Oklahoma city – Rogers County Blue Star Mothers http://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 04:09:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-2021-07-09T143024.308.png Oklahoma city – Rogers County Blue Star Mothers http://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/ 32 32 OKC nonprofit hosts Thanksgiving meal for homeless veterans https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/okc-nonprofit-hosts-thanksgiving-meal-for-homeless-veterans/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 04:09:00 +0000 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/okc-nonprofit-hosts-thanksgiving-meal-for-homeless-veterans/ While many will be surrounded by friends and family on Thanksgiving, some of Oklahoma’s most vulnerable may be spending the holidays alone. Paseo Avenue hosted its first-ever Thanksgiving meal for homeless veterans as a little sign to show someone cares. set out to accomplish with Paseo Avenues. The organization helps homeless senior military veterans and […]]]>

While many will be surrounded by friends and family on Thanksgiving, some of Oklahoma’s most vulnerable may be spending the holidays alone. Paseo Avenue hosted its first-ever Thanksgiving meal for homeless veterans as a little sign to show someone cares. set out to accomplish with Paseo Avenues. The organization helps homeless senior military veterans and adults with disabilities navigate help. “Life happens. It’s not always a person’s fault that is the reason they are homeless,” Hubbard said. Paseo Avenue serves as an emergency shelter, assisting with job search, life skills, and finding resources for veterans who have fallen on hard times. “She’s been very helpful to me. She cares a lot about people,” said Charles Rodgers of the US Army. Rodgers served 20 years in the military. He was picked up by Paseo Avenue and said it was life changing. “It’s been 112 days since I’ve been sober,” Rodgers said. first Thanksgiving meal. “It’s been almost five years. This will be the first meal I’ve had in five years instead of eating ramen crackers and noodles. I’m actually going to have a full stomach this year,” Rodgers said. Hubbard is a veteran herself. “For someone to say they haven’t had a meal in five years on Thanksgiving makes me sleep well at night. I feel like my mission is being played out,” said said Hubbard. As we officially enter the holiday season, Hubbard has a simple message. “Show love and share love. Don’t be so judgmental when you see the man around the corner,” Hubbard said. The organization is located in the Paseo and you can find more information on their website. They are only about five months old and they need donations like clothes and toiletries. You can also volunteer.

While many will be surrounded by friends and family on Thanksgiving, some of Oklahoma’s most vulnerable may be spending the holidays alone.

An Oklahoma City nonprofit is doing its part to make sure some of our nation’s heroes get a hot meal this Thanksgiving. Paseo Avenue hosted its first-ever Thanksgiving meal for homeless veterans as a little sign to show someone cares.

“We are here. We are a family here. We support each other,” said Kim Hubbard of Paseo Avenues.

This is the goal Hubbard has set for himself with Paseo Avenues. The organization helps homeless senior military veterans and adults with disabilities navigate help.

“Life happens. It’s not always a person’s fault that is the reason they are homeless,” Hubbard said.

Paseo Avenue serves as an emergency shelter, assisting with job search, life skills, and finding resources for veterans who have fallen on hard times.

“She’s been very helpful to me. She cares a lot about people,” said Charles Rodgers of the US Army.

Rodgers served 20 years in the military. He was picked up by Paseo Avenue and said it was life changing.

“It’s been 112 days since I’ve been clean,” Rodgers said.

As a sign of celebration and appreciation to show veterans someone cares, the nonprofit hosted its first Thanksgiving dinner.

“It’s been almost five years. This will be the first meal I’ve had in five years instead of eating ramen crackers and noodles. I’m actually going to have a full stomach this year,” Rodgers said.

Hubbard is a veteran herself.

“For someone to say they haven’t had a meal in five years on Thanksgiving makes me sleep well at night. I feel like my mission is being played out,” said said Hubbard.

As we officially enter the holiday season, Hubbard has a simple message.

“Show love and share love. Don’t be so judgmental when you see the man around the corner,” Hubbard said.

The organization is located in the Paseo and you can find more information about their website. They are only about five months old and they need donations like clothes and toiletries.

You can also volunteer your time.

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Feds review treatment for adults with mental health issues in Oklahoma https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/feds-review-treatment-for-adults-with-mental-health-issues-in-oklahoma/ Thu, 17 Nov 2022 19:32:24 +0000 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/feds-review-treatment-for-adults-with-mental-health-issues-in-oklahoma/ OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A civil rights investigation into the treatment of people with mental illnesses by police in Oklahoma, Oklahoma City and Oklahoma City State was announced Thursday by the U.S. Department of Justice. “We will determine whether the state discriminates against adults with mental illness in Oklahoma County,” where Oklahoma City is located, […]]]>

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A civil rights investigation into the treatment of people with mental illnesses by police in Oklahoma, Oklahoma City and Oklahoma City State was announced Thursday by the U.S. Department of Justice.

