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- Slideshow: Holidays under way in Enid The holiday season kicks off as the Ladies Catholic Auxiliary held its annual holiday baking and Chisholm Trail Expo Center hosted its Home for the Holidays Home Show both on Saturday. (Staff photos by Bonnie Vculek)
- Slideshow: Phoenix Quest casts its spell on Enid Phoenix Quest Enid, held Saturday at Leonardo's Children's Museum and Adventure Quest, was Oklahoma's first-ever Harry Potter-themed convention and attracted large crowds from across the United States. (Staff photos by Bonnie Vculek)
Tornado duck to face winter alone
MOORE — Some residents are worried about a feathered tornado survivor who is struggling with the falling temperatures....
Mom: ‘Twister’ baby healthy, happy
MOORE — For most Oklahoma residents Nov. 20 marks the somber six-month anniversary of the EF-5 tornado that tore through Moore. But for one mother, the date symbolizes new life....
- Oklahoma Mission of Mercy in Enid needing volunteers
HEY HINK: Nuclear option stinks of political hypocrisy
On Feb. 12, 2003, Miguel Estrada became the first federal judicial nominee whose appointment was derailed by a filibuster in the Senate. His nomination was opposed by a group of Senate Democrats determined to obstruct as many of President Bush’s appointments as possible. This first defeat by filibuster was proof of the effectiveness of this Democratic campaign.
Statistics indicate during President Bush’s first term, 67 percent of his Court of Appeals nominees were confirmed where President Reagan’s success rate was 85 percent and President Clinton’s was 71 percent during their first terms.
VIDEO: Demolition makes way for downtown hotel
Demolition on the exterior of the Cherokee Strip Conference Center on Friday, Nov. 22.
JFK anniversary evokes memories for local residents
During the morning of Nov. 22, 1963, half a century ago, Rita Aragon was in Dale, a seventh-grader in her home economics class. It surely was a typical school setting on a Friday with teachers in their classrooms interacting with their students.
At 11:40 a.m., President John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy, and their party arrived at Love Field in Dallas.
They were on day two of a trip planned five months earlier that included dedicating new research facilities at the U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine in San Antonio, a testimonial dinner in Houston for U.S. Rep. Albert Thomas and the president speaking during a large breakfast Friday morning.
Ricks: JFK was killed by a single shooter
Edmond Police Chief Bob Ricks, who has served in several key FBI positions during his law enforcement career, said according to the evidence there is no doubt about who killed President Kennedy.
Still today, especially this time of year, programs on cable channels detail theories about the possibility of multiple shooters, which would elevate the incident to the level of a conspiracy.
During his long and distinguished law enforcement career, Ricks served in numerous roles with the FBI, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Later in his FBI career Ricks became involved in the investigation. Ricks was in charge of the violent crime program in the late 80s and the FBI was still following up on leads. He has read volumes of information about the investigation, including confidential files.
Revisiting the path of destruction
Driving down 19th Street in Moore, people who have never visited the city may have a hard time seeing how much the city has changed in the last six months. From the I-35 exit going south, thriving businesses can be seen.
Even as you make a right turn onto Eagle Drive, several houses were left untouched as was the church, which sits on the corner.
But, as you drive deeper into the neighborhood, the brutal reality hits like a punch in the face. The ground where Plaza Elementary School once stood is now barren land. That is, except for a row of crosses outside a construction fence to memorialize the seven school children who were killed as they waited unsuspectingly for a storm to pass.
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