• Michigan travelblog: Mount Pleasant is named half-right

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 15 hr ago

    We drove into Mount Pleasant, Mich., about 3 p.m. and soon enough figured out it was half right. I saw no mounts. If Mount Pleasant is at high altitude, it’s a gradual climb. The only mount I’ve been on this week is the three or four blocks of Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive that rise above ground level and give downtown Chicago a two-story street system. So no mount. But awfully pleasant. Mount Pleasant seems like a nice town. Quaint downtown. A bunch of cool, vintage houses. Quality campus. Mount Pleasant has a population of about 26,000; part of th ecity is on the Isabella Indian Reservation, which apparently has a major casino.

  • Odd pairing: Mattel, Uber team up for Force Friday

    Matt Patterson | Updated: 15 hr ago

    In what may be one of the strangest corporate pairings ever Uber and Mattel have teamed up for Force Friday to give free rides in its storm trooper themed vehicles in New York this weekend. Force Friday happens every year and besides a chance for Mattel and others to move loads of merchandise, it's a celebration of all things Star Wars. Riders can request it on their Uber app on their phones and rides up to 30 minutes are free. After that it's on the rider's dime. Each car comes complete with a supply of Hot Wheels die cast car and a Star Wars Force Awakens star ship can take home as as keepsake of the moment they rode in a car that was at least vaguely reminiscent of storm troopers.

  • Guide to No. 4 Guthrie at Duncan

    Jacob Unruh | Yesterday

    When: 7 p.m., Friday Where: Halliburton Stadium, Duncan Radio: 105.1 FM Online: GuthrieSportsPage.com 2014 records: Guthrie 10-2; Duncan 3-7 Players to watch: Guthrie — Rowdy Reihs, RB/LB. Reihs will do a little bit of everything for the Bluejays, providing a versatility that’s vital on both sides of the ball. If he has a big game, Guthrie will be tough to beat. Duncan — Hunter Kelly, LB. Duncan’s leading tackler last season with 123, Kelly returns to lead a defensive unit that returns six starters in new defensive coordinator Glennis Ring’s scheme. Storylines: Guthrie — Quarterback Zane Maltz is healthy after playing through a shoulder injury in

  • Carpenter Square Theatre premieres new plays in 2015-16 season

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 16 hr ago

    A version of this column appears in Friday's Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Carpenter Square brings new plays to Oklahoma City Good grief, Carpenter Square Theatre has big plans for its 2015-16 season. They’re good plans for local fans of timely theater. “We like to keep current and contemporary with what writers are writing, so most -- not all but most -- of our shows have been first produced within the last 10 years,” said longtime Artistic Director Rhonda Clark. “We try to do a wide variety of genres, and they’re all new shows for Oklahoma City.

  • Wildlife photographer to speak in OKC

    Matt Patterson | Updated: 16 hr ago

    Dan Myburg, a photographer and conservationist, will speak Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Oklahoma City Zoo's Rosser Education Center auditorium. His latest book "Circle of Life" captures the distinctive treasury of wildlife thriving but threatened near Botswana. Myburg also leads visitors to Africa on photo safaris. Myburg will be selling and signing his book following the presentation.  Seats are limited to 300 guests on a first-come, first-served basis. The lecture is free.  No reservations are required. For more information, call 425-0218. .

  • Wiggle Out Loud family music festival grows up in its third year

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 16 hr ago

    A version of this story appears in Friday's Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. Wiggle Out Loud family music and movement festival grows up in its third year If Wiggle Out Loud is Chris Wiser’s baby, the festival is going off to preschool in its third year. “We were a volunteer committee the first two years … and it was a goal that maybe if we could get it going that it would be successful and an organization with more resources would take it over,” said Wiser, co-founder of Wiggle Out Loud and half the Oklahoma City family music duo Sugar Free AllStars.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Sept. 4, 2015: Check out the First Friday Gallery Walk in the Paseo

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 17 hr ago

    The Paseo Arts District’s First Friday Gallery Walk for September is set for 6 to 10 tonight in the history Paseo Arts District. The Gallery Walk will have 22 galleries open featuring 80 artists, who will host opening receptions promising something for everyone. Each First Friday, Paseo galleries offer guest artists’ exhibits, refreshments, live music and food trucks. This month, saxophonist Justin Young will play in the plaza, and the guest food truck Phill Me Up Cheesesteaks, an OKC cheesesteak food truck, will park and serve. The Paseo Art Space will feature PhotoFest 2015, an annual juried photography exhibition sponsored by Red River Photo Services.

