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Don Gammill Modified: October 2, 2013 at 3:50 pm •  Published: October 2, 2013

Scanning newspapers and websites throughout the state can be very informative and quite entertaining. There’s always something interesting going on somewhere.

It might be a local celebration or an annual commemoration. Maybe it’s a sports-related item, or it could be a concert, a special visit from someone noteworthy, something planned, or something unexpected.

It might be of interest to many, or seemingly important only to those in the immediate area.

But remember: we’re all from somewhere and maybe not from the somewhere where we are now.

Here are examples of items that caught my attention recently. Maybe they’ll be of interest to you, too.

What’s in a name?

It depends on how close you are to the person, place, or thing with the name, don’t you think?

If you’re in a business, or activity, that deals much with names, you can really get wrapped up in them.

Sports teams have some of the best recognized names. Who hasn’t heard of the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Oklahoma State Cowboys, the Oklahoma Sooners, the Texas Rangers, or the Kansas City Chiefs, for instance?

But how about when a team changes its name? It can take a little readjusting.

Savage Storm
Savage Storm

This coming Saturday, there will be a naming at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Southeastern, which has undergone name changes of its own through the years, will select a new name for its mascot.

And by the way, remember that the Southeastern team name changed years ago.

The Savage Storm’s new mascot will get a new name. The finalists, from which the winner will be selected, are: Bolt, Lightning, Stormy and Sulli.

Read more about this in the Durant Daily Democrat story, at

The bone palace

OK, we’re crossing the line here. The STATE line. Heading west to California and one of the strangest stories I’ve seen recently.

This story, from Slate, appeared in the McAlester News-Capital and the headline and photo just grabbed my attention.

Ray Bandar and his collection. Photo courtesy Julie Dermansky.
Ray Bandar and his collection. Photo courtesy Julie Dermansky.

“7,000 skulls and skeletons make up ‘bone palace’ ”

See what I mean? Does that make you want to read on?

If you do, you’ll be introduced to Raymond Bandar, “an artist, retired teacher, naturalist and a member of the California Academy of Sciences,” who also has a rather unique collection at his home in San Francisco.

But there’s much more behind the initial appearance on this one.

Check it out and see what you think.

And lastly …

A good photo can bring a big smile. Here’s one that is cute and funny.

Daily Ardmoreite
Daily Ardmoreite

From the Daily Ardmoreite, this photo, submitted by a reader, Ardmore Christian School had a Duck Dynasty Day, playing on the

characters of the popular TV show “Duck Dynasty.”


Nice job, guys! Now everyone can enjoy it.





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