Established to honor the adoption of the American flag on June 14, 1777, Flag Day was established as a national holiday in 1946. While not an official federal holiday, Flag Day has historically been celebrated with parades, ceremonies at historical landmarks and museums, and by citizens displaying the flag of the United States. It’s an excellent opportunity to review flag etiquette, as detailed in the U.S. Flag Code. Below are some points every American should know about the display and maintenance of the flag:

Nearly 100 current educators are attempting to win seats in the state Legislature in an effort to increase emphasis on public education.

Climate change is one of the most significant issues we face today. We’re already experiencing the effects of global warming, and the long-term impact of climate change is incredibly concerning.

One of the issues Oklahomans will weigh in on at the polls later this month is State Question 788, commonly known as medical marijuana.

Tomorrow, May 28, the United States will honor the memory of U.S. military members who lost their lives while serving in the armed forces. The holiday originated as Decoration Day in the 1860s after the Civl War. It became an official federal holiday in 1971 and was moved to the final Monday in May to create a three-day weekend.

It may have flown by for you, or dragged on, or a combination of the two, but the school year ends today for OU students, with graduation tonight at Owen Field. 

The Oklahoma Legislature has basically been in session since early 2017, with two regular sessions and two special sessions. Now, as they race to complete the 2018 regular sessions early, a flurry of bizarre, controversial, and downright stupid pieces of legislation are flying through chambers and onto the governor’s desk. 

Norman needs a stormwater utility fee, that much is clear. Exactly how it will work, who will pay what, etc., still needs to be hammered out (although we should have a proposal soon). But the reasons the city needs one are manifold, from improving stormwater infrastructure to meeting state and federal water management restrictions.

Downtown is really the heart of any city. And while Norman has some exciting shopping districts and cultural centers, we feel that’s true about our city as well.

Hands on his hips, his trademark visor casting a shadow on his face, the statue of Bob Stoops that was officially unveiled Saturday during OU’s spring game festivities is obviously larger than life.

The teacher walkout is entering Day 8, and it looks like it will stretch at least two weeks in total, as the legislature doesn’t appear to be moving on any revenue bills and Gov. Mary Fallin signed a repeal of the hotel/motel tax increase Tuesday.

The Oklahoma teacher walkout will continue this week, at least on Monday, although the movement doesn’t show many signs of slowing down. That’s probably not what most of the state legislature was expecting. By passing a $2.9 billion education budget and accompanying revenue bills, many legislators were hoping to stave off the walkout or assumed it would last only a day or two. When Gov. Mary Fallin said she expected teachers to come thank the legislature, she was reflecting the opinion of a lot of our politicians.

The latest in a long list of bad ideas emanating from the Oklahoma State Capitol is one to euthanize prisoners by nitrogen induced suffocation.

We hope you noticed the first installment of our Pulse of the Voters series on Page A1. While there’s a note attached to the story explaining the project, the editorial board thought it would be a good idea to go into more detail here.

Sunday is April Fool’s Day, a day of pranks, jokes and puns that keeps us on our feet every year. So how did all of this start?

The confirmation that energy executive James Gallogly will be the University of Oklahoma’s 14th president when David Boren retires in June was met with plenty of fanfare on Monday. But there was criticism as well that Gallogly, an OU graduate donor with no experience in higher education on the administrative level who has spent his entire career in the corporate business world, is not as qualified as other candidates.

Employees of the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) have endured a number of challenges over the past few months. As highlighted in the headlines, Oklahoma’s public health system has been put under a microscope, with many seeing an agency that did not prevent a major financial crisis, leading to alleged mismanagement of public funds. However, in spite of the distractions, the staff at OSDH have continued their commitment, bearing the brunt of each new revelation but remaining focused on the mission to protect the health of Oklahomans.

On Wednesday, thousands of students across the country, and hundreds in Norman, walked out of school. They did so to protest the gun violence that has become a pervasive fear in public schools throughout the U.S. They did so to remember the 17 individuals killed in the Parkland, Florida shooting in February. They did so to remind those in power that they aren’t powerless.

Oklahoma legislators aren’t known for solving problems (teacher pay raise, anyone? No?). But the recent efforts of Norman-based advocacy group Yes All Daughters, along with recently elected state Rep. Jacob Rosecrants, have resulted in the passage of Lauren’s Law, a bill that would give public schools the option to teach age-appropriate consent and healthy relationship education to their curriculum, through the state House.

As momentum builds behind a potential statewide teacher walkout, it’s clear Oklahomans are frustrated with the lack of legislative action on teacher pay raises. That frustration may well overflow in the form of a walkout.

The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents will receive a report from the Presidential Search Committee on Monday, most likely the committee’s finalists to replace OU President David Boren steps down after this semester.

The potential University North Park TIF expansion, complete with entertainment district and basketball arena, has generated a lot of discussion and debate, much of it colored by the perceived success (or lack thereof) of the current southern half of the University North Park TIF.

There’s still plenty of time left in the current legislative session — it only started this month — but legislators can’t allow this session to slip away without coming up with solutions to our state’s systemic budget issues. The failure of Step Up Oklahoma was just the beginning.

Normanites and Oklahomans are going to make some important decisions about who will lead us in 2018 and beyond. Below are some key races, hirings and election dates to keep track of in the coming months.

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