erin Springs Baptist Church, Lindsay (B.G. Boydston, Lindsay). Holt, Tracy Denise, 49, died Saturday. Services 2 p.m. Thursday (Stufflebean-Coffey, Pauls Valley).

PAWNEE

Cather-Brown, Ruth E., 99, died Sunday. Graveside services 12:30 p.m. Friday, Highland Cemetery (Poteet, Pawnee). Rolland, Edward Floyd, 55, died Oct. 29. Services 2 p.m. Saturday, First Assembly of God (Poteet, Pawnee).

PONCA CITY

Stanger, Norma Jean “Lindy,” 83, died Saturday. Graveside services 2 p.m. Thursday, Odd Fellows Cemetery (Trout, Ponca City).

PRAGUE

Hoffman, Paula Elaine (Friend), 58, died Monday. Services 2 p.m. Friday, Sharon Baptist Church, Shawnee (Parks Brothers, Prague).

RALSTON

Dilbeck, Margie, 79, died Sunday.

Sheriellen Danyel Wall, 21. Adrien Javan Stafford, 28, and Aleicia Lashelle Henry, 24. Christopher B. Stewart, 33, and Cherith J. Pennell, 26. Jonathan Wesley Jones, 39, and Heather Renee Rinehart, 32. Adam Daniel Deutsch, 24, and Amanda J. Montelongo, 20.

DIVORCES ASKED

Carney, Jana K. v. Damon R. Cody, Tamara Lynn v. Michael James Conner, Karla J. v. Jason W. Donohew, Kimberley D. v. Joseph N. Gonzales, Jerry S. v. Elliott-Gonzales, Heather L. Hall, Bobby W. v. Marcella G. Jackson, Lloyd Dale Sr. v. Arleatha Gale Jones, Rita A. v. William R. Lietch, Christy Dawn v. Lewis Christopher Milberg, Carla Elaine v. Thomas Ripley Nola-Turk, Christine P. v. Turk, Steven J. Olson, Marjorie v. Scott E. Petrus, Jessica v. Salter, Thomas Anthony Quinn, Jennifer Lee v. Andrew James Reither, Meredyth v. Johnny L. Simpson, Holly Catherine v. Devon Kyle Smith Hough, Katherine Ainslie v. Hough, Charles Vandoren Spybuck, Stephanie H. v. Jason E. Tennyson, David R. v. Jayne A. Tran, Daniel Le v. Le, Cuong Kim Thi Webb, Samuel A. v. Diane L. Yarbrough, Tellia R. v. William L.

STILLWATER

Vincent, Pattie Jean, 89, died Oct. 30. Memorial services 2 p.m. Dec. 18 Turner, Don Mike, 81, died Tuesday. Graveside services 10:30 a.m. Thursday, (Strode, Stillwater). Ringling Memorial Cemetery (AlexanUTICA der, Wilson). Carr, Muriel, 88, died Monday. RINGWOOD Services 10 a.m. today (Brown’s, Durant). Farrington, Clara Belle, 77, died Monday. Services 10 a.m. Saturday, First WYNNEWOOD Baptist Church (Lanman, Helena). Hensley, Willis Dwight, 67, died SALLISAW Monday. Services 11 a.m. Thursday Lowrimore, Othel E., 95, died Monday. (DeArman, Wynnewood). Services 10 a.m. Thursday, Immanuel YALE Baptist Church (Agent, Sallisaw). Turner, Frank, 81, died Oct. 30. SHAWNEE Services 10 a.m. Saturday, First Assembly of God (Palmer Marler, King, Terry Lee, 46, died Saturday. Cushing). Services 2 p.m. Friday, Spring Baptist

BASS Bert Faircloth Bass, 81, was Harwell, Paul, 87, died Monday. born in Thomasville, GA on Dean, William Jessie, 73, died Friday. Services 10 a.m. Friday (Hampton July 27, 1929, the son of John Private services (OK Cremation, Mortuary, Checotah). C. Bass and Oklahoma City). Houston, Luke, 76, died Sunday. Laura HanDEL CITY Graveside services 2 p.m. today, IOOF nah Griffin. Harris, Alta Mae, 87, died Tuesday. Cemetery (Havenbrook, Norman). He passed Graveside services 2 p.m. Friday, Fairview Cemetery, Tuttle (Caskets away NoOKLAHOMA CITY Inc. & Johnson, Del City). vember 2, Allen, Jean Marie, 79, died Saturday. Sherrill, Virginia L., 94, died Monday. 2010, in Services 2 p.m. Thursday (Advantage, Services 10 a.m. Thursday, Bethel Midwest City). Oklahoma Church, Choctaw (Smith-Parks, Barfelz, Alan Gale, 50, died Sunday. City. On Harrah). Services 3 p.m. Thursday (Bill EisenNov. 6, Williams, Letha F., 88, died Tuesday. hour NE, Oklahoma City). 1955, Bert Services 10 a.m. Friday (Bill Eisenhour Booker, Darryl, 50, died Oct. 22. SE, Del City). Services 11 a.m. Friday, Greater Mount married Carolyn Sugg in Lonoke, AR. Bert served in Olive Baptist Church (Temple and DEWEY the U.S. Army during the KoSons, Oklahoma City). Ketchum, Billy George Jr., 40, died rean War, rising to rank of Farnsworth, Dean Leonard Sr., 50, Oct. 29. Services 1 p.m. Friday, Dewey died Saturday. Services 11:30 a.m. Captain at age 26. After beChurch of Christ (Stumpff, BartlesThursday, Mercer Adams, Bethany ing discharged from the U.S. ville). (Affordable Cremation, Oklahoma Army, he worked for the FAA DURANT City). as an Air Traffic Controller Franklin, Billy Ray, 78, died Oct. 23. No Flanagan, W.W., 86, died Sunday. and meteorologist, retiring services (OK Cremation, Oklahoma Services 11 a.m. Thursday, United from government service in City). Methodist Church, Calera (Holmes1982. He then worked as a Harper, Alma R., 96, died Monday. Coffey-Murray, Durant). real estate agent and apServices 10 a.m. Friday, Forest Hill EDMOND Christian Church (Mercer-Adams, praiser until his retirement. McEver, Winfred “Mac,” 90, died Bethany). Bert moved to Yukon in 1978, Monday. Services 1:30 p.m. Nov. 18, Heitman-Smith, Frances Mae, 94, died and was a member of the Southern Hills Christian Church Tuesday. Services in Chrisman, Ill. United Methodist Church of (Baggerley, Edmond). (Corbett, Oklahoma City). the Good Shepherd in Yukon. Whitaker, Gerald D., 80, died SatHyeche, Rose M., 62, died Oct. 29. He was an avid genealogist, urday. Services 1 p.m. Friday, First Services 11 a.m. Saturday, Greater Christian Church (OK Cremation, military historian, and reShiloh Baptist Church (Temple and Oklahoma City). cently began collecting coins. Sons, Oklahoma City). Kemp, Kenneth G., 85, died Sunday. As a former pilot in the Army ELK CITY Services 2 p.m. Friday, Chapel Hill Air Corps., he enjoyed phoSmith, Bertha, 94, died Monday. United Methodist Church (Hahn-Cook/ tographing and researching Services 2 p.m. today (Martin, Elk Street & Draper, Oklahoma City). historic aircraft, and attendCity). Lerner, Charlotte Marie, 77, died ing air shows. Bert is surMonday. Services 11 a.m. Thursday ENID vived by his wife, Carolyn; (Vondel Smith South Lakes, OklaCantellay, Joe H., 59, died Monday. sons, Brad Bass and wife Dihoma City). Services 2 p.m. Friday (Brownanna of Carrollton, Texas and Rae, Bill, 81, died Sunday. Services 2 Cummings, Enid). p.m. Thursday (Hahn-Cook/Street & Brian Bass of Carrollton, Falls, Jolene, 76, died Saturday. Draper, Oklahoma City). Texas; daughter-in-law, Cathy Private services (Brown-Cummings, Schumacher, LaVonne B., 78, died Enid). Bass of Oklahoma City; and Tuesday. Wake 7 p.m. Thursday, Mass grandchildren, James Bass, Grandon, LeeRoy, 84, died Monday. 10 a.m. Friday, St. Francis of Assisi (Bill Graveside services Friday at Burrton, Stephen Bass, Michael Bass, Merritt, Bethany). Kan. (Ladusau-Evans, Enid). Carolyn Bass, Kelsey Bass Sumption, Herbert George, 83, died Jackson, Louie A. Jr., 83, died Satand Kenny Bass. He was preMonday. Private services (Mercerurday. Services 10 a.m. today (BrownAdams, Bethany). ceded in death by his parents, Cummings, Enid). Townley, Melton “Ray,” 63, died Oct. John and Laura Bass; sibMcClanahan, Sunshine, 50, died Oct. lings, Mary Lou Hillman, John 28. Services 10 a.m. Thursday (Brown- 27. Services 2 p.m. Saturday, Resurrection Free Methodist Church (CorCummings, Enid). C. (Bub) Bass, and Betty Lee bett, Oklahoma City). O’Dea, Betty Jo, 77, died Sunday. O'Reilly; and his son, Brett Waters, Richard I., 70, died Monday. Services 10 a.m. Friday (HenningerBass. Memorial services will Services 10 a.m. Saturday (Memorial Hinson, Enid). be held 2:00 p.m., Sunday, Park, Oklahoma City). Tefft, Twyla, 81, died Thursday. November 7, 2010, at the Zachritz, Mary Elizabeth, 89, died Services 10 a.m. today (LadusauTuesday. Services 1:30 p.m. Friday, United Methodist Church of Evans, Enid). Nichols Hills United Methodist Church the Good Shepherd in Yukon, Turner, Willie, 48, died Oct. 28. (Demuth, Oklahoma City). OK. Online condolences may Services 2 p.m. Saturday, Grayson Baptist Church (Ladusau-Evans, be signed at www.yandaand PADEN Enid). sonfuneralhome.com Fipps, Leslie Lynn, 24, died Monday. Services 2 p.m. Friday, First Baptist EUFAULA COUNCIL HILL

Briggs, Leona, 97, died Monday. Graveside services 2 p.m. Friday, Carnegie Cemetery (Smith-Gallo, Guthrie).

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Blauvelt, Roy Dale, 44, died Monday. Services 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Victory Temple, Roland (Mallory-Martin, Sallisaw).

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A Norman fire vehicle is parked in front of 905 N Cockrel Ave., where an early-morning fire killed two children and injured three adults.

Graveside services 2 p.m. today, Ralston Church, Sasakwa (Stout-Phillips, Riverside Cemetery (Hunsaker-Wooten, Wewoka). Fairfax).

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Chilcoat, Mary Louise, 83, died Tuesday. Services 1 p.m. Friday, First Baptist Church, Midwest City (Ford, Midwest City).

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Pendleton, Vernon, 74, died Monday. Graveside services 10:30 a.m. today, Mountain View Cemetery (Ray & Martha’s, Mountain View).

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Whitewolf, Jeffery “Boe,” 41, died Saturday. Wake 7 p.m. Thursday. Services 11 a.m. Friday, First Apache Indian Baptist Church, Fort Cobb (Ray & Martha’s, Carnegie). Callich, Lola Mae, 86, died Monday. Services 11 a.m. Friday, First United Methodist Church (Garrett Family, Checotah).

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CULLERS William M. “Bill” Cullers passed peacefully into his heavenly home on 11-2-2010. He was born in Lincoln, Arkansas on 11-111927 to William A. and Hattie J. Cullers. In January 1951, he married the love of his life Wilma Lee Hamlin. Together they had 5 children. He is survived by his devoted wife, Wilma, his sons Mike and Vickey Cullers, Bob Cullers and Retha, James Cullers and Patsy, all of OKC and his daughters Mary Dresel and Janie Patrick of MWC, OK. He leaves behind 8 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter. During his career, Bill served in the U.S. Army, was a schoolteacher and worked 33 years for DHS. After retirement he enjoyed walking and visiting with his friends at the mall. Bill especially enjoyed Sunday dinners and time spent with his family. Contributions in memory of Bill may be made to Britton Baptist Church. Services pending with Demuth Funeral Home.

