• Jeb Bush: 'I'm not backing down' from immigration stance

    Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    PALM BEACH, Fla. -- In perhaps his most campaign-style speech so far, not-yet-official GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush vowed Thursday not to alter his views on immigration despite intense opposition among some parts of the Republican base, the Washington Examiner reports. "If I go beyond the consideration of running, I'm not backing down from something that is a core belief," Bush told a gathering of the conservative Club for Growth here in Florida. "Are we supposed to just cower because at the moment people are all upset about something? No way, no how." It was an issue Bush clearly wanted to talk about. As his 45-minute appearance neared its end, after about 25 minutes of speech and 20 minutes of question-and-answer, the moderator, Club for Growth president David McIntosh, was about to ask the last question when Bush interjected, "Can we do one about immigration?" Without a specific question to answer, Bush, a strong supporter of comprehensive immigration reform, began an extended discussion of his priorities on the issue.

  • What color is this dress: Gold and white or blue and black?

    BY JENNI RYALL, Mashable | Published: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    The world has suddenly been divided into two groups: the Blue and Blacks and the Gold and Whites. The BBs and the GWs are screaming at each other in loungerooms, in offices, in different lighting across the globe. The cause of the great debate? The color of a dress. Read the rest of this story on Mashable .

  • Lawsuit claims jailer raped two former Ottawa County Jail detainees

    BY CURTIS KILLMAN, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    A lawsuit filed in Tulsa federal court alleges that a detention officer raped and sodomized two women while they were being held at the Ottawa County Jail. The two women, ages 25 and 31, claim in a complaint filed Wednesday that a detention officer identified as Daniel Clements sexually assaulted them while they were held in solitary confinement at the county jail in Miami from December 2012 to March 2013. One of the assaults occurred around Feb. 25, 2013, when Clements encountered one of the females in her cell, the lawsuit states. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • While Inhofe throws snowball, little town in Oklahoma plays big role in climate debate

    BY MICHAEL OVERALL, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Nearly two hours west of Bartlesville, on a prairie flat enough to see the town's water tower from half a county away, Lamont has a dwindling population of just 417 people. Less than half a mile wide, four Lamonts would fit inside of downtown Tulsa, with plenty of room left over. But Thursday, while a U.S. senator from Oklahoma was literally throwing a snowball in the fight over alleged global warming, little Lamont was playing a big role in the research. It happens to be the home of the Southern Great Plains field-observation facility for the U.S. Department of Energy's Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program. Which probably sounds more impressive than it looks — 30 or so instrument clusters scattered across 160 acres of cow pasture and wheat fields southeast of town. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • The planned hotels for downtown Tulsa are still coming -- mostly

    BY ROBERT EVATT, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Four of the planned new hotels for downtown Tulsa continue to progress — though a fifth appears to be on hold. Anish Hotels Group’s plans for an unbranded hotel at the former Parker Drilling building are in flux because the building is back up for sale. Loopnet, a commercial real estate listing website, now has the building at 8 E. Third St. listed for purchase at an asking price of $1.65 million. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Confessions of a cruise ship crew member

    Published: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Best-selling author and former cruise ship waiter Brian David Bruns gives a warts-and-all exclusive about what life is really like working on board the biggest cruise ships in the world.

  • Bill allowing liquor stores to sell cold, high-point beer passes committee

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    A Senate panel on Thursday passed a measure that would allow liquor stores to sell refrigerated, high-point beer. Senate Bill 383 by Sen. Stephanie Bice, R-Oklahoma City, advanced from the Senate Business and Commerce Committee by a vote of 10-0 and heads to the Senate floor. Bice was asked if the measure would create an unequal playing field because some liquor stores would not be able to afford to put in refrigeration equipment. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Controversial bills giving Oklahoma a black eye, Tulsa Regional Chamber says

