The Norman Transcript

Local news

April 28, 2013

Lebanese Heritage and Food Festival offers a time to celebrate, a time to remember

NORMAN — The Second Annual Lebanese Heritage and Food Festival was a time to share food and cultural heritage with new friends in Oklahoma. It was also a time for remembering.

One Oklahoman remembered on Saturday was Anthony Shadid, a foreign correspondent who had won the Pulitzer Prize for International reporting twice. Shadid died in February while on assignment. In addition to traditional music and dance entertainment, the festival featured a lecture by award-winning journalist Mike Boettcher who worked with Shadid.

Boettcher described a bombing at a hotel full of American journalists in Iraq. The first bomb exploded and Boettcher said he remembered that there is always a second bomb — in this case the first bomb was to breach the walls and the second was to destroy the hotel, but the truck full of explosives got stuck in debris detonated outside the hotel.

Boettcher hit the ground as the walls shook again.

“The room was full of smoke and debris,” he said. “I was dazed and on the floor, semi-conscious.”

Later he would learn he had suffered a concussion and hearing loss, but at the time he got up off the floor and went back to reporting.

“We’ll probably be back here,” Shadid said to him, “because we can’t stay away.”

Boettcher said Shadid did not stay away. Not after he was shot. Not after he was abducted.

“He (Shadid) could write poetry on deadline,” Boettcher said. “And no, I didn’t give it up, and I am still doing it.”

The Second Annual Lebanese Heritage and Food Festival ran from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. and included performances by singer Elite Khalil, Raks band with singer Eddie Adwi, dance performances, a bake sale and a raffle.

Proceeds from the festival will go to help build a youth center for Our Lady of Lebanon, the Maronite Catholic church which hosted the event. The Maronite Catholic Church is one of 22 autonomous churches in full communion with Rome. It is one of the oldest traditions of the Catholic church.

For local news and more, subscribe to The Norman Transcript Smart Edition, or our print edition.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local news
  • City manager calls Moore strong while addressing Chamber

    MOORE — Moore’s City Manager Steve Eddy could have quoted Dickens: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Eddy, with help from Mayor Glenn Lewis, reported on Tuesday on the State of the City to the Moore Chamber of ...

    July 23, 2014

  • walmart City leaders say ‘yes’ to Wal-Mart supercenter postponement

    Despite complaints that a postponement request was in the eleventh hour, a zoning change in east Norman was put on hold Tuesday night. The proposal to rezone property at Cedar Lane Road between 24th Avenue Southeast and Highway 77 ...

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Solar cars 7 Solar cars use Norman area during pit stop

    Flat, low to the ground with reflective panels and bright colors, these moving vehicles look more like cartoon spaceships than solar race cars. But these funny looking cars represent exactly what the American Solar Challenge (ASC) ...

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Motorcyclist injured in collision

    A motorcyclist was injured in a collision Tuesday night in Norman....

    July 23, 2014

  • Police log

    Police responded to the following incidents Monday: · 1:37 a.m. stolen vehicle, 2100 block of West Brooks Street · 6:27 a.m. larceny report, 200 block of Driftwood Drive · 8:58 a.m. harassment or threats report, 1200 ...

    July 23, 2014

  • Felonies filed

    The following people were charged with felony counts in the Cleveland County Court Clerk’s Office: · Linda Marquez, 36, leaving the scene of an accident involving injury, driving a motor vehicle under the influence of ...

    July 23, 2014

  • Leaving the scene of an accident

    A Norman woman was charged Tuesday with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in injury over the weekend in Moore. Linda Marquez, 36, also faces a misdemeanor charge of driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. ...

    July 23, 2014

  • Norman firefighter performs Heimlich maneuver on Moore man after he chokes on food

    What started out as a normal night out for a Moore couple ended with them being thankful a firefighter was in the right place at the right time....

    July 22, 2014

  • 18-year-old killed; 72-year-old man, young boy injured

    Those involved in the wreck Friday near 136th Avenue and South Sooner Road were identified Monday by Oklahoma City police. Logan Rosado-Santoni, 18, was pronounced dead on the scene after the 4:30 p.m. multi-vehicle wreck. Two others were ...

    July 22, 2014

  • New AP program to begin in Norman

    NORMAN — Norman Public Schools Board of Education learned about Advanced Placement Capstone at a regular board meeting Monday....

    July 22, 2014