• Michigan travelblog: Mount Pleasant is named half-right

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 2 hr ago

    We drove into Mount Pleasant, Mich., about 3 p.m. and soon enough figured out it was half right. I saw no mounts. If Mount Pleasant is at high altitude, it’s a gradual climb. The only mount I’ve been on this week is the three or four blocks of Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive that rise above ground level and give downtown Chicago a two-story street system. So no mount. But awfully pleasant. Mount Pleasant seems like a nice town. Quaint downtown. A bunch of cool, vintage houses. Quality campus. Mount Pleasant has a population of about 26,000; part of th ecity is on the Isabella Indian Reservation, which apparently has a major casino.

  • 6 Oklahoma problems to tackle that aren't the Ten Commandments monument

    Juliana Keeping,newsroom blog | Updated: 2 hr ago

    The saga whether or not to allow a Ten Commandments monument on the Oklahoma Capitol lawn is over. Kidding. It's not over. Attorney General Scott Pruitt has indicated he will fight an Oklahoma Supreme Court decision that the monument violates the state constitution and must be removed. Over at the NewsOK Facebook page, reaction to this latest turn of the crank in the monument saga was a resounding face palm, along with questions on how much taxpayer money will go into the effort.   Oklahoma is rife with social ills that need fighting, too. The commenters pointed out a few of them. Here are a few suggestions for lawmakers and enforcers who might need a few handy dandy ideas on what to do

  • Horse industry worries about plans to curb casino subsidies

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — Horse track operators and breeders are concerned the good times might be trotting to a close as some states move to rein in a lucrative subsidy that's helped prop up their long suffering-industry. Twenty states divert a slice of casino and slots parlors revenue to help boost horse racing prize money, according to the American Gaming Association. Bigger purses, the thinking goes, will draw the top level horses and generate more track bets, helping revive the once-popular industry. But facing budget deficits and out-of-state casino competition, some lawmakers are reassessing.

  • Odd pairing: Mattel, Uber team up for Force Friday

    Matt Patterson | Updated: 2 hr ago

    In what may be one of the strangest corporate pairings ever Uber and Mattel have teamed up for Force Friday to give free rides in its storm trooper themed vehicles in New York this weekend. Force Friday happens every year and besides a chance for Mattel and others to move loads of merchandise, it's a celebration of all things Star Wars. Riders can request it on their Uber app on their phones and rides up to 30 minutes are free. After that it's on the rider's dime. Each car comes complete with a supply of Hot Wheels die cast car and a Star Wars Force Awakens star ship can take home as as keepsake of the moment they rode in a car that was at least vaguely reminiscent of storm troopers.

  • Guide to No. 4 Guthrie at Duncan

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: 11 hr ago

    When: 7 p.m., Friday Where: Halliburton Stadium, Duncan Radio: 105.1 FM Online: GuthrieSportsPage.com 2014 records: Guthrie 10-2; Duncan 3-7 Players to watch: Guthrie — Rowdy Reihs, RB/LB. Reihs will do a little bit of everything for the Bluejays, providing a versatility that’s vital on both sides of the ball. If he has a big game, Guthrie will be tough to beat. Duncan — Hunter Kelly, LB. Duncan’s leading tackler last season with 123, Kelly returns to lead a defensive unit that returns six starters in new defensive coordinator Glennis Ring’s scheme. Storylines: Guthrie — Quarterback Zane Maltz is healthy after playing through a shoulder injury in

  • Carpenter Square Theatre premieres new plays in 2015-16 season

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 2 hr ago

    A version of this column appears in Friday's Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Carpenter Square brings new plays to Oklahoma City Good grief, Carpenter Square Theatre has big plans for its 2015-16 season. They’re good plans for local fans of timely theater. “We like to keep current and contemporary with what writers are writing, so most -- not all but most -- of our shows have been first produced within the last 10 years,” said longtime Artistic Director Rhonda Clark. “We try to do a wide variety of genres, and they’re all new shows for Oklahoma City.

  • Wildlife photographer to speak in OKC

    Matt Patterson | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Dan Myburg, a photographer and conservationist, will speak Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Oklahoma City Zoo's Rosser Education Center auditorium. His latest book "Circle of Life" captures the distinctive treasury of wildlife thriving but threatened near Botswana. Myburg also leads visitors to Africa on photo safaris. Myburg will be selling and signing his book following the presentation.  Seats are limited to 300 guests on a first-come, first-served basis. The lecture is free.  No reservations are required. For more information, call 425-0218. .

  • OSU football: New Yorker is all about orange and Oklahoma State

    BY JOHN HELSLEY | Updated: 3 hr ago

    A 19-year-old student at Erie Community College in Orchard Park, N.Y., Lozanovski has no tangible connection to OSU. As a kid growing up, he liked the way Eddie Sutton’s Cowboys made a run to the 2004 Final Four and became a bit of a fan.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Jenni Carlson

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 3 hr ago

    What should we make of Oklahoma State's performance against Central Michigan? What should we expect from the Sooners against Akron? Ask columnist Jenni Carlson on the Power Lunch chat today at 11 a.m. :

  • Friday Night Lights: Edlam has become Rasmussen family tradition over last 20 years

    BY JACOB UNRUH | Updated: 3 hr ago

    This season marks the 20th anniversary of the Edlam football series, which opens at 7 p.m. Friday at Central Oklahoma’s Wantland Stadium with Santa Fe and Edmond North.

