• Letterman farewell is Top 10 affair

    Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    It was a warm welcome for David Letterman's farewell Wednesday night, says USA Today, although four of five living presidents, echoing Gerald Ford on video as the show opened, expressed relief that "our long national nightmare is over." His retirement, after 33 years in late night and 6,028 broadcasts, was a momentous event in TV that only a few hundred witnessed in person but millions more will watch as the end of an era. "It's beginning to look like I'm not going to get the Tonight Show," he joked as he began his opening monologue after sustained applause.

  • Oklahoma City University crew makes history, qualifies for collegiate rowing national championship

    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    The sport of rowing in Oklahoma City took another giant leap last weekend when Oklahoma City University qualified for the first time for the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship Regatta. OCU won the Western Sprints men's varsity eight title Saturday in Rancho Cordova, Calif., to qualify for the event considered to be national championship of collegiate rowing. The IRANational Championship Regatta will be held May 29-31 in West Windsor, N.J. "This is a huge milestone for the OCU rowing program and a direct result of the hard work and dedication by all of the rowers throughout the season," OCU coach Cameron Brown. "We are looking forward to lining up against the best in the country in New Jersey." OCU's top-seeded crew of Hadzo Habibovic, Jackson Anderson, Milos Aleksic, Baruch Price, Kaleb Bledsoe, Yassine Berrehouma, Hunter Bingham, Marshall McCabe and Matt Nelson posted a time of 6:19.5, a second faster than Santa Clara. The achievement is another milestone in the growth of rowing and riversport in Oklahoma City, which in 199 transformed the North Candian River from essentially a large ditch. In 2004 it became the Oklahoma River, the same year OCU added rowing as a varsity sport and staged the first Head of the Oklahoma, attracting more than 400 rowers and 15,000 spectators.  

  • Topgolf looking to tee off in Tulsa

    BY JACK MONEY, Tulsa World correspondent | Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    Topgolf International is teeing up to develop its first location in the Tulsa area, it announced on Wednesday. The company said it actively is seeking potential sites for an operation while it wraps up its efforts to open its first location within the Sooner State in Oklahoma City. “We are incredibly grateful and excited for the support and anticipation the Oklahoma market has shown for Topgolf,” Zach Shor, the firm’s real estate vice president, said as part of the announcement. “Tulsa is a vibrant and fast-growing city with a great history, so it is a natural fit for a potential Topgolf location.” Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Tulsa World Editorial: The solution to induced earthquakes isn't a moratorium

    Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    On Monday, Gov. Mary Fallin deflected a petition calling for a moratorium on injection wells in 16 counties, accurately pointing out that drilling regulation is under the authority of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. We’ll add this: A moratorium isn’t good policy. We understand the importance of the issue to people living in the areas prone to induced earthquakes. Their homes are being damaged, they never know when a more powerful earthquake might be coming and, frankly, the state has been too slow to respond to the issue.

  • Bin Laden kept a Tulsa World story in his bunker

    BY GINNIE GRAHAM, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    In a baffling revelation, terrorist Osama bin Laden kept a copy of a Tulsa World article about an American man who pleaded guilty to plotting the 2008 series of bombings in Mumbai, according to documents released Wednesday by a national intelligence agency. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence made public a large batch of documents seized during the May 2011 raid on the compound where bin Laden was hiding. Among the more unusual documents - other than the Tulsa World story - is a suicide prevention book, video game guide for "Delta Force Extreme 2" and silkscreening instructions. There were also hundreds of letters, books, studies and computer manuals in bin Laden's hideout. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • The likely cause of addiction: How society can treat addicts better and see more recovery

    Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    New evidence about addiction isn't just a challenge to us politically. It doesn't just force us to change our minds. It forces us to change our hearts. Author Johann Hari traveled 30,000 miles across the world, interviewing addiction experts from a variety of countries. For one, he interviewed Professor Bruce Alexander, who argues that addiction is an adaptation of a person and his or her surroundings. It's a profound challenge, both to the right-wing view that addiction is a moral failing caused by too much hedonistic partying, and the liberal view that addiction is a disease taking place in a chemically hijacked brain. Alexander argues -- addiction isn't because of you. It's your cage.

  • Sand Springs man among 170 arrested in Waco shootout

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    A Sand Springs man was among the 170-some bikers arrested after a melee Sunday at a Texas restaurant. Ronald Warren, 55, remained locked up Wednesday afternoon at the McLennan County Jail, according to records. A jail official said Warren is being held on a $1 million bond on a felony charge of engaging in organized criminal activity. Warren is the only one of the suspects who has an address outside of Texas, according to the Waco Tribune-Herald . Each person is charged with engaging in organized criminal activity and is being held on $1 million bond. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Caney Valley student in bid to wear eagle feather to graduation

    BY MICHAEL OVERALL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    A Native American student failed to convince a federal magistrate Tuesday that she should be allowed to wear an eagle feather to her high school graduation near Tulsa later this week. As an expression of her tribal religious beliefs, 18-year-old Hayden Griffith, a member of the Delaware Tribe of Indians, wants to wear the feather to Thursday’s commencement at Caney Valley High School, 30 minutes north of Tulsa. Given to her by a Delaware elder, the feather would be attached to the graduation cap’s tassel in recognition of her academic achievements, Griffith told the court Tuesday. “A feather for me is not decoration,” she told a federal court Tuesday. “It’s sacred, like a symbol of God.” Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • District Attorney requests appointment of another prosecutor for Sheriff's Office investigation

    Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler announced Wednesday that he asked to be recused from the investigation into the Sheriff's Office. Kunzweiler said the request was made "in order to protect the integrity of the investigative process." Attorney General Scott Pruitt said he has appointed the office of Okmulgee County District Attorney Rob Barris to oversee the investigation. 

