• Find your next car with The Oklahoman's new BestRide page on NewsOK.com

    Alan Herzberger | Updated: Fri, Sep 11, 2015

    The same two cars have been in my family for more than a few years now. They are both still running, and neither require monthly payments. Those are the best kinds of cars – paid for. But I see the mileage numbers. I hear the knocks. I can feel the stutters. I’ll be in the market for at least one new vehicle very soon, I think. That’s why I’m glad The Oklahoman and NewsOK is now a BestRide affiliate. Now I have more options to choose from. Go to NewsOK.com and select CARS from the top navigation on every page on NewsOK. Or better yet, select the page from the navigation list on NewsOK’s Mobile website. From the NewsOK.

  • 10 crazy foods from the Oklahoma State Fair

    Richard Hall | Updated: Wed, Sep 16, 2015

    The state fair is upon us Okies, and that means we all have a lot of eating to do from now until Sept. 27. Luckily for us, OKStateFair.com recently released a list of some of the new foods debuting at this year's fair.  Here are just 10 outrageous foods found at the Oklahoma State Fair over the years. What crazy food items from the Oklahoma State Fair do you remember, and love? No. 10 - Bacon-Wrapped Corn on the Cob Perhaps it isn't too crazy, but the bacon-wrapped corn on the cob sounds

  • Will Miss Oklahoma set record?

    Linda Lynn | Updated: Sat, Sep 12, 2015

    If Miss Oklahoma Georgia Frazier is crowned Miss America on Sunday, Oklahoma will be able to claim it is the state with the most Miss Americas in the nation.  Frazier is a graduate of Oral Roberts University. Her platform is encouraging women to be proactive with their health, and her talent at previous pageants has been singing.  Four states, Oklahoma, Ohio, California and New York, have had six women each win the Miss America pageant. If Frazier wins, Oklahoma will be able to boast it has seven. Past pageant winners have included: Norma Smallwood (1926), Jane Jayroe (1967), Susan Powell (1981), Shawntel Smith (1996), Jennifer Berry (2006) and Lauren Nelson (2007).

  • Taking a trip with #OkiesAroundTheWorld

    Alan Herzberger | Updated: Fri, Sep 11, 2015

    We have a little tradition lately. You share your photos. We publish your photos. We’ve done it in a variety of way in the past couple of years. It started with #MyOklahoma in 2013. Most recently, we filled up a few pages with your back-to-school photos. You share. We publish. We have the steps down. In the end, the story of life in Oklahoma is told in snapshots. This past week, we’ve changing it up just a little bit. We’re asking you to share your pictures of your travels around the world this summer. Maybe you made it to the Texas side of Lake Texoma? We’d love to share your pictures. Maybe you made to the other side of the world? We’d love to share those

  • 10 things you didn't know about the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks

    Richard Hall | Updated: Tue, Sep 8, 2015

    Today marks the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that left nearly 3,000 people dead. There's not much to be said about that day that hasn't already been said. It was a terrible day, and it led to a large number of changes in America and the world. Here are 10 things you might not have known about the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. No. 10 - Furheroes There are many heroes to come out of the terrible events of that day, but two that aren't very well known as Salty and Roselle.

  • 10 ways the legalization of gay marriage has affected people

    Richard Hall | Updated: Wed, Sep 9, 2015

    According to reddit, that is :) For those of you who don't know what reddit is: It's a community-driven website where people share everything from news to photos, funny stories and jokes. It's also a great place to find information on niche activities/interests you're into. For instance, if you're into woodworking, there's a subreddit for that. Or Sooner football. Or Disneyland. One of my favorite subreddits is called AskReddit, where users pose questions for members of the community to answer. Sometimes these are serious questions, sometimes they're funny questions. And, sometimes they're serious questions that get funny responses.

  • Map the weekend's garage sales on NewsOK.com's new feature

    Alan Herzberger | Updated: Fri, Sep 4, 2015

    If you’re looking for a garage sale, The Oklahoman’s Classifieds pages are the place to start. That’s the best way the sellers get cars along their curb, so that’s the place to start planning. This week, we launched a new feature to an old standard. If you’re looking to map the sales, plan your morning and find the best locations, you should be looking at NewsOK.com. Go to the Classifieds page on NewsOK.com. You will find an interactive map that identifies the locations of all the listed garage and estate sales. Click on any of the locations. The data from that location will give you the address, the details about the sale and, most importantly, driving directions.

