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  • More About the Billboard and the Maywood Apartments

    Steve Lackmeyer | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    Live tweeting at public meetings has its drawbacks. Such was the case at the Downtown Design Review meeting on Thursday. I tweeted out what was said by Mark Tolson, architect on the second phase of the Maywood apartment development. He told the committee that Lamar advertising had refused to consider any changes to a billboard […]

  • Where have baseball's 20-game winners gone?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    The Twins’ Phil Hughes, the Athletics’ Scott Kazmir, the Tigers’ Rick Porcello and the Tigers’ Max Scherzer are tied for the American League lead with 14 victories each. Which means they are on pace to finish with 18 wins. More evidence that baseball has changed. Only four times in baseball history — going back to […]

  • Oklahoma Capitol repair bonds authorization begins

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    Oklahoma officials are beginning the process of authorizing $120 million in bonds to renovate the state’s nearly century-old Capitol. Legislation authorizing a 10-year bond issue to repair the Capitol building goes into effect on Friday, 90 days after it was signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin. The Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority has scheduled a meeting on Monday to begin the process of authorizing bonds to pay for repairs to the Capitol. The 452,000-square-foot Capitol was constructed between 1914 and 1917 for $1.5 million. Now, the building’s facade is crumbling and barricades have cordoned off the south side of the structure since 2011 to prevent visitors from climbing the steps of the south portico

  • Bond hearing set for accused Tulsa officer

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    TULSA — A veteran Tulsa police officer charged in the off-duty fatal shooting of his daughter’s boyfriend earlier this month is set to ask a judge that he be released on bond. Court records indicate attorneys for Shannon Kepler are scheduled to ask a district judge Friday to set bond, saying Kepler is not a flight risk. Kepler pleaded not guilty earlier this week in the Aug. 5 shooting death of 19-year-old Jeremey Lake. Kepler has been held without bond since the shooting and his case is set for a preliminary hearing on Oct. 22. Kepler’s attorney, Richard O’Carroll, said earlier this week that there isn’t one credible witness to the event. Prosecutors countered that it’s improper for attorneys to try

  • MH17 bodies returned as Malaysia battles fallout

    Updated: 47 min ago

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Carried by soldiers and draped in the national flag, coffins carrying Malaysian victims of Flight MH17 returned home Friday to a country still searching for those onboard another doomed jet and a government battling the political fallout of both tragedies. The bodies and ashes of 20 victims from the Malaysia Airlines jet that was shot down over eastern Ukraine in July were given full military honors and a day of national mourning was declared, the first for civilians in the country's five-decade history. Many people in offices in the nation of 30 million observed a minute's silence as the hearses were driven from the tarmac of Kuala Lumpur International Airport to private funerals.

  • Gaza militants kill 18 alleged spies for Israel

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza gunmen killed 18 alleged spies for Israel on Friday, including seven who were lined up behind a mosque and shot after midday prayers, in response to Israel's deadly airstrikes against top Hamas military commanders. Hamas media portrayed the killings as the beginning of a new crackdown, under the rallying cry of "choking the necks of the collaborators." It was the largest number of suspected informers killed by Hamas in a single day since it seized Gaza by force in 2007. The Al Majd website, which is close to the Hamas security services, said suspects would now be dealt with "in the field" rather than in the courts in order to create deterrence.

  • Iraq militants kill 46 in attack on Sunni mosque

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Militants targeted a Sunni mosque in a province next to the Iraqi capital during weekly prayers on Friday, killing at least 46 people and wounding over 50 as members of the Islamic State group continue to push through the area, officials said. An army officer and a police officer said a suicide bomber first broke into the Musab bin Omair Mosque in Imam Wais village in Diyala province, some 120 kilometers (75 miles) northeast of Baghdad, detonating his explosives before gunmen rushed in and opened fire on worshippers. The officials said that fighters with the Islamic State group have been trying to convince members of two prominent local Sunni tribes — the Oal-Waisi and al-Jabour — to join them but they ha

  • Police: Brooklyn Bridge flags back on US soil

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The two American flags swiped from the Brooklyn Bridge and replaced with white ones are back on U.S. soil. New York Police Department spokesman Sgt. Carlos Nieves said Friday that the flags are in the United States. He did not know their exact location. Two German artists claimed responsibility for the July 22 stunt. Berlin-based artists Mischa Leinkauf and Mattias Wermke said they replaced the flags atop the bridge with bleached-out versions as a tribute to public art and to the bridge's architect. They confirmed in an email Friday that the flags have been returned to U.S. officials. The flag switch raised questions about security on one of New York's most visible landmarks.

