• Vonnegut gets a new voice

    By Amy Raymond Senior News Editor araymond@oklahoman.com | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Audiobook review: “Breakfast of Champions” by Kurt Vonnegut, narrated by John Malkovich (Audible, 6 hours, 27 minutes, available online)

  • Lyric Theatre brings magic of Mary Poppins to Oklahoma City

    By Rick Rogers For The Oklahoman  | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Tuesday through Saturday, Oklahoma City's Lyric Theatre will present the first locally staged production of "Mary Poppins," a popular musical that draws inspiration from both the Disney film and P.L. Travers’ books.

  • MLB Notebook

    Compiled by Nathan Ruiz from wire reports | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Detroit’s Cabrera out six weeks with calf strain Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera will be sidelined with a calf injury for at least six weeks after the Tigers placed the AL batting leader on the disabled list for the first time in his career. The two-time AL MVP pulled up while breaking for second on an attempted hit-and-run in the fourth inning of Friday’s 8-6 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. An MRI showed a strain of his calf muscle but no injury to his Achilles tendon. Cabrera is hitting .350 with 15 homers and 54 RBIs. “It is a grade-3 calf strain, and it’s probably going to be six weeks,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said before Saturday’s game against Toronto. “When you lose the best

  • Analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of Big 12 expansion candidates

    By BERRY TRAMEL | Updated: 2 hr ago

    BOISE STATE Athletic budget: $45.7 million Enrollment: 22,259 Market: Greater Boise population of 650,288; Idaho population 1.63 million. Football stadium: Albertsons Stadium, opened in 1970 and frequently renovated since. Current capacity 36,387. Fan base: Squishy. Boise State has averaged 34,366 and 32,503 per home game the last two seasons. Television attraction: Strong. Boise State’s brand has gone national. Television clickers will stop on the Broncos, and in the Mountain Time Zone, a late-night window is created. Geography: Problematic. It’s 2,212 miles from Boise to Morgantown, W.Va. Heck, it’s 1,500 miles from Boise to Oklahoma City. Academic standing: Not ranked among the top

  • Morning Roundup

    Compiled by Nathan Ruiz from wire and web reports | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Packers’ Quarless charged with firing gun Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless was arrested Saturday after police said he allegedly fired two shots into the air during an argument outside a Miami Beach parking garage, authorities said. Miami Beach Police say a witness reported that Quarless was riding in a black Porsche with three other people around 5 a.m. Saturday when they pulled up to a car full of women. An arrest affidavit says the football player and another man approached the car. It said the conversation eventually escalated and the witness told authorities he heard the women yelling for Quarless and his friend to leave them alone.

  • America celebrates Independence Day with fireworks, parades

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    Americans celebrated 239 years as an independent nation on Saturday with extravagant fireworks displays, rock and classical concerts and parades both big and small. Here were some highlights of Independence Day festivities around the nation: ___ SPECTATORS BRAVE TIGHT SECURITY FOR NYC FIREWORKS SHOW Hundreds of thousands of people braved tight security along New York City's East River to watch the annual Macy's Fourth of July fireworks display. Minneapolis resident Joe Cunningham said Saturday's fireworks show was "awesome" and lived up to his family's expectations. Cunningham said New York's show will be the benchmark for all other fireworks displays.

  • Rockslide isn’t first snag along I-35

    BY SILAS ALLEN Staff Writer sallen@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Recent rockslides aren’t the only thing that have blocked Interstate 35 through the Arbuckle Mountains over the years. In 1954, construction of the highway linking Oklahoma City with the Dallas-Fort Worth area had been tagged a No. 1 priority, according to an August 1970 Daily Oklahoman article. But disagreements between state and federal officials delayed the project more than a decade. The interstate was intended to provide a more direct route through southern Oklahoma than State Highway 77, which had served as the state’s main north-south corridor since 1924. State Highway 77 cuts a scenic but treacherous course through Turner Falls and the Arbuckle Mountains.

  • Executive Q&A: Entrepreneur dredges up a treasure trove of opportunity

    By Paula Burkes Business Writer pburkes@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Hunter Magness owns Edmond-based Junk Boss, which hauls away customers’ unwanted stuff, and donates, recycles or disposes of it.