  • 5 reasons why Oklahomans love football

    Richard Hall | Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    We published a story last week in which reporter Juliana Keeping stepped out of her comfort zone and onto a high school football field. Not as a player, but as an Oklahoman. She admitted she didn't care much for the sport. But, being a dutiful person, went ahead with her assignment: To find out why Oklahomans love football. As she spent time learning the reasons why, she also found her attitude toward the sport had changed. So, what changed it? Here are 5 reasons why Oklahomans love football. No.

  • Before the "dream," there was Oklahoma City

    Linda Lynn | Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    On Aug. 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the historic "I Have a Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. His words have resonated throughout several generations.  But, did you know that before he stood in Washington in front of a crowd of more than 200,000 people on that day, King visited Oklahoma City and spoke during a Freedom Rally on July 29, 1960, at Calvary Baptist Church? About 1,500 filled the church to hear the words of the widely recognized civil rights leader.  When he was told that Oklahoma City youth were planning to boycott downtown stores to desegregate restaurants, King commended the action, saying such efforts had been successful in

  • From experts to newcomers, there's something for all football fans on NewsOK

    Alan Herzberger | Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    I’m a sports fan. I read all our sports stories. The Oklahoman's sports coverage team does a great job. I read everything I can. I watch all the Press Row videos from our studios. I listen to the roundtable discussions and the podcasts produced by that award-winning group. Because I’m interested in sports, I also will listen to sports radio on my commute home in the evening. (For the record, Berry Tramel is entertaining on the radio, but there’s much more of that entertainment and insight in the pages of The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. He doesn’t have to share time when he’s writing his columns.) On Thursday afternoon, however, I spent my commute listening to someone who is not

  • Life in the past lane: 50 years ago today

    Linda Lynn | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    It was Aug. 26, 1965, a mere 50 years ago, and the Gemini 5 space capsule was closing in on the Russians' five-day record in space.  Onboard Gemini 5 was Oklahoma astronaut Gordon Cooper Jr. and Charles "Pete" Conrad Jr.  They had just set a new American record of time in space for a manned spacecraft.      The two were traveling in very close quarters, described as no bigger than a Volkswagen's front seat. Despite the cramped environment, itchiness and problems with some of the equipment, Cooper reportedly was joking. Wearing uncomfortable spacesuits to protect them in case of pressure failure, Cooper kidded, "We feel lots better since we got our suits off." This wasn't

  • Recording, streaming and writing all at once -- a reporter's trick revealed

    Alan Herzberger | Updated: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    A mellow musician from Norman serenaded us here at The Oklahoman on Thursday. It was the second such performance on the staircase that overlooks the newsroom her in our downtown offices. His name was Kyle Reid, and I wrote this piece as we listened to his tunes. Doug Hoke took pictures and created a gallery -- that's what he does. Check out all the photos here. Before the short show, I asked Tiffany Gibson, our assistant live/enterprise editor if we would be recording for the public on Periscope. That was a stupid question. Of course she was going to be doing that. She whisked around our two floors and streamed from different locations to share our nice little private concert (which, by the way, was organized by

  • Earthquakes page on NewsOK gets powerful upgrade

    Alan Herzberger | Updated: Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    If you live where I live on the top side of Oklahoma County, the rumbles and shakes aren't so jarring anymore.  Was that thunder? Or did the dog run into the chair? (It's a clumsy dog.) Was it an earthquake? Or are the kids roughhousing in the other room? I asked the same type of rhetorical questions about 18 months ago in this space. That's what goes through my head when I feel the house shake a bit.  The truth is that if you look up and wonder if that was as earthquake, it probably was. Then you go about your day. It's usually no big deal. Only once have I stood up and thought a moment about what I should do next if the walls started to move. That was about exactly one year

  • Aug. 14, 1995: Mickey Mantle death remembered 20 years later

    Linda Lynn | Updated: Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    It's been 20 years since Mickey Mantle's death.  The Oklahoma native and former New York Yankees baseball player died Aug. 14, 1995, from liver cancer.

  • Find things to do on new event listings on NewsOK and Oklahoman.com

    Alan Herzberger | Updated: Wed, Aug 5, 2015

    We like to launch new parts of our large website quietly.  We don't tell anybody. We just launch a new feature. That's what happened about a month ago when we upgraded our pages and listings for a calendar of events in Oklahoma. We set it up and tested it. We cleaned it up and tweaked it. Then we built the new pages and launched it.  But we didn't shout about it. We just changed the links in the navigation on NewsOK.com, added some widgets to Oklahoman.com and kept an eye on the traffic patterns.  It would be one thing if we were making a major change to a part of the site that was heavily used by a large part of our audience. We would correspond with our users if we did that.

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

    Richard Hall | Updated: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    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 like 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: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    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.