• Local Comic Shop Day Q&A with ComicsPRO president Peter Dolan

    Matthew Price | Updated: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    "Local Comic Shop Day®" is set for Saturday at hundreds of comic shops around the country.  It's the first year for this event, organized by retailer organization ComicsPRO. It requires retailer opt-in and purchase, so check the web site for stores near you.   ComicsPRO's president Peter Dolan, owner of Main Street Comics, in Middletown, NY, provided the following information about LCSD. Q: Can you tell me a little bit about the history of Local Comic Shop Day®? Peter Dolan: Over the past few years, many retailers and comic fans have been telling us that they wanted a day to celebrate the local comic shop and to specifically be able to buy unique, limited items. Everyone saw the success of

  • MAPS 3: City reaches deals for convention center land sales

    William Crum | Updated: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    Oklahoma City has reached its first two deals to buy land for the MAPS 3 convention center. The city has agreed to pay Hazel Roberson $1,046,544 for adjoining lots at 712 S Broadway and 1 SW 7 Street. The Broadway address is the old brick warehouse occupied by B&B Sales. The agreements are set for a vote Tuesday before the city council. An attorney with the city attorney's office, Amanda Carpenter, told MAPS 3 advisory groups last week that sales prices matched the appraisals. The properties are in the "east park" site recently chosen by the city council for the convention center.

  • Updated high school football playoff pairings

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    Here is the updated scheduled for the this week's playoff matchups across the state, along with the Class 6A championship games scheduled for Dec. 4. Note: All games at 7:30 p.m. Friday unless otherwise noted. Class 6A-1 Friday, Dec. 4 at University of Tulsa Broken Arrow (11-1) vs. Jenks (10-1), 7 p.m. Class 6A-II Friday, Dec. 4 at Tulsa Union Sand Springs (7-4) vs. Bixby (8-4), 7 p.m. Class 5A Friday at Owasso Collinsville (7-4) vs. Skiatook (12-0), 7 p.m. at Cameron Stadium in Lawton McGuinness (10-2) vs. Altus (11-1), 7 p.m. Class 4A at Jenks Cascia Hall (7-4) vs. Wagoner (12-0), 7 p.m. at Glenpool

  • OU football: Sooners to prepare for wet weather Saturday

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    With wet, cold weather anticipated for Saturday’s Bedlam game, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said Monday that the Sooners would work to prepare for those conditions as best they could. Preliminary forecasts are calling for freezing rain Saturday night in Stillwater. "If we get opportunities to practice with a wet ball as much as anything," Stoops said. "In today's world, they have such a coating, they don't get that wet. We have to do some of that and/or if there are some elements Thursday to Friday, possibly getting out in them and practicing. "We'll see as the week goes.

  • Gary Patterson stands by his final two-point conversion decision

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

      TCU coach Gary Patterson regrets going for a two-point conversion in the third quarter against OU on Saturday night, but he stands by his decision to go for two with 51 seconds left in the game and the Horned Frogs trailing 30-29. Sooner safety Steven Parker knocked down third-team quarterback Bram Kohlhausen’s pass, sending the Sooners to victory. A third-quarter touchdown brought the Horned Frogs within 23-13 with 12:56 left in the third quarter. Patterson continued to accept blame for the decision that led to a failed two-point conversion pass.

  • Mind Your Own Business: Most employers say Bah Humbug to holiday bonuses

    Paula Burkes | Updated: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    If you're looking for a little something extra under the tree from your employer this holiday season, stop looking. Nearly 40 percent of employers aren't planning to award bonuses, according to survey results released last week by Oklahoma City-based Express Employment Professionals national franchised staffing company. Perhaps most importantly, employers who do plan to spread workplace cheer won't necessarily appreciate workers in the ways they want, Express found. Among 373 current or former Express clients polled in July, 39 percent of those employers planned no holiday bonuses. Meanwhile, 23 percent reported they'll award cash; 13 percent, gift cards; 3 percent, extra days off; 2 percent, tangible gifts; and 1

  • Joe Exotic is running for president

    Silas Allen | Updated: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    An Oklahoma animal handler who goes by the name "Joe Exotic" is running for president. Joseph Maldonado announced his candidacy Monday afternoon at a press conference in Columbus, Ohio. During the press conference, Maldonado said he is running as an independent candidate to give a voice to ordinary citizens. “The small people of this country never get a voice. They’re never heard.” Maldonado is the owner of G.W. Zoo, an exotic animal park near Wynnewood. He also produces an online video series on his website, JoeExotic.TV. In 2012, the zoo faced allegations of animal abuse.

