• Which combination of schools is the best Big 12 option?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 10 hr ago

      For the Sunday Oklahoman, I wrote about Big 12 expansion and the (un)likelihood of something happening. I also listed nine expansion candidates, detailing their strengths and weaknesses. You can read those items here and here. But Big 12 expansion would come in pairs. The Big 12 should have added Louisville three years ago and reached 11 members, but that didn’t happen. If expansion ever comes, it will be to get the Big 12 to a dozen members. So let’s look at the best pairs of potential additions. What two schools together make the most sense? Cincinnati & Brigham Young: The Big 12 would like to expand East more than West, since West Virginia already is on an island. But the two best available

  • Comic Collection Monday #9: Magnus, Robot Fighter #12

    Matthew Price | Updated: 10 hr ago

    In Comic Collection Monday, each Monday, we'll share at Nerdage a comic from my collection, or the collection of a reader, along with notes about the issue -- thoughts about the issue, where it was purchased, whatever comes to mind. This week, we have our second special guest Comic Collection Monday from comic collector Doyle Dodd.  Future guest spots in the lineup are available!  If you want to talk about an interesting comic in your collection, send me an e-mail at mprice at Oklahoman.com.   All opinions of the guest post are, perhaps obviously, the opinions of the guest poster.

  • Oklahoma football: Quarterback commit Chris Robison ranked No. 76 in first 2017 Rivals100

    Jason Kersey | Updated: 15 hr ago

    NORMAN — Oklahoma quarterback commitment Chris Robison came in at No. 76 on the first Rivals100 rankings for the recruiting class of 2017. Robison, from Mesquite, Texas, is the Sooners’ only 2017 commit. He gave new OU offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley his commitment on June 26. Robison is the second quarterback commitment Riley has landed since he arrived in Norman in January. The Sooners also have Austin Kendall — a four-star prospect from Waxhaw, N.C. — committed for the class of 2016. OU didn’t sign a quarterback in its 2015 recruiting class. It was the first quarterback-less signing class for the Sooners since 2005.

  • UPDATED: The Haunted House has risen from the dead

    Dave Cathey | Updated: 15 hr ago

    It's official, the the house that sits at the end of the lane called Miramar Drive is haunting again starting. After more than half a century in operation followed by a couple of months dark, The Haunted House reopens with a new owner and name. The new owner is Patrick M. Boylan, who made is fortune as an event planner, and the new name is J. Bruner's at The Haunted House. About nine years ago, Boylan rescued J. Bruner's Steakhouse in Osage Beach, Mo., from an untimely demise. Now, Boylan waves his re-animating wand at the iconic restaurant owned and operated for 51 years by Marian Thibault, who died in May. J. Bruner's at The Haunted House, 7101 Miramar Dr., is taking reservations for Saturday night and

  • Bus station lawsuit costs add up

    William Crum | Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    Oklahoma City has been billed for $35,680.71 for the outside lawyers who are representing the Board of Adjustment in Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid’s lawsuit over historic Union Bus Station. Shadid has asked a judge to order a new review of a developer’s request to demolish the downtown “streamline moderne” structure, dating from the early 1940s. […]

  • Video: Get revved up with Thompson Square's 'Trans Am' official video

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 17 hr ago

    Thompson Square also recently released the official music video for the couple's racy new single “Trans Am": As previously reported, "Trans Am" is the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music award-winning duo's first new song from its third album, the follow-up to 2013’s “Just Feels Good." The fast-paced video for “Trans Am,” directed by award winner Wes Edwards, was shot over a 15-hour day inside Nashville’s Soundcheck sound stage. The high horsepower “Trans Am” is the Grammy-nominated pair’s first live performance video and the first time Thompson Square’s band mates have guest starred in one of the duo’s videos, according to

  • Ripple Green release catchy rock gem "Timepiece" (Middle of Nowhere Debut)

