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  • SUPing on the Oklahoma River

    Nate Billings | Published: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

        One of the things I enjoy about my job is getting to check out things I might like to try on my own. On Saturday, I photographed a stand up paddleboard class on the Oklahoma River. It looked like a lot of fun. It convinced me that I’ll have to try SUP on […]

  • Away from the storm

    K.T. King | Published: Thu, May 1, 2014

    As the sun rose on Sunday, April 27, the haze lifted from downtown Oklahoma City to reveal the powerful storm clouds overhead. Runners in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon crowded the streets for as far as the eye could see, while the clouds began to break apart. Torrential rain poured from the sky and the crack of thunder nearby sent runners and security workers into a panic.   Rain begins to pour down on the reflecting pool at the Oklahoma City National Memorial before the start the 14th Annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 27, 2014. The marathon was delayed over two hours beyond it’s original start time of 6 a.m. Photo by KT King/The Oklahoman Runners crowd the street and pass time by sitting down and covering up with ponchos and trash bags to avoid the rain before the start the 14th Annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 27, 2014. The marathon was delayed over two hours beyond it’s original start time of 6 a.m. Photo by KT King/The Oklahoman The initial start time of the race at 6:30 a.m. passed with little fanfare. The second start time passed, this time, delaying the race for more than an hour. As the rain poured down, it seemed like it might never end, and runners were frantically urged into the nearby parking garages for their own safety.   Runners were told to immediately take shelter in neighboring parking garages to avoid the rain before the start the 14th Annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 27, 2014. The marathon was delayed over two hours beyond it’s original start time of 6 a.m. Photo by KT King/The Oklahoman A runner dressed as Captain America takes shelter in a parking garage before the start the 14th Annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 27, 2014. The marathon was delayed over two hours beyond it’s original start time of 6 a.m. Photo by KT King/The Oklahoman Marathon runner James Strahorn runs for cover in a parking garage to escape the pouring rain before the start the 14th Annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 27, 2014. The marathon was delayed over two hours beyond it’s original start time of 6 a.m. Photo by KT King/The Oklahoman   Nearing the start time of 8:20 a.m., the downpour suddenly ceased. The sun peaked out from behind the cloud for the first time. The most welcome sight I had seen in what seemed like months. The race would go on and all of the waiting was worth it.   Storm cloud hang over the 9:03 Gate of Time at the Oklahoma City National Memorial on the day of the 14th Annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 27, 2014. The marathon was delayed several hours due to weather. Photo by KT King/The Oklahoman A line of people stand in a shallow truck docking bay in attempt to stay out of the rain before the start the 14th Annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in Oklahoma City, Sunday, April 27, 2014. The marathon was delayed over two hours beyond it’s original start time of 6 a.m. Photo by KT King/The Oklahoman    …

  • Remembering April 19

    K.T. King | Updated: Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    By KT King I was just four when the bomb detonated and took the lives of 168 of our own. I was learning to read, learning to tie my shoes and probably still watching “Thomas the Tank Engine” reruns, but I still have memories of that day, the first thing I can really remember. The memory of that day is brief for me, but I’m thankful for that. I never had nightmares, I never had to feel the pain. I didn’t lose anyone that day. But, growing up in Oklahoma, April 19, 1995 is not a day to be forgotten. Saturday, 19 years after the blast, I photographed the memorial ceremony along with staff photographer Jim Beckel. The heartfelt ceremony and moments of remembrances shared by the families who lost loved ones is another memory, that I know I’ll never forget. Members of the US Naval Sea Cadet Corps stand on the east end of the Reflecting Pool during the ceremony. The Sea Cadets posted the colors at the 19th anniversary Remembrance Ceremony at the Oklahoma City National Memorial Saturday morning, April 19, 2014, to honor the memory of the 168 victims killed in the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman Larry Dillow pauses for a moment to remember his daughter Kim Cousins at the 19th anniversary Remembrance Ceremony at the Oklahoma City National Memorial Saturday morning, April 19, 2014, to honor the memory of the 168 victims killed in the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building. Photo by KT King, The Oklahoman Cory Shepherd holds his 17 months-old son, Corbin, as he walks among the Field of Empty Chairs after the 19th anniversary Remembrance Ceremony at the Oklahoma City National Memorial Saturday morning, April 19, 2014, to honor the memory of the 168 victims killed in the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building. Shepherd, of Newcastle, came to the ceremony with his wife, whose aunt, Kathy Finley, was killed in the Federal Employees Credit Union at the time of the explosion. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman Members of the Oklahoma Fire Pipes and Drums walk through one of the Gates of Time at the 19th anniversary Remembrance Ceremony at the Oklahoma City National Memorial Saturday morning, April 19, 2014, to honor the memory of the 168 victims killed in the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building. Photo by KT King, The Oklahoman Former Oklahoma City police chaplain Jack Poe holds his hand over his heart during the reading of the names at the 19th anniversary Remembrance Ceremony at the Oklahoma City National Memorial Saturday morning, April 19, 2014, to honor the memory of the 168 victims killed in the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building. Photo by KT King, The Oklahoman Zackary Kirkham, 13 of Sparks, Okla. and a member of the US Naval Sea Cadet Corp, covers his face as he sits on the steps while the names of the victims were read at the 19th anniversary Remembrance Ceremony at the Oklahoma City National Memorial Saturday morning, April 19, 2014, to honor the memory of the 168 victims killed in the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building. Photo by KT King, The Oklahoman Marlee Mae Hill, 15 months old, of Midwest City, looks at the chair memorializing Baylee Almon after the 19th anniversary Remembrance Ceremony at the Oklahoma City National Memorial Saturday morning, April 19, 2014, to honor the memory of the 168 victims killed in the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building. Hill is a second cousin to Baylee Almon. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman   -KT King…

