Shawnee native Leroy Gordon Cooper was among the first seven Americans to be selected for the astronaut program. He was the last of the group to travel into space alone, setting various records along the way. "Gordo," as his fellow space colleagues called him, was known for his outstanding engineering skills. Though the least experienced of the members of the first astronaut corps, he proved to be a top-notch space traveler with an incredible ability to handle spacecraft, as was proven on his flight aboard Faith 7. He used his own talents to fly the capsule late in the mission and steered it to a near-perfect spashdown int he Pacific Oceanrge.
Residents at Meadow Ridge Mobile Home Park in Shawnee received notices this week telling them to vacate the property by June 10. The trailer court has shown elevated levels of uranium in its water since 2007, said Skylar McElhaney, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality.
News and opinion website ThinkProgess published a lengthy reported feature Tuesday under the headline "Welcome To Shawnee, Oklahoma: The Worst City In America To Be Homeless." It's a little over 5,000 words in length but the evidence it offers — which includes interviews with most of the people in the story, findings from city deeds and other public records — is compelling enough to validate the concern raised by the headline. Give it a read here .
BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Apr 3, 2014
SHAWNEE — The Citizen Potawatomi Nation says its Cultural Heritage Center has been closed because of water damage.
The tribe in a news release says thousands of gallons of water flooded the building on Monday, damaging exhibits. Crews have been working the past few days to remove the damaged exhibits and floor from the building and prepare for the restoration process. The tribe says there is no estimate for the cost to repair the damage or a timeline for the repairs.
Chairman John Barrett says the damage is a terrible cultural loss for the Potawatomi people. He says it’s likely that the Cultural Heritage Center won’t be repaired in time for the tribe’s annual Family Reunion Festival in June.