• Four die in state crashes

    From Staff Reports | Published: Mon, May 30, 2016

    Four people died on state roads after wrecks, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported. John Tanner, 52, Checotah About 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Tanner was driving a sport utility vehicle onto southbound U.S. 69 from Interstate 40, about a mile south of Checotah in McIntosh County. The vehicle went off the road and rolled, troopers said. Tanner died at the scene. A passenger was not hurt, troopers said. Both men were wearing seat belts, troopers said. Bill Meggenberg, 63, Meade, Kan. Susan Meggenberg, 70, Meade, Kan. About 2:05 p.m. Saturday, Bill Meggenberg was driving a motorcycle west on U.S. 64, about 7 miles north and 3 miles east of Laverne in Harper County. The rear tire blew out and sent the bike

  • Jury selection to begin in double-murder trial

    Jury selection to begin in double-murder trial

    By Andrew Knittle Staff Writer aknittle@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, May 30, 2016

    LAWTON — The trial of a Lawton man accused in the January 2014 slayings of his teenage brother and father is set to begin Tuesday in Comanche County District Court. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. Thorsten Rushing, 20, allegedly convinced four of his friends to help him carry out the killings at the family home in Lawton. Killed were Uwe Rushing, 50, and Stefan Rushing, 14. Stephen Jones, Rushing's attorney, said he expects jury selection to take most of this week and the trial itself to “last two or three weeks.” The Enid attorney had no further comment. Prosecutors say Rushing shot his family members multiple times with a 9 mm Glock handgun that belonged to his father.

  • Western club may need to find a new home, officials say

    By Sharon Beuchaw For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, May 30, 2016

    Old Joe the buffalo might be hitting the trail again after 28 years at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. The bison skull mascot, resting on an Indian blanket scrap and framed by rough wooden planks, hangs on the wall of Westerners International's small headquarters. Leaders of the nonprofit organization for fun-loving history have learned the museum in September might no longer be able to guarantee rent-free space. The departure would mark the end of the longest stint for the so-called Home Ranch, Westerners Chairman Kent McInnis said. In 1944, Leland D. Case, editor of The Rotarian magazine, and Elmo Scott Watson, a newspaperman and educator, blazed the Westerners' trail in Chicago.

  • At a glance: Game 7 facts

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com Staff  | Updated: 11 hr ago

    HOME DOMINANCE Home teams are 100-24 all-time in Game 7's. • In the last 12 Game 7's, the road team has won just once — the Nets went to overtime to beat the Raptors 104-103 in Toronto, in the 2014 East first round. • This season, three series have gone to Game 7. The Heat beat the Hornets 106-73 in the East first round, the Raptors beat the Pacers 89-84 in the East first round and the Raptors beat the Heat 116-89 in the East semifinals. RECENT HISTORY The core of this Thunder and this Golden State team has played a combined three Game 7's. 2011 West semifinals: the Thunder beat the Grizzlies 105-90 in OKC. 2014 West first round: the Clippers beat the Warriors 126-121 in Los Angeles.

  • Durant on Game 6 aftermath: ‘If we walk in here like it’s a funeral, we’ve already lost’

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Updated: 11 hr ago

    A day after the Thunder's crushing 108-101 loss to Golden State in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals, the mood wasn't quite as jovial as the aftermath of Thunder-Spurs Game 1. It wasn't one of sadness, either. “If we walk in here like it's a funeral, we've already lost,” Kevin Durant said. “Nobody walked in like that. “We can't feel sorry for ourselves. They aren't going to feel sorry for us, and whoever's covering the game, fans, nobody's feeling sorry for us.” The Thunder's collapse in the final 2:06 — five turnovers and just one shot attempt — seems like something worth of watching in film study, but Durant said the Thunder didn't watch any video from Game 6. “We know all about this

  • World briefs

    AP | Published: Mon, May 30, 2016

    Crocodile attack is fatal AUSTRALIA | BRISBANE — A woman struggled in vain to drag her friend from a crocodile's jaws during a late night swim off a northeast Australian beach, police said Monday. The pair were in waist-deep water at Thornton Beach in Daintree National Park in Queensland state when the 46-year-old woman was taken by the crocodile at 10:30 p.m. local time on Sunday, police Senior Constable Russell Parker said. “Her 47-year-old friend tried to grab her and drag her to safety but she just wasn't able to do that,” Parker told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. The survivor was taken to a hospital suffering from shock and a graze to her arm inflicted by the crocodile.

  • Libertarians hope voter frustration will create ‘perfect storm’

    Libertarians hope voter frustration will create...

