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OKLAHOMA CITY — Tuesday, the Oklahoma City Thunder begin preparing for the season. Monday, at media day, the Thunder spoke about it, at length.

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Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley called running back Trey Sermon the team’s primary running back last week, but also hinted that Marcelias Sutton, T.J. Pledger or Kennedy Brooks would have opportunities to seize the job with quality performances.

Players are likely still breathing sighs of relief after Oklahoma’s narrow 28-21 overtime victory over Army.

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Like many native shrubs, Beautyberry is shunned by gardeners who want a formal appearance to their property. If you can enjoy the more rustic look that comes with native plants, though, Beautyberry is a star of the fall hedge row in zones 6-10.

It became official government policy in 1887 to push for the end of tribal sovereignty across the country. One primary way Washington politicians planned to achieve this was to remove land from being held in common by the tribes and place it into the hands of individual tribal members. At first, the Five Tribes were exempted from this effort, but by 1893, the Dawes Commission was actively working in Indian Territory to secure allotment treaties with the Five Tribes.

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The arts community of Stillwater has strong ties to Oklahoma State University. Many of our local professional artists happen to be professors, annually passing on their knowledge to a new generation of prospective artists. Liz Roth, an OSU professor for the past 15 years or so, teaches painting and professional practices, or the ability to make it as a professional artist. 

Have you ever wished for something, but not really vocalized it? At my previous home there was a dry patch of “lawn” that didn’t grow much and I talked of planting wildflowers for a mini-meadow. It never happened. My current home actually has a meadow, complete with seasonal wildflowers. Pair this with the memory of when I first moved back to Stillwater I attended a potluck somewhere east of town; I don’t remember much except Steve Owens was there, the home had a striking, deep red daylily and…wild orchids in the meadow. I don’t remember the season, I don’t remember the orchids, but I remembered Oklahoma has wild orchids!

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Charles de Coune thinks running as an Independent might be an edge for the office. We don’t know that running as an Independent would make him any more impartial in the office of State Treasurer than it would for Randy McDaniel, who is running as a Republican. But, it does make for an interesting question, one we don’t often ask. Why are many of these state offices, or even local offices partisan? 

When Ashley Epps took her 2 1/2-year-old daughter Addison to an urgent care clinic on Aug. 31, 2018, she expected to receive antibiotics for an ear infection. 

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It was in the fall of 1991 that Oklahoma native Anita Hill came forward to accuse then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment when he was her supervisor at the U.S. Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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Oklahomans will have an opportunity to vote on five state questions on Nov. 6, including State Question 794, which addresses the rights of crime victims.

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Sometimes, law enforcement officers can be their own worst enemies. The staunch loyalty to their colleagues via the "blue line" is commendable, and has saved many lives. But among certain segments of the population, the line is a wall that covers misdeeds - and sometimes, murder.

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A friend of mine told me the other day her granddaughter, in middle school, was grousing about how "mean" her teachers are. One of these tyrannical educators had the nerve to send her to the principal's office for texting her boyfriend in class.

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Kenneth Murray had more than two dozen tackles, with two major records already in hand. An Oklahoma defense that had been on the field for 44 minutes and 41 seconds of game clock was starting to feel the effects.

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It’s difficult to find a bright spot on an Oklahoma State defense that gave up over 621 yards and 41 points in its Big 12 opener against Texas Tech on Saturday night. However, if there was one of any sort, freshman safety Jarrick Bernard was a decent candidate.

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Editor’s note: In abbreviating military titles, I have followed AP Style, which differs from the U.S. Armed Forces’ style.

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Charles de Coune considers it a strength to be able to run for a state office without the burden of party pulling him one way or another. Politics don’t seem to interest him that much, and he probably wouldn’t be running for State Treasurer now, as an Independent, if not for the teacher walkout.

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Cherokee Nation is the first tribal government in America to organize a conservation area to protect an endangered species, the American Burying Beetle. We collaborated with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to designate land at the National Cherokee Nation Park, located on Sallisaw Creek in Sequoyah County, as a place to preserve this species.

Oklahoma leads the world in incarceration rates for numerous reasons — overcrowding and under-funding topping the list.

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While details of plans for improving the Oklahoma Department of Corrections' facilities across the state have yet to be released, the News-Capital confirmed one detail during a conversation with DOC Director Joe Allbaugh.

Here we are, almost knee deep in another kitten season. More than half the calls we get at PAWS this time of year are cat related. The feline rescue groups are totally overwhelmed. Why don't people realize there is a simple solution to the problem?

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Ronnie Milsap will have a new album out in January, called "Duets." He's made songs with present country stars Luke Bryan, George Strait and Little Big Town.

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Last week, former President Barack Obama re-emerged onto the political scene, encouraging Americans to choose Democrats in November to force accountability upon President Trump. In doing so, he was veering away from a tradition held by U.S. presidents to avoid criticizing their successors.

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A 37-year-old Enid man was arraigned this week on felony charges accusing him of breaking into a woman's home and touching her while she slept.