• Customer service is critical to business success

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: 7 hr ago

    The Better Business Bureau’s Kitt Letcher shares ways businesses can improve their customer services practices.

  • Pauls Valley to name Matt Weber coach

    Jacob Unruh | Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    It didn’t take long for former Ada football coach Matt Weber to land on his feet. Weber has been named the new coach at Pauls Valley pending board approval next month, KTEN-TV in Denison, Texas, reports. Weber resigned in December from the Cougars following a seven-year stint that resulted in a 50-29 record. While with […]

  • Verizon Phones Raise New Privacy Fears

    Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    For the last several months, cybersecurity experts have been warning Verizon Wireless that it was putting the privacy of its customers at risk, The New York Times reports. The computer codes the company uses to tag and follow its mobile subscribers around the web, they said, could make those consumers vulnerable to covert tracking and profiling. It looks as if there was reason to worry.

  • Benadryl Can Up Your Risk of Alzheimer’s

    Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Over-the-counter sleeping aids and hayfever treatments can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, a study has found. The sleeping medication Nytol and anti-allergy pills Benadryl and Piriton all belong to a class of drug highlighted in a warning from researchers, The Guardian reports. Each of these drugs has “anticholinergic” blocking effects on the nervous system that are said – at higher doses – to raise the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia significantly over several years. Other drugs on the risk list include older “tricyclic” antidepressants such as doxepin, and the bladder control treatment Ditropan (oxybutynin). Many of these medicines are taken by vulnerable older people, according to the scientists, who say their findings have public health implications.

  • Snapchat unveils Discover for news

    Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Snapchat users will find a lot more news in their messaging feeds, USA TODAY reports. The app added a Discover feature where users can explore videos and stories from media outlets including CNN, ESPN and Yahoo News. Stories in Snapchat boast a combination of video, graphics and text. In a statement introducing Discover, Snapchat says the feature was built with creativity in mind.

  • Why do men hate church, and what can be done about it?

    Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Men may love the Bible, and they may consider themselves Christians, but when it comes to going to church, well, it's just a little too girly for some, The Tennessean reports. The Sunday clothes. The contemporary love songs to Jesus. The winding sermons. Typical dudes don't thrill to any of those things, contends David Murrow, author and founder of Church for Men, an Alaska-based, nondenominational group dedicated to attracting more of them. It isn't just Murrow who's worried about a man crisis in churches. Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, former archbishop of St. Louis and the highest-ranking American in the Vatican under Pope Benedict, gave a scathing interview this month decrying the feminization of the Roman Catholic church. He pinned troubles ranging from men skipping worship to priests molesting boys on the fact that women fill church roles formerly occupied solely by men.

  • Winona Ryder Says 'Beetlejuice 2' Is Happening

    Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Winona Ryder has great news for "Beetlejuice" fans. A sequel to Tim Burton's 1988 film has long been discussed. It was widely reported in 2013 that Burton would consider coming on board to direct "Beetlejuice 2," and in December of last year, Burton said the film was "closer than ever" to becoming a reality. According to the actress who played Lydia Deetz, that's still true right now, The Huffington Post reports. "As far as I know, it's gonna happen," Ryder told HuffPost Live's Ricky Camilleri from the Sundance Film Festival.

  • 4.2 magnitude earthquake rattles northern Oklahoma

    Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An earthquake has shaken part of Grant County in northern Oklahoma. The U.S. Geological Survey says the 4.2 magnitude earthquake was recoded shortly before 10 a.m. Tuesday about 13 miles south-southeast of Medford at a depth of about one mile Earlier Tuesday, a 3.8 magnitude temblor was recorded at 5:31 a.m. less than two miles south-southeast of Perry. The earthquake occurred at a depth of about two miles. On Monday night, a 4.3 magnitude quake was recorded about three miles northeast of Medford. That quake occurred at a depth of about four miles. No damage or injuries were reported following the quakes. Geologists say earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 to 3.

  • Oklahoma athletics: Author of Port Robertson book to be honored as Sports Historian of the Year

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Dr. Edgar Frost will be honored as Oklahoma Sports Historian of the Year at an Feb. 11 luncheon in Guthrie

  • OU softball: Sooners No. 3 in ESPN.com/USA Softball preseason poll

    Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    OU softball will start the 2015 softball season ranked No. 3 nationally in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 preseason poll. Only top-ranked Florida and Oregon sit above the Sooners in the preseason rankings, released Tuesday. Alabama and Florida State round out the Top 5. Florida, the defending national champion, received 15 of 20 first-place votes, with Oregon (4) and No. 6 UCLA (1) picking up the others. The University of Tulsa, coming off a Top 20 national finish in 2014, will begin the 2015 season ranked 22nd. The ESPN/USA Softball poll is voted on by coaches representing nine Division I conferences in the 15 ASA/USA Softball regions, as well as nationl/local media members.

