• Racist SAE chant extended beyond OU

    Adam Kemp | Updated: 14 min ago

    The National Chapter of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity says five additional chapters have acknowledged that they were aware of a racist chant before members from the OU chapter were recorded singing it on a bus last year. The video, taken in March 2015 on a charter bus headed to an SAE founders day party, stirred outrage from the OU student community and nationwide, leading to the OU chapter's charter being revoked and its members kicked off campus. Two of the leaders of the chant, Levi Pettit and Parker Rice, were expelled from school.

  • OU College of Architecture dean dies of heart complications

    Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    The dean of the OU College of Architecture died Friday morning of heart complications, OU President David Boren announced. 

  • Crisis threatens LSU football, says La. governor

    Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    Gov.  John Bel Edwards  laid out  an absolute worst case scenario  Thursday night (Feb. 11) for Louisiana if state lawmakers refuse to go along with  the package of tax increases  he has proposed.  In a rare statewide televised address, Edwards told viewers that the state would be forced to take extreme action -- such as throwing people with off of kidney dialysis and shutting down hospice services -- if new taxes didn't go into place over the next few months.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant compares his free agency to the LeBron James' circus of 2010

    darnell mayberry | Updated: 40 min ago

    In a sit down interview with The Vertical, Kevin Durant says he's been pleasantly surprised that his impending free agency hasn't garnered more buzz throughout the NBA.

  • Energy FC falls in preseason opener

    Chris Brannick | Updated: 41 min ago

    Oklahoma City Energy FC lost 1-0 to New York City FC on Friday in Bradenton, Fla. in its first preseason match of the year. David Villa scored for New York in the first half after an errant turnover by Energy midfielder Gareth Evans. Villa slid an easy shot past Energy keeper Cody Laurendi. Oklahoma City had good scoring chances in the first half but couldn't convert. Casey Townsend put a shot on goal and Daniel Jackson made a heck of a run past all New York defenders but tried to pass off to Danni Konig rather than take a shot himself. The pass didn't make it to Konig. The second half was a lot slower for the Energy but some good to be found was on the defensive side of the field. Laurendi continued to make save

  • OKC Thunder: Memorial service set for Monty Williams' wife, Ingrid

    Erik Horne | Updated: 1 hr ago

    A memorial service for the wife of Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams will take place Thursday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. at Crossings Community Church (14600 Portland Ave, Oklahoma City). Williams' wife, Ingrid, died Wednesday from injuries sustained in a multi-vehicle accident Tuesday in southwest Oklahoma City. Since then, support has poured in nationwide for the Williams family.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant discusses signing a short-term contract

    darnell mayberry | Updated: 1 hr ago

    There's a growing belief throughout the league that Kevin Durant will stay in Oklahoma City. Nobody knows, really, but more and more the most likely option for Durant seems to be signing a one-year contract, with a player option for a second season. It just makes the most financial sense for Durant to approach his impending free agency this way. Thunder beat writer Anthony Slater will have more on this topic and why it stands as the most logical option for Durant in Saturday's paper. In short, Durant needs to play one more season to reach 10 years of service.

  • Worries about new Edmond schools boundaries draw crowd to hearing

    By Steve Gust For The Oklahoman | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Edmond school administrators knew redrawing school boundaries would be an emotional issue for patrons and that proved to be the case Thursday night at the issue's first public hearing.

  • Watch Ethan Hawke as Chet Baker in 'Born to Be Blue' Trailer

    Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    Actor plays legendary jazz tumpeter in biopic by director Robert Budreau.

  • OSU basketball: Eddie Sutton selected as finalist for Basketball Hall of Fame

    John Helsley | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Former Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton was named a finalist for the Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2016.

