• Apps give researchers more mobility

    By Sharon Burns For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Evernote and BillionGraves are iPhone apps that assist genealogists and family historians to find information about their ancestors. Evernote has the capability to create a project to-do list, record a reminder or snap a picture of a sketch on your iPhone and iPad. A note, whether it is text, images or documents, will be accessible no matter where you go. Evernote makes sure the notes you save are always easy to find. Information can be synced across your devices so you always have the information you need whether using your phone or computer. Evernote Basic is free and includes the essential features of Evernote to write notes, capture inspiration, and share with others. Upgrades to Plus, Premium, or Business for more

  • Lawmakers should learn from incentive troubles

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    LAWMAKERS seeking funds to fill a massive budget shortfall are looking at potential changes to some of Oklahoma's numerous tax incentive programs. That's sensible — with a $1.3 billion deficit looming for the fiscal year that begins July 1, a host of options should be discussed. Yet as they go forward, not just in this trying budget year but in years ahead, policymakers should glean a few lessons related to tax breaks and incentives. One is that all credits should be reviewed occasionally, to see if they're doing what they were expected to do. The Legislature wisely took a step in this direction a year ago when it approved formation of a panel whose job is to evaluate incentives and provide lawmakers with a scorecard.

  • Nature & You

    By Neil Garrison, NewsOK Contributor | Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Spectacular wild mushrooms of spring welcome return of rainy weather A frequently-heard saying goes like this: “April showers bring May flowers.” Yet, one more benefit of our rainy weather is that it spurs the miraculous overnight emergence of spectacular wild mushrooms. On one day, your home's front lawn is completely devoid of these “toadstools,” and then, a day later, they pop up out of nowhere. They are Ma Nature's garbage men. The old, dead grass clippings that have accumulated on your lawn are just the ticket for the banquet table of a batch of ravenously hungry wild mushrooms. These delicate objects are around for mere hours before they shrivel back into nothingness.

  • To downsize for move, sell, donate or trash it

    BY JIM MILLER For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    DEAR SAVVY SENIOR: Can you offer any helpful tips for downsizing? My husband and I are interested in moving to a condo downtown when we retire, but we need to get rid of a lot of our personal possessions before we can move. We've lived in the same house for almost 35 years and have accumulated tons of stuff. — Feeling Overwhelmed DEAR FEELING: The process of weeding through a house full of stuff and parting with old possessions can be difficult and overwhelming for many people. A good place to start the downsizing process is to give your unused possessions away to your kids or grandkids. You can give up to $14,000 per person per year before you're required to file a federal gift tax

  • Bed-wetter can get help but he has to make the effort

    Universal Uclick | Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    DEAR ABBY: I have a good friend who is a bed-wetter. It's obvious because he's constantly doing laundry and his home smells bad at times. We once shared a hotel room, and I was awakened in the middle of the night by a strong smell of urine. He tries to hide his problem, but seems to be doing little if anything to find a solution for it. I want to persuade him to get some help, but I don't feel comfortable saying anything, and I don't want to embarrass him. What can I do? — Concerned Friend in Michigan DEAR CONCERNED FRIEND: What would you want your friend to do if the situation were reversed, and you were the person with the bed-wetting problem? Friends communicate with each other. Talk privately with this

  • Horoscopes

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Participate in events and causes that allow you to show off your experience and skills. The feedback you receive will engender an opportunity you cannot refuse. Romance is featured. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Keep your opinions to yourself. Someone will try to manipulate or willfully misinterpret you. Discipline will be required if you want to avoid interference or a mishap. Don't take risks. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Don't feel pressured if someone around you is unpredictable. Gather your thoughts and focus on detail. What you have to offer will far exceed anyone trying to outdo you. Love is highlighted. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): An active approach to getting what you want will not please everyone,

  • OKC’s poor Game 1 defensive effort a concern

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: 10 hr ago

    SAN ANTONIO — Remember the 2014 NBA Finals? When the Spurs reached that peak level of basketball, wiping out LeBron James and the Heat with a beautiful five-game blend of ball movement, scorching shooting and textbook team defense. Saturday night felt like a duplication. It's tough to imagine even the Thunder's best performance could've held off a 1-0 series deficit. But OKC wasn't near its optimum level, which is where the concern resides. The Thunder had four days off leading up to Game 1, an NBA eternity to both rest and digest the importance of this series for the franchise's long-term outlook. Energy, presumably, wasn't an expected issue.