    Nathan Poppe | Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    It’s surprising that the members of Ripple Green don’t have the same last name. The Oklahoma City-based rock trio have remained inseparable since kindergarten, stuck at the hip as friends. I originally thought they were brothers. Perhaps, cut from the same cloth as Kings of Leon. They have, however, played together in some shape for more than a decade. Here’s your […]

  • Monday Catchy Quote No. 373

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 17 hr ago

    A catchy quote from a movie, TV show or other source to brighten the beginning of your week: The Bullet Farmer: All this over a family squabble ... - Click here to learn the source.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on July 6, 2015: Hear Jason Isbell and John Moreland at Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 17 hr ago

    Today's featured event: TULSA - Hear Americana star Jason Isbell - who is preparing to release his new album, "Something More Than Free," the follow-up to his acclaimed 2013 effort "Southeastern," on July 17 - at 8 tonight at Cain's Ballroom, 423 N Main. Acclaimed Oklahoma singer-songwriter John Moreland will open the show. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information, go to www.cainsballroom.com. For more events, go to newsok.com/events.

  • "We’re legislating taste and being arbitrary doing it."

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: 17 hr ago

    Ed Lynn, owner of the popular Buffalo Wild Wings on Northwest Expressway, may finally get to build his dream house. After living in the suburbs with his wife for the past 25 years, they want to move their home downtown. West Midtown was an appealing choice for the Lynns – a revived neighborhood centered at NW 7 and Shartel is being rebuilt with a mix of renovated existing homes and a lot of new modern contemporary homes. Some call this the cottage district of Midtown, others call it SoSA. I’m sick of the emergence of new districts and conflicting names, so from here on out I’m just going to refer to it as what it is – Midtown or west Midtown.

  • Oklahoma City Museum of Art, National Cowboy Museum exploring new frontiers with Google Cultural Institute

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 18 hr ago

    A version of this story appears in Monday's Your Life section of The Oklahoman. Google takes Oklahoma City museums to new frontiers Behind glass at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, the individual glass beads forming the pretty pattern on a Lakota woman’s dress are miniscule, visible only as tiny, shiny bumps. But thanks to the Google Art Project, the texture of those carefully arranged seed beads can be clearly discerned from thousands of miles away. “To zoom in and see the level of craftsmanship and detail … it’s just amazing to me. You can zoom in and get a level of detail that you might not otherwise get,” said John Spencer, the National Cowboy

  • Mind Your Own Business: Would you give up regular showers for a little extra cash?

    Paula Burkes | Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    What would you give up for a little extra cash? A survey released last week found 25 percent in the South are willing to give up air conditioning, while 30 percent would sacrifice their smartphone for six months. Almost two-thirds said they'd give up the Internet for a month in exchange for an extra $1,000 to their savings account, and one-fourth even said they'd give up regular showers for an increase in savings. The results are based on an online survey of 2,000 adult Americans conducted May 29 through June 3 by Toluna’s Multimind for McLean, Va.-based Capitol One. While 54 percent of Americans report they feel happy when they save money, 28 percent said they always or very often spend their savings.

  • Wade in the water ...

    Carla Hinton | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    I was very little but I remember being baptized by Rev. Albritton at Tabitha Baptist Church in northeast Oklahoma City. I remember being intrigued when I saw people being baptized from the pews but I was a little terrified when it came time for me to get into the baptistery myself. I understood some of […]

  • What to do in Oklahoma on July 5, 2015: Hear Elizabeth Speegle Band play a Sunday Twilight Concert in the Myriad Gardens

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Today's featured event: This summer, Arts Council Oklahoma City’s Sunday Twilight Concert Series, presented by Devon, invites music lovers of all ages to free, family-friendly concerts at the Myriad Gardens. The Elizabeth Speegle Band will perform an evening concert of its characteristic jazz laced pop and blues at 7:30 tonight. From soulful ballads to gritty blues, Speegle’s smoky, soulful vocal sound is complimented by piano, saxophone, bass, drums, and guitar in a heartfelt delivery that convinces the audience that they mean every word of their relevant and raw lyrics. Their energy and original style has garnered them the broad fan base that they deserve.

