• District 2 commissioner returns campaign donations

    William Crum | Updated: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Oklahoma County Commissioner Brian Maughan is giving campaign donors their money back. The District 2 commissioner secured a third term earlier this month when the deadline passed without an opponent filing for the seat. Maughan had geared up for a challenge after others announced plans to run. Maughan said he returned $75,810.11 to 372 donors after deducting expenses. Each donor got back about 79 percent of what they contributed, he said.

  • Day 1 on Route 66, Lincoln Boulevard

    Brianna Bailey | Updated: Mon, May 2, 2016

    I started Day 1 of my Route 66 walk today on Lincoln Boulevard.  Almost immediately, I was struck by how much the area has changed over the years, due in part to Gov. Frank Keating's efforts to clean up Lincoln Boulevard in the 1990s and early 2000s.   And as the motels along Lincoln came down... pic.twitter.com/3nWDJOv9rM — Steve's OKC Central (@stevelackmeyer) May 2, 2016 Under Keating, the state issued $13.8 million in bonds to buy properties on Lincoln Boulevard north of the Capitol as part of the Lincoln Renaissance project. Many of the old Route 66 motels with their neon signs  were razed during the beautification effort.

  • Free summer camp to explore transportation careers

    Kathryn McNutt | Updated: Mon, May 2, 2016

    High school students interested in learning about transportation careers can apply for the National Summer Transportation Institute Camp to be offered July 11-22 at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City. OSU-OKC will partner with a variety of industry and government representatives to present the free camp to high schoolers with an interest in science, engineering, technology and transportation. Students will learn what college education is needed for success in these fields, which are experiencing rapid growth and require a qualified workforce. Participants will take statewide field trips to see Oklahoma’s transportation infrastructure, will visit Oklahoma State University’s laboratory facilities, and will

  • Kacey Musgraves will perform at Muskogee's G Fest in honor of Merle Haggard

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Mon, May 2, 2016

    MUSKOGEE - Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves will perform at the inaugural G Fest to celebrate one of her heroes, organizers announced today.  As previously announced, G Fest organizers are continuing plans for the event in honor of the late "Okie from Muskogee," Merle Haggard, who was originally scheduled to headline the new music festival.  The festival, which will feature some of the biggest names in country, rock and Americana, along with the best up-and-coming and local talent, will take place as scheduled June 16-18 at Hatbox Field, an old airfield located two miles west of downtown Muskogee.

  • Class 6A baseball regional tournament brackets

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Mon, May 2, 2016

    The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association released the regional tournament brackets for Class 6A on Monday. The winner of each regional advances to next week’s state tournament. Here is a look at each regional, though times are subject to change:   At Westmoore Wednesday Game 1: Westmoore vs. U.S. Grant, 11 a.m. Game 2: Putnam City vs. Southmoore, 1:30 p.m. Game 3: Winner 1 vs. Winner 2, 4 p.m. Game 4: Loser 1 vs. Loser 2, 6:30 p.m. Thursday Game 5: Winner 4 vs. Loser 3, 4 p.m. Game 6: Winner 3 vs. Winner 5, 6:30 p.m. Friday Game 7 (If necessary), 5 p.m. At Edmond Memorial Wednesday Game 1: Edmond Memorial

  • OU Football: So, who is this Otis Sullivant on Eric Striker's award?

    Jenni Carlson | Updated: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Eric Striker was formally presented the Otis Sullivant Award on Monday afternoon. We found out recently that the former Oklahoma football standout had been named the winner of the university award. He made history in the process as the first athlete to receive the honor, which has been given to campus leaders of all ilks down through the years. For his role in helping the campus heal after the SAE video controversy, Striker was a more-than-worthy recipient. But in hearing about this award, I got to thinking -- who is Otis Sullivant? I know I haven't lived in Oklahoma as long as many of you, but I've been here going on two decades and have been paying attention most of the time.

  • 1980s toy property M.A.S.K. returns to comics from IDW

    Matthew Price | Updated: Mon, May 2, 2016

    M.A.S.K., or Mobile Armored Strike Kommand (yes, spelled goofy) will return to comics from publisher IDW. The toy line and animated cartoon also was a comic series in the 1980s.  It featured Matt Trakker's M.A.S.K. versus Miles Mayhem's V.E.N.O.M. (for Vicious Evil Network of Mayhem, naturally).  The M.A.S.K. team each had helmets that had supertechnical powers; they also each rode in a vehicle that could transform into another type of vehicle.  It's a little bit G.I. Joe, a little bit Transformers.  M.A.S.K. has been discussed as a Hasbro property that could come to life on film as part of Hasbro's desire to make a film "universe" of its properties.