  • Oklahoma's Youngest 'Ryder'

    K.T. King | Updated: Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    Dawning his bicycle helmet and ninja turtle print jacket on Sunday morning, Ryder Gibson was ready for anything. Looking around the starting line of the 2014 Redbud classic, Ryder Gibson is easily the youngest racer seen near the start of the pack. At four years old, Ryder is racing his third 5k race, in a wheelchair. Supported by his mom Christi and dad Brian, Ryder has been preparing for the race for quite some time, which he will wheel on his own. — A close up of four-year-old Ryder Gibson and his ninja turtle jacket as he pushes off the starting line of the Redbud Classic at Nichols Hills Plaza in Nichols Hills, OK, Sunday, April 6, 2014. Photo by KT King, The Oklahoman   Just before the race began, mom Christi Gibson gave Ryder his final pep talk and a high five for good luck. Ryder Gibson raced his third Redbud Classic on Sunday, April 6, 2014. Photo by KT King, The Oklahoman   Dad Brian Gibson looks down the beginning stretch of the race with Ryder Gibson, giving him guidance on the first stretch of the Redbud Classic on Sunday, April 6, 2014. Photo by KT King, The Oklahoman The race announcer signals one minute to go before the signal gun. Ryder looks to his parents for final advice and encouragement, but meanwhile, a handful of other racers crowded Ryder, looking to him for a bit final encouragement before their race. “That was incredible,” one woman preparing to run remarked. “I wish I was that brave.” I know that I do. Four-year-old Ryder Gibson covers his ears with his hands, scared of the loud noise of the race starting gun, before the Redbud Classic on Sunday, April 6, 2014. Photo by KT King, The Oklahoman   Four-year-old Ryder Gibson pushes off the starting line as mom Christi Gibson and father Brian Gibson look on at the wheelchair 5k of the Redbud Classic at Nichols Hills Plaza in Nichols Hills, OK, Sunday, April 6, 2014. Photo by KT King, The Oklahoman   Four-year-old Ryder Gibson races from the starting line in his third wheelchair 5k of the Redbud Classic at Nichols Hills Plaza in Nichols Hills, OK, Sunday, April 6, 2014. Photo by KT King, The Oklahoman    …

  • Traveling with the Sooners

    Sarah Phipps | Updated: Mon, Mar 24, 2014

    Last Tuesday, I boarded the University of Oklahoma basketball team’s charter to Spokane, Wash., at the Oklahoma City airport. The university offered the paper seats on the plane. Normally we do not fly with the team but since the seats were much cheaper than commercial flights, we took them up on their offer. I settled in my seat as Oklahoma head coach Lon Kruger boarded the plane and began walking down the aisle greeting guests as he strolled by. I took a few pictures of him before he stopped at my row. He shook my hand and thanked me for being there. Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger greats guest aboard a plan on the way to Spokane, Wash., for the men’s NCAA basketball championship tournament, Tuesday, March 18, 2014.Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman Even though is was a Southwest flight, OU officials assigned seats.  Luckily I was assigned a window seat and spent my three hours on the plane peering down at the earth below us. It was mostly snow covered. On our approach to the Spokane airport we were treated with a fantastic view of the mountain ranges surrounding Spokane. After we landed, we parted our ways with the team. Mountains seen surrounding Spokane from the airplane. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman I checked in at our media hotel and immediately went exploring. We were staying in downtown Spokane and it is a very walkable city. There is a lot to see while on foot and I walked down to the river park.I began most of my mornings with a walk at the river park. While in the Pacific Northwest, I tried to fill my lungs up with with as much crisp mountain air as I could. There is nothing better than waking up to cool mountain mornings with a the smell of pine floating through the air. Falls at the Riverfront Park in downtown Spokane. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman Before practice and press conference day, team Oklahoman, took a quick drive to Idaho to check out Coeur D’Irene. Coeur d’Alene lake in Idaho. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman Our time in Spokane came to an abrupt halt after North Dakota St. defeated the Sooners. North Dakota State head coach Saul Phillips celebrates after beating the Sooner in overtime as Oklahoma’s Je’lon Hornbeak (5) walks off the coach during the NCAA men’s basketball tournament game in Spokane, Wash., Thursday, March 20, 2014. Oklahoma home lost 80-75. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman On Friday morning after a long delay waiting for our turn to go through security at the private section of the Spokane airport, we reluctantly boarded an Untied flight home to Oklahoma City. We settled in our seats. The media sat in the wing section. The cheer and band squads sat in the back. The team sat in front of the media near the middle. Family and other Oklahoma guests sat in the front of the plane. As I buckled my seat, Lon Kruger once again walked down the aisle of the plane. As he walked down, he patted the shoulders of those who sat in the aisle seats. He spoke to the family members. He spoke the cheerleaders and to the media. There wasn’t one section of the plane that did not get a greeting. As he strolled past my, seat he told the cheerleaders that it was a shorter trip than expected but they would be back next year. Soon we were taxing down the runaway and Frank Booker gave us our safety instructions and showed us how to use the oxygen masks in case of an emergency.…