• What We're Talking About

    By The Associated Press | Published: Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    • BIG TECH DEALS: After Dell's proposed $67 billion acquisition of data storage company EMC, a look at other tech industry notable deals, that haven't panned out as well as buyers planned. • PUERTO RICO-SCHOOL UNIFORM: Puerto Rico's education secretary says public school students can for the first time choose to wear pants or skirts as part of their uniform regardless of their gender without being punished. • DICK VAN DYKE-CHILDHOOD HOME: Actor Dick Van Dyke is taking steps to save his childhood home, which was scheduled for demolition in the central Illinois city of Danville.

  • OU football notebook

    By Jason Kersey | Updated: 4 hr ago

     Oklahoma senior center Ty Darlington didn't mince words when asked about the Sooners' offensive line play of late and whether the group lacks the “nastiness” it had last year. “It's there, but it's not there consistently enough,” Darlington said. The Sooners had to replace offensive tackles Daryl Williams and Tyrus Thompson — both picks in the 2015 NFL Draft — and so far, that transition period has been rough. The Sooners were ranked No. 1 in the league in rushing offense last season, but through five games, rank eighth this year. Quarterback Baker Mayfield was sacked six times in Saturday's loss to Texas. The OU offensive line allowed just nine sacks all of last season.

  • Berry Tramel's mailbag

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    The best from Berry Tramel's mailbag with plenty of comments on OU's loss to Texas on Saturday: Lynn Brewer, Houston: “I'm writing to you about the disaster in Big D last Saturday. I was there at the Cotton Bowl and witnessed the carnage firsthand. A few points: 1) In 33 years of watching the Sooners, I have to say this is the most infuriating loss I can remember. Of course I've seen bigger losses with more on the line to play for, but I've never been more disgusted than I was on Saturday. I've never seen an OU squad that was softer in the trenches than the one that trotted out there last Saturday. Yes that includes even the John Blake era squads. The way this game played out, it evolved into a simple game; an old-fashioned test

  • Help for suicidal teens is a text message away

    By MARK PRATT Associated Press | Published: Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    BOSTON — With younger generations using cellphones less for actual conversation and more for text messaging, suicide prevention organizations are setting up ways that let distraught youths seek help that way. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among teenagers and college-age adults, making a text messaging initiative — started this month by Samaritans Inc. of Massachusetts to supplement the more traditional phone help line — a natural, Executive Director Steve Mongeau said. Nearly 5,300 U.S. residents younger than 24 took their own lives in 2013, the most recent year for which data are available, according to the Washington, D.C.-based American Association of Suicidology.

  • Four plays, all in the first quarter, were signs of trouble for Sooners

    By Ryan Aber, Staff Writer | Updated: 4 hr ago

    NORMAN — For the second time in three seasons, Oklahoma entered its annual matchup with Texas a huge favorite yet came away from the Cotton Bowl with a loss. The game wasn't decided until the fourth quarter, when the Sooners' offense stalled with two quick sacks and then the defense couldn't get a stop on third-and-long that would've given the offense one more chance. But there were plenty of signs of trouble early. Here's a look at four plays — all in the first quarter — that led to Saturday's stunning 24-17 loss and what they say about the state of the Sooners.   1. Baker Mayfield sacked for 5-yard loss by Texas' Poona Ford early in the first quarter.

  • Program teaches OKC students about careers in engineering, health care, more

    By Brianna Bailey  Business Writer  bbailey@oklahoman.com  | Updated: 3 hr ago

    It's 8 a.m., and students who are part of Capitol Hill High School's Engineering Academy are hunched over plastic cups and bamboo skewers in the cafeteria, trying to build a device that will allow them to lift a golf ball out of the cup without touching it. The students are part of Capitol Hill's Engineering Academy, a program geared toward getting kids ready for careers in engineering after high school. Founded in 2011, Capitol Hill's Engineering Academy is one of the largest of Oklahoma City Public Schools Career Academies program. The Engineering Academy now has 250 students and will graduate its first class of seniors this year.