ALEXANDER Violet Hautez (Tez) Alexander, 86, a longtime resident of the Oklahoma City area, passed away on Friday, October 29, 2010, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Funeral services will be held at 2 PM on Friday, November 5, 2010, at Mercer Adams Chapel, 3925 North Asbury, Bethany, Oklahoma. Reverend Steven C. Wright will officiate. The family will receive visitors at Mercer Adams on Friday, November 5, from 10 AM through 12 noon. While flowers are acceptable, memorial contributions made to the Alzheimer's Association, New Mexico Chapter, 9500 Montgomery NE, Suite 121, Albuquerque, NM, 87111, would be appreciated. Mrs. Alexander was born in Atwood, Oklahoma, to the late J.B. and Lula Miller. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Harvey R. Alexander; one brother, Hewit Miller; and one sister, Beatrice Wright. Mrs. Alexander was a graduate of Calvin High School and Hills School of Business. She was a homemaker, devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a longtime member of the Bethany First Church of the Nazarene. Mrs. Alexander is survived by two sons: David R. Alexander of Albuquerque, New Mexico; and James H. Alexander of Enid, Oklahoma; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends. She will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew her. To share a memory or condolence, visit: www.mercer-adams.com

BALLARD Anna Mae Ballard passed away Nov. 1, 2010. Ann was born to Frank and Velma Williams in Richland Center, WI on Nov. 9, 1945. She married Raymond Ballard on Jan. 29, 1977. They spent many happy years square dancing and traveling together. Ann and Raymond served as Central District SD Assoc. presidents in 1989-90. They belonged to Happy Tracks and Rolling Squares Clubs, and many others over the years. Ann was preceded in death by sisters, Arzenith Peterson and Alberta “Peaches” Wickels. She is survived by husband, Raymond; sisters and brother, Alma Bee, Allen Williams, Arlene Winchell, and Ariel Banker and husband Delbert, all of WI; son, Jeff Nevel and wife Donna; daughters, Cynthia Griffin, Lorene Flores, Jean McCray and husband Ron, and Raymona VanCuren and husband Jamie. Survivors also include 10 grandchildren, Cherie, Felicia, Markus, Matthew, Ashlee, Amber, Melody, Jamie, Fernando, and Seth; 4 greatgrandchildren, Sabra, Lance, Matthew Jr., and Serenity; and many nieces and nephews. Ann retired from Tinker after 27 years of service, including 14 years as Building Manager for Bldg. 3001. Her hobbies included sewing, embroidery, and quilting, and she loved hosting family events, especially on Christmas Eve. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM, Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, at Hibbs Funeral Home, Choctaw, with interment to follow at Arlington Memory Gardens, Midwest City. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Cancer Society.


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Do-it-yourself workshop yields tasty gifts Each Christmas, I have delusions of gift grandeur. I imagine putting together a pile of personalized, handmade gifts for all my loved ones. I’d gracefully wrap holiday ribbon around baked goods in my pristine kitchen. Then a songbird would land on my shoulder and admire my thoughtfulness. For some reason, this hasn’t panned out yet. But this year, I’m hoping to create a realistic version of my dream. I attended the Gifts From Your Kitchen workshop at the Oklahoma County Extension Center. Dietitian Casey Campbell instructed about 75 people how to make their own holiday projects. Everyone could make three gifts: soup in a mug, soup in a jar and cookies in a jar. Campbell gave some good advice about making food as gifts. Run containers through the dishwasher first, and start the project with clean hands and a clean kitchen. Use fresh ingredients. Use

Homemade cookies-in-ajar and soupin-a-jar can be an inexpensive option for the holiday gifts.

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labels with at least two things: Ingredients. The gift receiver may have allergies. Instructions. Receivers need to know how to prepare and store the food. You don’t want to give the recipient a foodborne illness or allergic reaction, Campbell said. Unless you don’t like that person and it’s a sabotage present. I think we’ve all given those at one point or another. As if creating your own personalized gifts weren’t crafty enough, you could gussy up your projects by painting the jars or tie on a cute cookie cutter, Campbell suggested. And then, if you haven’t had enough, you could toss it in a handwoven basket full of orga-

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nic cheeses you made. Package with fresh-cut flowers from your greenhouse. Deliver in a horsedrawn sleigh filled with a children’s choir singing carols. Or you could just make the jars. Your friends will be impressed enough. Besides, hiring a children’s choir probably is pricey. Casey turned us loose to make our projects with ingredients laid out on long tables. It was craft madness. Women dumped flour and spices and pasta into jars and Baggies. Campbell allowed at least an hour to put together the gifts.

City council votes to keep ban on out-of-state travel BY BRYAN DEAN Staff Writer bdean@opubco.com

Oklahoma City Council members declined Tuesday to lift a ban on their own out-of-state travel. The council voted a year ago to quit paying for its own members to travel outside Oklahoma for seminars, conventions and other activities. The ban also applies to the mayor. The moratorium came

after the city’s sales tax revenue took a turn for the worse, prompting budget cuts in every department and a hiring freeze. After six months of positive sales tax receipts, Ward 5 Councilman Brian Walters suggested lifting the ban. Walters was the chief advocate for passing the ban in the first place. Other council members said although they are encouraged by improving sales tax, they don’t think

the timing is right to lift the moratorium. The proposal to lift the ban failed 6-3. Voting to lift the ban were Walters, Mayor Mick Cornett and Ward 7 Councilman Skip Kelly. Voting no were Ward 1 Councilman Gary Marrs, Ward 2 Councilman Sam Bowman, Ward 3 Councilman Larry McAtee, Ward 4 Councilman Pete White, Ward 6 Councilwoman Meg Salyer and Ward 8 Councilman Pat Ryan.

Sales tax growth prompts optimism BY BRYAN DEAN Staff Writer bdean@opubco.com

October’s sales tax report continued an encouraging trend, prompting some cautious optimism Tuesday from Oklahoma City officials. Sales tax revenue was up 16.7 percent over expectations and 19.2 percent over last year’s collections for the same period. The October report includes actual collections for the second half of August and estimated collections for the first half of September. It is the sixth straight month of sales tax growth over the previous year. “We’re out of the woods, but we could still be hit by a falling tree,”

Ward 8 Councilman Pat Ryan said. The growth over the past few months has been well over expectations, a development that surprised city officials who have attributed the numbers to busy body shops and roofing companies after a major summer hailstorm. City Manager Jim Couch said there are signs the city’s tax base is growing beyond the temporary bump from storm recovery. “For the first quarter, our revenue is up by just under $6 million,” Couch said. “The primary driver on that is sales tax. We believe about two-thirds of that growth is attributable to the storm. If you take that out of the equation,

sales tax still grew, but it’s about $1 million over target. “It was a very strong month for us. The growth is better than we anticipated. It’s good news. We are coming out of it.” Council members used temporary funds to plug some of the holes in this year’s budget. Without new revenue to fill that gap, further cuts would be needed next year.

Forget it. The flurry of holiday cheer and the possibility of discounted gift-giving were too much for the room to bear. I was briefly scared that I might get trampled, which would be the opposite of holiday cheer.

GET THE RECIPES HOW TO PURCHASE COOKBOOKS The Oklahoma County Extension Center has “Gifts From Your Kitchen” cookbooks available for sale at the office, 930 N Portland Ave. The books are $5. They can be mailed for $5 plus shipping. To order, call 713-1125. The cookbooks include recipes from extension services throughout Oklahoma. Get three of the recipes on Carrie Coppernoll’s blog online at blog.newsok.com/red-dirt-ruckus.

Aside from the impending doom, the projects were really easy to make. Just to be sure this class was legitimate, I made the soup when I got home. It was spectacular. I’ll admit it: I’m probably

going to make the cookies and the other soup myself. I just want to be sure this whole gift-in-a-jar idea is, you know, good. So, here’s a heads up to my friends and family: You’re all getting potato soup this year.


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HENRY Alice “Marie” Henry, 84, died November 1, 2010 following a hard fought battle with parotid carcinoma. Marie was born April 26, 1926 near Dustin, OK to Rufus and Lee Ella (Moore) Leffler. Following graduation from Hanna High School, she moved to OKC where she held numerous jobs including “Rosie the Riveter” for Douglas Aircraft. On March 16, 1946, she married Joe W. Henry, who preceded her in death on December 23, 2000. In 1957, she graduated from Capitol Hill Beauty College and eventually owned and operated Marie’s Beauty Shop in their home at S.W. 25 and Miller in OKC until Joe had to retire due to his health in 1979, and they moved to the Eagle Bluff area on Lake Eufaula. In 1996 when Joe’s health began to fail further, they moved to the Sandy Bass Bay No. 4 area to be near their daughter, Carol Jo McKay and husband Gary. Other survivors are her son James Raymond and wife, Coleen of Edmond, OK, granddaughters, Amy of Dallas, TX and Alyson and husband Scott and great granddaughter Paige Noel Crawford of Lubbock, TX. She is preceded in death by all her siblings, Irene Park of Hanna, OK, R.S. of Martinez, CA, Eugene of OKC and Charlie of Countyline, OK. Also left to grieve her loss are numerous nieces and nephews who adored their Aunt Reesee and step grandson Mark and wife Kimberley McKay of OKC. Graveside services will be held Thursday, November 4, 2010 at 2:00 p.m., at the Dustin Cemetery. Viewing will be held November 3 from 9-8 at the Hunn, Black & Merritt Funeral Home & Crematory in Eufaula. HIATT-OUTLAW Mildred (Rowe) Hiatt-Outlaw, 87, passed away peacefully on October 22, 2010 at Tuscany Village Nursing Home in Oklahoma City. Mildred was born in Augusta, Georgia. She was the daughter of the late Lillie Belle and Samuel Rowe. In 1944 she married Lambert Hiatt in Augusta and moved to Oklahoma City following WWII to work and raise their family. Mildred worked as office manager to Drs. Wilk and Hiatt Optometrists for many years. She maintained her Georgia roots by an annual summer trip to Augusta to visit family and friends. She was socially active in Oklahoma City, a member of the Reveler’s Dance Club, Mayfair Dance Club, Lost Needles Sewing Club, and Designing Women Investment Club. She also played Mah Jongg weekly with a group of friends for many years. Following the death of her husband of 54 years, Dr. Lambert R. Hiatt, she remarried Dr. Robert Outlaw of Oklahoma City. She is predeceased by her late husband, Lambert R.; a daughter, Janis Sidwell; son, Jack Hiatt; sisters, Evelyn Greiner, Ernestine Hughes, Alice Shackelford; and niece, Carol Marsh. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Robert Outlaw; two sons: David B. Hiatt and his wife, Gwen, of Portland, Maine; and Charles R. Hiatt of Oklahoma City; daughter-in-law, Patricia Hiatt of Jacksonville, Florida; sister, Elizabeth Fogle of Augusta, Georgia; five grandchildren and one great grandson. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, November 5, at 10:00 AM, at Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper, 6600 Broadway Ext., Oklahoma City, OK 73116, telephone 405-848-3744. The family requests no flowers. Those wishing to make memorial contributions may do so to a charity of their choice. A private burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

