• While iPhone offers 'Jetsons' items, beware of identity theft

    Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    I recently joined a fraternity of sorts to which more than a quarter of the world's population already belongs. I got an iPhone. iPhones were introduced in the United States on June 29, 2007 — about the time I broke down and got my first standard-issue cellphone. Gifted a 5S iPhone 10 days ago, I finally have stepped into modern day and — though I know I'm a greater target for identity theft (more on that later) — “Hooba-Dooba” am I glad I did. Hooba-dooba is the famous catchphrase of George Jetson, a fictional character from “The Jetsons” cartoon from my childhood. George resides with his family in the Skypad Apartments in Orbit City, with a robot servant, moving sidewalks and, well, iPhones.

  • New auto safety technologies leave some drivers bewildered, switching off

    By JOAN LOWY Associated Press | Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    WASHINGTON — Many Americans buying new cars these days are baffled by a torrent of new safety technology. Some features will automatically turn a car back into its lane if it begins to drift, or hit the brakes if sensors detect that it's about to rear-end someone else. There are lane-change and blind-spot monitors, drowsiness alerts and cars that can park themselves. Technologies once limited to high-end models like adaptive cruise control, tire-pressure indicators and rear-view cameras have become more common. The features hold tremendous potential to reduce deaths and injuries by eliminating collisions or mitigating their severity, safety advocates say. But there's one problem: Education on how to use them doesn't

  • Kicking things off in style

    By Ryan Aber Staff Writer raber@oklahoman.com | Updated: 1 hr ago

    NORMAN — Austin Seibert chuckles a bit at the memory. In the summer of 2014, more than 14 months before his first Oklahoma-Texas game, the then high school kicker jumped right into the middle of the rivalry on Twitter. After posting a video of himself hitting a 66-yard field goal to win a kicking competition, some Texas fans responded with not-so-kind comments. Seibert fired back. “I'm not complaining,” Seibert tweeted. “Texas fans can't count to 66 anyways.” The tweet was taken down not long after and more than a year later, the true freshman kicker prefers to let his game speak for itself rather than stoke the fires of the rivalry. And Seibert's game could be a difference-maker in

  • Sports on TV: Tuning in for Wednesday, October 7

    Compiled By: Todd Schoenthaler Staff Writer tschoenthaler@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    Tuning in WEDNESDAY MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 7 p.m. Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh TBS (Cox 62) NBA PRESEASON 6 p.m. Atlanta vs. Cleveland NBATV (Cox 256) 7 p.m. Oklahoma City at Minnesota WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM 9 p.m. Sacramento at Phoenix NBATV (Cox 256) 11 p.m. Utah vs. L.A. Lakers NBATV (Cox 256) NHL 7 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Chicago NBCSN (Cox 251) 9:30 p.m. San Jose at Los Angeles NBCNS (Cox 251) GOLF 9:30 p.m. President's Cup GOLF (Cox 60) WOMEN'S SOCCER 7 p.m. Drake at Oklahoma State KGFY-FM 105.5 VOLLEYBALL 6 p.m. Kansas at Texas Tech FSOK (Cox 37) 6 p.m. Texas at Baylor ESPNU (Cox 253) 7 p.m. Arkansas at Kentucky SECN (Cox

  • Putnam City West no longer an easy win for opponents

    By Scott Wright Staff Writer swright@oklahoman.com | Updated: 55 min ago

    BETHANY — Over the last several years, Putnam City West has been part of a lot of football homecoming games. Opponents' homecoming games, that is. When you've averaged one win a year for more than a decade, your team will get picked as the perfect target for an easy win and a big homecoming celebration. But last Friday night, the Patriots spoiled the party in Choctaw, rallying from 21 points down for a 32-21 win. “We all got hyped because we ruined their homecoming,” junior linebacker Deiontae Clark. “But this week is our homecoming, and we don't want ours to get ruined, so all that happiness from last week has to turn into focus for this week.” The Patriots host Capitol Hill — the only team PC

  • McGuinness’ Berney wins Fans’ Choice Player of the Week poll

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 55 min ago

    McGuinness kicker Josh Berney was the fans' runaway choice this week in The Oklahoman's Fans' Choice Player of the Week poll. Berney won with 881 votes, easily topping Stillwater kicker Zach Bryant's 467 votes. A total of 2,356 votes were cast for seven different players. Berney made a game-winning 46-yard field goal in the Irish's wild 31-28 win over Deer Creek. McGuinness had trailed 21-0 in the first quarter. The Oklahoman's staff pick for player of the week, Jake Standlee of Meeker, finished fifth in the poll with 162 votes. Watch NewsOK.com/Varsity on Saturday for the Week 6 poll. Here are the results from the Week 5 poll. Josh Berney, McGuinness: 881 votes (37.39 pct.) Zach Bryant,

