Mars MAVEN spacecraft enters orbit

NASAMavenNASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft successfully entered Mars’ orbit at 7:24 p.m. PDT (10:24 p.m. EDT) Sunday, Sept. 21, where it now will prepare to study the Red Planet’s upper atmosphere as never done before. MAVEN is the first spacecraft dedicated to exploring the tenuous upper atmosphere of Mars.

“As the first orbiter dedicated to studying Mars’ upper atmosphere, MAVEN will greatly improve our understanding of the history of the Martian atmosphere, how the climate has changed over time, and how that has influenced the evolution of the surface and the potential habitability of the planet,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. “It also will better inform a future mission to send humans to the Red Planet in the 2030s.”

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Gov. Mary Fallin’s race to return

OK Gov. Mary Fallin

OK Gov. Mary Fallin with David Arnett of Tulsa Today

In a video interview covering a wide variety of topics, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin spoke with Tulsa Today on her current campaign and her goals for a second term. Topics included common and higher education, Federal and State debates, immigration and the Federal response or lack thereof and many other issues.

Gov. Fallin said, “We’ve got to keep the peddle to the metal and keep pushing on things that will grow our economy, create good paying jobs, provide a strong educated workforce, focus on eliminating government waste to keep it more efficient and effective, keeping our taxes low while also funding our public priorities like education, public safety and infrastructure .”

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The Great American Wheat Harvest film debut

WheatHarvestFilm1Documentary producer, Conrad Weaver of Emmitsburg, Maryland is bringing his film, The Great American Wheat Harvest to it’s Tulsa debut at the Circle Cinema on September 26. The film will be shown daily Sept 26 through Oct. 2.

Weaver produced the documentary over the past four years on a journey of more than 100,000 miles, including several areas of Oklahoma. “The Great American Wheat Harvest is a compelling story that few people know about. It’s a story about agriculture, and about the process of harvesting that helps get our food from the field to the table,” Weaver explains. The film is sponsored in part by the Oklahoma Wheat Commission and the Wheat Breeding program at OSU is featured in the film.

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Mocking the ‘Global Warming Scare Industry’

AlGoreFire2The “global warming scare industry” is all about money and “control,” stand-up comedian Michael Loftus argued during a hilarious rant on his new show “The Flipside.”  Yes, Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe has said the same for years, but Loftus takes it to the next level.

Loftus ripped Al Gore and others  claiming global warming is ready to bring the world to an end — unless people pay more money to prevent it.

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Sex, Drugs, and “Suits”: Shawnee teen’s disappearance remains unsolved after 30 years


Sandy Rea, 1984

SHAWNEE, Okla. – Thirty years ago, Shawnee teenager Sandy Rea disappeared without a trace, placing her at the heart of a sensational, cold-case mystery complicated by drugs, sex parties and domestic abuse.

The problem for Shawnee police Sgt. Greg Gibson – the primary investigator in the case – is the lack of a body, crime scene and physical evidence. During the last three decades, police have conducted about 200 interviews in connection with Rea’s Sept. 19, 1984 disappearance from Windsor Bowl, a fact that has left the seasoned investigator shaking his head.

“You think…this is a girl last seen at the Shawnee bowling alley. She had to go somewhere with someone so (you think) you’re going to be able to find out,” Gibson said. “How can this happen in Shawnee, Oklahoma, in 1984. How does someone fall off the face of the Earth?”

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