• 7 times Oklahoma was featured on 'The Daily Show'

    Richard Hall | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Jon Stewart has always had a way of sharing his thoughts on current affairs, and he did it for 16 years as host of "The Daily Show." Thursday's episode is Stewart's last, and he'll definitely be missed. He, in many ways, is the voice of a generation, and his ability to put ridiculousness on blast is unparalleled. Oklahoma has made its way onto the show a good number of times. No doubt many of these instances were Stewart being critical (yet hilarious!) about the political landscape our state currently finds itself in, but it's hard for anyone to argue against the points he made and the passionate (and hilarious!) way he made them. Love him or hate him, Stewart called it liked he saw it, and that's what makes

  • Mickey Mantle card fetches more than $380,000; Record sale set by Oklahoman's card

    Linda Lynn | Updated: 16 hr ago

    It's enough to make you dig out your old baseball cards stashed in the worn cigar box in the closet. This past weekend, a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle baseball card sold for $330,000 at auction, while a PSA graded "8" Mantle card sold for more than $380,000. His 1966 game-worn jersey fetched for more than $322,000.  Mantle, who was born in Spavinaw, moved to Commerce with his family as a baby. Known as the "Commerce Comet" in high school, Mantle played for the New York Yankees from 1951 to 1968. In 1974, he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The high bid for Mantle's baseball card is believed to have set an all-time record for baseball card auctions.

  • Watermelon: Time to celebrate the fruit, er vegetable

    Linda Lynn | Updated: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    I have yet to find the perfect watermelon this season.  I'm looking for that deep red hue, not overripe, sweet and refreshing. Perhaps I could find the ultimate melon in Rush Springs this weekend. The annual Rush Springs Watermelon Festival will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday in Jeff Davis Park. In addition to a seed-spitting contest and other events, there will be lots and lots of free watermelon. To get you ready for this festival of oval proportions, here are some facts about watermelon as well as ideas on what you can do with a watermelon: 1. Today is National Watermelon Day, so you might want to start your taste-testing.

  • We want to share your annual back-to-school pictures

    Alan Herzberger | Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Line your children up next to the front door. Or the mailbox. Or the tree in the yard. Wherever you take the annual picture, get ready to set them up for another photo.  School is about to be back in session.  Oklahoma City schools open for class on Monday. Deer Creek starts on Aug. 13. Millwood starts on Aug. 17. Then a whole bunch of other suburban districts go to class on Aug. 19 and Aug. 20. That's Moore, Yukon and Mid-Del on the 19th and Edmond, Norman and Putnam City on the 20th.  For the next three weeks, we want to see all those traditional back-to-school photos you take next to the front door (or by the mailbox or by the tree in the yard).  We see those photos

  • Blue Moon might be shy in the sky tonight

    Linda Lynn | Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    With partly cloudy skies forecast for tonight, you might not have the best view of the blue moon. But don't let that deter you from looking toward the sky in search of the white celestial sphere. What is a blue moon?  A blue moon doesn't mean the moon will turn blue, although that would be pretty interesting to see. A blue moon is the second full moon that occurs within one month. Tonight, the blue moon will rise at 8:43 p.m. from the northeast. But, if the clouds don't cooperate, here are photos of other blue moons:   And, if you just enjoy breathtaking views of a "regular" full moon, continue on.

  • 7 Oklahomans who are running for president

    Richard Hall | Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    If you didn't hear, there (currently) are seven Oklahomans who, as of right now, are running for president in 2016. The seven break down like this: three Republicans, two Democrats, one Independent and one Libertarian. Do they stand a chance? Ehhh... You let us know. Here are the 7 Oklahomans who are running for president. (Also, all the awesome images of new and improved presidents come courtesy of artist Jason Heuser.) [pagebreak] No.

