• Work by Edward Elgar to be featured by Oklahoma City Philharmonic

    BY RICK ROGERS, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Feb 1, 2015

    Julie Albers will be the soloist in Elgar’s concerto, the centerpiece of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic’s upcoming classics concert, subtitled “Mystery & Magic.”

  • Theaters collaborate to bring 'The Mountaintop' to Oklahoma

    By Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer | Updated: 12 min ago

    Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre, Guthrie’s Pollard Theatre and the Poteet Theatre are collaborating to stage the Oklahoma debut of the celebrated play “The Mountaintop” throughout February, which is Black History Month. The intimate drama by Katori Hall boldly reimagines the final night of MLK’s life.

  • Educators distrust state's teacher evaluation plan

    Tulsa World |
    Updated: 2 hr ago

    The statewide commission overseeing Oklahoma's new teacher-evaluation system received a stinging new report Thursday about educators' lack of buy-in and trust in the system. Researchers from the Southern Regional Education Board, or SREB, conducted focus groups with 131 educators from 58 school districts across the state in September and October. They told the Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (TLE) Commission that while new methods for rating teachers based on classroom observations are widely considered to be a significant improvement over schools' old ways of evaluating teachers, other student data-based measures of educator performance are widely misunderstood and considered invalid.

  • Tulsa family goes back in time with time capsule letter

    Tulsa World |
    Updated: 2 hr ago

    TULSA — A Tulsa man opened a letter Tuesday from his grand father, who was in the 1889 Oklahoma Land Run. The letter, along with assorted photos, other family mementos and a 25-cent paper bill — U.S. currency — were in a packet that spent 100 years in a time capsule in the basement of First Lutheran Church of Oklahoma City. The church opened the “Century Chest” in April 2013, but until last month was unable to find any descendents of “89er” John J. Wetzel, who had prepared the packet 100 years ago for his descendents to open. They finally located his grandson, John

  • Suspect in cocaine search tries for a leg up on police

    By The Associated Press | Updated: 3 hr ago

    DOVER, Del. — Police say a Delaware drug suspect went out on a limb to transport a stash of cocaine, but he was busted when officers discovered the drug hidden inside his prosthetic leg. Dover Police say 39-year-old Marlow Holmes was arrested Monday afternoon during a traffic stop. They said police dogs alerted officers to the presence of narcotics inside the car Holmes had been riding in. During a search of the car officers said they discovered more than 28 grams of cocaine stuffed into the prosthetic leg that Holmes was wearing, and arrested him. Police say Holmes faces charges of possession with intent to deliver cocaine and possession of

  • Of Character: From farms are grown families, communities and pride that blankets generations

    By Bryan Painter
    Staff Writer |
    Updated: 3 hr ago

    Bryan Painter: From farms are grown families, communities and pride that blankets generations. That’s the way John Dee Butchee, 49 of Warren, sees life.

  • Soaring into history books

    Associated Press |
    Published: Sun, Feb 1, 2015

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A pair of American and Russian pilots has traveled farther and longer in a gas balloon than anyone in history, trying to eliminate any remaining debate over a century of records in long-distance ballooning. The Two Eagles pilots surpassed the distance and duration records that have held since the 1970s and 1980s, and Friday were aiming for a safe landing somewhere on a beach in Mexico's Baja California peninsula.

  • Advocate touts plan to house Oklahoma City's homeless

    By Jaclyn Cosgrove
    Staff Writer |
    Updated: 3 hr ago

    Sam Tsemberis, a New York-based homeless advocate, recently came to Oklahoma to explain how leaders could implement strategies to help the chronically homeless.

  • #MyOklahoma

    | Updated: 2 hr ago

    We asked our community of readers to show us why they live in and love Oklahoma. We received more than 34,000 responses via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or NewsOK.com and plan to run an image every day. Some images may have been digitally altered by the photographer. Follow us on Instagram @News_OK to see more photos.

