• Oklahoma lawmakers struggle with how to be smart on crime

    By Rick M. Green
    Capitol Bureau |
    Updated: 9 hr ago

    State Rep. Scott Biggs is opposed to legislation by Rep. Bobby Cleveland that seeks to reduce the state’s high and expensive incarceration rate by shortening time behind bars for some of Oklahoma’s worst criminals.

  • Sunday television news shows

    | Updated: 6 hr ago

    NEWS SHOWS Local stations “The Verdict,” 9 a.m., Cox channel 3. Judge Robert Bacharach, U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit. “Flash Point,” 9:30 a.m., KFOR-4. Civil rights attorney Melvin C. Hall. “State Chamber of Oklahoma's Business Roundtable,” 10 a.m., Cox Channel 3. John Woods, president and CEO, Norman Chamber of Commerce. “Oklahoma Forum,” 1

  • As tastes change, big food makers try hipster guises

    Associated Press |
    Published: Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — At a taco shop in Southern California, milkshakes are served in mason jars and a chalkboard menu lists “The 1%er” made with lobster meat. The logo is a pink skull and instead of buzzers, customers are given license plates so servers can identify them when bringing out orders. Nowhere is it evident that the U.S. Taco Co. is an outpost of a chain better known for cheesy gut bombs: Taco Bell. Major companies are testing whether it would pay to tuck away their world famous logos in favor of more hipster guises: PepsiCo, for instance, introduced a craft soda called Caleb's last year and McDonald's opened a cafe that

  • First lady pitches fruits, veggies at health summit

    By Ellie Silverman | Published: Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    WASHINGTON — First lady Michelle Obama on Thursday reaffirmed her commitment to healthy eating and encouraged a gathering of health and policy experts focused on ending childhood obesity to challenge themselves. “I might be in my final stretch as first lady, but I have no intention of slowing down on this issue,” she told the crowd. “I do not have a one- or two-year horizon for this work. I have a rest-of-my-life horizon, and I know that all of you do, too. Because that's what it's going to take.

  • Post-beetles, a new George Harrison tree is planted

    By Randy Lewis
    Los Angeles Times |
    Published: Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    LOS ANGELES — George Harrison was quoting ancient spiritual wisdom when he titled his 1970 solo album “All Things Must Pass,” never suspecting that the proverb could one day apply to the fate of a pine tree planted in his memory in Los Angeles' Griffith Park. But two of Harrison's family members, a Los Angeles City Council member, a longtime fan and other admirers did their part Wednesday, on what would have been the former Beatle's 72nd birthday, to right a wrong committed last year when an insect infestation — yes, they were beetles — killed what was known as the George Harrison Tree.

  • State town has big role in climate debate

    Tulsa World |
    Updated: 8 hr ago

    Nearly two hours west of Bartlesville, on a prairie flat enough to see the town's water tower from half a county away, Lamont has a dwindling population of just 417 people. But Thursday, while a U.S. senator from Oklahoma was literally throwing a snowball in the fight over alleged global warming, little Lamont was playing a big role in the research. It happens to be the home of the Southern Great Plains field-observation facility for the U.S. Department of Energy's Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program. Which probably sounds more impressive than it looks — 30 or so instrument clusters scattered across 160 acres of cow pasture and wheat fields southeast of town.

  • Oklahoma Watch: Joy Hofmeister to attend Q&A forum

    Oklahoma Watch | Published: Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    Oklahoma Watch: Oklahoma state Schools Superintendent Joy Hofmeister will answer questions from the audience Tuesday during a free public forum in Oklahoma City.

  • In Supreme Court case, hospitals and insurers argue for subsidies while conservatives argue against

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    Dozens of friend-of-the-court briefs have been filed in Supreme Court case about Obamacare as groups try to sway justices ahead of a critical ruling.

  • Cyberattacks still pose growing threat, intelligence chief says

    By Brian Bennett
    Tribune Washington Bureau |
    Published: Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    WASHINGTON — Despite the danger posed by Islamic State and other extremist groups, the nation's top intelligence official warned Thursday that sophisticated cyberattacks like the recent hack of Sony Pictures pose a greater threat to the United States. The threat comes not just from foreign spies and hackers trying to steal trade secrets, but from government-backed intrusions that siphon vast wealth and valuable data from U.S. computer systems. “Although we must be prepared for a catastrophic large-scale strike, a so-called cyber Armageddon, the reality is that we've been living with a constant and expanding barrage of cyberattacks for some time,” James R.

  • Military Spirit Medal honors Oklahoma high school seniors who enlist in the Armed Forces

    By Kyle Hinchey
    Staff Writer |
    Updated: 9 hr ago

    Vietnam War veteran Bob Lambert began the Military Spirit Medal program as a way to thank recruits “from day one, rather than wait to see if they returned home to be appreciated,” he said.

  • Obese Oklahoma: Without action, more Oklahomans will die from preventable diseases

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Yesterday

    Obese Oklahoma: An increasing number of Oklahoma children’s diets are so poor and they exercise so little that they’re developing diseases that were thought to be illnesses only found among adults. What does this say about the future of Oklahoma?