  • Now you know: 5 interesting facts to begin your week with (Vol. 1; July 27, 2015)

    Richard Hall | Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    It's good to know things. And you're probably bored at work (which is why you clicked on this), so how about you learn a thing or five? Here are 5 interesting facts to begin your work week with! [pagebreak] <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; text-transform: uppercase; font-family: Helvetica; color: #fff; background-color: #0099e6; font-size: 30px; padding: 5px 5px 5px 5px;"><strong>No. 5 - Becoming bilingual<br /></strong></p> Do you have dreams of becoming an astronaut? Great! First hurdle: Learn Russian. (Or, if you're Russian, learn English.

  • Join us for an Instameet at the Oklahoma City National Memorial

    Tiffany Gibson | Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Looking for something to do this weekend? Join us for another Instameet in Oklahoma City. This time we'll be at the Oklahoma City National Memorial from 8-11 a.m. on Saturday, July 25 with Bedford Camera & Video. Bring your DSLR, smartphone or action camera. All level of photographers are welcome, and Sigma will be loaning out lens for you to try for free!  Hope to see you there!  #Repost @ditboy with @repostapp. ・・・ INSTAMEET SATURDAY JULY 25 AT THE OKC NATIONAL MEMORIAL 8 AM Sponsored by Bedford's Camera, Sigma lenses and The Oklahoman.

  • 5 of the creepiest places from around the world

    Richard Hall | Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    The world is a big, beautiful place. A big, beautiful placed filled with some extremely creepy spots, like the ones mentioned in this blog post. You up to learning about some of these places? Here are 5 scary and creepy places from around the world. [pagebreak] No. 5 - Where tugboats go to die The next time you take a family vacation to New York, be sure to check out one of the hottest tourist attractions in the state: the Staten Island Boat Graveyard, aka the "accidental marine museum." It's basically where

  • Another case for using The Oklahoman’s ‘Go Code’

    Alan Herzberger | Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    Eddie Roach came to my desk Tuesday morning. A customer says she can’t vote in the daily poll anymore, he said. She voted every day on the daily poll question that’s published in the newspaper. She used her phone and voted. But now she can’t. Eddie’s one of the most interesting men in our company. As he puts it, he knows where many of the bodies are buried here at The Oklahoman Media Company. He worked in The Oklahoman’s newsroom in the late 1970s and has filled many roles at the company off and on since. Currently, he manages projects, studies analytics and is often a source for the customer support team -- because he's the guy who can answer a lot of questions customers might

  • Rejoice, Americans: McDonald's to serve breakfast all day long (coming soon!)

    Richard Hall | Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    I was browsing the Internet and came across this link, which has this to say: All-day breakfast at McDonald’s is an apparent success. According to an internal company memo obtained by the Wall Street Journal, McDonald’s operators are being advised to prepare for a nationwide extension of the all-day breakfast platform as early as October. Soon you can have fries with your egg McMuffin, anytime you want. And that's a beautiful thing.

  • What about all the good things cops do? (Like this brilliant idea)

    Richard Hall | Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    We've all been there: You find a good deal for something on craigslist or on a local Facebook buy/sell/trade group, but you're not sure where to meet the person to get the deal done. Most people opt to meet in a public, well-lit and traveled place. Like a grocery store or a gas station. But some lucky cities have another option: The "citizen exchange safety zone" at the local police department. Like the one pictured below in La Porte, Texas: It's a pretty great idea, if you ask me, and you can read more about the La Porte operation here.

  • PHOTOS: OKC Zoo Instameet winner announced

    BY TIFFANY GIBSON, tgibson@opubco.com | Updated: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    We recently took a trip to the Oklahoma City Zoo and met with local photographers for an Instameet. After a week of editing and uploading photos with the tag #InstameetOKCZoo, we finally have our winner: Congrats to our overall #InstameetOKCZoo winner, @ggrozny! There were so many great photos, and we hope to feature many of them in a gallery on our site this week.

  • Remember when American hero Buzz Aldrin punched a moon landing truther in the face in 2002?

    Richard Hall | Updated: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Remember that time Buzz Aldrin punched a guy in the face?

