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City continues tornado clean up City: At least 75 percent of the debris vegetative CASEY WILSON The Oklahoma Daily
The City of Norman is cleaning up after the May 10 tornadoes despite no disaster declaration from President Barack Obama, which would ensure the city would be reimbursed for the costs, authorities say. Norman Police Captain Tom Easley said officials believe at least two tornadoes tracked through Norman. “Police, fire and [emergency services] responded to approximately 150 calls, and the Norman communications center received more than 400 calls [May 10],” Easley said. The Norman Fire Department also responded to a mutual aid request in Little Axe regarding tornado-related damage and injuries, and discovered multiple injuries and one fatality, he said. Norman clean-up for the 100,000 cubic yards of debris caused by the May 10 tornadoes began at 7 a.m. May 25, and is going well, said Shawn O’Leary, director of public works. O’Leary said the city thinks 75 to 80 percent of the debris is vegetative while the remaining is construction and demolition material, such as roof shingles. The $1.1 million estimated cleanup process is determined from an existing contract with TRF Enterprises Inc., the City of Norman’s debris removal contractor, stating if an event should occur, the company would respond in 24 hours and would have pre-established unit prices, O’Leary said. “We’re assuming that we will continue this contract for all of this work over the next 30 to 60 days to pick it all up,” he said. The city is now waiting for presidential approval to declare the
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A battered road sign and debris lie alongside East 36th Street north of Highway 9 Wednesday. Crews working to clean up the damage from the May 10 tornadoes, debris remains along many roads in southeast Norman. damage done by the tornadoes as a disaster and allow the city to use federal funds to reimburse the clean up cost, O’Leary said. “Right now, we are doing this clean up on city funds on the basis that they city is paying 100 percent of the costs,” he said. If the presidential declaration takes place in the next few days the city will be eligible for a 87.5-percent reimbursement of costs from federal and state funds, O’Leary said. If a presidential declaration does not take place, the city will have to determine whether to spend city funds to pay 100 percent of the costs
for the clean up or take a different approach, he said. F.E.M.A completed its assessment of the damage Monday, and O’Leary said the city is hopeful the declaration will occur soon.
TRF Enterprises will be operating 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week throughout the clean-up, said Carol Coles, City of Norman spokeswoman. Residents may experience
CLEAN-UP COSTS The $1.1 million price tag to clean up the tornadoes is still less than the city’s bill after the December 2007 ice storm. After the ice storm, crews cleaned up 550,000 cubic yards of material, which was all vegetative debris, and
cost the city approximately $2 million. The recent tornadoes created about one-fifth to one-sixth of material caused by the ice storm. Source: Shawn O’Leary, City of Norman director of public works.
increased traffic, temporary road closures or delays on some streets where these contractors are working, she said. City contractors will collect debris along the street rightof-way during the debris removal process. The city is attempting to coordinate with all the property owners to make sure they have the information they need to get material out to the street appropriately so the contractors can move quickly to pick it up, O’Leary said. The removal company will make at least two passes through each area, he said.
Sam Noble Museum celebrates anniversary with ‘Chocolate’ HELEN DI RENZO-GRANT The Oklahoma Daily
The Sam Noble Museum of Natural History will host a sweet celebration Friday in observance of its 10th anniversary and the debut of its new exhibit, “Chocolate.” “This is a 111-year-old dream that’s now turned 10,” said Linda Coldwell, publications and promotions specialist for the museum. In 1899, the Oklahoma Territorial Legislature passed a bill which established a department of Geology and Natural History and provided plans for a museum. In 1903, a fire in the university’s administration building destroyed the entire collection. It was reputed to have had more than 10,000 specimens at the time. In 1918, a fire destroyed a large part of a collection of bird specimens. In the years that followed the fires, collections were rebuilt through donations and field expeditions to collect new specimens, but a permanent home for the wealth
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munity as a whole so for certain projects the summer time gives an ideal opportunity to get projects accomplished,” Doyle said. Jenkins Street is scheduled to re-open by the end of June and Lindsey Street is scheduled to re-open at the end of July, Doyle said. — Troy Weatherford/The Daily
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Dfest 2010 has been canceled, according to a statement released by the music festival’s co-founders. Economic downturn and a lack of corporate sponsorship were reasons why the Tulsa-based festival was put on hiatus, Tom and Angie Green announced on the festival website May 21. “These factors have made us unable to produce the kind of event we are known for, so we are unable to move forward with the festival this year,” Green said in the release. The founders said they did not want to sacrifice the quality of the festival that had been brought to such a high standard in
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previous years. “The integrity and quality of Dfest is of the utmost importance to us as the creators of the event,” Green said. The festival’s financial struggles are understandable, said Quentin Bomgardner, Norman Music Festival chairman. He said NMF organizers also found a hard economy to work from this year. The biggest difference between the two festivals is their budgets, Bomgardner said. “Our budget is significantly smaller than theirs,” he said.
