AP-OK--Oklahoma Weekend Planner,ADVISORY, OK
The AP’s updated plan for the weekend. Members using Exchange stories should retain bylines and newspaper credit lines. If you have questions, please contact 405-522-2121.
FOR USE Sunday, Oct. 7, and thereafter:
TULSA, Okla. — An Oklahoma architect has died, but his legacy will live on in Tulsa. Bob Jones died Sept. 14 at age 93. He came to Tulsa in 1954 to oversee design work for the new Civic Center, a radically modern project that attracted national and even international attention. A German publication declared it one of the “top architectural achievements in the world during the past century.” By Michael Overall, Tulsa World. SENT IN ADVANCE: 369 words, with photos.
STILWELL, Okla. — Federal figures released recently show that a city in Oklahoma has the shortest life expectancy in the United States. Stilwell Mayor Jim Spray says the area’s life expectancy of 56.3 years is exacerbated by poverty, low education rates and unhealthy eating. Of the seven U.S. towns or neighborhoods with a life expectancy below 60 years, three are in eastern Oklahoma: Stilwell, Checotah and Eufaula, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. By Justin Wingerter, The Oklahoman. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1749 words.
FRISCO, Texas — On her son’s high school graduation day, Amy Hardesty hid in her bedroom. One room over, family from out-of-town celebrated the end of her youngest son’s senior year of high school. They congratulated Brent, Amy’s husband, on his soon-to-be empty nest. The Dallas Morning News reports Hardesty was on a virtual interview for a kindergarten teaching job in the Frisco, Texas, Independent School District — about 175 miles away. Amy Hardesty accepted the job that afternoon, knowing her husband, the senior pastor at Norman Community Church of the Nazarene, would stay behind in Oklahoma to lead his congregation. By Nanette Light, The Dallas Morning News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,950 words, with photos. Not for online use in the Dallas area.
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FORT SMITH, Ark. — While several historic figures are known for executing justice from Fort Smith, one is known for making trips into the town for her illegal actions. Belle Starr, dubbed the “Bandit Queen” in 19th century pulp novels and newspapers, was tried in Fort Smith twice during the 1880s. Her reputation as a no-nonsense outlaw has left a mark on the city still evident today. By Max Bryan, The Southwest Times Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 729 words.
For use Monday, Oct. 8, and thereafter:
HARTSHORNE, Okla. — An Oklahoma school has hosted a dedication ceremony for a statue of Hall-of-Fame pitcher Warren Spahn. The statue now rests in front of the Hartshorne Public Schools’ new event center and storm shelter. Spahn was born in Buffalo, New York, before going on to earn a Purple Heart for his military service and a Hall of Fame career as a left-handed MLB pitcher. He died in 2003 at his home in Broken Arrow, but owned a ranch and was buried in Hartshorne. By Adrian O’Hanlon III, McAlester News-Capital. SENT IN ADVANCE: 755 words, with photo.
LAWTON, Okla. — The founder of an investment firm who now lives in New York City reflects on growing up in Oklahoma. Tae Ham, 44, the founder and CEO of the investment firm Open Hedge, said he has come a long way from the days when he could barely speak English as a young immigrant from South Korea. He arrived in Lawton with his family when he was 10. By Michael Kinney, The Journal Record. SENT IN ADVANCE: 974 words, with photo.
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