• Patriotism, optimism and good debate

    Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    The Fourth of July is a time to remember Americans who have contributed much to their country, and this Fourth weekend is a good time to remember two such Americans who died in recent weeks — Allen Weinstein and Ben Wattenberg. Both were sons of Jewish immigrants, born in the 1930s and raised in the Bronx, which then had the highest Jewish percentage of any American county and also large Irish, Italian and black communities. The Bronx was one of the heartlands of American liberalism, and Weinstein and Wattenberg as young adults were proud liberal Democrats. But while both remained liberals in many respects, they were willing to challenge leftist orthodoxy.

  • Obama is displaying a new ‘bucket’ attitude

    Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    One of the most ironic things about U.S. presidents is how soon after they get comfortable with the job that it’s over. That’s a happy thought to those who can’t wait to see President Barack Obama go — as the ranks of hopeful Republican candidates grow well past a dozen. But the president’s attitude? “Bucket.” That’s what he said with a shrug, you may remember, during his comedic speech at this spring’s White House Correspondents dinner, broadcast live on C-SPAN. “After the midterm elections, my advisers asked me, ‘Mr. President, do you have a bucket list?’ “ he mockingly recalled. “And I said, ‘Well, I have something that rhymes with bucket list.

  • Events

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    Celebrating the Fourth Independence Day celebrations in the Oklahoma City area include:   LibertyFest, Edmond, ongoing through Saturday: Featuring Oklahoma’s largest hometown parade, LibertyFest in Edmond offers a variety of family friendly events, including a free watermelon feed, live entertainment and a road rally. Information: http://www.liberty fest.org/    Bethany Freedom Festival, Saturday: The fun begins at 10 a.m. in Eldon Lyon Park with a parade, carnival rides, a classic car show, food and craft vendors, and children’s activities. The Chris Henson Band will perform at 6 p.m., followed by fireworks at 10. More information: http://cityof bethany.

  • Harris trimming weight in an effort to further career

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Heritage Hall coaches Andy and Brett Bogert sat down before last season to deliver a tough, but encouraging, message to their massive and talented lineman Luther Harris. The message was simple: lose weight and you can play college football. “We were worried he wasn’t going to make it back for the season last year for a while,” said Brett Bogert, now the Chargers’ head coach. “He put on all of that weight and then he kicked it in gear.” Harris was up to almost 390 pounds following offseason surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament. As a freshman, he was playing both offensive tackle and defensive tackle at 330 pounds. “I could tell, but at the same time I have a

  • Tyrone Lewis gave up bright stages and big paychecks to go back to El Reno and live his American Dream

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Updated: 8 hr ago

    EL RENO – Tyrone Lewis made a decision as a freshman at El Reno. He let people know about it, too. “I’m going to be the head coach here,” he would say. It was a quite a proclamation for a kid who’d done anything to get kicked out of school only a few years earlier. Pick a fight. Talk back. He hated being there, so lots of days, he’d find a way out. But wrestling changed all that. Wrestling became his way out. Now, he’s hoping to introduce a new generation to the sport that transformed his life. He became a state champion at El Reno and an All-American at Oklahoma State. He wrestled all around the world and fell just short of the Olympics.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Time for Mitch McGary to strut his stuff

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Updated: 8 hr ago

    The day that Mitch McGary has looked forward to for weeks has finally come. And when the Thunder opens play in the 2015 Orlando Pro Summer League on Saturday afternoon, all eyes will be on him. But it won’t just be because McGary is the only roster player competing for the Thunder this week. He also has a lot to prove, starting with showing that he can stay on the court. In his previous three seasons, McGary has appeared in 91 total games. Eight of those came in the D-League. Four were in last year’s summer league. Take away those and McGary’s 79 total games from his freshman and sophomore seasons in college, as well as his rookie season with the Thunder, leave him three shy of a full 82-game NBA

  • Longtime Carl Albert coach resigns

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    MIDWEST CITY — The architect of one of the state’s top baseball programs walked away from his post earlier this week. Carl Albert coach Wayne Dozier officially resigned as baseball coach Tuesday, he told The Oklahoman. The resignation ends a 17-year tenure that saw the Titans capture five state championships, win more than 550 ballgames and produce six professional baseball players. “It’s just time,” Dozier said. “It’s time to do something else.” Dozier, 51, will remain the assistant softball coach and a teacher with the school.