  • OSU sweeps Texas

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 9 hr ago

    AUSTIN, Texas — Oklahoma State exploded for four runs in the eighth inning Sunday and went on to sweep once-mighty Texas 8-4 in Big 12 baseball before 5,484 fans at Disch Falk Field. Texas (20-24 overall, 9-9 Big 12) tied the game 4-4 with a run in the seventh inning, but OSU (28-15, 12-6)  took the lead for good in its next at bat. Corey Hassel had the big hit in the eighth with a two-run single. OSU coach Josh Holliday used eight pitchers in the series finale. Starter Trey Cobb was strong, blanking Texas on three hits, no walks and a game-high six strikeouts through four innings. The Cowboys next play 6 p.m. Friday at Reynolds Stadium against Prairie View A&M. SOONERS DOWN KANSAS LAWRENCE, Kan.

  • In focus: May Day rallies

    By The Associated Press | Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    At left: Firefighters stand next to the entrance of a subway station Sunday that was set on fire by demonstrators at Place de la Republique in Paris. Saying France's worker protections are under threat, hundreds of angry youths on the sidelines of a May Day labor rally hurled stones and wood at police, receiving repeated bursts of tear gas in response. The demonstrations in Paris were part of rallies staged around the world to mark International Workers Day.

  • Sooners rout Iowa State

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 9 hr ago

    AMES, Iowa — No. 8-ranked Oklahoma extended its win streak to 16 games Sunday after whipping Iowa State 12-1 in Big 12 softball at the Cyclone Sports Complex. OU (41-7 overall, 12-1 Big 12) tallied 11 runs over the final four innings to beat Iowa State for 27th consecutive time. The Sooners have held Iowa State (19-29, 1-11) to two runs or less in 21-straight games. Freshman Fale Aviu had a career-best three hits on Sunday. OU had four players with multi-hit games. Caleigh Clifton added a solo home run and walked three times. She has reached base in 22 consecutive games, the longest streak by a Sooner this season. Jayden Chestnut and Brittany Finney split time in the circle, with Chestnut getting her eighth

  • Dodgers doubleheader at Omaha rained out

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 9 hr ago

    PAPILLION, Neb. — The Oklahoma City Dodgers' scheduled doubleheader on Sunday with Omaha was postponed due to rain. It was the second consecutive day the Dodgers and Storm Chasers lost a game to weather. Sunday's regularly scheduled game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Sept. 3 at Werner Park. Saturday night's game will be played in Oklahoma City later this season. A specific time and date will be announced later. OKC and Omaha split the two games they did get to play. Now the Dodgers return to Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark to start a four-game homestand against the New Orlenas Zephyrs. Monday's game begins at 7:05 p.m.

  • May brings festive fun

    Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Hundreds of visitors made their way to Norman's Andrews Park on Saturday and Sunday for the 43rd annual May Fair Arts Festival. The two-day event drew more than 60 artists and craftsmen, who showed their skills and offered their wares. The event also included musicians, a 5k run and children's art activities. The May Fair Arts Festival is sponsored by The Assistance League of Norman.

  • What we're talking about

    By The Associated Press | Updated: 8 hr ago

    • PLAYGROUND CONCUSSIONS: Playground concussions are on the rise, according to a government study, and monkey bars and swings are most often involved. • MAN UNITED-LEICESTER: The 5,000-to-1 long shot Leicester squad misses its first chance to clinch the Premier League title, drawing 1-1 at Manchester United, and falling short of winning the most unlikely championship victory in English soccer. • N. KOREA-CONGRESS-KIM JONG UN'S MOMENT: North Korea is preparing to hold a major congress of its ruling party, a once-in-a-generation event intended to showcase Kim Jong Un as the county's sole leader and provide a window into what his plans are for the country's economy and military in the years ahead.

