• Video: 'Broadway at the White House,' hosted by Kristin Chenoweth and Matthew Morrison, airing tonight on TLC

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 16 hr ago

    Broken Arrow native Kristin Chenoweth and "Glee" star Matthew Morrison will host the Thanksgiving television special "Broadway at the White House," airing at 7 tonight on TLC TLC partnered with Broadway greats and first lady Michelle Obama to give talented high school students a memorable holiday: The special, taped last week, follows high-school students who have been chosen for an all-day symposium at the White House that will cover careers in theater. As previously reported, the 40 students from both public arts high schools and after-school arts programs attended master classes in acting, directing, hair/make-up/costume design, music composition and musical theater.

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys aware but unconcerned about potential for wintry Bedlam weather

    By Kyle Fredrickson Staff Writer kfredrickson@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Nov 26, 2015

    OSU players and coaches are aware of those wintry conditions, but appear unconcerned with its potential impact on the game.

  • OU football: Seniors looking to end career the way they started it — with a conference title

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Thu, Nov 26, 2015

    There aren’t many players remaining at Oklahoma who were contributors to the Sooners’ shared Big 12 championship in 2012.

  • Authorities carry out raid in southern Belgium linked to Paris attacks; no arrests.

    Updated: 55 min ago

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Authorities carry out raid in southern Belgium linked to Paris attacks; no arrests.

  • Parties Extra! Video---Dewey Joe Beene jr. "lights up" your parties

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: 59 min ago

    [brightcove]4630529338001[/brightcove] Dewey Joe Beene jr.

  • NFL predictions: A Thanksgiving football primer

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 1 hr ago

      Thanksgiving became official in 1863, by the signed declaration of a certain Abraham Lincoln. Football joined the American landscape in 1869, when Princeton played Rutgers. Two great American institutions teamed up less than two weeks after Princeton-Rutgers. On Nov. 17, 1869, the Philadelphia Evening Telegraph reported: “A foot-ball match between twenty-two players of the Young America Cricket Club and the Germantown Cricket Club will take place on Thanksgiving Day at 12 1/2 o'clock, on the grounds of the Germantown Club.” American football soon adopted the tradition. Yale and Princeton started a Thanksgiving series in 1876. Some high schools in Massachusetts have been playing

  • UPDATE: Ice storm warning for western Oklahoma includes west side of Oklahoma City Thursday to Saturday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 1 hr ago

    An ice storm warning has been issued for the western half of the state for Thursday through Saturday. Canadian County and parts of western Oklahoma City could have ice and gusty winds.

  • Moore holding contest to name new dog park

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 2 hr ago

    The Moore Parks and Recreation Department is asking residents to help name the city's new dog park.

  • Hurricane Sandra strengthens to a powerful Category 4 storm in the eastern Pacific

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Sandra strengthens to a powerful Category 4 storm in the eastern Pacific.

  • Thunder Film Room: Examining the Thunder's most dangerous small ball lineup

    Anthony Slater | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant strolled to the scorer's table together early in the fourth quarter on Wednesday night and took a longer than expected seat. They waited and waited and, without a play stoppage, waited long enough for Serge Ibaka to join them and the Nets to trim a seven-point Thunder lead into a deadlock. The trio entered at the 8:09 mark with the game tied at 85. Together, they joined Anthony Morrow and Dion Waiters to form a potent five-man small ball lineup that we'd yet to see go an extended stretch together. On Wednesday night, OKC went the final 8:09 without another substitution. The results were fantastic.

  • Bruce Rinehart

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, Nov 26, 2015

    Bruce Rinehart is chef/owner of two Rococo restaurants. The married father of two moved to Oklahoma City from the East Coast and has been an active volunteer to various causes, including The Salvation Army. “Helping others is a privilege,” he said. “Sharing the love warms my heart.” “I feel grateful for what I have. I remember where I came from and want to give back when I can. I often talk about the “emotional bank account” deposits that we make in others hearts and souls — it enriches our lives.