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    A rash of controversial bills being heard at the Capitol has the rest of the nation thinking Oklahoma is backward, says Skye McNiel, a Tulsa Regional Chamber spokeswoman. Those bills range from a proposal to abolish AP history courses in public schools; to a so-called “hoodie” bill , which was designed to put more teeth in an existing law to prevent people from concealing their identities during the commission of a crime; to several bills targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Oklahomans , including proposals that attempt to eliminate state licensing or recognition of same-sex couples’ marriages and which would allow businesses, if they cite religious objections, to refuse to provide services. One lawmaker filed a bill to revoke the status of the watermelon as the state vegetable . Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Police have no video of incident related to Dez Bryant

    staff reports | Published: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    An assistant city manager for Lancaster, Texas, said Thursday that the police department has no video of an incident related to Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant. An open record request released by NFL.com shows that police responded to a call in July 2011 in Lancaster in which a black female was being dragged from vehicle to vehicle by a black male. The car she was reportedly dragged to was registered under Bryant's name in the report. Bryant arrived at the scene later with the alleged victim. From the Dallas Morning News: "Bryant then pulled into the parking lot with the alleged victim. She identified the person she had an argument with -- it wasn’t Bryant -- and said she wasn’t assaulted or injured in any way. She said she left the parking lot with the man she argued with and was dropped off at a friend’s house. She then called Bryant to pick her up." Rona Stringfellow, assistant city manager for Lancaster, said in an email to the Dallas Morning News that the police department was not in possession of any video of the incident, which took plae in a Walmart parking lot. Bryant tweeted earlier in the day "I need to get me a real raw uncut tv show or something ... I can't continue to get betrayed like this."

  • Report: Josh Hamilton had drug, alcohol relapse

    Published: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton reportedly suffered a drug relapse involving the use of cocaine and alcohol in the offseason. Hamilton's substance abuse problems date back to his time with the Tampa Bay Rays, who selected him with the No. 1 pick in the 1999 MLB draft. He was suspended from baseball from Feb. 2004-June 2006 for issues related to cocaine and alcohol addiction. Hamilton, the 2010 AL MVP with the Texas Rangers, signed a five-year, $125 million contract with the Angels prior to the 2013 season.

  • Robin Williams' Daughter: 'There’s No Point Questioning' Suicide

    Published: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Robin Williams ' daughter Zelda opened up for the first time about her father's sudden, tragic suicide this summer , telling Today , "There's no point questioning it and no point blaming anyone for it and there’s no point blaming yourself or the world or whatever the case may be because it happened and you have to continue to move and you have to continue to live and manage."

  • Kim Gordon on Divorce, Art and Life After Sonic Youth

    Published: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Gordon, 61, has a particular preoccupation with history these days because she's about to release her memoir, Girl in a Band. The catalysts for her writing the book were two life-upending events. In October 2011, Gordon and her husband of many decades, Thurston Moore – who co-founded and co-fronted Sonic Youth with her and the guitarist Lee Ranaldo – announced their divorce. A month later, Ranaldo heralded the dissolution of Sonic Youth itself, intoning that "every band runs its course."

  • Adrian Peterson's suspension overturned by judge

    staff reports | Published: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    A federal judge has sided with Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson and the NFL Players Union in determining Thursday that the league’s arbitrator exceeded his authority by suspending the former OU star. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Judge David Doty's order grants Peterson eligibility to play NFL games again. Peterson hasn't played since Week 1 of the 2014 season following suspension by the league for injuring his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch. Under the NFL's suspension, Peterson was not eligible for reinstatement until April 15. Whether or not Peterson will be with the Vikings in 2015 is another question. During a run-in with Vikings VP Rob Brzezenski at the NFL Scouting Combine last week, Peterson's agent Ben Dogra reportedly said Peterson would never play for the Vikings again .

