• Family safe, grateful after dramatic water rescue in Ottawa County

    BY SHEILA STOGSDILL, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Nov 29, 2015

    A Grove mother credits divine intervention for the electronic window in her sport utility vehicle “to suddenly move” as she frantically tried to free her 1-year-old child from his car seat that was submerged underwater while cold water filled the vehicle.

  • Will we always remember the events that rocked Paris?

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Sun, Nov 29, 2015

    WE'LL always have Paris. But will we always remember what happened there on Friday the 13th? To forget is folly. The annual commemorations will make the news for a day or so. But if post-9/11 New York is any indicator, the solidarity and anti-terrorism resolve will be diluted by cries against piracy breaches and ethnic/religious discrimination. Witness the hero worship surrounding Edward Snowden, a leaker of state secrets. Witness the same concerning Chelsea (nee Bradley) Manning, also a leaker of secrets. Witness the anti-Patriot Act sentiments from the odd bedfellows of Bernie Sanders and Rand Paul. Exactly one month before the Nov. 13 horror show in Paris, a U.S. federal appeals court reopened a religious

  • Oklahoma lawmakers should move ahead with ESA measure

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Sun, Nov 29, 2015

    IF broad bipartisan support means anything in politics, then authorization of education savings accounts in Oklahoma should be a slam dunk in the next session of the Legislature. With an ESA, most of the tax money that would be spent educating a child is deposited on a state-issued card that parents can then use to send their child to any school, public or private, or for tutoring or online learning. This is an idea that should have obvious appeal to conservative Republicans like those who hold supermajority control of the Legislature. Yet it also has strong appeal among Democrats. The latest edition of the Sooner Survey, a publication of Cole Hargrave Snodgrass & Associates, shows 70 percent of all Oklahoma voters support

  • The gift with a magical fit for almost anyone

    By Ken Raymond Book Editor kraymond@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Nov 29, 2015

    The Oklahoman's book editor, Ken Raymond, suggests a dozen books worth giving.

  • 'Crossroads of Commerce' illustrates Oklahoma's accomplishments

    By Max Nichols For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Nov 29, 2015

    Oklahomans have been walking onto the stage of history for more than three centuries with skills and values needed to face the challenges and seize the opportunities of free enterprise. The Oklahoma Historical Society is presenting many of their dramatic stories in the new exhibit “Crossroads of Commerce: A History of Free Enterprise in Oklahoma.”

  • Bedlam football: A look at Oklahoma's 58-23 win over Oklahoma State by the numbers

    By Jenni Carlson and Berry Tramel, Columnists | Published: Sat, Nov 28, 2015

    Here is a look at Oklahoma's 58-23 win over Oklahoma State by the numbers: 3: Times that OU has scored 40 or more points in a half vs. OSU (45, first half, 1970; 44, first half, 2015; 42, second half, 1946) 5: Touchdown runs of 50 yards or more this season for OU running back Samaje Perine, including a 68-yarder against OSU. 10: Teams in the day's feature game that have lost this season after being picked to win by Lee Corso on ESPN's College GameDay, including OSU on Saturday. 11: First-quarter snaps for OU to OSU's 23, but the Sooners had a 14-10 lead after the period. 20: Interceptions for the Sooner defense in the past nine games, including two Saturday by Jordan Thomas.

  • OU basketball: Sooners set to face a Wisconsin team that isn't the powerhouse it was a year ago

    By Ryan Aber Staff Writer raber@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Nov 28, 2015

    The Badgers team that visits No. 7 Oklahoma on Sunday (1:30 p.m., ESPN2) isn’t the powerhouse that the Sooners faced a year ago in The Bahamas.

  • Trinity's triumph: Oklahoma City church prepares for debut of renovated sanctuary

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Nov 28, 2015

    Trinity International Baptist Church in Oklahoma City hasn't held a worship service in its sanctuary since it sustained significant water damage after a 2009 ice storm. Now, the historic church sanctuary has been restored, and a grand reopening celebration is set for Dec. 6.

