• Entertainment troupe member helps get Thunder fans cheering up a storm

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, May 5, 2016

    If you’ve been to a Thunder game, no matter where you sit, you’ve seen — and heard — Terrance Briscoe. You can’t help but notice him. He’s one of the Storm Chasers, the Thunder’s in-game entertainment troupe, and while the group is filled with men and women who take peppy seriously, even the other Storm Chasers acknowledge that Briscoe’s energy is unique.

  • Canada evacuating 8,000 wildfire evacuees by air

    Updated: 31 min ago

    FORT MCMURRAY, Alberta (AP) — Canadian officials began evacuating 8,000 people from work camps north of devastated Fort McMurray by air on Thursday and hoped to move thousands more via a highway convoy Friday if it is safe from a massive wildfire raging in Alberta that has grown to 85,000 hectares (210,035 acres). More than 80,000 people have emptied Fort McMurray in the heart of Canada's oil sands, authorities said. The Alberta government, which declared a state of emergency, said more than 1,100 firefighters, 145 helicopters, 138 pieces of heavy equipment and 22 air tankers were fighting a total of 49 wildfires, with seven considered out of control.

  • Class 3A girls golf notebook: Scarberry wins in colorful fashion

    By Ryan Aber | Published: Thu, May 5, 2016

    The individual state champion wore long, colorful socks for her two rounds — just as she did in 2015 when she won the state title.

  • Movie review: 'Captain America: Civil War' is a civil bore

    By Nathan Poppe Entertainment Writer npoppe@oklahoman.com | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Marvel's longest comic book adaptation has its highs but hits sleepy lows.

  • Class 2A girls golf: Holden hangs on, and Mooreland claims another team crown

    By Ed Godfrey | Published: Thu, May 5, 2016

    Holden posted a two-day score of 148 on Thursday to win the Class 2A girls state golf championship by three strokes over Rejoice Christian’s Taylor Towers.

  • Man charged in Michigan probe of contaminated food

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man suspected of spraying a contaminant on unpackaged food at grocery stores faces four charges of poisoning food. Kyle Bessemer appeared in an Ann Arbor court Thursday, two days after his arrest. The FBI says Bessemer admitted to spraying a mixture of hand sanitizer, water and mouse poison on produce and food bars at three Ann Arbor stores: Whole Foods, Meijer and Plum Market. The charges cover two stores. In court, investigators told a judge that the 29-year-old Bessemer believed someone was trying to poison him. Bond was set at $250,000. An attorney for Bessemer will be assigned.

  • Oklahoma City elementary school students celebrate Cinco de Mayo

    From Staff Reports | Published: Thu, May 5, 2016

    Students at Oklahoma City's Prairie Queen Elementary School celebrated Cinco de Mayo on Thursday with an arts festival at the school. The event included Mexican food, music and dancing.

  • Class 4A girls golf notebook: Fort Gibson wins team title

    By Jason Kersey Staff Writer jkersey@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, May 5, 2016

    Senior and individual state runner-up Emilee Rigsby led the Tigers with a two-round score of 148, and Fort Gibson also placed juniors Shelby Phillips (157) and Abby Psomas (169) in the top-10.

  • Obama commutes sentences for 58 federal prisoners

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More than a decade ago, a judge bemoaned that the life sentence she was about to impose on Charles C. Brown was overly harsh. This week, relief finally came to Brown, along with 57 other offenders. President Barack Obama on Thursday commuted their prison terms as part of a broader push to revamp the criminal justice system and ease punishments for nonviolent drug convicts. Eighteen of the 58 had been given life sentences and some have already spent more than decades in prison. Most are now due for release on Sept. 2. Others will be released over the next two years.

  • College baseball: Theroux's value immeasurable for OSU

    By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Updated: 1 hr ago

    The Cowboys are 28-15 overall and 12-6 and surging in the Big 12 because of their pitching … and catching.

  • Now you know why Andre Roberson starts for the Thunder

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, May 5, 2016

    Andre Roberson catches the ball and hesitates. His body slows, but his mind races. You can almost see his conscience waging war. Shoot it, says the little guy on one shoulder. Don't you dare, says the other. Unless it's late in the game. Then there's no debate. Roberson would rather catch a band of scorpions than a roundball. In crunch time, Roberson plays hot potato. Treats the ball like it's 451 Fahrenheit. So when you watch Roberson pass up open shots, or worse yet clank a corner 3-point shot off the side of the backboard, you wonder. Why is this guy starting on a contending NBA team? Why is this guy starting on any NBA team? Then you watch Game 2 of the Thunder-Spurs Western Conference semifinals.

  • Community questions delay in Amber Alert for Navajo girl

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    Several hours after a stranger abducted an 11-year-old Navajo girl as she played near her home, few outside the reservation knew she was missing. Cellphone alarms jolted New Mexico residents at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, giving the first warning beyond the Navajo Nation to keep watch for Ashlynne Mike and the man who lured her into his van. He took the girl and her brother Monday afternoon soon after they got off the school bus in a desolate stretch of the reservation. The Amber Alert's delay has drawn sharp criticism from those who believe more could have been done to find Ashlynne alive, while others say issuing it earlier would have made little difference.

  • Painful options for some Brooklyn subway riders amid repairs

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Riders who use a subway line that goes through the lone tunnel connecting some of Brooklyn's hippest neighborhoods to the city's commercial heart are facing a "Would you rather" question they would rather not be asked. Should the tunnel be closed entirely for 18 months or have extremely limited service for three years as damage from Superstorm Sandy is repaired? The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which operates the city's subway system, will decide in the next few months which of the two painful scenarios it will inflict on people who rely on the L train to get across the city's East River. Work would start in 2019.

  • Class 5A girls golf: Youngblood, Durant finish off historic day

    By Scott Wright Staff Writer swright@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, May 5, 2016

    Youngblood’s short par putt finished off her fourth consecutive Class 5A state championship Thursday afternoon at Chickasaw Pointe Golf Club, becoming just the third golfer in state history to win four individual titles.

  • High School Soccer Playoff Scoreboard

    Chris Brannick | Updated: 2 hr ago

    The 2016 High School soccer playoffs got underway this week. Class 4A, 5A and 6A each opened on Tuesday and will continue Thursday and Friday. Here is a look at the scores and updated pairings.

  • Child dies after being hit by vehicle in southwest Oklahoma City

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 2 hr ago

    A child was struck by a car near SW 59 and Blackwelder Avenue on Thursday afternoon.

  • Business Q&A with Sundy Corbin

    BY PAULA BURKES | Published: Thu, May 5, 2016

    Summer seminars on long-term care have been scheduled at the state Capitol. The Bipartisan Policy Center reports that 70 percent of people who live to age 65 will need some kind of long-term care.

  • Board of Corrections approves private prison rental

    By Graham Lee Brewer Staff Writer gbrewer@oklahoman.com | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Members of the Oklahoma Board of Corrections unanimously approved on Thursday a contract to rent an empty private prison in Sayre for the next five years.

  • Class 4A girls golf: Newcastle's Chloe Black wins individual state championship

    By Jason Kersey Staff Writer jkersey@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, May 5, 2016

    “I really loved softball,” Black recalled Thursday. “I didn’t want to give it up. But I’m glad I chose golf.”

  • OKC Thunder: Should the Thunder double-team the scorching hot LaMarcus Aldridge?

    By Anthony Slater Staff writer Aslater@Oklahoman.com | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Through two games, Aldridge has torched the Thunder for 79 points, making an outrageous 33 of his 44 shots.