• The Dallas Morning News Gerry Fraley column

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    ARLINGTON – What will it take for the newly acquired Josh Hamilton to be an upgrade for the Rangers? Hit .214. Who will be the first to get their next hit: Shin-Soo Choo or Hamilton? Hard to answer. The Rangers showed again Monday night why they took in Hamilton after two poor seasons with the Los Angeles Angels and a relapse in his struggle with alcohol and drug addictions. They are desperate for bats. The Rangers went quietly again, losing 3-1 to Seattle at Globe Life Park. They have the worst team batting average in the majors at .222 and have scored fewer than three runs in eight games. The Rangers are 19 games into this season and have yet to win consecutive games.

  • Filmmaker among 4 Americans killed on Everest

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    A documentary filmmaker from Colorado was among four Americans killed in a Mount Everest avalanche triggered by the earthquake that shook Nepal. Thomas Ely Taplin, 61, was working on a film about the community of climbers at base camp and had been there only a short time when the magnitude-7.8 quake struck, his wife, Cory Freyer, told The Associated Press on Monday. "His passions were adventure travel and extreme landscape types of films," Freyer said in a telephone interview. The couple lived in Evergreen, Colorado, most of the year, she said. Eighteen people were killed by gusts of wind that blasted through Everest's base camp during the temblor. The overall death toll from Saturday's temblor is more than 4,000.

  • Achievers: Oklahoma City metro-area achievers

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    Achievers: Oklahoma City metro-area achievers.

  • Oklahoma City-area community briefs

    Published: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    Community briefs

  • Harding Fine Arts Academy students present 'Dreamgirls' musical in Oklahoma City

    By Linda Lightner, For The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    Students at Harding Fine Arts Academy in Oklahoma City presented “Dreamgirls” this month.

  • Festival of the Child returns to Yukon

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    Yukon’s Festival of the Child will include live performances, kayaking, pony rides, painting, wood art, storytelling and crafts.

  • Festival of the Arts wraps up in Oklahoma City

    From Staff Reports | Published: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    Sunday was the final day of the Festival of the Arts in downtown Oklahoma City.

  • Festivalgoers rock the streets at eighth annual Norman Music Festival

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    The eighth annual Norman Music Festival drew thousands of music fans to downtown Norman for a three-day event that featured more than 300 performers.

  • Latest on police-custody death: Police bid to regain control

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    11:58 p.m. Fredericka Gray, the twin sister of Freddie Gray, who suffered a fatal injury while in police custody, has deplored the violence. "I think the violence is wrong ... I don't like it all," she said late Monday, adding she thought her brother also would have disapproved. Rioting erupted around the city hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray. He died of a mysterious spinal injury days after being taken into custody. 11:40 p.m. Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts disclosed at a late-night news conference that National Guard troops have begun taking up positions "on the ground." He says the guardsmen are key to holding areas that have been cleared of rioters by police moving through thos

  • Video: Corey Kent White performs Bad English's 'When I See You Smile'; voting open now for 'The Voice' Top 8

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    Bixby country singer Corey Kent White performed a stripped-down, lightly country-fried rendition of the Bad English 1989 arena rock power ballad “When I See You Smile” on tonight’s Top 8 live performance episode, to the delight of the ladies in the live studio audience. As previously reported, White, who is competing on Oklahoma country music […]

  • Video: Blake Shelton performs 'Sangria' on 'The Voice'

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    As previously reported, coach Blake Shelton, who hails from Ada, performed his sexy new single “Sangria” on tonight’s episode of “The Voice.” As usual, he got excellent backup from “The Voice” Season 2 contender Gwen Sebastian, who has toured as a backing vocalist for both Shelton and his wife Miranda Lambert since her run on […]

  • Norman students create 'Oklahoma Rising' songbook

    By Jane Glenn Cannon, Staff Writer | Updated: 17 hr ago

    Norman High School students in Cindy Scarberry’s class in the fall of 2013 drew pictures to illustrate a songbook that will be used to teach elementary students the words to Oklahoma’s centennial song, “Oklahoma Rising.”

