• Putnam City West graduate talks about learning from failure

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Putnam City West graduate, Misfit Wearables CEO Sonny Vu spoke at Francis Tuttle Technology Center on a visit to his home state.

  • Oklahoma City shoppers fill malls for post-holiday sales

    By Adam Wilmoth, Energy Editor | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Shoppers filled Oklahoma City-area malls Friday morning as they searched for post-holiday sales and began stocking up for next year.

  • Twenty miles of underground pipe delivers heat, air conditioning in downtown Edmond

    By Diana Baldwin, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Pipe running underground is part of the heating and cooling system for Edmond’s new public safety center. The geothermal system in the central Oklahoma city is cost-effective and environmentally friendly.

  • Oklahoma football: Why the Russell Athletic Bowl is Trevor Knight's chance to stake his claim to the starting quarterback position

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Trevor Knight was so good against Alabama that Blake Bell moved to tight end and Kendal Thompson to Salt Lake City. It’s doubtful that Knight can do enough against Clemson to make Baker Mayfield change positions or zip codes, but it’s completely reasonable to think Knight can stake claim on the job that’s been his the better part of two years.

  • Oklahoma vs. Clemson: How Brent Venables turned around the Clemson defense

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Clemson didn’t field an elite defense during Brent Venables’ first season, but it certainly has become one. The Tigers lead the nation in total defense — allowing 259.6 yards per game — entering Monday’s Russell Athletic Bowl clash with Oklahoma, Venables’ former team.

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Matt Romar leaves practice in ambulance

    By Jason Kersey, Erik Horne and Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    OU coach Bob Stoops reported that doctors and trainers believed Romar to be fine but ordered X-rays as a precaution.

  • Oklahoma State football: Cornerback Ramon Richards fueled by dreads, not big-play dread

    By John Helsley, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Ramon Richards says his dreadlocks “kind of make me who I am.” Richards can now shake them with confidence, too, having survived an ahead-of-schedule arrival with the Cowboys.

  • Oklahoma fooball Q&A: Sterling Shepard say he's 'been feeling a ton better'

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    A groin injury suffered Nov. 1 at Iowa State has kept OU receiving star Sterling Shepard virtually sidelined ever since. Shepard repeatedly has tried to play but was unable to continue. He plans to play Monday in the Russell Athletic Bowl against Clemson.

  • High school notebook: Westmoore's Dahu Green keeping college options open

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND TRENT SHADID | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Neither Oklahoma nor Oklahoma State are among the more than a dozen programs that have offered Dahu Green a scholarship. That list includes the likes of Tulsa, Cincinnati, Washington State, Southern Mississippi, Boise State and several others, though it is unknown which programs might be at the top of Green’s list now.

  • Complaints about Land Run re-enactments are overwrought

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    OKLAHOMA City School Board member Bob Hammack has it right on the district’s decision to find alternatives to 1889 Land Run re-enactments. “This is political correctness run amok,” Hammack said, “promulgated by a handful of people who certainly don’t represent the majority of Oklahomans who are very proud of our history.” Where school matters are concerned, the majority opinion sometimes doesn’t matter: Look at what happens when a student is offended by the mention of God in the Pledge of Allegiance.

  • Lawmakers must not back down from Oklahoma Capitol repair

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    AFTER years of talking about the need to repair the Oklahoma Capitol, the process is finally nearing a point of action — actual repair. This is good, although long overdue, news. Kansas City-based JE Dunn Construction has been selected to perform up to $25 million in repairs to the Capitol’s exterior. The contract won’t be officially awarded until early next year, after the state receives proceeds from a $120 million bond sale. That delay is just one of many encountered as officials have sought to advance repair efforts in recent years. The biggest impediment has been state lawmakers’ unwillingness to fund repair.

  • Opening Night to ring in new year by bringing something old, something new in downtown Oklahoma City

    By Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer | Updated: Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    For the 29th year, the Arts Council of Oklahoma City is organizing Opening Night, a family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration in downtown Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma City-area first responders, law enforcement spend Christmas on the job

    By Darla Slipke, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Some first responders, 911 dispatchers, firefighters, police officers and others spent Christmas on the job or on-call, serving the community.

  • Offers continue to help Oklahoma City man in need

    By Juliana Keeping, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    An Oklahoma City man who lived without water in his home for four years continues to reap the benefits of a campaign launched to help him. Oklahomans have stepped up not only to help restore water to Jim Watkins’ home, but to fix his roof and help him with health issues.

  • For many in Oklahoma, Christmas meals are eaten behind bars

    By Graham Lee Brewer, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Inmates and officers alike enjoy Christmas meals while serving time or working from within the state’s many prisons and county jails.

  • Thousands pour into Cox Convention Center for Red Andrews Christmas Dinner

    By Robert Medley, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    A large donation of toys just before Christmas ended any worries there would not be enough to go around for children at the Red Andrews Christmas Dinner in Oklahoma City. About 7,500 people were served by the end of the dinner Thursday.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Steven Adams turns in big-time performance in win over Spurs

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    The second-year center scored 16 points with a game-high 15 rebounds (seven coming on the offensive end) and added three blocked shots, two steals and an assist in 31 minutes. Working primarily in the post against future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan, Adams also made five of eight shots.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook, Thunder overpower Spurs

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    Russell Westbrook scored 34 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the San Antonio Spurs 114-106 on Thursday in a fiery rematch of last season’s Western Conference Finals.

  • Thunder Blood Drive: Why 9-year-old Thunder fan Gage Novosad is sharing the importance of donating blood

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    When the Oklahoma Blood Institute asked Gage Novosad to be its spokeskid for this weekend’s Thunder Blood Drive, he wanted to help. After being diagnosed with leukemia, blood transfusions became a part of his life. He hasn’t needed one in several months, but he got blood from eight donors. With the holidays always being a slow time for blood donations and the blood supply being critically low, he knows there may be other kids like him who need blood now.

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners' offense should be at full strength for Russell Athletic Bowl

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Thu, Dec 25, 2014

    The 2014 season will be seen as tremendously disappointing, win or lose Monday. At the very least, though, the Sooners should get one more game with all of their top offensive playmakers healthy. Facing Clemson, which leads the nation in total defense, the Russell Athletic Bowl could be a good measuring stick to see what Oklahoma’s offense could look like entering next season.