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  • Word Balloons: Oklahoma 'Knuckleheads' celebrate success at Comic-Con

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Word Balloons: Yukon writer Brian Winkeler is on hand at Comic-Con International in San Diego with his “Knuckleheads” hardcover collection from IDW Publishing.

  • Remembering James Garner with 7 favorite films

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    A version of this column appears in Friday’s Weekend Life section of The Oklahoman. In appreciation: Remembering Oklahoma native James Garner with 7 favorite films James Garner’s list of movie credits is long and varied. When I was a girl, I wanted to marry James Garner. Our 50-year age difference never occurred to me, perhaps […]

  • Lawyer: Claims of botched circumcision are untrue


    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Two doctors deny claims by an Alabama man who says his penis was amputated during what was supposed to be a routine circumcision, one of their lawyers said Friday. Defense lawyer Will Axon said allegations in a lawsuit filed this week in state court by Johnny Lee Banks Jr. and his wife are "completely untrue." "When the facts become known this will be seen as an unfair attempt to damage the reputations of dedicated physicians and their outstanding clinics with sensational claims that are completely false," said Axon. Axon declined to answer questions about specifics in the suit, including whether the man had a penis when he left the hospital. Banks and his wife filed the lawsuit this week

  • What to do in Oklahoma on July 25, 2014: Hear Feel Spectres at H&8th Night Market

    Brandy McDonnell | Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Today’s featured event: Art rock band Feel Spectres will headline the musical lineup at the monthly H&8th Night Market, scheduled for 7 to 11 p.m. today along Hudson Avenue between NW 6 and NW 10 streets in Oklahoma City’s Midtown district. Presented by Fowler Toyota of Norman, H&8th Night Market is a monthly, family- and […]

  • Holiday World plans new winged roller coaster


    SANTA CLAUS, Ind. (AP) — The Holiday World amusement park in southern Indiana is building a new $22 million roller coaster that it says will launch riders to 60 miles an hour in 3.5 seconds, with a 14-story loop and four inversions. Construction of the Thunderbird coaster, which has already started, will cost more than double any other ride ever built there, according to park officials who announced the project Thursday night. Riders will sit in wings along the track, with nothing above or below them. Thunderbird will be its first major steel roller coaster, joining its Legend, Raven and Voyage wooden coasters. The new ride is expected to open next spring at the park about 35 miles east of Evansville.

  • 81-year-old saved after several days stuck in tub


    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Police have rescued an 81-year-old Colorado woman who spent several days stranded in her bathtub, apparently after taking a tumble. Worried neighbors called Colorado Springs police on Wednesday because they hadn't seen her recently. An officer found her later that day, dehydrated and disoriented and unable to get out of the tub. She was taken to a hospital. Her name and condition haven't been released. Police say she lives alone. Police said Friday it's not clear how long she was stuck but one neighbor hadn't seen her for 11 days. The officer found newspapers and mail piled up at her door. Neighbor Tom Wolf tells KRDO-TV (http://tinyurl.

  • Four Thunder games on NBA's 'Top Games of the Year' ballot

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    There's no way you can say the Oklahoma City Thunder had a boring season. The NBA confirms it in its nominees for the top games of the 2013-14 season. Four of the 10 nominees had the Thunder involved. Here are the Thunder-related games nominated. You can vote for the Game of the Year here : Nov. 29, 2013 - Thunder 113, Warriors 112 (OT) Russell Westbrook drilled a stunning, turnaround 3-pointer with :00.1 on the clock to give Oklahoma City a thrilling 113-112 win over Golden State in overtime. March 21 - Thunder 119, Raptors 118 (2OT) Kevin Durant carried the Thunder with an MVP-worthy performance, scoring 51 points including the game-winning 3-pointer in the double-overtime. May 13 - Thunder 105, Clippers 104 Western Conference semifinals, Game 5: Oklahoma City came roaring back from 13 points down in the last 3:30 for a thrilling one-point win in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals. May 31 - Spurs 112, Thunder 107 (OT) Western Conference finals, Game 6: The San Antonio Spurs got a huge game off the bench from Boris Diaw and withstood a furious Oklahoma City rally to beat the Thunder in overtime. Diaw led the Spurs with 26 points on 8-for-14 shooting.

  • Bacone College's Deantre Harlan in Rams training camp

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Deantre Harlan was on track for a bright Division I football career at Baylor until he decided he also wanted to play basketball. That's what brought him to Oklahoma Wesleyan and later Muskogee's Bacone College. After a combined 13 sacks in two seasons on the football field at Bacone, Harlan is now trying to make the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted free agent. “At this point, I definitely think the speed of the game is the biggest difference from college and what I’ve seen here," Harlan said. “But I’m enjoying every bit of this. I’m enjoying the football and I’m enjoying St. Louis. If I keep doing everything I’ve been doing, the things that helped get me here, and just keep taking it a day at a time, I feel like I have a chance."

  • Things you must do while living in Oklahoma

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, | Yesterday

    What are things in Oklahoma you absolutely must do while living in the state? We asked readers on social media, and they responded in full force.

  • Reports: Texas RB Joe Bergeron dismissed from Longhorns

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Texas coach Charlie Strong continues to clean house. Strong has reportedly dismissed running back Joe Bergeron from the team for a "violation of team rules." After missing spring practice, Bergeron was " back in the mix ," according to Strong at Big 12 Media Days. Bergeron was the Longhorns' third-leading rusher last season with 362 yards.