    By Melanie Mason Los Angeles Times | Published: Mon, May 30, 2016

    FLORIDA | ORLANDO — The blockbuster Broadway musical “Hamilton” served as a surprisingly apt soundtrack to the Libertarian Convention this weekend, where party faithful gathered in Orlando to pick a presidential ticket. Gary Johnson, who won the top slot Sunday, opened and closed his speeches to the delegates with a pair of songs from the musical, ironically celebrating the proponent of a central banking system that Libertarians despise. One had the refrain: “I am not throwing away my shot.” The other: “We are outgunned. Outmanned.” Such is the position Libertarians find themselves in this election season. The lesser-known party has an unrivaled chance to tap into voters' dissatisfaction with the

  • Deaths

    Published: Mon, May 30, 2016

    BETHANY Thompson, Viva, 96, died May 25. Services 2 p.m. Tuesday (Baggerley, Edmond). ENID Rork, Cherul E., 62, died May 24. Services 2 p.m. Thursday, North Garland Church of Christ (Henninger-Hinson, Enid). MIDWEST CITY Williams, Paul Curtis Jr., 71, driver, Salvation Army and Community Action, died May 27. Services 2 p.m. Tuesday, Salvation Army, Oklahoma City (John M. Ireland, Moore). MOORE Loftin, Lois W., 88, human resources, AT&T/Lucent, died May 27. Services 11 a.m. Tuesday, Lynlee Mae Chapel (John M. Ireland, Moore). MUSTANG Garrison, Jimmy R., 84, retired postal clerk, died May 28. Graveside services 10 a.m. Wednesday (Resthaven, Oklahoma City). NORMAN Anderson,

  • More than 700 feared dead in recent migrant crossings

    More than 700 feared dead  in recent migrant...

    By SARAH EL DEEB Associated Press | Published: Mon, May 30, 2016

    SICILY | POZZALLO — Survivor accounts have pushed to more than 700 the number of migrants feared dead in Mediterranean Sea shipwrecks over three days in the last week, even as rescue ships saved thousands of others in daring operations. The shipwrecks appear to account for the largest loss of life reported in the Mediterranean since April 2015, when a single ship sank with an estimated 800 people trapped inside. Humanitarian organizations say many migrant boats sink without a trace, with the dead never found, and their fates only recounted by family members who report their failure to arrive in Europe. “It really looks like ...

  • Memorial Day events

    Memorial Day events

    By Brandy McDonnell Staff Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com | Updated: 12 hr ago

    Here are just some of the Memorial Day events that are planned across Oklahoma. For more, check out the Oklahoma Tourism website at www.travelok.com.   45th Infantry Division Museum's Memorial Day Ceremony: The ceremony honoring U.S. service members will include a helicopter flyover, massing of the colors and a distinguished guest speaker. It begins at 10 a.m. Monday at the museum, 2145 NE 36. Admission is free. Information: www.45thdivisionmuseum.com. Fort Sill Memorial Day, Elgin: A program commemorating Memorial Day is set for 10 a.m. Monday at Fort Sill National Cemetery, 2648 NE Jake Dunn Road. Keynote speaker will be retired Army Lt. Col. Kenneth L. Lowmiller, of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 751 in Lawton.

  • Projects may affect Memorial Day travel plans

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 12 hr ago

    Roadways in Oklahoma will be busy during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has released a list of construction zones.


    Tribune News Service | Updated: 12 hr ago

    DEAR DR. GRAHAM: Do you think the world will ever be at peace, and we won't need armies or weapons ever again? I get very depressed reading about all the wars that still go on, and I wonder if they'll ever end. — P.H. DEAR P.H.: Today is Memorial Day in the United States — a day set aside to honor all those who sacrificed their lives so we could live in freedom and peace. What would our world be like if they had not fought to overcome tyranny and evil? The Bible tells us to “Give to everyone what you owe them ... if honor, then honor” (Romans 13:7). Will wars ever cease? History, I'm afraid, doesn't give us any reason to be optimistic.

  • Thunder players face the hardest game of their careers

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Updated: 9 hr ago

    OAKLAND, Calif. — The players know what awaits Monday night at Oracle Arena. The most difficult game of their basketball careers. “It's going to be a hard game,” said the all-NBA point guard. “If we thought (Game 6) was hard, Game 7's going to be even tougher.” Said his star teammate, the versatile forward who was second-team all-NBA, “It will be the hardest game of our lives.” That's not Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant talking. That's Steph Curry and Draymond Green.