“We will determine whether the state discriminates against adults with mental illness in Oklahoma County,” where Oklahoma City is located, in violation of federal law “by relying on facilities to serve adults when they could being in the community…

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A civil rights investigation into the treatment of people with mental illnesses by police in Oklahoma, Oklahoma City and Oklahoma City State was announced Thursday by the U.S. Department of Justice.

“We will determine whether the state discriminates against adults with mental illness in Oklahoma County,” where Oklahoma City is located, in violation of federal law “by relying on institutional frameworks to serve adults when they could be in the community,” the deputy attorney general said. said Kristen Clarke.

Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division said the investigation in Oklahoma is part of similar investigations that include Minneapolis; Phoenix; Louisville, Kentucky; and the states of Kentucky, Missouri and South Carolina.

Spokespersons for Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt and the city’s police department did not immediately respond to phone calls from The Associated Press seeking comment. An Oklahoma City spokesperson said a statement would be released later Thursday.

A senior Justice Department official, who is not authorized to comment publicly, said the investigation was prompted by complaints from a mental health advocacy organization, but did not identify the organization.

Two of the state’s largest mental health advocacy organizations, the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Oklahoma and the Alliance of Mental Health Providers of Oklahoma, did not immediately return phone calls for comment.

The official said the investigation did not target the troubled oklahoma county jail Where fatal police shooting in the city, but both could be implicated if violations of the rights of people with mental illnesses are found.

“We will look at police encounters with people with mental health issues, if fatal police shootings are part of these encounters they will be investigated,” as will the treatment of inmates with mental health issues. mental illnesses, the official said.

“The investigation will examine whether Oklahoma is not providing community mental health services” that include treatment, housing and employment, Clarke said.

Investigators will also look at the city’s response to 911 calls about mentally disabled adults and whether police are complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to Clarke.

The investigation is being conducted under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination of people with disabilities by state and local governments, and is expected to last about a year.

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Washington faces Oklahoma City and aims for a 5th consecutive victory https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/washington-faces-oklahoma-city-and-aims-for-a-5th-consecutive-victory/ Tue, 15 Nov 2022 07:03:08 +0000 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/washington-faces-oklahoma-city-and-aims-for-a-5th-consecutive-victory/ Oklahoma City Thunder (6-8, 13th in the Western Conference) vs. Washington Wizards (8-6, 5th in the Eastern Conference) Washington; Wednesday, 7 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Washington is looking to keep its four-game winning streak intact when the Wizards take on Oklahoma City. The Wizards are 5-3 at home. Washington is second in the NBA with […]]]>

Oklahoma City Thunder (6-8, 13th in the Western Conference) vs. Washington Wizards (8-6, 5th in the Eastern Conference)

Washington; Wednesday, 7 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Washington is looking to keep its four-game winning streak intact when the Wizards take on Oklahoma City.

The Wizards are 5-3 at home. Washington is second in the NBA with 35.7 defensive rebounds per game led by Kyle Kuzma with an average of 7.1.

The Thunder are 2-5 in road games. Oklahoma City is second in the Western Conference with 45.6 rebounds per game led by Josh Giddey with an average of 7.3.

TOP PERFORMERS: Kristaps Porzingis is shooting 38.7 percent from beyond the arc with 2.2 3-pointers per game for the Wizards, averaging 20.5 points and 8.2 rebounds. Kuzma is shooting 45.5 percent and averaging 18.4 points over the last 10 games for Washington.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 31.5 points per game and averaging 4.4 rebounds for the Thunder. Luguentz Dort is averaging 14.1 points and 4.4 rebounds over Oklahoma City’s last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Wizards: 5-5, averaged 107.0 points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks per game shooting % from the field. Their opponents are averaging 110.8 points per game.

Thunder: 5-5, averaging 118.9 points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks per game shooting % from the field. Their opponents average 118.1 points.

INJURIES: Wizards: Delon Wright: out (hamstring), Bradley Beal: out (health and safety protocols), Taj Gibson: day to day (neck).

