• You should read Texas Monthly's awesome feature in honor of George Strait's final tour

    Matt Carney | Published: Mon, Jun 9, 2014

    George Strait’s The Cowboy Rides Away Tour met its end over the weekend, with one final show in Arlington. All-Texas-everything magazine Texas Monthly gave the occasion the longform feature treatment, offering up a 6,000-plus word gem from John Spong that did the King justice. You should definitely read it. Here are a couple of my […]

  • WATCH: Son surprises father with amazing 57th birthday present

    Richard Hall | Updated: Sat, Jun 7, 2014

    The younger man shown in this video was 8 years old when he made a promise to his father that he’d get him a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air for his 57th birthday. As you can see, he kept true to his word. Here’s what the son said about the gift and video: Growing up my […]

  • RIP CityWalk

    Matt Carney | Updated: Fri, Jun 6, 2014

    CityWalk may be dead, but the memories of those who partied there will live on forever. Or at least as long as our servers hold out. With this week’s announcement of the demise of CityWalk, business editor Don Mecoy pointed out to me that the NewsOK database —which also stores old photos published in our […]

  • Photos: D-Day then and now

    Richard Hall | Published: Fri, Jun 6, 2014

    Today marks the 70th anniversary of the landings at Normandy, which is the largest seaborne invasion in history that eventually led to an Allied victory in World War II. More than 4,000 lost their lives during the invasion in order to pave the way for a better today. There are some striking images of that […]

  • Share your black-and-white image; get published in The Oklahoman

    Alan Herzberger | Published: Fri, Jun 6, 2014

    I’m an Instagram user now. I wrote about how I would start using that account more in weeks to come, and I have. I like it. It’s really easy to use, and it helps make my photos look better than they really are. I just need to decide how I use my Instagram account to […]

  • The Oklahoman online: Any way you want it

    Alan Herzberger | Published: Sun, Jun 1, 2014

    I spoke with a subscriber to The Oklahoman last week. He had a request for a specific piece of content on the platform where he gets the daily editions of The Oklahoman. He likes the stories. But he also wants to see the baseball boxscores and standings every day. Those conversations usually begin by me […]

  • Vegetarians, vegans be warned: E. coli outbreak in hummus, walnuts and dips

    Richard Hall | Published: Fri, May 23, 2014

    Earlier this week a ground beef recall weighing in at 1.8 million pounds happened due to some nasty E. coli. Now that recall is about to gain some weight thanks to contaminated hummus, walnuts and other dips. CNN reports folks in Idaho and Washington have gotten sick from eating raw clover sprouts, and walnuts sold […]

  • Feedback from readers greater than every award

    Alan Herzberger | Updated: Fri, May 16, 2014

    Last Sunday, we published a piece in The Oklahoman titled, “Deadly Force.” It was researched and written by Juliana Keeping, and it detailed the police shootings in Oklahoma City over the past 10 years. We also built a special presentation on NewsOK, including an interactive graphic with police reports on all the shootings.

  • 5 things I learned from buying a storm shelter

    Richard Hall | Published: Fri, May 16, 2014

    My wife and I finally got a storm shelter. We’re not sure what took us so long, but last year’s severe weather season made up our mind for us. Our outdoor shelter was installed earlier this week, and here are some things I learned from the entire process.

  • Last night's OKC Thunder win summed up in one awesome gif

    Richard Hall | Published: Wed, May 14, 2014

    Last night’s Oklahoma City Thunder 105-104 win over the Los Angeles Clippers was something else. It was a tense final minute of play, and this gif sums everything up pretty well: Courtesy Kendall Brown on Facebook:

  • WATCH: Anchor drops the smackdown after viewers complained about tornado coverage

    Richard Hall | Updated: Wed, May 14, 2014

    We here in Oklahoma are all-too familiar with severe weather, and I can’t think of a single person who ever gets upset that news stations cut into scheduled programming so they can give us weather updates. Apparently some folks in South Dakota aren’t as appreciative as us, because a local news station there was “berated” with calls from viewers angry that tornado coverage broke into their favorite television show(s).

