• A Personal Request - Make this Christmas Special

    Steve Lackmeyer | Yesterday

    At this moment, there are more than 12,000 children in Oklahoma’s foster care system. They are kids who have endured ugliness in their homes, separated from parents they love, no matter how flawed those parents might be, and they’re often facing the uncertainty of whether those families will be reunited, or if the problems are […]

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Nov. 21, 2014: Hear Loretta Lynn at Shawnee's Grand Casino

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    Today’s featured event: SHAWNEE —  Hear “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and multiple-gold-album selling artist Loretta Lynn bring more than 50 years of classic country hits at 8 tonight at Grand Event Center located inside Grand Casino Hotel and Resort, Interstate 40 at Exit 178. A career spanning more than five decades began with the breakthrough single, […]

  • Movie review: "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1"

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    A version of this review appears in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. 3 of 4 stars. Movie review: ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1’ Katniss Everdeen goes to war, but the games are still on in the grim yet enthralling third film in the blockbuster franchise. Although “Mockingjay – Part 1” occasionally […]

  • Thursday Video Spotlight: "Foxcatcher" tells the tragic tale of two former University of Oklahoma wrestlers

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    Check out these interviews and trailers from the acclaimed new film “Foxcatcher,” starring Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo and a nearly unrecognizable Steve Carell. Directed by Bennett Miller (“Capote,” “Moneyball”), it tells the real-life story of former University of Oklahoma wrestlers Dave Schultz (Ruffalo) and Mark Schultz (Tatum) and how their involvement with enigmatic and mentally […]

  • UPDATED - Thursday Video Spotlight: Kristin Chenoweth making TV rounds for new album

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    UPDATED at 11:35 p.m. Thursday: I’ve embedded Kristin’s Thursday appearances on “Live! With Kelly and Michael” and “Today.” As previously reported, Emmy- and Tony-winning singer-actress Kristin Chenoweth, who hails from Broken Arrow, released Monday her first live CD, “Coming Home.” A PBS concert special, “Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home,” will air on Nov. 28. The career-spanning […]

  • alt-J to play April 8 Bricktown concert; tickets on sale Friday

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    English indie rockers alt-J are planning an April 8 show at the newly renovated Chevy Bricktown Events Center, 429 E California Ave. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at Buy for Less stores, by phone at (866) 977-6849 or online at www.protix.com. Ticket prices are $33 and $43, plus fees. alt-J released in […]

  • Walk the Moon to play May 4 show at Cain's Ballroom; tickets on sale Friday

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    TULSA – Alt-pop band Walk the Moon” will bring its headlining “Talking Is Hard Tour” to Oklahoma for a May 4 concert at Cain’s Ballroom, 423 N Main. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, with prices ranging from $22 to $37. For more information, go to www.cainsballroom.com. Walk the Moon’s sophomore album “Talking […]

  • Oklahoma State football: 4-star cornerback Kenneth McGruder decommits from OSU

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    Kenneth McGruder — a 6-foot-1, 209-pound four-star rated safety from Alief Taylor High School (Texas) — announced on Twitter late Thursday that he has decommitted from Oklahoma State. LINK A few hours later: LINK McGruder spoke with scout.com about the decision: “I just need to open my options. I figure that I need to see […]

  • Oklahoma wrestling: Former Sooners to compete in Global Wrestling Championships

    Trent Shadid | Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    The debut of the Global Wrestling Championships this Saturday will feature former University of Oklahoma All-Americans Sam Hazewinkel and Andrew Howe. Hazewinkel, a four-time All-American at OU from 2003-07, is set to face former Iowa national champion Tony Ramos for the flyweight title. Howe will face Kyle Dake for the welterweight championship. Howe was recently […]

  • Big 12 efficiency ratings: Baylor offense, Texas defense reign

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    Time for the weekly Big 12 efficiency rankings, and with Thanksgiving fast approaching, the teams are settling in to who they are. Baylor has the league’s best offense. Texas has the league’s best defense. Kansas and OSU are waltzing to determine the league’s worst offense. Texas Tech and Iowa State are the candidates for the […]

