• Gentlemen's club causes stir in northeast Oklahoma

    Tulsa World |
    Updated: 4 min ago

    CHOUTEAU — Amish and Mennonite country typically reserved for the planting of wheat and cutting of hay is now known for another endeavor. The sowing of wild oats. A seven-day-a-week, gentlemen's club opened a few months ago on U.S. 412 just east of the Roger-Mayes county line. Its presence has made some in this tranquil setting uneasy. “I really don't think anybody's happy with it,” said David Wiens, pastor of Eden Mennonite Church, which is located about a mile south of Sensations Gentleman's Club. “All the effort that can be expended has been expended as far as the legality of it.

  • Body of missing boater found in Fort Cobb Lake

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    The body of William B. Wimberly, 59, of Tuttle, Oklahoma, was found Sunday by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol in the Fort Cobb Lake after a two-day search.

  • Dale Jr. ends 11-year drought at Talladega

    Associated Press |
    Updated: 8 min ago

    TALLADEGA, Ala. — At a track that has always been good to his family, in front of an adoring crowd that so clearly favors him over everyone else in the field, Dale Earnhardt Jr. cruised to an emotional first win of the season. NASCAR's most popular driver won Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, where he received a thunderous ovation as he pumped his fist outside the car window during a slow victory lap. He stopped at the flag stand to grab the checkered flag and flew it out his car window as he savored his trip around the track and into victory lane. It is Earnhardt's sixth victory at Talladega — but first since 2004 — and he choked back

  • Oklahoma City VA surgeon questioned colleagues' skills years before heart program closure

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    A little more than two years before federal authorities temporarily closed the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center’s heart program, a senior surgeon at the hospital voiced concerns about his fellow surgeons’ medical competencies.

  • Failed policies in Baltimore

    | Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    President Barack Obama responded to the Baltimore riots with a heartfelt bout of self-righteous hectoring. Supposedly, we all know what's wrong with Baltimore and how to fix it, but don't care enough. Not only is this attitude high-handed, it rests on a flagrantly erroneous premise. President Obama doesn't have the slightest idea how to fix Baltimore. His solutions fall back on liberal bromides going back 50 years. Dating to the Kerner Commission after the riots of the 1960s, the left's go-to solution to urban problems has been more social programs. Since then, we've gotten more social programs — and just as many urban problems. Exhibit A is Baltimore itself. The city hasn't

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: New graduate prefers cash instead of party, gifts


    I am 59 and graduating in May. My friends want to give me a party. I really don’t want a bunch of gifts I won’t use, but I’d rather have cash as I have mega student loans to repay. How would I word this on the invitation?

  • Horoscopes

    | Published: Mon, May 4, 2015


  • Some reason for encouragement in latest report about Oklahoma chikl welfare efforts

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    THERE is some reason for encouragement in the latest report by out-of-state experts who are overseeing Oklahoma's child welfare reform efforts. More so than in their previous three critiques, this time they found a few things worth praising at the Department of Human Services. The three experts, called “co-neutrals,” are monitoring Oklahoma's efforts to comply with a 2012 settlement agreement that resolved a federal class-action lawsuit against DHS. The state subsequently created the Pinnacle Plan, which sets improvement goals in several areas of the child welfare system, ranging from reducing worker caseloads to eliminating the use of state shelters for abused and neglected

  • Cargo Ranch in Oklahoma helps kids deal with struggles

    By Alex Strohm
    For The Oklahoman |
    Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    Cargo Ranch is an Oklahoma nonprofit that works to give kids hope amidst difficult life situations. Carrie Carter, the president and co-founder of Cargo, bought 40 acres in Shawnee, Oklahoma, on faith.

  • Sister support: Oklahoma City resale shop benefits YWCA, community

    By Carla Hinton
    Staff Writer |
    Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    Filled with home decor, clothing, shoes, hand bags, books, jewelry and cosmetics, Our Sisters’ Closet provides funding for the YWCA of Oklahoma City’s programs and projects, said Cindy Reynolds, the shop’s director of retail operations.

