Oklahoma City

Second of two claims filed against Oklahoma City in fatal canal accident is resolved

By William CrumStaff writerwcrum@oklahoman.comThe Oklahoma City council has settled a claim filed on behalf of the estate of Wesley W. Seeley, who died after an accident on the Bricktown Canal.
Seeley, 23, fell into the water and suffered a fatal electrical shock when he touched wires from a broken light fixture along the canal.
The city council voted Tuesday for a $175,000 settlement.
The formal term is a "confession of judgment without admission of liability.Read more on NewsOK.com

Pei legacy celebrated worldwide, but not in Oklahoma City

In the days following the death last week of I.M. Pei, his legacy was being celebrated in cities around the world where his architecture remains on display, with iconic landmarks like the Louvre Pyramid in Paris and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
No city, however, saw its downtown reshaped more by Pei than Oklahoma City.Read more on NewsOK.com

Ways to help Oklahoma City schools meet special needs

By Mary MelonThe gym at Adams Elementary School was filled with community partners from the Faith-based community Tuesday night with one goal in mind: to connect with the school in a consistent and meaningful way.
The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools hosted the Partners in Action Community Night, inviting interested partners to learn about school needs and ways to engage.
Principal Kelley Coleman shared details about some of their needs.Read more on NewsOK.com

Refuge of faith: Catholic Charities, Temple B’nai Israel welcome refugee Muslim family to Oklahoma City

By Carla HintonReligion editorchinton@oklahoman.comMichael Korenblit had to have help creating the sign he held up at Will Rogers World Airport.
He didn't know the Myanmar language but the education director at his Jewish temple quickly did some research.
Thus the smiling Edmond man holding his colorful sign were among the first sights that greeted a refugee family from Myanmar (formerly Burma) when they arrived in Oklahoma City in March.
The sign said "Welcome.Read more on NewsOK.com

Oklahoma City building permits

Flintco: 8300 N Oklahoma Ave., office, erect, $24,000,000.
Casey's Marketing Co.: 13001 W Reno Ave., retail sales, erect, $2,300,000.
Gardner Construction: 6929 S Sooner Road, apartment, erect, four permits, $1,600,000.
Gardner Construction: 6929 S Sooner Road, apartment, erect, three permits, $1,400,000.
Gardner Construction: 6929 S Sooner Road, apartment, erect, $1,100,000.
Sooner Homes LLC: 6929 S Sooner Road, apartment, erect, $1,000,000.
Gardner Construction: 6929 S Sooner Road, apartment, erect, 12 permits, $1,000,000.
Gardner Construction: 6929 S Sooner Road, apartment, erect, four permits, $800,000.
Gil Wright Properties LLC: 1325 NW 158, residence, erect, $750,000.
Grace Contracting Properties LLC: 308 NE 145 Place, office-warehouse, erect, $600,000.
Lingo Construction Services Inc.: 1225 N Broadway Ave., office, remodel, $600,000.
C.H. Guernsey & Co.: 2801 NW 27, school, remodel, $439,000.
Russell Construction: 3000 S Frisco Road, residence, erect, $430,000.
Taber Built Homes LLC: 12700 Pinewood Lane, residence, erect, $391,000.
No name provided: 400 N High Ave., public building, install, $375,000.
Dreamworks Construction LLC: 12600 Bristlecone Pine Blvd., residence, erect, $350,000.
Devin McKay: 400 NE 39 Terrace, storage, erect, $300,000.
J. Hill Homes Inc.: 400 Bray Lane, residence, erect, $270,960.
J. Hill Homes Inc.: 409 Braxton Way, residence, erect, $262,880.
JB Homes LLC: 13328 NW 7 Court, residence, erect, $260,000.
Authentic Custom Homes: 10808 Glover River Drive, residence, erect, $255,000.
Authentic Custom Homes: 10120 Glover River Drive, residence, erect, $253,000.
Taber Built Homes LLC: 3300 NW 158, residence, erect, $251,000.
Harbor Homes Inc.: 204 SW 166, residence, erect, $250,000.
Ross Flinton Construction LLC: 3341 Rock Hollow Road, residence, add-on, $250,000.
Cornerstone Architecture: 2502 N Kelley Ave., apartment, erect, $250,000.
Taber Built Homes LLC: 3337 NW 158 Terrace, residence, erect, $249,000.
Taber Built Homes LLC: 3301 NW 158, residence, erect, $246,000.
Taber Built Homes LLC: 4016 Palisade Lane, residence, erect, $242,000.
Authentic Custom Homes: 10312 Salt Fork Drive, residence, erect, $239,000.
Two Structures LLC: 605 NW 181, residence, erect, $230,000.
Taber Built Homes LLC: 3333 NW 158 Terrace, residence, erect, $224,000.
Authentic Custom Homes: 11412 NW 101, residence, erect, $216,000.
Harbor Homes Inc.: 228 SW 167 Terrace, residence, erect, $215,000.
Taber Built Homes LLC: 15901 Villa Valeria Way, residence, erect, $209,000.
Shaw Homes Inc.: 512 NW 186, residence, erect, $208,183.
Hawthorne Construction Co.Read more on NewsOK.com

