• What to do in Oklahoma on July 4, 2015: Hear Nicnos play for free at Bricktown 4th Fest

    Brandy McDonnell | Yesterday

    Today's featured event: Celebrate Independence Day at Bricktown 4th Fest 2015 in Lower Bricktown Ahis year’s free fest features live music by Nicnos at 8 p.m. at Lower Bricktown “Live at the Green” presented by Chevy and Dr. Pepper. Nicnos is an Oklahoma City-based act known for its original sound, high energy, strong vocals and talented instrumentation. The “Lower Bricktown Live on the Green” concert series, which is typically on Friday nights but has been moved to Saturday this week for the Fourth of July, takes place on the Chevy Stage on the Lower Bricktown Plaza, 115 E Reno, in the Bricktown district of downtown Oklahoma City. For more information on the series, click here.

  • MLB Notebook

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    A-Rod finally gets ball from 3,000th hit Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees settled their dispute over a marketing payment with a deal announced Friday that gives $3.5 million to charitable groups, saves the team $5.5 million and gets A-Rod the home run ball from his 3,000th hit. At the time Rodriguez and the Yankees signed their $275 million, 10-year contract in December 2007, they reached a separate marketing agreement. It called for $6 million each for up to five milestone accomplishments in exchange for marketing rights, such as using A-Rod's name and image in selling licensed goods. The first was to be for A-Rod's 660th home run, tying Willie Mays for fourth on the career list.

  • Oklahoma City Dodgers: Dodgers win again, move 26 games over .500

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 7 hr ago

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Darnell Sweeney's three-run homer and some clutch pitching late helped the Oklahoma City Dodgers trim the Memphis Redbirds 3-2 on Friday night in Pacific Coast League baseball before 8,548 fans at AutoZone Park. Sweeney's seventh homer of the season came in the fifth inning and drove home O'Koyea Dickson and Buck Britton. Sweeney finished with two hits and a walk to help Oklahoma City (53-27) move a league-best 26 games over .500. Ryan Buchter picked up his third save of the season, although Memphis (41-41) threatened in the ninth inning. Matt Williams and Rafael Ortega both singled with one out, but Buchter retired Ed Easley and Dan Johnson to seal the victory. Memphis had a 2-0 lead after the first

  • Former Sooners DB TIto Windham enrolls at Mississippi JC

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    Cornerback Tito Windham, who redshirted last year at Oklahoma, has returned close to home. Windham enrolled at Northwest Mississippi Junior College earlier this week, Northwest sports information director Kevin Maloney said in an e-mail to The Oklahoman. The Rangers began summer workouts Tuesday. Windham remains on the Sooners' online roster, but OUInsider.com reported in May that Windham was transferring. Windham was a three-star recruit by Rivals.com coming out of high school in 2014 and also had offers that included Florida State, Louisiana-Lafayette and Southern Mississippi. He committed to the Sooners in May 2013. Windham is from Gulfport, Miss., about five hours south of Northwest. The school is

  • A paucity of pollinators this year?

    By Juliana Keeping Staff Writerjkeeping@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Northwest Oklahoma City resident Justin Gibbons looks at his urban backyard that includes Black-eyed Susans, Russian sage, gladiolas and dozens of other species of flowers and plants and wonders if something isn't amiss. The 27-year-old counselor, whose clients span young children to the elderly, considers gardening his therapy and loves getting close to nature. Now in his third year in his home, though, he can't help but wonder what is going on with the insects that normally populate his garden, especially bees and butterflies. Gibbons recently took to social media with his observations: “What I’ve noticed is a huge reduction in the number of different pollinators by species and population size.

  • OU graduate says he'll be proud to be an American

    Josh Wallace Staff Writer jwallace@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Akash Patel, 23, waited with his family to become a U.S. citizen for more than 20 years. In the meantime, he graduated from the University of Oklahoma and set up a scholarship for undocumented students.

  • Sea lion dies at Oklahoma City Zoo

    By Matt Patterson Staff Writermpatterson@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Jaxon, a 2-year-old sea lion who was rehabilitated in California after being stranded, was found dead in his pool Friday morning at the Oklahoma City zoo.

  • #MyOklahoma

    Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    We asked our community of readers to show us why they live in and love Oklahoma. We received more than 53,000 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.

  • Deaths

    Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    ALEX Hay, Lucille Marie “Lucy,” 84, registered nurse, died July 2. Services 10 a.m. Tuesday (Ferguson, Chickasha). BARNSDALL Sanford, Gracie M., 87, died July 2. Services 10 a.m. Wednesday, First Baptist Church (Stumpff, Barnsdall). BARTLESVILLE Cranor, Lola Mae, 90, former owner Mercy Ambulance Service, died July 3. Services pending (Stumpff, Bartlesville). George, Imogene Brown “Jeannie,” 89, died July 2. Services 2 p.m. Thursday, Bartlesville Southern Baptist Church (Stumpff, Bartlesville). Gray, Morgan Louise, 32, died June 30. Services 11 a.m. Monday; Native American service 6 p.m. Sunday, funeral home. Services 11 a.m. Monday (Stumpff,

  • California man dies from wreck on Oklahoma highway

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    A California man died from injuries suffered from a wreck Friday in McIntosh County, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported. About 6:10 a.m. Friday, Nithin Gunda, 22, of Fullerton, Calif., was driving a vehicle north on U.S. 69, south of Onapa, when the vehicle veered off the road and struck a bulldozer, troopers said. Gunda was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene, the patrol reported. He was wearing a seat belt. Kanduri Vivek, 23, of Kansas, was ejected from the vehicle and was taken to a Muskogee hospital, troopers said. He was wearing a seat belt. Passengers Asharan Gun-Fhoury, 23, and Anvesh Vyata, 23, both of Kansas, were not injured, the patrol reported. Both were wearing seat belts.

