• Tulsa entrepreneurship makes strides, but work remains for business creation

    By ROBERT EVATT, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Nov 20, 2015

    Things have been going well for Two Guys Bow Ties — the Tulsa clothing accessory company has been featured on “Shark Tank” and  uncrate.com , its products have been worn by celebrities seen at the MTV Music Awards and the NBA playoffs, and it’s grown to 12 employees. But for all the company’s accomplishments and endorsements, Tim Paslay, co-founder of the company along with Adam Teague, said the 3-year-old company has received invaluable help from within Tulsa. “The Tulsa community’s been very supportive to us,” he said.

  • New TCC Aviation Center at Jones Riverside Airport nearing completion

    By CASEY SMITH, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Nov 20, 2015

    Tulsa Community College celebrated a milestone Thursday on the $3.7 million renovation of the new TCC Aviation Center at Jones Riverside Airport when Flintco construction workers installed a large TCC logo on the exterior of the nearly complete facility. Work on the 55,000-square-foot building is expected to be finished by mid-December, and TCC Aviation Sciences students are scheduled to start taking classes in the building when the spring 2016 semester begins Jan. 11. Esteban Aldarondo, TCC’s assistant chief flight instructor, said that he thinks the new building will help raise awareness of the program.

  • Receiver takes control of Apothecary Shoppe after loan default

    By SAMUEL HARDIMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Nov 20, 2015

    The Apothecary Shoppe — a compounding pharmacy believed by some to involved in compounding phenobarbital for lethal injections — is now in court-ordered receivership. Fifth Third Bank, its main creditor, sued for control of the 20-year-old Tulsa pharmacy’s holding company on Nov. 3. The bank claims that company defaulted on its loans when its board of directors resigned in late October, after restructuring the company’s $13 million debt for a third time. C. David Rhoades was appointed receiver this week, according to court documents.

  • Legislators gear up for another run at alcohol laws 'modernization'

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Nov 17, 2015

    Legislators are ready to take another stab at changing the way alcohol is sold in Oklahoma. State Rep. Glen Mulready, R-Tulsa, and Sen. Stephanie Bice, R-Oklahoma City, told the Tulsa’s Young Professionals group Monday night that they will begin working out the version of Bice’s Senate Bill 383 that will emerge from conference committee when the Legislature convenes in February. A concurrent resolution proposing a constitutional amendment will also have to be written, members of TYPros were told. The amendment would require a vote of the people.

  • Oil industry study indicates few Oklahoma wells are linked to earthquakes; USGS geophysicist thinks percentage is larger

    By COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Nov 17, 2015

    A report on earthquakes released Tuesday by the oil and natural gas industry seeks to highlight that a relatively minute number of wastewater-disposal wells in Oklahoma and nationwide can be linked to induced seismisity. However, a spokeswoman for the group acknowledges that many of the studies cited in the report use models rather than actual wells, making such figures “speculative.” While scientists tend to agree that a small number of wells probably contributes to earthquakes, a research geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey said the report understates how many wells probably are involved but can’t yet be scientifically proven to be due to lack of resources and the complexity of the problem. Energy In Depth, a campaign of the Independent Petroleum Association of America, produced the report.

  • Energy Transfer Partners, Sunoco LP announce $2.2 billion drop-down deal

    Published: Mon, Nov 16, 2015

    Energy Transfer Partners announced a $2.2 billion so-called drop-down deal Monday that will complete the strategy announced last fall of transferring its high quality retail and field distribution assets to Sunoco LP. Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners announced Monday that it will sell to Sunoco LP its remaining 68.42 percent interest in Sunoco LLC and 100 percent interest in the legacy Sunoco retail business.  The approximately $2.226 billion transaction will be effective as of Jan. 1, 2016, and is expected to close in February 2016, according to the company.

  • Williams employees updated on merger during town hall

    BY CASEY SMITH, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Nov 13, 2015

    It's business as usual at Williams Cos. That's a primary message that employees of the Tulsa-based pipeline company received during an internal town hall meeting Tuesday, according to a document Williams Cos. filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday. "Both Williams and ETE recognize that employees have many questions, but reinforce that as of right now, nothing has changed: it’s business as usual," the document reads under a section titled "What's Next?"