DA dismisses claims of new evidence by Glossip’s team

BY GRAHAM LEE BREWER Staff Writer gbrewer@oklahoman.comThe Oklahoma County district attorney dismissed the claims of a death row inmate's legal team Monday that there is new evidence, calling the announcement a play for media attention.
"This is a bull—- public relations campaign," District Attorney David Prater told reporters in a packed hallway at the state Capitol.
Prater's comments came just after a news conference held outside the doors of the Oklahoma Supreme Court by a group of attorneys and supporters of convicted murderer Richard Glossip.
His execution is scheduled for Wednesday.
Don Knight, an attorney for Glossip, announced they had new evidence that vindicated Glossip but acknowledged they had not yet filed or shared it with the prosecution.
"This is a PR campaign, that's all it is, to abolish the death penalty in this state and throughout the country," Prater said. "Otherwise, they'd be acting like lawyers and be filing paperwork and taking paperwork and evidence to the prosecutor and the governor's office.”
Accused in 1997 slaying
Glossip is scheduled to die for the 1997 murder of Barry Alan Van Treese, Glossip's boss and the owner of the Best Budget Inn in Oklahoma City.Read more on NewsOK.com

Oklahoma County DA David Prater dismisses claims of new evidence by convicted murderer Richard Glossip’s legal team

BY GRAHAM LEE BREWER Staff Writer gbrewer@oklahoman.comThe Oklahoma County district attorney dismissed the claims of a death row inmate's legal team Monday that there is new evidence, calling the announcement a play for media attention.
"This is a bull—- public relations campaign," District Attorney David Prater told reporters in a packed hallway at the state Capitol.
Prater's comments came just after a news conference held outside the doors of the Oklahoma Supreme Court by a group of attorneys and supporters of convicted murderer Richard Glossip.
His execution is scheduled for Wednesday.
Don Knight, an attorney for Glossip, announced they had new evidence that vindicated Glossip but acknowledged they had not yet filed or shared it with the prosecution.
"This is a PR campaign, that's all it is, to abolish the death penalty in this state and throughout the country," Prater said. "Otherwise, they'd be acting like lawyers and be filing paperwork and taking paperwork and evidence to the prosecutor and the governor's office.”
Accused in 1997 slaying
Glossip is scheduled to die for the 1997 murder of Barry Alan Van Treese, Glossip's boss and the owner of the Best Budget Inn in Oklahoma City.Read more on NewsOK.com

Oklahoma photographer defies labels to put brilliance, beauty on display

By Yvette Walker Staff Writer ywalker@oklahoman.comThirty years ago, Valerie Vaughn was a little girl growing up in Midwest City. Brown-skinned and introverted, she was subjected to taunts from the other kids.
“Fat.”
“Shy.”
“Pretty … for a big girl.”
Today, she's using her camera and her connections to help other girls redefine their own standards of beauty.
On Saturday, 200 men, women and children came to downtown Oklahoma City to witness the launch of Vaughn's “unlabeled: i define me,” a multimedia project that brings together the powers of photography, video and spoken-word poetry.

The project will live on at www.projectunlabeled.com, but on Saturday, the crowds gathered to see the photo exhibit and to experience a short video, featuring a spoken-word performance by poet and Internet sensation Telesa Hines, who wrote the piece especially for the project.
‘Not alone'
Last year, Vaughn put out the call for girls and thought she'd photograph five or 10.Read more on NewsOK.com