• Tight regulations drive ridesharing frustration, innovation in Austin

    Tight regulations drive ridesharing...

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    AUSTIN, Texas is perhaps the Southwest's most avant garde city, and thus is a tremendous draw for young professionals with eclectic tastes in art and music. Yet as of a few weeks ago, enjoying the nightlife in Austin meant a considerable change in approach for these millennials. Prior to May 9, rides to and from bars and restaurants in Austin were just a click away through the app-based ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft. Both companies pulled out of Austin, however, two days after voters rejected a referendum that sought to repeal more extensive checks on Uber and Lyft drivers. The vote upheld a city council ordinance that, among other things, requires all ridesharing drivers to go through fingerprint background checks.

  • Britain facing a crossroads

    Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    LONDON — Sixty-five years ago, what has become the European Union was an embryo conceived in fear. It has been stealthily advanced from an economic to a political project, and it remains enveloped in a watery utopianism even as it becomes more dystopian. The EU's economic stagnation — in some of the 28 member nations, youth unemployment approaches 50 percent — is exacerbated by its regulatory itch and the self-inflicted wound of the euro, a common currency for radically dissimilar nations. The EU is floundering amid mass migration, the greatest threat to Europe's domestic tranquility since 1945. The EU's British enthusiasts hope fear will move voters to affirm Britain's membership in this increasingly ramshackle and

  • Helped by CPR in first grade, Duncan student now is set to graduate

    Helped by CPR in first grade, Duncan student...

    By K.S. McNutt Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.com | Updated: 1 hr ago

    DUNCAN — Trevor Frost has “a lot of mixed feelings” about graduating from Duncan High School. “It'll be a change,” said Trevor, 18, who plans to attend college out of state. “But it'll be good for me.” His first-grade teacher expects to cry “tears of joy” at commencement Thursday night. “It is a miracle this young man will be walking across the stage. This was a graduation that almost did not occur,” Janis Arrington said. When he was a 6-year-old, Trevor stopped breathing and collapsed into his teacher's arms at Mark Twain Elementary School. His eyes were wide open, and he had no pulse, Arrington said. She started CPR, and with every breath she

  • Missed opportunities in Oklahoma state budget agreement

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    GIVEN that Oklahoma lawmakers faced a $1.3 billion shortfall this year, any budget agreement was sure to involve some tough choices. The agreement announced this week certainly did. Some spending cuts may have notable, negative effects, and there's valid reason for concern. Even so, this budget also avoids some of the worst outcomes many feared. Sufficient funding was found to likely prevent most four-day school weeks and nursing home closures, although some of those threatened outcomes may have involved as much public relations strategy as fiscal reality. Last year's state budget spent $7.1 billion. This year's budget will spend $6.7 billion.

  • George Will: Britain at the crossroads

    GEORGE F. WILL Washington Post Writers Group | Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    LONDON — Sixty-five years ago, what has become the European Union was an embryo conceived in fear. It has been stealthily advanced from an economic to a political project, and it remains enveloped in a watery utopianism even as it becomes more dystopian. The EU's economic stagnation — in some of the 28 member nations, youth unemployment approaches 50 percent — is exacerbated by its regulatory itch and the self-inflicted wound of the euro, a common currency for radically dissimilar nations. The EU is floundering amid mass migration, the greatest threat to Europe's domestic tranquility since 1945.

  • Midwest City launches ‘Go Green’

    By Kay Hunt For The Oklahoman | Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    MIDWEST CITY — The city has announced the launch of a “Go Clean Go Green” campaign. The primary objective is to inform residents and businesses about the services Midwest City offers for the purpose of keeping property clean and well-maintained, along with information about recycling, disposal of household hazardous waste, the Restore MWC volunteer-based initiative and much more. By actively participating in this campaign, residents will not only improve and preserve the visual appeal of their property and the community, but will possibly add to or maintain the property's value. This is a list of Go Clean Go Green services available to Midwest City residents: •Special bulk trash

  • Heard on Hurd brings out 22,000 people

    Heard on Hurd brings out 22,000 people

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    EDMOND — Citizens Bank of Edmond's Heard on Hurd drew record numbers in May, with 22,000 people enjoying food, shopping and music in downtown Edmond. Since March, Heard on Hurd has generated more than $1.5 million in economic impact from 60,000 visitors, organizers said. This month's Heard on Hurd celebrated Edmond high school graduations, which happened on the same day. “Citizens Bank of Edmond (gave) a hats off to our Edmond high school graduates this month at Heard on Hurd, and we're thrilled by the local economic impact our little bank party has generated,” said Jill Castilla, Citizens Bank of Edmond president and CEO. “We continue to be astounded by the support of the community for Heard on Hurd.