  • Blackhawks aiming for historic title

    By JAY COHEN AP Sports Writer | Updated: 55 min ago

    CHICAGO — When it was all over — all the days with the Stanley Cup, the trades, the free-agent departures — the core of the Chicago Blackhawks just shrugged and went back to work. There is precious little time for sentiment when you are trying to become the first repeat NHL champion in almost two decades. “I feel pretty confident,” forward Marian Hossa said. “I think we have lots of great players in this dressing room, lots of new faces, but I think there's lots of energy in this room. Lots of guys are hungry, and I think that's important.” Chicago won its third title in six seasons when it defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games in June. While the party lasted for much of the

  • NBA Notebook

    AP | Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    Sefolosha case begins A lawyer representing a professional basketball player arrested outside a New York City nightclub has told a jury his client was targeted because he's black. Attorney Alex Spiro said Tuesday in Manhattan Criminal Court that a white police officer saw a black man in a hoodie when he confronted the Atlanta Hawks' Thabo Sefolosha on April 8. The former Thunder guard was arrested while leaving a Manhattan nightclub following a stabbing. He subsequently suffered a season-ending leg fracture after a confrontation with police. A prosecutor said in opening statements that Sefolosha called an officer who repeatedly told him and others to leave a “midget.

  • Deaths

    Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    ADA Bess, Max Keith, 58, died Sept. 29. Services 2 p.m. Thursday (Criswell, Ada). AGRA Allen, Marcy Michelle, 46, died Oct. 5. Memorial services 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Wes McFarland Center (Palmer Marler, Cushing). ALTUS Benavides, Irma, 58, died Oct. 5. Graveside services 11 a.m. Wednesday, Prairie Hill Cemetery, southwest of Altus (Kincannon, Altus). ANTLERS Martin, Casey, 25, died Sept. 27. Services were Sept. 30 (Burkhart, Antlers). BETHANY Ryang, Jay H., 66, died Oct. 5. Private services (Affordable Cremation Service, Oklahoma City). BLACKWELL Farrington, Georgia Mae, 96, died Oct. 3. Services 2 p.m. Friday, Victory Fellowship Church (Roberts and Son,

  • Texas football notebook

    By Ryan Autullo Austin American-Statesman | Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    Heard tells teammates to avoid Twitter Jerrod Heard delivered a message to his social-media crazed teammates. With his mouth, not his thumbs. It's time to log off Twitter, the Texas quarterback is advising the Longhorns. A day after several freshmen responded angrily via Twitter to claims by a teammate that they weren't working hard enough, Heard said he'll make sure it doesn't happen again. And the quarterback is willing to break one of Charlie Strong's Five Core Values — No Stealing — to make sure it gets done. “I'm gonna delete their Twitter,” Heard said Tuesday. “You ain't even gotta worry about that. I'm about to take their phones and delete their Twitter. That whole class, they love

  • Whitener’s gamble pays off

    By John Helsley Staff Writer JHelsley@Oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    STILLWATER — Chad Whitener walked away from a Cal football scholarship, or the equivalent of $56,670… per year. Quite a step, a leap — of faith — actually. Whitener's jump to Oklahoma State came with no promises or guarantees of playing time or assistance, just an opportunity to walk-on with the Cowboys, all fees attached, although the hope of a more prosperous future clearly was evident. Now in his second year on campus as a redshirt sophomore, Whitener is relishing in the payoff. First, he was placed on scholarship in August. Then on Saturday, he was thrust into a prominent role, replacing an injured Ryan Simmons at middle linebacker against Kansas State.

  • OSU football notebook

    By Kyle Fredrickson Staff Writer kfredrickson@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    WVU well aware of POKES' explosive pass rush Oklahoma State enters Saturday's game at West Virginia leading the nation in sacks (22) and tackles for loss (51). No need to remind WVU coach Dana Holgorsen. “I don't know how I feel about that as a coach,” he said during a Tuesday press conference. “That is something that we have to work on.” In WVU's 44-24 loss at Oklahoma last week, quarterback Skyler Howard was sacked seven times. However, Holgorsen told reporters he doesn't plan on making any major offensive line personnel changes against OSU. “We want to play with motivation and be a little bit smarter with our technique,” Holgorsen said.

  • Morning roundup

    From The Associated Press | Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    Luck takes bulk of snaps at Colts practice Colts coach Chuck Pagano said quarterback Andrew Luck threw some passes at Tuesday's practice and that he “looked good.” Luck increased his workload, but it remains uncertain if he'll play Thursday at Houston. Luck was listed as a limited participant — as he has been since the middle of last week. Luck continues to recover from an injured right shoulder that forced him to miss his first NFL game Sunday. Matt Hasselbeck, Indy's starter Sunday against Jacksonville, did not practice because he was sick.