  • Driver's family presses charges over drone strike in Pakistan

    By ABDUL SATTAR Associated Press | Published: Mon, May 30, 2016

    PAKISTAN | QUETTA — The family of a driver who was killed alongside Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan has filed a case against U.S. officials, seeking to press murder charges, police said Sunday. Mansour had entered Pakistan from Iran using a false name and fake Pakistani identity documents on May 21, when his car was targeted by a U.S. drone. The driver, who also was killed, was identified later as Mohammed Azam. The police filed a case on behalf of Azam's family, police official Abdul Wakil Mengal said. It was not immediately clear what legal avenues the family can realistically pursue.

  • Your Views

    Published: Mon, May 30, 2016

    Budget idea Our state's budgeting process appears so complicated that it's difficult for the public and our legislators to understand. Simplifying could be helpful. I don't know what the numbers would look like, but if we changed our budgeting process it could provide more accountability and clarification. For example, all gasoline and fuel taxes, car tag, car excise taxes and federal highway funds could only be used for construction and maintenance or our highways plus highway patrol expenses. This would enable those costs related to our highways to be specifically funded by taxes that are related to our highways and would also provide for those using the highways to pay for them. Turnpike fees could only be used for construction

  • German, French leaders mark Battle of Verdun

    German, French leaders mark Battle of Verdun

    By SYLVIE CORBET Associated Press | Published: Mon, May 30, 2016

    FRANCE | VERDUN — In solemn ceremonies Sunday in the forests of eastern France, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel marked 100 years since the Battle of Verdun, determined to show that, despite the bloodbath of World War I, their countries' friendship is now a source of hope for today's fractured Europe. With no survivors left to remember, Sunday's commemorations were focused on educating youth about the horrors and consequences of war. Mass grave The main ceremony took place at a mass grave where, in 1984, then-French President Francois Mitterrand took then-German Chancellor Helmut Kohl's hand in a breakthrough moment of friendship and trust by longtime enemy nations.

  • A day to honor 'the best and noblest'

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Mon, May 30, 2016

    OLIVER Wendell Holmes Jr., a veteran of the Civil War who would go on to become a U.S. Supreme Court justice, gave an address delivered for Memorial Day, May 30, 1884, at Keene, N.H., in which he elaborated on the importance of the occasion not only to veterans, but to all other Americans. We share excerpts of the speech today as we remember and honor all those who have served to defend this country and keep it the greatest nation on earth. • • • “Not long ago I heard a young man ask why people still kept up Memorial Day, and it set me thinking of the answer.

  • #OKC Boxscore

    #OKC Boxscore

    By William Crum Staff Writer wcrum@oklahoman.com | Updated: 10 hr ago

    Council to consider emergency bridge funds The city council will formally concur Tuesday with emergency steps taken by City Manager Jim Couch after the May 19 partial collapse of the May Avenue bridge onto the Northwest Expressway. Couch is asking for $120,000 to pay for removing the fallen roadway and for engineers who inspected the damage and have begun preparing plans for repairs. In a memo to council members, Couch said demolition work by Cimarron Construction Co. came to $57,750. The city's on-call bridge engineer, Olsson Associates, has estimated its fees to inspect the bridge and get plans ready for bidding will come to $56,917.

  • Spieth wins Colonial, his first career win in Texas

    From Wire Reports | Published: Mon, May 30, 2016

    Jordan Spieth birdied his final three holes, chipping in from behind the 17th green and closing with a 34-foot putt, and shot a 5-under 65 on Sunday to win at Colonial for his first home state victory. It was the eighth career win for Spieth, the world's No. 2-ranked player, and came in his third tournament since blowing a five-stroke lead on the back nine last month when trying to win the Masters for the second year in a row. He will try to defend his U.S. Open title in three weeks. At 17-under 263, Spieth finished three strokes ahead of Harris English at the Dean & Deluca Invitational. Colonial member Ryan Palmer and Webb Simpson tied for third. Spieth had a pair of curling 20-foot birdie putts on the back nine. He


    From Staff Reports | Published: Mon, May 30, 2016

    Roddick steps down at OU NORMAN — John Roddick, who coached the Oklahoma men's tennis program to national prominence, resigned Sunday to take a similar position at the University of Central Florida. Roddick spent seven years as the Sooners head coach, rolling up a 153-44 dual record. OU reached the NCAA finals the last three seasons. Six players combined for 12 All-America honors under Roddick, including 2016 graduate Axel Alvarez, the first OU player to be named ITA National College Player of the Year. “We want to express our sincere gratitude and respect for Coach Roddick in elevating our men's tennis program to the national powerhouse status it has enjoyed the last several years,” OU athletic director Joe