• The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Previewing Oklahoma's 2015 defensive backfield

    Jason Kersey,Ryan Aber | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Welcome to the home of "The Non-Fiction Writers," NewsOK.com's OU football podcast from beat writers Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber. The podcast's name is a nod to legendary former OU football coach Barry Switzer, who has famously referred to reporters as "fiction writers." You can click on the link below to listen and download the podcast to your computer, or you can subscribe on iTunes by clicking here. The Non-Fiction Writers: 07/02/2015 -- Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber discuss Oklahoma's 2015 defensive backfield. Can this group rebound from a disastrous 2014 season? PODCAST ARCHIVE The Non-Fiction Writers: 06/30/2015 -- Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber preview Oklahoma's linebackers for the 2015

  • 7 Reasons to Take a Road Trip with My Dad

    Carla Meadows | Updated: 3 hr ago

    During this summer vacation season, I take time to reflect on a few life lessons that my dad taught me on our epic family road trip when I was a kid. His travel tips are just as relevant today as they were on our Original Road Trip 1.0.

  • Report: LaMarcus Aldridge to meet with Heat's Riley, Lakers for second time

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Pat Riley is throwing his hat into the pursuit of free agent forward LaMarcus Aldridge. Multiple reports have the Miami Heat general manager scheduled to sit down with Aldridge tonight following a second meeting with the Los Angeles Lakers in L.A. The Lakers reportedly failed to impress Aldridge in their first meeting on Wednesday, but in what they're calling a " follow up " meeting, plan to focus more on basketball and less about "branding possibilities in the city of Los Angeles."

  • Here's your summer song cycle

    BY MATT CARNEY | Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    New songs? New songs! Let's get right to it.

  • Finals field complete in OKC's funniest competition

    Kelly Flanagan | Updated: 3 hr ago

    After the final and most hotly-contested preliminary round, Steven Patchin and Harper Bottorff became the last two finalists in the Funniest Person in Oklahoma City contest.

  • Federal officials OK disaster aid for more Oklahoma counties

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The federal government has approved disaster assistance for nine more Oklahoma counties following a series of severe storms. Gov. Mary Fallin on Thursday announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency had accepted her request for aid, raising the number of counties receiving individual assistance to 33 out of 77. Twenty eight other counties have requested help but haven't received a response from FEMA. The latest additions are Carter, Jefferson, Latimer, Mayes, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Pushmataha, Stephens and Tulsa counties. The disaster assistance will benefit individuals and businesses that suffered damages from tornadoes, flooding and severe storms that occurred between May 5 and June 4.

  • Travis Ford's scrambling has produced an interesting OSU basketball roster

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 6 hr ago

    The renovation of OSU’s basketball roster continues. Travis Ford has added two potentially-impactful players just since school ended. Davon Dillard, a national top-100 recruit from Gary, Ind., is the latest. Dillard, a 6-foot-6 swingman, has committed to the Cowboys. He was committed to California but never signed. On April 30, power forward Chris Oliver announced he was transferring to OSU, having graduated from Eastern Illinois, which makes him eligible immediately in Stillwater. For a program heavy on seniors last season — Le’Bryan Nash, Anthony Hickey, Michael Cobbins — and short of proven players, an infusion of ready-to-play talent is much-needed.

  • Where are they now: Former OU standout Tommie Harris finding second life after tragedy

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Former OU All-American defensive lineman Tommie Harris had his NFL career cut short by injuries, but those pale in comparison to what Harris has overcome off the field. Following the unexpected death of his wife in 2012 due to an unexpected brain aneurysm, Harris was left with two children and no plan for the future. For Sports Illustrated's "Where Are They Now" issue, Andrew Lawrence writes about how Harris rebounded from tragedy by moving back home to Texas, returning to full health, and starting his second life as an entrepreneur. One of his ventures is as part owner of the Texas Outlaws - a team in the Fall Experimental Football League. The league launched in 2014 and Harris and former OU teammate Eric Bassey have ambitions to move the team to Oklahoma City.

  • $18.7B deal clears path for BP to close books on Gulf spill

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Trying to close the books on the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, BP agreed Thursday to provide billions of dollars in new money to five Gulf Coast states in a deal the company said would bring its full obligations to an estimated $53.8 billion. Federal and state government officials touted the record-breaking $18.7 billion agreement as a historic milestone in the Gulf Coast's recovery. The Deepwater Horizon disaster killed 11 rig workers and spewed millions of gallons of crude that stained beaches, coated wildlife and polluted marshes. BP also gets a valuable return: Much of the payments, to be made over the next 18 years, could be tax-deductible.

  • Sonia Manzano, who played Maria on 'Sesame Street,' retiring

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — "Sesame Street" is about to be less A-OK. Sonia Manzano, who has played the role of Maria on the groundbreaking kid show since 1971, is retiring. Manzano, 65, broke the news earlier this week at the American Library Association Annual Conference. She said she wouldn't be part of PBS' new "Sesame Street" season. A beloved resident of Sesame Street since she was a teenager, the character Maria owned the neighborhood repair shop with husband Luis (played by Emilio Delgado, who remains on the show). Manzano also served as a writer for the show, sharing in 15 Emmy awards as a member of the writing team. She has also written children's books.