  • These photos are how we'll remember Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert as a country power couple

    Linda Lynn | Updated: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    From the outside looking in, country music's royal couple, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, were the perfect match. And, Oklahomans eagerly embraced the duo. They were, after all, one of us. Shelton, an Ada native, moved from Nashville back to Oklahoma, settling in Tishomingo. Lambert moved in a few miles away. After five years of courtship, the couple announced their engagement in 2010.  But, their country song doesn't have a happy ending. It was confirmed today they are divorced. The following pages are a look through happier times, a history of photos of the country couple as they became Oklahoma's star duo.  [pagebreak] This is Blake and Miranda in 2008 at The Grammys.

  • Special series 'Saving the Last Dance' available now for all readers

    Alan Herzberger | Updated: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    The 'Saving the Last Dance' series made its run in The Oklahoman beginning in late June as an exclusive to subscribers. It ran four consecutive days in the newspaper and on Oklahoman.com and the other digital offerings from The Oklahoman. Subscribers were able to read the series by Juliana Keeping and share Shannon Primeau's experience through online videos and photo galleries before everyone else.  I wrote about the series three weeks ago: That's just another benefit to being a subscriber. You can read what will certainly be award-winning story-telling before everyone else. Sure, everyone else will see breaking news and trending updates next week (that stuff is good, too), but only The Oklahoman's

  • Go Codes let you 'watch' the newspaper

    Alan Herzberger | Updated: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    The pictures don't move. The faces don't talk to you. That’s the reality for our readers who hold the physical copy of the newspaper. It's an outstanding reading experience. But it’s still paper. Here at The Oklahoman, we’ve taken the next step to make that newspaper come alive and interact with you. That step is our ‘Go Codes.’ We launched the Go Codes this week. They began appearing in the Tuesday newspaper, and we’ve had them in every edition since. The Go Codes let you 'watch' the newspaper. In about 5 seconds (or maybe 10 if you have a slow internet connection), you can see a video or flip through a photo gallery that goes with the story you are reading

  • Instameet the animals with NewsOK

    Alan Herzberger | Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Bring your camera. We'll provide a professional photographer.  Our partners will bring the expensive equipment. It has all the makings of another NewsOK Instameet. This time, we're using the Oklahoma City Zoo as the backdrop. After all, it's about time we added the element of live animals to the Instameet equation.  We've been putting on these events every few months for a couple years now. We've had good turnouts, and The Oklahoman photo editor Doug Hoke reports a great time had by all. Why not the unpredictability of animals? Doug will have a camera around his neck, so I know he'll have a good time. Start your lazy summer Saturday morning at our Instameet. Doug will be at the

  • Subscribers can read 'Saving the Last Dance' series on Oklahoman.com

    Alan Herzberger | Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    We're releasing what we believe is a great story today. Actually, we think we have great coverage every day. It's really amazing how many compelling stories and news updates we have within The Oklahoman packaged and organized every single day. While that part is amazing, there are still some stories that simply jump off the screen as we edit them. That's what we have this week:  a great story about great people within our community.   'Saving the Last Dance' is a four-part series from reporter Juliana Keeping that launches in The Oklahoman today. Subsequent chapters will be released in the following days. The ending to the story -- Chapter 4 -- will be released on Wednesday.

  • It's not too late to cast your vote for Reader's Choice 2015

    Alan Herzberger | Updated: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    There is still time. You’ve had all week, but there’s still time. The Oklahoman’s Reader’s Choice Top 5 section was released within The Oklahoman’s editions on Sunday. Voting started online Sunday morning at Oklahoman.com/ReadersChoice. We’ve received thousands of online votes in each of the 12 categories – and that’s not counting the votes that have been sent in via the mailed ballots from Sunday’s section. We’re counting the mail-in ballots, too. But I’m not kidding about the thousands of votes. It will take us some time. Having worked in a newsroom for two decades now, I know a little about waiting until the last minute.