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No pardon for Joe Exotic

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By Nolan Clay
Staff writer
nclay@oklahoman.com

There will be no celebratory limousine ride from prison for Joe Exotic after all.

In his latest and likely last acts of clemency, President Donald Trump granted pardons to 73 individuals and commuted the sentences of another 70, the White House announced early Wednesday morning.

Joe Exotic was not on the list, and Trump leaves office at noon.

His legal team, led by wealthy philanthropist and private investigator Eric Love, had a limousine ready to go and hyped up the possibility of his release so much in the media that it became a trending topic on Twitter.

In social media postings Tuesday, Joe Exotic said he was praying he was on the list.

"I ask my group of Angels to please help God guide this to happen," he said.

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Democratic Party chief hopes Biden lays out plan to represent all Americans

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By Chris Casteel
Staff writer
ccasteel@oklahoman.com

Oklahoma Democratic Party chair Alicia Andrews said Tuesday that she’s hoping President-elect Joe Biden lays out a plan in his inaugural address to represent the entire country and that all Americans are receptive to the message.

“After the most recent four years of us having a president who had no intent of representing the entire country, I am hoping that (Biden) is very clear in his intent and specific in his intent to represent all of America, not just those who support him because we can’t do it with just those of us on one side,” said Andrews, of Tulsa.

“I’m hoping that he leans heavily into that and then talks about economic recovery — COVID and economic recovery.”

Andrews had to cancel her plans to attend Wednesday’s inauguration ceremony.

“COVID plus insurrection equals stay at home,” she said.

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Mustang educator who helped design remodeled classroom gets a surprise

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Staff reports

A Mustang Creek Elementary School teacher and her students are enjoying a surprise classroom makeover thanks to True Sky Credit Union’s Sky Crew, with help from Graham Construction.

Mustang Creek Principal Leah Anderson selected educator Rachel Thomas to help with the planning and execution of a model classroom makeover, but Anderson didn't share with Thomas who would be using the remodeled classroom space.

In her design planning, Thomas used her diverse background and 21 years of teaching experience to decide which furniture and technology would be included in the model classroom.

Thomas was brought to tears, however, when it was revealed that the classroom she had designed would belong to her and her students.

“I just wanted what would be best for educators and students,” Thomas said.

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Norman announces city’s first chief diversity and equity officer

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Staff reports

NORMAN — The city of Norman has named Cinthya Allen as the city’s first chief diversity and equity officer.

Allen will be responsible for advising the city on affirmative actions and creating and implementing programs designed to ensure fair and equitable opportunities for residents, staff and council as she shapes the newly created role, according to a news release.

“We are thrilled to welcome Cinthya to the Norman team," City Manager Darrel Pyle said.

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