• Oklahoma Book signings

    Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Oklahoma Book signings

  • Oklahoma City school district wants police to be role models, not intimidating

    By TIM WILLERT Staff Writertwillert@oklahoman.com | Updated: 18 hr ago

    An Oklahoma City school district official told school board members that police officers often are used to scare or punish children rather than mentor them.

  • Oklahoma City officers shoot, kill man who aimed gun at police helicopter

    BY ROBERT MEDLEY Staff Writer rmedley@oklahoman.com | Updated: 18 hr ago

    Oklahoma City police said Saturday afternoon a man was shot and killed by officers in southeast Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma State athletics: Autism initiative for OSU events — ‘I’m A-OK’ — aims to raise awareness, provide comfort for families

    By Kyle Fredrickson Staff Writer kfredrickson@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    The initiative is designed to rid the stigma of autism from sports venues, and then, all arenas of life. OSU will be the first school in the country to put it in action.

  • Collected Wisdom: Fiamma Felitch

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Fiamma Felitch had her golf career all planned out. She'd go from Bishop McGuinness High School, where she was a state champion in 2007, to Tulsa. Then, after a few years, she'd go on to the pros.

  • A paucity of pollinators this year?

    By Juliana Keeping Staff Writerjkeeping@oklahoman.com | Yesterday

    Northwest Oklahoma City resident Justin Gibbons looks at his urban backyard that includes Black-eyed Susans, Russian sage, gladiolas and dozens of other species of flowers and plants and wonders if something isn't amiss. The 27-year-old counselor, whose clients span young children to the elderly, considers gardening his therapy and loves getting close to nature. Now in his third year in his home, though, he can't help but wonder what is going on with the insects that normally populate his garden, especially bees and butterflies. Gibbons recently took to social media with his observations: “What I’ve noticed is a huge reduction in the number of different pollinators by species and population size.

  • Sea lion dies at Oklahoma City Zoo

    By Matt Patterson Staff Writermpatterson@oklahoman.com | Yesterday

    Jaxon, a 2-year-old sea lion who was rehabilitated in California after being stranded, was found dead in his pool Friday morning at the Oklahoma City zoo.

  • Lincoln, Reagan and the Fourth of July

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    THOMAS Jefferson and John Adams. Two men who helped frame the world’s most moving picture. Presidents and political rivals, yet friends. Old men who died on the same day — July 4, 1826, the jubilee birthday of the United States of America. And two other presidents, both Midwest natives who faced hostility, one from his rebellious fellow countrymen and the other from the claws of the Russian bear. Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan commemorated the nation’s birthday 118 years apart, Lincoln in 1863 after the Union victory at Vicksburg and Reagan in 1981 in his first year in office. Lincoln’s remarks were impromptu, yet his words bore a mark that would be stamped into the permanent record later that year in the

  • OU graduate says he'll be proud to be an American

    Josh Wallace Staff Writer jwallace@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Akash Patel, 23, waited with his family to become a U.S. citizen for more than 20 years. In the meantime, he graduated from the University of Oklahoma and set up a scholarship for undocumented students.

  • Energy companies lead quarter's best-, worst-performing stocks

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    While the price of oil has improved a bit, it's been stuck in a narrow range for much for the past six weeks, and the price of natural gas continues to languish seven years into a bear market. As a result, energy companies claimed all of the three best-performing and three worst-performing Oklahoma stocks in the second quarter.

  • Tyrone Lewis gave up bright stages and big paychecks to go back to El Reno and live his American Dream

    BY JENNI CARLSON | Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    EL RENO – Tyrone Lewis made a decision as a freshman at El Reno. He let people know about it, too. “I’m going to be the head coach here,” he would say. It was a quite a proclamation for a kid who’d done anything to get kicked out of school only a few years earlier. Pick a fight. Talk back. He hated being there, so lots of days, he’d find a way out. But wrestling changed all that. Wrestling became his way out. Now, he’s hoping to introduce a new generation to the sport that transformed his life. He became a state champion at El Reno and an All-American at Oklahoma State. He wrestled all around the world and fell just short of the Olympics.

  • Oklahoma ranks low in status of women

    By JACLYN COSGROVE Staff Writer jcosgrove@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Oklahoma was given a D+ by the Institute for Women's Policy Research in its "Status of Women in the States" report on health issues, including mental health

  • OSU-IT's energy technology unit relaunches with new school

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology has reorganized several energy programs into a School of Energy Technologies. Three programs at the university — Power Plant Technologies, Pipeline Integrity Technology and Natural Gas Compression — will be part of the new school.

  • Leaving children in cars unattended can be fatal

    By Darla Slipke Staff Writer dslipke@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Oklahoma City first responders are warning people about the danger of children being locked inside vehicles, after authorities received more than 30 calls about endangered kids during June alone.

  • Sluggish oil prices continue to be a drag on Oklahoma's economy, official says

    By Rick M. Green Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Depressed oil and natural gas prices remained a drag on Oklahoma's economy, with gross production taxes down more than $43 million from last year.

  • Some veterans struggle with fireworks

    By Kassie McClung Staff writer kmcclung@oklahoman.com  | Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Independence Day is almost here, and so are the fireworks. For veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, the loud booms and flashes of light can bring mixed reactions.

  • Two health insurers plan exit, one wants in ACA market

    By Warren Vieth Oklahoma Watch | Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Two health insurance companies taking part in the Affordable Care Act market in Oklahoma are expected to leave the program next year, while another big insurer wants in. The shuffle would occur Jan. 1.

  • Oklahoma ScissorTales: Some lawmakers' reactions to recent court rulings over the top

    The Oklahoman editorials | Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    THE Oklahoma Supreme Court handed down a 7-2 ruling this week that conservative lawmakers disagreed with. Their response? Impeach the bums! Eleven Republican House members were included in a news release saying the seven justices needed to be impeached because they said a Ten Commandments monument violated the state constitution and should be removed from the Capitol grounds. One lawmaker said jurists were displaying “undemocratic liberal dictatorial powers,” although two of the seven involved in this ruling are generally conservative voices on the court. In a separate news release, Rep. Mike Sanders, R-Kingfisher, made note of the Ten Commandments ruling and the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling legalizing same-sex

  • Proposed rules could extend overtime to millions of workers

    Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    McAfee's Paul Ross discusses Department of Labor's proposal to increase overtime.

  • Oklahoma man faces charges in cattle thefts

    BY RANDY ELLIS Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Kiley Wayne Johnson has been charged in the thefts of 17 calves and 13 cows from five owners in Oklahoma's Okmulgee County. Johnson is from Henryetta.