  • Former transgender inmate settles with prison officials

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — A former transgender inmate who had complained that she didn't get adequate treatment for her gender identity condition has settled a lawsuit against Georgia prison officials for $225,000. Court records show Ashley Diamond voluntarily dismissed her lawsuit Thursday. A spokesman for the state attorney general says the state also paid Diamond's attorneys $25,000. Diamond's suit, filed a year ago, said prison officials failed to provide adequate treatment for her gender dysphoria, a condition causing a person to experience extreme distress because of a disconnect between their birth sex and gender identity. The Justice Department said in April that officials must treat a gender identity condition just as t

  • Italy mourns, premier demands truth from Egypt in slaying

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    ROME (AP) — As Italians mourned, Italy's premier insisted Friday that his country's friendship with Egypt can only exist "if the truth emerges" about the death of an Italian doctoral student who was doing research in Cairo. Premier Matteo Renzi's remarks on Italian state radio came on the day of slain student Giulio Regeni's funeral and kept up the pressure on Egypt to find and bring to justice whoever tortured and killed the young man. Regeni had been living in Cairo to research Egyptian labor movements for his doctorate from Cambridge University. His body was found Feb. 3, nine days after he disappeared.

  • Lil Ross, Carol Johnson and Susie Kemp---Juliette Lowe Leadership Society Girl Scout Luncheon---Parties Extra!

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: 2 hr ago

    [brightcove]4748987830001[/brightcove] Lil Ross, Carol Johnson and Susie Kemp talk about the Juliette Lowe Leadership Society Girl Scout Luncheon on Parties Extra!

  • CBS releases lineup for Saturday's GOP Debate

    Silas Allen | Updated: 2 hr ago

    CBS released the lineup Friday morning for the 9th Republican presidential debate. The debate is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday in Greenville, South Carolina. Here's the list of participants as they'll appear on stage Saturday.

  • Patient strategy pays off for FBI in ending Oregon standoff

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    BURNS, Ore. (AP) — The last four armed occupiers of an Oregon wildlife refuge surrendered without a shot being fired, signaling a victory for the FBI's patient approach and reflecting lessons that agents have learned since past bloody standoffs. The peaceful resolution leaves authorities to spend weeks combing Malheur National Wildlife Refuge for evidence, explosives and damage before it can reopen to the public. The standoff lasted 41 days and resulted in one death last month, a departure from bloodshed at standoffs in Waco, Texas, and Ruby Ridge, Idaho, in the 1990s. "This siege and the way it was handled will go down in law enforcement textbooks," said Brian Levin, a criminal justice professor at California State Univers

  • Blake Griffin says yaaas to 'Broad City' cameo

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Nothing's funny about Clippers forward Blake Griffin's recent injury and suspension. On the bright side, the Oklahoma City native is making an appearance on the latest season of "Broad City." It's not clear when his episode will air but expect it soon. The extremely funny Comedy Central show returns for a third season Feb. 17 and once again follows best friends Abbi and Ilana as they meander toward adulthood in New York City. The real-life friends double as co-stars and creators of the online series turned TV show.  Griffin joins an eclectic Season 3 cameo collection which includes Hilary Clinton, Cynthia Nixon and Tony Danza. I'm also glad Hannibal Buress is back, too.

  • Steve Lackmeyer: A few new restaurants are coming to town

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER slackmeyer@opubco.com | Updated: 2 hr ago

    The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers in today's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's Q&A's on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City.

  • OKC Central Chat transcript, Feb. 12, 2016

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER | Updated: 2 hr ago

    The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer took questions from readers in today's OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve's Q&A's on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City. Below is an unedited transcript of the chat.

  • Dominion outlines new national forest route for pipeline

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Energy companies behind the Atlantic Coast Pipeline have carved a new proposed route through parts of West Virginia and Virginia in response to federal concerns about the national gas pipeline's initial path through sensitive national forest areas. The alternate released Friday by Dominion Resources Inc. would reduce by one-third the pipeline's footprint through the George Washington and Monongahela national forests, but add 30 miles to the 550-mile project. The alternate route would also affect 249 new landowners in both states, Dominion said. Dominion said it worked extensively with the U.S.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook among most popular NBA players on social media

    Erik Horne | Updated: 2 hr ago

    On Friday, the NBA celebrated becoming the first professional sports league to surpass one billion social media likes and followers. It can thank Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook for the help. The league counts all of its players' social media likes and follows across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and the Thunder duo ranks among the Top 10 players in the NBA. Behind only LeBron James (66.3 million) and Kobe Bryant (33.7 million) Durant is No. 3 with 28.8 million likes and follows across the three social media platforms. Westbrook is No. 10 with 10 million. Here's the Top 10 provided (as of Friday) by the NBA: Top 10 NBA Players Across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram 1. LeBron