FARNSWORTH Dean L. Farnsworth Sr. had a short 50 years; was a loving and caring son, brother and father, and was survived by Karle R. & Donna J. Farnsworth (parents); Walter L. Farnsworth and David L. Farnsworth (brothers); sons, Dean Jr, Kyle S.; daughter, Heather Farnsworth; and daughter, Lauren and husband Zackary West; niece, Tami, husband Charlie Bradley, and thier son, Kendal; uncle Henry C & aunt Doris Williams; uncle Gary V. & aunt Karen Williams; along with many other uncles, aunts and cousins, nephews, and nieces. Memorial to be held at Mercer-Adams funeral home, 3925 N. Asbury Ave., Bethany, OK 73008, cross street 39 Expressway, at 11:30 am on 11/04/10. GILBREATH Carla Sue, 56, passed away Oct. 31, 2010. She was born Sept. 10, 1954 in Okla. City, OK to Robert and Marjorie Tompkins. She is survived by her brother, Bobby Tompkins, sister, Joyce Brown, daughters, Tracie Jones and April Rodriguez, sons-in-law, Bruce Jones and Rafael Rodriguez, 5 grandchildren, Robbie and Brandon Jones, Junior, Arianna and Isabel Aguilar. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Amber Dawn Gilbreath. A private memorial service will be held Thursday at 1:00 p.m. KEMP Kenneth G. Kemp died peacefully at home on Sunday, October 31, 2010. Ken was born May 24, 1925 in Pawhuska, Oklahoma to John T. and Ruth G. Kemp. He graduated from Norman High School, where he played basketball and baseball. After high school he joined the military and served in the Army Air Corp during World War II. He attended Texas A&M and graduated from Oklahoma City University with a degree in petroleum geology. In 1950, he married the love of his life Nina Dickinson and they enjoyed nearly 60 years of a wonderful partnership. He was a great dad to his four children, Susan, Brad, Sarah and Taylor and a loving granddad to his thirteen grandchildren. Ken served as a Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 168 and was a longtime member of Chapel Hill United Methodist Church. He was an avid OU football and basketball fan. He was a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and was proud of his Indian heritage. After college he began a distinguished career in the oil and gas industry. Ken was a well log analyst for Schlumberger for many years, living in Shawnee, Duncan, Ardmore and Oklahoma City. He was a member of AAPG, SIPES, SPWLA and the Oklahoma City Geological Society. After retiring from Schlumberger in 1986, he worked as a geologist for Holden Energy and then as an independent log consultant. During his career he became an industry expert on reading old electrical logs to find bypassed pay zones in oil and gas wells. He taught in the Geology Department at the University of Oklahoma and spoke at numerous industry seminars on Well Log Analysis. He was preceded in death by his wife Nina, his parents John and Ruth, his brothers John T. Kemp, Jr., and Robert C. Kemp and nephew Mack Kemp. He is survived by his children and their spouses Susan Sampson, Brad and Susie Kemp, Taylor and Joni Kemp of Oklahoma City and Sarah and Jim Askew of Kansas City; his grandchildren Carter and Stuart Sampson, Michelle, Ford and Tricia Kemp, Baird, Bennett and Claire Askew, Amy and Michael Wopsle, and Adam, Caroline, Katie and John Kemp. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Alzheimer's Association, 3555 NW 58 St., Oklahoma City, OK 73112, American Heart Association, 5700 N. Portland Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73112 or Boy Scout Troop 168, c/o Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, 2717 W. Hefner Rd., Oklahoma City, OK 73120. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, November 5, at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2010 KETCHUM Billy George Ketchum Jr., of Rush, Springs, OK, died Friday, October 29, 2010. He was born April 8, 1970 in Key West, Florida, the son of Billy (George) & Barbara Ketchum. Billy was a member of the Eastern Delaware Tribe. He graduated from Copan High School in 1988. Billy was active in football, hunting, fishing, gardening, and hanging out with his big sister. Billy married his high school sweetheart, Elizabeth (Kraft) Ketchum, on January 1, 1988 and had two lovely children, Sarah and Kimberly. Billy was an active and loving father in the lives of his girls. His greatest pleasures in life were playing in the snow with his daughters and swimming in the family pool. He graduated with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. He was a Senior Auditor for the Defense Contract Audit Agency in Oklahoma City. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Kraft) Ketchum; daughters, Sarah and Kimberly; father and mother, Billy (George) and Barbara Ketchum of Dewey, OK; sister, Tricia Harrell, niece, Chelsea Hudson, and brother-in-law, Tim Harrell of Pittsburg, KS; brother-in-law, K.C. Kraft and nephew, Conrad Kraft of Stillwater, OK; mother-in-law, Sally Derr; father-in-law and wife, Charles and Barbara Kraft of Texas; grandfather and grandmother, Robert and Maggie Fitch of Bartlesville, OK; and numerous cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by grandfather, Willard Ketchum; grandmother, Iris (Ketchum) Friend; and aunt, Linda Eddy. We will miss him very much. A memorial service will be held at Dewey Church of Christ in Dewey, Oklahoma, on Friday, November 5th, at 1:00 pm. There will be a private interment on the family land. PARKER Rev. Rick C. Parker, 60, born April 29, 1950 in Oklahoma City, passed away at Ave Maria Convalescent Hospital, Monterey, California, on October 27, 2010. He attended St. Gregory’s College in Shawnee, Central State University (now known as the University of Central Oklahoma) in Edmond and Immaculate Conception Seminary in Missouri before receiving his Masters in Divinity from St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in Indiana. Fr. Rick served as Associate Pastor and teacher at St. Francis’ Church and St. Eugene’s Church in Oklahoma City, St. John the Baptist Church in Edmond, and St. Stephen’s Church in San Francisco, CA. He also taught at Bishop McGuinness High School in Oklahoma City, Notre Dame High School in Riverside, CA, San Domenico High School in San Anselmo, CA, and Business Ethics at Central State University. After moving to Carmel, CA, in 1993, Fr. Rick was a very active member and board member of John XXIII AIDS Ministry which is now the Central Coast HIV and AIDS Services or CCHAS. He was a volunteer Chaplain at Community Hospital for many years and celebrated Mass at Carmel Mission and many other parishes in the Monterey, CA, Diocese. Fr. Rick is survived by his brother, G. Brock Parker of Oklahoma City and his identical twin, R. Brent Parker of Warr Acres; his nephew and niece, Damon Z. Parker of Las Vegas and Annessa J. Parker of Oklahoma City; his longtime companion, Larry Kern of Carmel and his beloved Scottish Terriers, Maggie, Malcolm and Hannah. He was preceded in death by his parents, H. Bruce and Betty Parker, and his brother, Mark. Visitation will be noon to 7p.m. on Thursday November 4, 2010 at Smith and Kernke, 1401 NW 23, Oklahoma City. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Catholic Pastoral Center Chapel, 7501 NW Expressway, Oklahoma City at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, November 5. Interment will follow at Resurrection Memorial Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to: CCHAS, PO Box 1931, Monterey, CA 93942.

SWINDELL E.W. “Woody” Swindell, 90, was born August 8, 1920, and passed away November 1, 2010. A graveside service will be 2pm, Thursday, November 4, 2010, at Memorial Park Cemetery.

PEYTON Ruth E. Peyton, 100, of Oklahoma City, passed away November 1, 2010 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Ruth was born April 16, 1910 in Butler, Oklahoma to Elbert and Madie Barton. She was one of eight girls and 4 boys born to the couple. After graduating from Butler High School in 1926, she attended Draughon’s Practical Business College in Oklahoma City. Ruth pursued her career in business as she worked as a bank teller, secretary, and served as church secretary at May Avenue United Methodist Church retiring after more than 23 years of service under ten ministers. Ruth married Robert Peyton in February 1936. He preceded her in death in 1995. Ruth was a longtime member of May Avenue UMC holding many offices in the United Methodist Women’s group including president. She was a member of the Leah Chapter of Eastern Star. Ruth is survived by her daughter Diane Buchanan and husband Richard of Stillwater; grandson Adam and wife Nicole of Cary, North Carolina; granddaughter Bethany of Indianapolis, Indiana; great grandson Peyton D. Buchanan; 2 brothers, E.M. Barton of Moscow, Idaho, John Barton of Kansas City, Missouri; and many nieces and nephews. Family will greet friends on Wed. 6:30 to 8:00 PM. Services are 10:30 a.m., Thurs., November 4, at May Avenue United Methodist Church, Oklahoma City. Interment at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. The family would like to thank the staff at Westhaven Nursing Home and Judith Karman Hospice. Ruth will be remembered for her sweet smile, fabulous sense of humor, and winning at BINGO and love of playing bridge! Memorials may be made to: The May Avenue United Methodist Church, 2604 North May Avenue, OKC 73107. Condolences may be offered at www.guardianwestfuneral chapel.com

OVERBEY Darrel Dewayne Overbey, 76, passed away October 29, 2010 in Oklahoma City. He was born May 23, 1934 in Snyder, OK to Thomas and Dovie Overbey. Darrel joined the Army at 19, and was honorable discharged. He worked many years as a truck driver and retired from his profession several years ago. Darrel is survived by his wife Ida Overbey; sister Edna Arbuckle; brother-in-law George Lewis and his wife Ginger; 5 children and their spouses; 12 grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. At this time no services are planned.

SHERRILL Virginia Lela Ross Sherrill Born to Lee and Lela Tuttle Ross on Sep. 6, 1916 in Shawnee, OK. Virginia was the baby of 6 children. She finished her race on earth on Nov. 1, 2010 and was warmly greeted by our Lord and Savior and the many loved ones that had gone before her. Throughout her life, she worked various jobs though her greatest joy was being a homemaker. She taught the adult Sunday School Class and Bible study in her retirement years. Grandma enjoyed fishing, sewing, writing poetry, cooking, gardening, and loved helping others. She loved life! She married our Grandpa, Leland “Omer” Sherrill on Sep. 30, 1939. He was the love of her life always doing the little things that would bring a smile to her face. Special treasures were the red roses he gave her for their anniversaries. Grandma was preceded in death by her husband, parents, 3 sisters, 2 brothers, great granddaughter, Rachel Zawisza and grandson, Jody French. She is survived by her son, Emmitt and Joy Looney, 5 grandchildren, Debbie and Charles Barton, Donna and David Zawisza, Mark French, Deanna and Bill LaPach and Robin and Barrett Crane; 22 great grandchildren, and 8K great great grandchildren. Services are 10:00AM, Thursday, November 4, 2010, at Bethel Church, Choctaw, OK, with Dr. Dick Temple and Rev. Robert Temple officiating. Interment will follow at Memory Lane Cemetery, Harrah, OK. Services are under the direction of Smith-Parks Funeral Service in Harrah, OK. A guest book is available to share your memories on-line. Please visit www.smithparks.com

RIGGS Charlotte Riggs 7 Nov. 1944 - 21 Sep. 2010 Graveside memorial service Resurrection Cemetery for friends and family at 2:00 PM 5th of Nov. 2010. She is preceded in death by her father, Edward Y. Riggs; her mother, Christine McGarity Riggs. She is survived by her daughter, Raylene R. Lee, Springfield, MO; her sister, Isabell R. Eadens, Kemp, TX; her brother, (Bill) William R. (Ray) Riggs, OKC, OK. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Real Rescue, Inc., PO Box 358, Arcadia, OK 73007. Condolences will be received at rigwll@aol.com

VAHLBERG Mary Elizabeth Vahlberg Nov. 3, 1920 - Oct. 28, 2010 What do you say about perhaps the sweetest person who ever lived? To say that she was a wonderful mother seems inadequate. That she was a mentor, voice of reason, accomplished golfer, practical joker, pilot, music lover, republican, bird watcher, avid reader, lifetime learner, eccentric cook, advisor, witty, loved God, loved her husband, loved her children and loved life - almost scratch the surface. What we can say for certain is that when Mary passed away after a brief illness, a special light left this world and now brightens the next. Mary was born in Eudora, Arkansas in 1920 where she grew up with her five siblings, Sandy, Hilliard, Lamar, Rebecca and Medford, all who survive her. Mary's father, Medford Cashion, was a successful banker and entrepreneur who, along with his wife, Mary Elizabeth Cashion, moved the family to Nichols Hills in Oklahoma City in 1934 after inheriting some land. Here, the family developed a thriving home building business. She graduated from old Classen High School and attended the University of Oklahoma where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. In 1939, she married Jack Callaway and had two children, Mary Cashion (Silver City, Nevada) and John R. (Oklahoma City). After a divorce, she wed Oklahoma City architect Robert W. Vahlberg in 1953 and was married to him for 50 years, the anniversary of which the couple celebrated a few months before his death in 2003. For 49 of their 50 years, Mary and her beloved Robert lived in a unique, contemporary home designed and built by him in Forest Park in east Oklahoma City. (A special thanks to Will and Leonor Rogers for rescuing and reviving the Vahlberg residence and keeping the family heritage alive). Besides the very large family from which Mary arose, she also was responsible for quite an impressive genetic trail. In addition to Cashion Elston and John Callaway, she is survived by her other children, Courtney Dodd (Mustang), Bob Vahlberg (Norman), Mia Vahlberg (Tulsa), and step-children, Stephanie Moody (Alpharetta, Georgia) and Marcia Vahlberg (Florence, Italy), along with 14 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. A memorial service for Mary is set for 2 p.m., Saturday, November 6, 2010, at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4400 N. Shartel in Oklahoma City. The service is open to all of Mary's friends and family. Donations in Mary's name can be made to Neighbor for Neighbor, where Mary served as a volunteer for a number years. ''I am a people person. Love to be around people.'' -Mary Vahlberg's Facebook entry, July 2010. Indeed she was. We love her and will miss her very much.

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PARKER Lesa Ann Parker, 54, born August 20, 1956, in Oklahoma City, was the daughter of Hoyt and Ann Bargman. Lesa graduated from St. Anthony Hospital School of Nursing in 1980 and worked as a nurse most of her life. On April 14, 1989 Lesa married William Darrell Parker, Jr. She passed away October 28, 2010 in Oklahoma City after a long and courageous battle with Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. Lesa is survived by her husband of 21 years, Billy Parker; son, Daniel Adams; and daughters, Breanna Parker, Christina Parker, and Crystal Thornton and husband Marcus; parents, Hoyte and Ann Bargman; brother, Phil Bargman and wife Sharon; and many others. Services will be 1:00 p.m., Saturday, November 6, 2010, at Town & Country Christian Church, interment following at Yukon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Lesa's memory to: The American Cancer Society, 6525 N. Meridian #110, Oklahoma City, OK 73116. Online condolences may be signed at www.yandaandsonfuneral home.com

In Loving Memory of Maxine Barbee-Bowles June 14, 1935 - Nov. 2, 2000 The Broken Chain We little knew that night that God was going to call your name. In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same. It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone; for part of us went with you, the day God called you home. You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide; and though we cannot see you, you are always at our side. Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same; but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again. Love, Your Family Pam (Thompson) Bullington 11/3/1956 to 7/4/1992 It’s hard to believe you have been gone for eighteen years. So much has changed, however the one thing that will never change is how much I love and miss you. Happy Birthday!

