• Interview: Toby Keith's hometown Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic raises record $1.2 million

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 12 hr ago

    NORMAN – It turns out Toby Keith is quite the talented auctioneer. The country music superstar and Norman resident’s yearly hometown fundraiser, the 12th Annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic, generated a record $1.2 million over last weekend. The two-day event took place May 15-16 at Belmar Golf Club and Riverwind Casino. This year’s […]

  • What’s the plan to reduce Oklahoma County’s teen births by one-third?

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: 16 hr ago

    Oklahoma County has one of the highest teen birth rates in the nation. A coalition of health leaders hope to change that. The Central Oklahoma Teen Pregnancy Prevention Collaboration rolled out a plan this week to reduce teen births in Oklahoma County by one-third by 2020. Although Oklahoma’s teen birth rate has decreased over the past […]

  • Richard Mize: My mind is in the gutter again

    Richard Mize | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Here’s a taste of The Oklahoman’s Saturday Real Estate section: my column. Check out the section here. –rm You might have noticed lately that the outside Christmas decoration supports on your house have another purpose. You know, the long things that follow the edge of the roof line? Perfectly placed for clipping strings of Christmas […]

  • Stormy weather washes out Music & Mayhem Festival, but many Memorial Day events still planned across Oklahoma

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    An abbreviated version of this column appears in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Despite stormy weather, Memorial Day weekend events are planned across Oklahoma The eighth Music & Mayhem Festival has been canceled due to flooding at Oklahoma’s Lake Eufaula, but many other music events, arts festivals and military service member salutes across […]

  • Don't miss any breaking news: download the NewsOK app

    Alan Herzberger | Updated: 19 hr ago

    Two weeks ago, NewsOK launched an app for Android devices. Last week, NewsOK added an upgrade to its app for iOS devices. And this week, we are asking NewsOK users to download the app. There’s a good reason for it. The new app (Android) and the upgraded app (iOS) will deliver notifications for breaking news. […]

  • Eiffel Tower: A pickpocket's dream

    Matt Patterson | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Word comes from France that there has been a temporary shutdown of the Eiffel Tower because workers are protesting the high number of pickpockets working tourists crowds around, and at times, on the tower itself. My wife and I visted Paris last fall and we had read up on the vast array of pickpocket scams […]

  • Faith Notes: Weekend, May 23-24

    Carla Hinton | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Here are a few faith-themed events happening in the metro area this weekend: // // // Sunday, May 24 — A Buddha Bathing Ceremony is set for 10 a.m. at the Buddha Mind Monastery (pictured), 5800 S Anderson Road. Attendees will celebrate the Buddha’s birthday. For more information, call 869-0501 or go to www.ctbuddhamind.org. — […]

  • Movie review: 'Far From the Madding Crowd'

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    A abbreviated version of this review appears in the Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. 4 of 4 stars. Movie review: ‘Far From the Madding Crowd’ Far from a staid and dusty old story of bygone days, Danish director Thomas Vinterberg’s new cinematic version of Thomas Hardy’s oft-adapted 1874 novel “Far From the Madding Crowd” […]

  • What to do in Oklahoma on May 22, 2015: See Carpenter Square Theatre's 'Good People'

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Today’s featured event: See Carpenter Square Theatre’s production of “Good People,” David Lindsay-Abaire’s award-winning comedy-drama that focuses on the struggles and unshakeable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America, at 8 tonight. Performances continue through June 6 at 800 W. Main in downtown Oklahoma City. Winner of the 2011 New York Drama […]

  • Winter Ball committee members meet for coffee and to plan the January 30th Ball

    By Helen Ford Wallace hwallace@Oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Marilyn Meade, Barbara Beeler, Sherrie Kite. (Photos provided). Lauren Sullivan, Bebe MacKellar, Mary FitzSimons, back; Katherine Buxton, seated. PHOTO PROVIDED   Members of the 2016 Winter Ball committee met for coffee at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club Terrace Room. They were making plans for the January 30, 2016 Winter Ball, sponsored by The […]

