• #IWishMyTeacherKnew: Notes convey students' struggles

    Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    A teacher at Denver Public Schools wanted to find a way to better understand her students, and the result, shared on Twitter, is both heart-wrenching and moving, USA TODAY reports. Kyle Schwartz teaches at Doull Elementary in Denver's Harvey Park neighborhood. Doull's students are primarily Hispanic, with 92% receiving free or reduced lunch programs through DPS.

  • Huckabee set to announce, claims 'I've beaten Clinton political machine'

    Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is "moving toward" announcing his second bid for president Friday night, says the Washington Examiner, claiming that he will be better funded than in his 2008 run and that he stands out as the most-experienced of the nearly 20 candidates considering a bid. "I think that there is a real challenge today in the dysfunctional environment of government as it is in Washington and clearly one of the reasons that I'm considering, contemplating and moving toward a decision," he told a small group of reporters Friday morning. Huckabee said he will announce his plans, either to run or when he will officially announce, on Fox where he had a TV show for years. He said he will reveal the news on " Special Report with Bret Baier ," the highly-acclaimed newshour.

  • Star Wars fans: for God's sake get a grip, it's only a movie

    Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Mass hysteria over the new Star Wars trailer, especially among grown men, leaves Martin Daubney feeling baffled.

  • Clothing Company Apologizes to Don Henley, Fans for Shirt Ad

    Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Clothing manufacturer Duluth Trading Co. apologized to Eagles frontman Don Henley for using the artist's fame to sell shirts without his permission.

  • Anniversary Of Oklahoma City Bombing Reopens Wounds For Survivors

    Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    When the truck bomb exploded at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995, says NPR, there were 21 kids in the building's day care. Six survived, including Chris Nguyen and PJ Allen.

  • ESPN Reporter Britt McHenry Suspended After Berating Parking Attendant on Video (Warning: Graphic Language)

    Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    It was an ugly exchange – and it was all caught on video. ESPN reporter Britt McHenry wasn't happy when her car was towed on April 6, and she apparently took out her anger on the parking lot attendant. Unfortunately for McHenry, the tirade was all caught on video. The video was posted online and went viral on Thursday.

  • Tulsa Reserve Deputy Robert Bates apologizes to Eric Harris' family

    Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Speaking publicly for the first time since he shot and killed an unarmed man during a police raid earlier this month in Oklahoma, 73-year-old reserve deputy Robert Bates apologized to the family of Eric Harris on the 'Today' show and dismissed reports that supervisors falsified his training records.

  • Kendrick Perkins 'shocked' at Thabo Sefolosha's alleged involvement in incident with NYPD

    Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Former Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kendrick Perkins shares the sentiment of other players in the NBA who were surprised by the news of Thabo Sefololsha being involved in an incident with police last week. Per Michael Lee of the Washington Post . Perkins "couldn’t believe that his former teammate would even be involved in such an incident." A police report from Sefolosha's arrest in New York City said an officer "observed the defendant Thabo Sefolosha run in an aggressive manner towards the direction" of another officer.  “I was very shocked because Thabo is so laid back. He’s so not drama. He runs away from drama,” Perkins said. “As far as I know him, that wasn’t ever a guy that was going to cause any distractions. I’m not just saying that, he’s really a good dude, a great guy. It’s unfortunate that he’s got to deal with this.” "If he did anything to warrant that, that’s one thing. But the stories that we get, he didn’t do anything to warrant that," Washington Wizards forward Rasaul Butler said. "I understand that they have a scary job to do and they want to use force to make sure they get home at night. It’s understandable, but somebody in that group had to know that was Thabo Sefolosha. Somebody in that crew knew that was an NBA player. I feel like it’s another way it could’ve been handled.” Sefolosha, who is in his first season with the Atlanta Hawks, suffered a fractured fibula and ligament damage in the arrest, which will force him to miss the rest of the season. Earlier this week, Sefolosha released a statement saying his injury " was caused by the police ."

  • Muskogee police searching for other victims in possible serial child sexual abuse case

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    MUSKOGEE — Muskogee police announced Wednesday that investigators are in search of anyone else who may have been victimized by a man and woman who were arrested on child sexual abuse charges last month. William “Frankie” Dugan, 29, and Valerie Ojo, 32, were arrested and charged March 25 with five counts of child sexual abuse each, with police alleging they committed forcible sodomy, incest and exploitation against two children, ages 5 and 6. Court documents allege the abuse occurred between Jan. 17 and March 21, and that Dugan and Ojo performed sex acts on the children, as well as forced them to commit sex acts on each other while they photographed them. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Bombing scholarships helped dozens of survivors achieve their dreams

    BY ZIVA BRANSTETTER, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Like a lot of teenagers, Christy Williams wasn’t sure what she was going to do with her life. But when someone asked her that day in 1999, she didn’t want to appear uncertain. So she said that she wanted to be a pharmacist. As seniors at Oklahoma City’s Northeast Academy for Health and Engineering, Williams and other students had toured the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center’s programs, including its pharmacy college. At the time, she thought being a pharmacist seemed like a pretty good job, one that would allow her to balance a career and family some day. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Help wanted: Oklahoma schools struggling to meet state requirements for test monitors

