• Tulsa's 8-year-old spelling bee contestant aces on-stage words Wednesday

    Tulsa\'s 8-year-old spelling bee contestant aces...

    FROM TULSA WORLD STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    Tulsa's Scripps National Spelling Bee contestant spelled both of his words correctly on-stage Wednesday. Will McCollom, an 8-year-old second-grader from University School, spelled "fianchetto," which is a type of move in a chess game; and "spectrometer," an apparatus used for recording and measuring spectra, especially as a method of analysis.

  • Tulsa superintendent donates back $25,000 performance bonus amid budget shortfall

    Tulsa superintendent donates back $25,000...

    BY ANDREA EGER, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    The Tulsa school board awarded Superintendent Deborah Gist a $25,000 performance bonus called for in her contract on Tuesday evening, but Gist announced that she would be donating it to help support Tulsa teachers. The board met in a special meeting to discuss its assessment of Gist’s first-year job performance. According to the terms of her three-year employment contract, Gist is due an annual performance bonus payment of up to $25,000 if she earns a qualifying score on her evaluation each May.

  • Tulsa woman who reportedly said her newborn was an alien gets 15 years in prison for child neglect

    Tulsa woman who reportedly said her newborn was...

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, May 23, 2016

    A Tulsa woman accused of abusing several drugs shortly before giving birth was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison. Candace Marie Stanley, 23, was sentenced after pleading guilty to a child-neglect charge alleging that she exposed the newborn to Xanax, marijuana, methamphetamine and/or heroin. The charge also alleges that Stanley failed to provide proper supervision and medical care for the newborn by failing to follow a 911 dispatcher’s instructions to provide basic first aid and help the baby breathe and stay warm.

  • Owasso teacher charged with taking upskirt photos of 14-year-old student in classroom

    Owasso teacher charged with taking upskirt...

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, May 23, 2016

    OWASSO — A man who was arrested this weekend after allegedly taking inappropriate photos of a student at the Owasso 7th Grade Center was the girl's teacher, according to police. Deputies arrested Adam Nolan Hunt, 32, on Sunday on a charge of peeping tom with photographic equipment. He was booked into the Tulsa Jail on $5,000 bail. A May 18 criminal filing alleges Hunt clandestinely took pictures of "the private area" of a female student at the Owasso 7th Grade Center, 1400 N. Main St., between August 2013 and June 2014, according to court documents.

  • Tulsa felon accused of shooting neighbors' cars, house with slingshot

    Tulsa felon accused of shooting neighbors\'...

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, May 20, 2016

    A Tulsa man with several felony convictions was arrested after allegedly shooting a slingshot at cars and the window of a home in his south Tulsa neighborhood Thursday night. Jerry Lee McCorkle, 61, faces complaints of assault and battery with a deadly weapon after a felony conviction and malicious injury to property with damages exceeding $2,500. Bail was set at $40,000. Police responded to a reported disturbance near 91st Street and Florence Place about 10:40 p.m. Officers spoke with McCorkle, who said he shot a slingshot at a man in a nearby car, according to an arrest report.

  • Census Bureau: Glenpool fastest growing city in state; see a list of the others

    Census Bureau: Glenpool fastest growing city in...

    BY CURTIS KILLMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, May 19, 2016

    The city of Glenpool was the fastest growing city in the state last year, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Census Bureau. The city added an average of about 100 new residents per month for the 12-month period ending July 1, 2015, according to the bureau. The 10 percent annual growth rate is tops among the nearly 600 cities and towns in the state. The city, located south of Tulsa along U.S. 75, had an estimated population of 13,225 on July 1, 2015, an increase of 1,189 residents from the prior year.

  • Police release photos of persons of interest in possible hate crime at Tulsa Walgreens

    Police release photos of persons of interest in...

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, May 19, 2016

    Police have released images of two persons of interest in an assault and possible hate crime at a midtown drugstore in the hope that the public can identify the man and woman. The incident occurred in the parking lot of the Walgreens pharmacy at 15th Street and Lewis Avenue about 8:45 a.m. Sunday after a brief encounter inside the store, according to police. The victim, 23-year-old Jose Vega, said he was in line to buy medication when a man accused him of cutting in front of him. After Vega apologized and said he didn’t see him, the man went to the parking lot and reportedly began harassing Vega as he walked to his car.

