• Muslims still searching for their ‘Cosby Show’ moment

    By Hannah Allam McClatchy Washington Bureau | Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    WASHINGTON — When Jennifer Zobair sat down to write her first novel, she already had a muse in mind for the heroine, a glamorous, foul-mouthed Muslim woman whose high-profile job in Boston politics is on the line after a terrorist attack. The character, Zainab, was inspired in part by Muslim political operative Huma Abedin, a longtime aide to Hillary Clinton and vice chairwoman of Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. Zainab and her fictional friends struggle to balance their high-pressure jobs with family expectations, like many real-life Muslim girlfriends of the author, an Iowa-born convert to Islam. And although terrorists are central to the plot, Zobair said, she was determined not to let them overshadow the romance at

  • Executive Q&A: Oklahoma-based scientist determines herbal ointment is worthy treatment

    By Paula Burkes Business Writer pburkes@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    Mike Centola, a scientist and entrepreneur who has successfully commercialized technologies developed at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, has had success with a herbal ointment made of tree bark, roots, leaf extracts and 22 other natural herbs in treating eczema and psoriasis.

  • Muslim stereotypes in pop culture are worse than ever, researcher says

    By Hannah Allam McClatchy Washington Bureau | Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    WASHINGTON — In the 1970s, Jack Shaheen, the son of Lebanese Christian immigrants, began his groundbreaking research into how Arabs and Muslims are demonized in American pop culture and, from the start, it was an unwelcome pursuit. The first academic paper Shaheen wrote on the subject languished, unpublished, for three years. His first book manuscript racked up dozens of rejection letters. Smear campaigns in academic circles painted him as a propagandist. And the work was lonely — nobody else cared about how Rudolph Valentino launched the stereotype of the swarthy, desert-dwelling predator with his 1921 film “The Sheik.” Still, Shaheen pressed on in what became a lifelong mission to expose what he considers racist and

  • Education notes

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    Orchestra concert to feature first student conductor MIDWEST CITY — More than 200 Oklahoma City Public Schools students — including one sixth-grader who will lead an orchestra for the first time — will perform at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Hudiburg Chevrolet Center at Rose State College. The spring concert of El Sistema Oklahoma will feature three orchestras, chamber ensembles and a mass orchestra performance. Lexi Morrow, who attends Classen School of Advanced Studies, will premiere as El Sistema Oklahoma's first student conductor. El Sistema Oklahoma is an after-school ensemble-based music program for underserved students founded by Cathy and Phil Busey of St. Luke's United Methodist Church and the Wanda Bass

  • April was deadliest month ever for Florida panthers, with 9 killed

    By Jenny Staletovich Miami Herald | Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    MIAMI — This April will go down as the bloodiest month yet for the Florida panther. So far, nine of the endangered cats have died, all but one killed along Southwest Florida highways and roads. Seven were males, almost all at the young age when they start looking to establish their own territory. Altogether, 20 panthers have died this year, a number on track to outpace last year's record-breaking 41 fatalities. Why so many died, wildlife officials say, is simply a gory measure of their success. “It's not the best way to document that increase, but it's still a fact we have to take into account,” said David Schindle, Florida panther coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Jeremiah Ollison isn't a well-known name in Oklahoma's high school coaching ranks. Even when sports fans think of great coaches at Millwood, a place Ollison has been for 40 years, they think about the likes of Eddie Evans, Varryl Franklin and Arnelia Spears. L.W. Good, Leodies Robinson and Don Willis. But mention Ollison on the city's northeast side, and you'll quickly find people who have been impacted by him, primarily through tennis. He elevated the sport at Millwood, started a nonprofit to teach the game to disadvantaged youth, and was one of the founders of the state's oldest and only black tennis tournament. The sport is unconventional in urban areas, but the impact has been profound.

  • Sports on TV: Tuning in for Sunday, May 1

    Compiled By: Todd Schoenthaler Staff Writer tschoenthaler@oklahoman.com | Updated: 8 hr ago

    SUNDAY MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 12:30 p.m. Oklahoma City at Omaha KGHM-AM 1340 (DH) MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Noon San Francisco at New York Mets MLBN (Cox 264) 1 p.m. Washington at St. Louis FSPLUS (Cox 68)/Cox 703 2 p.m. L.A. Angels at Texas FSOK (Cox 37)/KRXO-FM 107.7 3 p.m. Kansas City at Seattle Cox 77 7 p.m. New York Yankees at Boston ESPN (Cox 29) NBA Noon Charlotte at Miami KOCO-5 (Cox 8) 2:30 p.m. Portland at Golden State KOCO-5 (Cox 8) 7 p.m. Indiana at Toronto TNT (Cox 31) NHL 2 p.m. St. Louis at Dallas KFOR-4 (Cox 4) 7 p.m. Nashville at San Jose NBCSN (Cox 251) AUTO RACING 6 a.m. Formula One CNBC (Cox 41) Noon NASCAR KOKH-25