  • John Fullbright planning December Oklahoma shows; tickets on sale today

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 17 hr ago

    Grammy-nominated Oklahoma singer-songwriter John Fullbright will be playing two extra-big, extra-special shows in Oklahoma in December: Dec. 12 at the University of Central Oklahoma's Mitchell Hall in Edmond and Dec. 19 at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa. Tickets for both shows go on sale at 10 a.m. today. Follow the links below to buy. The Dec. 12 concert will be the third show for the Bearden native at Mitchell Hall, including the album release show for “Songs” last year. The Dec. 19 concert will be his second headlining show at Cain’s, following the successful opener for Woody Guthrie Center’s second anniversary celebration this past April. Both shows will include Fullbright and the

  • Polyphonic Spree bringing 15th anniversary tour to ACM@UCO Performance Lab

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 17 hr ago

    Dallas “psychphonic” band Polyphonic Spree is bringing its 15th anniversary tour to Oklahoma City Oct. 19 for a show at the ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E Sheridan. "The Trees Are Getting Harder To Climb: 15th Anniversary of The Polyphonic Spree" tour will feature the group performing its 2002 album “The Beginning Stages of..." in its entirety, along with some deep cuts and other surprises. Tickets are $22 and are available at www.ticketstorm.com.

  • The Morning Brew: Gas prices hit 11-year Labor Day weekend low. Will you travel this weekend?

    Juliana Keeping,newsroom blog | Updated: 19 hr ago

    Good Friday morning. Below, find a summary of the news you may have missed. Syria: Drowned brothers laid to rest In Thursday's morning brew, we covered the ongoing struggles of migrants and refugees streaming out of Syria. People desperate to reach safety from a brutal civil war are dying as overloaded watercraft overturn, including the two little brothers pictured above, Alan and Galib Kurdi. Friday, they were laid to rest in their Syrian home town. In other news from the region, BBC seeks to understand why Syrians are fleeing to Europe instead of other Gulf states.  The United States faces pressure to take on more refugees from the region.

  • OSU football: The Twitter reaction to Oklahoma State's win over Central Michigan

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    Oklahoma State didn't overpower Central Michigan, but the Cowboys were able to come away with a 24-13 win in their season opener. Here's how the Twitter universe reacted to the Cowboys and Chippewas throughout: FRESHHHHHH Black helmets #okstate pic.twitter.com/0CwFMdwCxi — Sarah Phipps (@sarahcphipps) September 3, 2015 FILLING THE GAPS Vincent Taylor has lived up to the billing thus far, real disruptive. If he emerges as a playmaker at DT, that’s good news for #okstate — Brandon Chatmon (@BChatmon) September 3, 2015 #OKstate DT Darrion Daniels with the

  • Retail Likely for Gold Dome - Grocery Stores Looking at Anchor Spot

    Steve Lackmeyer | Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    Jonathan Russell may be the owner that finally "gets it" when it comes to finding an adaptive re-use of the Gold Dome. The property has been besieged with owners who have either over-thought the building and sought to maintain the open central lobby and continue with office space (Dr. Irene Lam); thought they could tear it down and not suffer from the public wrath (David Box); or involve it in some sort of ill-conceived publicity effort or worse (TEEMCO, which I purposely avoided covering after they refused to acknowledge early on that they weren't being quite truthful about not ever having bought the property). Russell has tackled a difficult old property and restored its historic fabric while doing a complete adaptive

  • Three first-half observations from OSU vs. Central Michigan

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    Oklahoma State leads Central Michigan 10-6 at halftime (you can follow the game here). Here are three thoughts on the first half: 1. Involvement on offense: Blake Jarwin, David Glidden, Jeff Carr, Marcell Ateman, Jhajuan Seales, Chris Carson, and James Washington. Those were the Oklahoma State players that caught passes from Mason Rudolph in the first half. The Cowboys “new hope” at quarterback looked sharp and accurate to start, hitting eight of his first nine passes and 9-of-14 overall. Ateman was particularly alive, with his biggest receiving output (57 yards) since WEEK FOUR of 2014 vs. Texas Tech.

  • Pregame Primer: Five must-read stories before Oklahoma State faces Central Michigan

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — The 244-day wait is finally over. Welcome back, Oklahoma State football. The Cowboys hit the field Thursday night against Central Michigan (6 p.m. CST on ESPNU) carrying the momentum of their last game, a 30-22 Cactus Bowl victory against Washington, and a roster featuring a combined 22 returning starters from offense, defense and special teams. It's all given OSU fans hope a special season might be ahead. Here are five stories from the NewsOK Sports team to get you ready for kickoff. 1. CONFIDENCE AT QUARTERBACK Mason Rudolph as... Luke Skywalker? Yep.