  • Nick Warehime steps down as Del City football coach

    scott wright | Updated: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    Nick Warehime has stepped down as the Del City football coach, he told The Oklahoman Monday. Warehime notified his administrators and addressed his team Monday morning regarding his decision. Warehime had been the Eagles' head coach since 2007, compiling a 58-47 record with playoff appearances in the last four seasons. The Eagles were a Class 6A team for the majority of Warehime's tenure, dropping down to 5A for the 2012 season. Their year ended with a 52-47 loss at McGuinness in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs earlier this month. Warehime was previously a head coach at John Marshall and Choctaw. He also serves as Del City's on-site athletic director and will remain with the

  • OKC business presses against anti-refugee sentiment

    Adam Kemp | Updated: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    Pressing down on the blade, the ink spread over the white, cotton t-shirt, giving life to the simple design with a big message. Taylor McKenzie holds up the shirt to show it off and smiles. The shirt reads: "Refugees Are Welcome Here," with the shape of Oklahoma encapsulating the last word.  McKenzie, 25, just got back from Berlin, Germany, where he spent the past year studying and helping with refugee movement there. Once back in his home state, he said he felt less connected to the movement until the attacks in Paris two weeks ago prompted several Oklahoma politicians, including Gov. Mary Fallin, to call on President Barack Obama to suspend accepting refugees from Syria.

  • SiriusXM to feature Bedlam in rivalry series

    Updated: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    The Bedlam series is one of eight rivalries featured on SiriusXM College Sports Nation’s look at the history behind some of the nation’s top rivalries. Sooners coach Bob Stoops, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy and WWE Hall of Famer and OU super-fan Jim Ross are among the interviews included in the Bedlam show. The programs airs at 6 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday and 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. Saturday on the satellite network. Other rivalries features in the series are Ohio State-Michigan, Auburn-Alabama, Clemson-South Carolina, UCLA-USC, Florida-Florida State, Georgia-Georgia Tech and Ole Miss-Mississippi State.

  • Monday Catchy Quote No. 392

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    A catchy quote from a movie, TV show or other source to brighten the beginning of your week: Padmé: So this is how liberty dies, with thunderous applause. - Click here to learn the source.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Nov. 23, 2015: Get jazzed up with University of Central Oklahoma jazz combos

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    Today's featured event: EDMOND - Hear University of Central Oklahoma jazz combos Vaughan Repertory, 5th Street Strutters Dixieland and Jazz Composers Combos at 7 tonight at the UCO Jazz Lab, 100 E 5th Street. For more information, go to www.ucojazzlab.com. For more events, go to newsok.com/events.

  • Share your fall foliage photos with us!

    Tiffany Gibson | Updated: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    The holidays are right around the corner, the cold is creeping in and the leaves are changing, so let's see some fall foliage photos before it's too late. Tag your photos with #OKFallFoliage on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter through Nov. 25 for a chance to win a $50 gift card from Bedford Camera & Video. We're giving away five to our top winners. And, we'll even run some of the photos in The Oklahoman and feature them in a gallery on NewsOK.com.

  • College football rankings: Time to cut the committee some slack

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    I think it’s time we cut the College Football Playoff committee some slack. We’re asking those guys and one gal to split some awfully fine hair. For my weekly rankings, I scoured the resumes of OU, Notre Dame, Michigan State and Iowa. Clemson and Alabama seem a solid 1-2 to me, for now, but those next four teams are impossibly difficult to rank. I compared each resume to another, and it doesn’t come out in a natural order. I looked at best wins and ranked their losses. I checked the strength of schedule and the strength of record. I looked at close calls. I thought about backup quarterbacks, for both the teams and their opponents. There is no wrong answer. I repeat. There is no wrong

  • The Morning Brew: What an Oklahoma City police patrol shift is like

    Juliana Keeping | Updated: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    Welcome to Monday. Read the news. on patrol with oklahoma city police At a time police work is under scrutiny in the wake of high-profile use-of-force incidents throughout the country, The Oklahoman's Matt Dinger joined four Oklahoma City police officers on shifts in each of the city's patrol divisions to document a typical patrol.  In August and September, The Oklahoman's Matt Dinger joined four Oklahoma City police officers on randomly chosen shifts in each of the city's patrol divisions.