  • Joyce Simmons

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Nov 26, 2015

    Joyce Simmons, 63, of Oklahoma City, volunteers for the Single Parent Support Network, Arise Ministries, Hope Pregnancy Center, How You Learn and Newchurch. She also is a paralegal for attorney Mark Duvall in Oklahoma City. “It's using the God-given abilities and talents and help that I've been blessed with to help other people. Anyone could wake up and find their job gone or their home gone. We could be out on the street. We could be destitute. We could be in need of some kind of help, some kind of encouragement. I would hope that someday if I am that person, there would be someone to help me out and encourage me. While I am blessed is the time to bless others.

  • Kay Samaripa

    By Matt Patterson Staff Writer mpatterson@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Nov 26, 2015

    Kay Samaripa, 70, of Oklahoma City, has been volunteering for the Friends of the Library, a support organization for the Metropolitan Library System, for the last 20 years, including helping with the annual book sale in February. “I like working with people who share my interest in the library and who like to get a smile from being helpful to others who are enjoying our book sale event. As a retiree I have time to spend volunteering but choose my opportunities based on where I am making a difference and how good it makes me feel when I've finished.

  • D'Anna Pulliam

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 13 hr ago

    D'Anna Pulliam, a retired business administrator from Oklahoma City, delights in raising money to help buy bikes for the annual toy distribution of The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command. “It's heartwarming to witness the joyous expressions on parents' faces when they realize their child is receiving a bike through the Angel Tree Program. But it's heartbreaking to tell other parents who plead for a bike that there are no more available.” That's why Pulliam helped found the auxiliary's Buck$ 4 Bikes fundraising campaign. With the collections, Pulliam buys disassembled bikes wholesale in September from Ohio-based Huffy Bicycles, local freight companies truck the bikes for free and more than 200 community

  • Karen Braver

    By Brandy McDonnell Staff Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Nov 26, 2015

    Karen Braver, 56, of Oklahoma City, volunteers with Infant Crisis Services, which provides formula, food and diapers to babies and toddlers in need.  “Seeing the gratitude on the faces of the moms, dads and grandparents is so heartwarming. I get to work in a loving, caring environment with other volunteers and a wonderful staff. We all need to give back and help our community if we can.

  • Lorri Boatright

    By Matt Patterson Staff Writer mpatterson@oklahoman.com | Updated: 13 hr ago

    Lorri Boatright, 52, of Ardmore, owner of Galaxie Sign Co., started Kourtney's Kloset with the help of friends and family following the death of her 22-year-old daughter from cancer on June 17, 2008. The nonprofit provides clothing for kids in need. The clothes come from families that have outgrown or no longer wear them.  “When we help families, it helps us heal, giving back to the families in need and knowing Kourtney's up there smiling with approval,” said Boatright, who is shown at right with her daughter.

  • Aimee McKinney

    By Matt Patterson Staff Writer mpatterson@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Nov 26, 2015

    Aimee McKinney, 43, of Oklahoma City, has volunteered with the Red Cross, the Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts and also has coached youth hockey and softball. “Volunteering is great medicine for what ails you. If you think your life is rough, try helping a widow of four children recover from a house fire. All in all, volunteering really is the toughest job you will ever love. And the pay is really awesome.

  • Mary Lou Brown

    By Brandy McDonnell Staff Writer bmcdonnell@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Nov 26, 2015

    Mary Lou Brown, 81, of Oklahoma City, is in her 18th year volunteering as a senior companion for Sunbeam Family Services.   “I go into the homes, and these people are in their 80s and 90s. And we just have a ball. It's just so wonderful. ... This is one organization that I truly love, and every senior citizen should love it, too, because it helps.

  • Jim Lowry

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Nov 26, 2015

    Jim Lowry, 55, of Edmond, a portfolio manager for Morgan Stanley, volunteers once a week at the Client Choice Food Pantry run by The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Command. “About four or five years ago, maybe it's an age thing, I just realized that the Lord has blessed me so much, and I just wanted to give back. I'm a people person, and I can relate to people. It's very satisfying to put a smile on people's faces.

  • Andy Rine

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, Nov 26, 2015

    Andy Rine, 36, of Oklahoma City, is director of preconstruction services at GE Johnson Construction Co. and volunteers with several organizations, including the Regional Food Bank. “It feels good to help out. Ultimately, there's never been a volunteer activity where I look back and think to myself, “I wish I hadn't done that. There have been plenty of times when I kick myself for signing up for an early morning volunteer shift on a Saturday morning, but I always feel good knowing that I've contributed to make our community better.