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Previewing OU-Kansas with The Lawrence Journal-World's Matt Tait

    Jason Kersey | Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    Welcome to the home of “The Non-Fiction Writers,” NewsOK.com’s OU football podcast from beat writers Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber. The podcast’s name is a nod to legendary former OU football coach Barry Switzer, who has famously referred to reporters as “fiction writers.” You can click on the link below to listen and download the […]

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners coach Bob Stoops changes opinion on Bedlam date

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    NORMAN — The morning after Oklahoma’s Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said that playing Oklahoma State every year in early December hurt both teams in recruiting. After the Big 12 Conference’s announcement Wednesday that Bedlam would be moved to Thanksgiving weekend — giving both teams the next weekend off — Stoops […]

  • POLL: What's your favorite Thanksgiving food?

    Richard Hall | Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    I’m curious: What do Oklahomans like to eat on Thanksgiving? What is your favorite Thanksgiving food? Take the poll below and share your thoughts in the comments. It’s listed in alphabetical order, broken up by food type. Cheers! What is your favorite Thanksgiving food?

  • #LICKatOKC: This issue is for the dogs...and cats

    Tiffany Gibson | Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    Just. LOOK. At. These. Faces. LOOKatOKC published its #LICKatOKC pet issue today, and it’s everything we could ever hope for with sad puppy dog eyes, cats in sinks and infinite cuteness. We had more than 170 submissions on Instagram and 40 from NewsOK.com/Now/Submit. Check out more photos here and here. And, because it was such […]

  • NFL predictions: Some pro football rivalries have quite the history

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    The Chiefs plays the Raiders on Thursday Night Football, and you young’ns don’t remember when that was a rivalry to match any. Kansas City and Oakland finished 1-2 or 2-1 in eight straight division races, 1966-73, in either the AFL or the AFC West. One of the franchises reached three of the first four Super […]

  • Oklahoma football: Senior cornerback Julian Wilson still expected to miss Saturday's game against Kansas

    Jason Kersey | Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    NORMAN — Oklahoma senior cornerback Julian Wilson still isn’t expected to start Saturday’s home game against Kansas, coach Bob Stoops said Wednesday. Wilson broke his thumb in the Sooners’ 48-14 loss to Baylor two weeks ago and didn’t play last weekend at Texas Tech. “We’re hopeful,” Stoops said, adding that trainers were going to trim […]

  • College football predictions: Pac-12 has the spotlight this week

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    Some weeks have been SEC weeks. The Big 12’s had a Saturday or two in the spotlight. The Big Ten had Ohio State-Michigan State a couple of weeks back. But this Saturday is Pac-12 Week. No doubt about it. UCLA-Southern Cal. Arizona-Utah. Two games that will help sort out the Pac-12’s wild South Division. Plus […]

  • Oklahoma State football: Justin Blackmon completes voluntary drug rehab program, pleads no contest to July marijuana possession charge

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    EDMOND — Former All-American Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon pleaded no contest Thursday to one misdemeanor count of  marijuana possession in Edmond Municipal court. Edmond Police initiated a July 23 traffic stop of the car Blackmon, 24, was driving for a minor traffic violation and discovered three grams of marijuana inside. If Blackmon does not […]

  • Share this with a creative high school student

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    Like many high schools across Oklahoma, my school didn’t have a journalism class. So, when I was 17, I walked into my local newspaper’s office and asked for an internship. They didn’t have an internship program set up for high school students, but I basically just kept showing up, and they were kind enough to give […]

  • "Hunger Games Ultimate Marathon" TODAY at Harkins Bricktown 16

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    May the odds be ever in your favor on today hen Harkins Theatres presents the “Ultimate Hunger Games Marathon,” including showings of the first two epic installments of the global phenomenon and the 8 p.m. showing of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.” Tickets are currently on sale at the box office and at […]