  • Parents had hoped to negotiate with Foley captors

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The parents of slain journalist James Foley said they regarded an email they received from his captors last week as a hopeful sign they could negotiate with the Islamic militants. Speaking on NBC's "Today," John and Diane Foley from Rochester, New Hampshire, said they had last heard from the captors via several emails in December. John Foley said he was excited to see the latest email, even though it threatened execution, because he hoped they would be willing to negotiate. "I underestimated that point," John Foley said of the threat. "I did not realize how brutal they were." Foley, 40, was kidnapped in Syria in November 2012. In the last email, Foley's Islamic State captors demanded $132.

  • Ukraine: Russian aid convoy is a 'direct invasion'

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    DAVYDO-MYKILSKE, Ukraine (AP) — Russia sent dozens of aid trucks into rebel-held eastern Ukraine on Friday without Kiev's approval, saying its patience had worn out with the Ukrainian government's stalling tactics. Ukraine called the move a "direct invasion." The unilateral move sharply raised the stakes in eastern Ukraine, for any attack on the convoy could draw the Russian military directly into the conflict between the Ukrainian government in Kiev and separatist rebels in the east. Ukraine has long accused Russia of supporting and arming the rebels, a charge Russia denies.

  • Ice bucket challenge goes awry, firefighters hurt

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A charity stunt that has grown into a social media phenomenon went terribly wrong for four Kentucky firefighters when a fire truck's ladder got too close to a power line after they dumped water on college students who were taking part in an "ice bucket challenge." Campbellsville Police Chief Tim Hazlette said the power line was never touched Thursday morning, but it carried such a high voltage that it was able to energize the ladder truck, shocking the firefighters. The two in the bucket were at a hospital burn unit early Friday. One was in critical condition and the other was in fair condition, the hospital said. The other firefighters were treated and released.

  • Tulsa dentist accused of unsanitary practices to give up his license

    By GINNIE GRAHAM - Tulsa World | Updated: 2 hr ago

    A Tulsa oral surgeon found to have possibly exposed up to 5,000 patients to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C may be permanently barred from practicing as of Friday. An agenda item for the regular meeting of the Oklahoma State Board of Dentistry states “discussion and possible action to accept permanent surrender of license and agreed order” in the case against Dr. W. Scott Harrington. The meeting is at 9 a.m. Friday in Oklahoma City. Read the full story at

  • More heat Friday in central Oklahoma, advisory issued in Tulsa area

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    Oklahomans are enduring another wave of hot weather. Temperatures will be near 97 degrees in Oklahoma City Friday.

  • Criminal investigation is underway into possible public corruption, campaign violations

    BY NOLAN CLAY, Staff Writer | Updated: 10 hr ago

    Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater confirmed the criminal investigation, saying there is a lot of information to review and witnesses to interview.

  • Gov. Nixon taking National Guard out of Ferguson

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old nearly two weeks ago. Since the guard's arrival Monday, flare-ups in the small section of town that had been the center of unrest have begun to subside. The quietest night was overnight Wednesday into Thursday, when police arrested only a handful of people in the protest zone. "The last two nights have been really good. I feel we're making progress," Nixon told KMOX-AM, noting that a state of emergency remained in effect in Ferguson. About 100 people gathered Thursday evening, walking in

  • More victims are possible in Oklahoma City police sex crime case

    By LeighAnne Manwarren, Staff Writer | Updated: 10 hr ago

    Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw was arrested about 3 p.m. Thursday. He is accused of sexually assaulting at least six women while on patrol in the Springlake division.

  • West Nile case confirmed in Tulsa County

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 12 hr ago

    A Tulsa County resident has contracted West Nile virus, the second Oklahoman sickened by the virus this season.

  • Medical marijuana backers in Oklahoma miss signature requirement for spot on ballot

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Updated: 12 hr ago

    Tulsa-based Oklahomans for Health’s medical marijuana initiative drive in Oklahoma collected about half of the signatures needed to put the issue on ballot.

  • Oklahoma rally speakers say police killing in Ferguson, Mo., could happen anywhere

    By Jennifer Palmer, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    About 100 people of different races gathered for a rally at the Oklahoma Capitol on Thursday, moved to action by unrest in Missouri following the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager.

  • Two Bristow residents die in Oklahoma wreck

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 12 hr ago

    Two people died Thursday after a traffic accident in Creek County, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.