  • Court Says Tracking Web Histories Can Violate Wiretap Act

    Published: Fri, Nov 13, 2015

    FEDERAL COURTS HAVE long given the government leeway to surveil and collect so-called “non-content” data—records of the senders and recipients of calls and emails, for instance, rather than contents of those communications. But an unlikely case involving Google may mean the government will be required to get a warrant before it sucks up one type of that metadata: the detailed history of an individual’s web browsing. On Tuesday the third circuit court of appeals issued a ruling in a long-running class action lawsuit against Google and two media firms, who are all accused of circumventing cookie-blocking technologies in browsers to track users’ web histories. In the ruling, the appeals court agreed with a lower court, which dismissed the plaintiffs’ claims that Google and the other defendants had violated laws like the Wiretap Act, the Stored Communications Act, and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act by collecting users’ web browsing information. (Though the ruling does reverse the dismissal of a different claim that the defendants violated the California constitution, which will now proceed in the lawsuit.) But despite those decisions and perhaps more importantly, the court was careful to make another point: That merely tracking the URLs someone visits can constitute collecting the contents of their communications, and that doing so without a warrant can violate the Wiretap Act. And that’s an opinion that will apply not just to Google, but to the Justice Department.

  • Tulsa energy company reports 40 percent decrease in 2015 earnings

    BY CASEY SMITH, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Nov 12, 2015

    Helmerich & Payne Inc. reported Thursday a net income of $422 million from operating revenues of $3.2 billion for its fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, compared to net income of $709 million from operating revenues of $3.7 billion for its prior fiscal year that ended September 30, 2014. The Tulsa-based drilling company’s full-year net income works out to $3.87 per diluted share for fiscal year 2015, down 40 percent compared to the $6.46 per diluted share earned during fiscal year 2014. Included in net income per diluted share for fiscal years 2015 and 2014 are approximately $0.86 and $0.23, respectively, in after-tax income related to a combination of select items including long-term contract early termination compensation, gains from the sale of investment securities, abandonment charges and impairment charges.

  • “That one was definitely alive”: An undercover video at one of the nation’s biggest pork processors

    Published: Thu, Nov 12, 2015

    The pigs are not all right. An undercover video taken at one of the nation's largest pork producers shows pigs being dragged across the floor, beaten with paddles, and sick to the point of immobility. By law, pigs are supposed to be rendered unconscious before being killed, but many are shown writhing in apparent pain while bleeding out, suggesting that they weren’t properly stunned. "That one was definitely alive," a worker says. The video also appears to show pigs with pus-filled abscesses being sent down the line. Others are covered in feces.

  • 44 Oil Executives and Truck Drivers Were Just Arrested for a Multimillion-Dollar Scam

    Published: Thu, Nov 12, 2015

    Dozens of New York City-area energy industry executives and truck drivers were arrested Tuesday as part of a law enforcement probe into a suspected scam on customers. DNAinfo reports the bust includes over 40 "owners, executives and truck drivers from some of the city's largest fuel oil companies" who police accuse of rigging oil trucks to shortchange customers on heating oil. The alleged scammers, who DNAinfo reported include eight owners of fuel companies and three transportation depots, are accused of scamming developers and city agencies, including police and fire departments and those serving "the homeless and city schoolchildren." Alleged victims also included the owners of smaller buildings who purchased oil from the companies implicated.

  • Taboo of tattoos in the workplace has been fading over time

    BY SAMUEL HARDIMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Nov 11, 2015

    A decade ago, Dixie Agostino always wore a jacket to hide her tiger lily-covered shoulder. Now, her wardrobe depends on whom she’s interacting with and the weather. Tulsa-area employers’ attitude toward tattoos have changed over the past 10 years, she said. That trend isn’t isolated to Green Country, either. Many national retailers, such as Jimmy Johns and Starbucks, are allowing customer-facing employees to have tattoos instead of covering them up.