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---Shall I ask her dad?

    Callie Gordon,Lillie-Beth Brinkman,Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Mon, May 2, 2016

    To ask an etiquette question, email Helen- - - hfsok@aol.com YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE!   By Callie Athey, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: I am going to ask my girlfriend to marry me soon. Am I supposed to ask her dad for her hand in marriage? Or is that an out-of-date custom?   CALLIE’S ANSWER: Absolutely you need to ask her dad first. It is a wonderful tradition and a huge sign of respect. Best wishes!!   LILLIE-BETH’S ANSWER: I like this tradition, even if it seems like it’s not necessary.

  • Veteran Sean Burnett opts out of Dodgers contract

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Veteran left-handed reliever Sean Burnett opted out of his minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday and immediately signed with the Atlanta Braves. Burnett, 33, made seven appearances for the Oklahoma City Dodgers and allowed three runs — two earned — and eight hits over 7 2/3 innings. Burnett is working his way back from a second Tommy John surgery. He is expected to report to Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday. L.A. promoted reliever Logan Bawcom from Double- A Tulsa to OKC in Burnett’s place.

  • NBA Q&A: TNT reporter Craig Sager on fighting leukemia, Gregg Popovich and retirement

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, May 2, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO – TNT’s Craig Sager is one of the most well-respected sideline reporters in sports. Known for his colorful suits and ties, Sager, 64, has also been lauded for his public battle with leukemia over the last two years. He was first diagnosed with the disease in April of 2014 and it returned in March 2015, forcing Sager to miss the rest of the season. Sager returned to the sidelines this season, but in March, Sager was informed by doctors that his leukemia was no longer in remission. He's currently undergoing clinical trials at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He’s still fighting, covering Games 1 and 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals in San Antonio.

  • Eastern Conference semifinals: Go with Toronto & Cleveland

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, May 2, 2016

    The Eastern Conference semifinals finally arrive, with Atlanta-Cleveland on Monday night and Toronto-Miami on Tuesday night. Here’s how I see the East. CAVALIERS-HAWKS Cleveland is the class of the East. But Atlanta has a solid team. Two quality point guards Dennis Schroder and Jeff Teague, quality big men Al Horford and Paul Millsap, shooters Kyle Korver and Kent Bazemore. That’s a good roster. Atlanta didn’t play well all season and slipped to 48-34. But the Hawks, with much the same team, won 60 games in 2014-15. Yet Cleveland is a serious team. LeBron is LeBron. Kyrie Irving is a star. Kevin Love finds his groove on an unsteady ship from time to time. The Cavs aren’t

  • Oklahoma has high teen birth rates among different race and ethnic groups

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Oklahoma had some of the highest birth rates in the country in recent years among white, black and Hispanic teens, according to a recent national report. Oklahoma had the highest teen birth from 2013 to 2014 among Hispanic teens: 58 births per 1,000 females aged 15 to 19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. The national birth rate for Hispanic teens was 40 births per 1,000 females aged 15 to 19 years.  Oklahoma tied with Ohio for the fifth highest teen birth rate among black teens: 47 births per 1,000 females aged 15 to 19.  Additionally, Oklahoma had the fourth highest teen birth rate among white teens: 36 births per 1,000 females aged 15 to 19.

  • San Antonio travelblog: Trying to interview Gregg Popovich

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Gregg Popovich is my favorite NBA coach to interview. Not because he’s the easiest. Because he’s the hardest. Popovich has no tolerance for mediocre questions, as you know from the in-game interviews on TNT and ESPN. Sometimes, Pop doesn’t have tolerance for good questions. But when you get a good response from Popovich, you know you’ve earned your keep. In pregame on Saturday, I asked Popovich two questions. Something about rotations, and whether he has an idea before the game how he’ll substitute or is it an in-game feel. He gave me a terse, but decent, answer, that it’s in-game, though he has a general idea who will play.