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---Need a snappy comeback?

    Callie Gordon,Lillie-Beth Brinkman,Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE! By Callie Athey, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace   QUESTION: I was in the elevator recently on my way visit a friend in the hospital. I had on a new shirt and vest and really thought I looked stylish. A lady (stranger) looked at me, grabbed my cuff and said “well, these sleeves are really too long. You might want to cut them off.” I was shocked and said nothing. Is there a polite retort for “mind your own business?” CALLIE’S ANSWER: I don’t think you need to say anything at all. Be confident in your look, and don’t mind strangers.

  • Big 12 rankings: Sooners are No. 1

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Sun, Nov 22, 2015

    The Big 12 football race has crystalized. OU’s the outright champ with a Bedlam victory and a Baylor loss to TCU or Texas. OU’s the designated champ (and co-winner with Baylor) with a Bedlam victory. OSU’s the outright champ with a Bedlam victory and a Baylor loss to TCU or Texas. Baylor’s the designated champ (and co-winner with OSU) with two victories and an OU Bedlam loss. Got all that? The good news is, we’ll know by Bedlam kickoff the result of TCU-Baylor, which is Friday in Fort Worth. Here are the latest Big 12 rankings: Oklahoma (10-1, 7-1): After a long, hard road, the Sooners lead the conference all by its lonesome. Chances of making the playoff: 40 percent, which

  • ESPN College GameDay headed to Stillwater for Bedlam

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Sun, Nov 22, 2015

    ESPN's College GameDay announced Sunday morning that it would be heading to Stillwater for Saturday's Bedlam game (7 p.m., ABC). Hey Oklahoma State @CowboyFB, we're comin to Stillwater! pic.twitter.com/Cuyw6tCbTK — College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) November 22, 2015 The game will decide the Big 12 championship, though Oklahoma State would need a Baylor loss to win the conference after the Bears beat the Cowboys on Saturday night in Stillwater. Oklahoma would win the conference with a Bedlam win. It will be GameDay's fifth appearance at Bedlam with all but one coming in Stillwater. The program aired from Bedlam in 2003, 2004, 2008 and 2010. The Sooners won all of those matchups.

  • Music, movie, TV stars to appear on tonight's American Music Awards

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Sun, Nov 22, 2015

    A star-studded line-up of film, music and television personalities will present on the 2015 American Music Awards, airing at 7 tonight on ABC. Those slated to appear include Paula Abdul, Kelsea Ballerini, Ashley Benson, Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell, Ciara, Terry Crews, Hannah Davis, DNCE, Florida Georgia Line, Tyrese Gibson, Ellie Goulding, Gigi Hadid, Fifth Harmony, Julianne Hough, Kylie Jenner, Wiz Khalifa, Taylor Lautner, Little Big Town, Tove Lo, Jenny McCarthy, Shawn Mendes, Chloe Grace Moretz, Kevin O'Leary, Norman Reedus, Jeremy Renner, Nick Robinson, Alicia Silverstone, Jeremy Sisto, Hailee Steinfeld, Wilmer Valderrama, Donnie Wahlberg and Zendaya.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Nov. 22, 2015: Hear Peter Bradley Adams play at the Norman Depot

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Sun, Nov 22, 2015

    Today's featured event: NORMAN - The Winter Wind Concerts welcomes Peter Bradley Adams at 7 tonight to The Depot, 200 S Jones, for his first Oklahoma appearance. He will be joined on stage by renowned producer/multi-instrumentalist Lex Price. Adams introduced himself to the musical world as a member of Eastmountainsouth, the duo he put together with fellow songwriter and vocalist Kat Maslich-Bode. The recordings the duo made, produced by Adams, blended pop and folk with subtle electronic touches. Adams launched his solo career with "Gather Up" (2006), a brooding, autumnal album recorded in his apartment.