  • Adopt a pet

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options.

  • Reunions

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    CHOCTAW Choctaw High School class of 1959, monthly breakfast, first Wednesday, Dixie Diner, 11201 NE 23, Nicoma Park. Call Don Windle, 326-3690. DOVER Dover School reunion, Sunday, includes 3 p.m. meet and greet, 4 p.m. meeting, meal to follow, school cafeteria. Preregister by calling Sharon at 368-9155 or Evelyn at 517-0077. FAIRLAND Fairland alumni banquet, 6 p.m. Saturday in the Old Gym. Doors open at 4 p.m. Admission is $15 per person. Catering by NoWhere Bar-B-Q, of Afton, and Alene's Restaurant, of Miami, OK. Nominations for outstanding alumni, questions or comments can be directed to Duane Goins at edgoins 53@yahoo.com or Stacey Groves Briscoe at s.briscoe@sbcglobal.net. OKLAHOMA

  • Oklahoma County public records for May 26

    Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    Oklahoma County public records for May 26, 2016

  • Oklahoma business briefs for May 26

    Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    Oklahoma business briefs for May 26, 2016

  • Tuning in

    Compiled by Todd Schoenthaler, Staff Writer, tschoenthaler@oklahoman.com | Updated: 1 hr ago

    THURSDAY MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 6:30 p.m. Albuquerque at Omaha Cox 77 9 p.m. Oklahoma City at Fresno KGHM-AM 1340 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 11:30 a.m. Arizona at Pittsburgh MLBN (Cox 264) 6 p.m. Colorado at Boston MLBN (Cox 264) 6 p.m. St. Louis at Washington FSPLUS (Cox 68)/Cox 703 NBA 8 p.m. Oklahoma City at Golden State TNT (Cox 31)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM NHL 7 p.m. Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh NBCSN (Cox 251) AUTO RACING 7 a.m. Formula One Practice NBCSN (Cox 251) 1 p.m. Sprint Cup Practice FS1 (Cox 67) 2:30 p.m. Xfinity Series Practice FS1 (Cox 67) 6 p.m. Sprint Cup Qualifying FS1 (Cox 67) GOLF 4 a.m. BMW PGA Championship GOLF (Cox

  • What we're talking about

    What we\'re talking about

    By The Associated Press | Updated: 1 hr ago

    •ABORTION BAN-SOUTH CAROLINA: South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has signed legislation outlawing most abortions at 20 weeks beyond fertilization. •LGBT RIGHTS: Texas and 10 other states are suing the Obama administration over its directive to U.S. public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity. Read the story, Page 1A •BRITAIN-SHAKESPEARE SALE: Shakespeare First Folio, the first folio of Shakespeare's collected works published in 1623, fetches $2.75 million at auction.  •SPELLING BEE: Memorable moments from the National Spelling Bee. Read about a local contestant on 5A.  •GEOGRAPHY BEE: Florida sixth-grader has won the 2016 National

  • College softball: Norman Super Regional information

    By Scott Wright Staff Writer swright@oklahoman.com | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Oklahoma vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (Best-of-three series) Where: OU's Marita Hynes Field, Norman Schedule Game 1: Thursday, 8 p.m. (TV: ESPN) Game 2: Friday, 6 p.m. (TV: ESPN2) Game 3, if necessary: 9 p.m. (TV: ESPNU) Tickets: The OU ticket office is sold out Getting to know Louisiana-Lafayette About the Ragin' Cajuns: The No. 14 national seed, UL-Lafayette is making its fifth consecutive appearance in the Super Regional round, and last reached the Women's College World Series in 2014. At 46-7, is one of nine teams to play in the NCAA Tournament every season since 2000 — a list that also includes Oklahoma. In the circle: Junior Alex Stewart has a 1.64 earned-run average and a