  • OKC is elite for naked gardening

    Adam Kemp | Updated: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Working in a business full of event coverage and random celebratory anniversary days, you often come across silly holidays and wacky events. And then.... you find out that World Naked Gardening Day exists.  John Egan, the Editor In Chief of LawnStarter, decided to bless my Monday with this amazingly ridiculous email this morning to let me know that Oklahoma City ranks No. 2 in the U.S. for naked gardening. No, that's not some random technique for gardening without fertilizer or without nasty chemicals.  That's stripping down to your birthday suit and getting outside.

  • Former Lawton Eisenhower star Adrian McDonald signs with Chargers

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Former Lawton Eisenhower star Adrian McDonald signed as a free agent with the San Diego Chargers following last week’s NFL Draft. McDonald tweeted following the draft a picture of the Chargers’ logo with the words “Thankful for a new opportunity!” The Chargers announced his signing along with 19 other players. Thankful for a new opportunity! pic.twitter.com/MQC6TdSJOn — Adrian McDonald (@aday_mac11) April 30, 2016 McDonald played quarterback for Lawton Eisenhower, but starred as a defensive back for Houston. He set a school career record with 17 interceptions. Last season, he started every game at safety and was second on the team with 92

  • Tulsa Memorial's Isaiah Thomas offered by Alabama

    Updated: Mon, May 2, 2016

    An in-state target for Oklahoma and Oklahoma State added a big scholarship offer to his impressive list over the weekend. Tulsa Memorial defensive end Isaiah Thomas was offered by defending national champion Alabama.  Thomas, who is a 6-foot-5, 230-pound junior, tweeted news of the offer. Thomas now has 16 scholarship offers, including Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Nebraska and Missouri. Thomas could follow the path of another local product. Tulsa McLain’s Joshua Jacobs signed with Alabama on National Signing Day in February as a running back, choosing the Crimson Tide over the Sooners.

  • NCAA Softball: Oklahoma cracks top-10 in latest championship committee rankings

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Mon, May 2, 2016

    If the Women's College World Series field were assembled today, the Sooners would be destined to host a Super Regional. The NCAA Division I Softball Championship Sport Committee released its Top-10 rankings Sunday, with Oklahoma checking in at No. 3. The ratings are based on the same criteria to select and seed 64 teams for the Division I Softball Championship — strength of schedule, Rating Percentage Index, head-to-head competition, results versus common opponents, significant wins and losses and locations of contests — with additional input from regional advisory committees.

  • Slowpitch softball state tournament brackets set

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Mon, May 2, 2016

    The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association released the brackets Friday the slowpitch softball state tournaments next week. Class 6A, Class 5A and Class 4A play Tuesday at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. Class 3A, Class 2A and Class A follow at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium on Wednesday. Class 6A Tuesday at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium Quarterfinals Southmoore vs. Tahlequah, 11:30 a.m. (Field 3) Tecumseh vs. Tulsa Union, 11:30 a.m. (Field 4) Broken Arrow vs. Moore, 2:30 p.m. (Field 2) Broken Bow vs. Muskogee, 2:30 p.m. (Field 1) Semifinals Southmoore-Tahlequah winner vs. Tecumseh-Tulsa Union winner, 4 p.m. (Field 3) Broken Arrow-Moore winner vs. Broken

  • Huge Edmond water tower coming

    Diana Baldwin | Updated: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Council members recently agreed to spend nearly $5.9 million to build a 167-foot tall water tower north of Coffee Creek Road and east of Boulevard. Kris Neifing, Water Resources Department superintendent, said the 2-million-gallon tower will be the largest in Edmond. The city has six water towers, each holding a half-million gallons of water. The new tower will mostly serve residents of northwest Edmond. The contractor is Landmark Structures, of Fort Worth, Texas. Work should start in the next couple of months and last 480 days. This is the first project of the 2013 Water and Wastewater Master Plan to get underway, Neifing said. The projects will span over the next 30 years. “We are happy to get a

  • Comic Collection Monday #37: Captain America Vol. 5 #25

    Matthew Price | Updated: Mon, May 2, 2016

    In today's Comic Collection Monday, I’ll take a look at “Captain America” #25, with a publication date of April 2007. In Comic Collection Monday, each Monday, I post the cover of a comic book from my collection, along with a brief note about the issue – what I thought about it, where I got it, whatever comes to mind.  Spoilers are ahead if you haven’t read the issue in question.  The issue:  Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting provided an exclamation point to the “Civil War” storyline, and the next logical evolution in Brubaker’s run on “Captain America” with issue No. 25 of Vol. 5 of “Captain America.