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County-by-county results Here’s a look at vote totals by county for U.S. Senate and Oklahoma governor from the Associated Press.

Tessa Mills, 10 months, plays with her mother Elizabeth’s keys while she votes at Deer Creek Middle School on Tuesday in Edmond.

Voters line up at Deer Creek Middle School on Tuesday in Edmond. PHOTOS BY DAVID MCDANIEL, THE OKLAHOMAN

Governor Adair Alfalfa Atoka Beaver Beckham Blaine Bryan Caddo Canadian Carter Cherokee Choctaw Cimarron Cleveland Coal Comanche Cotton Craig Creek Custer Delaware Dewey Ellis Garfield Garvin Grady Grant Greer Harmon Harper Haskell Hughes Jackson Jefferson Johnston Kay Kingfisher Kiowa Latimer LeFlore Lincoln Logan Love McClain McCurtain McIntosh Major Marshall Mayes Murray Muskogee Noble Nowata Okfuskee Oklahoma Okmulgee Osage Ottawa Pawnee Payne Pittsburg Pontotoc Pottawatomie Pushmataha Roger Mills Rogers Seminole Sequoyah Stephens Texas Tillman Tulsa Wagoner Washington Washita Woods Woodward Totals

TP 18 11 15 9 13 11 29 25 53 28 26 18 7 91 12 43 12 17 43 13 22 11 10 33 24 42 10 16 8 9 17 16 19 11 13 34 17 14 13 39 23 23 13 26 32 17 14 12 26 12 33 17 12 16 303 34 32 20 12 38 49 26 31 17 10 34 16 33 29 16 10 273 38 24 13 8 15 2,229

PR 18 11 15 9 13 11 29 25 46 28 26 18 7 40 12 43 12 17 10 1 22 11 9 33 2 42 10 16 8 9 17 16 19 11 13 34 17 14 13 2 23 23 13 24 32 0 14 12 26 12 27 17 12 16 175 34 27 20 12 38 49 26 31 17 10 30 16 33 29 16 10 76 25 24 13 8 15 1,694

Askins 2,500 737 1,500 321 1,993 1,099 4,346 3,602 8,858 4,461 5,609 1,843 263 14,617 958 10,950 1,007 1,834 1,787 218 4,127 557 314 5,318 366 5,740 613 683 334 331 1,525 1,642 2,050 942 1,230 4,970 1,295 1,250 1,466 581 3,837 4,099 1,107 3,157 4,035 201 791 1,485 4,768 1,802 6,173 1,200 1,300 1,405 52,035 4,903 4,945 3,136 1,813 8,258 5,671 4,412 6,533 1,525 413 7,473 2,687 4,495 8,217 889 1,020 17,874 4,060 5,039 1,333 1,043 1,522 288,493

THE OKLAHOMAN | NEWSOK.COM Fallin 3,023 1,301 2,231 1,564 3,471 2,061 6,111 3,723 21,985 8,478 5,850 2,227 734 18,230 1,052 10,827 818 2,470 3,233 281 7,304 1,307 755 11,515 568 10,027 1,199 892 420 898 1,901 1,880 3,950 881 1,713 8,656 3,504 1,423 1,602 723 6,973 8,846 1,554 6,111 4,312 265 2,221 2,528 6,992 2,177 6,810 2,781 1,960 1,619 59,366 5,389 6,496 3,983 3,030 11,633 6,807 5,363 11,827 1,901 923 15,477 3,636 5,659 6,458 3,545 1,083 26,315 7,728 11,548 2,263 2,041 4,080 422,488

U.S. Senate Adair Alfalfa Atoka Beaver Beckham Blaine Bryan Caddo Canadian Carter Cherokee Choctaw Cimarron Cleveland Coal Comanche Cotton Craig Creek Custer Delaware Dewey Ellis Garfield Garvin Grady Grant Greer Harmon Harper Haskell Hughes Jackson Jefferson Johnston Kay Kingfisher Kiowa Latimer LeFlore Lincoln Logan Love McClain McCurtain McIntosh Major Marshall Mayes Murray Muskogee Noble Nowata Okfuskee Oklahoma Okmulgee Osage Ottawa Pawnee Payne Pittsburg Pontotoc Pottwatome Pushmataha Rger Mills Rogers Seminole Sequoyah Stephens Texas Tillman Tulsa Wagoner Washington Washita Woods Woodward Totals

TP 18 11 15 9 13 11 29 25 53 28 26 18 7 91 12 43 12 17 43 13 22 11 10 33 24 42 10 16 8 9 17 16 19 11 13 34 17 14 13 39 23 23 13 26 32 17 14 12 26 12 33 17 12 16 303 34 32 20 12 38 49 26 31 17 10 34 16 33 29 16 10 273 38 24 13 8 15 2,229

PR 18 11 15 9 13 11 29 25 53 28 26 18 7 91 12 43 12 17 43 13 22 11 10 33 2 42 10 16 8 9 17 16 19 11 13 34 17 14 13 2 23 23 13 26 32 17 14 12 26 12 32 17 12 16 293 34 32 20 12 38 49 26 31 17 10 34 16 33 29 16 10 159 25 24 13 8 15 2,032

Rogers 1,705 284 1,087 162 1,053 599 3,053 2,185 5,603 3,284 3,971 1,304 108 20,179 687 6,114 468 1,169 4,400 1,387 2,593 279 202 2,720 214 3,237 308 410 190 136 1,030 1,057 1,136 547 912 3,177 541 688 958 428 2,261 2,571 775 2,100 2,260 2,012 353 1,038 3,257 1,086 5,264 686 831 909 56,220 3,467 4,638 2,106 1,207 5,266 3,840 2,510 4,338 1,047 188 5,661 1,820 3,112 3,377 491 578 26,101 2,581 3,065 684 522 732 238,519

Coburn 3,601 1,654 2,449 1,620 4,205 2,404 6,881 4,810 27,654 9,027 7,020 2,514 839 48,970 1,232 14,459 1,238 2,924 15,154 6,072 8,243 1,514 1,258 13,096 677 11,742 1,389 1,064 505 1,038 2,269 2,264 4,598 1,136 1,868 9,782 4,019 1,832 1,941 829 8,022 9,839 1,719 8,480 5,573 3,912 2,556 2,763 7,924 2,679 10,988 3,124 2,306 1,973 124,778 6,438 9,140 4,515 3,395 13,623 8,059 6,705 13,062 2,101 1,083 21,234 4,213 6,549 10,576 3,666 1,391 64,861 8,768 12,806 2,756 2,439 4,613 644,420

Wallace 129 55 112 58 102 60 250 153 777 301 254 113 24 2,244 32 578 40 99 472 138 295 31 27 390 30 440 53 38 18 31 59 86 129 47 82 352 65 46 82 28 282 276 69 245 249 118 55 105 277 113 334 98 89 60 4,657 197 337 203 127 518 285 236 454 137 25 599 147 251 339 145 42 2,269 259 380 84 63 110 22,554

Dwyer 32 20 23 9 26 29 76 67 206 97 100 43 7 570 17 185 33 33 152 40 88 15 6 118 3 103 13 16 3 3 29 29 35 16 32 149 31 14 33 8 86 97 29 62 67 52 15 27 86 27 98 40 21 25 2,455 82 114 67 64 193 118 58 156 34 9 203 56 86 106 40 21 675 69 116 23 20 38 8,044


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Oilers goalie OKC-bound

Star in making Freshman ‘star’ linebacker Shaun Lewis could be key against Baylor.

Edmonton Oilers goaltender Jeff Deslauriers cleared waivers Tuesday morning and is expected to fly to Oklahoma City and report to the Barons on Thursday.

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OU coach Bob Stoops won’t say it, but the Sooners have problems playing away from home. PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN

Great at home, shaky on road CHECK NUMBERS | SOONERS FAR BEHIND COMPARABLE TEAMS IN AWAY GAMES

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ORMAN — The road to recovery begins with admitting you have a problem. Uh-oh. OU football is back on the road this Saturday, and its ringmaster refuses to concede the big top has a hole in it.

For half a decade, the Sooners have been prairie piranhas at Owen Field but nice little guppies outside their home tank. Since the calendar turned to 2005, OU is 35-1 at Owen Field, with a 35-game win streak, but 22-18 away from home, including 14-9 in true road games. “I think we play better on the road than most teams,” Stoops said. “I guess I’d like to see what everybody else’s record is. SEE TRAMEL, PAGE 5B

IS BLAKE BACK?

SOONERS WIN FROM THE INSIDE OUT The Inside-out approach worked for the Sooners in Tuesday’s exhibition game. Relying less on 3-pointers, OU rallied in second half to beat Northern State. PAGE 5C

OU WOMEN’S HOOPS

ROBINSON NAMED PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN

A STRESS FRACTURE CAUSED A ONE-YEAR DELAY FOR FORMER OU STAR BLAKE GRIFFIN IN BEGINNING HIS NBA CAREER. STILL LISTED AS A ROOKIE, HE HAS FINALLY MADE HIS NBA DEBUT, AND HIS IMPACT HAS BEEN FELT IMMEDIATELY.

OU’s Danielle Robinson was named a preseason All-American by The Associated Press on Tuesday. The Sooners play their first exhibition game on Thursday at 7 p.m. against Oklahoma Christian. Find out who else was selected to the team inside. PAGE 4C

Danielle Robinson PHOTO BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN

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6 p.m. Saturday › When: Kyle Field, College Station, Texas › Where: Fox Sports Oklahoma (Cox 37) › TV: › Radio: 107.7 KRXO-FM, KOKC-AM 1520

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

WASHINGTON STILL IN HUNT FOR DISTRICT TITLE

ON NEWSOK.COM No need to "Google it up" as OU coach Bob Stoops likes to say. We’ve got the video of Coach Stoops’ press conference at NewsOK.com/sports. AP PHOTO

OU’s Nelson takes on team he turned down Darnell Mayberry

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nebacker Travis Lewis takes every chance he gets to remind teammate Corey Nelson about his original commitment to Texas A&M before switching to the Sooners. “When we’re watching them on film, I’ll tell him, ‘There are your boys,’ ” Lewis said. “We’ve teased

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him about it all season whenever we see them on film... We have fun with it.” SEE NELSON, PAGE 4B

Blake Griffin caught an entry pass on the left block Monday night, turned and faced up against San Antonio forward Antonio McDyess. First, Griffin surveyed the court. Then, he sized up his man. If you blinked, you might have missed Griffin leave McDyess in his dust,

using one dribble and some graceful footwork to blaze by McDyess on the baseline before throwing down a ferocious onehanded dunk. Right then, you knew Griffin was back — and better than ever. After a stress fracture of his left knee caused a oneyear delay, Griffin, the former Oklahoma star and 2009 No. 1 overall draft pick by the Los Angeles Clippers, has finally made his NBA debut. And his impact has been felt immediately. In his first four games, Griffin has averaged 16.8 points, 10.3 rebounds, two

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When: 9:30 p.m. today Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles TV: Fox Sports Oklahoma (Cox 37, HD Ch. 722). Radio: WWLS 98.1-FM, WWLS 640-AM.

assists and one steal. Game No. 5 for Griffin comes tonight at Staples Center against the Thunder. “Blake is really, really SEE GRIFFIN, PAGE 8B

The Warriors lost quaterback Dakota Treat for a threegame stretch, but remain within striking distance in 2A-3. Washington plays Hobart on Friday. PAGE 6B

CONTACT US Have a question, comment or suggestion? Let us know. The Oklahoman Sports Department P.O. Box 25125 Oklahoma City, OK 73125 (405) 475-3313 (800) 375-6397 ext. 3313 Fax: (405) 475-3315 NewsOK.com sportsdesk@oklahoman.com


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COLLEGE FOOTBALL 6 p.m.