  • WATCH: Cat saves boy being attacked by dog

    Richard Hall | Published: Wed, May 14, 2014

    Cats might treat you like their servants and furniture, but they got it where it counts. Like this cat, who was filmed drop-kicking the living daylights out of a dog that was attacking the cat’s little human: The father uploaded the video to YouTube earlier today, and wrote this about it: My cat defends my son during a vicious dog attack and runs the dog off before he can do additional damage.

  • NewsOK's Thunder page takes you to the game

    Alan Herzberger | Updated: Fri, May 9, 2014

    Our state is still in the middle of Thunder-mania. It might only last through this week. It might last another month or more. But right now, we’re in the middle of it. And the NewsOK Thunder coverage page has everything fans need to stay updated.

  • WATCH: WWE, Daniel Bryan honor Connor the Crusher, a young fan who died

    Richard Hall | Published: Wed, May 7, 2014

    In 2012, 7-year-old Connor Michalek, who suffered from pediatric brain cancer, had his dream come true when he met his favorite WWE wrestler, Daniel Bryan. This past April, Connor — who went by Connor the Crusher — spent time backstage with the WWE roster, and even a little time in the ring where he took out company Executive Vice President Paul Levesque, also known as Triple H.

  • WATCH: Oklahoma Representative says Satanic monument not what Oklahomans want

    Richard Hall | Published: Sun, May 4, 2014

    Oklahoma Rep. Paul Wesselhoft spoke with Huffington Post this past week to discuss his thoughts on the proposed Satanic monument, saying that he doesn’t think it’s something Oklahoma’s citizens want. Wesselhoft said he feels the entire reason for the Baphomet statue is just to rebel against the Ten Commandments statue currently sitting near the statehouse.

  • Oklahoma Satanic monument revealed: Have a look

    Richard Hall | Updated: Fri, May 2, 2014

    Remember all the commotion earlier this year about the proposed Satanic monument to be installed in front of the Oklahoma Capitol? Well, Vice has the first look at it in all its glory. I’m not gonna lie: That’s got more detail than I expected!

  • Go ahead and cry: Dog lost during Hurricane Sandy reunited with his family 18 months later

    Richard Hall | Published: Fri, May 2, 2014

    Whatever you call it — coincidence, miracle, perfect timing — you can’t deny that this story is amazing. From the Monmouth County SPCA Facebook page: Imagine this: Your family dog is lost during Hurricane Sandy. After searching and giving up hope, 1.5 years later you decide to adopt a dog.

  • NewsOK growing gram by (Insta)gram

    Alan Herzberger | Updated: Fri, May 2, 2014

    I’m on Instagram. Admittedly, I don’t use that social media platform nearly as much as Facebook or Twitter, but I’m there. And I’m about to commit to more activity. Why? Well, that’s where some of my NewsOK web editors are. And if that’s where they are, that’s where many wise young professionals are.

  • POLL: Sen. Inhofe says 'Oklahomans believe Obama promotes Islam.' Well, do you?

    Richard Hall | Published: Thu, May 1, 2014

    Tulsa World has this story that says Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe says Oklahomans (like you and me) believe President Barack Obama promotes Islam. Really? Do you? Do we? Take the dang poll already.  

  • WATCH: This inspiring video will move you to tears, and you'll like it

    Richard Hall | Updated: Thu, May 1, 2014

    I’d give you a head’s up of what to expect from this extremely moving and inspiration Powerade commercial, but then I’d ruin the big reveal that happens just seconds into the video. Just know that it’s part of the company’s #PowerThrough campaign, and features an exceptional young man named Nico Calabria who is following his dream despite the hurdles he faces: Once I saw it I couldn’t help but ask myself: What’s my excuse?