  • Air Canada plane told to circle Tel Aviv airport


    TORONTO (AP) — An Air Canada flight had to circle Tel Aviv's airport for 10 minutes after air traffic control said the conditions needed to be confirmed as safe for landing. Airline spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur said Friday Flight AC84 was advised to circle by Israeli Air Traffic Control shortly before 12 p.m. local time. She says the plane altered its course about 5 miles (8 kilometers) from Ben Gurion airport and landed 10 minutes later without incident. She did not say why. Arthur says the return flight to Toronto departed Tel Aviv about two hours later. The airline plans to operate this evening's flight to Tel Aviv. Flights by Air Canada and other airlines to Tel Aviv resumed Thursday after a suspension Tuesday foll

  • Oklahoma food pantries scrambling to meet demand

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    TULSA — Food pantries and shelters across the state are scrambling to meet demand for food and other supplies by the homeless, kids left in the lurch because they don’t have access to free and discounted meals offered when schools are in session and other residents who are down on their luck. Social service workers say supplies like meat and dairy are particularly in demand during the summer months — a period when donations to agencies tend to dip. The Iron Gate soup kitchen and food pantry in downtown Tulsa, for example, fed a record 600-plus people Wednesday. A pastor who operates the pantry at Eagle Heights Christian Center in the eastern Oklahoma town of Dewar says it’s struggling to keep meats, fresh

  • Spavinaw police chief arrested on lewd molestation complaints

    By SHEILA STOGSDILL, Tulsa World | Yesterday

    Spavinaw Police Chief Clarence Gregory Sr. was arrested Thursday morning on lewd molestation complaints, said Jessica Brown, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman.

  • Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys talk extension; deal not close


    The Dallas Cowboys have had several discussions with the agent for receiver Dez Bryant about a lucrative, long-term extension, but the sides are not close to a deal as the team opens training camp. The former OSU receiver b elieves he has earned the right to be among the highest-paid receivers in the league, but he understands he likely will have to wait to cash in with a new contract. Coming off his first Pro Bowl appearance, Bryant is entering the final year of his rookie deal and is due to make $1.78 million this season. "It feels good to know that things are being talked about, but I'm going to let it take care of itself," Bryant told after the Cowboys' first practice of camp Thursday. "I feel like as long as I take care of business on that field, the rest will be taken care of."

  • Second charge to be added against OHP trooper facing DUI

    By DYLAN GOFORTH - Tulsa World | Yesterday

    Sequoyah County prosecutors are adding a charge against an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper accused of an on-duty drunken crash that destroyed a patrol boat earlier this month. Joshua Eli Davies had been charged with misdemeanor driving under the influence July 9 in the wreck. Davies, 33, was on duty the afternoon of July 3 when he crashed his patrol unit, and the patrol boat attached to it, on Applegate Cove Road south of Sallisaw near the Arkansas River, according to court documents. Sequoyah County First Assistant District Attorney Jack Thorp said on Thursday that a charge of carrying a firearm while intoxicated — also a misdemeanor — would be added. Read the full story at

  • Heat advisory in effect in Oklahoma until Saturday night

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    A heat advisory is in effect for most of Oklahoma. The advisory has been issued for western, southern, central and northern parts of the state through Saturday night.

  • Norway: group from Syria en route to commit terror


    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The head analyst of Norway's intelligence agency says a group of people is en route from Syria "to carry out an act of terror in the West," adding that Norway has been "concretely named" as the target. Jon Fitje Hoffmann spoke in a live interview with Norwegian broadcaster TV2 on Friday but didn't elaborate further. He was not immediately available for further comment. However, Hans-Joergen Bonnichsen, former operational head of Denmark's intelligence agency, told the AP such information always could be disinformation because those who discuss such plans likely want others to hear. PST said Thursday it had information about an imminent "concrete threat" based on "reliable information.

  • US weighs refugee status for youth from Honduras


    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is weighing giving refugee status to young people from Honduras as part of a plan to slow the influx of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, White House officials said Thursday. The plan would involve screening youths in Honduras, one of the world's most violent nations, to determine whether they qualify for refugee status. Similar in-country screening programs were set up in East Asia after the Vietnam War and in Haiti in the 1990s. The officials cautioned that no final decision on the matter has been made and said the proposal is among a range of ideas the White House is considering.

  • Air Algerie jet with 116 on board crashes in Mali


    OUAGADOUGO, Burkina Faso (AP) — An Air Algerie jetliner carrying 116 people crashed Thursday in a rainstorm over restive Mali, the third major international aviation disaster in a week. The plane, owned by Spanish company Swiftair and leased by Algeria's flagship carrier, disappeared from radar less than an hour after it took off from Burkina Faso's capital of Ouagadougou for Algiers. French fighter jets, U.N. peacekeepers and others hunted for the wreckage of the MD-83 in the remote region, where scattered separatist violence may hamper an eventual investigation into what happened. It was found about 50 kilometers (31 miles) from the border of Burkina Faso near the village of Boulikessi in Mali, a Burkina Faso presid

  • Center of the Universe Festival returns to Tulsa

    By Lacey Lett, For The Oklahoman | Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    The Center of the Universe Festival in Tulsa is in its second year and is gaining momentum.