  • Tuning In

    Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    SATURDAY MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 7 p.m. Omaha at OKC KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 10 a.m. S. Francisco at Washington MLBN (Cox 264) Noon Kansas City at N.Y. Yankees FS1 (Cox 67) 1 p.m. San Diego at St. Louis FSPLUS (Cox 68)/KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM 3 p.m. Seattle at Oakland MLBN (Cox 264) 6 p.m. N.Y. Mets at L.A. Dodgers KOKH-25 (Cox 12)/KTOK-AM 1000 8 p.m. L.A. Angels at Texas FSPLUS (Cox 68)/KRXO-FM 107.7 9 p.m. Colorado at Arizona MLBN (Cox 264) AUTO RACING 1:30 p.m. Xfinity Qualifying NBCSN (Cox 251) 3:30 p.m. Sprint Cup Qualifying NBCSN (Cox 251) 6:30 p.m. Xfinity Series NBCSN (Cox 251) GOLF 7 a.m. Open de France GOLF (Cox 60) Noon

  • A look at 11 shark attacks off Carolinas in 2015

    By The Associated Press | Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. — At least 11 people have been attacked along the Carolinas coast this year, seven in North Carolina and four in South Carolina. Most of the attacks have occurred since June 11. The seven attacks in North Carolina are the most recorded in one year since the Florida Museum of Natural History’s International Shark Attack File began keeping records 80 years ago. The highest previous total was five attacks in 2010. Here are details of the attacks: • May 15: A 30-year-old man was bitten by a shark while swimming off Sullivans Island, S.C. • June 11: A 13-year-old girl suffered small cuts to her foot at Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.

  • Serena escapes in three sets, Venus next

    By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer | Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    LONDON — Twice, Serena Williams stood merely two points from a loss at Wimbledon against a British opponent buoyed by a roaring, flag-waving Centre Court crowd. Twice, Williams was oh-so-close to the end of her bid for a fourth consecutive major title — and for the third leg of a calendar-year Grand Slam. And twice, pushed to the precipice, Williams regrouped, resisted and wound up winning, as she so often does. Stomping her foot after misses, alternately screaming in delight or despair, even wagging her finger at fans who booed her, the No. 1-seeded Williams overcame a surprisingly staunch challenge from 59th-ranked Heather Watson and emerged with

  • Women's World Cup Notebook

    AP | Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Battle of the Best for World Cup Sunday’s Women’s World Cup final at B.C. Place will pit, for the first time in the history of women’s international soccer, the defending Olympic medalists (USA) against the reigning world champions (Japan) in a title match. They are the two best teams to emerge from the 24-team field. The Americans enjoy a substantial 24-1-6 series advantage, but they aren’t taking any for granted. “In order to be the best team in the world at the World Cup, you have to beat the best teams,” striker Abby Wambach said. “We just beat the No. 1 team in the world in Germany and now we face Japan, another team that we have so much respect for.

  • What’s up with Kanter’s contract?

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    While the free-agent signings come in waves around the NBA, the waiting continues for Enes Kanter and the Thunder to agree to a deal. It seems inevitable that Kanter winds up with the Thunder, since even if Kanter takes his negotiations to other teams, the Thunder can match the offer. So what’s the hangup? Why the delay? A few things could be holding it up. 1) Kanter’s camp is waiting on the DeAndre Jordan and LaMarcus Aldridge decisions, which will clear up the market for centers. Jordan chose Dallas on Friday. Aldridge, who knows what he’s doing? Virtually all the other notable big men have cast their claim. Marc Gasol is not even talking to other teams and expected to re-sign with Memphis. Brook Lopez stayed in

  • Morning Roundup

    AP | Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    U.S. Men’s team cruises in friendly against Gautamala Clint Dempsey converted a penalty kick in his return from a suspension for a confrontation with a referee, Timmy Chandler scored his first international goal and the United States routed Guatemala 4-0 Friday night in an exhibition ahead of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Just after goalkeeper Paulo Motta saved Jozy Altidore’s penalty kick, the Americans went ahead on an own goal in the 19th minute, when Carlos Castrillo headed a cross from 6 yards into his own goal. Chandler doubled the lead in the 58th minute. Dempsey, replaced as captain by Michael Bradley, converted the penalty kick in the 72nd minute after Castrillo fouled Bradley. Chris Wondolowski

  • Top state court may look at blocking Tulsa grand jury

    By ALLEN REED Associated Press | Updated: 6 hr ago

    The Oklahoma Supreme Court said Thursday it will consider whether to stop a grand jury inquiry into an embattled sheriff whose longtime friend and volunteer deputy fatally shot an unarmed man. Attorneys for Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz want justices to toss out a lower court’s decision to empanel a grand jury on July 20. The state Supreme Court late Thursday appointed a referee to hear evidence and arguments in the case on July 14. More than 6,600 Tulsa residents petitioned for the investigation into whether Glanz neglected his duties and whether reservists who gave gifts to the sheriff were shown special treatment. Glanz’s lawyers say some signatures were gathered improperly and the petition should be

  • Could insulin pills prevent diabetes?