  • Oklahoma seniors accepted freshmen from beginning

    By Scott Wright Staff Writer swright@oklahoman.com | Updated: 1 hr ago

    NORMAN — When Erin Miller arrived for her freshman season on the Oklahoma softball team, she immediately saw a full lineup. Finding a spot for a freshman, even for a player as versatile as Miller, was going to be difficult. The Sooners were coming off an appearance in the Women's College World Series final in 2012 and returned every starter — with a group of players determined to conquer the softball world. Miller, along with fellow freshmen Kady Self and Paris Townsend, realized it would be hard to help much in 2013. The roster was full of experienced veterans who were already on a mission by the time the freshmen arrived. “I don't know if separation was the word, but

  • Oklahoma Scene

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Sooners wide receiver arrested Oklahoma wide receiver Dede Westbrook was arrested in his hometown of Cameron, Texas, on Monday on a complaint of criminal trespass. An official at the Milam County jail said Westbrook was booked at 11:30 a.m. Monday and was released from the jail at 2:15 p.m. the same day. “We're aware of it and are addressing internally,” OU spokesmen Mike Houck said. As a junior last season, Westbrook had 46 catches for 743 yards and four touchdowns and was named the Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year. OCU picks wrestling coaches Oklahoma City University named C.J. Campbell as head men's wrestling coach on Wednesday. Campbell had spent the past two seasons as

  • Lankford recognizes anniversary of 1921 race riot in Senate speech

    By Chris Casteel Washington Bureau ccasteel@oklahoman.com | Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON — Sen. James Lankford, in a speech recognizing the 95th anniversary of the Tulsa race riot, said Wednesday that the nation still faces challenges to ensure “every person of every background has every opportunity.” Speaking on the Senate floor, Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, recited the events that led up to white Tulsans burning down one of the most prosperous black communities in the United States, an area called Greenwood. An estimated 300 people were killed and the business district known as the black Wall Street was destroyed in the riot, which occurred in late May and early June of 1921. No one was ever charged with a crime, Lankford said.

  • Nation and world briefs

    AP | Updated: 1 hr ago

    U.S. help in Canada IDAHO | BOISE — For the first time, U.S. officials have sent firefighters to help battle a giant blaze in Canada that has destroyed parts of Fort McMurray in Alberta. The National Interagency Fire Center says 100 firefighters flew out of Boise, Idaho, on Wednesday morning and another 100 left from Missoula, Mont. Officials say the firefighters are from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, and Fish and Wildlife Service. The blaze has forced tens of thousands of people to evacuate, burned nearly 2,000 structures and hurt the region's oil sands industry because of production shutdowns. Alligator discovery  TEXAS | DALLAS — A 7-foot-long alligator has been captured in a field near a

  • No Thunder players make NBA All-Defensive teams

    BY MEL BRACHT, ERIK HORNE AND ANTHONY SLATER Staff Writers ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. — The Thunder's defense may have turned up a notch in the postseason, but its regular season performance didn't inspire those voting on the NBA's All-Defensive teams. No Thunder players made either of the two All-Defensive teams, released Wednesday by the league. San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard was the only unanimous first-team selection, receiving all 130 first-place votes from the panel of 130 writers and broadcasters from the U.S. and Canada. Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka, Kevin Durant and Andre Roberson each received at least one vote, but none of them had enough to garner a place on the two five-man squads. Westbrook led all Thunder players with 35 points (12 first-place votes).

  • For CEOs in 2015, typical raise in pay averages more than $468K

    By STAN CHOE AP Business Writer | Published: Thu, May 26, 2016

    NEW YORK — CEOs at the biggest companies got a 4.5 percent pay raise last year. That's almost double the typical American worker's, and a lot more than investors earned from owning their stocks, a big fat zero. The typical chief executive in the Standard & Poor's 500 index made $10.8 million, including bonuses, stock awards and other compensation, according to a study by executive data firm Equilar for The Associated Press. That's up from the median of $10.3 million the same group of CEOs made a year earlier. The raise alone for median CEO pay last year, $468,449, is more than 10 times what the typical U.S. worker makes in a year. The median full-time worker earned $809 weekly in 2015, up from $791 in 2014.




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