• Blighted Midtown Property Set to Become Showcase Home?

    Steve Lackmeyer,okccentral ,blog,downtown | Updated: 11 min ago

    An apartment house seen as the source of crime and blight in Midtown has been cleared of its tenants and gutted by a new owner committed to restoring the structure as a single family home. Shyon Keoppel paid $232,000 for the home at 524 NW 8 in March and is spending thousands more to clear it of years of neglect and questionable additions. It was just last fall that I was walking past the home with my trainer Ryan Vivar preparing for the Memorial Marathon 5k that I saw what appeared to be a drug deal in progress. Until a couple of years ago, the apartment house was just another surviving flop house that seemed to forever have a banner outside the second floor advertising rooms for rent.

  • Peace talks between Kabul, Taliban end, plan to meet again

    Updated: 10 min ago

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's foreign ministry says one-day peace talks between Afghan officials and Taliban representatives ended with both sides agreeing to meet again after the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan. In a statement released Wednesday, the ministry said the talks were held Tuesday at Murree, a hill resort near Islamabad, Pakistan's capital. The ministry said during the talks it was "agreed that for lasting peace in the region, each side would approach the process in sincerity and with full commitment." Since taking office in September, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has made it a priority to find a peace settlement, even as fighting has continued in the war against the insurgency waged by the Taliban since t

  • Flood watch continues across Oklahoma Tuesday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 42 min ago

    A flash flood warning was issued Tuesday afternoon for Oklahoma counties.

  • Police seek two after shooting in southwest Oklahoma City

    From Staff Reports  | Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    Oklahoma City police are searching for two suspects in connection with shooting Tuesday night in southwest Oklahoma City.

  • Cosby accusers claim vindication, friends reserve judgment

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — While many of Bill Cosby's accusers feel vindicated by his decade-old admission that he gave at least one woman quaaludes before sex, some of his Hollywood friends are reserving judgment, saying the testimony doesn't prove he committed a crime. The testimony, unsealed Monday by a federal judge, reignited the furor that erupted last year, when dozens of women came forward to accuse the comedian of sexual assault over the past four decades. Many said Cosby drugged and raped them. "I never thought I would be validated or vindicated in this," said Joan Tarshis, of Woodstock, New York, who accused Cosby of drugging and attacking her when she was breaking into comedy writing in 1969.

  • International Finals Youth Rodeo continues in Shawnee

    Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    Young competitors from around the globe are vying for more than $200,000 worth of prize money this week in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

  • Oklahoma City's Capitol Hill neighborhood is beginning to see a rebound

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Capitol Hill was for decades the downtown of south Oklahoma City, but fell on hard times following the opening of Crossroads Mall and suburban sprawl in the 1970s.

  • High school basketball: Terry Evans named Edmond North boys coach

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    Terry Evans explored a variety of options for his next coaching job, and as it turns out, the former Central Oklahoma men’s coach is staying in Edmond. Evans was officially named the Edmond North boys coach on Tuesday night. “We’re very excited,” Edmond Public Schools athletic director Mike Nunley said. “His success and experience are unmatched.” Evans spent 13 seasons at UCO, becoming the school’s all-time winningest coach with eight 20-win seasons and seven NCAA Division II national tournament appearances, while compiling a 263-124 record. He’s no stranger to the high school ranks, having coached Midwest City to three state championships and a 100-11 record over four years there.

  • State panels are vulnerable to antitrust lawsuits, AG says

    BY RANDY ELLIS Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    "The Office of the Attorney General is concerned that many state boards and commissions present the risk or appearance of protecting private monetary interests rather than advancing sound public policy because they are controlled by active market participants, and this risk leaves the boards and commissions open to antitrust liability," Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt said in a July 6 letter to Gov. Mary Fallin.

  • OKC Thunder: Mitch McGary using Summer League to show improved shot

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY  | Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

      Mitch McGary continues to impress at the Orlando Pro Summer League. As the days go on, the second-year Thunder forward is showing that he’s not just slimmer and more agile. He’s also flashing some high-level passing skills and an improved mid-range jump shot. McGary finished with just seven points and five rebounds as the Thunder fell 80-63 against the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday. But he again wowed those watching with his ability to find the open man on time and on target and knock down open shots from outside. “He’s a more confident shooter than he was last year,” said

  • Police nab suspect in OKC bank robbery

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    Oklahoma City police arrested a man they suspect robbed a south Oklahoma City bank Tuesday.