  • OU football notebook

    By Jason Kersey, Staff Writer, jkersey@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    Knight embracing role Trevor Knight repeated one word when asked this week about this season for him individually. “Different,” Knight said. “That's the main word. It's just different. “It's a different role. It's a different preparation process. It's different not taking every rep every day and learning the new adjustments that we put in.” But for him, “different” hasn't necessarily meant “bad.” If he's angry or upset about not playing much this season, he's doing a really good, convincing job hiding it. “It's been enjoyable to watch Baker (Mayfield) go out there and play the way he has,” Knight said. “It's been enjoyable to be a leader still.

  • Oklahoma Briefs

    Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    Job fair planned for Friday The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission will hold its 38th Semi-Annual Fall Job Fair from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Friday at the Chevy Bricktown Event Center, 425 E California Ave. in Oklahoma City. The event will include nearly 100 employers representing hundreds of employment opportunities in a wide variety of industries. About 1,100 job seekers attended the commission's job fair earlier this year. The job fair is open to the public. Job seekers are asked to dress professionally, bring copies of their resumes and be prepared to meet face-to-face with company recruiters. Computers with online access are provided so attendees can submit electronic applications and receive resume assistance. Parking

  • Thunder to stream Oct. 18 preseason game

    By Erik HorneStaff Writerehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    Those looking to see the Thunder on television in the preseason opener will be out of luck. But there are two viewable preseason games to come. The team's game Wednesday against Minnesota will not be broadcast by network affiliates of the Thunder or the Timberwolves. The Thunder's first preseason game on TV will be Oct. 13 against the Dallas Mavericks at the BOK Center in Tulsa, and will be broadcast by Fox Sports Oklahoma. A Thunder spokesman told The Oklahoman that it will provide a Livestream of the Oct. 18 game against the Denver Nuggets on its website (okcthunder.com) and Thunder mobile app. The stream will also be available following the game for replay. All of the Thunder's games, preseason and

  • Keystone XL pipeline's developer decides to try alternative method to gain approval

    By GRANT SCHULTE Associated Press | Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    LINCOLN, Neb. — The Canadian company that wants to build the Keystone XL pipeline is taking steps to circumvent one of the major roadblocks in Nebraska. But in seeking approval Monday for the same contentious route through the state, TransCanada could create another round of lengthy delays in an already drawn-out process. It also indicates a new push for the $8 billion Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline in a state where opponents have repeatedly thwarted efforts to build the project. President Barack Obama has indicated that he may reject a federal permit for the project, as he did in 2012 when he accused congressional Republicans of setting an arbitrary deadline. Former Gov.

  • Toyota shows self-driving technology for 2020 models

    By YURI KAGEYAMA AP Business Writer | Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    TOKYO — Toyota unveiled its vision for self-driving cars in a challenge to other automakers as well as industry newcomer Google Inc., promising to start selling such vehicles in Japan by 2020. Toyota Motor Corp. demonstrated on a regular freeway Tuesday what it called the "mobility teammate concept," meaning the driver and the artificial intelligence in a sensor-packed car work together as a team. In the demonstration, a Lexus drove itself within the 37 mph speed limit for about 10 minutes, changing lanes, braking and steering. The human at the wheel did nothing except turn on a button to kick in the technology. Toyota's plans are part of a government initiative to pioneer automated driving in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

  • Q&A with Melissa McDuffey

    Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    Halliburton settlement provides lesson for other employers Q: Halliburton recently agreed to pay $18 million in overtime wages after a U.S.  Department of Labor investigation. What events led to the investigation and resulting agreement with Halliburton? A: The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires employers to pay nonexempt employees, at a minimum, the federal minimum wage, and overtime pay for hours worked in excess of 40 hours per week. The FLSA provides an exemption from both overtime pay and minimum-wage requirements for employees who meet certain minimum salary requirements and fulfill particular job roles as a primary duty. The U.S.

  • VW warns workers of 'pain' to come because of scandal

    By DAVID McHUGH AP Business Writer | Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    WOLFSBURG, Germany — Volkswagen's new CEO has told more than 20,000 workers that overcoming its emissions-rigging scandal will “not happen without pain” and that the company will have to review its investment plans. Matthias Mueller vowed Tuesday that “we will overcome this crisis” but said that the company would have to be more careful about costs. He told the meeting at the company's home plant in Wolfsburg, Germany, that the company would have to put its future investments in plants, technology and vehicles “under scrutiny” to spend only what was needed to maintain a leading edge. “We will do everything to ensure that Volkswagen will stand for good and secure jobs in the future as well,” he told