  • World briefs

    | Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    EUROPE ENGLAND | London — Princess Charlotte has a certain ring to it. Or how about Princess Alice? Britain's newborn princess, the second child of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, has spent her first night at home in London's Kensington Palace, but the guessing game continues Sunday over what her name will be. Britain's legal bookmakers have been busy taking in thousands of bets for the baby's name. For weeks, they have been saying that Alice is the clear favorite. But in recent days Charlotte, the feminine form of Charles, has become the front runner. Other top possibilities included Olivia, Victoria, Elizabeth, Alexandra and

  • #OKC Boxscore for Monday, May 4, 2015

    By William Crum, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    William Crum: The week in review, and the week ahead, in Oklahoma City civic affairs.

  • Survey: States spent heavily to clear winter snow and ice

    By BOB SALSBERG | Updated: 28 min ago

    Winter proves to be expensive for much of U.S., report finds MASSACHUSETTS BOSTON — Winter's full fury arrived late in much of the country but once it did it was relentless, quickly exhausting snow removal budgets and pushing the resources of state transportation agencies to their limit as they fought to keep highways safe, according to a first-of-its-kind survey.

  • After six days, Baltimore's mayor lifts curfew

    By JULIET LINDERMAN and BEN NUCKOLS | Updated: 1 hr ago

    MARYLAND Baltimore — Six days after the death of Freddie Gray sparked riots in Baltimore, the city's mayor lifted a citywide curfew on Sunday, signaling an end to the extraordinary measures taken to ensure public safety amid an outcry over police practices. Meanwhile, hundreds of jubilant people prayed and chanted for justice at a rally in front of City Hall organized by faith leaders. The rally comes days after the city's top prosecutor charged six officers involved in Gray's arrest. The Rev. Lisa Weah, pastor of the New Bethlehem Baptist Church in Gray's neighborhood, said the mes-sage of equal justice

  • Nation briefs

    | Updated: 1 hr ago

    CONGRESS WASHINGTON — Income inequality is more than a political sound bite to workers in the Capitol. It's their life. Many of the Capitol's restaurant workers make less than $11 an hour. Many work second jobs to pay their bills. Dozens of Capitol workers recently staged a one-day protest. The employees work for Restaurant Associates, a contractor that handles food services for the House and Senate. Both contracts are up for renewal this year. Congressional officials say the food-service contracts do not specify the hourly rates for workers.

  • Birthdays

    | Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    Monday's birthdays Surf guitarist Dick Dale, 78. Country singer Stella Parton, 66. Singer Jackie Jackson (The Jacksons), 64. Country singer Randy Travis, 56. Actress Mary McDonough (“The Waltons”), 54. Actor Will Arnett, 45. Bassist Mike Dirnt (Green Day), 43. Singer Lance Bass

  • Free-speech rulings such as that in Kentucky are a victory for all

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    COURT rulings and common sense don't always go hand in hand, so it's refreshing when a judge's decision appears both logical and entirely reasonable. Such is the case with a Kentucky judge's recent free-speech ruling in a case pitting a small business against the organizers of a gay rights festival. Hands On Originals is a family owned business that produces promotional materials, including T-shirts. The owners are Christians and attempt to operate the business in accordance with their beliefs.

  • We The People: Old record research is subject of Muskogee genealogical presentation

    For The Oklahoman |
    Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    Sharon Burns: J. Mark Lowe will be the guest speaker at the Muskogee Public Library and Muskogee County Genealogical Society event May 22-23 at 801 W Okmulgee, Muskogee.

  • Dave Says: Lawsuit settlement isn't worth guilty conscience

    BY DAVE RAMSEY, For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    Dave Ramsey: Taking a lawsuit settlement offer even though no harm was inflicted is morally wrong no matter how much it is.

  • We The People: Old record research is subject of Muskogee genealogical presentation

    BY SHARON BURNS, For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    Sharon Burns: J. Mark Lowe will be the guest speaker at the Muskogee Public Library and Muskogee County Genealogical Society event May 22-23 at 801 W Okmulgee, Muskogee.