• Cooking classes

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    Saturday Shrimp with curried lime carrots — chef Rick Bourgeois, Gourmet Grille Northwest Expressway, 1 to 1:45 p.m., free. Three rubs for ribs — chef Gary Tow, Uptown Grocery Co., 10 a.m., free. Monday Decadent Desserts: Frozen Bro — Alva Brown, Francis Tuttle, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., $39. Chicken & Pork Adobo — Arlene Clifton, Francis Tuttle, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., $39. Savory and Sweet Empanadas — Arlene Clifton, Francis Tuttle, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., $39. July 8 Kombucha from Scratch — Peter Schaffer, Francis Tuttle, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., $39. Kare-Kare (oxtail Soup) — Arlene Clifton, Francis Tuttle, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., $39. July 9 Roasted Pumpkin Seeds — Peter

  • Melba's Swap Shop

    BY MELBA LOVELACE mlovelace@oklahoman.com | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Any time is time for ice cream DEAR MELBA: When I was growing up, my family always had homemade ice cream for our July 4 celebration.  I don’t know if others do now, but this is so good, I think any time is Heath Bar Ice Cream time.  It’s my favorite, but I’m sure it would be just as good if you substituted Butterfinger candy bars. HEATH BAR ICE CREAM 5 Heath candy bars 1 cup pecans 8 eggs 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 pint half-and-half 2 cans Milnot 1 tablespoon vanilla Milk •Chop candy bars. This can be done in the blender or on a cutting board.  Chop pecans and set aside. •In large bowl of

  • Community briefs

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Kids can learn about art EDMOND — From improvisation to clay, or painting to Art in a Jar, children 3 years through teens can enjoy summer classes and camps at the Fine Arts Institute of Edmond, 27 E Edwards. Enrollment is open for art-related summer classes and camps. To sign up, go to www.edmond finearts.com or call 340-4481. Every week new classes are offered in drawing, painting, cartooning, clay, theater arts, jewelry design, collage and mixed media.  Students study famous artists, draw, act, make clay creations and work in an art studio.  Libraries to close for holiday NORMAN — Hometown libraries of the Pioneer Library System, including Norman Central Public Library and Norman West Public

  • NBA free agency primer

    By Anthony Slater | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Check your data plans, set mobile alerts, refresh Twitter whenever possible. NBA free agency is upon us and, like every July, there are some important names in play. Here’s a look at the five biggest free agents at each position and a quick rundown of the five most intriguing teams: Point guard Goran Dragic – The best option in a weak point guard market. Expected to return to Miami if max or near max is offered. Brandon Knight – A restricted free agent, but it’s already being reported he’ll return to Phoenix for five years, $70 million. Reggie Jackson – The former Thunder sixth man is


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

    Heaney earns first MLB win Making his second start of the season and seventh of his career, former Putnam City and Oklahoma State star Andrew Heaney earned the first win of his major league career Tuesday. Heaney went seven innings against the New York Yankees, allowing just two hits, one of them being a home run by Mark Teixeira in the second, accounting for the only run he allowed as the Angels won 2-1. Evans, Trier contribute to USA Basketball win Future Oklahoma State Cowboy Jawun Evans, former Oklahoma Prep standout Allonzo Trier and USA Basketball cruised to a 92-50 win over Egypt on Tuesday, which clenched the top spot in Group A at the FIBA U19 World Championships.

  • MLB notebook

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

    Keuchel earns 10th win Dallas Keuchel allowed seven hits in eight innings to lead the Houston Astros to a 4-0 win over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night. The performance comes after Keuchel (10-3) threw a six-hit shutout in a win over the New York Yankees in his previous start. Keuchel struck out seven and didn't walk a batter to lower his ERA to 2.03. Pat Neshek allowed one hit in the ninth. George Springer had a two-run homer in the third inning. Jose Altuve drove in a run in the fifth to help Houston to the victory. The Astros have taken the first two games of this matchup of teams with the best records in the American League. Houston is 46-34 and Kansas City is 44-30.

  • Ratings watch

    By Mel Bracht mbracht@oklahoman.com | Updated: 2 hr ago

    The U.S. team’s 1-0 victory over China on Friday in the quarterfinals of the Women’s World Cup topped the Oklahoma City TV ratings for the week with a 4.2 on KOKH-25. ESPN’s coverage of the NBA Draft earned a 3.9, down 38 percent from last year (6.3). Sports events June 23-29 1. U.S. vs. China, Women’s World Cup, Friday, KOKH-25, 4.2. 2. NBA Draft, Thursday, ESPN, 3.9. 3. Travelers Championship fourth round, PGA Tour, Sunday, KWTV-9, 3.6. 4. Sonoma Raceway, NASCAR Sprint Cup, Sunday, Fox Sports 1, 2.8. 5. Virginia vs. Vanderbilt, College World Series Finals Game 3, Wednesday, ESPN, 2.3. 5. U.S. Senior Open fourth round,

  • Your Views

    Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    No more tears Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that the Affordable Care Act is still law, perhaps our governor can stop crying her crocodile tears over the 18,000 Oklahomans who will be disenfranchised from health insurance if Insure Oklahoma goes away, since she apparently didn’t mind about the 87,000 Oklahomans who would have been disenfranchised from health insurance if Obamacare had gone away. And perhaps Gov. Mary Fallin can direct Attorney General Scott Pruitt to stop misspending our scarce public funds suing to overturn Obamacare, and put this money to better use expanding Medicaid to get the Insure Oklahoma people covered under the ACA after all.

