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  • OU football: New Washington Redskins punter Tress Way had same mascot at Tulsa Union

    Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    ASHBURN, Va. - New Washington Redskins punter Tress Way has been aspiring to his current position since his high school days at Tulsa Union. But the former OU punter never thought he'd end up a Redskin again. Union's mascot is also the Redskins and while at the Tulsa prep power, Way and his teammates would chant "All my life I want to be a Redskin." Way got his wish inadvertently, as he was cut by the Chicago Bears and picked up by Washington this week. The Washington Redskins open the NFL season against the Houston Texans on Sunday at noon. Tulsa Union also opens its season in Texas against national power Southlake Carroll on Friday (8 p.m.) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

  • Big Labor: Eat only 'union-made' for Labor Day BBQ

    Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    The Washington Examiner reports Labor Day is no time for a non-union barbecue, says the nation’s labor movement. To help the shoppers, Big Labor has issued a list of union-made food and drinks that should be served at the backyard feast today. “Labor Day is the unofficial end of the summer holiday season. While the day honors the hardworking men and women who make this nation go and grow, the weekend also gives us a chance for one more big backyard barbecue blowout. Here’s some union-made food and drink to get your barbecue off to a great start,” said the AFL-CIO.

  • Former RedHawks interim manager Tom Lawless to manage Houston Astros after Bo Porter fired

    staff reports | Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    Houston Astros manager Bo Porter was fired by the organization on Monday , opening the door for former Oklahoma City RedHawks interim manager Tom Lawless, who was named as his replacement on an interim basis. Lawless, who is a roving infield instructor for the Houston Astros,  filled in as manager of the RedHawks when manager Tony DeFrancesco was undergoing cancer treatments this summer. In 2013, Lawless spent homestands in Oklahoma City with the RedHawks and road trips working with infielders at Houston's other minor league affiliates. As recently as this weekend, there was reported tension between Porter and Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow . Porter went 110-190 (.367) in two seasons as Astros manager. Houston is currently 59-79, fourth in the American League West.

  • Tulsa WR Keevan Lucas named Amercian Football Conference Offensive Player of the Week

    Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    Tulsa receiver Keevan Lucas was named the American Football Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Monday. Lucas had 13 receptions for 233 yards and three touchdowns in the Golden Hurricane's 38-31 double overtime win over Tulane on Aug. 28. Lucas had touchdown catches of 43, 84 and 3 yards. Lucas' effort ranks him first in the nation in yards and touchdowns after Week 1.

  • Rick Perry takes back tweet

    Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry's Twitter account sent a disparaging graphic of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg Sunday night, CNN reports. Less than an hour later, he followed up with a tweet calling the graphic unauthorized. The disparaging picture of Lehmberg was a graphic created by a conservative group, but she is a central figure in Perry's legal challenges.

  • Joan Rivers being brought out of medically induced coma as family considers lawsuit over botched procedure: sources

    Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    Joan Rivers’ daughter is keeping her “fingers crossed” for a miracle to bring the 81-year-old comedic legend back from the brink — even as the family considers legal action over the botched procedure that caused her collapse, reports the New York Daily News. Doctors began lifting the feisty funny lady from her medically induced coma Sunday at Mount Sinai Hospital as Melissa Rivers, her only child, waited to see how the legendary comic will respond. “The waking-up process has begun and will take until Tuesday,” a source close to the family told the Daily News. “There is real concern that the part of the brain that controls motor skills may have been compromised, leaving her as either a vegetable or in a wheelchair.” And that has the family considering a lawsuit.

  • Texting while driving, woman impaled through buttocks

    Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    ELIZABETH, Colo. — A woman says she was texting and driving when she hit a pole that went through her car, piercing her thigh and buttocks, reports USA Today. Elizabeth firefighters had to saw off the front and back end of the pole to get the woman out. Christina Jahnz says she was in the parking lot of Elizabeth Middle School on Wednesday morning to deliver her daughter's saxophone, which had been left at home. As she was driving away from the school, Jahnz started texting her friend.

  • Sapphire: the phone screen everyone's talking about

    Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    VENICE BEACH, Calif. - Sapphire.  You're going to be hearing that word a lot in the next few weeks, says USA Today. Apple is expected to introduce a new iPhone in September with a new, tougher sapphire display. Tim Bajarin, an independent analyst with Creative Strategies, says sapphire is very expensive to produce, and will add $100 to the cost of the new iPhone. He believes Apple will offer it as a step-up upgrade for folks who want a stronger, more scratch-resistant screen. The iPhone with its current Gorilla Glass screen will continue to be offered at the same price, he says.

  • KOCO: Teen hit by boat propeller taken to OU Medical Center

    Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    CUSTER COUNTY — Crews transported a 13-year-old to OU Medical Center after a boating accident at Foss Lake over the weekend,KOCO reports. Authorities say the girl jumped from a platform, and as she tried to land on ...

  • KTEN: OHP Searching for Possible Drowning Victim on Lake Murray

    Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    ARDMORE -- OHP Lake Patrol tells KTEN there has been a possible drowning at Lake Murray Sunday afternoon. Officials have been searching for 32-year-old Eduardo Luna, who went missing around 1 p.m. OHP says the search is focused near the end of Cicso Road, also known as ...

