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Teacher Begs on Street Corner for Classroom Supply Money

Tulsa's Teresa Danks says she spends up to $3K of her $35K salary on supplies

(Newser) - She probably could've tried GoFundMe , but Teresa Danks came up with a different plan for raising money to buy supplies for her third-grade classroom: Stand on a corner in Tulsa, Okla., and beg for it. FOX23 reports on the unusual crowdfunding effort by the teacher, who says she spends... More »

Tulsa Officer Who Said Man's 'Death Is His Fault' Acquitted

Jury hands down not guilty verdict for Betty Shelby in Terence Crutcher case

(Newser) - Protesters gathered on the streets of Tulsa Wednesday night after a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man whose car had stalled was acquitted of manslaughter. The jury took more than eight hours to deliver a not guilty verdict for Betty Shelby, who shot 40-year-old father of... More »

Terence Crutcher Had PCP in System When Shot

This doesn't change the case, lawyer says

(Newser) - The unarmed black man shot dead by police officer Betty Shelby in Tulsa, Okla., last month had PCP in his system when he died, according to a toxicology analysis in an autopsy report released Tuesday. The Oklahoma Chief Medical Examiner's Office says the hallucinogen was found in the blood... More »

Tulsa Cop Had Odd 'Distortion' Before Shooting: Lawyer

Attorney says Betty Shelby went temporarily deaf before shooting Terence Crutcher

(Newser) - Betty Shelby's defense team tried (and failed) to get her a special early arraignment Thursday for the shooting death of unarmed black man Terence Crutcher , hoping to avoid the "utter chaos" of the media covering the high-profile case, the Tulsa World reports. Now Shelby is set to head... More »

The 10 Least Safe Cities for Women

Be extra-vigilant in Miami, Houston

(Newser) - Out on the town in Miami or Houston? Ladies should be extra-vigilant. Both cities are among the least safe for women based on 31 factors, including crime, workplace policies, women in local politics and police forces, and health care, as well as education and wealth, which "indicate a woman'... More »

Car Rental Worker Goes Extra Mile for Mom of Twins

Babies' mom wants everyone to #BeAJohn like John Goodlett

(Newser) - Coty Vincent's car was smashed last week after a hit-and-run accident, so she lugged her twin boys to a rental car company, CNN reports. But the Oklahoma mom didn't find only a vehicle at Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Tulsa: She also found a young man she says is "... More »

Woman Whose Home Caught Fire Cheers America Up

Tulsa's Michelle Dobyne, other complex residents stay cheerful after blaze

(Newser) - When News on 6 reporters got to the scene of a fire at an Oklahoma apartment complex on Sunday, they figured they'd find residents "miserable and upset." But while firefighters doused the blaze at Tulsa's Casa Linda complex, they couldn't put out the positive vibe... More »

'F--k Cops' Tattoo Helps Nail Oklahoma Robbery Suspect

The horns on the suspect's head didn't help, either

(Newser) - It wasn't that difficult for cops to track down two suspects after an Oklahoma man called in a robbery attempt on Friday: one suspect was the victim's ex-girlfriend, while the other sported face tattoos that are hard to miss, the Tulsa World reports. The unnamed victim told cops... More »

'Unbelievable': 4-Year-Old Left in Car Is Crushed by It

It was a freak accident, police in Tulsa, Okla., say

(Newser) - In an accident that was equal parts tragic and freakish, a 4-year-old boy left unattended in an SUV ended up being crushed to death by it. Police in Tulsa, Okla., say the bizarre accident happened when the mother left the boy and his two siblings in her Chevrolet Suburban while... More »

Report: Tulsa Cops Told to Fudge Deputy's Training

Robert Bates may not have been as qualified as he claims

(Newser) - Questions have arisen about how qualified reserve deputy Robert Bates was for the job after he shot and killed Eric Harris in Tulsa, Okla., on April 2, claiming he mistook his firearm for his Taser. Bates' attorney has said his client, charged with second-degree manslaughter in Harris' death, had undergone... More »