  • Thinking Globally

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    Louisiana Louisiana's FastStart program trains workers for jobs at companies in key industries such as manufacturing and research and development at no cost to the employer.   To qualify, a company must commit to creating at least 15 new, permanent jobs for manufacturing or distribution centers or at least 50 new, permanent jobs for digital media, headquarters, research and development or inbound call center operations. Louisiana launched FastStart in 2008, when the state's economy was still trying to recover from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

  • Evidence mounts for El Nino that could ease California’s drought

    By BRIAN MELLEY Associated Press | Published: Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    LOS ANGELES — Evidence is mounting that the El Nino ocean-warming phenomenon in the Pacific will spawn a rainy winter in California, potentially easing the state's punishing drought but also bringing the risk of chaotic storms like those that battered the region in the late 1990s. In the clearest warning yet that Southern California could be due for a deluge, meteorologists said in a report last week that the already strong El Nino has a 95 percent chance of lasting through the winter before weakening in the spring. “This is as close as you're going to get to a sure thing,” said Bill Patzert, a climatologist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, calling this El Nino “too big to fail.

  • Anniversaries

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    The Okla­homan will publish free anniversary announcements for couples celebrating 50 years or more of marriage. To contribute information Send an email to dlindauer@oklahoman.com with “Anniversary” in the subject line. Send mail to The Oklahoman, Attn.: Darla Lindauer, P.O. Box 25125, Oklahoma City, OK 73125 To contribute a photo, email a JPEG image or mail a good-quality photo — no larger than 5 by 7 inches and no smaller than 2 by 3 inches — with your anniversary information two weeks before the anniversary.

  • The University of Oklahoma to enhance American Indian studies

    By K.S. McNutt Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    University of Oklahoma President David Boren said Monday that OU plans to enhance American Indian studies at the university. OU held its first Indigenous Peoples' Day on Monday.

  • Oklahoma City is not done attracting, retaining skilled workers

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    Millennials were just starting to hit the workforce when a 2003 Greater Oklahoma City Chamber gathering of civic leaders was advised at a workshop that the rules of job creation were set to change dramatically.

  • OU to enhance American Indian studies

    By K.S. McNutt Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    NORMAN — University of Oklahoma President David Boren announced plans to enhance the study and appreciation of American Indian cultures Monday during OU's first Indigenous Peoples' Day. The daylong celebration featured a variety of events on campus. Boren said he is recommending the Native American Studies program be elevated to a department. Pending approval from the OU Board of Regents and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, the program will be granted full department status under the College of Arts and Sciences. The new department will provide additional resources and academic opportunities for students on the Norman campus, he said. Boren also announced the creation of a Native Nations Center

  • In Pryor, workforce development depends on teamwork

    By Brianna Bailey Business Writer bbailey@oklahoman.com  | Updated: 3 hr ago

    PRYOR — As one of the nation's largest industrial parks, workforce development is crucial to MidAmerica Industrial Park in mostly rural Mayes County. The 9,000-acre industrial park is home to more than 80 companies ranging from Google to toilet paper maker Orchids Paper Products Co. The industrial park's Mid-America Delivers program gives schools tours of local businesses and also has internship programs for high school students. The goal of the program is to give kids an understanding of what career options are available at the industrial park and how to get the education they need to get a job after high school, said Tonya Backward, workforce development coordinator for MidAmerica Industrial Park.

  • Disposal well operator challenges state agency over earthquake actions

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Updated: 4 hr ago

    A Tulsa oil company is the first to challenge the still-evolving response by Oklahoma regulators to the links between saltwater disposal wells and the state's spate of earthquake activity. Marjo Operating Co. Inc. said the Oklahoma Corporation Commission acted arbitrarily in August when it directed the company to curtail injection at a disposal well that's part of a de-watering project in Payne County. The company outlined its objections in a Sept. 18 filing with the commission. An administrative law judge in Tulsa has set an initial hearing Tuesday in the matter. Commission staff are expected to protest the company's application. Agency spokesman Matt Skinner said he couldn't comment further on the case.