  • Oklahoma elected officials say feds overstepped bounds, question transgender bathroom policy

    Oklahoma elected officials say feds overstepped...

    BY GINNIE GRAHAM, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, May 17, 2016

    Two Oklahoma elected officials are challenging a federal directive issued last week that instructed public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice. U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., argues that the move is part of a pattern by the U.S. Department of Education to create new mandates and requirements without going through the rule-making or legislative process. The 25-page administrative directive was issued Friday by the U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Justice. It states that transgender students must be able to use the bathrooms and locker rooms of the gender with which they identify. Compliance with Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination in educational programs and activities, was cited along with other civil rights and discrimination court rulings as rationale for the policy.

  • Cellphone helped imprisoned killer run drug ring taking in up to $1M a week, prosecutor alleges

    Cellphone helped imprisoned killer run drug...

    BY SHEILA STOGSDIL, Tulsa World correspondent | Published: Mon, May 16, 2016

    MIAMI, Okla. — In what a prosecutor called “a pretty complicated and interesting” organization, a multi-state drug ring allegedly being run from prison by the killer of a reserve deputy took investigators six months to uncover and found members were reportedly collecting up to $1 million a week in sales. “We estimate they were moving at least 5 pounds of methamphetamine a week through Miami, sometimes much more,” District Attorney Kenny Wright said. “The street value was approximately $250,000 to $1 million.” The drug ring was based in Miami and was operating in Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas and Arkansas, he said.

  • Randy Krehbiel: Sally Kern's parting words, 'I didn't apologize in 2008, and I don't apologize today'

    Randy Krehbiel: Sally Kern\'s parting words, \'I...

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, May 12, 2016

    Sally Kern just couldn't let it go. The Republican state representative from Oklahoma City couldn't leave office without some final words for the bane of her legislative career, the LGBT movement. "In 2008, I did say the homosexual agenda is worse than terrorism," Kern told her colleagues on Wednesday.

  • T. Boone Pickens backs Donald Trump, Muslim ban

    T. Boone Pickens backs Donald Trump, Muslim ban

    Published: Thu, May 12, 2016

    Oil billionaire and Oklahoma State University donor T. Boone Pickens on Wednesday endorsed presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump and said he supports the candidate's proposal to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the U.S., according to the Wall Street Journal.

  • Man arrested, accused of shooting neighbor's dog with BB gun

    Man arrested, accused of shooting neighbor\'s...

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, May 11, 2016

    A Tulsa-area man charged with shooting his neighbor’s dog with a BB gun and threatening another man who told him to stop has been taken into custody. Deputies arrested Garvin Wesley Wood, 53, on the second floor of the Tulsa County Courthouse about 9:25 a.m. Wednesday on charges of animal cruelty and threatening an act of violence. He was then taken to the Tulsa Jail and booked on $2,500 bail. According to an affidavit, sheriff’s deputies responded to a disturbance call on 76th Street North just east of Peoria Avenue on Dec. 17. The caller told them his neighbor had shot his dog in the front yard. He also said the man had threatened his boyfriend when he tried to intervene.

  • Fallin a mystery to most GOP voters

    Fallin a mystery to most GOP voters

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, May 11, 2016

    The good news for Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin is that she has the lowest unfavorable rating among 11 potential Republican vice presidential candidate, according to a  poll released Tuesday by Morning Consult. The bad news is that Fallin also had the lowest favorable rating. That's because almost half those surveyed — 46 percent — said they had never heard of Fallin. Another 14 percent had heard of her but had no opinion.

  • Oklahoma's education budget cuts highlighted on "Ellen DeGeneres Show"

    Oklahoma\'s education budget cuts highlighted on...