Thunder: Tre Mann: day to day (back), Chet Holmgren: out for the season (foot), Darius Bazley: day to day (ankle).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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Are the polls wrong again? https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/are-the-polls-wrong-again/ Sat, 12 Nov 2022 20:01:04 +0000 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/are-the-polls-wrong-again/ The Democrats’ surprisingly strong showing in the midterm elections raised a familiar question: Were the pollsters wrong again? Heading into Nov. 8, polls across the industry gave Republicans a clear advantage in the battleground races, as well as the wildcard ballot. The data reinforced the belief among experts that a red wave was rising. But […]]]>

The Democrats’ surprisingly strong showing in the midterm elections raised a familiar question: Were the pollsters wrong again?

Heading into Nov. 8, polls across the industry gave Republicans a clear advantage in the battleground races, as well as the wildcard ballot. The data reinforced the belief among experts that a red wave was rising.

But when that didn’t happen, and Tuesday’s red wave turned out to be a red ripple at best, it led to renewed scrutiny of an industry that has already faced criticism after big failures in 2016 and 2020.

“All these polls, God loves them,” President Biden joked at a Democratic National Committee event on Thursday. “You know, ‘historic losses are on the way. A giant red wave.

Still, many pollsters defend their profession, saying polls released in the months and weeks leading up to Election Day were more accurate than imprecise.

“Overall, it was definitely a good night for pollsters and I would say, in particular, traditional pollsters,” said Ashley Koning, director of the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling at Rutgers University.

“Over the past few weeks, many polls from these credible and reputable mainstream pollsters have been met with skepticism and/or disbelief as they show better numbers for Democrats,” she added.

In fact, a number of polls released in the final weeks of the election cycle appeared to accurately capture the dynamics on the ground, depicting races neck and neck. An average of FiveThirtyEight polls over the past week showed Arizona Senate candidate Mark Kelly (D) ahead of Republican rival Blake Masters by one point, for example, reflecting how close the race is but who has ultimately gave the Democrat an advantage.

Nevada polls over the past week have tended to be more optimistic for Republican Senate candidate Adam Laxalt, giving him a 2-8 point lead depending on the survey. As of this writing, his run against Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D) remains too close to call; although he has a narrow lead over her, many Democrats are optimistic that Cortez Masto will eventually prevail.

The general accuracy of traditional pollsters came against a number of right-wing polls, notably from the Trafalgar Group, showing Republican candidates with the momentum. The outlet drew attention for being one of the only pollsters to show Trump’s edge over then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016. But its recent round of polls has made the subject to scrutiny.

In a Trafalgar survey of the Pennsylvania Senate race released Nov. 4, former GOP Senate candidate Mehmet Oz now led Senator-elect John Fetterman (D) by about 2 points. Fetterman ended up winning the race by about 4 points. In a late October poll of the Washington State Senate race, the pollster had Republican Tiffany Smiley trailing incumbent Sen. Patty Murray (D) by just over a point. Murray ended up beating Smiley by about 12 points.

Pollsters argue that outliers do happen and warn that polls are meant to be a snapshot in time, not a prediction.

“They’re not meant to predict or be crystal balls,” Koning said. “They are supposed to explain much more the how and why of voters, their feelings, their attitudes and their behaviors.”

Skepticism in the polls came to a head in 2016 when Trump’s victory pulled the rug out from under the media’s feet.

“It’s normal to have an outlier. Everyone will have one,” Spencer Kimball, director of Emerson College Polling, told HillTV’s “What America’s Thinking” show.

“What we don’t want is a systematic experiment and that’s what we saw in 2016,” he continued. “The bias was systematic towards Hillary Clinton. Every poll that was wrong was wrong in his favor, and so it’s an industry problem.

Democratic pollster Celinda Lake argued that “flooding the area” with Republican-leaning polls in 2022 was part of a larger strategy to boost GOP morale, money and turnout over the last weeks and last days of the cycle.

“I think the media is going to have to have new standards for covering new polls and not allowing that to happen,” she told The Hill.

Lake said the strategy has had an impact on aggregators, which often average a number of polls from different organizations.

“We never anticipated a deliberate flooding of the area with polls showing you ahead,” Lake said. “They’re going to have to balance the aggregation with ‘okay, we’re going to use as many Republican-leaning polls and as many Democratic-leaning polls’ or something like that.”

Lake also noted that news media and political pundits could have paid more attention to anticipated turnout, which often works in favor of Democrats.

“In this case, we were seeing an increase in early voting, but the experts were really ignoring it and they shouldn’t have been,” she said.

A Republican pollster told The Hill that some pollsters failed to pick up on factors like the Democratic fundraising advantage, the strength of abortion as an issue and Trump’s impact on voters. .

