• Former OSU softball player wants coach gone after learning her jersey was burned

    BY KELLY HINES, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Since advancing to the Women's College World Series four years ago, the Oklahoma State softball team has hovered near the .500 mark and has not made any postseason appearances. The Cowgirls, who are 3-9 heading into four games Friday and Saturday in Houston, have been trying different approaches to get the program back on track under ninth-year head coach Rich Wieligman. One of those attempts may have backfired. In a letter written to the university Friday and sent to the Tulsa World, former Cowgirl softball player Julie Ward said she was informed the team burned her No. 24 jersey during a recent ceremony to "get rid of bad luck."

  • Riverside Drive pedestrian bridge holds special memories for Tulsa couple

    By Kevin Canfield, Tulsa World | Updated: 12 hr ago

    John Points hung a sign on the bridge over Riverside Drive asking his then-girlfriend to marry him — and she did.

  • Man gets life for killing 80-year-old who was bound, beaten

    Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) -- A Washington state man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing an 80-year-old woman who was duct-taped to a chair, blindfolded and beaten during a robbery at her northeast Oregon home. Matthew Raymond Hermann was one of three men accused in the 2013 home invasion near the small community of Umapine. The woman, Joyce Key, lived alone. She suffered multiple skull fractures and other injuries, and she died in a hospital six months later.

  • Adrian Peterson releases statement on overturned suspension

    Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Adrian Peterson said Friday in a statement that he was pleased to learn about a judge's decision that could have the former OU running back back in the league soon. One day after the Judge David S. Doty said the NFL's suspension of Peterson was incorrectly levied under new Collective Bargaining Agreement rules by the NFL arbitrator Harold Henderson, Peterson was grateful. "I was pleased to learn about Judge Doty's decision," Peterson's statement said. "It is a positive step in protecting players' rights and preserving due process for all players. It also brings me one step closer to getting back on the football field and playing the sport I love. "As I prepare for my return to football, I am still focused on my family and continue to work to become a better father every day. I want to express my gratitude for all of the support I have received from the fans, NFLPA, Jeffrey Kessler, and my agents Ben Dogra, Tracy Lartigue, and Mark Heligman from Relativity Sports." Peterson made no mention of the Vikings in his statement.

  • 5 Things You Didn't Know About Leonard Nimoy

    Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    From his personal heroes to the pranks William Shatner would play on him Leonard Nimoy, known for his role as “Mr. Spock” on Star Trek, died Friday morning at 83, his family confirmed. Here, a few fun tidbits you might not have known about the actor and his role on the hit sci-fi show. • During the filming of Star Trek, William Shatner would repeatedly steal Nimoy’s bicycle during lunch breaks to get to the front of the commissary line, he said in an interview . • Spock’s Vulcan greeting, the three-pointed hand gesture, was inspired by the Hebrew letter “shin, ” which he saw men use as a blessing during a synagogue service he attended with his father as a young man. • The Boston native once said the worst job he ever had was selling newspapers in the city in the winter. • On the subject of heroes, he once cited actor John Garfield (nominated for an Oscar for Body and Soul and Four Daughters). He also especially admired Meryl Streep for her performances in Sophie’s Choice and The Deer Hunter. • His favorite artist was Vincent Van Gogh. Nimoy said he identified with the artist when he was a struggling actor because they both believed “they had something to offer” and “wanted to give it.” He did a one-man film play about the artist.

  • What Animals Teach Us About Measuring Intelligence

    Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Brain power is not comparative and problems arise whenever we attempt to quantify it.My dog Maebe gets very excited whenever my roommate comes home. Due to her heightened sense of smell, she starts her happy dance 30 seconds before the door actually opens, giving me time to sneak the bag of chips that he bought back into the cupboard. Does such olfactory aptitude mean she’s a genius, on par with master sommeliers? 