BARONS GETTING EDMONTON GOALIE

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Rutgers at South Florida

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Milwaukee at Boston Oklahoma City at L.A. Clippers

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AC Milan vs. Real Madrid

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Edmonton Oilers goalie Jeff Deslauriers, left, cleared waivers Tuesday and is expected to fly to Oklahoma City and report to the Barons on Thursday. AP PHOTO

practice time is the obvious downfall (but) we knew something had to happen at some point. ... “I can stop thinking about it, stop talking about it, and move forward.” Now, though, the Barons have a decision to make as they wind up with the same situation. Oklahoma City already has goalies Martin Gerber and Bryan Pitton on the roster. “They’re both NHL goalies,” Barons general manager Bill Scott said. “Between the two of them, we’re going to see how they’re going. “Not a lot of teams have that ability or that luxury to keep guys like that. We’ll give both guys every opportunity to play as much as they can.” With Gerber and Deslauriers both expected to see significant playing time, Pitton could be

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Goaltender Jeff Deslauriers cleared waivers Tuesday morning and is expected to fly to Oklahoma City today and report to the Barons on Thursday. “He’s going to play,” Barons coach Todd Nelson said. “That’s important for a goaltender to stay sharp.” Deslauriers hadn’t played for the Oilers since the preseason. Devan Dubnyk was in net the one game starter Nikolai Khabibulin sat out. “They had to make a decision at one point,” Deslauriers told the Edmonton Journal. “It’s not a good situation for anybody to have three goalies. The

headed to the Oilers’ ECHL affiliate in Stockton, Calif. “We’ve got to find the right combination there,” Nelson said. “We’re happy with both our goalies that we have here right now. Marty’s played well. Bryan’s played well. We’ve got to figure out what’s best for us and best for the Oilers organization.” Deslauriers’ contract was likely a reason he wasn’t claimed on waivers. The 26-year-old has a one-year, one-way contract for $1.05 million. Also, Oilers winger J.F. Jacques will report to OKC in time for this weekend’s games as he begins a conditioning assignment. Jacques is recovering from back surgery. Jacques played 49 games last season for the Oilers before being sidelined with a back injury that required surgery to re-

pair a herniated disc for the second time in a year and a half. Jacques is expected to play in two of the three games this weekend as he works his way back. “He’ll be a great addition,” Scott said. “We’re not going to overwork him. We’re going to ease him back into it so he can get back quickly. “As his cardio and fitness levels show us, he’ll play.” Jacques last saw significant time in the AHL in 2007-08 with Springfield. Last season, he played eight games for the Falcons. “He’s a big guy who goes to the net and he can whip the puck in the net,” Scott said. “I’m sure he’ll help our team be successful as well as push our prospects and show them what it takes to get to the next level.”

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Barons look to keep momentum going After two days away from the rink, the Barons returned to practice Tuesday morning to prepare for this weekend’s three-night stretch at home. The practice wasn’t as crisp as coach Todd Nelson would have liked, but it wasn’t unexpected. “Anytime after two days off, the team is going to be a bit sluggish,” Nelson said. “But the rest was wellneeded after the trip. “I didn’t even play in a hockey game and I came back from the trip totally mentally drained and fatigued.” The trip was a productive one, though, as the Barons went 4-1 in a trip that took them to Toronto, Hamilton, Chicago, Grand Rapids and Peoria. Nelson said he hoped his team could keep that momentum at home. “It was a great trip but we have to start focusing on this weekend,” Nelson said. “We’ve got to establish ourselves at home.” Part of that, he said, was not getting away from what’s been successful on the road. “If we start trying to be too fancy and getting away from what’s worked, we can get ourselves in trouble,” Nelson said. “On the road, we played smart, there was no panic in our game. We need to do that here as well.”

MCDONALD LEADING WAY FOR “MOVEMBER” Nelson is used to sporting facial

hair, but most of his players go the clean-shaven route. That changes this month as the Barons participate in “Movember,” a charity event designed to raise money and awareness for prostate cancer. The players, coaches and other staff are participating in the event by growing mustaches for the entire month of November. Leading the way for the Barons’ participation on the event is winger Colin McDonald. McDonald participated in the even last year with the Springfield Falcons, as did Liam Reddox and Taylor Chorney. “We had fun with it last year,” McDonald said. “This year, I mentioned it to a couple guys and they said they’d do it. “Hopefully we can raise some good money and get the fans to help out.”

VANDE VELDE, KYTNAR DRAW PRAISE As the Barons return home for Friday’s game against Texas, Nelson said several players particularly pleased him during the trip. Nelson said Chris Vande Velde and Milan Kytnar had improved of late. “Those two guys really picked it up on the road trip,” Nelson said. “They’re playing a lot better than they did early. “A lot of our guys are.” Matt Marquardt and Philippe Cornet rotated games as healthy scratches during the trip, but Nelson said the scratches aren’t being used as punishment for poor play. “We’re trying to keep the guys as

OU, OSU kick off Big 12 tourney

fresh as possible,” he said. “It’s a good competitive thing to have that situation where guys keep working and pushing themselves so they are playing. “It’s just a numbers game, we have to sit somebody.”

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Oklahoma at Texas A&M St. Mary’s at San Diego

Barons defenseman Jake Taylor missed the recent road trip, staying behind for rehabilitation as he works his way back from an upper-body injury. Taylor has not played since Oct. 15 but returned to practice Tuesday and didn’t wear a “non-contact” jersey. Barons general manager Bill Scott said it was still unclear when Taylor would return, although having him back at practice was a good sign. “We’ll see how he progresses this week and make the decision Friday on whether he can play,” Scott said. “He’s certainly on the right road and he should be back real soon.”

PENALTY SHOTS Friday is adult practice jersey night. The first 2,000 adults will receive the practice jerseys. ... After Sunday’s game, fans will be permitted to skate on the Cox Center ice. Several Barons will participate in the skate. ... The Barons are 0-4-0-1 when scoring fewer than three goals but 7-0-0-0 when scoring three or more. ... Brad Moran is the Barons’ leader in plus/ minus at plus-4. Reddox is at plus-2. BY RYAN ABER

BIG 12 SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP

Today through Sunday › When: Where: Blossom Soccer Complex, San Antonio, Tex› as 1: No. 4 Oklahoma vs. No. 5 Texas, 11:30 a.m. › Game 2: No. 3 Nebraska vs. No. 6 Missouri, 2 p.m. › Game Game 3: No. 1 Texas A&M vs. No. 8 Colorado, 5:30 › p.m. › Game 4: No. 2 Oklahoma State vs. No. 7 Texas Tech. 8 p.m. FRIDAY

› Game 5: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 3, 5:30 p.m. 2 vs. Winner Game 4, 8 p.m. › Game 6: Winner GameSUNDAY › Championship: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, Noon

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RATINGS WATCH ESPN2’s Colorado-OU telecast topped the week in the Oklahoma City sports ratings. None of the KOKH-25’s World Series telecasts made the top five, averaging 8.2 for the five games (8.8, 7.9, 5.1, 10.4, 8.6). The Dallas Cowboys had their lowest rating here in several years, managing only a 7.5 for their 35-17 loss to Jacksonville on KWTV-9 and losing out to KOKH-25’s Carolina-St. Louis game (8.0). Sports events Oct. 26-Nov. 1 1. Colorado at Oklahoma, college football, Saturday, ESPN2, 21.0. 2. Minnesota at New England, NFL, Sunday, KOKH-25, 15.0. 3. Oklahoma State at Kansas State, college football, Saturday, FSOK, 12.1. 4. Missouri at Nebraska, college football, Saturday, KOCO-5, 15.0. 5. Pittsburgh at New Orleans, NFL, Sunday, KFOR-4, 11.2.

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OSU cross country selected No. 1 The OSU men’s cross country team was voted No. 1 for the first time in school history by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The team claimed its third consecutive Big 12 Championship last weekend to move past previously top-ranked Stanford. Oklahoma State is the defending national champion, but never reached higher than the No. 2 spot last season. The Cowboys will defend their NCAA Midwest Regional title on Nov. 13. The OSU women also reached a milestone in Tuesday’s poll, receiving their highest ranking since 2006 at No. 23.

ORANGE AND BLACK MATCHUPS SET OSU wrestling coach John Smith announced the lineups for the Orange and Black Ranking Matches, which will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. in Gallagher-Iba Arena. The feature bout of the night will come at 149 pounds, where Albert White takes on Jamal Parks. Last year’s Big 12 champion at 141 pounds, Parks moves up this year to face White, who was 9-0 last season. Admission is free, and fans are encouraged to stay in the arena after the wrestling ends to get autographs and pictures with their favorite Cowboy wrestlers. The Cowboys open their season at the Oklahoma City Open on Sunday. Find a complete list of the Orange and Black matchups in Scoreboard on Page 5B.

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The Oklahoma State and Oklahoma soccer teams kick off the Big 12 Soccer Championship today in San Antonio. OSU, seeded second in the tournament, plays tonight at 9 against No. 7 seed Texas Tech. OU, which is seeded fourth, opens the championship against No. 5 Texas at 11:30 a.m. The championship is being played at the Blossom Soccer Complex in San Antonio. The final match, on Sunday at noon, will be broadcast on FSN.

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Report: Brewers hire Roenicke A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press the Milwaukee Brewers have hired Los Angeles Angels bench coach Ron Roenicke to be their new manager. The person requested anonymity because the team has not yet announced the move. An announcement could come this week. The 54-year-old Roenicke has been a member of the Angels’ coaching staff for the past 11 seasons, including the past five as bench coach. He was seen as a dark horse candidate in the Brewers’ search to replace Ken Macha, who was fired after two disappointing seasons. The Chicago Sun-Times first reported the hiring Tuesday.

MARLINS KEEPING RODRIGUEZ A person familiar with the Florida Marlins’ managerial search said Edwin Rodriguez will keep the job next season. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Marlins weren’t planning an announcement until today. Rodriguez became the first Puerto Rican manager in the major leagues when he took over as interim manager June 23 after Fredi Gonzalez was fired. Rodriguez, who has been in baseball for 30 years, managed Florida’s Triple-A team in New Orleans before getting his first big-league job.

SERIES RATINGS TIE LOWEST EVER Television ratings for this year’s World Series equaled the lowest ever. The San Francisco Giants’ five-game victory over the Texas Rangers averaged an 8.4 rating and 14 share. That matches the record low of the 2008 Phillies-Rays World Series, which also went five games, with the decisive game suspended then completed two days later because of rain. The average rating was down 28 percent from the 11.7/19 for last year’s Yankees-Phillies series. The Giants’ 3-1 win Monday night on Fox earned an 8.8/14. San Francisco averaged a 35.3/61 for the series, while Dallas had a 30.9/48. Ratings represent the percentage of all homes with TVs tuned into a program. Shares represent the percentage of all homes with TVs in use at the time. FROM WIRE REPORTS


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OSU FOOTBALL STILLWATER — A sequence early in the third quarter of Oklahoma State’s 24-14 win over Kansas State last Saturday reveals the potential of Cowboy linebacker Shaun Lewis. On first down, Lewis sidestepped a KSU blocker then knifed through the line of scrimmage to bring down Wildcat running back Daniel Thomas in the open field. On third down, the freshman dropped into coverage and arrived moments after the football to drive a Wildcat receiver to the ground 5 yards short of the first down. “Shaun Lewis is awesome,” cornerback Brodrick Brown said. “He’s fast, he’s relentless and he’s strong. He’s a guy you don’t hear a lot about, but he’s a solid playmaker.” That combination of aggressiveness, one-onone tackling and instincts earned Lewis his first career start against the Wildcats. The Missouri City, Texas, native answered the call with eight tackles, including two for loss, in the win. “He’s a special freshman, no question about it,” defensive coordinator Bill Young said. “He’s aggressive and he’s real smart. And that’s a good combination.” Lewis is the “Star” linebacker in OSU’s base defense with junior James Thomas manning the “Star” spot in OSU’s speed package. The freshman brings aggressiveness in the run game with the versatility to hold up in coverage, which has given the Cowboy coaching staff the confidence to place him alongside Orie Lemon and Justin Gent in OSU’s base package. “He’s done well the past couple of weeks,” coach Mike Gundy said. “He’s starting to understand what’s going on. He has success because he’s an aggressive tackler when he comes up to hit you. He’s different than other people.” Ask Taylor Martinez. Lewis forced Nebraska’s lone turnover with a jawrattling hit on the Cornhuskers’ freshman quarterback, forcing a fumble in the Cowboys’ only loss two weeks ago. Lewis’ playmaking ability first came to light against Texas A&M when his fourth-quarter interception set up Dan Bailey’s game-winning field goal. “His instincts are pretty

As attention finally focuses on Baylor and all the Bears have done this season to reshape perceptions of what’s going on in Waco, inside the program the focus remains dead ahead. And for now, that means on OSU on Saturday in Stillwater. Even at 7-2 and achieving bowl eligibility and a Top 25 presence — status seemingly unattainable as members of the Big 12 — the Bears don’t want to soak it all in just yet. “We have done a lot in this season for Baylor and Baylor Nation,” said Bears quarterback Robert Griffin III. “At the end of the year we will be able to look back on it and really take it in. Right now we are just focused on winning another game. “This is the only game that matters right now, and

OSU finalizes 2011 schedule Oklahoma State finalized its 2011 college football schedule on Tuesday. The highlights of the schedule include a non-conference visit from Mike Stoops and Arizona, a road trip to Tulsa and a second straight Bedlam game in Stillwater. OSU will not play any non-Saturday games in 2011. Here’s a look at the Cowboys 2011 schedule: Date: Opponent Sept. 3: Louisiana Lafayette Sept. 10: Arizona Sept. 17: at Tulsa Sept. 24: at Texas A&M* Oct.1: Open Oct. 8: Kansas* Oct. 15: at Texas* Oct. 22: at Missouri* Oct. 29: Baylor*# Nov. 5: Kansas State* Nov. 12: at Texas Tech* Nov. 19: at Iowa State* Nov. 26: Oklahoma* *Big 12 Conference game #Homecoming

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Thorpe semifinalists announced The semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, given annually to the top defensive back in college football, were announced Tuesday. Nebraska’s Prince Amukamara is the Big 12’s only player among the semifinalists. The other semifinalists are Mark Barron, Alabama; Chimdi Chekwa, Ohio State; Brandon Harris, Miami (Fla.); Cliff Harris, Oregon; Tejay Johnson, TCU; Joe Lefeged, Rutgers; Rahim Moore, UCLA; Patrick Peterson, LSU; and Tyler Sash, Iowa. The announcement of the Jim Thorpe Award winner will be featured on The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards live on Dec. 9, at 6 p.m. on ESPN. The Thorpe Award official presentation will be at a formal banquet in Oklahoma City on Feb. 7.