    BY ANDREA EGER, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, May 10, 2016

    The library media specialist at Union's McAuliffe Elementary made yet another appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and came away with $25,000 to help her school weather state budget cuts. Kirby Mackenzie has been dubbed "Ellen's favorite librarian" in the two years since the talk show surprised her with a new bookmobile and $25,000 cash for McAuliffe's summer reading program.  In a Skype interview that aired on Monday's episode, DeGeneres asked Mackenzie how Oklahoma's budget crisis was affecting McAuliffe students.

  • Two Tulsa men declared innocent in 1994 fatal shooting after serving 20 years in prison

    Two Tulsa men declared innocent in 1994 fatal...

    BY ARIANNA PICKARD, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, May 9, 2016

    Two men who have maintained they are innocent of a 1994 murder for which they have served 20 years of a life sentence were exonerated on Monday in Tulsa County District Court. Malcolm Scott and De'Marchoe Carpenter faced sentences of life plus 170 years in prison in connection with a drive-by shooting that killed 19-year-old Karen Summers. They were sentenced at age 18 after a Tulsa County jury found them guilty of first-degree murder, two counts of shooting with intent to kill and one count of use of a vehicle to discharge a firearm.

  • Former keyboardist for Brian Wilson's band convicted of rape at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa

    Former keyboardist for Brian Wilson\'s band...

    BY STACY RYBURN, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, May 6, 2016

    CLAREMORE — A musician who played with Brian Wilson's band at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa in Catoosa in December 2014 has been convicted in Rogers County District Court of rape by instrumentation and sexual battery. Scott Montgomery Bennett, a keyboardist who has played and collaborated with the Beach Boys artist, was found guilty April 29 on both counts after a weeklong trial. A jury recommended a sentence of three years in prison on the rape by instrumentation charge and two years on the sexual battery charge, court records indicate. Bennett is being held in the Rogers County Jail without bond.

  • ETE CEO says that deal with Williams 'can't close'

    ETE CEO says that deal with Williams \'can\'t close\'

    BY CASEY SMITH, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, May 6, 2016

    Dallas billionaire Kelcy Warren and other members of the Energy Transfer C-Suite didn’t hold back during an earnings call Thursday morning when analysts asked questions about the status of Energy Transfer Equity’s proposed merger with Williams and new problems with the deal that have come up during the past quarter. One of those obstacles has been over tax issues that allegedly threaten the merger. Law firm Latham & Watkins LLP has told Energy Transfer that, under current conditions, it wouldn’t be able to deliver a tax opinion that Energy Transfer and Williams need to complete their transaction. The law firm recently told Energy Transfer that it wouldn’t be able to deliver that so-called 721 Opinion but Williams has said that it disagrees with the law firm’s position. Williams has proposed two possible solutions to the tax issue that ETE says it does not agree with.

  • Tulsa leaves its mark on New Yorker punched in face during cross-country bicycle trip

    Tulsa leaves its mark on New Yorker punched in...

    BY PAIGHTEN HARKINS, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, May 5, 2016

    During his 3,020-mile cross-country biking trip, there was only one place where Jeffrey Tanenhaus was punched in the face. It’s now also the area where he’s considering moving and starting a business. "It makes for a good story in hindsight,” he said about the assault. “And I think ultimately it was a good thing, which sounds kind of crazy.”

  • University of Tulsa trustees vote to remove college of law building name with KKK ties

    University of Tulsa trustees vote to remove...

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    University of Tulsa trustees on Wednesday voted to remove John Rogers' name from the College of Law building. Rogers, who had a brief involvement with the Ku Klux Klan, helped found the university’s College of Law in 1943. He was also the attorney for J.A. and Leta Chapman, whose estate saved the university from almost certain bankruptcy in the 1960s and became the foundation for what is now a $1 billion endowment.

  • KKK ties: TU could change name of its law school

    KKK ties: TU could change name of its law school

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    The University of Tulsa may soon remove the name of a key figure in the school’s development from a campus building because of a brief involvement with the Ku Klux Klan, the Tulsa World has confirmed. TU trustees are expected to decide Wednesday to take down the name of John Rogers from the university’s College of Law, which Rogers helped found in 1943. Rogers was also the attorney for J.A. and Leta Chapman, whose estate saved the university from almost certain bankruptcy in the 1960s and became the foundation for what is now a $1 billion endowment.




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