  • Adrian Peterson's father: Heard rumors of Cardinals, Cowboys, Colts

    Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Where will Adrian Peterson play next season? That's to be determined, but AD's father says he's hearing Arizona, Dallas or Indianapolis. “I’ve heard rumors, Arizona," Nelson told the St. Paul Pioneer Press . “I’ve also heard the rumors of Indianapolis and the Colts, going there with a quarterback the caliber of (Andrew) Luck. I’ve also heard the Cowboys, coming back home with the Cowboys, behind that offensive line that they have." Peterson's agent Ben Dogra reportedly  had a dust-up with a member of the Vikings front office last week that could push Peterson out of town. Peterson issued a statement on Friday that expressed gratitude to the judge who overturned an arbitrator's decision to keep the former OU running back suspended, but he didn't mention the Vikings in the statement.

  • Why Russell Westbrook is having the most dominant offensive season in NBA history (ESPN Insider)

    Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Don't laugh, but ESPN's Tom Haberstroh broke down the numbers to show that Thunder guard Russell Westbrook is posting, at least statistically speaking, the most offensively dominant season in NBA history. Just a sample of the stats that back Westbrook's historic season ( ESPN Insider content ): "How good is Westbrook's 29.2 PER (Player Efficiency Rating this season)? Of the 50 greatest players in NBA history that were named in 1996, 45 of them never posted a PER above 29 over a full season at any point of their career. Westbrook, as of now, is in the rarest of company."

  • Is This FINALLY the Live Action Dragon Ball Z We Deserve?

    Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Dragon Ball Z is the globally renowned and admired anime television series created by the talented Akira Toriyama. Since first airing on April 26, 1989, the show has spawned generations of fans spanning multiple age gaps. The show follows the adventures of our hero Goku as he defends Earth against hordes of evil villains, along with his faithful Z Warriors. Ever since the show invaded the international TV screens, fans have been crying out for a live action film that would do the series justice. I for one would love to see the epic Freiza saga on screen, and finally it seemed like we had gotten our first taste in Dragon Ball Evolution... but the less said about that the better. Last year, however, new hope emerged. A teaser trailer dropped online by the Non-Profit organization Robot Underdog , and it was amazing! Their storyline was going to be an adaptation of " The History of Trunks ," and with the help of a popular indiegogo campaign the teams aim was to use the pilot episode(s) and all of their relevant materials as a pitch to FOX to be picked up for the rest of the web series or potentially larger projects. Finally... we have that pilot and it's AMAZING!

  • Leonard Nimoy dead: Spock actor gave us Star Trek’s best scene—the death at the end of Wrath of Khan (VIDEO).

    Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Star Trek II not only has the honor of the best Star Trek film ever—a tight revenge plot whose special effects hold up today—but it not coincidentally contains the best and most powerful scene in the franchise’s expansive oeuvre, and not least because of the performance of Leonard Nimoy.

  • College Coach To Player: 'I'll F*****g Kill You'

    Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Sometimes coaches have to learn the hard way that if they don't watch their language, somebody else will. Vanderbilt University men's basketball coach Kevin Stallings was caught on camera profanely berating one of his players after the athlete taunted a member of the opposing team following a win Thursday night against Tennessee, outlets reported. Stallings was seen trailing guard Wade Baldwin IV, yelling, "You f****** apologize" and "I'll f****** kill you." ESPN noted that a Tennessee coach had informed Stallings that Baldwin clapped in the face of a Tennessee player at the end of the game.

  • Moschino Pays Homage To The Looney Tunes' Hip Hop Days

    Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    There's never a dull moment when it comes to Moschino fashion, especially when Jeremy Scott is at the helm. In the year that Scott has been designing for the Italian fashion house, he has definitely infused the quirky point of view that he's known for in his eponymous line. He's already given us an ode to McDonald's and Sponge Bob -- and now for the fall 2015 collection he's taken on the Looney Tunes. More specifically, the thugged out Looney Tunes.

  • These Are the States With the Worst Taxes for Average Americans

    Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    While a certain degree of income inequality might be expected, the difference between rich and poor Americans has grown dramatically in recent years. As of 2013, the wealthiest 20% of Americans had more income in aggregate than the bottom 80% State and local tax systems play a significant role in redistributing income among people. The nationwide average effective tax rate for the poorest 20% of Americans was 10.9%, roughly double the 5.4% rate for the top 1%.

