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First ever DAV 5k in Oklahoma set for Nov. 5 in Tulsa

A new annual tradition to honor America's veterans and active service military begins November 5th in Tulsa.

It's the inaugural Disabled American Veterans 5K, but as Ajutant Danny Oliver of the Oklahoma DAV explained Tuesday, it's much more than just a race.

"It's an event designed to honor veterans and bring awareness," he told KRMG.

Motorcyclists will participate, and will leave the starting line first.

They'll be followed by those who walk, run, or use wheelchairs or modified bicycles.

That will include the leader of the DAV himself, Oliver says.

"Our national commander, who's a quad amputee, is going to be riding his adaptive bike in this 5K."

There will be an after party, with food and live music.

But more importantly, he added, the event will include a lot of information for veterans and their families on services that are available to them.

And the Spartan Sword will make an appearance.

Forged from 25 pounds of steel salvaged from the wreckage of the twin towers in New York City, the sword is held while making a pledge to not commit suicide.

The pledge reads as follows:

“I will not take my own life by my own hand without talking to my battle buddy first. My mission is to find a mission to help my Warfighter family.”

The sword, Oliver says, "is very unique. There's only one of them in the world, and it will be right there at the Guthrie Green with us at the 5K."

The Tulsa DAV 5K will be an annual event, held the Saturday before Veterans Day.

Only Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati, and Newport News, Virginia have hosted the DAV 5K events previously.

The DAV plans to continue rolling them out across the country.

Tulsa's DAV 5K is Saturday, Nov. 5th. at Guthrie Green downtown.

Motorcycles will roll out about 8:30 a.m., walkers, runners, and rollers move out at 9:00 a.m.

The after party is from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

To register as a participant or volunteer for the Tulsa DAV 5K, CLICK HERE.

Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to appear in opera

Supreme Court justice and opera enthusiast Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be wearing a different set of robes next month, moving from her court chambers to the stage.

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On Nov. 12, the 83-year-old will perform in a non-singing role as the Duchess of Krakenthorp in Gaetano Donizetti’s “Daughter of the Regiment.” The Washington National Opera announced her one-time, opening night role in its staging of the show at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. next month.

“While the opera is best known for the vocal acrobatics required of its singers, the high-comedy antics of the non-singing role of the Duchess of Krakenthorp often steal the show,” the opera said in a statement.

The script of the opera will be slightly altered to mention Ginsburg’s job as a Supreme Court justice. Her character has been played by a diverse set of performers, from Spanish soprano Montserrat Caballé to actress Bea Arthur.

Ginsburg, however, is no stranger to the stage, appearing as an extra in several operas through the years.

In 2009, she and the late Justice Antonin Scalia were extras in a party scene of Richard Strauss’ “Ariadne auf Naxos” on the Washington National Opera stage, the Washington Post reported.

The Washington National Opera said she also was an extra in "Ariadne auf Naxos" in 1994 and in Johann Strauss II's "Die Fledermaus" in 2003.

Another Supreme Court justice, Sandra Day O’Connor, once made a surprise appearance in the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of “Henry V,” playing the role of Isabel, queen of France.

Ginsburg has always had a love of the arts. According to the Washingtonian, her mother introduced her to theater at the Brooklyn Academy — “my dream place as a child.”

Ticket sales were brisk for “Daughter of the Regiment.”

“We definitely sold a lot of tickets today after our announcement,” Washington National Opera spokesman Michael Solomon told Reuters.

Panera's pink-ribbon bagels to raise funds for breast cancer awareness

Brianna Chambers contributed to this report.

Panera Bread Co. is teaming up with local organizations to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research.

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During the month of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the company will sell its signature Pink Ribbon Bagel, a twist on the Cherry Vanilla Bagel, a mix of cherry chips, dried cherries, honey, vanilla and brown sugar. A portion of the proceeds of the Pink Ribbon bagel will be donated to local nonprofits across the country. 

Erin Barnhart, community relations manager for a Panera Bread franchise based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, said each participating market has its own breast cancer partners.

"The partner really does make a difference," she said. "We appreciate our local partners, as their support can make all the difference in achieving our goals of building awareness and raising funds for treatment and research."

Panera has more than 1,600 locations in 41 states and the District of Columbia. 

Select markets offer a 100 percent donation day, during which the entirety of that day's sales of Pink Ribbon Bagels is donated to breast cancer focused organizations, according to Panera's website.