  • Guilty verdict against 3 in film tax-credit scheme

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A jury has returned guilty verdicts against three people for their role in a conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud as part of a film tax-credit scheme. U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite says the jury found Peter M. Hoffman, 65, his estranged wife, Susan Hoffman, 69, and attorney Michael P. Arata, 49, guilty Monday of conspiracy to commit fraud in connection with the rehabilitation of a dilapidated mansion that they turned into a film post-production studio. Peter Hoffman was convicted of 21 counts of mail and wire fraud related to the deal. He faces up to 405 years in prison. Arata was convicted on seven counts of wire fraud and four counts of making false statements to FBI agents about his involvement i

  • The Latest: Courthouse empties after Day 1 of Holmes trial

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    5:55 p.m. MDT The Arapahoe County Justice Center in suburban Denver has emptied quickly after opening statements in the Colorado theater shooting trial. Victims and survivors left the same way they entered Monday morning — walking briskly with some holding hands. Reporters filed stories about the day's proceedings under overcast skies on a gloomy evening, with temperatures in the mid-40s. The trial for James Holmes continues Tuesday morning. Holmes acknowledges killing 12 people and wounding 70 more at a packed Aurora theater in 2012. He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. ___ 5:25 p.m. MDT Court has adjourned for the day in the Colorado theater shooting trial after James Holmes

  • Lone Star voices heard on gay-marriage cases

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    Texas' gay-marriage ban isn't among the four cases being argued Tuesday in Washington, but the Lone Star State has added its voice to the vigorous debate being waged before the U.S. Supreme Court. Texas politicians, activists, businesses and others are urging the court's nine justices to scrap or save state laws and constitutional amendments that prohibit same-sex marriages and deny recognition of gay unions legally performed in 37 states that allow the practice. Their contributions were among 150 friend-of-the-court briefs on gay marriage. Some made purely legal arguments; others focused on the social implications of allowing gays and lesbians to marry.

  • Viola Davis to star as Harriet Tubman in HBO movie

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — "How to Get Away with Murder" star Viola Davis will play Harriet Tubman in a HBO movie about the abolitionist hero. HBO said Monday that the project is based on the biography "Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman," by historian Kate Clifford Larson. Tubman was born into slavery in Maryland, escaped in 1849 and led countless slaves from the South to freedom along the Underground Railroad. An air date for the untitled project and other cast members were not announced. The Underground Railroad, a network of secret routes and safe houses for escaped slaves, is the subject of other announced TV projects.

  • Federal board declines request to reopen Buddy Holly crash

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board has declined a request to reopen the investigation of the Iowa plane crash that killed musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson. The Civil Aeronautics Board ruled in 1959 that the most likely cause of the crash was pilot error. Snow was listed as a secondary caused. In a letter dated April 21, the agency said the evidence presented in a request from pilot L.J. Coon wasn't sufficient to merit the reconsideration of the findings of the original investigation. Coon had contended that there were other issues involving weight and balance calculations, fuel-gauge readings and more that contributed to the crash.

  • 'Batman' trial tries to look inside Colorado shooter's mind

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Two versions of the unstable mind of James Holmes were presented to a jury Monday as lawyers revealed many more details about his conversion from a promising grad student to a gunman capable of opening fire on hundreds of unsuspecting moviegoers at a "Batman" premiere. The lead prosecutor displayed an image of the theater door on a TV screen as he told of a sinister but sane killer who methodically carried out the 2012 mass murder to make himself feel good and be remembered. "Through this door is horror. Through this door are bullets, blood, brains and bodies.

  • Hawks player finds himself in middle of debate over policing, race

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    Those who know him well say Atlanta Hawks guard Thabo Sefolosha is the last guy you’d expect to see in handcuffs. Respected as a mentor by younger teammates and known around the league for his lack of ego, the low-key Sefolosha was supposed to be supplying defensive muscle for a Hawks team that entered the NBA playoffs with the best record in the Eastern Conference. Instead, the Swiss native finds himself nursing a broken leg and at the center of the ongoing debate over alleged police brutality. Around the country, the incidents of unarmed black males dying at the hands of law enforcement officers keep coming: an unarmed teenager shot to death in Ferguson, Mo.; a 12-year-old killed in Cleveland; a 50-year-old shot in

  • Jayne Meadows, actress and TV personality, dies at 95

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jayne Meadows, the Emmy-nominated actress and TV personality who often teamed with her husband, Steve Allen, has died. She was 95. Meadows died of natural causes Sunday at her home in the Encino, California, area, spokesman Kevin Sasaki said Monday. Her son, Bill Allen, and other family members were with her. "She was not only an extraordinarily gifted actress who could move audiences from laughter to tears and back again all in one scene, but she was the greatest storyteller I have ever known...." said her son, who heads the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. Though best known as the wife of the beloved TV host — and the sister of "Honeymooners" star Audrey Meadows — Jayne Meadows ha