• Oklahoma City police ridealong: Springlake Division

    By Matt Dinger Staff Writer mdinger@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Nov 21, 2015

    Fewer calls for service doesn't mean officers are less busy.

  • Café do Brasil celebrating 10th anniversary

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Nov 22, 2015

    Café do Brasil has found a home in Oklahoma City's Midtown.

  • Ridealong with Oklahoma City police officers

    By Matt Dinger Staff Writer mdinger@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Nov 21, 2015

    Ask Oklahoma City police officers about the long hours, the stress, the missed events, and they’ll shrug it off. That’s the job.

  • OSU football: A look at the Cowboys' 45-35 loss to Baylor by the numbers

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Nov 21, 2015

    Here is a look at Baylor's 45-35 loss to Baylor by the numbers: 0: Seasons in which Oklahoma State has started 11-0. 2: Undefeated teams remaining in college football, Clemson and Iowa, after OSU, Houston and Ohio State lost Saturday. 0.3: Rushing yards per carry for OSU. The Cowboys managed only 8 yards on 32 carries. 4.2: Rushing yards per carry for Baylor. The Bears went for 304 yards on 73 carries. 5: Three-and-outs for the Cowboy offense in the first half. OSU had none in the first half, but that first-half ineffectiveness allowed Baylor to build an insurmountable lead. +30: Play difference, in favor of Baylor. The Bears ran 104 plays from scrimmage, the Cowboys 74. 76: Years between

  • Oklahoma ScissorTales: Some solution to Real ID needed

    The Oklahoman Editorials | Updated: Sat, Nov 21, 2015

    OKLAHOMA'S opposition to the federal Real ID act could eventually be a real pain for residents. But costs related to complying, and many lawmakers' deep-seated opposition to the law, make it a long shot that wholesale change is in the offing. The Real ID act, approved by Congress in 2005 in response to the 9/11 attacks, sought to make it more difficult for criminals to obtain fake identification cards. Under the law, driver's licenses must provide a “common machine-readable technology,” and each state must make its motor vehicle database accessible to all other states. The Legislature in 2007 approved a law with bipartisan support saying Oklahoma wouldn't comply.

  • Seeking 'Higher Grounds': New coffee shop in Oklahoma serves purpose beyond cookies and cafe lattes

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Nov 21, 2015

    Higher Grounds Coffee Shoppe and Bakery is an outgrowth of a ministry owned and operated by the nonprofit Mission OKC in partnership with Cherokee Hills Christian Church. Set to open Wednesday, the Warr Acres shop is offering jobs to women who need a second chance. Leaders also hope it will be a community hub.

  • Oklahoma's gasoline prices a boon to Thanksgiving travelers

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Nov 21, 2015

    "Yes, we're enjoying the low gas prices. It puts money in our pockets, especially approaching Christmas. But at what price to the state economy?, asks Chuck Mai, AAA Oklahoma spokesman.

  • Federal Reserve survey shows manufacturing is flat in Oklahoma

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Nov 21, 2015

    The latest Federal Reserve survey on manufacturing activity in a region including Oklahoma shows business was flat in November. But looking ahead, plant representatives here and in Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming and northern New Mexico, western Missouri and Kansas say conditions are improving for the future.

  • Former Republic Parking System manager in OKC is accused of taking funds

    By William Crum Staff Writer wcrum@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Nov 21, 2015

    A former manager for the company that runs parking garages in downtown Oklahoma City for the Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority faces federal charges accusing her of embezzling nearly $420,000 in cash. Renne M. Magerus faces wire fraud and income tax evasion charges in Oklahoma City federal court.

  • Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City breaks ground on Edmond satellite church

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Nov 21, 2015

    The Rev. Marty Grubbs, senior pastor of Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City, said the satellite church is being built for an estimated $7.5 million near Covell Road and Kelly Avenue in Edmond.

  • Woman who defrauded Oklahoma City-based Paycom receives 125-month prison sentence

    By Brianna Bailey Business Writer bbailey@oklahoman.com  | Published: Sat, Nov 21, 2015

    Sandra Saldana, of Dallas, was sentenced to 125 months in federal prison for defrauding several payroll companies, including Oklahoma City-based Paycom Software Inc., and filing false federal income tax returns.