In Dayton, Ohio, proceeds will be donated to local nonprofit Pink Ribbon Girls and the Miami Valley Hospital Foundation.

"We make this campaign a priority every year for a reason," said Sam Covelli, owner and operator of Covelli Enterprises, the Ohio-based franchisee of Dayton-area Panera Bread restaurants. "The funds raised by the Pink Ribbon Bagel are helping to save the lives of local women with breast cancer. There's no better feeling than knowing you can help make difference."

Pink Ribbon Girls provide free direct services to patients and their families undergoing breast and other women's reproductive cancer treatment through their programs.

Mikki Clancy, chief operating officer of Miami Valley Hospital, survived breast cancer and said she benefited from the services of Pink Ribbon Girls and the hospital.

"Pink Ribbon Girls and Miami Valley Hospital were a godsend in my treatment and recovery," she said. "Supporting these community assets serves hundreds of local patients in their fight against cancer."

Twelve participating West Virginia area Panera locations will donate to Susan G. Komen West Virginia.

"We are so excited to partner with Panera Bread for the sixth year to raise funds and awareness during Breast Cancer Awareness month," said Donna DeHart, executive director West Virginia Susan G. Komen. "The Pink Ribbon Bagels are always a big hit with our survivors, volunteers, grantees and supporters. Money raised from the October campaign will be used to provide uninsured and under-insured West Virginians with life-saving screenings and awareness."

According to the Panera website, the franchise has raised tens of thousands of dollars for breast cancer partners through Pink Ribbon Bagel campaigns in the past 10 years.

"It's not a hard sell," Barnhart said. "People want to be involved in whatever way they can. That's what's so great about the Pink Ribbon Bagel. People might say, 'I can't write a check, but I can buy a bagel.'"

Read more at PaneraBread.com.

Bob Hurley Annual Toy Drive 

Join Bob Hurley Ford in helping Tulsa area families this holiday season at the Project Reach-Tulsa annual Toy Drive. 

To participate, bring a new unwrapped toy for children aged  Newborn to 12 years.  They do ask that you not bring stuffed animals, toy guns of any sort, swords or violent toys as these items will not be accepted. You can then drop off your gifts at Bob Hurley Ford located at 745 W. 51st St. Tulsa, OK 74107 anytime between November 4th through December 3rd. 

Cash donations are accepted on the Project Reach website or by texting  “REACH” to 95920

For more information visit http://www.projectreachtulsa.com/

Blood Thirsty Ball 2016

Mix96.5 is hosting the 1st annual Blood Thirsty Ball at Hyatt Regency Downtown Tulsa! Saturday, October 29th from 8pm until the witching hour! OR until Sunday if you dare stay all night! 10% of the net proceeds will go to local non profit Oklahoma Blood Institute. 

This will assist them in continuing to provide blood to nearly 90% of the hospitals across the state including ALL Children’s, Veterans, and Indian Hospitals. 

The Blood Thirsty Ball will have finger foods, cash bar, & loud music that will wake the dead! Costume contests and door prizes all night long.  Costume Contest grand prize: A one Carat Blood Red Natural Ruby set in a 14kt gold pendant from J David Jewelry.

MUST BE 21+ TO ATTEND

Party all night long and stay at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Tulsa, click the link below for:

One night hotel stay for TwoValet overnight garage parking Two tickets to the Blood Thirsty Ball Heavy hors d'oeuvres at the Ball Breakfast on SundayBuy now: https://resweb.passkey.com/go/BloodThirstyBall 

Other ticket buying options:

Spot Lite Magic and Costumes:Purchase a ticket for the Blood Thirsty Ball and receive a 20% discount off one costume or costume accessory. Does not apply to already discounted items, or to a few select costumes. Offer expires on 10/29/2016. Proof of ticket purchase must be shown at time of check-out. Only one discount offer for each purchased ticket. For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/spotlitemagic/?fref=tsPurchase Single Tickets Online: HERE

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Hyatt Regency Downtown Spot Lite Magic & Costumes Psycho Path Haunted Attraction J David Jewelryand Mix 96.5.

Seahawks’ Baldwin calls for change after shootings

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin is calling for a review of training policies for law enforcement across the country, saying the message NFL players are trying to send with their actions during the national anthem now needs some follow-through.