    BY ANDREA EGER, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    State-mandated testing requires test monitors to keep the process honest. But it’s a hard sell to parents and other would-be volunteers. With testing already underway, public schools all over the area are under pressure to find enough monitors fast. “Parents want to be supportive of teachers and what you’re asking is ‘Would you come over and watch our teachers and make sure they’re not cheating?’ They’re not supposed to read a book or do anything but watch a teacher give a test,” said Eric Doss, director at Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Find Your Lost Phone Immediately With This Simple Google Trick

    Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    If you're the type of person who's always losing your phone, it's now really easy to find it again -- if you have an Android, The Huffington Post reports. Thanks to a new update from Google, you just have to type "find my phone" into Google Search, and it'll show you where it is with startling accuracy. It can also make your phone ring if you still can't figure out exactly where it is.

  • WATCH: Ex-Globetrotter flies solo for 2015's alley-oop of the year

    Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    If you want something done right, sometimes you've just got to do it all yourself, Mashable reports. Former Harlem Globetrotter Angelo Sharpless threw down what may stand as 2015's alley-oop of the year this week. The most impressive part? He flew solo for the ruthless dunk, playing the roles of both assister and finisher — much to the chagrin of one hapless defender.

  • Tulsa man jailed on murder complaint in alcohol-related fatal north Tulsa crash

    BY SAMANTHA VICENT, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    A 23-year-old Tulsa man was jailed on a murder complaint in connection with an alcohol-related collision that killed one and injured three others  at the intersection of Pine Street and Yale Avenue on Wednesday night, officials said. Narson Martin was booked into the Tulsa Jail about 12:38 a.m. Thursday on second-degree murder and driving under the influence complaints, jail records show. Tulsa Police Capt. Dave Roberts said the crash occurred around 7 p.m. after Martin's small four-door sedan ran a red light while traveling south on Yale Avenue and crashed into the driver’s side of a silver Acura car that was going east on Pine Street. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Starbucks celebrates summer with new S'mores Frappuccino

    Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Forget getting your hands all sticky and smoke-scented, Starbucks is rolling out a S'mores Frappuccino, Mashable reports. The short-lived Birthday Cake Frappuccino last month was an icy tease, considering it only last for a few days. But the coffee company is making up for it with a new S'mores Frappuccino.

  • Powdered alcohol creator fights state bans

    Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    The creator of powdered alcohol is furiously trying to fend off efforts to ban the product in Maine and across the country before it even hits stores, The Associated Press reports. After winning federal approval last month, Palcohol founder Mark Phillips is preparing to soon begin selling the powder, which makes vodka and rum drinks or cocktails when mixed with water. But first, Phillips must convince skeptical lawmakers from Hawaii to Maine, who are working frantically to keep powdered alcohol off limits.

  • Throwback Tulsa: 'Sky lit up green' as Bixby tornado killed 5 in 1981

    BY DEBBIE JACKSON and HILARY PITTMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    The small congregation had just finished communion and was in the middle of the traditional Easter Sunday feet-washing ceremony when the electricity went off on April 19, 1981. On that day, a swarm of tornadoes struck Kiefer, Bixby, Tulsa and Broken Arrow, killing five people and injuring 57. Damaged totaled $75 million to $100 million, according to the National Weather Service, making it one of the costliest tornadoes in Tulsa history. Witnesses said the “sky lit up green. The tornado was like a pencil making an unbelievable screeching noise.” Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com.

  • Oklahoma bill on Uber deletes protection for gay riders

    Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    A bill that sets up a regulatory framework in Oklahoma for ridesharing programs such as Uber and Lyft passed the state Senate on Wednesday, but not before a provision protecting gay and transgender passengers from discrimination was removed, The Associated Press reports. The version of the "Oklahoma Transportation Network Company Services Act" that passed the Republican-controlled Senate on a 35-11 vote defines such companies as those that use a digital network or software application to connect passengers and drivers.

  • Miranda Lambert reveals her good luck charm for the ACM Awards

    Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Miranda Lambert has racked up her fair share of ACM Awards in her career the 31-year-old singer has 18 ACM trophies to her name! She’s also maintained a record five-year-in-a-row streak for Female Vocalist of the Year, FOX News reports. With the 50th ACM Awards right around the corner, Lambert sat down with Billboard to discuss her current nominations. The talented songstress has been nominated in eight categories at this year’s award show, including Entertainer of the Year. And although she’s won multiple awards in the past, Lambert insists that the excitement of hearing her name called has never worn off.

  • Senate kills bill to make Bible official Tennessee book

    Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    The Bible will not become the official book of Tennessee this year, The Tennessean reports. Bolstered by opposition from Republican leadership, the Senate voted 22-9 to kill the Bible bill a day after it was adopted by the House. "This isn't the time or place now in the full Senate floor to delve into that, we really need to look into it in committee," said Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, about two hours before the vote.