  • Police: No evidence of shooting at Washington Navy Yard

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Investigators found no evidence of a shooting after the Washington Navy Yard went on lockdown Thursday when someone reported shots fired in the same building where a gunman killed 12 workers in a rampage two years ago. D.C. police said a woman called from inside a Navy Yard building to report that she might have heard sounds of gunshots around 7:20 a.m. However, investigators found no sign of a shooting, a shooter or anyone injured. No arrests were made and no weapons found, officials said. "At this time there is no evidence of gunshots," Mayor Muriel Bowser said. "There is no evidence of a shooter, and there is no evidence of any victims today." A U.S.

  • Oklahoma City seizes malnourished cattle from muddy pasture, issues citations for animal cruelty

    By William CrumStaff Writerwcrum@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Officials said the owner of the cattle failed after several weeks to respond to orders that conditions be brought into compliance with city ordinances designed to prevent animal cruelty.

  • Group commits more than $300M to form new midstream company

    BY ROD WALTON, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Two veterans of Hiland Partners are reunited to form a new Tulsa-based oil and gas pipeline, storage and processing firm.  Joseph Griffin and Derek Gipson are founding Intensity Midstream LLC. The plan is to build or acquire and develop energy transportation, terminal and treatment assets connected to North America basins. The new company is stepping in the midst of an industry-wide downturn, with oil prices falling 50 percent over the past year. Griffin said Intensity was launched with the knowledge that some companies may be willing to sell assets in the near future.

  • State Senate Democrats toss minority leader for John Sparks

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Senate Democrats this week tapped Sen. John Sparks as the minority leader. The change in leadership left former Minority Leader Sen. Randy Bass, D-Lawton, surprised. Bass said five of the eight members of the caucus met and named Sparks as the new leader. Bass said he was upset that the normal practice, a caucus meeting, was not used, saying the vote happened in a “back room.”

  • State auditor investigating possible misuse of funds by Wagoner County Sheriff's Office

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    The Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector's Office confirmed Thursday it is investigating possible improper use of public funds by the Wagoner County Sheriff's Office after finding areas of concern during the process of completing a three-year countywide audit. State Auditor Gary Jones told the Tulsa World the report focuses at least partially on allegations Sheriff Bob Colbert used county funds for self-promotion purposes and personal use. Those claims are corroborated by documents and receipts obtained by the Tulsa World from the Wagoner Tribune, a partner newspaper, which indicated Wagoner County authorized the purchase of more than $4,500 in hats and engraved medallions with Colbert's name on them that were distributed and sold during events, $185 for a cowboy hat classified as "work wear," 1,000 coloring books and a $330 GPS monitor that is reportedly not in the county's inventory.

  • Poll: How many credit cards do you have?

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    Credit cards: How many do you have?

  • Google's new app blunders by calling black people 'gorillas'

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's new image-recognition program misfired badly this week by identifying two black people as gorillas, delivering a mortifying reminder that even the most intelligent machines still have lot to learn about human sensitivity. The blunder surfaced in a smartphone screen shot posted online Sunday by a New York man on his Twitter account, @jackyalcine. The images showed the recently released Google Photos app had sorted a picture of two black people into a category labeled as "gorillas." The accountholder used a profanity while expressing his dismay about the app likening his friend to an ape, a comparison widely regarded as a racial slur when applied to a black person.

  • Fraternity tied to racist chant hires diversity director

    AP | Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The fraternity connected to a racist video that roiled the University of Oklahoma campus during spring has announced the hiring of a new director of diversity and inclusion. Evanston, Illinois-based Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity said in a news release Thursday it had hired North Carolina native Ashlee Canty to help oversee efforts to enhance diversity at the fraternity's more than 200 chapters. The position is part of an initiative announced by the fraternity in March. That's when members of the now-defunct OU chapter were captured on video taking part in a chant that included a reference to lynching and a racial slur to describe how black students

  • With chimneys, gabled roofs, Phillips 66 cottages little pieces of OKC's past

    Brianna Bailey | Updated: 4 hr ago

    With their jaunty gabled roofs, chimneys, and arched entryways, there's something that draws me to Oklahoma City's old Phillip 66 gas stations. In this era of synthetic stucco and LED signs, they just don't build gas stations like they used to— out of brick,  patterned after the cottages of the English countryside. Many of the cottages that have survived have been repurposed in some way—as auto repair shops and convenience stores—their original identity not-quite concealed by a new layer of paint or a different sign. Spotting one of these cottages, in a sea of bland, 21st century gas stations and fast food restaurants, is like finding an Easter egg, a small, hidden piece of

  • Dallas Cowboys LB Rolando McClain suspended four games

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Dallas Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain has been suspended for the first four games of the 2015 regular season for violating the league's substance abuse policy. "I apologize to my family, the Cowboys organization, my teammates and Cowboys fans for my mistake," McClain said via an NFLPA press release. "I will not break the rules of my profession in the future, and I regret my error. I look forward to returning to the field on week 5, when I hope to help my team beat the Patriots." McClain, who was second on the Cowboys in tackles (81) in 2014, signed a 1-year deal with Dallas earlier this year. Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson was also suspended Thursday for a substance abuse violation.