GATORS SEEK SOONERS’ HELP Desperate to find some offensive rhythm, Florida took a close look at two of college football’s most recent juggernauts. The Gators copied everything they could. Florida re-examined 2008 Oklahoma, which became the highest-scoring team in NCAA history (716 points) and the first to score 60 or more points in five consecutive games, and broke down 2010 Oregon. The top-ranked Ducks are averaging 573 yards and 55 points a game. Florida spent two weeks installing no-huddle formations and incorporating a dual-quarterback twist for deception. The result was a season-high 77 plays, 450 total yards and a 34-31 victory in overtime Saturday against rival Georgia. The Gators plan to stick with it the rest of the year.

OSU’s Shaun Lewis returns an interception against Texas A&M. PHOTO BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN

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good; he likes to play the game and he’s not scared,” Gundy said. “It will be good to have him for three years.” It will be particularly good to have him on Saturday. With Baylor and explosive run-pass threat Robert Griffin III visiting Boone Pickens Stadium, Lewis could provide an athletic option and solid one-on-one tackler to help contain Griffin if the Bears’ quarterback begins

stretching OSU’s defense with his feet. “He’s going to do pretty well here,” Gundy said. “He’s going to give you what Andre Sexton did with maybe a little more athleticism.” Lewis is a perfect example of the rise of Gundy’s program. The UnderArmour All-American had offers from Alabama, Florida, LSU, Oklahoma, Oregon and Nebraska, among others. He’s the

type of player the Cowboys struggled to consistently attract in previous years. And he’s living up to the hype. “He’s nowhere near close to the player he’s going to be,” linebackers coach Glenn Spencer said. “But he can do some things you just can’t coach. He makes things happen. “There are times when you gotta say sic ’em, and he does that.”

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it will be a big game for us. We will look at it and focus on the little things and let the big things fall into place.”

WEEDEN NOT EXACTLY A RUNNING MAN Cowboys quarterback Brandon Weeden saw open field and ran to daylight Saturday, gaining 8 yards and nearly picking up a first down. Weeden’s not opposed to running, although he has been discouraged. “I’m not sure coach (Dana) Holgorsen likes when I do,” Weeden said with a laugh. “I did in the spring and he wasn’t very happy about it. If I need to get a quick 5 yards, I can do that. But you’ll never see me break a 30-yarder. That will never happen. “I’m not the slowest guy in the world, but I’m also not the fleetest of foot. I’ll do

Big 12 Standings

NORTH Conference All Games W L PF PA W L PF PA Missouri .......... 3 1 108 67 7 1 260 123 Nebraska ......... 3 1 143 91 7 1 303 142 Iowa St............ 3 2 128 154 5 4 216 267 Kansas St........ 2 3 155 146 5 3 251 205 Colorado .......... 0 4 59 127 3 5 150 222 Kansas............. 0 4 40 177 2 6 129 265 SOUTH Conference All Games W L PF PA W L PF PA Baylor .............. 4 1 201 141 7 2 309 208 Oklahoma ....... 3 1 150 66 7 1 286 160 Oklahoma St. . 3 1 137 117 7 1 362 228 Texas A&M...... 2 2 134 105 5 3 274 172 Texas ............... 2 3 107 113 4 4 187 171 Texas Tech....... 2 4 168 217 4 4 255 261 Saturday’s Games Baylor at Oklahoma State, 11:30 a.m. Colorado at Kansas, 1 p.m. Nebraska at Iowa State, 2:30 p.m. Oklahoma at Texas A&M, 6 p.m. Texas at Kansas State, 7 p.m. Missouri at Texas Tech, 7 p.m.

what I need to, but I’m not going to make a habit out of it.” The former baseball player should have the slide concept down, although he went head-first against Kansas State, trying to stretch for the first-down marker. “I’ll get down. I’m not

going to take anybody on, that’s for sure.”

BAYLOR BREAKING BARRIERS Baylor has lost eight straight games at OSU and hasn’t won in Stillwater since 1939. Still, this has been a breakthrough season in many ways for the Bears. And a win at Boone Pickens Stadium would add to a list of accomplishments that includes: Most Big 12 wins in a season (4). Longest Big 12 winning streak (3). 7-2 for the first time since 1991. First Top 25 ranking since 1993. First win over Texas since 1997. Bowl eligible for the first time since 1995.

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AUBURN QB DODGES NFL QUESTION Auburn quarterback Cam Newton said he won’t think about the NFL until after this season. Newton said he couldn’t give “a definite decision on how I’m feeling right now” about the possibility of skipping his senior season to enter the draft. The Heisman Trophy contender said the third-ranked Tigers can’t be thinking about awards or the NFL because those kinds of “selfish thoughts” can be contagious on a team. Newton has led the team to a 9-0 start and into Southeastern Conference and national title contention. His 1,122 rushing yards lead the SEC by 400 yards over South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore.

BIG EAST WILL EXPAND The Big East conference unanimously agreed to expand the number of football-playing schools to 10. The Big East made the announcement after Tuesday’s board of directors meeting in Philadelphia. Commissioner John Marinatto said potential expansion candidates will start to be evaluated. The 16-member Big East has eight teams playing football. The conference informed Villanova in September that it wants to add them to the conference. The Wildcats currently play in the Colonial Athletic Association. Villanova won the FCS national championship last year and would move up to the Football Bowl Subdivision.

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Georgia: Coach Mark Richt said assistant Todd Grantham was caught up in the emotions of an overtime game when he gave a choke sign to Florida kicker Chas Henry. A television snapshot from Sun Sports in Florida shows Grantham, Georgia’s defensive coordinator, with one hand on his throat as Henry lined up for his winning field goal in the Gators’ 34-31 win Saturday. Richt said he doesn’t think Grantham is “necessarily proud of it (the gesture).” Richt said Grantham will “learn from it and move on,” but did not say he faces disciplinary action. Mississippi State: Officials said football player Nick Bell died after battling cancer since late September. The 20-year-old from Bessemer, Ala., was diagnosed after experiencing headaches during football practice and had surgery on Oct. 1 to remove a mass from his brain. Bell, a 6-foot-3, 265-pound sophomore, played in four games this season.

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OU BASKETBALL NORMAN — The newlook Oklahoma men’s basketball team doesn’t have a lot of size. But coach Jeff Capel reminded players at halftime of the Sooners’ exhibition game that to reach their potential, they can’t rely on perimeter shots. After being outscored in the paint in the first half by undersized Division II Northern State, the Sooners attacked the basket in the second half to rally to a 75-64 win Tuesday night at Lloyd Noble Center. “We were so out of character from how we’ve been in practice,” Capel said. “We’ve been very unselfish in practice. The ball was moving, being reversed. In the first half we took so many 3s, some off one pass or no pass. That’s not the way we want to play. “Certainly we’re a team that’s going to have to make perimeter shots. But when we got penetration, kicked it out and the ball got reversed, those are the 3s we made. ... We will make shots. I’m not worried about that. We’re a good shooting team. But we have to be able to drive the ball, too.” A good example was sophomore guard Steven Pledger. Last season, Pledger’s game was 3pointers. Tuesday, Pledger

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Totals ........200 25-57 4-17 21-31 40 18 22 75

Northern State.............................. 33 31 — 64 Oklahoma........................................29 46 — 75 Steals — NS 7 (Storrusten 3), OU 10 (Newell 4). Turnovers — NS 22 (Storrusten, Lane 5), OU 17 (Pledger 5). Blocks — NS 1 (Storrusten), OU 2 (Fitzgerald 2). A — 3,192.

OU’s Steven Pledger scored a game-high 23 points in the Sooners’ 75-64 win over Northern State on Tuesday in Norman. PHOTO BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN

scored a game-high 23 points and made only one 3-pointer. “I’ve been working on that all spring, summer and fall,” Pledger said. “When I’m at home, I work out with my father. We did a lot of going-tothe-rack moves, one dribble, two dribbles, get to the basket or pull up for jumpers.” In the first half, the Sooners were outscored 11-9 in the paint and shot 33.3 percent. Half their shots were 3-pointers. In the second half, OU

shot 55.5 percent and attempted only two shots beyond the arc. “That’s one thing Coach said to us, that we were settling for too many 3s, that we needed to work inside and play inside-out,” said senior guard Cade Davis. “That made a huge difference for us.” Northern State, from Aberdeen, S.D., returns four of its top five scorers from a team that finished 13-14 last season. The Sooners trailed much of the second half. Pledger scored 14 points in

the final seven minutes to help turn a 55-51 deficit into a double-digit win. “We did a great job battling adversity for a team with so many new guys that haven’t been through anything, yet,” Capel said. “Our guys kept fighting. And we had some guys on the bench step up and give us some good minutes.” Capel said it will take time for eight eligible newcomers to mesh with three returning players, but he was encouraged. “This was a really good game for this young group to be in this type of game situation,” Capel said. “I was actually pleased with a lot of things we did. We have a lot we need to work on, but some guys stepped up and made some big plays for us.”

OU guard Danielle Robinson was named a preseason All-American by the Associated Press on Tuesday. PHOTO BY STEVE SISNEY, THE OKLAHOMAN

OU’s Robinson named preseason All-American Oklahoma women’s basketball player Danielle Robinson was named a preseason All-American by The Associated Press on Tuesday. Robinson a senior guard for the Sooners, averaged 16.8 points per game last year along with 3.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists. Connecticut’s Maya Moore was the second player to be a two-time unanimous choice on The Associated Press’ women’s basketball preseason All-America team. Moore received all 40 votes from the national media panel and joined Alana Beard as the only women to accomplish the feat. Brittney Griner of Baylor, Nnemkadi Ogwumike of Stanford and Jantel Lavender of Ohio State joined Robinson and Moore on the team. The Sooners open the exhibition portion of their schedule Thursday at 7 p.m. against Oklahoma Christian.

SOONERS NINTH IN PRESEASON POLL Oklahoma is No. 9 in the USA Today/ESPN Preseason Women’s Basketball Coaches’ poll announced Tuesday. OU has started each of the past five seasons in the top 10 of the coaches’ poll. Connecticut, ranked No. 1, received 27 of 31 possible first-places votes. Baylor and Stanford were tied for second. OU will play UConn on Feb. 14 in Hartford, Conn. Other ranked Big 12 teams include No. 17 Iowa State, No. 20 Texas and No. 23 Nebraska. Oklahoma State received 19 points. FROM STAFF REPORTS

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Rebounding issues One of the biggest questions for the Oklahoma men’s basketball team is rebounding. The Sooners out-rebounded undersized Division II Northern State 40-32, but the Wolves owned a 30-28 edge the first half of Tuesday’s exhibition game, which OU won 75-64. “We’re not getting ready for Northern State,” said senior guard Cade Davis. “We’re getting ready for OSU, Kansas and Kansas State. Those guys have monsters down low. We need to make sure we’re on

the boards, boxing out, no matter who we’re playing.” Forward Andrew Fitzgerald, one of three returning players who logged significant minutes last year, led the Sooners with 10 rebounds. Nick Thompson, a junior-college transfer, grabbed eight. No one else grabbed more than four. “That’s something that’s going to be a work in progress for us all year long,” said coach Jeff Capel. “We have to do a better job blocking out. We have to pursue rebounds.” C.J. Washington, who sat out Tuesday’s game, will help. Other options could be Barry Honore, a 6-7, 260-

pound walk-on transfer from Southern, and Abudl Ahmed, a skinny 6-10 raw talent from London, who both played key minutes down the stretch.

