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Judge Dismisses Reparations Suit Over Tulsa Race Massacre

Order says city's arguments were persuasive

(Newser) - A judge has rejected a lawsuit seeking reparations for the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, a case brought on behalf of three survivors of the attack, all over 100 years old. Judge Caroline Wall on Friday dismissed with prejudice the suit trying to force the City of Tulsa and others to...

After 2 Drinks at Starbucks Drive-Thru, He Was Out $4.5K

Jesse O'Dell was charged for a gratuity he didn't authorize, and getting the money back was a pain

(Newser) - An Oklahoma man's visit to his local Starbucks drive-through put him out not only the cost of the two venti drinks he purchased—he was also charged nearly $4,500 for a gratuity he didn't authorize. KOKI and NBC News report that Jesse O'Dell's Jan. 7...

Cops: Tulsa DA Stabbed by His 30-Year-Old Daughter

Police say Steve Kunzweiler's daughter was having possible mental health crisis

(Newser) - Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler survived a stabbing on Tuesday that officials allege was carried out by his 30-year-old daughter. In a Tuesday statement, Tulsa Police Capt. Richard Meulenberg said there was "a potential mental health crisis on the daughter’s side, and then that led to the...

Cops: Tulsa Shooter Was a Disgruntled Patient

Authorities say main target was a doctor who had performed back surgery on him

(Newser) - Police in Tulsa have shed light on the shooting at a medical facility Wednesday that left four victims dead and others wounded—and they say the shooter was a disgruntled patient. Authorities say the gunman's main target was Dr. Preston Phillips, who had performed back surgery on him on...

Gunman Kills 4 in Medical Building
Gunman Kills 4
in Medical Building

Gunman Kills 4 in Medical Building

Tulsa police say he brought 2 guns and opened fire

(Newser) - Tulsa police were going through a medical building room by room Wednesday evening after a gunman walked in, went to the second floor, and opened fire—killing at least four people. The shooting began about 5pm on the campus of St. Francis Hospital, NBC News reports. A police official said...

A Century Ago, They Lived Through a Rampage. Now, $1M

3 centenarians who lived through 1921's Tulsa Race Massacre will split gift

(Newser) - Only three survivors remain from the Tulsa Race Massacre , the 1921 attack in which a white mob descended upon the city's affluent Black neighborhood of Greenwood, torched more than 1,250 homes, and killed hundreds. That trio never received any reparations from either Tulsa or the state of Oklahoma,...

Grim End to Stolen Statue of Famed Native American

Statue of ballerina Marjorie Tallchief appears to have been cut down, sold for scrap for $266

(Newser) - A bronze statue of Native American ballerina Marjorie Tallchief, stolen last week from the Tulsa Historical Society & Museum, appears to have been cut into pieces and sold as scrap metal. Pieces of the statue—one of five outdoor statues depicting famous Native American ballerinas from Oklahoma known as the...

Man Accused of Creative Scheme to Steal Audi
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Really Want an Audi? Don't Do This

Randy Cantwell arrested for impersonating federal marshal, trying to steal car in Tulsa, Okla.

(Newser) - A man in Oklahoma apparently had his heart set on an Audi, but his alleged scheme to acquire one didn't work out the way it was supposed to. KTUL reports that Randy Cantwell was arrested in Tulsa after police say he showed up at a car dealership in Tulsa,...

Pastor Warns Things 'Might Get Nasty.' They Did
Pastor Warns
Things 'Might
Get Nasty.'
They Did
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Pastor Warns Things 'Might Get Nasty.' They Did

Michael Todd of Tulsa's Transformation Church under fire for rubbing spit on man during sermon

(Newser) - "One touch from God can bring clear vision" reads the caption accompanying the most recent upload from an Oklahoma church, showing "a very special Sunday" service that definitely got people buzzing about not God's touch, but its pastor's. The Tulsa World notes that thousands of people...