  • In Iraq, protests disband after IS group carries out second bombing

    By SUSANNAH GEORGE and SINAN SALAHEDDIN Associated Press | Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    IRAQ | BAGHDAD — Anti-government protesters disbanded at least temporarily Sunday from the heavily fortified Green Zone they had stormed a day earlier after the Islamic State group carried out its second major attack in Iraq in as many days — a pair of car bombs that killed more than 30 people. The country's political crisis intensified Saturday when hundreds of supporters of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr tore down walls and poured into the zone that is home to the seat of the Iraqi government and most foreign embassies. Loudspeaker announcements on Sunday evening urged protesters to leave peacefully. When the call came, hundreds calmly packed up and left, carrying flags and overnight bags away with them.

  • World news briefs

    From wire reports | Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Missionaries killed JAMAICA | KINGSTON — Jamaican police said Sunday that two U.S. missionaries were found slain in a rural area of the Caribbean island that has long struggled with high rates of violent crime. In a statement, the Jamaica Constabulary Force identified the two men as Randy Hentzel, 48, and Harold Nichols, 53. Their battered bodies were found in bushes in separate areas of St. Mary parish. There had been no arrests, and investigators made no comment about a possible motive. Car bomb in Turkey TURKEY | ANKARA — A car bomb struck the entrance of a Turkish police station Sunday in the southern city of Gaziantep, killing two police officers and wounding 22 other people in a day marred by

  • Miami rolls past Charlotte in Game 7

    By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer | Updated: 8 hr ago

    MIAMI — Dwyane Wade took a moment before tipoff Sunday to reflect on all that his Miami Heat endured this season. They lost Chris Bosh at the All-Star break to a blood clot for a second consecutive year, forcing them to significantly change their style of play. They handled injuries, saw assistant coach Keith Smart deal with cancer treatment that took him away from the team and reshaped their roster in free-agent deals and trades. In that moment, Wade realized how it all made his team stronger. “I'm not a prophet or anything,” Wade said, “but I knew we were winning this game.” How right he was.

  • Energy FC ties Seattle in club’s first road match of season

    From Staff Reports | Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    TUKWILLA, Wash. — Oklahoma City Energy FC tied Seattle 1-1 in United Soccer League action on Sunday. Seattle struck first, scoring on a breakdown in the Energy defense in the 20th minute. The Energy (1-1-2) would need all five minutes of added time in the second half to get the draw. After playing the full 90, the referee signaled a minimum of five minutes of stoppage time. The Energy made a few late pushes but failed to convert on any chances. Danni Konig headed a ball toward the goal in the 93rd minute but couldn't score. Moments later, he chipped a shot just over the crossbar. It looked as if the Energy, which outshot Seattle, was not going to get a result.

  • Warriors whip Portland in opener

    By JANIE McCAULEY AP Sports Writer | Updated: 8 hr ago

    OAKLAND, Calif. — From the opening tip, Klay Thompson shot lights-out and even heaved one in from way out in Stephen Curry territory. Draymond Green began yapping from the start while doing his thing to make plays every which way, calling on his teammates to bring an edge on defense. With Curry sidelined because of a sprained right knee, Green and Thompson took charge again. Their supporting cast came through in the clutch, too. Thompson scored 37 points in another brilliant performance as his fellow “Splash Brother” watched injured, and the Golden State Warriors dominated once more without their MVP to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 118-106 Sunday in the opener of the Western Conference semifinals.

  • New York Jets looking for a Beckham of their own

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    The New York Jets have invited Terron Beckham, a cousin of Giants star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., to attend their rookie minicamp next week on a tryout basis. Mike Celli, the agent for Terron Beckham, announced on Twitter on Saturday night — a few hours after the NFL draft concluded — that the Jets offered his client an opportunity. The 23-year-old Beckham is a running back who last played football in high school. Listed at 5-foot-11 and 223 pounds, Terron Beckham has been a personal trainer the last few years. But he had the urge to follow in the football footsteps of his famous cousin. He had an impressive performance at a pro day at TEST Sports Club in New Jersey in early April in front of a handful of

  • Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter

    By DEMETRIS NELLAS Associated Press | Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    GREECE | ATHENS — With “Holy Fire,” fireworks and solemn Masses, Orthodox Christians around the world celebrated Easter on Sunday, commemorating the day followers believe that Jesus was resurrected more than 2,000 years ago. Roman Catholics and Protestants marked Easter in March, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. Eastern Orthodox churches celebrated Easter this week, using the older Julian calendar. In Greece, the faithful attended Easter Mass holding candles lighted with “Holy Fire” from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.