• 10 things you didn't know about Donald Trump

    Richard Hall | Updated: Mon, Sep 21, 2015

    Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump will grace us with his presence Friday when he visits the State Fair of Oklahoma. No one knows for sure what The Donald plans on riding at the fair, or what food he plans on chowing down on. But what is certain is he'll speak to Oklahomans about his plan for America should he get elected. Before he arrives, you should get to know Trump a little bit more. Here are 10 things you might not have known about Donald Trump. No.

  • Junior League of Oklahoma City has first meeting

    Updated: Sun, Sep 20, 2015

        Brian Attebery, Nazette Zuhdi-Cleaver, Rebekah Wheeler. (Photo provided)   Members of the Junior League of Oklahoma City held the first meeting at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club. Theme “Team JLOC” featured red and white tablecloths, centerpieces with JLOC pennants and pom poms. Nazette Zuhdi-Cleaver is League president.  Mini hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, French fries and cookies were served. Brian Attebery, owner of Results Fitness and Nutrition, Edmond, was one of the guest speakers. He discussed top fitness myths and answered questions.

  • Outstanding Seniors: American Indian senior won't strike out

    Keith Dobbs | Updated: Fri, Sep 18, 2015

    Meat and gravy and a little cornmeal, stories of American Indian harvests, and even growing up in a family of 12 kids...she's still positive

  • Outstanding Seniors: This senior's got time for a tune

    Keith Dobbs | Updated: Fri, Sep 18, 2015

    When you can't do anything else, she sings a song!

  • 10 things Brits should never do when in the U.S.

    Richard Hall | Updated: Fri, Sep 18, 2015

    It's completely understandable that people from other countries research the laws and social norms of the United States before visiting. Heck, most of us Americans couldn't even translate half of our own nation's legal code, so what do you expect? A Brit on reddit asked redditors a simple question: What should a Brit not do when in the States? So, here are 10 things British people should never do when visiting the United States, according to reddit. No.

  • Five books I wish I'd read

    Ken Raymond | Updated: Fri, Sep 18, 2015

    The best thing about my job is that I'm paid to read books. The worst thing about it is that I can't read them all. Since age 4, when I started reading, I've seldom been without a book in my hand. My parents used to chastise me when I was little because I'd bring books to my older brother's basketball games and read in the bleachers instead of paying attention to the game. I used to awaken them most mornings by trying to tiptoe through their bedroom to get to our home library; I tried to be quiet, but my mother read the newspaper each night one page at a time, then discarded them on the floor until she cleaned up in the morning. Walking silently on those thin sheets of paper would've required the skills of a Shaolin monk.

  • Find your next car with The Oklahoman's new BestRide page on NewsOK.com

    Alan Herzberger | Updated: Fri, Sep 11, 2015

    The same two cars have been in my family for more than a few years now. They are both still running, and neither require monthly payments. Those are the best kinds of cars – paid for. But I see the mileage numbers. I hear the knocks. I can feel the stutters. I’ll be in the market for at least one new vehicle very soon, I think. That’s why I’m glad The Oklahoman and NewsOK is now a BestRide affiliate. Now I have more options to choose from. Go to NewsOK.com and select CARS from the top navigation on every page on NewsOK. Or better yet, select the page from the navigation list on NewsOK’s Mobile website. From the NewsOK.

  • Hey, Harry Potter fans!

    Ken Raymond | Updated: Thu, Sep 17, 2015

    News from the front lines of the Potter-verse. Sadly, J.K. Rowling doesn't have a new book coming out that continues the story of Harry and his friends. But she does have a book coming out, one that I'm sure will be a necessity in many Muggles' homes. Oct. 6 marks the release date of a special edition of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," featuring more than 100 full-color illustrations by Jim Kay. Rowling herself selected Kay to be the illustrator. I haven't gotten a sneak peek of the book, but press materials promise the illustrations are "stunning." If nothing else, they'll add a new visual layer to the story. I wouldn't be surprised if the other books in the series get the same treatment as time

  • Silver Dollar rolls to top of Great Taste of a Fair contest

    Dave Cathey | Updated: Thu, Sep 17, 2015

    As promised, here's the final tally from yesterday's A Great Taste of a Fair. Fairest of Them All: 1st Place: Wonderboy Diamond Dawgs 2nd Place: Deep-Fried Banana Pudding Chef Ray Street Eats 3rd Place: Bacon-Covered Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough On-A-Stick Aunt Edmoe’s Cookies 4th Place: Rocky Road Caramel Apple Rodney & Lisa Most Unique Sweet Dish 1st Place: Cinnamon Roll Silver Dollar Concessions 2nd Place: Cuban Pork Crepe Coco Flow Chocolate Fountains 3rd Place: Jalepeno Cheese Curds D&D Concessions 4th Place: Bacon-Wrapped Chicken On-A-Stick Rajin’ Cajun My personal vote doesn't totally jibe with that of my fellow judges.

  • What's goin' on?: Forum on religious landscape study is tonight

    BY Carla Hinton | Updated: Thu, Sep 17, 2015

    Why are more people than ever before claiming no affiliation to organized religion? What would draw young adults to churches more often? These are some of the questions that likely will be raised at tonight's discussion of the recent Religious Landscape Study published by the Pew Research Center. "Evening of Listening ... The Pew Report" is set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. tonight, Thursday, Sept. 17 at St. Paul's Cathedral, 127 NW 7. The event is free and open to the public. Come for the panel discussion on the 2014 Religious Landscape Study then stay for a question-and-answer session.

