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.
Designs for the 925-foot Devon Tower in Oklahoma City were unveiled. The architect says he designed the tower, which will be the tallest in the state, to fit into downtown and be a symbol of the city’s renaissance. Once the tower is complete in 2012, it could pay as much as $7.5 million a year in property taxes, flooding the city’s tax financing increment account, officials said.Designs for the 925-foot Devon Tower in Oklahoma City were unveiled. The architect says he designed the tower, which will be the tallest in the state, to fit into downtown and be a symbol of the city’s renaissance. Once the tower is complete in 2012, it could pay as much as $7.5 million a year in property taxes, flooding the city’s tax financing increment account, officials said.Drenching rains pushed Oklahoma City to its wettest August on record — and there’s still time for more. Normally, the city sees about 2.5 inches of rain in August. This year, the city has gotten more than 9.4 inches.
Every season ticket applicant for Oklahoma City’s NBA team will receive a call soon, the team said, and buyers will begin picking their seats Sept. 8. The order in which seats can be selected will be determined by a computer.
Former OU gymnast Jonathan Horton won the silver medal in the men’s high bar, just missing the gold by 0.024 points. Horton led the Americans to a bronze in the team competition.
Two Chinese women in their 70s have been ordered to serve a year in a labor camp for applying to use a protest zone during the Olympics in Beijing. Of the 77 applications to protest, none was approved.
Thousands more Oklahoma college students have sought federal financial aid this year as tuition and fees rise. About 3 percent more students sought aid this year compared with last year.
College presidents from about 100 of the nation’s best-known universities are calling on lawmakers to consider lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18, saying the current limits actually encourage binge drinking.
Oklahoma State is experimenting with football ticket sales that make OU-OSU bedlam seats available only to season ticket holders. Season ticket sales are sharply higher.
State civil rights activists held a weeklong remembrance of integration sit-ins 50 years ago.
Democrat Barack Obama met with Texas oil baron T. Boone Pickens to discuss strategies for developing alternative energy. Republican John McCain met with Pickens last week to discuss his plan to generate 22 percent of America’s power through wind and other sources. Obama raised $7.8 million at three fundraisers in the San Francisco area. McCain said Obama refuses to admit he was wrong when he opposed the military surge in Iraq last year. Obama countered that the surge has not produced the political settlement needed to ensure lasting peace.
Iraq says it is nearing a deal with the U.S. to withdraw combat troops from major cities by next June and complete a wider withdrawal by 2011.
The Army is mailing out thousands of letters to families of those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking what it can do to help make their lives easier.
Tropical Storm Fay lingered over Florida. Floods from up to 13 inches of rain close highways and inundated homes in southern Texas.
A 14-year-old who was married at 12 to jailed polygamist leader Warren Jeffs was returned to foster care by a court in Texas.
Eric Kennedy Phan confessed to killing the woman who said she was carrying his unborn child. The family of Lauren Barnes and her unborn daughter, Avery, were relieved Phan admitted guilt.
A three-year investigation has concluded World Trade Center Building 7 collapsed because of fire. Conspiracy theorists thought the building was brought down by an explosion because it collapsed seven hours after the towers.
The U.S. accused Russia of stalling its military pullout in Georgia. Pakistan’s president Pervez Musharraf resigned, avoiding a power struggle with rivals vowing to impeach him.
Nineteen people were believed to have survived a fiery jet crash in Madrid that killed scores more.
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