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.
A report out of New York says about half of the nation’s college faculty are on part-time contracts. Adjuncts are cheaper for colleges, but they often lack the time and resources for focused teaching, and research shows students’ performance suffers if they are taught by part-timers too often.
A man was arrested after he attacked residents at a homeless shelter in New Bloomfield, Mo., with a knife and a chain saw, injuring four.
A Turkish court has again blocked access to the popular video-sharing Web site YouTube because of clips allegedly insulting the country’s founding father, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
From a news conference in Iraq, Rear Adm. Gregory Smith said Sunday that the use of explosively formed penetrators (EFPs), a type of lethal roadside bomb, had declined over the last week.
The nation observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and more than 2,000 people crowded into Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he preached from 1960 to 1968 — the year the civil rights leader was slain in Memphis. Scores of local youths braved chilly weather to march in Oklahoma City’s annual holiday parade.
A Kingfisher family is mourning the death of Carlo Meth, a Fort Bragg, N.C., Army Special Forces soldier who died in a parachute training accident last week. Army officials think Meth, a 35-year-old Green Beret, cut the cords on his chute to save another soldier’s life when they became entangled during the jump. Meth worked to the rank of sergeant first class and served as an Army Ranger before becoming a Green Beret.
In Corona, Calif., two small planes collided in mid-air over a row of businesses, killing all four people on board the two aircraft and one other person who was inside an auto dealership when one of the aircraft punctured the roof.
Oklahoma State University’s All-Big 12 tight end Brandon Pettigrew was arraigned in Payne County District Court after being taken into custody and accused of assault and battery on a police officer and public intoxication.
On a day meant for celebration in Hollywood with the announcement of the Academy Award nominees, Heath Ledger, one of film’s bright young stars, was found dead in a hotel room at age 28, from what is believed to be an accidental drug overdose.
Employees at four Oklahoma companies celebrated after learning their businesses were among Fortune magazine’s 100 best places to work. Among the companies were American Fidelity Assurance, Chesapeake Energy, Devon Energy and QuikTrip.
Demonstrators on both sides marked the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade nationwide, including some Oklahomans who gathered for a prayer service at the state Capitol.
Records show that State Rep. Daniel Sullivan owes almost $7,000 in property taxes on his home in Tulsa and a condominium in Oklahoma City.
Republican Fred Thompson, the actor-politician, quit the race for the White House on Tuesday after a string of poor finishes in early primary and caucus states.
There might be some money coming your way from Uncle Sam. The White House and Congress worked out a deal to begin sending tax rebates of $600 to $1,200 to most tax filers by spring. But first, the bill will go to the House next week and then on to the Senate.
Stanley F. Hupfeld, chairman of the Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation, explained how the foundation agreed to help arrange a settlement and pay as much as $255,000 to former schools Superintendent John Porter.
U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio said he was ending his second try at the Democratic presidential race.
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