• Three takeaways from same-sex marriage arguments

    Chris Casteel | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Three judges on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in Denver on Thursday in Oklahoma’s same-sex marriage case. The same judges heard arguments on April 10 in Utah’s same-sex marriage case, which is very similar to the one from Oklahoma. In both, a federal judge struck down a state ban on same-sex marriage on 14th Amendment grounds _ that the bans violated the equal protection rights of same-sex couples. The federal appeals court is hearing both cases on a fast track _ though there is no deadline for a decision _ and whichever side loses is expected to appeal to the U.S.…

  • OKC@125: Events list, mayor Q&A's, Sunday special section

    William Crum | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    A special section in this Sunday’s Oklahoman will mark Oklahoma City’s 125th anniversary with a review of the city’s history by business reporter Steve Lackmeyer, “Tales of the Land Run” by historian Bob Blackburn and tons of historical photos, with layout by Todd Pendleton.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Not as good as last season

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    I made an offhand remark on the radio the other day that the Thunder this season wasn’t as good as the Thunder last season. At least going into the playoffs. I hadn’t really researched the numbers on that much, but if you remember, the Thunder was historically dominant last season.

  • Looking to the weekend weather ...

    Bryan Painter | Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    For weather updates from the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/oun/ Shower and thunderstorm chances will return late Saturday as an upper level wave approaches the plains.

  • Jury finds Oklahoma man mentally fit to stand trial

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    DUNCAN — A jury says an Oklahoma man charged in the death of a 16-year-old girl is mentally competent to stand trial. The Stephens County jury made its recommendation Thursday after hearing three days of testimony in the competency trial of Miles Bench. Prosecutors charged Bench with first-degree murder for the 2012 death of Velma teenager Braylee Henry. Defense attorneys had argued that Bench’s mental health has deteriorated since his arrest. They argued that Bench could eventually become competent through medication and rehabilitation. But prosecutors argued that Bench has shown his mental competence while in jail, including an escape attempt and intentional fasting that has led him to lose more than 100

  • Oklahoma school associations oppose Barresi

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    The leaders of two groups representing Oklahoma school administrators and suburban school districts are voicing their opposition to Republican state schools Superintendent Janet Barresi. The directors of the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration and the United Suburban Schools Association released a joint statement Thursday declaring “no confidence” in Barresi. Barresi campaign manager Robyn Matthews says it’s no surprise Barresi’s reform efforts are being opposed by those who Matthews says are “guarding their own kingdoms.

  • Hearing to be set for Oklahoma woman in 1992 case

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    BRISTOW— A preliminary hearing is expected to be set for a woman charged in the 1992 deaths of her grandson’s mother, another woman and a 6-year-old girl whose bodies were found last year in a hole dug for a septic tank. A hearing is scheduled Friday for Beverly Noe — who has pleaded not guilty to three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of 23-year-old Wendy Camp, Camp’s 6-year-old daughter Cynthia Britto and Camp’s 22-year-old sister-in-law, Lisa Kregear. Investigators acting on a tip from Beverly Noe’s brother — Grover Prewitt — found the bodies of the three last spring. The three were buried in a hole on land Prewitt once owned near the small town of Terlton. Grover Prewitt was charged

  • What to do in Oklahoma on April 18, 2014: Celebrate the release of Horse Thief's new album at ACM@UCO Performance Lab

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Today’s featured event: Celebrate the release of local band Horse Thief’s debut full-length album, “Fear in Bliss,” at 8:30 tonight at the ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 329 E Sheridan Ave. Deerpeople and Pageantry also will be on the bill. As previously reported, Horse Thief signed last year with Bella Union and released its well-regarded debut EP “Grow Deep, Grow Wild” in April 2013.

  • Boat capsizes in Indonesia; dozens missing, 7 dead

    Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    KUPANG, Indonesia (AP) — A boat loaded with people in a Good Friday procession capsized in high waves off eastern Indonesia, leaving dozens of people missing and at least seven dead, police said. Rescuers and fishermen saved 30 injured people who were rushed to a hospital, local police spokesman Lt. Col. Okto Riwu said. The fishing boat was designed to hold only 30 people but had more than 70 aboard. It was participating in a Good Friday ceremony that involves parading a Virgin Mary statue at sea before the passengers headed into Larantuka town in East Nusatenggara province for prayers and processions. With strong currents and high waves off Flores island, the boat began to tip and many people panicked. It sank shortl

  • Sunshine, calm winds ahead Friday in Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Temperatures will be in the low 70s in central Oklahoma Friday. Skies will be sunny.

  • Oklahoma City @ 125: Becoming a big-league city

    William Crum | Updated: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    MAPS wraps up its first decade by showing its worth, and the NBA’s Hornets take up residency in a move that shows Oklahoma City can be a big-league town.

  • Record Store Day celebrates vinyl

    By Grace Gordon, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    About midnight Saturday, patrons will begin to line up in Oklahoma City and Norman for the seventh annual international event known as Record Store Day. The event helps vinyl enthusiasts expand their collections while boosting sales for small businesses.

  • Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum working on new enhancements

    By Kyle Schwab, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    The exhibit designer, an Edmond native, is back to orchestrate memorial museum renovations.