  • OKC Thunder: Billy Donovan wants to make things easier for stars Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    ORLANDO — At his introductory press conference, Thunder coach Billy Donovan briefly described the style of play he seeks to bring to Oklahoma City. Its basic principles, he said, centered on player movement, ball movement and making the extra pass. In other words, Donovan wants to bring more structure to what historically has been an isolation-heavy offense. But achieving that goal and, more importantly, sustaining it could be a trying task without restricting Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, two of the best and most creative one-on-one offensive players in the game. Donovan, however, has no intention to stifle his

  • AP source: Gun used in San Francisco slaying of woman on city pier belonged to federal agent

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — AP source: Gun used in San Francisco slaying of woman on city pier belonged to federal agent.

  • Sporting News names Carl Albert's Realmuto as best NL catcher under 25

    Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    Sporting News compiled the best players age 25 and younger at each position in the National League and ended up with an impressive lineup. The catcher on the list was none other than Miami's J.T. Realmuto, who was born in Del City and attended Carl Albert High School before being drafted by the then-Florida Marlins in the third round of the 2010 MLB Draft. Realmuto has been the Marlins' starting catcher for a majority of the season after getting a brief taste of the majors in 2014. In 2015, the 24-year-old is batting .247 with three home runs and 18 RBIs. Sporting News gave its the reasoning behind the selection of Realmuto, who won't even turn 25 until next March: "Realmuto was rated as a top-100 prospect by most services heading into this season, and he's done a solid job as Miami's primary catcher. And he's showing improvement at the plate; after batting .213 in the season's first two months, Realmuto batted .316 in June, with a .342 on-base percentage."

  • Crashes on state roads claim two

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    A Washington, OK, man died after crashing into a tree Monday while a Stillwater man did of injuries he suffered in a crash in June.

  • Producers Cooperative mill shuts down cotton operation in Oklahoma City

    BY STEVE LACKMEYER Business Writer slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Producers Cooperative previously sold the former Dayton Tire Plant in southwest Oklahoma City, where it once envisioned relocating processing operations as they previously sought to sell the site south of Bricktown near downtown Oklahoma City.

  • Popular ice caves draw thousands each year; can be dangerous

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    VERLOT, Wash. (AP) — Thousands of visitors each year make the easy 1-mile trek to glimpse spectacular snow and ice formations at the Big Four Ice Caves in Washington state. But the attraction that has made the forested hike one of the most popular in the region has also made it dangerous. On Tuesday, crews recovered the body of a 34-year-old woman buried when rock and ice fell at the back of a cave. Five people were injured in Monday's collapse and are expected to survive. The Snohomish County medical examiner's office will identify the woman and determine the exact cause of her death, Snohomish County sheriff's spokeswoman Shari Ireton said.

  • Arkansas woman takes plea deal in slain realtor case

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A woman charged in the kidnapping and killing of an Arkansas real estate agent pleaded guilty Tuesday to reduced charges in exchange for agreeing to testify against her estranged husband, who also is charged in the death. Crystal Lowery was sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree murder and kidnapping charges in the death of 50-year-old Beverly Carter. As she was escorted from the courtroom, Lowery didn't answer reporters' questions, except to say she was sorry that Carter died. Carter disappeared in September after leaving her Pulaski County home for an appointment to show a house in Scott, a rural area east of Little Rock.

  • Han Solo to Get ‘Star Wars’ Standalone Film from ’21 Jump Street’ Directors

    Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    Disney had been promising a series of spinoffs to the powerful “Star Wars” franchise it acquired when it bought LucasFilm. Now the studio is preparing a new feature focusing on the life of young hero Han Solo, to be directed by Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, the partners who gained acclaim by helming “The Lego... Read more »

  • Public video separates Oklahoma's Joe Mixon from Florida State's De'Andre Johnson

    By BERRY TRAMEL | Updated: 5 hr ago

    DeAndre Johnson’s football career at Florida State is over before it began, and not because he slugged a coed in a bar. Johnson was dismissed from the Seminole squad because that punch was captured on video and released to the public. Such is life in the second decade of the 21st century. It’s not necessarily what you do. It’s what we see you do. Video is the new tribunal. The line of demarcation. If volatile video goes public, justice is swift. Just ask Ray Rice. If public consumption of your offense is limited to mere words, social pressure is less severe. And somewhere in the middle is Joe Mixon, at the tribunal door. A video exists of Mixon punching an OU coed, but you haven’t seen it. At least most of