• Carrie Underwood reveals album cover art for 'Storyteller'

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    As previously reported, seven-time Grammy winner Carrie Underwood, who hails from Checotah, will release her new album, "Storyteller," on Oct. 23, and as you can see above, now we know what the cover looks like. EW.com exclusively revealed the cover art in a feature online today that you can see here. The Oklahoma also talks about the album and its first single, “Smoke Break,” as part of Entertainment Weekly’s fall preview issue, on stands now.  Produced by Jay Joyce and written by Underwood, Hillary Lindsey, and Chris DeStefano, the digital single for “Smoke Break” is available for sale at http://smarturl.it/cusmokebreak.

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys chasing top TE prospect Isaac Nauta

    john helsley | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    News of OSU's new "Cowboy Back" position is traveling. All the way to Florida, where the nation's top tight end prospect -- Isaac Nauta -- is intrigued to see how the position plays out this season. Once a Florida State commitment, the consensus five-star prospect has reopened his recruitment and recently tweeted his list of official visits: Georgia, Michigan, Southern Cal and TCU, with a series of question marks and exclamations attached to visit No. 5. Apparently, OSU is in consideration for Nauta's fifth visit, along with Alabama, Ole Miss and Oregon. And Cowboys coach Mike Gundy is personally involved in Nauta's pursuit.

  • Break out the ice cream scoops: It's National Banana Split Day

    Silas Allen | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Tuesday is National Banana Split Day, because if there's one thing we all need, it's one more excuse to eat. In its simplest form, a banana split is a dessert with a halved banana, ice cream, whipped cream and a cherry. But Duane Muhs, owner of Gabriella's Italian Grill and Pizzeria in Oklahoma City, takes the dish a few steps further by firing the banana in the restaurant's wood-fired brick oven, then topping it with a mound of spumoni ice cream. Muhs finishes it off with a dollop of house-made Grand Marnier whipped cream. Next time, you might think twice about your answer when your server asks if you saved room for dessert.

  • Questions about lipstick testers and wrong size shoes

    Linda Miller | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    How bad is it to try the lipstick tester or wear the wrong size shoes?

  • Oklahoma football: Quarterback commit Austin Kendall drops 89 spots in latest Rivals250

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    NORMAN — Oklahoma 2016 quarterback commitment Austin Kendall fell 89 spots in the latest Rivals250, ranking the top college football prospects in the country. Kendall, from Waxhaw, N.C., was ranked No. 72 overall, but is now 161st on the list. He committed to the Sooners on Aug. 7. “Kendall has a chance to be prolific in Oklahoma’s offense, but this offseason could have gone better for him,” wrote Rivals Mid-Atlantic recruiting analyst Adam Friedman. “He throws the ball with great accuracy and his mechanics are crisp, but there were moments when he had trouble matching his timing with the receivers and hitting them in stride. Those things will come as he gains more experience.

  • What happened to the TALOA Music Festival?

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    GUTHRIE — The music ended before it even began. Guthrie’s TALOA Music Festival has been canceled. The inaugural music, camping, art and yoga celebration scheduled for Sept. 24-26 confirmed the news via its Facebook page. “We are sad and regretful to inform you that TALOA Music Festival has been cancelled,” the post read. “We thank you all for your support and all tickets will be refunded within the next 3-5 days.” Influential Lawton-born musician Leon Russell topped the headliners scheduled to play the festival. Nearly 100 acts were set to perform. The festival experienced uncertainty early on.

  • Norman City Council to meet

    Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    NORMAN -- City council members Tuesday night are expected to postpone action indefinitely on a proposal from the Norman Police Department that it purchase an armored vehicle for emergency operations and rescues. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in city hall, 201 W Gray St. The vehicle, known as a BearCat, is the beginning of the militarization of the police department, its critics say. However, Police Chief Keith Humphrey said the vehicle would be used only for rescues and intense "live shooter" scenarios. "It's not a military vehicle, but would only be used for safety of Norman residents," he said. The council is expected to postpone the purchase for further study because so many residents have

  • Overtime, claims drive up costs to Oklahoma City taxpayers from deteriorating streets

    Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    The chronically poor condition of Oklahoma City streets is a headache for motorists and drain on taxpayers. Any doubt about that? Just ask residents.. The city asked the question in its 2015 community survey, and 72 percent of those who responded said they were dissatisfied with streets. Residents also said they thought the most important city service to emphasize over the next two years was condition of streets. Taxpayers bear the costs on the front end with street repair bills and on the back end through liability for damage claims. The city council this month alone paid $8,514.18 in claims for damage caused by potholes — and those payouts are only to

  • Edmond Memorial's Coren Davis off to hot start

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Playing an unfamiliar position hasn’t stopped Edmond Memorial’s Coren Davis from hitting. Davis is off to a monster start for the Bulldogs with a .607 batting average through the first 10 games. She had a big week last week in which she had 17 hits in 28 at-bats. This all comes while she pitches instead of playing her natural position in the outfield to help lead an inexperienced team that is 2-8 to open the season. “It was really good to see her lead them even though we didn’t win any ballgames,” Edmond Memorial coach Janet Chartney said. “The potential is there. She was doing great.” Davis is filling in for pitcher Carsen Heron, who is battling some tendonitis and

  • Trevor Knight & J.W. Walsh give Bedlam rivals great QB depth

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Baker Mayfield is the OU quarterback, and we don’t know how Mayfield will play. Heck, there’s much more optimism about how OSU quarterback Mason Rudolph will play, and truth is, we don’t even know how Rudolph will fare, being just three games into his college career. But this we know about the Cowboys and Sooners at the quarterback position. They have uncommon leadership, and they have uncommon depth. OU’s Trevor Knight has been elected captain for the second year in a row. OSU’s J.W. Walsh almost surely would be elected captain, if the Cowboys voted on seasonal captains. OSU goes game-to-game with captains, a quirky method that might have benefits I’m not seeing. Either

