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.
· It has been a week of turmoil in financial circles. The Dow had some tough days, losing more than 900 points before regaining some bounce late in the week.
· The world’s markets were rocked by a failure to rescue Lehman Brothers, a government-brokered takeover of Merrill Lynch by the Bank of America and a forced restructuring of the world’s largest insurance company, American International Group Inc., including an $85 billion emergency loan. The federal government was considering a plan to buy up many of the nation’s shaky mortgages.
· Three Oklahomans were among the dead when a Chinook helicopter crashed south of Baghdad. Killed were Cpl. Michael Thompson, 23, Warrant Officer Brady Rudolf, 37, of Moore; and Sgt. Dan Eshbaugh, 43, of Norman.
· Two men went into Jimmy’s Round-Up Cafe on SW 59, asked for cook Alfredo Chavez, and shot him to death.
· Bethany police killed a fleeing motorist who was stopped for a traffic violation. Police said Kelley Dale Coats of Yukon got about a block away and stopped to fire at officers.
· A former top state judge, Steve Lile, has been banned from the practice of law over misconduct including filing false travel claims and interfering in criminal cases involving family members.
· Department of Human Services workers were checking old filing cabinets after confidential records got out of the agency in a drawer sent to a surplus auction.