  • State Briefs

    Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Oklahoma news briefs for July 1.

  • Oklahoma briefs

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    Oklahoma business briefs for July 1

  • Cyclists celebrate West River Trail opening

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett led the first bicycle ride on the new West River Trail, which is more than seven miles long. An event to celebrate the grand opening of the trail was held Saturday at Crystal Lake. The scenic multipurpose trail connects Lake Overholser to the south bank of the Oklahoma River and is the first of three MAPS 3 trails to open, according to the city.

  • EPA ruling a small win against over-regulation

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    IN a small victory for regulatory sanity, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week that the Environmental Protection Agency cannot arbitrarily ignore cost concerns when formulating new rules. Given that the case involved regulations that may generate just $1 in benefits for every $1,600 in mandatory new expenses, that’s a welcome reprieve. Among other things, the EPA oversees the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants Program, which regulates stationary-source emissions of more than 180 specified “hazardous air pollutants.” Power plants are a major focus of EPA officials administering that program. But the agency must show regulations are “appropriate and necessary” before implementing them.

  • Story a reminder that bills can have unintended fallout

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    KYLE Gillum had a business idea he felt would benefit downtown Oklahoma City — opening a day care for dogs. He was whipsawed by an ordinance that a previous Legislature no doubt felt made perfect sense when it was approved, but instead serves an example of the unintended consequences of feel-good legislation. Lawmakers decided in 2008 that no new dog kennel should be allowed within 2,500 feet of a public or private school or licensed day care center in Oklahoma City or Tulsa. The bill was offered after patrons and nuns at a private preschool in south Oklahoma City expressed unease over a pit bull terrier kennel about a quarter mile away. The nuns said they were concerned about the safety of their children, although no

  • Norman library events

    Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    ‘Nighttime Ninjas’ to visit library The Oklahoma City Zoo is bringing some of its “Nighttime Ninjas” out during the day for a visit to Norman Public Library Central, 225 N Webster. They’ll be at the library’s Lowry Room for programs at 2 and 6:30 p.m. Monday as part of the 2015 Summer Reading Program. The programs are for all ages. Those who come will get to meet several nocturnal creatures and learn about their homes, habits and how they survive. It’s part of a series of outreach events made available thanks to a grant from the Oklahoma City Zoological Trust. Registration is not required in advance, but space is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, visit

  • Michelle Obama's evolution

    Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    WASHINGTON — First-term first ladies are often shadows to their more important husbands, dabbling in lite fare to avoid criticism and picking safe projects to shield them and their families from the inevitable slings and arrows. The safest bet has been to keep interests close to hearth and home — the universally approved place and role of women. Thus, first lady Laura Bush, who had been a librarian, focused on reading programs and, with the Library of Congress, created the first National Book Festival. Similarly, Michelle Obama focused on subjects close to home.

  • City schools deserve the attention of all

    BY JENNIFER MONIES | Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    I didn’t grow up in Oklahoma City. I don’t have memories of a desolate downtown after business hours or neighborhood whispers about brothels that apparently once existed walking distance from my house in the Gatewood Historic District. I only know an Oklahoma City with an NBA franchise, a bustling downtown park and a diverse local restaurant scene. Oklahoma City rivals any place I would want to raise my family. Almost nowhere else in the nation could I live within the urban core for the price and space we have. I live, work and play largely within a 5-mile radius. But everything Oklahoma City has going for it is at risk. There is one more critical piece to Oklahoma City’s renaissance and our continued success and growth

  • Problems with ACA remain

    No byline | Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Despite the Supreme Court decision to uphold the subsidies for private insurance in King v. Burwell, the fundamental problems with the Affordable Care Act remain. Ironically, it is the growing government centralization of health insurance at the expense of private insurance that must be addressed. The 107 million people on Medicaid or Medicare in 2013 will increase to 135 million by 2018, a growth rate tripling that of private insurance, according to projections by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. At the same time, private health care insurance premiums are expected to skyrocket in 2016, many by more than 30 percent. This will not improve American health care. Private insurance is superior for both access

  • Fireworks aficionado will light up Choctaw

    By Scott Amundson For The Oklahoman | Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    CHOCTAW — Rudy Forrest, owner of Rudy’s Fireworks, will offer his annual fireworks display on Sunday in Choctaw. The show will take place in Senior Citizens Park, 14653 NE Dean St. The fireworks show will start at dusk and continue 45 minutes to an hour. About 500 people come out to the park every year to watch the show, Forrest said. Many more watch from their front porches. Forrest said people who come to the show can bring lawn chairs, blankets, coolers with food and drinks and whatever they want to enjoy themselves. He said he spends about $3,500 to put on the show every year. He said it’s worth the expense because of the joy it brings to the children who watch. “I do it for the kids,” Forrest

  • Two companies qualify for state jobs incentives

    By Brianna Bailey Business WriterThe Oklahoman  | Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Palmer Manufacturing & Tank Inc. in Skiatook and EAN Support Services LLC in Tulsa have qualified for $5.1 million in state jobs incentives. The companies have created 296 new positions over the course of 10 years through the Oklahoma Quality Jobs Program.

  • Reader reactions on Ten Commandments monument ruling

    Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Oklahomans react to the state Supreme Court ruling that the Ten Commandments monument must be removed from the state Capitol grounds.