  • Zac Posen will give Ecco Domani bottle a stylish makeover

    Linda Miller | Updated: 9 hr ago

    Fashion designer dresses up a wine bottle for a refreshing new look

  • LGBT community forms group to battle 10 bills proposed for Oklahoma

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Updated: 8 hr ago

    A gay-rights group vowed to fight back Monday against a number of bills it feels target its members. “The LGBT community is under attack,” said Troy Stevenson, executive director of newly formed Freedom Oklahoma. “We are here to tell you that we plan on fighting back.” Freedom Oklahoma is focusing on 10 measures proposed for the upcoming legislative session.

  • Oscar poll: 7 in 10 say Hollywood not biased against minorities

    Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    The public doesn’t seem to give a hoot about the kerfuffle over the lack of minorities nominated for an academy award, and even though just 9 percent have seen “American Sniper,” it’s their choice for best movie. A new Ipsos/Reuters poll throws cold water on the racially-charged #OscarsSoWhite trend and other campaigns suggesting that the overly liberal Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was biased this year against blacks and other minorities in picking Oscar nominees. In a series of questions, the poll found that most Americans believe that Hollywood doesn’t have a “problem” with women or minorities. By a margin of 70 percent to 30 percent, the 2,385 polled said Hollywood does not have “a general problem with women.” The margin was 69 percent to 31 percent on the same question about minorities.

  • French Parents Forbidden From Naming Their Child 'Nutella'

    Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    There are few things in this world that receive as much love as Nutella -- there's even a to the holiday to commemorate the delicious hazelnut spread (it's coming up! February 5th!) Recently, one couple in France took their love for Nutella to a new level. According to French newspaper La Voix Du Nord , a court in the city of Valenciennes ruled that a baby girl's parents could not name their daughter Nutella.

  • Oklahoma groups unite to fight proposed anti-gay legislation

    By Rick M. Green, Staff Writer | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Members of LGBT community push back on proposed legislation they say targets them.

  • Sundance 2015: Intimate 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck' Doc Stuns at Premiere

    Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    "It's now my duty to completely drain you." You expected to hear  Nirvana songs playing over the MARC Theater's P.A. system before the world premiere of Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck . But when that line from Nevermind 's " Drain You " came on a few minutes before the lights dimmed, you wouldn't have guessed just how prophetic the sentiment was. A multimedia mix of the singer-songwriter's home movies, journal entries, drawings, notebook scrawlings and audio recordings (buffered, naturally, by vintage interview excerpts and concert clips), Brett Morgen's documentary is more than just a must-see for Nirvana fans.

  • Monarch butterflies rebound in Mexico, numbers still low

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The number of Monarch butterflies that reached wintering grounds in Mexico has rebounded 69 percent from last year's lowest-on-record levels, but their numbers remain very low, according to the World Wildlife Fund. Last year, the Monarchs covered only 1.65 acres (0.67 hectares), the smallest area since record-keeping began in 1993. This year, the butterflies rebounded, to cover 2.79 acres (1.13 hectares), according to a formal census by Mexican environmental authorities and scientists released Tuesday. The orange-and-black butterflies are suffering from loss of milkweed habitat in the United States, illegal logging in Mexico and climate change.

  • Northwestern Oklahoma State Sports Hall of Fame announces 2015 class

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    ALVA -- A women’s basketball star, a standout baseball pitcher and a state coaching legend will comprise the Class of 2015 in the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Sports Hall of Fame. Here are the inductees to be honored at at an 11:30 a.m. luncheon Saturday, Feb. 21 at Northwestern's Student Center Ballroom and formally inducted during halftime of the men’s basketball game vs. the University of Arkansas-Monticello later that afternoon in Percefull Fieldhouse: :  Debbie Holmes Chappell, Fred Schamburg and Milt Bassett will be enshrined in ceremonies on Saturday, Feb. 21. The twenty-third Hall of Fame class will be honored at a luncheon in the Student Center Ballroom at 11:30 a.m., -- Debbie Holmes, a native of Dover, was a star on the 1980-81 women’s team that was ranked No. 1 in the nation during the regular season and finished with a 21-2 record. She averaged 9.4 points per game that season. Holmes finished her career playing in 115 games and scoring 839 points. -- Vici native Fred Schamburg played baseball from 1978-82 and is Northwestern's career leader in victories (24) and innings pitched. In 1979, he won 11 games and established the school record for victories in a season. -- Woodward native Milt Bassett scoring touchdowns as both an offensive and defensive player as a freshman at Northwestern in 1964. He shined as a wingback and kick returner his sophomore season before a knee injury ended his career. He went on become a legendary high school football coach in Oklahoma and is executive director of the Oklahoma Coaches Association. Tickets to the luncheon are 20 per person and reservation deadline ias Feb. 12. Contact John Allen at (580) 327-8594 or  jwallen@nwosu.edu  for more information. Past inductees will be recognized during halftime of the women’s game. The women’s game will tipoff at 1 p.m., and the men’s game is scheduled for 3 p.m.

  • Fantastic Four teaser trailer released

    Matthew Price | Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

      20th Century Fox has released the teaser trailer for the  upcoming “Fantastic Four” film series reboot.  Here’s how they describe it: FANTASTIC FOUR, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. […]

  • Tom DeLonge Leaves Blink-182

    Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    After longtime guitarist tells bandmates he's taking break from group "indefinitely," Blink-182 carry on with Alkaline Trio's Matt Skiba.