  • Longtime Oklahoma Christian University professor reflects on career, changes at college

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Nov 28, 2015

    After 61 years teaching full-time at Oklahoma Christian University, Stafford North, 85, recently retired. In an interview, he reflected on his career that included much more than teaching, as well as the many changes at the Church of Christ-affiliated school.

  • Oklahoma ScissorTales: Another dividend from original MAPS

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Sat, Nov 28, 2015

    PRIOR to the downtown revival triggered by the first MAPS initiative, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art was housed in several locations over many years. But in 2002 it moved into its current location, at 415 Couch Drive, and has been doing stupendously since. It's home to an extensive collection of glasswork by Dale Chihuly, and has hosted exhibitions featuring the likes of Andy Warhol and artwork from the Louvre. Next up: a world-class exhibition from France. Beginning June 18 and running for three months, the museum will be the only North American site to house a collection of paintings, sculptures and other works by Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris, Georges Braque and others.

  • About space: real estate for Nov. 28

    From staff reports | Published: Sat, Nov 28, 2015

    About space: real estate for Nov. 28, 2015

  • Georgia land auction with Oklahoma ties brings to light a dark history

    Published: Sat, Nov 28, 2015

    In this column, Richard Mize points out some key facts an auction company left out of an advertisement for its planned sale of some Georgia property that's on the National Register. While the property is historic, its history isn't necessarily something either its current owners or future ones should be proud of, he writes.

  • Mental health center files civil rights complaint against OKC school district

    By Randy Ellis Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Nov 28, 2015

    Positive Changes filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights, accusing Oklahoma City School District of discriminating against students with mental illness disabilities.

  • High school football: Prague's halftime adjustments pay off in upset of No. 3 Washington

    By Cody Stavenhagen, Staff Writer cstavenhagen@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    Prague scored all three of its touchdowns after halftime in a 22-7 upset of No. 3-ranked Washington in the Class 2A quarterfinal.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant steals show, leads Thunder to win over Reggie Jackson’s Pistons

    By Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    In his third game since returning from a hamstring strain, Kevin Durant poured in 34 big points, nailing four 3s and all 10 of his free throws. And on this night, that production was particularly imperative, making up for a rare off-game from his co-star.

  • OU vs. OSU football: Bedlam foes on the field; Bedlam bros on the beach

    By Jenni Carlson, Columnist, jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    Ahead of the annual Oklahoma-Oklahoma State Bedlam game, it may be hard for some fans to wrap their heads around a photo of rival quarterbacks spending spring break together on a Florida beach.

  • Former host of NBC's news program calls OKC bomber’s conviction cathartic to America

    By Nolan Clay Staff Writer nclay@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    In a recently released memoir, David Gregory, the former host of NBC's "Meet the Press," said the conviction of Timothy McVeigh was cathartic to America.

  • Bedlam football: Home-field advantage? More like home-field disadvantage

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    STILLWATER — Bedlam is a lopsided series. One hundred and nine times the in-state rivals have played, and the crimson has creamed the orange in more than three-fourths of those games. Whether you side with Oklahoma, which says the Sooners have won 84 games, or with Oklahoma State, which says the Sooners have won merely 83, that remains a Sooner slanted series. Which makes the record of the home team in recent years stand out like crimson on The Strip. Since Bob Stoops' arrival: the home team is 8-8. Since Mike Gundy's arrival: the home team is 5-5. Home-field advantage? Feels more like a disadvantage. Doesn't matter how you slice it.

  • Who is the real widow?

    By Nolan Clay Staff Writer nclay@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    This is a tale of two women in a fight over who is the real widow of a karaoke-loving biker.

  • Edmond task force wants to extend half-cent sales tax 10 more years

    By Diana Baldwin Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    Edmond's Capital Improvement Advisory Task Force suggests extension of five-year, half-cent sales tax to 10 years to pay for capital improvements.