  • Will Rogers water park opening delayed a week

    William Crum | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Summer fun will have to wait a bit at the Will Rogers Family Aquatic Center in Oklahoma City. This weekend’s planned opening of the water park, at 3201 N Grand Blvd., has been delayed a week. The aquatic center was set to open for the season at noon Saturday before it was discovered that lines […]

  • Tulsa Comic Expo spotlight: R.A. Jones

    Matthew Price | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

      TULSA — The Tulsa Comic Expo will be held Friday-Sunday at the Cox Convention Center, 100 Civic Center in Tulsa. The show, a multi-genre comic con, will feature actors, comic creators, videogaming, cosplay, vendors and more. Actors from “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “Friday the 13th” and “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” are all on the […]

  • Oklahoma sees significant decline in adults smoking cigarettes, CDC reports

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Oklahoma has seen a significant decrease in the number of adults who smoke cigarettes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday. In 2011, 26 percent of Oklahoma adults 18 and older smoked cigarettes. By 2013, that number decreased to about 24 percent. Oklahoma health officials celebrated this decline last year, when Oklahoma saw its smoking […]

  • Memorial Day weekend events planned across Oklahoma

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    A version of this story appears in Thursday’s The Oklahoman. Oklahoma communities plan Memorial Day weekend events across the state Oklahoma can expect more spring storms for the unofficial start of summer, so folks should call ahead to make sure their favorite event is still on before hitting the road. As usual, venues across Oklahoma […]

  • What to do in Oklahoma on May 21, 2015: Hear Built to Spill at ACM@UCO Performance Lab

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Today’s featured event: Idaho indie rockers Built to Spill will perform in concert at 8 tonight at the ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E Sheridan in Bricktown. Wooden Indian Burial Ground and Junebug Spade will open the show. Doors open at 7 p.m. For tickets and information, go to www.ticketstorm.com. For more events, go to newsok.com/events. […]

  • Wednesday Video Spotlight: Ray Wylie Hubbard plays 'Mother's Blues' on 'Late Show with David Letterman'

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    As I’m watching David Letterman’s final episode of CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman,” I happened to check my email and catch one from a reader, John Long, who had apparently perused my list of the Top 10 Oklahomans who played the “Late Show with David Letterman” and killed it. He reminded me of this […]

  • Swon Brothers to play July 18 at Hard Rock Tulsa; tickets on sale Thursday

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    CATOOSA – Muskogee natives The Swon Brothers are set to perform one of their signature “Swoncerts” July 18 at The Joint inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, 770 W Cherokee Street. Tickets start at $35 and go on sale Thursday. Since their days on Season 4 of NBC’s “The Voice,” under the direction of […]

  • Tickets on sale Thursday for WWE 'Monday Night Raw' July 27 at Chesapeake Energy Arena

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    The WWE flagship broadcast, “Monday Night Raw,” returns to Oklahoma City July 27, with a planned lineup including U.S. Champion John Cena, WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Randy Orton, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, the WWE Divas and more. Tickets start at $15 and go on sale at 10 a.m.  Thursday. They will be […]

  • Richard Mize: Some flooding in OKC warehouses

    Richard Mize | Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    Rain has been coming hard and fast in Oklahoma City and environs. Warehouse roofs tend toward “flat.” Flat does not always stand water well. So, of course there has been some damage at some of those huge industrial spaces that most people don’t think of unless they work in them. One big warehouse-distribution center on […]

  • Wednesday Video Spotlight: Oklahoma's The Tractors rock 'Late Show with David Letterman' with 'Baby Likes to Rock It'

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    With no apologies to David Letterman, I’m turning my Top 10 list up to 11. This morning, I posted my list of the Top 10 Oklahomans who played the “Late Show with David Letterman” and killed it, a special Wednesday Video Spotlight in honor of tonight’s final episode of Letterman’s late-night TV career. The list […]