  • Edmond North's Scott Burger pleased with defense

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Edmond North’s new base defense left coach Scott Burger pleased following Thursday’s scrimmage with Lawton. “Defense did pretty good. I thought they were aggressive and flew around to the football,” he said. “Considering it was Lawton, they’ve got speed everywhere. I thought they handled that pretty good since they’ve never seen that before.” Burger said one thing he liked about the defense was it freed the linebackers to run. But he also knows the Huskies have a lot to work on considering it’s a young squad. “We need more consistency. We would have times where we would put three or four plays together and have some bad ones. We just need to more consistent

  • Local Comic Shop Day to be celebrated Nov. 28

    Matthew Price | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    ComicsPRO has announced exclusive content for the new comic-shop celebration "Local Comic Shop Day," which will be held on Nov. 28.   Exclusive print runs of "Invader Zim" #1 and "Rick and Morty" #1 from Oni Press, as well as a variant of "Exodus: The Life After" will be available on the date at participating shops. ComicsPRO is the largest national organization of comic-book retailers.   Registration is now open for stores and vendors wishing to participate, at comicspro.org.   The news release is below: ComicsPRO, the trade organization of comic book retailers, announces that registration is now open for retailers and publishers to participate in Local Comic Shop Day™.

  • Comic Collection Monday #14: Superman: Man of Steel #1 (1991)

    Matthew Price | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    In today’s Comic Collection Monday, I'm taking a look at “Superman: Man of Steel” #1 with a cover date of July 1991. In Comic Collection Monday, I'll 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. Guest spots are also available. If you want to talk about an interesting comic in your collection, send me an e-mail at mprice at Oklahoman.com. The issue: In “Superman: Man of Steel” #1, there’s a new foe on the scene named Cerberus, who is bombing Lexcorp facilities around the city.

  • National Park Service turns 99, celebrates with free admission

    Darla Slipke | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    The National Park Service turns 99 years old today. To celebrate, it is waiving entrance fees for the day. National Park Service officials are inviting everyone to enjoy the outdoors by visiting one of the 408 national parks, as well as national heritage areas and national historic landmarks and scenic trails, located across the United States. Oklahomans might want to visit the Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Sulphur or Washita Battlefield in Cheyenne, Okla., among other historic or recreational sites. Also in honor of the National Park Service's 99th birthday, officials have created a list of “99 Ways to Find Your Park.” The list includes a variety of activities people can do in urban

  • Watch: Drone flies over OU campus on first day of classes

    Matt Patterson | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Students at the University of Oklahoma began the fall semester Monday and one student who also works as a photographer for the Oklahoma Daily captured the moment with the help of a drone. Photographer Christopher Michie flew the drone with a video camera attached over the south oval during part of the day. He then edited the footage to make one 90 second video.

  • 4-year-old shows off epic bat flip

    Phillip OConnor | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Sure, Dodger outfielder Yasiel Puig might have nearly cold-cocked our hometown baseball hero, Matt Kemp, last year with his toss of the bat. But for sheer style, check out this video posted by United Baseball Parents of America and the way this 4-year-old disposes of the lumber.

  • What to do in Oklahoma on Aug. 25, 2015: Hear Willie Watson at Opolis

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Today's featured event: NORMAN - Hear former Old Crow Medicine Show multi-instrumentalist Willie Watson play a solo show at 9 tonight at Opolis, 113 N Crawford. Oklahoma City singer-songwriter Sherree Chamberlain also is on the bill. Doors open at 8 p.m. For more information, go to opolis.org. For more events, go to newsok.com/events.

  • Mind Your Own Business: Where there's a will, there's a way (to avoid probate)

    Paula Burkes | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    With the unexpected death of my baby brother this summer, I'm not waiting to "get my affairs in order." I remembered last week that I'd named Jeff -- who died of a sudden heart attack in July at age 55 -- as the payable-upon-death beneficiary on my checking and savings account. I promptly went to the bank and changed the beneficiary to my twin sister, as my daughter Jessica is a minor. I did the same beneficiary change on my traditional IRA, Roth IRA (which I've been funding for Jess' college) and 401k, on which I had no beneficiary listed! if you're married, your spouse is the legal and automatic beneficiary on IRAs. But I had my husband, now ex, sign away his rights to my IRAs -- days after I realized we were no

  • Cris Carter's advice a symptom of NFL arrogance and Roger Goodell incompetence

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

      Cris Carter, who normally has a lick of sense when it comes to all things NFL, proved to be a buffoon with his comments at the 2014 NFL Rookie Symposium. Carter, the Hall of Fame receiver and now-ESPN analyst, suggested to NFC rookies last summer that they have a “fall guy in your crew” in case they get in trouble. In other words, if you’re out committing a crime, have a designated offender. Someone who takes the legal rap. It’s excellent advice for lawbreakers. Pro football players? In a forum sponsored by the NFL itself? Not so much. The revelation says a lot about Carter, who isn’t who we thought he was, and it says a lot about the NFL, which is what we thought it

  • Former first lady Laura Bush to speak at 2015 Water4 gala

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    Former first lady Laura W. Bush will be the keynote speaker at Water4’s annual celebration and gala Sept. 22 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Bush will reflect upon her travel to Africa during her husband's administration as well as post-presidency. The theme of this year’s gala is courage, specifically as it relates to women around the world who bear the brunt of the water crisis, according to a news release. Many women walk an average of 3.75 miles each day to carry water that is sickening and killing their families. Nearly 5,000 of their children die each day from water-related illnesses – that’s almost one every 20 seconds.