  • Former Oklahoma State star Tony Allen named NBA All-Defensive first team

    Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen, a former Oklahoma State star and 2005 Big 12 basketball Player of the Year, was named to the NBA's All-Defensive first team Wednesday. Joining Allen on the first team are Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard of San Antonio, Draymond Green of Golden State, and Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers. It marked the third time to be selected NBA All-Defensive first team for Allen, who during the Grizzlies home playoff games would be greeted with chants of "First team defense" when he made a steal or good defensive play.

  • Does Oklahoma State have one of the nation's easiest 2015 football schedules?

    Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    Two Big 12 teams were among the Sporting News' list of 10 college football teams likely to benefit from easy schedules this upcoming season. Oklahoma State was one of the Big 12's representatives. The Cowboys non-conference schedule -- Central Michigan, Central Arkansas and UTSA -- isn't exactly a murderers row. Then OSU gets OU, Baylor, TCU and Kansas State at home. Click the link below to see where OSU's schedule ranks among the easiest in the country.

  • OU softball pitcher Paige Parker finalist for top freshman honor

    Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    Oklahoma pitcher Paige Parker has been named a finalist for the NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year award. The other finalists are Jenna Lilley of Oregion and Alexis Osorio of Alabama, who Parker and the Sooners face this weekend in the NCAA Super Regionals in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Parker is the only finalists who hits and pitches. Parker is 27-5 with a 1.49 earned run average, 211 strikeous and 49 walks in 197.0 innings. She has nine solo shutouts this year, combined on six others and has also made three saves. She is batting .406 on the year with five doubles, nine home runs and 42 runs batted in. Her slugging percentage is .647, while her on-base percentage stands at .515.

  • Former Eddie Sutton aide Wren Baker named deputy athletic director at Missouri

    Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    Wren Baker, who served on Eddie Sutton's Oklahoma State basketball staff from 2001 to 2005, has been hired as deputy athletic director at the University of Missouri. Baker held a similar position at the University of Memphis. According to The Commercial-Appeal in Memphis, Baker worked closely with men’s basketball coach Josh Pastner to schedule marquee games, including a home-and-home series with Oklahoma that begins this season at FedExForum. “Wren has been a huge help to me personally. He’s been a great guy to lean on for knowledge about the program. I’ve been extremely grateful that Wren has been here and that I’ve had an opportunity to work with him,” Pastner said. “He’ll be an athletic director at a major program in a very short time period. That’s what happens. When you hire good people, other good opportunities come about for them. We’re gonna miss him, but we want nothing but the best for great people like Wren.” Baker, a native of Valliant, Okla., previously served as basketball coach and athletic director at Rogers State in Claremore and athletic directory at Northwest Missouri State.

  • Spotify's next conquest: streaming video

    Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    Spotify is moving into YouTube territory, USA TODAY reports. The global music service announced that it is adding streaming video to complement the music catalog for which the company has made its name. During a press event unveiling the new feature in Manhattan, Spotify played clips from VICE News, the Nerdist and Comedy Central's Broad City. Spotify is adding audio podcasts as well.

  • Texas hunter bags rhino on controversial Namibia hunt

    Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    In January 2014, Corey Knowlton bid $350,000 for a permit to hunt and kill a black rhino in Namibia, CNN reports. He won the permit and became a target himself. The hunt is now complete. A rhino is dead.

  • Report: Former Thunder coach Scott Brooks passing on interviews, likely sitting out next season

    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    According to a report from Yahoo.com, Former Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks plans to pass on interview chances with the Denver Nuggets and New Orleans Pelicans and appears inclined to sit out the 2015-16 season, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Brooks, 49, wants to coach again but plans to take the year to look at television opportunities and reconnect with his family living in California, sources said. After missing the playoffs because of a bevy of injuries this year, Oklahoma City fired Brooks in April. Billy Donovan was hired in May to take over as the Thunder's head man.

  • Google Maps search for a certain racial slur takes some to White House

    Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    Typing a combination of a racial slur and the word "house" into Google Maps is pulling up the White House for some users, USA TODAY reports. Howard University alumni Bomani Buckhalter told the Huffington Post that friends told him that searching "N***** house" in Google Maps pulled up 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

  • World's first Go Kart coaster ready to roll

    Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    Take the thrill of a roller coaster and the competitive spirit of a Go Kart, put them together and you have the Cyclone, billed as the world's first cart coaster, USA TODAY reports. Construction of the five-story attraction at Jolly Roger Amusement Park here started the day after Labor Day and finished around the end of the year, according to Dean Langrall, director of sales and marketing for Jolly Roger Parks.

  • Surprise! Bill Murray crawls out of a cake for last Letterman appearance

    Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    Things were bound to get weird on last night’s Letterman, where Bill Murray stopped by for the Late Show’s second-to-last episode, USA TODAY reports. Murray and Letterman go way back — he was the first guest on two of Letterman’s Late Show incarnations — so what better way to say goodbye than covering everyone in icing?

  • Osama bin Laden's 'Bookshelf': Documents Reveal Obsession With Conspiracies

    Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    In the Pakistani redoubt where he hid for years from American intelligence services, NBC News reports Osama bin Laden kept a collection of English-language books that indulged his interest in conspiracy theories about the United States, newly released documents show. The books were found in bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, after U.S. special forces raided the residence and killed him on May 1, 2011. The list of books were among hundreds of documents released Wednesday by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence — all under the heading "Bin Laden's Bookshelf." They range from the private — personal letters, internal al Qaeda messages and operational analyses to the publicly available — government reports, religious tracts, news articles and maps.