  • Cowboys intend to use franchise tag on Dez

    By David Moore
    The Dallas Morning News |
    Published: Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    Dez Bryant is hours away from receiving something he doesn't want. Stephen Jones, the Cowboys chief operating officer, said the club will place the franchise tag on Bryant Monday. Tom Condon, who now represents the Pro Bowl receiver in negotiations, was informed of the club's intentions by Jones in a call Friday afternoon. The tag prevents Bryant, a former Oklahoma State star, from hitting the free-agent market and guarantees him $12.8 million for the 2015 season. “Well, I think Dez is a special player,” Jones said. “Obviously, he's someone we don't want to lose. We will pretty much cement that by using the franchise tag.

  • Oklahoma scene

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 6 hr ago

    OSU's Edwards sets Big 12 indoor record Texas swept the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships in Ames, Iowa, on Saturday, but Oklahoma State's Kaela Edwards certainly left her mark on the event. Edwards set a new Big 12 meet record and an OSU school record in the 1,000 meters, finishing with a time of 2:43.11. Her teammate Clara Nichols claimed victory in the women's 800 in 2:06.95. OSU finished fourth in women's competition with 77 points, and Oklahoma was eighth with 52. The Longhorns won with 139 points. In men's competition, OSU's Chad Noelle finished in 4:08.64 to take gold in the men's mile as the

  • A closer look at the Thunder's terrible injury luck this season

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    Just a couple days before the Thunder was set to tip off its season against Portland in late October, Oklahoma City's final training camp practice opened to a media crowd that entered with questions about an already depleted roster. Were there any updates on the foot fractures to both Kevin Durant and Mitch McGary? What about the recently sprained MCL of Anthony Morrow? Would Serge Ibaka's preseason sprained ankle allow him to play in the opener? But moments before Scott Brooks wandered over to answer any injury inquiries, a couple of new ones popped up. On the other side of the practice facility, a shoeless Reggie Jackson was being helped off the floor by two teammates, putting no weight on his right

  • A closer look at Westbrook's historic February

    Staff Writer |
    Published: Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    Following a pair of free throws and a feathery 26-foot bomb — his fifth 3-pointer already in the first half — Kevin Durant had 30 points. The four-time scoring champ has compiled a catalog of monster games over his first eight years in the league. But he'd never scored 30 in a first half — until this mid-December night at Golden State. A career game seemed in the making. But moments before that first-half buzzer, on a late drive looking for points 31 and 32, Durant badly rolled his ankle on Marreese Speights' foot. He missed the second half (and the next six games), robbing him at a shot at individual history. Russell Westbrook, like Durant, has

  • Morning roundup

    | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Harrington takes 36-hole lead, then more rain in Florida Padraig Harrington has the lead going into Sunday at the Honda Classic. Thanks to rain that washed out the third round, it will still feel like Saturday. Harrington found his form and finished off 12 holes in the second round Saturday morning for a 4-under 66 to take a one-shot lead over Patrick Reed. It's the first time in nearly five years that Harrington has had at least a share of the 36-hole lead on the PGA Tour. But that's as far as he got the rest of the day. More rain that pounded PGA National washed out the rest of play on Saturday. Only 24 players completed a

  • College softball roundup: OU's Kelsey Stevens no-hits IPFW; UNT sweeps Cowgirls

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Stevens throws no-hitter as Sooners sweep doubleheader Junior Kelsey Stevens threw her first no-hitter as a Sooner as No. 4-ranked Oklahoma swept a doubleheader against Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne (0-13) Saturday afternoon in Conroe, Texas, at the Scrap Yard Sports Complex. Stevens (5-0) had 11 strikeouts and one walk in seven innings as OU won 5-0 in Game 1. The Sooners (14-3) run-ruled the Mastodons, 9-0, in five innings in Game 2. In Game 2, OU's Leslie Miller hit her first home run of the season and finished 2 for 2 with five RBI.

  • College baseball roundup: Sooners blast BYU; Cowboys fall to Auburn

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Sooners blast BYU A two-run home run by Sheldon Neuse sparked a big day from the Sooner offense, as OU beat BYU 7-1 in Cashman Park in Las Vegas. The home run for Neuse, who later added a single for a 2 for 4 day, was followed by a solo shot from Anthony Hermelyn. The Sooners also had homers from Hunter Haley and Chris Shaw in the seventh inning. Left-hander Adam Choplick (1-1) picked up the win for OU, striking out seven in six innings and allowing one unearned run on four hits and three walks. Maverik Buffo (0-1) took the loss for BYU (2-10), giving up six hits and

  • Energy FC falls to Columbus Crew

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Oklahoma City Energy FC won its first preseason match of the 2015 season and did it over a Major League Soccer team. Two weeks later, Energy FC is 1-2-1 following a 4-1 loss on Saturday to the Columbus Crew Soccer Club in Bradenton, Fla., in a consolation final of the IMG Suncoast Classic. Columbus got first-half goals from Kristinn Steindorsson and Ethan Finlay within two minutes of each other. In the second half, Columbus was up by three after a goal from Federico Higuain. Daniel Gonzalez scored Energy FC's lone goal of the match in the 78th minute. He was unassisted. Kei Kamara scored Columbus' final goal. Oklahoma City only scored two goals in the tournament.

  • NBA Notebook

    | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Miami forward Chris Bosh released from South Florida hospital Chris Bosh's first step toward recovery is complete. He's home. The Miami Heat forward has been discharged from a South Florida hospital where he was treated for blood clots on one of his lungs. Bosh was hospitalized for just over a week and will still be monitored closely, but simply being released is a major step on his road back to health. “That was his first goal,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “He's been very anxious to get out of there. It was driving him nuts.” Spoelstra said Bosh was sent home Friday. Bosh will miss at least