Deputy Charged for Killing Black Man 'by Mistake'

Robert Bates faces second-degree manslaughter

(Newser) - A 73-year-old reserve deputy in Tulsa, Okla., was charged today with second-degree manslaughter for shooting an unarmed black man while arresting him, Tulsa World reports. Bob Bates says he mistakenly drew his firearm believing it was a Taser, then fired the bullet that killed Eric Harris, 44. "He made... More »

Cops: Deputy, 73, Shot Man Dead 'by Mistake'

Family accuses Tulsa insurance exec of being 'pay to play' cop

(Newser) - Yet another disturbing video of a police shooting has surfaced—this time involving a deputy that the victim's family say should never have been there. Reserve Deputy Bob Bates, a 73-year-old insurance executive, told police he thought he was reaching for his Taser when he shot Eric Harris in... More »

Boy Gets Nazi Ring From Vending Machine

4-year-old's mom outraged in Tulsa, Oklahoma

(Newser) - A mom in Tulsa, Oklahoma, got quite the shock when her 4-year-old son popped a quarter in a vending machine at a dollar store and out came a gold-colored, plastic ring—bearing the Nazi symbol of an eagle atop a swastika, Fox 23 reports. "You don't want to... More »

Tulsa Wipes Klansman's Name From Street—Sort Of

Brady Street to be named after different Brady

(Newser) - A debate in Tulsa over the renaming of a city street has finally been settled, thanks to a subtle (and somewhat contentious) compromise. Brady Street was named for Wyatt "Tate" Brady, an instrumental figure in the city's past who was also in the Ku Klux Klan. The street'... More »

Tulsa Mulls Renaming Sites Under Klan's Shadow

City father Wyatt Tate Brady was a member

(Newser) - Wyatt Tate Brady helped turned Tulsa from a cluster of tents into a major Oklahoma city at the turn of the 20th century, and his name is attached to all kinds of local sites: a street, a neighborhood, a theater, and a mansion. But the shadow of his past is... More »

Missing Woman Found Alive... in Freezer

She hid there to escape storms

(Newser) - A Tulsa woman took shelter in a deep freezer during severe storms last weekend—but the freezer itself turned out to be the bigger danger. It seems she couldn't get out, authorities say, and she went missing for five days until relatives headed to the 59-year-old's apartment to... More »

Tulsa Shooting Suspect Was Friendly With Victim: Wife

Jake England had visited with William Allen, wife says

(Newser) - William Allen was friendly with Jake England , occasionally chatting with him when they ran into each other—but now England, along with Alvin Watts, is accused of killing Allen during last week's Tulsa shooting spree . Allen's widow tells the Tulsa World that Allen and England met at the... More »

Tulsa Shooters Confessed: Cops

Investigators still determining motive

(Newser) - Two men accused of killing three black pedestrians and injuring two others in Tulsa shootings have confessed to the crimes, according to authorities. Jake England, 19, said he shot two people, and Alvin Watts, 32, admitted to shooting three, say police. Investigators determined that one of England's victims and... More »

Facebook Page May Provide Clue in Tulsa Killings

Shootings of blacks followed murder anniversary of suspect's dad

(Newser) - Investigators are probing racially charged Facebook comments by one of two white men busted in the murder of black pedestrians in Oklahoma. The apparently random shootings by suspected gunmen Jake England, 19, and Alvin Watts, 32, left three people dead and two critically injured. The Tulsa shootings occurred nearly two... More »

Tulsa Shooting Spree Targets Black People

Local NAACP president Warren Blakney: 'We're very concerned'

(Newser) - Three people are dead and two wounded after a shooting spree yesterday that targeted black people on the streets of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Police found the first victim in the wee hours, and spent all morning helping other people found in yards and on streets with gunshot wounds, the Tulsa World... More »

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