• Labor group wants workers rehired at five Walmart stores

    By ANNE D’INNOCENZIO
    Associated Press |
    Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    NEW YORK— A union is asking labor regulators to go to court to force Walmart to rehire all 2,200 employees affected by the abrupt temporary closing of five stores a week ago. The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union filed the charge with the National Labor Relations Board on Monday, arguing the closings were retaliation for labor activism. Walmart says it closed the stores to fix plumbing issues. One affected store, in Pico Rivera, Calif., has been a hotbed for worker protests against Walmart. It was the first store to wage such protests, in October 2012. The other stores are in Tulsa, Midland and Livingston, Texas; and Brandon, Fla.

  • Oklahoma lawmakers due credit for letting market forces reign

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    TOO often, politicians' first instinct is to extend government's reach into the private economy when that should be an act of last resort. Yet perceived problems are many times resolved far more quickly through the efficient mechanism of market forces than through the imposition of bureaucratic red tape. A recent debate in Oklahoma over ride-sharing legislation brings this fact to mind. House Bill 1614 would impose uniform statewide regulation of ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft. Currently, those services face different regulations in different Oklahoma towns.

  • “Gazelle” companies accelerate Oklahoma's economy

    | Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Oklahoma’s high-growth firms created jobs and wealth, and attract top students to the state’s universities.

  • As usual, Coburn dispensing some tough but needed medicine

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    It says something telling about the current regulatory state when a longtime physician such as former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn has no interest at all in returning to the profession, even for a little while. Coburn, an obstetrician who has delivered more than 4,000 babies, recently filled in for six weeks for a former partner traveling overseas. After that experience, Coburn told the Washington Examiner, “I would never go back and practice medicine the way it is today, never. I'd have to be a concierge doctor. There's no way I'd play the game they're having to play. It's just so much work that doesn't help the patient.

  • Oklahoma health and fitness briefs

    Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Health and fitness briefs

  • Squirrelly rebuke taunts rattlesnakes

    BILL SONES AND RICH SONES, PH.D., For The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Why does a “harmless handful of fluff” California ground squirrel go out of its way to taunt dangerous rattlesnakes?

  • Ask Dr. K

    Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Ask Dr. K.:To prevent blood clots, get up and move

  • Oklahoma health and fitness briefs

    | Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Health and fitness briefs

  • Oklahoma schools Superintendent Joy Hofmeister marks her first 100 days in office

    By Josh Wallace
    Staff Writer |
    Updated: 8 hr ago

    Oklahoma schools chief Joy Hofmeister outlines a teacher pay raise plan and alternative to Common Core standards after her first 100 days in office.

  • For young athletes, water is better than sports and energy drinks

    BY MICHAEL ROIZEN, M.D., AND MEHMET OZ, M.D., For The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Drs. Oz and Roizen discuss the differences in energy drinks, sports drinks and water in terms of hydration and healthfulness for young people.

  • Oklahoma City-area community briefs

    | Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Community briefs

  • Mercy art show to feature Oklahoma artists to benefit stroke program

    By Heather Warlick | Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    The Oklahoma Artists Invitational exhibit at Mercy Neuroscience Institute is set for May 1 to 3. The event will feature 26 Oklahoma artists exhibiting and selling their various works, from paintings to sculptures and jewelry.

  • Your Life: Parents who learn to let go give their children wings

    BY CHARLOTTE LANKARD
    For The Oklahoman |
    Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Charlotte Lankard: When parents set a child free, it means parents no longer give their opinion unless asked. It means the child is not responsible for the happiness of the parents and it is time for parents to turn their attention to their own lives, interests and friends — and mind their own business.

  • Squirrelly rebuke taunts rattlesnakes

    BILL SONES AND RICH SONES, PH.D.
    For The Oklahoman |
    Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Why does a “harmless handful of fluff” California ground squirrel go out of its way to taunt dangerous rattlesnakes?

  • Ask Dr. K

    | Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Ask Dr. K.:To prevent blood clots, get up and move

  • Oklahoma lawmakers due credit for letting market forces reign

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    TOO often, politicians’ first instinct is to extend government’s reach into the private economy when that should be an act of last resort. Yet perceived problems are many times resolved far more quickly through the efficient mechanism of market forces than through the imposition of bureaucratic red tape. A recent debate in Oklahoma over ride-sharing legislation brings this fact to mind. House Bill 1614 would impose uniform statewide regulation of ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft. Currently, those services face different regulations in different Oklahoma towns. The bill initially included a provision requiring ride-sharing services to adopt a policy of nondiscrimination based on several factors, including sexual

  • Oklahoma City arts festival begins its six days of fun

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    We have written in recent months, since The Oklahoman’s return downtown after nearly 25 years away, about how neat it is to be back in the heart of the city. One special treat is that our employees only have to cross the street to enjoy the Festival of the Arts, which begins Tuesday. The festival, hosted by Arts Council Oklahoma City and manned by 5,000 volunteers, will be underway from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day through Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, at Myriad Gardens, Festival Gardens and Hudson Avenue, which bisects the two. The arts fest features an array of musicians playing night and day. Roughly 200 visual artists from Oklahoma and around the country will display their work.

  • As usual, former Sen. Tom Coburn dispensing some tough but needed medicine

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    It says something telling about the current regulatory state when a longtime physician such as former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn has no interest at all in returning to the profession, even for a little while. Coburn, an obstetrician who has delivered more than 4,000 babies, recently filled in for six weeks for a former partner traveling overseas. After that experience, Coburn told the Washington Examiner, “I would never go back and practice medicine the way it is today, never. I’d have to be a concierge doctor. There’s no way I’d play the game they’re having to play. It’s just so much work that doesn’t help the patient.” Later in the interview, Coburn, always a champion of markets managing health care, instead of

  • Billy Graham

    | Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Billy Graham DEAR DR. GRAHAM: I hear people talk about having a personal relationship with God, but I don't understand what they mean. I believe in God, but I can't say I feel like I'm particularly friendly with Him. — Mrs. M.D. DEAR MRS. M.D.: Not only is it possible to have a close personal relationship with God, but He actually wants it to happen! Abraham was a man of great faith, and as a result “he was called God's friend” (James 2:23). Jesus said to His followers, “You are my friends” (John

  • Surviving springtime with allergies

    By Ryan Stewart
    For The Oklahoman |
    Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Surviving springtime with allergies




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