Sometimes it’s easy to miss an event, so here’s a look back at the past week or so to help bring you up to date.
The Tulsa County sheriff’s office, as the only law enforcement agency in the state to have officers trained to enforce federal immigration laws, has detained and helped deport more than 1,000 illegal immigrants since July.
Researchers studying weather data collected from 1965 through 2005 have determined winters in the Northeast are becoming warmer by an average of 2.5 degrees, and the snowfall has declined by 8.8 inches.
Beginning this month, motorists in California can be fined $100 for lighting up a cigarette in their own car, even in their driveway, if one passenger is a child.
Bankruptcy filings in Oklahoma jumped 31.2 percent in 2007, but remained well below the number filed in the years preceding Congress’ sweeping changes in 2005 that made it harder for consumers to completely discharge their debts.
Construction of a $32 million redesign of the Broadway Extension and Memorial Road interchange, scheduled to begin this spring, has Edmond officials worrying how they will come up with $20 million necessary for a railroad overpass on Kelley Avenue — a project that would be easier to accomplish before the new interchange is completed.
State Rep. Joe Dorman hopes to make Oklahoma the 23rd state to pass a law requiring cigarettes to burn out soon after they are no longer being smoked.
Winners announced in a low-key Golden Globe Awards special included: “Atonement” as best dramatic picture; Julie Christie as best dramatic actress, in “Away From Her;” and Daniel Day-Lewis as best dramatic actor, in “There Will Be Blood.”
Although Smurfs, the tiny blue forest dwellers living in white-capped mushroom homes, were introduced on U.S. television in 1981, they were created in a comic strip 50 years ago in Belgium. Anniversary celebrations include a planned movie, comic book collections and a remastered release of the television show.
A fierce snowstom raced across northern New England, dumping as much as 20 inches of snow in places and closing hundreds of schools.
Local scientists say first clinical trials for an experimental drug used to treat Alzheimer’s disease suggest it may be safe and effective in halting progression of the memory-robbing illness. Clinical trials will continue.
The social networking site MySpace will be integrating technology that verifies the age and identity of users, MySpace and state attorneys general announced. Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson said the agreement, which includes every state except Texas, is meant to make cyberspace safer for children.
Oral Roberts University’s regents voted unanimously to accept major reforms proposed by the family of Mart Green. The evangelical university will receive the remaining $62 million of a $70 million pledge. At the Green family’s request, ORU’s regents will be replaced with new trustees.
President Bush visited Saudia Arabia and delivered a sophisticated weapons sale of precision-guided bombs to the kingdom, helping bolster its defenses against Iran. Bush also was seeking King Abdullah’s support for the stalled Mideast peace agreement.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency rejected the state’s request for individual assistance after December’s ice storms, saying “the required response appears to be within the combined capabilities of the state, affected local government and voluntary agencies.”
President Bush urged OPEC nations to boost their output of crude oil, saying surging prices are threatening the U.S. economy. Saudi Arabian officials said production levels appeared normal.
The Oklahoma Centennial Commission and sponsors dedicated an 11-foot-tall, 24-foot-wide lighted waterfall between the Centennial Building and the Cox Pavilion at State Fair Park.
Tinker Air Force Base and Altus Air Force Base are listed as possible homes for new KC-X tankers and the Air National Guard station in Tulsa is being considered for F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighters.
Oklahoma youth will be asked to put down any weapons and sign a nonviolence pledge in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. at a rally at Douglass High School, 900 Martin Luther King Ave.
Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, while a guest on the TV talk show “Ellen,” explained his plan for city residents to lose weight and talked about his personal push to lose pounds.
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