  • Throwback Thursday: Superman in blue jeans in 2011's Action Comics #1

    Matthew Price | Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    Superman has returned to his T-shirt and blue jeans look in recent issues of the comic-book storyline "Truth."  That look was first introduced by Grant Morrison and Rags Morales when they relaunched "Action Comics" with a new No. 1 issue in Sept. 2011.   In this Throwback Thursday post, we look at that issue, and the Word Balloons column of Friday, Sept. 9, 2011. Writer Grant Morrison and artist Rags Morales have revamped Superman in the pages of the comic book that started it all. “Action Comics,” renumbered for the first time since introducing Superman in 1938, hit stands with “Action Comics” No. 1 this week.

  • Guide to the Polo Bowl: Casady at No. 1 Heritage Hall

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    When: 7 p.m., Thursday Where: Heritage Hall, 1800 N.W. 122nd, Oklahoma City 2014 records: Casady 8-3 (runner-up in Southwest Preparatory Conference); Heritage Hall 14-1 (Class 3A state champion) Last week: Holland Hall 41, Casady 21 Players to watch: Casady — Max Wariboko-Alali, DB. One of the top 30 recruits in the state, Wariboko-Alali will be doing a bit of everything for the Cyclones on the field. He’ll play running back, receiver and even quarterback along with play defensive back. Also, look for him to return kicks and punts like he did in a Week Zero loss to Holland Hall. Heritage Hall — Tevin McDaniel, RB/DE. After picking up an Air Force offer in the offseason, McDaniel gained

  • John Heisman coached Akron football, but not for long

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    OU hosts Akron to open the 2015 football season. The Sooners and Zips never have played, so Oklahoma knowledge of Akron football is minimal. Here’s a quick primer on the history of the Zips: Classifications: NCAA College Division 1937-72, NCAA Division II 1973-79, NCAA Division I-AA 1980-86, NCAA Division I-A 1987-present. Conference affiliations: Mid-American 1992-present; independent 1987-91, 1966-77, 1937-45, 1891-1914; Ohio Valley 1980-86; Mid-Continent 1978-79; Ohio Athletic 1946-65, 1915-36. Stadium: InfoCision Stadium (2009), 30,000 capacity. Best player: Dwight Smith led the nation with 10 interceptions in 2000, then helped the Tampa Bay Buccaneers win Super Bowl 37 by returning two

  • Guide to No. 9 Edmond Memorial at No. 6 Southmoore

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    When: 7 p.m., Thursday Where: Moore Schools Stadium 2014 records: Edmond Memorial 5-6; Southmoore 4-7 Players to watch: Edmond Memorial — Tate Troxell, RB. A backup to star Warren Wand last year, it’s now time for Troxell to shine, and coach Justin Merideth believes he has the ability. Troxell only carried the ball 10 times last season, but did have 14 receptions for 245 yards and two touchdowns. Southmoore — Brey Walker, OL. How can you not watch the 6-foot-6, 317-pound sophomore tackle who already holds scholarship offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, Michigan, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and SMU? He’s just one of many talented and young players for the SaberCats.

  • 8 photos of Bob Stoops every OU football fan needs to see

    Richard Hall | Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    Bob Stoops is the man at the University of Oklahoma. The man has led the Sooners to more than 160 wins since 1999, which include eight Big 12 Championships and one National Championship. The guy's a living legend, just ask any OU football fan. Even non-OU fans would agree with that assessment. Being in the national spotlight means dealing with cameras day-in-day-out. We here at NewsOK/The Oklahoman have more than 4,800 photos of the guy (don't let that creep you out, though -- we didn't snap every single photo, as our archives pull in images from other sources like the Associated Press). But that kind of binder (looking at you Mitt Romney) catalog of photos lends itself to some pretty great photos. Some

  • The Oklahoman's 2015 OSU football predictions

    Berry Tramel,Jenni Carlson,john helsley,Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    As Oklahoma State prepares to take on Central Michigan in the season opener, The Oklahoman’s college football coverage team shared its picks for the Cowboys' season. Who will be the Cowboys' MVP? * Kyle Fredrickson, OSU beat writer: QB Mason Rudolph – It’s no coincidence the Cowboys’ incredible turnaround last season took place just as Rudolph took over as the starting quarterback. * John Helsley, OSU beat writer: Rudolph – His impact on last year’s team was immediate and remarkable.