    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: 4 hr ago

    A lot of people don't believe Tom Tucker when he explains the Midtown home of Valir Hospital, 721 NW 6, was originally a Holiday Inn built in the early 1960s by developers gambling Oklahoma City was set to host the 1967 World's Fair. That dream, however, didn't work out and the fair instead went to San Antonio, where it was credited with transforming the city into the tourist mecca it is today. Tucker, CEO of Valir, meanwhile, has photos and original building plans to prove the hospital's origins — which also make the campus an attractive target for a $10 million renovation that is set to be completed in 2017. “It functioned as a Holiday Inn and then was converted into a rehab hospital by Health South,” Tucker

  • Park, long a trouble spot in neighborhood, to be asset

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: 4 hr ago

    A city park that for years made headlines more often for violence than for kids' activities is being reclaimed by the surrounding neighborhood that itself has undergone a radical transformation over the past decade. Red Andrews Park, 720 NW 8, was already scheduled for some city bond issue improvements to a gymnasium on the site. But when neighbors and the Midtown Association learned the bond project also included improvements to a parking lot that takes up much of the park, they suggested doing away with the parking altogether. Doug Kupper welcomed the neighborhood's interest, which also included suggestions of replacing the parking with greenspace, volleyball courts, picnic tables and a children's play area. “They

  • Oklahoma briefs

    Published: Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    Bank SNB completes deal STILLWATER — Bank SNB has completed its previously announced acquisition of Edmond-based bank First Commercial Bank in a $41.7 million cash and stock deal. Bank SNB now has five additional Oklahoma City metro banking centers as part of its network and four banking centers in the Colorado market — three in Denver and one in Colorado Springs. All of the banking centers will operate immediately under the name Bank SNB. Bank SNB's parent, Stillwater-based Southwest Bancorp Inc., announced the deal in May, and the merger was consummated after obtaining regulatory and shareholder approvals. The acquisition of First Commercial Bank boosts Bank SNB's total assets by $300 million to $2.3

  • Dissolving stent for heart arteries passes first big test

    By MARILYNN MARCHIONE AP Chief Medical Writer | Published: Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    Now you see it, now you don't. A new type of heart stent that works like dissolving stitches, slowly going away after it has done its job, passed its first major test in a large study, doctors said Monday. Abbott Vascular's dissolving Absorb stent performed as well as a conventional stent in the one-year study, but the fact it did not prove superior led some experts to be wary. Still, the results on this and other novel stents currently in testing are fueling hope for a new generation of these devices, used on about 850,000 heart disease patients each year in the United States alone. The stents available now in the U.S.

  • Man dies after being shot by Lawton officer

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    LAWTON — A man waving a handgun at passing motorists was shot and killed Monday by a Lawton police officer. At 4:53 p.m. officers were responding to multiple calls of a man pointing a firearm at motorists near the intersection of SW Sheridan and I Avenue, according to a police report.  After a "brief encounter" with authorities, the man was shot. The man, only described in the report as a black male, was taken to a Comanche County Memorial Hospital, where he died from his wounds. Police have not released any further details on the incident.  The man's name will be released after next of kin have been notified, said Capt. Craig Akard.

  • Chesapeake Energy names R. Brad Martin as chairman

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    Chesapeake Energy Corp. on Monday named R. Brad Martin as nonexecutive chairman. Martin replaces former Conoco Inc. executive Archie Dunham, who will remain on the board as chairman emeritus. The changes are effective immediately. "Chesapeake will benefit from Brad's unique insight and extensive business experience as he serves in his new role as chairman of the board," Dunham said in a statement Monday. "Chesapeake has a bright future, given its exceptional portfolio, operations, and management team. With all the meaningful changes we have made at Chesapeake over the past three years, significant opportunities lie ahead." Martin is chairman of RBM Ventures and retired chairman and CEO of Saks Inc.