  • Improve credit score without becoming another victim

    Veronica Davis | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Countless credit repair services claim to help, but many actually do more harm than good. There are credit companies out there that will legitimately help get your score back on track though.

  • Wiggle Out Loud family music festival grows up in its third year

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 3 hr ago

    A version of this story appears in Friday's Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Wiggle Out Loud family music and movement festival grows up in its third year If Wiggle Out Loud is Chris Wiser’s baby, the festival is going off to preschool in its third year. “We were a volunteer committee the first two years … and it was a goal that maybe if we could get it going that it would be successful and an organization with more resources would take it over,” said Wiser, co-founder of Wiggle Out Loud and half the Oklahoma City family music duo Sugar Free AllStars.

  • Pixi delivers something new with its fall beauty collection

    Linda Miller | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Pixi’s popular facial toner finally lands in the U.S. Check it out along with the company’s new fall beauty collection.

  • Clinton centenarian recalls good times

    Keith Dobbs | Updated: 4 hr ago

    At 101, Goldie Kenney doesn't need to read Oklahoma history. She's lived it

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Sept. 4, 2015: Check out the First Friday Gallery Walk in the Paseo

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 3 hr ago

    The Paseo Arts District’s First Friday Gallery Walk for September is set for 6 to 10 tonight in the history Paseo Arts District. The Gallery Walk will have 22 galleries open featuring 80 artists, who will host opening receptions promising something for everyone. Each First Friday, Paseo galleries offer guest artists’ exhibits, refreshments, live music and food trucks. This month, saxophonist Justin Young will play in the plaza, and the guest food truck Phill Me Up Cheesesteaks, an OKC cheesesteak food truck, will park and serve. The Paseo Art Space will feature PhotoFest 2015, an annual juried photography exhibition sponsored by Red River Photo Services.

  • John Fullbright planning December Oklahoma shows; tickets on sale today

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Grammy-nominated Oklahoma singer-songwriter John Fullbright will be playing two extra-big, extra-special shows in Oklahoma in December: Dec. 12 at the University of Central Oklahoma's Mitchell Hall in Edmond and Dec. 19 at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa. Tickets for both shows go on sale at 10 a.m. today. Follow the links below to buy. The Dec. 12 concert will be the third show for the Bearden native at Mitchell Hall, including the album release show for “Songs” last year. The Dec. 19 concert will be his second headlining show at Cain’s, following the successful opener for Woody Guthrie Center’s second anniversary celebration this past April. Both shows will include Fullbright and the

  • Mistakes result in opening night loss for UCO

    BY MICHAEL STEWART For the Oklahoman | Updated: 4 hr ago

    EDMOND — Central Oklahoma went into this season hoping to contend for the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association championship. The Bronchos have some work to do after starting its football season Thursday night with a 30-29 loss to Fort Hays State (Kan.) before 7,189 fans at Wantland Stadium.  Fort Hays milked the final 5:01 off the game clock with a 15-play, 85-yard drive that ended with Drew O'Brien's 19-yard field goal as time expired. The Tigers, who rallied back from a 20-point deficit, notched their first victory over UCO since 2011. Two trends were responsible for Fort Hays' comeback.

  • A weak open for US stocks as investors consider job numbers

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are opening lower after two days of gains as traders look over the latest report on the U.S. job market. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 225 points, or 1.4 percent, to 16,157 in the first few minutes of trading Friday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index gave up 23 points, or 1.2 percent, to 1,927. The Nasdaq composite slipped 52 points, or 1 percent, to 4,682. The government reported that the unemployment rate fell to a seven-year low in August as employers added a modest 173,000 jobs. The report will be a key factor as Federal Reserve officials decide whether to start raising interest rates. European markets fell after big gains the day before. U.S. government bond prices r

  • Polyphonic Spree bringing 15th anniversary tour to ACM@UCO Performance Lab

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Dallas “psychphonic” band Polyphonic Spree is bringing its 15th anniversary tour to Oklahoma City Oct. 19 for a show at the ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E Sheridan. "The Trees Are Getting Harder To Climb: 15th Anniversary of The Polyphonic Spree" tour will feature the group performing its 2002 album “The Beginning Stages of..." in its entirety, along with some deep cuts and other surprises. Tickets are $22 and are available at www.ticketstorm.com.

  • Texas State student rides her Barbie Jeep around campus after DWI arrest, Internet loves it

    Published: Fri, Sep 4, 2015

    Some people ride bikes or public transit when their licenses are suspended, but one battery-powered, Barbie Jeep-riding Texas State student is not allowing a DWI arrest stop her from getting around on her own four wheels. Tara Monroe, an industrial engineering junior, said her license was automatically suspended after refusing a breathalyzer test after a Waka Flocka concert. Her father drove to San Marcos from Kingwood, her hometown, to strip her of her vehicle, leaving her with a bike to get around. “Riding a bike around campus sucks,” she told MySA.com. “Like really sucks.”




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