Woman Vanishes While Searching for Missing Son

Police in Tulsa say hunters found remains of son's friend Jack Grimes

(Newser) - A Tulsa mother disappeared while searching for her missing son and foul play has not been ruled out in both disappearances, police say. Glenda "Cookie" Parton, 80, was last seen while driving on Oct. 25. A day earlier, her son Dwayne Selby, 56, and his friend Jack Grimes, 76,...

Closed Reburial Draws Anger in Tulsa

Protesters say there should have been a funeral for possible massacre victims

(Newser) - The remains exhumed from a cemetery to check for victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre have been reburied, angering protesters who may be descendants of those killed. The remains of 19 people were returned Friday to their original placements, KTUL reports, while protesters locked out of Oaklawn Cemetery watched...

Tulsa Mother Arrested After 12-Year-Old Girl Gives Birth

Police say family knew girl was having sex with 24-year-old man

(Newser) - Tulsa woman Desiree Castaneda was arrested Thursday, two weeks after she became a grandmother at the age of 33. Police say she was charged with child neglect and enabling child sex abuse after her 12-year-old daughter gave birth, People reports. Juan Miranda-Jara, a 24-year-old who admitted being the father, was...

Tom Hanks: My Industry Ignored Tulsa for Too Long

He says he had never heard of race massacre before last year

(Newser) - Tom Hanks considers himself a reasonably well-informed "lay historian"—he has appeared in more than a few historically based movies and TV shows—but he had never heard of the Tulsa Race Massacre before last year. In an opinion piece at the New York Times , the actor says...

Biden: 'Literal Hell Was Unleashed' in Tulsa

He marks 100th anniversary of race massacre

(Newser) - An emotional President Biden marked the 100th anniversary of the massacre that destroyed a thriving Black community in Tulsa, declaring Tuesday that he had "come to fill the silence" about one of the nation’s darkest—and long suppressed—moments of racial violence. "Some injustices are so heinous,...

Tulsa Witness: 'They Were Killing All the Black People'

City marks centennial of attack whose destruction is still felt today

(Newser) - For decades, many Americans knew little of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Events and news media coverage marking the centennial this weekend are trying to change that, partly by assessing the lasting pain and depth of the horrific attack on the city's Black people—including an examination of how...

Tensions Shake Commemoration of Tulsa Race Massacre
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Tensions Shake Commemoration of Tulsa Race Massacre

Stadium event with John Legend and Stacey Abrams is off

(Newser) - The 100th anniversary commemoration of the Tulsa Race Massacre has become entangled in a series of contentious developments, canceling some of the centerpiece events. The city is marking the horrific event over the weekend, a century after a white mob killed as many as 300 people, destroying the homes of...

City: We Know Who Hacked Us
City: We Know Who Hacked Us

City: We Know Who Hacked Us

Cyberattack is similar to the one against Colonial Pipeline, Tulsa says

(Newser) - A cybersecurity attack on the city of Tulsa's computer system was similar to an attack on the Colonial Pipeline, officials said Thursday. The hacker is known, the AP reports. "I can't share anything other than we know who did it," Mayor G.T. Bynum said, adding...

Event to Mark 100 Years Since Race Massacre

John Legend to headline Tulsa ceremony of speeches and performances

(Newser) - An event this month, "Remember & Rise," will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre. Singer John Legend will headline the nationally televised ceremony, speaking and performing, officials announced Friday, KJRH reports. The event, to be held May 31 at ONEOK Field, will include speeches from...

Human Remains Found in Search for 1921 Massacre Victims

It's not yet clear whether they belong to victims of the Tulsa race massacre

(Newser) - On the second day of a renewed search for victims of the 1921 Tulsa race massacre , officials announced at least one set of human remains has been found. They will be analyzed to determine whether they are from a massacre victim, CNN reports; the Washington Post notes that will happen...

Tulsa Renews Search for Massacre Victims

More than 300 people were killed in 1921 attack on Black residents

(Newser) - A second excavation begins Monday at a cemetery in an effort to find and identify victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre and shed light on the tragedy. The violence left hundreds dead and decimated an area that was once a cultural and economic center for African Americans. "I...

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