  • High school football: Washington uses big second half to down Hennessey in Class 2A playoffs

    By Richard Stroud For The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Nov 20, 2015

    WASHINGTON — Down by three at halftime in a Class 2A second-round playoff game against Hennessey, the Washington Warriors turned the game over to their offensive line and their running game. The result was a dominant second half, as the Warriors (11-1) scored on three straight possessions and shut down Eagles running back Tabor Johns on their way to a 35-17 win. The Warriors will travel to Prague next week for a quarterfinal matchup with the Red Devils. “Our offensive line is 100 percent the reason we won the game,” Washington head coach Brad Beller said. “They came in at halftime and said put it on us, and if we don't do it, then it's on us. Those offensive linemen really did a great job in the second half.

  • Oklahoma Press Association wants judge to lift gag order in OSU crash

    By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Nov 20, 2015

    An association of the state's newspapers wants a judge to lift a gag order in the murder case against the driver charged in the fatal crash at Oklahoma State University's homecoming parade. Adacia Avery Chambers, 25, of Stillwater, is charged in Payne County District Court with four counts of second-degree murder and 46 counts of assault and battery by means or force likely to produce death.

  • Convicted Iowa lottery scammer also may have rigged games in Oklahoma

    By Randy Ellis Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Nov 20, 2015

    An Iowa assistant attorney general revealed convicted lottery scammer Eddie Tipton's Oklahoma connection in an Iowa court hearing Thursday but said details of the allegation were contained in sealed court documents, and he could not discuss them, The Associated Press reported.

  • OU Sooners, OSU Cowboys take playoff hopes to prime time

    By Jenni Carlson Staff Writer jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Nov 20, 2015

    The approach of Bedlam always piques the interest of OU and OSU football fans. But this year regardless of their team, they've got bonus fun because there are no bigger games in all of college football Saturday than the two happening in Oklahoma.

  • Oklahoma City Councilman worries race could play role in Holtzclaw verdict, sentence

    By William Crum Staff Writer wcrum@Oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Nov 20, 2015

    An Oklahoma City Councilman representing a ward with a significant black population is concerned an all-white jury might not hold a former police officer accountable for sex crimes he is accused of committing against black women who live there. The trial for the former officer, Daniel Hotlzclaw, started Nov. 2.

  • Oklahoma sees decline in jobless rate

    By Brianna Bailey Business Writer bbailey@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Nov 20, 2015

    Oklahoma's unemployment rate declined to 4.3 percent in October as trade, transportation and utilities added jobs during the period, the latest figures from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission show. Meanwhile, the state's mining sector, which includes energy companies, cut 600 jobs during the month.

  • OSU football: If you love Cowboy football, chances are you love Joel Klatt, too

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Nov 20, 2015

    STILLWATER — The red-headed quarterback has quite the backstory. Picked in the baseball draft. Decided to give college football a try when pro ball didn't work out. Walked on to the team right down the road. Became the starter and led his team to great heights. Now, he loves Oklahoma State. And lots of other Big 12 teams. No, we're not talking about Brandon Weeden. The former walk-on quarterback turned Cowboy lover in question is Joel Klatt. Before this season, Klatt was an up-and-coming analyst for Fox. Now, he's the guy taking dead aim at the College Football Playoff selection committee. He's claimed bias against high-scoring, pass-happy offenses. He's pointed out stats that favor SEC and Big Ten teams.

  • Planners suggest improvements for enhancing accessibility to Bricktown Canal in Oklahoma City

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Nov 20, 2015

    The University of Oklahoma's Institute for Quality Communities made suggestions for improving pedestrian access along the Bricktown Canal. Recommendations were adding elevators and ramps, improving signage, more restrooms and removing all chair lifts.

  • Friday Night Lights: Special father-son coaching duo is at heart of Weatherford football success

    By Scott Wright Staff Writer swright@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Nov 20, 2015

    Weatherford assistant coach Preston Roof's autism limits some of his physical and mental capabilities, but it cannot restrain his passion ... for his family and for Weatherford football. His dad, Woody Roof, is the team's head coach.