“What I don’t think we captured as well as an industry was some of the movement at the end,” the GOP pollster said. “I think the night was much more like what we expected in August than what we expected in October.”

The pollster said the two groups they focused on throughout the cycle were college-educated men and women without college degrees.

“Those three things came together in a way that made those two groups more vibrant, as I think in September the stock market movement was pushing graduate men toward Republicans,” the GOP pollster said. “Women without college degrees cared a lot about abortion rights and the economy because they were very directly affected.”

Ultimately, however, most pollsters and pundits say the majority of polls leading up to the midterm elections didn’t completely miss the mark.

“It was kind of one of our first pandemic eras, normal elections that we could have had and we could have tested and I think the pollsters rose to the challenge,” Koning said.

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Five early takeaways from the midterm https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/five-early-takeaways-from-the-midterm/ Wed, 09 Nov 2022 09:29:40 +0000 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/five-early-takeaways-from-the-midterm/ (The hill) – There were still crucial results to come in the 2022 midterm elections at dawn on Wednesday. But some lessons were already clear after a dramatic night. Here are the five best takeaways. Live Updates: 2022 Midterm Election Results A better night than expected for Democrats Democrats breathed sighs of relief all night […]]]>

(The hill) – There were still crucial results to come in the 2022 midterm elections at dawn on Wednesday.

But some lessons were already clear after a dramatic night.

Here are the five best takeaways.

A better night than expected for Democrats

Democrats breathed sighs of relief all night Tuesday as it became clear that the Republican “red wave” predicted by some pundits and polls had not materialized.

The GOP climaxed early in the night when Florida projections showed Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R) easily winning their races.

But it was all downhill for the GOP from there.

The most dramatic result – so far – came with Democrat John Fetterman losing to Republican Mehmet Oz in one of the nation’s most watched Senate races, in Pennsylvania.

Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) looks slightly favored over former soccer star Herschel Walker, though it’s not yet clear whether a runoff in December can be avoided.

Other results across the board also bolstered Democratic hopes.

Sen. Maggie Hassan (D) retained her seat in New Hampshire – the one Republicans had grown increasingly optimistic about in the final weeks of the campaign.

In the House, several high-profile names on the endangered Democrats list stood, including Reps. Elissa Slotkin (Mich.), Abigail Spanberger (Virginia) and Marcy Kaptur (Ohio).

At the gubernatorial level, races that had caused some last-minute jitters among Democrats were won comfortably by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and New York Gov. Kathy Hochul.

Democrats are, to be clear, sure to lose some House seats — and most likely their majority.

But it was as good a midterm result as President Biden’s party could have dared hope.

It is the Republicans who now face the tough questions.

The GOP was able to secure only very modest gains despite powerful tailwinds in the form of high inflation and low approval ratings for Biden.

Fetterman scores huge victory

Fetterman’s victory, called in the early hours of Wednesday, was a huge boost for Democrats.

His supporters had worried as the unconventional lieutenant governor’s polling lead had been reduced in recent weeks.

In particular, Oz had appeared to gain traction with attacks on Fetterman’s crime record, which includes chairing a state pardons board that recommended far more commutations during his tenure than before. .

Fetterman, who suffered a stroke in May, also delivered a wavering performance in the only televised debate between the two candidates in October.

But in the face of it all, Fetterman’s victory, his head shaved and wearing a hoodie, proved that his brand of progressive populism could prevail even on one of the most divided battlegrounds in the country.

Victory was also vital for Democrats in terms of pure math.

The Pennsylvania seat is vacated by Republican Senator Pat Toomey.

Flipping the seat gives Democrats a buffer even if they lose one of two competitive western states, Arizona and Nevada, where votes are still tallied at the time of writing.

DeSantis turns Florida red

No other Republican had a better night than the Governor of Florida.

His re-election for a second term was expected. But the margin was resounding – about 20 points over his Democratic opponent, former Rep. Charlie Crist.

To put that into context, DeSantis won the governorship four years ago by less than one point, and former President Trump won the Sunshine State two years ago by about three points.

The result is exactly what DeSantis boosters wanted in terms of proof of his eligibility as the focus begins to shift to the 2024 presidential race. In that regard, he was also helped by the fact that the results of Tuesday ended in a mediocre outcome, at best, for former President Trump.

Some of the other contours of DeSantis’ victory were particularly significant, including the fact that he carried the populous and heavily Hispanic county of Miami-Dade.

That’s one reason DeSantis’ boast in his victory speech that he and his supporters had “rewritten the political map” wasn’t just hyperbole.

Senator Marco Rubio (R) also picked up an easy win over Rep. Val Demings (D), building up a margin of around 17 points.

Considering the magnitude of those two victories, it’s clear that Florida is now a red state.

The idea of ​​the state as the nation’s greatest real battleground simply no longer applies.

House GOP majority will be narrow at best

Sometimes it’s the little details that tell the story — like when House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) took the stage for his victory party an hour after the scheduled end at the origin.

As of 3:30 a.m. Eastern, there was still no projection from any major news organization that Republicans would take the House.

McCarthy showed confidence in the outcome, telling his audience, “When you wake up tomorrow, we’ll be in the majority and Nancy Pelosi will be in the minority.”

He may be right in due time. But the mere fact that he’s still in doubt shows just how disappointing that night was for the GOP.

Equally important, even a narrow Republican majority would pose serious challenges for McCarthy, even if he is confirmed as president.

In this scenario, the more diehard members of the GOP conference would have very high leverage — and they are certain to use it.

In the early hours of Wednesday, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) released a statement saying, “I will lead the fight to make sure my party does not fail.”

Two Democratic stars fade

Overall, the Democrats may have seen results at the upper end of their expectations, but two losses have hit them hard.

Both came in gubernatorial races. Stacey Abrams (D) lost to Governor Brian Kemp (R) in Georgia and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D) fell to Governor Greg Abbott in Texas.

Both results were expected – both candidates had fallen behind by significant margins in the polls.

Yet each candidate was considered, not too long ago, a bright and rising star of the Democratic Party.

Their brilliance is now severely dampened, given that Tuesday marked Abrams’ second straight loss to Kemp and O’Rourke’s third loss after losing a 2018 Senate race to Sen. Ted Cruz (R) and dropping out a disappointing bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

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Detroit Pistons vs. Oklahoma City Thunder odds, predictions and betting trends | November 7 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/detroit-pistons-vs-oklahoma-city-thunder-odds-predictions-and-betting-trends-november-7/ Sun, 06 Nov 2022 23:03:00 +0000 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/detroit-pistons-vs-oklahoma-city-thunder-odds-predictions-and-betting-trends-november-7/ The Detroit Pistons (2-8) will look to snap a three-game losing streak when they host the Oklahoma City Thunder (4-5) on Monday, November 7, 2022 at Little Caesars Arena. This contest is at 4:30 p.m. ET on BSOK and BSDET. The Pistons are a 2.5 point favorite against the Thunder when Pistons and Thunder enter […]]]>

The Detroit Pistons (2-8) will look to snap a three-game losing streak when they host the Oklahoma City Thunder (4-5) on Monday, November 7, 2022 at Little Caesars Arena. This contest is at 4:30 p.m. ET on BSOK and BSDET.

The Pistons are a 2.5 point favorite against the Thunder when Pistons and Thunder enter the field. The over/under of the match is set at 223.5.

Pistons vs. Thunder Betting Odds

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  • Spread: Detroit -2.5
  • Total: 223.5
  • Money line: Detroit -140, Oklahoma City +119

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Thunder at Pistons odds, spread and more

Prediction

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    Over (223.5)

  • Prediction:
    Thunder 115 – Pistons 111

Moneyline

  • Detroit shared the two competitions it played as favorites this season.
  • Detroit has been named a -140 or greater favorite only once this season and came away with a win in that game.
  • The funding line set for this game implies that Detroit has a 58.3% chance of coming away with the win.
  • Oklahoma City has been the underdog on the moneyline a total of eight times this season. OKC went 3-5 in those games.
  • Oklahoma City has gone 3-5 in games it has played as a silver-line underdog at odds of +119 or higher (37.5%).
  • Oklahoma City has an implied win probability of 45.7% in this game.

Against the spread

  • The Pistons are recording 107.3 points per game, just 4.5 points shy of the 111.8 the Thunder are giving up.
  • Detroit is 3-2 ATS and 2-3 overall when scoring over 111.8 points.
  • Detroit is 2-3 when scoring over 111.8 points.
  • The Thunder’s 110.4 points per game is 8.5 points less than the 118.9 the Pistons allow their opponents.
  • Detroit is 2-0 ATS and 1-1 overall when opponents are scoring under 110.4 points.
  • Detroit is 1-1 when opponents score under 110.4 points.
  • The Pistons are the 29th-highest scoring team in the league (107.3 PPG), while the Thunder rank 11th in points per game (111.8) in NBA action.
  • Oklahoma City is the 20th scoring team in the NBA (110.4 PPG), while the Detroit team defensively ranks 28th in the league (118.9 PPG).
  • The Pistons have a negative point differential on the season (-116 total points, -11.6 per game), as do the Thunder (-12 total points, -1.4 per game).

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  • Detroit’s average implied point total this season is 2.9 points higher than its implied total in Monday’s game (115.9 average implied points vs. 113 implied points in that game).
  • This season, Detroit has collected more than 113 points in four games.
  • Oklahoma City’s average implied point total for the year (114.8 points) is 3.8 points higher than its implied total in this game (111 points).

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How to watch Pistons vs Thunder

  • Match day: Monday, November 7, 2022
  • Game time: 4:30 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: BSOK and BSDET
  • Location: Detroit, Michigan
  • Arena: Little Caesars Arena
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Oklahoma County Jail Trust plans to fire prison administrator https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/oklahoma-county-jail-trust-plans-to-fire-prison-administrator/ Fri, 04 Nov 2022 10:31:00 +0000 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/oklahoma-county-jail-trust-plans-to-fire-prison-administrator/ OKLAHOMA CITY — At the same meeting Monday where Oklahoma County Jail Administrator Greg Williams will present his annual jail report, the Criminal Justice Authority or Jail Trust will consider firing him. The resolution to put this item on the agenda was submitted by newly appointed member of the Jail Trust, Rev. Derrick Scobey. Scobey […]]]>

OKLAHOMA CITY — At the same meeting Monday where Oklahoma County Jail Administrator Greg Williams will present his annual jail report, the Criminal Justice Authority or Jail Trust will consider firing him.

The resolution to put this item on the agenda was submitted by newly appointed member of the Jail Trust, Rev. Derrick Scobey.

Scobey told Free Press that he opted out of a press conference and statement from a coalition of Eastside clergy and activists that called for Williams to be removed. Scobey said he thought it would be inappropriate for a practicing member of the trust to be part of this type of action.

However, his request for this agenda item to force the Trust to consider the group’s demands comes as no surprise. Scobey has previously expressed similar concerns about prison conditions.

Williams is the first administrator hired by the Jail Trust since Oklahoma County Commissioners decided to remove the Oklahoma County Sheriff from his role as jail administrator and turn the jail over to the new criminal justice authority. or Jail Trust.

doubts, criticisms

Williams has been under fire from various members of the community for several years now.

The conditions in the prison and in particular the death of inmates and the assaults of inmates on each other sparked continued outrage from some county residents.

So far, 14 deaths have occurred in the prison this year.

Recently, a detainee was assaulted by an inmate under the poor supervision of detention officers. Other similar occurrences due to lax supervision have drawn strong criticism from community members.

Additionally, multiple escapes primarily due to procedural errors by detention officers under Williams’ tenure added to public doubts about his ability to properly run the prison.

A particularly deadly episode early in Williams’ tenure was a chaotic one-story hostage crisis at the prison in March 2021.

An inmate holding a detention officer hostage was shot dead by Oklahoma City police officers who responded to an uncommon 911 call for help from prison officials.

A captain on duty in the jail that afternoon called 911 after he was unable to get an organized response from jail staff or the newly elected Oklahoma County Sheriff.

Disturbance response procedures had existed for years when the sheriff ran the jail. However, with a new jail administrator and a new county sheriff, these procedures had not been solidified before the hostage situation developed.

The annual report will show the progress

Also on the agenda at Monday’s Jail Trust meeting is the annual jail report presented by Williams.

The 17-page report, attached to the meeting agenda and embedded below, documents progress in several areas such as the installation of safety and health promotion equipment and county efforts to reduce the number of prisoners.

OCDC-Annual-Report-2022


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OKC Thunder pushes the boundaries of team building strategy https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/okc-thunder-pushes-the-boundaries-of-team-building-strategy/ Tue, 01 Nov 2022 00:14:29 +0000 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/okc-thunder-pushes-the-boundaries-of-team-building-strategy/ OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA – OCTOBER 25: Oklahoma City Thunder’s Josh Giddey #3 and Chet Holmgren … [+] Oklahoma City Thunder number 7 watches the action during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers at Paycom Center on October 25, 2022 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by […]]]>

Some of the most dominant dynasties in NBA history have been pioneers in changing the way the game is played. More recently, the Golden State Warriors made the 3-point shot a focal point that has now become one of the most important plays in the modern league.

While many franchises are adepts trying to adapt to current styles of play, the Oklahoma City Thunder are among the teams looking to push the envelope and change the way the NBA plays in the future.

The Thunder have no interest in being average or trying to catch up with trends. It’s not just about making the playoffs or being a mid-level team, it’s about becoming a consistent contender.

“When you when you listen to Sam [Presti] talking about team building and talking about where we are, we’re not interested in average,” Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said at the start of training camp. “And, you know, being conventional gets you average. This puts you in the middle of the herd.

While going against the norm can be risky, it’s something Thunder staff are willing to do to achieve the highest level of success.

“I think we had a willingness from a strategic perspective and a team spirit to strive for excellence, and sometimes risk failure in the process,” Daigneault said. “I think developmentally with our players and with the way we train the team and the things that we do, I think to align with that philosophy we have to be willing to do things a little bit differently. . We are not afraid to do so in our pursuit of excellence.

One trend we’ve seen Oklahoma City follow in recent years is acquiring long, versatile players with high IQs and the ability to handle the ball. The Thunder are really building a roster full of players who are mostly tall for their position and can pull a rebound from the edge to push the break.

Additionally, the Thunder focused on acquiring players with a high level of skill rather than elite athleticism.

The talented trio of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Josh Giddey and Chet Holmgren are currently at the heart of this rebuilding roster, each bringing incredible versatility.

Gilgeous-Alexander and Giddey are 6-foot-6 and 6-foot-9, respectively, making them two of the tallest guards in the entire league. Holmgren is the perfect modern center, being a 7-footer with a dramatic defensive edge and the ability to space the ground and manage the ball.

Until Holmgren returns next season from a foot injury, the way Oklahoma City play can feel a bit unorthodox at times. The Thunder lack a true traditional center, leaving undersized players in the frontcourt rotation. Instead of going for size in the paint this season, they’ve gone for it with skill.

Guys like Aleksej Pokusevski, Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, Kenrich Williams and Darius Bazley have played at what would historically be considered forward and center positions most of the time.

With that in mind, Oklahoma City plays in a way that results in positions that don’t matter much. This exploratory style of positionless basketball has built a unique development path for young players on the roster. That should mean the Thunder will end up being a team full of point guards who can play anywhere on the offensive side in the longer term.

“We experienced a lot of things, we watched a lot of things last year, and we will continue to do that because it’s a competitive league,” Daigneault said before the season.

When thinking about the Thunder’s roster building strategy, it’s also important to note that they want an extremely cohesive group with a common goal. They’re looking for guys who buy into the system as the rebuilding continues and who are quality people off the pitch.

“We draft people first and players second,” Thunder GM Sam Presti once said.

Although Oklahoma City’s rotation seems unorthodox now, chances are it will pay off later. In the meantime, the Thunder are committed to being exploratory and taking risks in hopes of one day achieving the ultimate goal, which is an NBA championship.

“If you sit right in the middle, then you’re just going to be in the middle, you know, and we’re not interested in that. So we’re aggressive in pursuing our goals, and if we fail and fall on our noses sometimes, it’s is the price to pay for doing business.

By the time the rebuild is complete, expect the Thunder’s roster building strategy to differ from that of many other teams in the league.

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J. Roy Smith Obituary – Oklahoman https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/j-roy-smith-obituary-oklahoman/ Sat, 29 Oct 2022 00:10:10 +0000 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/j-roy-smith-obituary-oklahoman/ James Roy Smith, beloved husband, father, stepfather, grandfather and friend, died at his home with his wife, Bev, by his side on October 21, 2022 at the age of 80. Roy was born in Lawton, OK, to Clare and Ramona (Shaw) Smith on February 4, 1942. He grew up in Oklahoma City, attended Horace Mann […]]]>

James Roy Smith, beloved husband, father, stepfather, grandfather and friend, died at his home with his wife, Bev, by his side on October 21, 2022 at the age of 80.

Roy was born in Lawton, OK, to Clare and Ramona (Shaw) Smith on February 4, 1942. He grew up in Oklahoma City, attended Horace Mann Elementary School and Harding High School, participated in several sports, and graduated in 1960. Roy attended Westminster College in Fulton, MO, promised Sigma Alpha Epsilon, joined the Oklahoma Air National Guard, rose to the rank of captain, and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

After college, Roy worked for an advertising agency in Norman. He started his own company, Bank Marketing Systems, and later sold the business to First Oklahoma Bancorporation in Oklahoma City, continuing to run the business as a subsidiary. During his banking career, he established six national banks and served as Chairman of the Board of Park Avenue Bank. He then moved to Wiesbaden, Germany to establish a new extended warranty company, GMV Garantie Management GmbH. After four successful years, he sold the company to a British insurer and returned to Oklahoma City where he entered into business with Comp Risk Management as Executive Vice President. Roy continued to work until his retirement at the age of 76, when he was diagnosed with Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA) in 2018. He bravely endured a four-year battle with this debilitating disease, losing all ability to read, write and communicate.