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Baldwin gave a prepared statement on Thursday, similar to what teammate Richard Sherman did Wednesday. Baldwin said the situation has reached a point where action is needed. Baldwin said he has consulted with his father, a police officer, to gather information. "The situation that's upon us right now, what's going on in our country, it's devastating. ... We cannot tolerate this," Baldwin said.

Doug Baldwin begins his news conference reading from the US Constitution & calls for accountability. — Cale Ramaker (@CaleKIRO7) September 22, 2016 Doug Baldwin: demanding all 50 state Attorneys General review police training & emphasize deescalation over order. — Cale Ramaker (@CaleKIRO7) September 22, 2016

>> Related: Richard Sherman says anthem protests message getting lost

#Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin opened his availability today with a statement similar to teammate Richard Sherman pic.twitter.com/pcz1UUBYMT — Tim Booth (@ByTimBooth) September 22, 2016

Washington’s attorney general reached out to Baldwin on Twitter after the news conference.

.@DougBaldwinJr Watched your press conference today with interest. I’ll be reaching out soon to see if you'd like to sit down and chat. -BF — WA Attorney General (@AGOWA) September 22, 2016

Baldwin and Sherman's statements came in the wake of a pair of police shootings this week, one in Charlotte, North Carolina; and another in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Yankees fans orchestrating 'Moon Big Papi Night' for Ortiz’s New York finale

David Ortiz is down to the final weeks of his major-league career and a group of New York Yankees fans are planning a less-than-cordial sendoff.

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A group has founded a website called Moon Big Papi and they want fans to moon the Boston Red Sox star when he plays his final game at Yankee Stadium next week. Ortiz owns a career .315 average against the Yankees, with six homers and 13 RBI.

>>RELATED: Company honors Ortiz's career walk-off with special edition shoes

The site says “if 10 people moon Big Papi, they'll be arrested, but if 10,000 do it it will be a story for the grandkids.”

Panthers’ Olsen: Sunday’s game must go on

More than 70,000 fans are expected in Charlotte this weekend to watch the Carolina Panthers vs. the Minnesota Vikings.

For now, the game will go on as scheduled at 1 p.m. Sunday at Bank of America Stadium.

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The Panthers have tried to keep it business as usual on the field despite the chaos that’s unfolded the past two nights, but safety is never far from their minds.

Panthers’ tight end Greg Olsen said his family normally tailgates on game days, but this week they will likely head right to the stadium, not because he fears for their safety, but just in case.

Olsen said the game must go on. He said sport can heal at a time like this and as silly as it sounds, this game matters.

“Is the game itself as important as the issues at hand? No. But is the game itself a big piece of healing and bringing people together and letting people put their differences aside and just start that process of inclusion and being less divisive? I do,” Olsen said.

Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said he was a coach with the San Diego Chargers when San Diego was struck by wildfires.

“While the circumstances now are obviously different, playing again was an important step in that community's healing process,” Rivera said. 

Florida school district: Students must have permission to kneel during national anthem

Orange County school district officials in Florida said students must have parents’ permission to kneel during the national anthem at sporting events, WFTV reported.

The issue has been making national headlines since San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee in protest of social injustice.

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Some athletes are starting to follow national players’ lead on the issue, although none did at a football game  Thursday night in Orlando between Evans and Jones high schools.

Several school districts said it has not happened in central Florida, but a southwest Florida school district said students needed written permission to kneel.

Orange County Public Schools officials said it has interpreted state law to treat the national anthem like the Pledge of Allegiance.

District officials said they like the policy on the Pledge of Allegiance, students may kneel if they have permission in the form of a letter from a parent.

“I have to stay neutral, but whatever they do, I’m going to support them. That’s really between that individual and their family,” Jones High School football coach Elijah Williams said.

A school district spokesman said that if any of the students had kneeled, they would not have gotten in trouble.

Orange County Public Schools said its legal team is still reviewing state law.

Florida statute mentions students should stand for the national anthem, but only mentioned students being excused by a written letter for the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Ticket Presale

Trans-Siberian Orchestra will be playing the BOK center on December 1st, 2016. Tickets to this unique show will go on sale Friday, September 16th at 10 a.m. 

Why wait, you can buy your tickets now! 

We have your exclusive invitation for you to buy your tickets today (9/14/16) starting at 10 a.m. - Thursday at 10 p.m.

 Simply click HERE and enter password: Mix96 to get your tickets before they go on sale to the public. 
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