  • News 9: Firefighters Investigate Fire At OKC Senior Living Center

    Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    Oklahoma City firefighters got the call early Monday morning to a fire at one of the city's senior living centers, reports News 9, at the Candle Lake Senior Center on N.W. 56th between Portland and Hefner Parkway. Candle Lake is one of the Oklahoma City Housing Authority's ten senior living centers, and ...

  • NATO is using this map to troll Russia on Twitter

    Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    It's not just Twitter snark: Russia does genuinely seem to doubt that Ukraine is a distinct country, reports. Russian President Vladimir Putin has spoken at great length about "protecting" the ethnic Russian Ukrainians and Russian-speaking Ukrainians from non-existent fascist threats. Russia's rising far-right movement has long seen the southern part of Ukraine as Novorossiya, or "New Russia," and rightfully theirs, according to Vox. All of which helps to explain why Moscow thinks it is okay for Russian troops to invade Ukraine, as they have been doing all summer.

  • Study Reveals Interesting Link Between Men's Height And Marital Success

    Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    Tall or short may affect more than just a man's suit size -- according to a new study it may also impact the success of his marriage, Huffington Post reports. Sociologists from NYU combed through data using the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) -- which has collected information on the same 4,500 families since 1968, according to the Huffington Post.

  • The UN Just Officially Condemned America's Racist Police Brutality

    Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    The news:  The protests in Ferguson — and law enforcement's abysmal response to them — have sparked condemnation from around the world (especially from some unlikely critics including Iran, Egypt and Russia), reports. Now the UN has finally made an official statement on the events following Michael Brown's shooting death, and it's strongly worded to say the least. The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), an international racism watchdog panel, said on Friday that it "remains concerned at the practice of racial profiling of racial or ethnic minorities by law enforcement officials, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Transportation Security Administration, border enforcement officials and local police," according to Reuters.

  • Report: Kevin Durant staying with Nike; company matches Under Armour offer

    Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    With Kevin Durant on the verge of a move to Under Armour, sources told ESPN on Sunday that Nike has exercised its right to match any rival shoe company's offer to the Oklahoma City Thunder star. Nike has countered Under Armour's offer of between $265 million and $285 million and believes it will keep Durant for the next 10 years, according to ESPN sources. Durant has been with Nike since the beginning of his professional career in 2007. The exact offer by Nike is unknown, but reports are that Durant will make more -- in base salary and royalties -- than the Thunder will pay him over the next two seasons ($41.2 million).

  • Florida State's Chris Casher won't play against Oklahoma State

    Published: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    Florida State's defense will be short-handed tonight's game against Oklahoma State in Arlington.  Starting strongside linebacker Chris Casher, who played in 13 games last season as a redshirt freshman for the Seminoles, will not dress for tonight's Cowboys Classic, a source confirmed to Florida State's site. Casher did not participate in the Seminoles' final practice in Tallahassee on Thursday. When asked about Casher's absence, head coach Jimbo Fisher said the sophomore was in class. His absence tonight is also academic-related, according to the source, but it could be resolved as early as this week or next.

  • Michael Sam, NFL's first openly gay player, cut by St. Louis Rams

    Published: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    The St. Louis Rams have pushed the pause button on the football career of rookie linebacker Michael Sam. Sam, the NFL's first openly gay player, was released Saturday in the final round of cuts, missing out on a spot on the 53-man roster. There’s still a possibility Sam could wind up with the Rams. In order to place him on their practice squad, they would need to place him on the waiver wire for a day, thus making him available to the league’s other 31 teams. Sam, a standout defensive end at the University of Missouri, was drafted in the seventh round by the Rams in the 2014 NFL Draft.

  • State Department taps Texas lawyer to serve as ‘America’s ambassador to Muslims’

    Published: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    Is there a tougher job description than Shaarik Zafar’s? As the State Department’s new special representative to Muslim communities, the boyish-looking Texas lawyer is America’s ambassador to Muslims around the world during a summer of nonstop grim headlines from Gaza, Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq, Washington Post reports. All are places where his brand is not, let’s say, wildly popular.

  • Local authorities say they're unlikely to use armored vehicles should civil unrest occur

    By DYLAN GOFORTH World Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office and the Tulsa Police Department have three armored vehicles between them, but leaders of both agencies say they have never been used here in a civil disturbance and likely would cause more harm than good if they were, Tulsa World reports.

  • Lee Corso drinks Stone Cold Steve Austin's beer, shoots guns on College GameDay

    Published: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    If you bring Stone Cold Steve Austin on your show, you have to drink at least one beer. Well, College GameDay's Lee Corso does. He's the Charles Barkley of the Saturday show -- anything goes -- and he shared a beer with the WWE star on the set of GameDay Saturday morning in Texas, where ESPN is there covering Oklahoma State-Florida State. Corso picked Florida State to beat the Cowboys, but defied his usual rule of using a prop from the team he picks to win (like say, a spear for the Seminoles), because ... well he's Lee Corso and no one is going tell him what to do. Corso picks the Noles and still goes "pistols firing."