Roy has served on the board of OKC Beautiful and the Alzheimer’s Association of OKC. He was a member of the Economic Club of Oklahoma City, YMCA Camp Classen of Oklahoma Board of Directors, member of the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Greater Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Bankers Association, Oklahoma State Treasurer’s Advisory Council and Mid America. Association of Clearing Houses.

Roy loved music all his life, becoming an accomplished pianist. He loved taking over the piano in restaurants and bars when the pianist was taking breaks – and the guests loved it! He continued to play the piano at home until the last two months of his life, and especially enjoyed entertaining his daughters and grandchildren when they visited.

Roy’s passion for fishing started at the age of 10 by tying flies for his uncle – for a fee! At 14 he catches his first trout on the fly that he has ridden and he is “addicted” for life! He has fished all over the world for the past 40 years with groups of friends – Alaska, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Belize, Andros Island in the Bahamas, France, Austria, Germany, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and his favorite – The Henry’s Fork of the Snake River, Last Chance, Idaho. He and Bev also returned to Europe several times and fished together on trips to New Mexico, Idaho and Colorado. He was truly an accomplished fly fisherman and there is no doubt that he is now fishing in paradise with many of his buddies already there.

Roy was a faithful and faithful friend to many people, always enthusiastic, optimistic, kind and caring – with a touch of humor. He loved his daughters Cristy, Kelly and Courtney, his daughter-in-law Ashley, his six grandchildren and was delighted every time they visited him. The anchor of his life was his beloved wife Bev and he adored her. Roy and Bev spent 28 wonderful years together as the love of each other’s life and were married on June 1, 2002.

Roy was predeceased by his parents Clare and Ramona Smith, his sister Marilyn Summers and his brother-in-law Hardy Summers.

Roy is survived by his wife Beverley; daughters Cristy McAtee and her husband David McAtee, Kelly Parker and her fiancé Oscar Durham, Courtney Smith Sears and her husband Ian Sears; his daughter-in-law Ashley Dahnke; and his grandchildren Ford Parker, Payne Parker, David McAtee, Kate McAtee, Cannon Sears and Griffin Sears; niece Julia Summers and her family, her nephew Andrew Summers and her family, several cousins ​​and many very special friends – a list too long to name.

The family would like to thank their family physicians at INTEGRIS Hospital, especially Dr. Jennifer Li for her support over the past few months and her caregivers at Right-At-Home Edmond for their care over the past two years.

A memorial service and celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4400 N. Shartel, Oklahoma City. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorial contributions in their honor to Oklahoma City Beautiful, 3535 North Classen, Oklahoma City, OK 73118, or okcbeautiful.com.

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Posted on October 28, 2022

Posted in The Oklahoman

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Robinson-Earl exceeds expectations in Oklahoma City loss to Minnesota https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/robinson-earl-exceeds-expectations-in-oklahoma-city-loss-to-minnesota/ Mon, 24 Oct 2022 19:58:18 +0000 https://rogerscountybluestarmothers.com/robinson-earl-exceeds-expectations-in-oklahoma-city-loss-to-minnesota/ Oklahoma City had its worst performance of the young season on Sunday, as the Thunder sputtered 116-106 against the Timberwolves in the home opener. . A barrage of triples in the fourth quarter, which ultimately helped Minnesota stay on top. Oklahoma City continued to fight back, but Minnesota’s 3-point shots to open the final frame […]]]>

Oklahoma City had its worst performance of the young season on Sunday, as the Thunder sputtered 116-106 against the Timberwolves in the home opener. .

A barrage of triples in the fourth quarter, which ultimately helped Minnesota stay on top. Oklahoma City continued to fight back, but Minnesota’s 3-point shots to open the final frame put the Thunder to bed.

To make matters worse for the Thunder, stat guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was a late scratch for Sunday’s game. Josh Giddey appeared to go down with a sprained ankle in the second half and a draw Jalen Williams is already on set with an orbital fracture. It might seem like a complex way to fuel up from the outside, but the truth is Oklahoma City just can’t stay healthy. It’s been an incredibly unlucky start to the season.

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