  • Your Views

    Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Ingrained in culture The Ten Commandments are an ingrained and integral part of our American culture apart from any one religion. As such, they’re as much a cultural as religious symbol. Even as an unbeliever, I had sense enough to recognize that without having delusions about my rights being violated. I also knew that once any elements of the predominating religion(s) or ideologies made their way into the general culture, they became a cultural value and not just religious dogma. Just that fact alone is sufficient justification to leave the monument there.

  • Edmond closes roads after flood causes washout

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    EDMOND — Several inches of rain fell quickly on Edmond Thursday night, washing out a major road and flooding businesses downtown. No one was hurt. Santa Fe Avenue is closed in both directions after a washout between Waterloo Road and Sorghum Mill Road, Edmond police spokeswoman Jennifer Monroe said. Crews hope to complete temporary repairs this weekend and re-open the road. Several downtown businesses also received water damage from the storm. “We had flooding, and it did go into some of the buildings at Broadway and Hurd,” Monroe said. A damage estimate was not available Friday.

  • OKC school district wants police to be role models, not intimidating

    By TIM WILLERT Staff Writertwillert@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Oklahoma City Public Schools is not only revising its student code of conduct, but also the role police officers play on elementary school campuses. A district official told school board members this week that officers often are used to scare or punish children rather than mentor them. "This year, unfortunately, I believe our elementary schools have used them in a more punitive manner," said Teri Bell, the district's executive director of student support services. "We need to start promoting those mentorships, where kids have someone else in the building they can trust." The district pays Oklahoma City's police about $2 million annually for security at high schools, middle school and elementary schools.

  • Is American Dream still possible today?

    BY BOB FUNK | Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    The American Dream is defined as a set of ideals focused on freedom, and it includes the opportunity to become prosperous and successful thanks to hard work. America is still known all over the world as the land of opportunity. Thousands of people move here in hopes of finding the American Dream. A recent article in Inc. Magazine stated that despite accounting for only about 13 percent of the population, immigrants now start more than a quarter of new businesses in America. They know what can be accomplished in America. We have more than 40,000 job openings on any given day at Express Employment Professionals, and many are going unfilled because applicants are not trained or willing to get trained to do these jobs.

  • A paucity of pollinators this year?

    By Juliana Keeping Staff Writerjkeeping@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Northwest Oklahoma City resident Justin Gibbons looks at his urban backyard that includes Black-eyed Susans, Russian sage, gladiolas and dozens of other species of flowers and plants and wonders if something isn't amiss. The 27-year-old counselor, whose clients span young children to the elderly, considers gardening his therapy and loves getting close to nature. Now in his third year in his home, though, he can't help but wonder what is going on with the insects that normally populate his garden, especially bees and butterflies. Gibbons recently took to social media with his observations: “What I’ve noticed is a huge reduction in the number of different pollinators by species and population size.

  • Construction could affect travel times

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 10 hr ago

    Road construction projects could affect travel times for motorists during the holiday weekend. Lengthy delays are expected on the Interstate 35 corridor in central and southern Oklahoma, according to the state Transportation Department. Drivers are encouraged to use U.S. 81 or U.S. 69 as alternate routes. Below is a list of road construction projects and road closures from the Transportation Department and the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority: 1. 24th Avenue SW closed between Lindsey Street and State Highway 9E in Norman: North and southbound 24th Avenue SW is closed to through traffic between Lindsey Street and SH 9E for drainage work associated with ongoing interchange reconstruction.

  • Events

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    Celebrating the Fourth Independence Day celebrations in the Oklahoma City area include:   LibertyFest, Edmond, ongoing through Saturday: Featuring Oklahoma’s largest hometown parade, LibertyFest in Edmond offers a variety of family friendly events, including a free watermelon feed, live entertainment and a road rally. Information: http://www.liberty fest.org/    Bethany Freedom Festival, Saturday: The fun begins at 10 a.m. in Eldon Lyon Park with a parade, carnival rides, a classic car show, food and craft vendors, and children’s activities. The Chris Henson Band will perform at 6 p.m., followed by fireworks at 10. More information: http://cityof bethany.

  • Oklahoma City school district wants police to be role models, not intimidating

    By TIM WILLERT Staff Writertwillert@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    An Oklahoma City school district official told school board members that police officers often are used to scare or punish children rather than mentor them.

  • Lincoln, Reagan and the Fourth of July

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    THOMAS Jefferson and John Adams. Two men who helped frame the world’s most moving picture. Presidents and political rivals, yet friends. Old men who died on the same day — July 4, 1826, the jubilee birthday of the United States of America. And two other presidents, both Midwest natives who faced hostility, one from his rebellious fellow countrymen and the other from the claws of the Russian bear. Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan commemorated the nation’s birthday 118 years apart, Lincoln in 1863 after the Union victory at Vicksburg and Reagan in 1981 in his first year in office. Lincoln’s remarks were impromptu, yet his words bore a mark that would be stamped into the permanent record later that year in the

  • When setting speed limits, trust drivers

    BY STEPHEN BOYLES | Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    It’s the summer driving season and one of the busiest driving weekends of the year. This month also marks the 20th anniversary of Congress repealing the National Maximum Speed Law, which set speed limits across the country to a maximum of 55 miles per hour. The repeal of the nationwide speed limit in 1995 was a triumph of good engineering over good intentions and has improved safety on our roads. Today, artificially low speed limits actually make roads less safe. In fact, on many roads in Oklahoma and across the nation, the speed limit ought to be raised. The 55 mph speed limit was well intentioned. It was enacted during the oil shortages of the 1970s, and it was hoped that this law would improve safety as well as




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