  • Controversial bills giving Oklahoma a black eye, Tulsa Regional Chamber says

    Published: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY — A rash of controversial bills being heard at the Capitol has the rest of the nation thinking Oklahoma is backward, says Skye McNiel, a Tulsa Regional Chamber spokeswoman. Those bills range from a proposal to abolish AP history courses in public schools; to a so-called “hoodie” bill , which was designed to put more teeth in an existing law to prevent people from concealing their identities during the commission of a crime; to several bills targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Oklahomans , including proposals that attempt to eliminate state licensing or recognition of same-sex couples’ marriages and which would allow businesses, if they cite religious objections, to refuse to provide services. One lawmaker filed a bill to revoke the status of the watermelon as the state vegetable .

  • Obama to ban bullets by executive action, threatens top-selling AR-15 rifle

    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    It’s starting. As promised, President Obama is using executive actions to impose gun control on the nation, targeting the top-selling rifle in the country, the AR-15 style semi-automatic, with a ban on one of the most-used AR bullets by sportsmen and target shooters. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives this month revealed that it is proposing to put the ban on 5.56mm ammo on a fast track, immediately driving up the price of the bullets and prompting retailers, including the huge outdoors company Cabela’s, to urge sportsmen to urge Congress to stop the president.

  • Treasury won't explain decision to make $3 billion in Obamacare payments

    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    The U.S. Treasury Department has rebuffed a request by House Ways and Means Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R- Wis., to explain $3 billion in payments that were made to health insurers even though Congress never authorized the spending through annual appropriations. At issue are payments to insurers known as cost-sharing subsidies. These payments come about because President Obama’s healthcare law forces insurers to limit out-of-pocket costs for certain low income individuals by capping consumer expenses, such as deductibles and co-payments, in insurance policies. In exchange for capping these charges, insurers are supposed to receive compensation. What’s tricky is that Congress never authorized any money to make such payments to insurers in its annual appropriations, but the Department of Health and Human Services, with the cooperation of the U.S. Treasury, made them anyway.

  • Former OSU basketball player Darrell Williams gets surprise visit on Senior Night

    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Former Oklahoma State basketball player Darrell Williams celebrated Senior Night in a big way Wednesday night. A little over a week after Williams' comeback story was lined out in the pages of the Dallas Morning News, the 25-year-old Texas A&M-Commerce basketball player scored 20 points and pulled down 17 rebounds in the Lions' 71-68 home upset of NCAA Division II’s No. 15 team, Angelo State. What made it more special was who was sitting in the stands watching Williams play – Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford and his wife, Heather.

  • Oklahoma Artist Won't Stop Until He 'Cat-ifies' Entire Senate

    Published: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    An artist wants to draw a cat version of all 100 US Senators. Anthony Pego, an Oklahoma City artist, last week started posting on his website drawings of politicians as cats, giving whiskers and fur to pols ranging from the Senate majority leader to an Oklahoma representative.

  • Baylor RB Silas Nacita says he's 'deeply sorry' he broke eligibility rules

    staff reports | Published: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Ineligible Baylor running back Silas Nacita apologized on Thursday for accepting impermissible benefits. On Wednesday, Nacita  posted a message on his Twitter account alleging that the NCAA ruled him ineligible because he accepted housing benefits from who he called a "close family friend." Later in the day, the NCAA said it did not declare Nacita ineligible. Baylor issued a statement Wednesday afternoon which said Nacita wouldn't be "a part of the football program moving forward due to rules violations that impact his eligibility." On Thursday, Nacita said he was "deeply sorry for his actions."

  • First Vegan Menu at Elementary School to Debut Courtesy of James Cameron's Wife

    Published: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Eco-friendly fashion was on the menu at a Feb. 19 bash at Chateau Marmont to toast Suzy Amis Cameron ’s Red Carpet Green Dress campaign and introduce a line of dresses by Reformation, sales of which benefit Cameron’s MUSE School in Calabasas, Calif. But it was the food at the environmentally focused private school (a nonprofit) that she and hubby James Cameron wanted to discuss. Suzy Amis Cameron teamed with her sister, Rebecca Amis, to launch the MUSE School in 2006. The nonprofit educates children from age 2 through high school on two campuses.




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