  • Cutting Food Waste Could Save $300 Billion And Feed Hungry: Report

    Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    ROME, Feb 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Reducing consumer food waste could save the global economy up to $300 billion annually by 2030 as one third of all food produced worldwide ends up being discarded, a research group said on Thursday. Globally, the food wasted by consumers is worth $400 billion a year, and this could jump to $600 billion in the next decade, as the profligate middle class expands in developing countries, the group said. Cutting the amount of food consumers discard by between 20 and 50 percent could save between $120 and $300 billion yearly by 2030, said the report for the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, an international group chaired by former Mexican President Felipe Calderon. Food waste in developing countries is due mainly to inadequate refrigeration equipment and poor transport links to markets and processing plants.

  • The End of the Big Mac

    Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    The burger's demise won’t be marked by a declaration in a quarterly report, but by a collective appreciation for the comfort it offered America. If you like to lunch on two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun, you’d better act fast: McDonald’s has announced plans to phase out the Big Mac.

  • How to Get Over the Feeling That You're Not Good Enough for Your Job

    Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    “You’re doing great!” That’s what everyone tells you at work. And there’s plenty of evidence to back up the claim: Your co-workers like you, you get positive performance reviews, there’s even been hinting that you might get a promotion soon . But here’s the problem: Despite the adulation, you’re feeling less than great. You may project confidence, but underneath that self-assured veneer, you’re certain that any day now, someone will find out that you’re not actually cut out for your job, that you only got where you are because you’re lucky. You’re worried that you’ll stumble and reveal how supremely untalented you really are. Sound familiar? If so, you may suffer from a phenomenon first identified as “the impostor syndrome” by two researchers at Georgia State University in the late ’70s to describe an experience common among a select group of high-achieving women who felt like “intellectual phonies” despite their “outstanding academic and professional accomplishments.” “I think the best way to know if you do have the impostor syndrome is if you have low-level fear or high-level anxiety that you're going to be ‘found out,’” Dr. Valerie Young, author of The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women , told me. “You downplay your accomplishments and think, if I can do it, anybody can. You look for reasons outside of yourself to explain your success.” This kind of chronic self-doubt, while unfortunately common, may prevent you from taking on worthwhile challenges and realizing your potential. With that in mind, here are three tools to begin quieting your inner impostor.

  • 10 Companies That Make Sure You'll Never Feel Bored at Work

    Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    When you were growing up, did you dream of a job that would have you wondering how only nine minutes had passed since you last checked the clock? A job that would have you doing the same rote tasks, over and over again? A job that would make your Sunday nights filled with dread for the week to come? Nope, neither did we. That’s why you should check out these 10 companies. With everything from never-a-normal-day roles to exciting office traditions, you’ll never get bored with a job at one of these places.

  • 3 Ways to Finally Start Believing in Yourself—and Change Your Life

    Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Are you an achievement junkie? Like most ambitious professionals, you may struggle from a common affliction: never feeling like you’re doing enough to achieve your goals . You crave the process of doing more and doing things better. You are always looking for success strategies and want to learn from those who have achieved their goals. Over the years, through my client work, I have interviewed hundreds of successful people. And I’ve discovered one universal truth about success: The easiest way to success is to believe in yourself. You may scoff at that and say, “Of course I believe in myself.” But do you really? Answer “yes” or “no” to the following questions:

  • 6 Ways to Get Your Co-workers and Boss to Love Your Ideas

    Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    As a consultant (and self-proclaimed lover of ideas), I am often faced with the task of trying to get buy-in for my thoughts and plans. While I know I love my own ideas, in order to actually make them happen, I have to make others love them just as much. And in order to do that, I need to develop strong cases that support and sell them. While there are some basic rules—for instance, that your idea should be a good one to begin with—I have put together some tips and tricks that have really helped me in selling something to the crowd.

  • 9 Phrases Successful People Say Every Day (and You Should, Too)

    Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Accomplishments are based on actions, not on thoughts—yet the thought is always father to the deed. Achievement starts with an idea , a perspective, a point of view, or even just an attitude. Here are some of the things extraordinarily successful people say every day—and how those statements spur them to take actions that lead to greater success: