• Your Views

    Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Rising above Virginia shooter Vester Flanagan seemed to be sending a message that the only possible response to irrationality was more irrationality. I reject this. As a gay man, I know that the power of human reason enables us to rise above the victimization imposed by those who teach that human beings are monsters by nature. Such people have been striving to keep the human race down for millennia. But their game is up. Western civilization was built by those who chose to rise above irrationality. The human race's potential to be something better is clearer than ever, and the tools available to make that happen are within our grasp. Each individual possesses the power of reason and the choice to use it. Yes, making that

  • There's something to be said for history's losers

    Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    There is a romance to losing, at least on a grand scale, that no string of victories can match. Who really loves the New York Yankees? Who does not sigh a sigh for the ever-doomed Chicago Cubs, who haven't won a World Series since ... when, 1908? There would be something seriously wrong with American life, or maybe the universe, if the Cubs brought a world championship home to Wrigley Field after more than a century of defeat. Chicago wouldn't be Chicago anymore, not in its soul and spirit. Something ineffable would have gone out of it. Think of how much was lost when the Boston Red Sox suddenly turned into one of the winningest teams in the major leagues, ending their historic losing streak.

  • Oklahoma County public records for Sept. 2

    Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Oklahoma County public records for Sept. 2, 2015


    Updated: 4 hr ago

    Rubio is due in Oklahoma City Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio, of Florida, will be in Oklahoma City on Wednesday to speak to energy industry executives, his campaign announced. Rubio will speak at the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association at 500 NE 4 St. The latest survey of Republican primary voters showed Rubio trails front-runner Donald Trump, Ben Carson, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for the GOP nod, according to Public Policy Polling Rubio plans to discuss his energy policy. On his campaign website, Rubio calls for “eliminating government-imposed barriers to energy production and economic growth.

  • ‘We’re not acting fast enough’

    Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Of course, we're here today to discuss a challenge that will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other — and that's the urgent and growing threat of a changing climate. Our understanding of climate change advances each day. Human activity is disrupting the climate, in many ways faster than we previously thought. The science is stark. It is sharpening. It proves that this once-distant threat is now very much in the present. In fact, the Arctic is the leading edge of climate change — our leading indicator of what the entire planet faces. Arctic temperatures are rising about twice as fast as the global average. Over the past 60 years, Alaska has warmed about twice as fast as the rest of the

  • Youth unemployment rate remains too high

    BY DAVID LEWIS | Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    According to the latest statistics from our state government, youth unemployment (ages 16 to 19) stands at a shameful 19.9 percent. The current nationwide average unemployment rate for this age bracket is 11.7 percent according to the Department of Labor. Oklahoma is lagging in igniting the careers of young people. We should applaud Gov. Mary Fallin's attention to this important issue. She has established an aggressive goal to reduce the youth unemployment rate in Oklahoma to 15 percent by 2017. Policymakers can help; business leaders can help even more. Young people have fewer skills as a result of less experience. This makes them less attractive to hire for most employers.

  • Sports on TV: Tuning in for Wednesday, September 2

    Compiled By: Todd Schoenthaler Staff Writer tschoenthaler@oklahoman.com | Updated: 5 hr ago

    WEDNESDAY MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 7 p.m. — Iowa at OKC — KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 3 p.m. — N.Y. Yankees at Boston — MLBN (Cox 264) 7 p.m. — Detroit at Kansas City — Cox 77/FSPLUS (Cox 68) 7 p.m. — Washington at St. Louis — ESPN (Cox 29) 9 p.m. — Texas at San Diego — FSOK (Cox 37)/KEBC-AM 1560 9 p.m. — San Francisco at L.A. Dodgers — KTOK-AM 1000 TENNIS Noon — U.S. Open — ESPN (Cox 29) 5 p.m. — U.S. Open — ESPN2 (Cox 28) WNBA 2:30 p.m.

  • With death penalty, caution doesn't signal opposition

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    DOES a district attorney's stance on the death penalty effectively dictate a community's support for it? A recent article by The Marshall Project, a news organization covering America's criminal justice system, suggests this is the case and cites Oklahoma County as an example. Nationally, the Death Penalty Information Center reports 2 percent of U.S. counties accounted for 56 percent of death row inmates as of 2012. The Marshall Project reports, “One reason for the national disparity: The fervor of local prosecutors.

  • Some schools go extra mile to fend off any hard feelings

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    UNIVERSITIES and colleges across the country are bustling with activity in these early days of the fall semester, with students moved into their dorms, teachers handing out their first assignments — and administrators at many of these schools doing all they can to ensure no student ever has his or her feelings hurt. At many institutions of higher learning, programs are in place to guard students from every possible offense. Some are a result of efforts initiated by students who appear incapable of, or unwilling to, leave their feel-good cocoons. Greg Lukianoff, a constitutional lawyer and president of a group that defends free speech and academic freedom on campus, co-wrote a recent essay about this movement at

  • Donald Trump declares war on demography

    Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    WASHINGTON — “I don't want it to be about me,” Donald Trump explained at a recent event in Nashville, Tenn. In other news: War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength. The Trump campaign is emphatically about Trump, in a manner typical of populism from Huey Long to Hugo Chavez. The people are infallible, but they require someone who embodies their collective wisdom. The country — betrayed by elites, beset by foreigners, exploited and humiliated at every turn — needs more than policy papers. It needs a savior. Populism is not identical to demagoguery, but it attracts demagogues. Trump, on the evidence of past behavior, would take whatever political shape the moment required. But the direction upon


    Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Sen. Rubio is due in Oklahoma City

  • Records

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    MARRIAGES Lona Kay Smith and Jeffery M. Spears Sarah Liliam Sanchez Fontalvo and Bernardo Sainz Orozco Lois Anne Rossman and Bobby Ray Thomas Natalie Ansari Neal and Jay Cooper Wallace Maryion Willina Jackson and Carlose Antonio Louis Latonya Leola J.

  • District C-1 Preview

    By Chris Brannick | Updated: 5 hr ago

    BALKO IS YOUNG Rusty Thomas has a young team in Balko this season and will be led by a young quarterback trying to duplicate the success of a playoff run from a year ago. Chandler Dearmin is only a sophomore, but Thomas is calling on the youngster to run the show. Dearmin will get help from a couple of seniors around him though. Triston Villines is a veteran in the backfield and Owen Creason on the line will help get the young quarterback some protection. Thomas returns four on defense too, led by a trio of juniors. Cody Frantz and Trent Ferguson at defensive end and Kylian Redemer at linebacker are three of Balko's big players.

  • College Football Notebook

    Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Tyreek Hill enrolls, will play at Division II West Alabama Former Oklahoma State return man and running back Tyreek Hill has enrolled at West Alabama. The Division II school announced Tuesday that Hill, who is listed on the school's website as Ty Hill and wearing jersey No. 11, is joining the program and will be in uniform for Saturday's opener against Stillman College. Hill was dismissed from Oklahoma State's football and track teams in December 2014 following his arrest on domestic violence charges. An All-Big 12 Conference all-purpose player, he was accused of punching and choking his pregnant girlfriend. He pleaded guilty Aug. 21 and received three years of probation.

  • Former Tulsa deputy testifies to grand jury

    BY JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS Associated Press | Updated: 4 hr ago

    TULSA — An Oklahoma sheriff's deputy who says he was pressured to sign off on memos regarding the training of a reserve deputy accused of fatally shooting an unarmed man testified Tuesday before a grand jury. Warren Crittenden, who was a corporal in the internal affairs division, testified for more than an hour in Tulsa district court before jurors hearing evidence for the fifth week in the case. Thousands of residents petitioned for an investigation into the Tulsa County sheriff's office after volunteer deputy Robert Bates fatally shot Eric Harris in April. Bates, who has since left the agency, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree manslaughter and says he confused his handgun and stun gun in the shooting.

  • Hearings held in Oklahoma City, Tulsa on changes to Oklahoma’s forfeiture law

    BY SEAN MURPHY Associated Press  | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Oklahoma laws that allow law enforcement to seize money and property they believe are linked to criminal activity are ripe for abuse and should have safeguards so assets aren't seized from innocent people, experts told lawmakers Tuesday. A proposed bill by Sen. Kyle Loveless, R-Oklahoma City, would require a criminal conviction and increase the amount of evidence authorities need to seize property. But the changes are facing stiff opposition from law enforcement and prosecutors who use the seized funds to help pay for their operations. Loveless' bill also would require seized assets go to the state's general revenue fund. But he recently said he was open to creating a separate revolving account that would be dedicated to

  • District C-2 preview

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Terence Rushing lone returner for Tipton There's no denying that Terence Rushing played a key role in Tipton's 14-0 season and Class C state championship last fall. But every other starter that joined him on that team is gone, leaving second-year coach Travis White looking to fill some holes. Rushing, a 5-foot-11, 200-pound senior, averaged 12 yards per carry at running back and also starts at linebacker for Tipton, which opens its title defense against Fox Friday night at Tipton. GRANDFIELD LOOKING TO LOPEZ AGAIN A year ago, Jahred Lopez accounted for more than 2,000 all-purpose yards and 32 touchdowns. Tied with Tipton as the coaches' favorite to win District C-2, Grandfield will be expecting the same type

  • How much will stipends affect college recruiting?

    By TIM REYNOLDS AP Sports Writer | Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. — An athlete has two offers to decide where to play for the next four years. One comes with considerably more cash than the other. It only sounds like free agency. These days, it's college recruiting. A new stipend that scholarship athletes are receiving to pay for some of the things that their scholarship doesn't cover could be a game changer for college sports, especially since some believe that recruits could wind up making decisions based on which institution can put the most cash in their pocket. “Money is a big thing in everybody's lives, so when you see money, people are going to think, ‘Well, this school is offering $5,000 more. If it comes down to this and I can't decide, I'm

  • Looking back on a decade under Gundy

    By John Helsley | Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Mike Gundy's first 10 years Mike Gundy completed his 10th season as Cowboys head coach in 2014. A reflection shows his first decade as the greatest stretch of football in OSU history. Bullet Points Gundy is OSU's winningest coach, both by win total (84) and percentage (.656) OSU's current streak of nine straight bowl appearances is the longest in program history – with three straight the previous best – and represents 36 percent of the school's total bowl appearances. The Cowboys rank 10th nationally with 66 wins since the start of the 2008 season. OSU is 41-19 against Big 12 teams since 2008, the second-best conference mark during that span.

  • Pot plant bird blind lands poaching suspects in trouble

    BY SILAS ALLEN Staff Writer sallen@oklahoman.com | Updated: 4 hr ago

    RINGWOOD — Walk into any sporting goods store, and you'll find books and pamphlets filled with tips on staying on the right side of the law when it comes to hunting. But one rule doesn't often make the manuals: don't build your bird blind out of pot plants. Two game wardens from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation caught three men last weekend who they say were breaking that rule — and a few others, as well. On Sunday morning, a passer-by spotted mechanical dove decoys in a field near Ringwood, in northwestern Oklahoma. Dove season wouldn't begin for another two days, so the person reported the decoys to authorities. Game wardens Phillip Cottrill and Lt. Frank Hubert went to investigate, expecting to