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Freedom Alumni Banquet canceled

The Freedom Alumni Banquet has been canceled again this year, announced Gary Bradt. "It is with deep regret the alumni committee has decided to cancel the 2021 Alumni Banquet due to concerns of the Covid 19 virus," Bradt said. "We hope this is under...

 

Ruling could put 3rd-degree murder charge in play for ex-cop

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court declined Wednesday to hear the appeal of a former Minneapolis police officer who is trying to block a third-degree murder charge from being reinstated in George Floyd's death. At issue is whether the...

 

Two more Oklahomans facing federal charges in Capitol breach

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two more Oklahomans face charges in the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol, according to documents filed in federal court in the District of Columbia. An affidavit filed last week allege Anthony Griffith, 56, and Jerry Ryals,...

 

5 officers face manslaughter charges in boy's shooting death

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Five Oklahoma City police officers will be charged with manslaughter in last November's fatal shooting of a 15-year-old boy, authorities said Wednesday. Stavian Rodriguez was shot by officers responding to reports of an attempt...

 

Human remains may be linked to Oklahoma's winter storm

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — The death of a person whose remains were found on land owned by Cameron University in southwest Oklahoma may be linked to a winter storm in the state last month, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said. OSBI...

 

Missouri reform school owners charged with abusing residents

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — The owners of a former Christian reform school for girls in southwest Missouri are charged with more than 100 counts alleging they sexually, emotionally and physically abused girls for years. Sixteen former residents of the Circ...

 

GOP lawmaker pushes plan to undo Kansas policy on vaccines

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker in Kansas outlined a measure Wednesday that would overturn Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's policy of withholding doses of COVID-19 vaccines from counties wanting to move to a new phase of inoculations before...

 

Oregon man arrested for shooting at hallucinations

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The police bulletin, all in uppercase, carried this headline on Wednesday: MAN ARRESTED FOR SHOOTING AT HALLUCINATIONS. Officers in Salem, Oregon, on Tuesday afternoon responded to reports of a man shooting a gun in the backyard...

 

Biden's first 50 days: Where he stands on key promises

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden laid out an ambitious agenda for his first 100 days in office, promising swift action on everything from climate change to immigration reform to the coronavirus pandemic. On his 50th day in office, on Wednesday...

 

Stocks mostly climb, except tech, as inflation worries ease

A benign reading on inflation helped spur stocks on Wall Street broadly higher, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average to an all-time high. The S&P 500 rose 0.6%, led by gains in energy and financial stocks. Technology companies fell, giving back...

 

Journalist acquitted in Iowa case seen as attack on press

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa jury on Wednesday acquitted a journalist who was pepper-sprayed and arrested by police while covering a protest, in a case that critics have derided as an attack on press freedoms and an abuse of prosecutorial...

 

Invalidations of Meghan's claims of racism hurt Black women

CHICAGO (AP) — As Prince Harry and Meghan's TV interview reverberates internationally, it's left the more than 50 million viewers grappling with the couple's claims of racism and lack of support that Meghan says drove her to thoughts of suicide....

 

Senate confirms Merrick Garland to be US attorney general

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate confirmed Merrick Garland on Wednesday to be the next U.S. attorney general with a strong bipartisan vote, placing the widely-respected, veteran judge in the post as President Joe Biden has vowed to restore the Justice...

 

Officers maced, trampled: Docs expose depth of Jan. 6 chaos

Two firefighters loaned to Washington for the day said they were the only medics on the Capitol steps Jan. 6, trying to triage injured officers as they watched the angry mob swell and attack police working to protect Congress. Law enforcement agents...

 

Security camera hack exposes hospitals, workplaces, schools

Hackers aiming to call attention to the dangers of mass surveillance said they were able to peer into hospitals, schools, factories, jails and corporate offices after they broke into the systems of a security-camera startup. That California startup,...

 

Freedom birthdays

Happy Birthday To March 11: Gerald Schultz, Janell Darr March 12: Harold Hepner, Hazel Bliss Gage Nailon, Autumn Crane March 13: Denise Harris, Joshua Kirkpatrick, Mae Beth Bird, Bobby Gainer March 14: Katie Plumlee, Cody Wheeler, Clara Williams...

 

Freedom anniversaries

Happy Anniversary To March 19: Mr. & Mrs. Gary Gerloff March 21: Mr. & Mrs. Harold Snow March 24: Mr. & Mrs. Bobby Gainer March 25: Mr. & Mrs. George Leist March 26: Mr. & Mrs. Larry Bradt (Note: Send corrections, additions to: fr...

 

Freedom United Methodist Church news

On Sunday, March 7, the order of services at the Freedom United Methodist Church was: Prelude – Janell Reutlinger We are on Facebook live at 11 a.m. Our Facebook page is Freedom United Methodist Church. Invocation by Pastor Todd Finley Moments at...

 

Freedom School Calendar

March 9-19: OYE March 15-19: Spring break March 23-25: FCCLA State Star Events in Stillwater March 26: Seventh, eighth and high school track meet at Hinton (tentative) March 27: Prom March 31: FCCLA State Convention in Oklahoma City April 2: High...

 

Freedom candidate profile: Cindy Reed

As Freedom gears up for its municipal elections April 6, the Freedom Call begins a series of candidate profiles, one each week, to help ensure Freedom residents have the information they need to make... Full story

 

Attorneys in ex-cop's trial probe jurors' views about police

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Attorneys in the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd's death probed potential jurors Wednesday about their attitudes toward police, trying to determine whether they're more inclined to believe...

 

Uber, Lyft team up on database to expose abusive drivers

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Uber and Lyft have teamed up to create a database of drivers ousted from their ride-hailing services for complaints about sexual assault and other crimes that have raised passenger-safety concerns for years. The clearinghou...

 

As pandemic enters 2nd year, voices of resilience emerge

One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, the world has seen death, economic hardship and anxiety on an unprecedented scale. But it has also witnessed self-sacrifice, courage and perseverance. In India, Brazil, South Africa and other places around the...

 

Prince William defends UK monarchy against racism accusation

LONDON (AP) — Prince William insisted Thursday that his family is not racist as he became the first British royal to speak out about accusations of bigotry made by Prince Harry and Meghan, his brother and sister-in-law. William made the comments...

 

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