  • Dunkin' Donuts unveils 'Joy' holiday cups amid Starbucks backlash

    Published: Wed, Nov 11, 2015

    Dunkin' Donuts has unveiled its holiday cups. In contrast to the red cups at Starbucks, the DD cups go full on winter holiday themed with the word "JOY" in red script surrounded by green pine branches. The Starbucks cups have prompted a somewhat contrived social media outrage by folks who think the simple red design somehow disrespects Christmas.

  • Joe's Crab Shack Is the First Major Chain to Drop Tipping

    Published: Wed, Nov 11, 2015

    Following the lead of Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group and other trailblazing restaurants in the United States, national seafood chain Joe's Crab Shack is eliminating tipping from restaurants in participating markets. Servers will start at $14 and hour, according to Restaurant Business, and the bumped wages will be offset by price increases of 12 to 15 percent.

  • SeaWorld to end killer whale shows in wake of mounting protests

    Published: Tue, Nov 10, 2015

    SeaWorld will end theatrical orca shows at its theme park in San Diego next year as part of a comprehensive overhaul of the company in the wake of mounting protests over its treatment of animals. Joel Manby, SeaWorld’s chief executive, said he had listened to guests’ criticism of its Shamu stadium whale circus and it would end the “theatrical killer whale experience” in San Diego by the end of 2016. Joel Manby, SeaWorld’s chief executive, said he had listened to guests’ criticism of its Shamu stadium whale circus and it would end the “theatrical killer whale experience” in San Diego by the end of 2016.

  • Good beer is the newest victim of climate change

    Published: Mon, Nov 9, 2015

    One of the most renowned Belgian beer brewers said Friday it is a victim of climate change because increasingly high temperatures have shortened the brewing season by about a month compared with the 1950s, The Associated Press reports. The Cantillon gueuze brewery needs to cool its hot brew in open tanks so that the natural yeasts in the air can help produce the sour beer that has developed a niche following throughout the world.

  • Taxpayers May Be Funding Billionaires' Biggest Apartment Deals

    Published: Mon, Nov 9, 2015

    Who do billionaires turn to when they want to buy apartment complexes? The U.S. taxpayer. Barry Sternlicht’s Starwood Capital Group and Stephen Schwarzman’s Blackstone Group LP are in talks with Freddie Mac to finance two transactions totaling more than $10 billion, according to people with knowledge of the negotiations. Those discussions come after the government-owned mortgage giant already agreed to back Lone Star Funds’ $7.6 billion deal to buy Home Properties Inc. and Brookfield Asset Management Inc.’s $2.5 billion takeover of Associated Estates Realty Corp.

  • Facebook won't let you type this

    Published: Fri, Nov 6, 2015

    Try mentioning the social media website Tsu.co on Facebook or Instagram -- or even in a private conversation on Facebook Messenger. It won't work. Facebook (FB, Tech30) is blocking any link to Tsu.co on every platform it owns, including Messenger and Instagram. It even went back and deleted more than 1 million Facebook posts that ever mentioned Tsu.co, making pictures, videos and comments disappear in an instant. You can type the name "Tsu," but you'll be blocked if you write "Tsu.co" or post any link from the site.

  • The Future Of Netflix Doesn't Include Live Sports Or Evening News

    Published: Thu, Nov 5, 2015

    Netflix has plans to bring us even more original movies and TV shows, but don't expect to be able to catch live sports anytime soon -- and definitely not the evening news, The Huffington Post reports. "You don't want to invest in things that are dying," Reed Hastings, the co-founder and CEO of Netflix, said of live news programs at The New York Times' DealBook Conference in New York on Tuesday, prompting scattered snickering from the audience. 

  • 5 companies grab 70% of your online dollars

    Published: Thu, Nov 5, 2015

    The Internet was supposed to democratize and open up information, commerce and communication. But so far, the spoils are going to a relative few, USA TODAY reports. Now that social media giant Facebook (FB) has reported its quarterly profit, investors can see how lucrative Internet business has become for the industry's winners.