WASHINGTON, TAYLOR DON’T PLAY T.J. Taylor, a top-100 national incoming freshman from Denison, Texas, didn’t dress out for Tuesday’s game. Taylor suffered a concussion last month and has only practiced a few times. Washington, a 6-foot-7 transfer from Connors State, did not play after injuring his groin in Saturday’s practice following a

hard fall. Washington is day-to-day. Freshman Tyler Neal suffered a foot injury in Tuesday’s game and did not play the second half.

FIRST GAME JITTERS Capel said with so many new players, first-game jitters were to be expected, but he saw several positives. “Defensively there is a lot to be desired,” Capel said. “We still have a long way to go, but I knew that coming in. This hopefully opened our guys’ eyes to when we get back into the gym on Thursday and we’ll work hard.” BY MIKE BALDWIN

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Saturday night at Kyle Field, Nelson could affect the outcome between the school he chose (OU) over the school (A&M) he was committed to for seven months. The first six games, Nelson primarily played on special teams as Lewis’ understudy at weakside linebacker. But in last week’s win over Colorado, Nelson played strongside linebacker in OU’s 4-3 base defense. He also played the hybrid linebacker/defensive end position on passing downs. “Everyone is talking about all these different freshmen, but he takes a backseat to no one when it comes to his ability to play his position,” said OU coach Bob Stoops. “We love him. He has excellent speed, quickness. He’s physical. He’s smart. We’re moving him around, giving him more opportunities to play.” Against Missouri, Nelson played 11 snaps and recorded five tackles. He wasn’t as productive against Colorado but played 28 snaps in an expanded role. “Coach (Brent Venables) has a lot of confidence in him,” Lewis said. “He’s a smart guy. People don’t realize how tough it

OU freshman linebacker Corey Nelson, center, was committed to Texas A&M before switching to the Sooners. PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN

is for a true freshman to pick up this defense. He’s way above where I was. If he stays on track he’s going to be another great OU linebacker.” Nelson said it’s been a challenge to learn all three positions but is grateful for the opportunity to play more. Defensive end Jeremy Beal said Nelson is one of OU’s fastest linebackers during his five seasons in the program. “He’s an amazing talent,” Beal said. “He’s good right now but will really be good down the road. He’s still learning the defense, playing three different positions. Once he gets the grasp of it he’s going to be an outstanding player.” Ranked the No. 1 player

in A&M’s class, Nelson probably will be a target for taunts Saturday night. He experienced some Aggie fans’ wrath in February when he signed with the Sooners. What most Aggie fans don’t know is Nelson was considering OU for several weeks. The problem was he continued to tell recruiting services he was committed to Texas A&M and wore an A&M hat to his high school the day before national signing day. Nelson’s last-minute flip-flop didn’t go over well in College Station. The school newspaper blasted him, writing Nelson stabbed coach Mike Sherman in the back, that he was an example of what’s wrong with college football. Fans attacked him

on Facebook. “They were criticizing me about my decision,” Nelson said. “From the newspaper to fans to scouts, the list could go on and on.” The reason Nelson switched was he took advice from those closest to him. “After talking to my family and peers I look up to, OU was better for me,” Nelson said. “(A&M) wasn’t sure what type of defense they were going to run. They didn’t have a linebackers coach. I don’t regret it at all. I love Oklahoma. I love my teammates. And the school... “I’ve tried to put that behind me. It’s in the past. A&M is a good school. I just want to move on and continue to work. I’m at Oklahoma now. We’re just going to go out and play Oklahoma football.” As for teammates’ ribbing, Nelson takes it in stride. “Travis will be like, ‘Ain’t this your school here, man? They don’t look too good right now,’ ” Nelson said. “But it’s not the worst thing I’ve heard. Some of the things (teammates say) I can’t really tell you. But it’s quite funny.” Pardon A&M fans if they’re not laughing Saturday night at Kyle Field.

USA Today/ESPN Women’s Top 25 Poll 1. Connecticut (27) ..... 2. Baylor (2) ................ 2. Stanford (1) ............ 4. Tennessee (1) ......... 5. Duke ........................ 6. Xavier ...................... 7. Ohio State............... 8. Texas A&M .............. 9. Oklahoma ............... 10. Kentucky ................. 11. West Virginia.......... 12. Notre Dame............. 13. Georgetown ............ 14. Florida State ........... 15. UCLA........................

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Sooners dealing with D-line injuries Going into the season, the Sooners knew they wouldn’t be deep at defensive tackle. And that was before injuries to starter Casey Walker and freshman Daniel Noble. To cope, Oklahoma has been shifting players the last two weeks. Defensive end Pryce Macon has been working at defensive tackle, and forgotten offensive guard Tavaris Jeffries is practicing at defensive tackle, as well. “We’re looking at Tavaris at defensive line a little bit, just to see if here down the stretch he can’t jump in and help some,” coach Bob Stoops said. “Another big, physical, strong, guy; you know, it may work.” Lane Johnson has also changed sides, from tight end to defensive end. “Austin Haywood is really doing well, at tight end, along with these other guys,” Stoops said. “So it’s really just trying to, we think it may fit (Johnson) better. And you know what? In just a week’s time, we kind of think it does. He’s a big, strong guy, athletic, plays hard. So this may be a good fit for him.” Stoops revealed Tuesday that Walker will miss his fifth consecutive game with sprained knee. Noble was able to practice some Monday, but is doubtful, as is linebacker/ defensive end Ronnell Lewis, who his injured his right knee two weeks ago.

MADU’S FUMBLING GETS HIM BENCHED Senior running back Mossis Madu had been a positive force backing up starter DeMarco Murray, until the last three weeks. In back-to-back games against Iowa State and Missouri, Madu lost fumbles. Then against Colorado, he was benched. “He’s had a couple glitches, and one of our values as an offense is you earn your job, you earn the right to have the ball,” said offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson. “Even on the kickoff return at Missouri, he kind of blotched the catch. Our thing was if you’re not good with the ball, and it’s anyone, your role gets minimized. We value squeezing the ball.” With freshman running back Roy Finch also coming on, what does all that mean for Madu’s role the rest of the season? “He’s a good kid, he’ll keep battling,” Wilson said. “Sometimes the door swings back. Hopefully he’ll be ready to roll again.”

PASSING ON DEFENSE Saturday, quarterback Landry Jones torched Colorado’s No. 112-ranked pass defense for a career-high 453 passing yards. Jones will have more opportunities against poor pass defenses to close the season, beginning this weekend at Texas A&M. The Aggies rank 101st nationally in pass defense. After that, the Sooners get Texas Tech (No. 119 pass defense), Baylor (No. 87 pass defense) and Oklahoma State (No. 113 pass defense). BY JAKE TROTTER


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.857 .714 .571 .000

Indianapolis.................. 5 2 0 Tennessee..................... 5 3 0 Houston........................ 4 3 0 Jacksonville.................. 4 4 0 North Division

.714 .625 .571 .500

Baltimore ..................... 5 2 0 Pittsburgh .................... 5 2 0 Cleveland ...................... 2 5 0 Cincinnati ..................... 2 5 0 West Division

.714 .714 .286 .286

Kansas City .................. Oakland ........................ San Diego ..................... Denver ..........................

.714 .500 .375 .250

W

L T

W

L T

W

L T

5 4 3 2

2 4 5 6

0 0 0 0

Pct

Pct

Pct

PF PA

205 159 133 131

154 110 149 211

PF PA

193 224 170 165

142 150 197 226

PF PA

149 147 118 146

129 102 142 163

PF PA

163 212 210 154

122 168 174 223

Sunday, Nov. 7 Chicago vs. Buffalo at Toronto, noon N.Y. Jets at Detroit, noon Miami at Baltimore, noon San Diego at Houston, noon Tampa Bay at Atlanta, noon New Orleans at Carolina, noon New England at Cleveland, noon Arizona at Minnesota, noon N.Y. Giants at Seattle, 3:05 p.m. Kansas City at Oakland, 3:15 p.m. Indianapolis at Philadelphia, 3:15 p.m. Dallas at Green Bay, 7:20 p.m. Open: Denver, Washington, St. Louis, Jacksonville, San Francisco, Tennessee Monday, Nov. 8 Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m. Monday’s Results Indianapolis 30, Houston 17 Sunday’s Results San Francisco 24, Denver 16 Detroit 37, Washington 25 Kansas City 13, Buffalo 10, OT St. Louis 20, Carolina 10 Miami 22, Cincinnati 14 Jacksonville 35, Dallas 17 Green Bay 9, N.Y. Jets 0 San Diego 33, Tennessee 25 New England 28, Minnesota 18 Oakland 33, Seattle 3 Tampa Bay 38, Arizona 35 New Orleans 20, Pittsburgh 10 Open: N.Y. Giants, Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlanta, Baltimore, Cleveland

College

Lone Star Conference Standings

North Division Division W L Pct. W NSU.................. 4 1 .800 5 East Central..... 4 1 .800 4 Eastern N.M. ... 3 2 .600 4 Southeastern .. 2 4 .333 3 TAMU-C ........... 2 3 .400 3 Southwestern . 2 3 .400 2 UCO.................. 1 4 .200 2

Overall L Pct. Stk. 4 .556 L1 5 .444 W3 5 .444 W1 6 .333 L2 6 .333 W1 7 .222 L1 7 .222 L4

South Division Division W L Pct. W Abilene Chr. .. 5 0 1.000 9 TAMU-K ........ 4 1 .800 8 West TAMU .. 4 1 .800 7 Midwest. St.. 3 2 .600 7 Angelo St...... 1 5 .167 3 Tarleton St.... 1 4 .200 2 In. Word ........ 0 5 .000 2

Overall L Pct. Stk. 0 1.000 W9 1 .889 W4 2 .778 W2 2 .778 W1 5 .375 L1 7 .222 L2 7 .222 L3

Saturday’s Games Central Oklahoma at Southwestern, 2 p.m. Eastern New Mexico at Northeastern State, 2 p.m. Angelo State at Southeastern, 2 p.m. Abilene Christian at West Texas A&M, 6 p.m. East Central at Texas A&M-Commerce, 6 p.m. Incarnate Word at Tarleton State, 7 p.m. Midwestern State at Texas A&M-Kingsville, 7 p.m.

Central States Football League Standings

Division Overall W L Pct. W L Pct. Northwestern ........ 5 0 1.000 6 2 .750 Langston ................ 2 1 .667 5 3 .625 SNU ........................ 2 1 .667 5 4 .556 Bacone ................... 2 2 .500 3 6 .333 SW Asse. of God.... 0 4 .000 1 7 .125 Texas College ......... 0 3 .000 0 8 .000 *OPSU.................... - 5 3 .625 *-Not eligible for conference Championship Saturday’s Games Southern Nazarene at Bacone College, 2 p.m. Langston at Texas College, 2 p.m. Oklahoma Panhandle State at Northwestern, 2 p.m. Haskell Indian Nations at SW Assemblies of God, 2 p.m.

BASKETBALL

College Men Tuesday’s Game SWOSU 90, USAO 66

USAO............................................... 30 36 — 66 Southwestern..................................37 53 — 90 USAO — Thomas Peters 18, Sahlih Butts 15, Phillip Harris 7, Trell Porter 6, Graham Faulkner 6, Damian Jones 6, Johnny Uhegwn 4, Drew Godwin 2, Bradley Uhles 2. SW — Curtis Nickson 14, Leon Nelson 14, Jeremy Lay 9, C. Flemmings 9, Greg Richardson 9, Ross Moore 8, Jamere King 7, Ty Pace 7, Chancellor Jones 6, Nick Thurman 4, Zac Howe 3.

NOC-ENID 89, OK. CHR. JV 61

Oklahoma Chr. JV............................ 32 29 — 61 Northern-Enid..................................43 46 — 89 OCJV — Shropshire 13, Essman 12, Horne 8, Haynes 5, Johnson 5, Turley 5, Holden 4, Fletcher 4, Wulfert 3, Newsom 2. NE — Hearn 16, Smith 16, Patterson 12, McClish 9, Cook 8, Mason 6, Burns 6, Thomas 6, Cungious 5, Morgan 2, Candyfire 2, Guillore 1.

