• 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.

  • The Oklahoman/NewsOK a finalist for 'Innovator of the Year'

    Alan Herzberger | Updated: Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    We at The Oklahoman and NewsOK are getting pretty familiar with the idea of innovation. We've had to. The world is changing. People consume news in many different ways than they did in past generations. So we innovate. We develop apps, video studios and websites -- all to come up with new ways to reach our readers. That innovation has helped us consistently grow our audience in the past decade or so. But it has also caused our peers across the county to recognize and honor us. APME also announced that the Boston Herald, the Los Angeles News Group and The Oklahoman were finalists for its Innovator of the Year Award. They will compete at APME's joint conference with the American Society of News Editors from Oct.

  • 5 facts to know about the Edmond man in the Kenyan child sex abuse case

    Richard Hall | Updated: Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    The trial begins today for a 20-year-old Edmond man accused of sexually abusing neglected children in Kenya in 2014, and you can get caught-up-to-speed on the who, what, when, where and why with this short 5 things article. Reporter Kyle Schwab is covering the trial for The Oklahoman and NewsOK, and his coverage can be found here. No. 5 - Who he is Matthew Lane Durham, 20, of Edmond, volunteered at the Upendo Children’s Home in Nairobi. The home provided Kenyan children with everything from food and shelter to housing and education.

  • The Oklahoman's app is the last app standing on vacation

    Alan Herzberger | Updated: Fri, Jun 5, 2015

    I was out of my normal rhythm of news consumption this past week. I went on vacation, so I was suddenly a different kind of news consumer for The Oklahoman's wide array of products. The normal day In my normal rhythm, I use The Oklahoman's app early in the morning on my iPhone. That's when I get a glimpse of the newspaper's content for the day. I follow that with a run through NewsOK.com on the same phone. I tend to use the NewsOK mobile website instead of the app, but I fully understand how the app allows for better notifications and alerts. During my commute to the office, I sometimes use the The Oklahoman Radio app, which will read the stories from that day's edition of the newspaper. It's a handy tool for