  • Instameet the animals with NewsOK

    Alan Herzberger | Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Bring your camera. We'll provide a professional photographer.  Our partners will bring the expensive equipment. It has all the makings of another NewsOK Instameet. This time, we're using the Oklahoma City Zoo as the backdrop. After all, it's about time we added the element of live animals to the Instameet equation.  We've been putting on these events every few months for a couple years now. We've had good turnouts, and The Oklahoman photo editor Doug Hoke reports a great time had by all. Why not the unpredictability of animals? Doug will have a camera around his neck, so I know he'll have a good time. Start your lazy summer Saturday morning at our Instameet. Doug will be at the

  • Former Junior League Presidents meet for lunch in Oklahoma City

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Sara Sweet, Kristi Leonard, Nazette Zuhdi-Cleaver, Cristi Reiger. (Photos by Helen Ford Wallace).   Kristen Brown was hostess for a luncheon for past presidents of the Oklahoma City Junior League. She was president in 2013-14. Current President Nazette Zuhdi-Cleaver talked about plans for the new year and the Junior League's health focus and outgoing President Kristi Leonard talked about this year's accomplishments. Cleaver took over as president in June.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on July 4, 2015: Hear Nicnos play for free at Bricktown 4th Fest

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Today's featured event: Celebrate Independence Day at Bricktown 4th Fest 2015 in Lower Bricktown Ahis year’s free fest features live music by Nicnos at 8 p.m. at Lower Bricktown “Live at the Green” presented by Chevy and Dr. Pepper. Nicnos is an Oklahoma City-based act known for its original sound, high energy, strong vocals and talented instrumentation. The “Lower Bricktown Live on the Green” concert series, which is typically on Friday nights but has been moved to Saturday this week for the Fourth of July, takes place on the Chevy Stage on the Lower Bricktown Plaza, 115 E Reno, in the Bricktown district of downtown Oklahoma City. For more information on the series, click here.

  • Shooting Fireworks (with a camera)

    Nate Billings | Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Fireworks shows are stunning displays to witness but can be difficult to photograph. I often encourage people to sit back and enjoy the show, leaving their cameras in their bags (or pockets). However, here are some tips if you're interested in trying your hand at fireworks photography and have a camera with manual controls.  1. Use a Tripod. Although camera technology has changed a lot over the years, the fundamental elements for taking photos of fireworks have not. You still need two main ingredients: slow shutter speeds and a steady camera. The best way to steady your camera is to use a tripod. Without a tripod, movement of your camera will cause motion blur and ruin your shot.

  • Richard Mize: Fair housing ruling lost amid furor

    Richard Mize | Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Here's a taste of The Oklahoman's Saturday real estate section! My column (below the photo). See the entire section here. Fair housing ruling lost amid furor BY RICHARD MIZE Real Estate Editor richardmize@oklahoman.com You can’t be blamed if you missed this controversial Supreme Court ruling — by my count there were about a half-dozen. Federal health care law: in. Same-sex marriage: in. State execution chemicals: in. Anti-gerrymandering state redistricting commissions: in. Ten Commandments monument: out. And the almost overnight surrender of the Confederate battle flag is as tendentious as any court ruling. A boring ol’ ruling on fair housing law barely

  • What's going on with Enes Kanter contract talks?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    While the free-agent signings come in waves around the NBA, the waiting continues for Enes Kanter and the Thunder to agree to a deal. It seems inevitable that Kanter winds up with the Thunder, since even if Kanter takes his negotiations to other teams, the Thunder can match the offer. So what’s the hangup? Why the delay? A few things could be holding it up. 1) Kanter’s camp is waiting on the DeAndre Jordan and LaMarcus Aldridge decisions, which will clear up the market for centers. Jordan is waffling, by all reports, between the Clippers and the Mavericks. Aldridge, who knows what he’s doing? Virtually all the other notable big men have cast their claim. Marc Gasol is not even talking to