ORU 79, DRURY 76

Drury................................................ 41 35 — 76 Oral Roberts.................................... 39 40 — 79 Drury — Dennon Mitchell 12, Brandon Lockhart 12, Alex Hall 12, Ian Carter 10, Chris Parks 8, JaJuan Maxwell 8, Cable Hogue 6, Andrew Taylor 4, Julius Verdun 2, DaQuan Brown 2. ORU — Warren Niles 22, Steven Roundtree 13, Dominique Morrison 13, Ken Holdman 13, jake Lliteras 5, Damen Bell-Holter 4, Michael Craion 4, Roderick Pearson 3, Chris Angsomwine 2.

High School

Tuesday’s Results Boys City Area

Lomega 49, Dover 37

State

Blair 51, Granite 45 Hammon 66, Ft. Supply 37 Hydro-Eakly 82, Binger-Oney 40 Lawton Christian 69, Navajo 52 Stuart 77, Moss 52 Tushka 68, Pittsburg 35 Union City 42, Gracemont 40 Vanoss 37, Roff 29 Varnum 105, Shutler 35

Girls City Area

Lomega 64, Dover 39 OKC Knights 59, Tulsa CHEF 23

State

Binger-Oney 51, Hydro-Eakly 25 Granite 35, Blair 29 Hammon 82, Ft. Supply 50 Moss 55, Stuart 52 Navajo 57, Lawton Christian 20 Pittsburg 67, Tushka 53 Rock Creek 59, Eagletown 42 Shutler 60, Varnum 58, OT Union City 36, Gracemont 26 Vanoss 37, Roff 29

Nov 5-7 — Mizuno Classic, Shima-shi, Mie, Japan Nov. 11-14 — Lorena Ochoa Invitational, Guadalajara, Mexico Nov. 18-21 — LPGA Tour Championship, TBD

Tour Schedule PGA

Nov. 11-14 — Children’s Miracle Network Classic, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

0 $4,846,480 2 $4,570,762 2 $4,393,804

Schedule

Nov. 7 — Lone Star 500, Fort Worth, Texas Nov. 14 — Arizona 500, Avondale, Ariz. Nov. 21 — Ford 400, Homestead, Fla.

VOLLEYBALL Tuesday’s Results

Midwestern St. def, Cameron (25-19, 20-25, 25-15, 25-18)

NHL Standings Eastern Conference

WRESTLING

Atlantic Division GP

W L OT Pts GF GA

Philadelphia............ 12 7 4 1 N.Y. Rangers ........... 11 6 4 1 Pittsburgh .............. 12 6 5 1 N.Y. Islanders.......... 11 4 5 2 New Jersey............. 13 3 9 1 Northeast Division

15 13 13 10 7

37 34 35 31 20

29 32 28 37 42

GP

W L OT Pts GF GA

GP

W L OT Pts GF GA

Montreal................. 11 7 3 1 15 29 25 Boston .................... 8 6 2 0 12 24 11 Toronto ................... 10 5 4 1 11 23 23 Ottawa.................... 11 4 6 1 9 26 35 Buffalo.................... 12 3 7 2 8 30 38 Southeast Division Tampa Bay.............. Washington ............ Atlanta ................... Carolina................... Florida.....................

10 11 11 11 9

7 7 5 5 4

2 4 4 6 5

1 0 2 0 0

15 14 12 10 8

35 34 36 27 24

30 25 40 33 21

Western Conference Central Division GP

W L OT Pts GF GA

GP

W L OT Pts GF GA

Chicago ................... 14 7 6 1 St. Louis ................. 9 6 1 2 Detroit .................... 9 6 2 1 Nashville................. 10 5 2 3 Columbus................ 10 6 4 0 Northwest Division

15 14 13 13 12

Colorado.................. 11 6 4 Vancouver............... 10 5 3 Calgary.................... 11 6 5 Minnesota .............. 10 4 4 Edmonton ............... 9 3 4 Pacific Division

1 2 0 2 2

13 12 12 10 8

Los Angeles ............ Dallas...................... San Jose ................. Phoenix................... Anaheim .................

0 16 34 25 0 12 32 27 1 11 29 25 3 9 23 29 1 9 29 42

GP

11 10 9 10 12

41 26 30 23 24

39 27 33 26 28

40 17 24 25 29 39 24 34 27 33

W L OT Pts GF GA

8 6 5 3 4

3 4 3 4 7

Note: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Tuesday’s Games Ottawa at Toronto Montreal at Columbus San Jose at Minnesota Vancouver at Edmonton Wednesday’s Games Boston at Buffalo, 7 p.m. Toronto at Washington, 7 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at Carolina, 7 p.m. Atlanta at Florida, 7:30 p.m. New Jersey at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. Pittsburgh at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Detroit at Calgary, 9:30 p.m. Nashville at Phoenix, 10 p.m. Tampa Bay at Anaheim, 10 p.m. Thursday’s Games N.Y. Rangers at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Columbus at Atlanta, 7 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. San Jose at St. Louis, 8 p.m. Vancouver at Colorado, 9 p.m. Tampa Bay at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. Monday’s Results N.Y. Rangers 3, Chicago 2 Philadelphia 3, Carolina 2 Vancouver 3, New Jersey 0

AHL Standings Eastern Conference Atlantic Division GP

W L OL SL Pts GF GA

10 8 2 0 10 6 4 0 10 5 3 1 9 4 3 1 11 3 5 2 8 3 5 0 9 2 5 1 East Division

GP

Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton........... 8 Hershey ............ 10 Norfolk ............. 9 Albany .............. 8 Binghamton ..... 9 Syracuse........... 9 Charlotte .......... 10 Adirondack ....... 11

0 0 1 1 1 0 1

16 12 12 10 9 6 6

39 30 31 28 20 19 18

33 25 30 32 26 22 34

W L OL SL Pts GF GA

8 6 5 5 4 4 3 2

0 3 2 3 3 3 6 8

0 0 1 0 1 1 1 1

0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0

16 13 12 10 10 10 7 5

29 40 41 22 22 22 25 23

15 29 29 20 26 22 29 44

Western Conference North Division GP

W L OL SL Pts GF GA

GP

W L OL SL Pts GF GA

Rochester ......... 11 6 4 1 Abbotsford ....... 12 6 5 0 Grand Rapids.... 9 5 2 0 Hamilton .......... 8 4 1 1 Lake Erie .......... 11 5 5 0 Manitoba .......... 9 5 4 0 Toronto ............. 8 2 6 0 West Division

0 1 2 2 1 0 0

San Antonio ..... Oklahoma City . Peoria ............... Texas ................ Chicago ............. Milwaukee........ Rockford ........... Houston............

0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0

10 12 11 10 10 9 9 10

7 7 7 6 5 4 4 4

2 4 4 4 4 3 4 5

1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1

13 13 12 11 11 10 4

15 15 14 12 11 10 9 9

34 30 30 28 26 27 20

34 36 31 27 25 26 28 23

35 33 24 25 29 24 27 25 32 24 26 31 24 32 27

Note: Two points are awarded for a win, one point for an overtime or shootout loss. Tuesday’s Games Portland at Charlotte Manitoba at Hamilton Wednesday’s Games Springfield at Bridgeport, 11 a.m. Manchester at Hartford, 7 p.m. Portland at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Manitoba at Hamilton, 7 p.m. Toronto at San Antonio, 8 p.m. Rockford at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. Thursday’s Games No games scheduled Friday’s Games Hartford at Manchester, 7 p.m. Manitoba at Grand Rapids, 7 p.m. Norfolk at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Bridgeport at Providence, 7:05 p.m. Syracuse at Springfield, 7:30 p.m. Chicago at Lake Erie, 7:30 p.m. Albany at Worcester, 7:30 p.m. Adirondack at Portland, 7:30 p.m. Binghamton at Hamilton, 7:30 p.m. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at Rochester, 7:35 p.m. Peoria at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. Texas at Oklahoma City, 8:05 p.m. Toronto at Houston, 8:35 p.m. San Antonio at Abbotsford, 10 p.m. Monday’s Results No games scheduled

SOCCER

MLS Playoffs Eastern Conference

Semifinals New York vs. San Jose Saturday, Oct. 30: New York 1-0, New York leads series 1-0 Thursday, Nov. 4: San Jose at New York, 7 p.m. Columbus vs. Colorado Thursday, Oct. 28: Colorado, 1-0, Colorado leads series 1-0 Saturday, Nov. 6: Colorado at Columbus, 3 p.m.

Western Conference

Semifinals Real Salt Lake vs. FC Dallas Saturday, Oct. 30: FC Dallas, 2-1, FC Dallas leads series 1-0 Saturday, Nov. 6: Dallas at Real Salt Lake, 9 p.m. Los Angeles vs. Seattle Sunday, Oct. 31: Los Angeles, 1-0, Los Angeles leads series 1-0 Sunday, Nov. 7: Seattle at Los Angeles, 8 p.m.

College

Tuesday’s Games Men MACU 2, ROGERS STATE 0

Rogers State......................................... 0 0 — 0 Mid-America Chr................................... 0 2 — 2 Goals — MAC: Javier Hernandez, Brett Brown (Benny Olvera). SOG — RS 16, MAC 19. Saves — RS: Sean Surridge 6; MAC: Austin Custar 6.

Women MACU 1, ROGERS STATE 0

Rogers State......................................... 0 0 — 0 Mid-America Chr................................... 0 1 — 1 Goal — MAC: Kelsey Whalen (Julia Nimal). SOG — RS 15, MAC 16. Saves — RS: Chelsea McMullin 8; MAC: Melissa Dobie 4.

AUTO RACING

NASCAR-Sprint Cup Leaders

Through Oct. 31

GOLF

5797 5788 5782

College

HOCKEY

Portland............ Springfield........ Manchester ...... Worcester......... Hartford ........... Bridgeport ........ Providence........

10. Jeff Burton ......... 11. Greg Biffle .......... 12. Clint Bowyer.......

1. Jimmie Johnson . 2. Denny Hamlin..... 3. Kevin Harvick ..... 4. Jeff Gordon ........ 5. Kyle Busch.......... 6. Carl Edwards ...... 7. Tony Stewart...... 8. Matt Kenseth ..... 9. Kurt Busch..........

Points

6149 6135 6111 5942 5919 5902 5832 5825 5799

Wins

6 7 3 0 3 0 2 0 2

Money

$6,652,947 $5,211,128 $6,250,656 $5,333,253 $5,919,143 $4,977,313 $5,280,734 $4,998,328 $6,351,919

College 2010 Orange and Black

Matchups take place on November 7th 125: Jon Morrison (Orange) vs. Tyler Dorrell (Black) 133: Josh Kindig (Orange) vs. Jordan Oliver (Black) 141: Luke Silver (Orange) vs. Julian Feikert (Black) 149: Albert White (Orange) vs. Jamal Parks (Black) 157: Stephen Swan (Orange) vs. Matt White (Black) 165: Joe Ali (Orange) vs. Dallas Bailey (Black) 174: Mike Benefiel (Orange) vs. Chris McNeil (Black) 184: Zach White (Orange) vs. Darnell Bortz (Black) 184: Elliott Hellwege (Orange) vs. Chris Perry (Black) 197: Colton Hill (Orange) vs. Clayton Foster (Black) 285: Alan Gelogaev (Orange) vs. Tyson Yoder (Black)

TRANSACTIONS Tuesday’s Deals

BASEBALL American League BALTIMORE ORIOLES—Declined their 2011 option on LHP Mark Hendrickson. BOSTON RED SOX—Named Curt Young pitching coach. CHICAGO WHITE SOX—Agreed to terms with SS Omar Vizquel on a one-year contract. DETROIT TIGERS—Declined their 2011 option on SS Jhonny Peralta. NEW YORK YANKEES—Assigned RHP Chad Gaudin and LHP Royce Ring outright to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (IL). Gaudin refused assignment and elected free agency. Selected the contract of OF Melky Mesa from Tampa (FSL). OAKLAND ATHLETICS—Sent OF Matt Carson outright to Sacramento (PCL) and signed him to a one-year minor league contract. Announced RHP Boof Bonser declined an outright assignment to Sacramento and elected free agency. National League ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS—Declined their 2011 option on 1B Adam LaRoche. ATLANTA BRAVES—Exercised their 2011 options on INF Alex Gonzalez and INF Omar Infante. Agreed to terms with RHP Scott Proctor on a one-year contract. Reinstated RHP Jairo Asencio to the 40-man roster. MILWAUKEE BREWERS—Claimed RHP Justin James off waivers from Oakland. Selected the contract of C Martin Maldonado from Nashville (PCL). Declined 2011 mutual options on LHP Doug Davis and RHP Trevor Hoffman and their 2011 option on C Gregg Zaun. NEW YORK METS—Named J.P. Ricciardi special assistant t