  • Oklahoma governor presides over deal for water-starved residents near Lexington

    By Rick M. Green Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin arranged a meeting with General Counsel Steve Mullins, state Rep. Bobby Cleveland, and representatives from the U.S. Agriculture Department, the state Corrections Department and Cleveland County Rural Water District No. 1 to discuss the ongoing issues with access to clean drinking water for residents near Lexington.

  • Oklahoma Business People

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Oklahoma Business People for Sunday, July 5, 2015.

  • Oklahoma State Regent Turpen raises $500K in scholarships for students

    BY K.S. MCNUTT Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    The need for more scholarships to defeat crippling student debt was Mike Turpen’s battle cry as chairman of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. Turpen issued that challenge in September when he chaired his first meeting, and he continued to talk about the need throughout the academic year both in public comments and private conversations. But Turpen did more than just talk about it. He raised more than $500,000 at “scholarship rallies” to benefit students. “My personal obsession was, how do you overcome student debt,” said the Oklahoma City lawyer who just completed his term as chairman. “I just think we have to work harder and harder to create more scholarships, and that’s what I’ve

  • Moving in deep waters of faith: Moore church celebrates outdoor baptisms

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    The Highland Baptist Church congregation of Moore, Oklahoma, gathers at Lake Thunderbird in Norman, Oklahoma, for old-fashioned, full-immersion baptisms.

  • Legal Counsel: Discussing sentimental or costly items early can make estate planning easier for families

    Lauren OttawayCrowe & Dunlevy For The Oklahoman  | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Lauren Ottaway, of Crowe & Dunlevy, discusses ways to help avoid disputes in estate planning.

  • Oklahoma City metro area cool zones

    Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Oklahoma City metro area cool zones

  • Staying healthy means keeping cool as summer heat settles in

    BY SILAS ALLEN Staff Writer sallen@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    As summer sets in and high temperatures in the 90s return to the Oklahoma City area, it's important for residents to stay cool in the hottest part of the day, experts say. Certain people, including children, adults age 65 and older and those with chronic medical conditions are especially susceptible to extreme heat and should take extra precautions during hot weather, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. Across much of Oklahoma, including the Oklahoma City metro area, Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co., the American Red Cross and local agencies are partnering to offer public places where residents can go to cool off during hot weather.

  • Taking Stock: Easy credit and debt resolution tale shows why not to change interest rate

    Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Malcolm Berko: A growing gathering of Fed-watchers believe that Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen won’t raise interest rates this year for fear that a rate increase would doom the market.

  • Dogs, beer to join mix of businesses along Automobile Alley near once desolate NE 10

    By Steve Lackmeyer Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Add a dog day care, a brewpub and taproom to the list of new attractions set to open in the once desolate area along the railroad tracks that separate downtown Oklahoma City from the Innovation District.

  • Some OU employees' children are now eligible for a full-tuition waiver

    BY GRAHAM LEE BREWER Staff Writer gbrewer@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    The children of University of Oklahoma  employees will be eligible for a full-tuition waiver for undergraduate degrees through a new scholarship program established this summer.  The Dependent Child Tuition Waiver Program waives the cost of tuition “for full-time undergraduate students who are children of employees and who are properly enrolled as dependents in the university’s medical insurance plan,” according to the university’s website. Students still will be required to pay fees associated with their course work. “I’ve got to tell you, it was wonderful news for me,” said Karen Renfroe, executive director of the President’s Associates and Women’s Philanthropy Network at OU.

  • Second illegal strip club in Oklahoma City closes

    BY NOLAN CLAY Staff Writer nclay@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    A second illegal Oklahoma City strip club has shut down. The closure last month of Amanda’s Place is the latest success in Oklahoma City’s crackdown on clubs that have long offered adult entertainment without proper permits. The city ticketed the club’s owner, Roger F. Fowler Jr., twice after an undercover code inspector reported observing “adult entertainment activity being performed at the location” in April. The city also ticketed the club’s landlord twice. Amanda’s Place has operated as a strip club for years at 3304 SW 29, just west of Interstate 44, even though it is near neighborhoods and a city park, records show.

  • Gene Autry museum closes amid controversy over management

    BY JENNIFER PALMER Staff Writer jpalmer@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    People in Gene Autry, a town in Carter County, Oklahoma, are raising questions about the management of the once-bustling Gene Autry Museum that closed in May.