• Final goodbye: Roll call of some who died in 2014


    They each turned a moment of violence into a call to action. For James Brady, that moment came when he was shot and wounded by a would-be presidential assassin. For Chung Eun-yong, it was the killings of his two children during the Korean War. Brady took up a personal campaign for increased gun control after surviving a head wound when a man tried unsuccessfully to kill President Ronald Reagan, for whom Brady was press secretary. Chung began a years-long quest for justice, which eventually prompted the U.S. Army to acknowledge having killed civilian refugees at No Gun Ri. Brady and Chung, who died within days of each other in August, are among the notables who left the world in 2014.

  • Outgoing Oklahoma state schools Superintendent Janet Barresi reflects on challenges of leading Education Department

    By Tim Willert, Staff Writer | Yesterday

    Oklahoma’s outgoing state schools Superintendent Janet Barresi said her reforms will continue to strengthen public education in the state.

  • Oklahoma City company withdraws application to drill for oil near Lake Hefner

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Yesterday

    Pedestal Oil Co. Inc., an Oklahoma City oil company, has withdrawn its application to drill on the south side of Lake Hefner, Oklahoma City officials said Friday.

  • Sen. Tom Coburn talks liberty, spying, torture, the media and Elizabeth Warren

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Yesterday

    In a final interview with The Oklahoman’s Washington bureau before resigning from the Senate, the Muskogee Republican talks about the Founding Fathers and what they meant.

  • Cold front brings wintry weather to Oklahoma, Arkansas


    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A cold front has brought freezing temperatures, sleet and snow to parts of Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas. The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory Saturday for portions of central and southern Oklahoma, where snow accumulations of up to three inches was possible. Forecasters say areas of light snow will continue over much of northeast Oklahoma and far northwest Arkansas. Temperatures northwest of the Tulsa area have fallen below freezing, while elsewhere they should remain a little above. Areas northwest of Tulsa could see around an inch of snow, with lesser amounts elsewhere. Most of the accumulation will occur on grassy and elevated surfaces.

  • Oklahoma inmate's propensity for pleadings clogs up courts, judge says

    By Jennifer Palmer, Staff Writer | Yesterday

    For years, judges have been telling Alvin Parker, 56, that he’s run out of chances. But the convict hasn’t given up.

  • Death penalty states unmoved by botched execution


    McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma's last execution went so badly that the state tried to cancel it before it was over. With the inmate writhing while the lethal drugs seeped into his body, his executioners drew the viewing gallery curtains, concealing what the warden later described as "a bloody mess." The botched execution of Clayton Lockett in April and other troubling ones this year in Ohio and Arizona gave capital punishment opponents a flicker of hope that areas of the country that most enthusiastically support the death penalty might have a change of heart. They didn't. Although Gov.

  • Official: Islamic extremist leader with $3 million bounty on his head surrenders in Somalia


    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Official: Islamic extremist leader with $3 million bounty on his head surrenders in Somalia.

  • School error takes money from staff bank accounts


    PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Some employees in a Massachusetts school district feel like they got a visit from the Grinch. Instead of receiving their paychecks via direct deposit on the day after Christmas, Plymouth Public Schools workers awoke Friday to find that the amount they were to be paid had instead been withdrawn from their bank accounts. About 1,300 workers were affected. Boston.com reports (http://bit.ly/1wsUBhe ) Superintendent Dr. Gary E. Maestas sent an email to employees saying the issue was caused by human error. The school department is working with the town and banks to fix the problem, hopefully by Saturday. But Maestas says some banks, including Bank of America, Citizens Bank and Santander, won't make co

  • Richard Mize: No contest in kids' home improvement

    BY RICHARD MIZE, Real Estate Editor | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    Richard Mize: No contest in kids’ home improvement

  • Religion year in review: Faith and spirituality played a key role in some of year's big stories in Oklahoma

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    Religion played a key role in some of the biggest stories of 2014 in Oklahoma.

  • Mormons say 'The Book of Mormon' musical may lead the curious to discover their real holy book

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    Several local Mormons said The ‘Book of Mormon’ musical may lead the curious to discover their real holy book

  • A look back at digital additions for subscribers in 2014

    Alan Herzberger | Updated: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    The year in the digital news world here went about as planned. In 2014, our audience for NewsOK grew. That’s a record for the state’s largest news website. We had more page views and unique visitors than we’ve ever had before. That was the plan. On that site, we post a ton of stories from a […]

  • Downtown Oklahoma City apartments in Avana Arts District will include chef's dream restaurant

    By Steve Lackmeyer, Business Writer | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    A 303-unit apartment complex at 301 N Walker Ave. in downtown Oklahoma City was bought by Charleston, S.C.-based Greystar Real Estate Investors last year for $48.75 million.

  • Oklahoma City delays moving locomotive

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    The 19th-century steam locomotive will not be moved from State Fair Park to northeast Oklahoma City on Sunday as planned.

  • Oil industry group Oklahoma Energy Resources Board develops math lessons for Oklahoma middle schools

    By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    The Oklahoma Energy Resources Board has developed a new math curriculum for middle school students.

  • South side church prepares for final service

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    South Lee United Methodist Church prepares for its final service on Sunday, Dec. 28.

  • Forecasters predict Oklahoma City temperatures in the 20s on New Year's Eve

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Dec 27, 2014

    Forecasters expect temperatures in the 20s on New Year’s Eve. People planning to ring in the New Year by attending Oklahoma City’s Opening Night might want to bundle up and wear layers.

  • Thousands attend 8-hour wake for slain NYC officer

    Updated: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of uniformed police officers from New York City and around the country gathered Friday at the solemn, eight-hour wake of a city policeman who was killed along with his partner in a brazen daytime shooting a week ago. Mayor Bill de Blasio, who had been criticized by the police union for his handling of protests critical of officers, briefly attended Officer Rafael Ramos' viewing at the Christ Tabernacle Church in Queens, where Ramos was brought in a flag-draped casket and viewed in full dress uniform. "Dad, I'm forever grateful of the sacrifices you made to provide for me and Jaden," Ramos' son, Justin, said during the wake, referring to his younger brother, as officers gathered in the street watche

  • Putnam City West graduate talks about learning from failure

    By Matt Patterson, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Putnam City West graduate, Misfit Wearables CEO Sonny Vu spoke at Francis Tuttle Technology Center on a visit to his home state.