    By LINDSEY TANNER AP Medical Writer | Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    ILLINOIS | CHICAGO — For nearly a century, insulin has been a life-saving diabetes treatment. Now scientists are testing a tantalizing question: What if pills containing the same medicine patients inject every day could also prevent the disease? Hayden Murphy, 13, of Plainfield, Ill., is helping researchers determine if the strategy works for Type 1 diabetes, the kind that is usually diagnosed in childhood. If it does, he might be able to avoid the lifetime burdens facing his 5-year-old brother, Weston. They include countless finger pricks and blood sugar checks, and avoiding playing too hard or eating too little, which both can cause dangerous blood sugar fluctuations. Hayden Murphy is among more

  • Rescued sea lion dies at Oklahoma City Zoo

    By Matt Patterson Staff Writermpatterson@oklahoman.com | Updated: 6 hr ago

    A sea lion that came to the Oklahoma City Zoo via a California rescue organization has died, zoo spokeswoman Tara Henson said. When staff arrived for work Friday morning, Jaxon was found dead in his pool at Aquaticus. The 2-year-old sea lion had come to the zoo in May from The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, Calif., along with a second sea lion, 3-year-old Hendrix. Both animals had been rehabilitated by The Marine Mammal Center after they were found stranded and in distress. Strandings have become a problem in California this year as more than 3,000 sea lions have needed human intervention. “There is some thought the population is so large they have reached their threshold,” Oklahoma City Zoo marine mammal

  • NBA Notebook

    Associated Press | Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Rondo chooses Sacramento A person with direct knowledge of the deal says the Sacramento Kings and point guard Rajon Rondo have agreed to a one-year deal for $10 million. Rondo’s addition comes hours after the Kings and shooting guard Marco Belinelli agreed to a $19 million, three-year contract Friday, another person familiar with that deal said. Rondo is trying to recover from a brief but tumultuous tenure in Dallas. He was benched several times by Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle after coming over in a December trade from Boston, where he helped the Celtics win the 2008 title and return to the NBA Finals in 2010.

  • What we're talking about

    By The Associated Press | Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    AETNA-HUMANA: Aetna will spend $37 billion to buy rival Humana and become the latest health insurer bulking up on government business as the industry adjusts to the federal health care overhaul. GREECE-BAILOUT: People are rallying on both sides of a referendum that will decide Greece’s future as polls show a dead heat. Voters are being asked whether to accept creditor proposals to cut spending and increase taxes in return for rescue loans, with the government advocating a “no” vote it says will give it a stronger bargaining position. Opposition parties say the vote Sunday is for Greece’s survival in the euro currency and the European Union. GAZA-LION CUBS: Palestinians allow lion cubs back into Gaza after delay in

  • Third state case of West Nile virus confirmed

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 7 hr ago

    An Ellis County resident is the third Okla​homan confirmed to have contracted West Nile virus this year, the state Health Department reported Thursday. The resident, whose gender wasn’t released, is between 18 and 50 years old. One resident each in McIntosh County and Okfuskee County contracted the virus earlier in the summer.  West Nile virus is spread to humans, horses and birds through the bite of an infected mosquito.  More than 80 percent of people who are exposed to West Nile virus never become sick. Of those who become sick, most people will have a mild illness called West Nile fever, which lasts two to 10 days.

  • Solar plane breaks record

    By AUDREY McAVOY Associated Press | Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    HAWAII | KAPOLEI — A plane powered by the sun’s rays landed in Hawaii on Friday after a record-breaking five-day journey across the Pacific Ocean. Pilot Andre Borschberg and his single-seat aircraft landed at Kalaeloa, a small airport outside Honolulu. His nearly 118-hour voyage from Nagoya, Japan, broke the record for the world’s longest nonstop solo flight, his team said. Borschberg flew the Solar Impulse 2 without fuel. Instead, its wings were equipped with 17,000 solar cells that powered propellers and charged batteries. The plane ran on stored energy at night. “Nobody now can say that renewable energies cannot do the impossible,” he said.