  • Veteran gets trip to see Super Bowl

    Tulsa World |
    Updated: 2 hr ago

    TAHLEQUAH — The Dallas Cowboys were eliminated from the NFL Playoffs and, despite his team's loss, Dustin Butler couldn't have been much happier. Butler, 35, a Tahlequah resident, fielded a call after the Jan. 11 five-point controversial loss to the Green Bay Packers. On the other end of the line was a representative of Operation Enduring Respect, a national nonprofit that sends wounded military personnel to sporting events they otherwise wouldn't be able to attend. The group wanted to know if the two-tours-of-duty veteran and citizen of Cherokee Nation was interested in seeing the Super Bowl. “He said he'd call me back; he had a few other people

  • Still a big hit

    By The Associated Press | Published: Sun, Feb 1, 2015

    MEXICO CITY — A Mexican party isn't complete without a pinata, and Melesio Vicente Flores and Cecilia Albarran Gonzalez have spent the last 25 years making high-end versions of the papier-mache figures to later be stuffed with candies and broken open with a stick or club. As they practice the centuries-old tradition of pinata-making, the couple cater to a smaller market of consumers demanding higher quality “artistic” figures that pay greater attention to detail. Still, competition is tight as more run-of-the mill pinata makers sell their creations more cheaply. Three other rooftops full of the drying figures are visible on the hillside below

  • 4 buddies win unheard-of prize in 'World Series' of NFL betting

    Associated Press |
    Published: Sun, Feb 1, 2015

    L AS VEGAS — If there's a secret to how four buddies managed to beat the house 76 percent of the time during the NFL's regular season to win a record-setting $736,575, they aren't giving it up. The four sports bettors from Los Angeles and Boston achieved a feat that was unheard of in the annual SuperContest at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. “This is like the World Series of sports gambling,” said Justin Green, 30, one of the four friends who won. For each of the regular season's 17 weeks, contestants pick the team to beat the sports book's point spread in five different games. When the regular season ended Dec.

  • Banking question holds up start of Edmond conference center

    By Diana Baldwin
    Staff Writer |
    Updated: 3 hr ago

    Bank financing holds up the start of construction on Edmond’s new hotel and conference center near Covell Road and Interstate 35. Leaders said the issue will be solved and development will move forward.

  • Edmond Exchange for Jan. 31

    | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Edmond Exchange, a weekly wrap-up about what is going on in Edmond.

  • Oklahoma Watch:

    By M. Scott Carter and Clifton Adcock
    Oklahoma Watch |
    Updated: 2 hr ago

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  • Former Guthrie police officer sues Oklahoma state senator, others in federal court

    By Andrew Knittle
    Staff Writer |
    Updated: 2 hr ago

    Mark Bruning, a former Guthrie police officer, is suing state Sen. Ann “A.J.” Griffin and several others in federal court, claiming the lawmaker abused her position and conspired with city officials to get him fired from his job.

  • Speed-painting videos highlight the NewsOK's upcoming coverage of The Oscars

    By Alan Herzberger
    Digital Managing Editor |
    Updated: 2 hr ago

    ONLINE Speed-painting videos highlight NewsOK's coverage of Oscars This weekend, we'll all be watching and talking about the Super Bowl. We'll talk about the food we ate, the big play and the halftime show. It's the closest thing we have to a national holiday that's not actually a national holiday. Except for Easter — I almost forgot about Easter not being a national holiday. But after Sunday, football will be over. What will we have to look forward to? The Thunder isn't helping; it looks like they might miss the playoffs. And spring football practice is still months away.

  • Strong winds spell high fire danger this week for Oklahoma

    By Silas Allen
    Staff Writer |
    Updated: 2 hr ago

    Don’t play with matches this week. The National Weather Service is predicting high fire danger over the next few days due to strong winds and low humidity.

  • Stolen dino statue lost, then found — in pieces

    Tulsa World |
    Updated: 2 hr ago

    BARTLESVILLE — The hunt for a 9-foot dinosaur statue in the Tulsa area was short-lived. The stolen statue was found beheaded and in several pieces inside a trash container in Tulsa, bringing extinction to the landmark that had stood sentinel at Classic Pets in Bartlesville for a decade. The dinosaur was taken Sunday morning from the storefront, 119 SE Washington Blvd. Witnesses reported the odd sight of the body covered and its tail and legs protruding out of a pickup driving south on U.S. 75 into Tulsa.

  • Quilt with Oklahoma ties to be auctioned

    By Matt Patterson
    Staff Writer |
    Updated: 2 hr ago

    The quilt, made by Camille Phelan in the 1930s, could fetch as much as $25,000.