    From Staff Reports | Updated: 7 hr ago

    COWGIRLS MOVE TO BIG 12 FINALS STILLWATER — The Oklahoma State women's tennis team advanced to the championship round of the Big 12 Tournament, whipping No. 33-ranked Kansas 4-0 on Saturday at the Michael and Anne Greenwood Tennis Center. No. 15-ranked OSU will play Texas Tech at 1 p.m. Sunday. The Cowgirls swept Texas Tech 4-0 in the regular season match in Stillwater.  The Cowgirls, who last won the conference tournament in 2003, picked up singles victories from Katarina Adamovic, Vladica Babic, Viktoiya Lushkova, Kelsey Laurente, Katarina Stresnakova and Carla Tur Mari.  LEGENDRE TAKES BRONZE OSIJEK, Croatia — Oklahoma men's gymnastics assistant coach Steven Legendre won the bronze medal on floor

  • Jesuit priest, peace activist Daniel Berrigan dies at age 94

    By MICHAEL BALSAMO Associated Press | Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    NEW YORK — The Rev. Daniel Berrigan, a Roman Catholic priest and peace activist who was imprisoned for burning draft files in a protest against the Vietnam War, died Saturday. He was 94. Berrigan died peacefully at Murray-Weigel Hall, a Jesuit health care community in New York City after a “long illness,” according to Michael Benigno, a spokesman for the Jesuits USA Northeast Province. Berrigan and his younger brother, the Rev. Philip Berrigan, emerged as leaders of the radical anti-war movement in the 1960s. The Berrigan brothers entered a draft board in Catonsville, Md., on May 17, 1968, with seven other activists and removed records of young men about to be shipped off to Vietnam. The group took the files

  • Indy Eleven upends Rayo OKC with 2nd-half goal

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 8 hr ago

    YUKON — Rayo OKC hosted Indy Eleven on Saturday at Miller Stadium in North American Soccer League action. Coming off its first win of the season last week in Miami, Rayo could not duplicate the success it found on the road and lost to Indy 2-1. Rayo took control of the game from the kickoff and quickly found itself taking a corner kick in the sixth minute. But a miss on that and an unprepared defense led to the game's first goal coming from the visitors. Still in the sixth minute, Indy's Nemanja Vukovic had the ball just before midfield and made a long pass to a charging Jair Reinoso. Reinono was ready, taking the pass out of the air just inside the 18-yard box and with one shot, put Indy up 1-0. Rayo wouldn't

  • Oklahoma stocks

    By Don Mecoy Business Editor dmecoy@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    Eagle Our eagle seems to be gaining a bit of altitude, although the bird is still flying a bit on the low side. Tulsa-based Cypress Energy Partners LP last week said it would distribute a bit more than 40 cents per unit for the first quarter. That's nearly 5 percent more than the firm's target minimum quarterly cash distribution. Cypress offers pipeline inspection and testing services to the energy industry and also provides wastewater disposal in two of the nation's biggest plays. Like most of its energy industry peers, CELP has seen its stock take a beating since oil prices collapsed. But last week, the units gained more than 9 percent. And that marked the third straight week that CELP posted a

  • Former Sooners, Cowboys reflect on EA Sports settlement

    Complied by Jason Kersey and John Helsley | Updated: 8 hr ago

    ZAC ROBINSON • Oklahoma State quarterback (2006-09) • Settlement received: $4,500 For me, you can use my likeness. The experience of being in a video game and having millions of people play you on a video game, not to mention you can play yourself, was far greater than getting a few thousand bucks. I wish they would bring the game back and kids now in college could have that experience. That's far greater than just getting a check. I wasn't a big video game player. I'd play it from time to time. But for a lot of the guys, it was a cool deal, being in a video game. They'd go get it the day it came out and they couldn't wait to see what everybody was rated and all that. That part was pretty fun in college. The

  • Morning Roundup

    By GARY B. GRAVES AP Sports Writer | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Premature Celebration ruins high school softball team's title It ain't over until a team is sure the umpire has signaled the final out. A Dallas-area high school softball team lost a district championship game Friday night by celebrating too soon while three runs scored after an umpire called a runner safe when the team thought it had gotten the final out. Video from the stands shows Wylie High School's second baseman thinking she had a force play with the bases loaded on a throw from the shortstop and rushing to celebrate an apparent 6-4 win with teammates while tossing the ball toward the pitching circle. But the umpire had signaled safe. The tying run had scored behind the lead runner for McKinney North about

