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April 11, 2019

Staff at a juvenile detention center where a teenager died by suicide in 2016 did not follow policies and protocols upon finding the boy unresponsive in his cell, records show. An Oklahoma Department of Human Services Office of Client Advocacy report, recently filed in a lawsuit brought by Victims’ estate, states employees in several instances did not abide by the facility’s written policies and protocols for suicide prevention. Following the death, the state’s Office of Juvenile Affairs revoked the detention center’s license to operate.


University of Oklahoma regents spent more than six hours on Tuesday hearing the findings of an investigation into former President David Boren. Those findings were not released. The OU Board of Regents hired Jones Day, a law firm, to investigate allegations against Boren of sexual misconduct. Rainbolt-Forbes declined to answer questions after the meeting, say whether the investigation was over or describe what the board’s response might be.


Drugmakers that Oklahoma sued over their alleged role in the nation's deadly opioid crisis appear divided over whether they want their case tried before a judge or jury. Johnson & Johnson filed a motion Tuesday seeking a jury trial. The request came after Attorney General Mike Hunter dropped some of the state's claims last week. The move triggered a request to have a judge, not a jury, decide the case. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA and Allergan filed a motion indicating they don't object to a trial before a judge if the state agrees to certain conditions.


Scientists on Wednesday revealed the first image ever made of a black hole, depicting a fiery orange and black ring of gravity-twisted light swirling around the edge of the abyss. The picture, assembled from data gathered by eight radio telescopes around the world, shows the hot, shadowy lip of a supermassive black hole, one of the light-sucking monsters of the universe theorized by Einstein more than a century ago and confirmed by observations for decades. It is along this edge that light bends around itself in a cosmic funhouse effect.


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