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‘Dora’ photo wrong fit for immigration debate Could little girls with monkeys and talk- those who support and those who oppose ing backpacks be the next threat to the immigration bill. your job? Those against the bill argue that Thanks to Immigration Law it is as racist as the profiling that will SB1070 — signed April 23 by now occur legally within the state of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer — anyone Arizona and further conclude that it in Arizona is open to police quesencourages mockery and degradationing regarding immigration station of Hispanics. While the latter tus. Apparently no one is safe from part certainly is extreme, it’s naive the suspicion, not even the fictitious to think that some degree of racism young trailblazer Dora the Explorer. wasn’t at the core of these jokes. Doctored photos of the popular carTake for example the Facebook LAUREN toon heroine show her bruised and group “Dora the Explorer is so an ABRAM illegal immigrant...,” which now has bloodied (but smiling) in a police mug shot. Her offense? The heinous more than 50,000 members. Is it ofcrime of illegal border crossing. fensive? Yes. It’s essentially saying it’s OK to Like its related legislation, the photo is poke fun at racial profiling, a situation that’s causing a controversial stir around the coun- all too real to be funny. Yet, try. I will admit I laughed at first, as I under- the photo does stand true stood it was a parody; however, I can see how to prove how ridiculous it does become offensive and unnecessary. the law is: If little Dora isn’t Since its debut on Nickelodeon in 2000, Dora safe, then who is? the Explorer has been bridging the gap beFirst and foremost, tween children of all races with her bilingual Dora the Explorer is a adventures. It has never been revealed just character on a children’s what ethnicity she is and with very good rea- show, intended to teach son. There’s no need to identify her heritage the values of loyalty, honbecause it’s not the point of the cartoon. esty and teamwork. The It was only a matter of time before the de- photo in question was bate took refuge behind a famous Hispanic created specifically for a politically incorfigure. Could Dora be the new face of this rect contest by Debbie Groben. When she political debate? According to the Associated found out about the controversy, Groben Press, the Dora mug shot is being used by was quick to state her opposition to the
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Arizona bill. Nickelodeon was contacted for a statement about the photo and has yet to give a response. This, I believe, is no mistake. Nickelodeon is now at the forefront of a severe political battle and the fact of the matter is it’s too early to tell exactly which side is gaining the most votes. Those who support the bill say the mug shot is only a cartoon and therefore should not be taken seriously; it has nothing to do with the immigration law itself. To an extent, this is correct. Dora is only a fictitious character, so there’s no actual harm in depicting her in a bad light. Still, the principle of the matter is that the immigration law is too new and too controversial to ridicule just yet. Dora’s mug shot is more beneficial to the many who oppose the law because it parodies the extremes the government has gone to in order to solve the immigration problem. The Internet photo has quickly become a hot topic and continues to raise awareness of an absurd principle. All-in-all, this was a great decision as far as political satire goes, and perhaps controversial humor is not just for South Park.
OIL CLEANUP DELAY SHOWS WORST OF CORPORATE GREED Today is the 35th day of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. One would think, on day one, the first move oil that BP would make would be to plug the spill. That move came on the 34th day. On Wednesday, the “top kill” process began. Large amounts of thick mud were pumped into the hole in hopes of overflowing the oil and stopping the leak. BP officials said it would be 24 hours before they knew if it would work. What’s disturbing is that this was not the first maneuver. Instead, the company tried everything it could to save the oil. The first idea was to place a 125-ton containment dome over the leaks so the oil could be sucked out. That didn’t work. The next idea was to dig another hole, suck the oil out from there and relieve the leak. That didn’t work. The next idea was to put a tube in the leak and siphon off the oil to a tanker. This is saving 2,000 barrels of oil daily while some experts estimate up to 100,000 barrels continue to gush out each day. When all is said and done, BP should not only have to answer for what happened to the oil rig but also for its delay in stopping the leak. If BP truly cared about pollution, it would have stopped the leak first, not try to contain it in order to save as much oil as possible.