  • Elliott wins pole at Talladega 30 years after his dad

    By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | Updated: 8 hr ago

    TALLADEGA, Ala. — Chase Elliott wasn't born yet when his father turned a record-setting lap to win the pole at Talladega Superspeedway. He'll get to experience leading the field to green just like his dad did, though, after winning the pole himself on Saturday, 30 years after Bill Elliott's blistering qualifying run. Elliott turned a lap at 192.661 mph to put his Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet in the top position for Sunday's race. Bill Elliott won the pole in 1986 with a lap at 212.229 mph. “This is definitely a special place,” said Chase Elliott, who grew up in Dawsonville, Georgia, which is 170 miles from Talladega. “This has always been a special place to him and it's certainly great to be here and have the

  • OKC has no answer for Aldridge

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: 8 hr ago

    SAN ANTONIO — During a dominant first-round beatdown of the Dallas Mavericks, the Thunder never trailed by double-digits. Not even for a second of the five games. On Saturday night, the Spurs needed less than five minutes in Game 1 to grab that big of a cushion. The level of competition has been cranked up. And, at least for one ominous night, the Thunder weren't even close to ready for it. The Spurs finished off a 124-92 Game 1 blowout of the Thunder with their stars resting the entire fourth quarter. Their job was done before halftime. With 7:31 left in the first quarter, Kawhi Leonard leaked out for an easy transition dunk, two of his 25 points, needing only 13 shots. It gave San Antonio an 11-point lead

  • Obama again gets to zing D.C. press, politicians

    By KEVIN FREKING Associated Press | Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    WASHINGTON — Even though President Barack Obama and his wife can't wait to get out of the White House, being a lame duck can hurt a guy. "Last week Prince George showed up to our meeting in his bathrobe," Obama cracked Saturday night at the White House Correspondents' dinner. "That was a slap in the face." Obama drew plenty of laughs with his barbed remarks to a ballroom filled with journalists, politicians, and movie and television stars. It was his eighth appearance at the event and his last as president. TV host Larry Wilmore provided the professional comedy for the evening. "If this material works well, I'm going to use it at Goldman Sachs next year," Obama said. "Earn me some serious Tubmans." The president

  • College baseball: OSU sweeps doubleheader at Texas

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas — Oklahoma State maintained its upper division standing in the Big 12 on Saturday, sweeping a doubleheader from Texas. The Cowboys won the first game 3-0 and then took a 6-3 decision before 6,312 fans at Disch-Falk Field. Jensen Elliott and Thomas Hatch, the Games 1 and 2 starters, pitched strong games to help OSU improve to 27-15 overall and 11-6 in the league. Elliott gave up two runs on just four hits in five innings of the first game. He didn't allow a walk and struck out four. Hatch allowed just five hits and a walk in the nightcap, while striking out six. Donnie Walton and Andrew Rosa had two hits each for OSU in the second game. Ryan Sluder added two RBIs. J.R.

  • Thunder shows no fight in opener

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Updated: 8 hr ago

    SAN ANTONIO — Embarrassing. The Thunder's 124-92 loss to the Spurs on Saturday night was embarrassing. But it was more than that. It was discouraging. It raises so many more questions far beyond what the Thunder possibly could do in Game 2 to make this Western Conference semifinal competitive. How far is the Thunder from the Spurs, not just in this series, but in the future? Does this kind of browbeating make Kevin Durant wonder about the Thunder's standing in the NBA's line of contenders? If the Thunder isn't capable of putting up a fight, especially on defense, in this marquee game, just when will it happen? It's only one game, of course, and that's the NBA mantra.

  • Spirit of the West

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 8 hr ago

    NORMAN — Residents concerned about the annual '89er Day Parade's ties to the Land Run protested during the parade Saturday.  Indigenous people have argued against celebrating the 1889 Land Run, which opened what was then known as “unassigned lands” to settlement, forcing out many American Indians.  Organizers plan to rename the annual event, said parade co-chairman Stefanie Brickman.

  • Dodgers’ game at Omaha postponed

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 7 hr ago

    PAPILLION, Neb. — The Oklahoma City Dodgers' baseball game against Omaha on Saturday night was postponed due to rain. The Pacific Coast League teams will make up the game as part of a Sunday doubleheader. The first of two seven-inning games begins at 12:35 p.m. The Dodgers (12-9) trail the Storm Chasers (14-8) by 11/2 games in the American Conference's North Division.