  • 10 crazy foods from the Oklahoma State Fair

    Richard Hall | Updated: Wed, Sep 16, 2015

    The state fair is upon us Okies, and that means we all have a lot of eating to do from now until Sept. 27. Luckily for us, OKStateFair.com recently released a list of some of the new foods debuting at this year's fair.  Here are just 10 outrageous foods found at the Oklahoma State Fair over the years. What crazy food items from the Oklahoma State Fair do you remember, and love? No. 10 - Bacon-Wrapped Corn on the Cob Perhaps it isn't too crazy, but the bacon-wrapped corn on the cob sounds

  • Party Galaxy in Oklahoma City---Marty Dillon and Mark Wilmes---Parties Extra!

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Wed, Sep 16, 2015


  • Ten words derived from books

    Ken Raymond | Updated: Wed, Sep 16, 2015

    We all know that books are made of words, but did you know that some words derive from books? We have all kinds of words to describe really big things -- gigantic, huge, towering, humongous, enormous, massive, etc. -- but one of the coolest ones is "gargantuan." In our "gi-normous" world, we don't use gargantuan enough, at least in my opinion. The word comes to us from "Gargantua," the title of a satirical 1535 work by Rabelais. "Gargantua is a giant with a ravening appetite (eating, for instance, six pilgrims in a salad)," the Merriam-Webster website explains.

  • Oklahoma ties: Book signing on Tuesday, Sept. 15

    Ken Raymond | Updated: Mon, Sep 14, 2015

    You won't want to miss this book signing. Joe Urschel will sign his new book, "The Year of Fear: Machine Gun Kelly and the Manhunt That Changed the Nation," beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, at Full Circle Bookstore in 50 Penn Place. I very much wanted to review this book in advance of Urschel's visit, but I ran out of time. I regret that a lot, because among other things, I want to know if Urschel is related to Charles Urschel, the wealthy Oklahoma City oilman who was kidnapped by the notorious gangster. I've looked around online and haven't been able to find an answer to that question. Here's how Amazon.com describes the book: "It's 1933 and Prohibition has given rise to the American gangster -- now infamous names like Bonnie and

  • Sept. 14 is big day in writing history

    Ken Raymond | Updated: Mon, Sep 14, 2015

    Good and bad things happened on this day in history, including things involving authors and songwriters. Here are some of those things, courtesy of history.net. 1321 -- Dante Alighieri, better known simply as Dante, dies hours after completing "Paradiso," the final entry in his "Divine Comedy." (The others are "Inferno" and "Purgatorio.") Dante is widely regarded as the greatest Italian poet in history and one of the greatest poets of all time. Some refer to him as the founder of the Italian language, because he wrote not in Latin, as was typical of the time, but in vernacular Tuscan, making his poetry accessible to a broader swath of the Italian people and establishing it as a vibrant written language.

  • The Oklahoman's 20-40-60 Etiquette---The Men Answer! Gametime for children? How about obscenities?

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Mon, Sep 14, 2015

    (Editor’s Note: Oklahoma men columnists answer a question about taking children to a college football game where you know there will be an obnoxious fan cursing excessively nearby. Read the regular 20-40-60 etiquette column by Callie Athey (20s), Lillie-Beth Brinkman (40s) and Helen Ford Wallace (60-plus) on Mondays in The Oklahoman and online at NewsOK.com. […]

  • Now you know: 5 interesting facts to begin your week with (Vol. 5; Sept. 14, 2015)

    Richard Hall | Updated: Thu, Sep 10, 2015

    It's good to know things. And you're probably bored at work (which is why you clicked on this), so how about you learn a thing or five? This week we explore the toxicity of bananas, the time Michael Caine forgot his lines, a crappy problem in India, sloths and the "six-figure price tag for selling a $2 hot dog." Here are 5 interesting facts to begin your work week with! No.

  • Will Miss Oklahoma set record?

    Linda Lynn | Updated: Sat, Sep 12, 2015

    If Miss Oklahoma Georgia Frazier is crowned Miss America on Sunday, Oklahoma will be able to claim it is the state with the most Miss Americas in the nation.  Frazier is a graduate of Oral Roberts University. Her platform is encouraging women to be proactive with their health, and her talent at previous pageants has been singing.  Four states, Oklahoma, Ohio, California and New York, have had six women each win the Miss America pageant. If Frazier wins, Oklahoma will be able to boast it has seven. Past pageant winners have included: Norma Smallwood (1926), Jane Jayroe (1967), Susan Powell (1981), Shawntel Smith (1996), Jennifer Berry (2006) and Lauren Nelson (2007).

  • Taking a trip with #OkiesAroundTheWorld

    Alan Herzberger | Updated: Fri, Sep 11, 2015

    We have a little tradition lately. You share your photos. We publish your photos. We’ve done it in a variety of way in the past couple of years. It started with #MyOklahoma in 2013. Most recently, we filled up a few pages with your back-to-school photos. You share. We publish. We have the steps down. In the end, the story of life in Oklahoma is told in snapshots. This past week, we’ve changing it up just a little bit. We’re asking you to share your pictures of your travels around the world this summer. Maybe you made it to the Texas side of Lake Texoma? We’d love to share your pictures. Maybe you made to the other side of the world? We’d love to share those

  • Five books about 9/11

    Ken Raymond | Updated: Fri, Sep 11, 2015

    Even after 14 years, we continue to feel the sting of 9/11, a day that sliced us to the bone and has hobbled us ever since. We experience its aftermath each day: enhanced security at airports, rampant distrust of Muslims from those who cannot distinguish fanaticism from religion, regular arrests of terror suspects here and abroad, wounded soldiers, loss of privacy and a constant low-level buzz of watchfulness and fear. Few people need to explain where they were that day or what they felt, for those of us who survived, whether in New York City or thousands of miles away, were wracked by the same fright and outrage. It was worse for those who lost loved ones and those who didn't know for hours or days if the people they