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Two wins is all that stands between the Sooners and the 2010 Women’s College World Series next month in Oklahoma City. After three shutout wins claimed the College Park Regional last weekend in Maryland for the Sooners, the team finds itself just two wins from earning the right to play for the NCAA National Championships. The two wins, however, must come tonight and Thursday against the defending national champions and current No. 3-seeded Washington Huskies, but the Sooners say they are up to the challenge. “It’s such a big relief to get past where we were last year and especially having traveled so far [to Maryland],” senior catcher Lindsey Vandever said of advancing. “We’re so excited because we know there’s no pressure. We’re all anxious and up for the challenge [against Washington].” The team is confident going into the game against the defending national champions on the Huskies’
SPORTS BRIEFS Men’s tennis ends year with program-best finish Although the season came to an end for the No. 20 men’s tennis team Sunday, senior Andrei Daescu’s year continued as the Bucharest, Romania native competed in the 2010 NCAA Singles Championships on Wednesday in Athens, Ga. Daescu, ranked No. 28 in singles, faced a familiar foe in Georgia’s Javier Garrapiz in the first round. In the rematch of their battle just three days earlier, Garrapiz once again defeated Daescu, 6-4, 6-3. “I am fortunate, as a coach, to have been able to work with a player ANDREI and person DAESCU like Andrei,” head coach John Roddick said. “He has been the spark and leader of this team and he will be missed.” Daescu is still alive in the doubles draw, though, where he will team up with freshman Costin Paval to take on Florida’s No. 8-ranked team of Antoine Benneteau and Alexandre Lacroix. The duo is ranked No. 18 and will play today. Live stats are available at NCAA.com. The senior’s defeat in the singles competition almost matched the exact scoreline from their contest days earlier. Two days after claiming its biggest win of the season against Texas, the team saw its season end by a score of 4-0 at the hands of Georgia in the Elite Eight of the team competition. Going up against his alma mater, Roddick watched his team crash out in the quarterfinals against the No. 11 Bulldogs, who are hosting this year’s NCAA Championships. In the match, Daescu dropped a 6-4, 6-2 decision to the No. 22-ranked Garrapiz at the No. 1 singles spot. The Sooners (19-8) finished the season with its best finish in program history, claiming wins over No. 3 Texas and No. 14 Texas Tech along the way. “It was JOHN an unbelievRODDICK able effort,” Roddick said of his team’s win over Texas. “I have never been prouder of a group of guys in my entire life.” “That is going to be huge for us next year and the years after. I’m very excited about the years to come,” Roddick said. - Ricky Ly / The Daily
22 combined shutouts. home turf. Freshman pitcher Keilani The Sooners and Huskies met earlier this season, with Washington Ricketts (31-8) has led the Sooners coming away with a 7-4 victory Feb. in the postseason, not allowing a single run in OU’s three games in 26 in Cathedral City, Calif. Though the Sooners have already College Park. “I feel like we’re playing with a lost to the Huskies this year, the sense of urgency,” prior experience Ricketts said. “The could be the differ- MORE INFO team’s excited and ence in the Super the pressure’s off Regional. What: NCAA Softball Seattle so we’re just going “I don’t think Super Regional to go out there and anyone’s really have fun. I feel like nervous because Who: The No. 14 seed the team feeds off of coach has prepared Oklahoma (46-10) at No. 3 me just as much as I us. We just want seed Washington (48-6) feed off of them.” to go out and have When: Game 1: 9 p.m. tonight; Vandever agreed, fun,” Vandever 7:30 p.m. Friday; 10 p.m. saying Ricketts has said. Friday (if necessary) improved throughOU holds a 1-6 Why: Sooners must win bestout the season. record in the Super of-three to advance to College “She’s a comRegional tourna- World Series, which begins pletely different ment since 2005, June 3 in Oklahoma City. pitcher now than with its only win from earlier in the against Arizona 2-0 season,” Vandever in 2008. Dominating performances said. “She’s actually confident on from the Sooner pitching staff have the mound now.” The Sooners are on 14-game kept the team rolling in this year’s winning streak, outscoring oppopostseason. OU pitchers have held oppo- nents 77-5. Washington claimed the Seattle nents to a .176 batting average with
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Michelle Gascoigne (32) pitches the ball during the women’s softball game against North Texas on March 10 at the OU Softball Complex. Gascoigne and the rest of the Sooner softball team will face Washington tonight and Friday in the NCAA Super Regional. Regional with shutout wins over North Dakota State 3-0 and North Carolina 1-0. The Huskies beat the Tarheels in the final with a 2-1 victory in eight innings to advance to
the Super Regional. The winner of the Seattle Super Regional will advance to the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City in June.