• Analyzing what Scotty Brooks said

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 13 min ago

    Scotty Brooks broke his silence Tuesday. The deposed Thunder coach joined Chris Mannix for a podcast on The Vertical, Yahoo’s new NBA website. You can read Brooks’ comments here. Here are some of Brooks’ comments, and my reaction: * “We had a tough break three years ago with Russell (Westbrook) going down in the first game in the playoffs. Then the next year we had another tough break with Serge going down in the conference finals. But I can't complain. We had a great run. Sam and the ownership gave me a great opportunity. I'm disappointed that I didn't fulfill what our goal was of winning a championship. I really believe in my heart that going into last season, we were going to win a

  • World Premiere of "Zoolander 2"

    Updated: 23 min ago

    Penelope Cruz, left, and Ben Stiller attend the world premiere of "Zoolander 2" at Alice Tully Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in New York.

  • Fries with that? Man accused of tossing gator at drive-thru

    Updated: 30 min ago

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Alligators have been used as shoes, briefcases, university mascots, lunch and now, authorities say, a deadly weapon. Joshua James, 24, was arrested Monday and charged with assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill after Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation officials say he threw a 3.5-foot alligator through a Palm Beach County Wendy's drive-thru window in October. He's also charged with illegally possessing an alligator and petty theft. Jail records show he was released on $6,000 bail Tuesday. He was ordered to have no contact with animals. Wildlife officer Nicholas Guerin said in his report that James drove his pickup truck to the window at about 1:20 a.m. Oct. 11.

  • Video shows Owasso man's apparently drunken antics inside trooper's car

    BY STACY RYBURN, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    An apparently drunken Owasso man appears to ramble about Republicans, kicks a trooper's patrol vehicle numerous times and asks the trooper if he's going to kill him in newly released dash-cam footage. Justin David Corley, 28, was arrested Jan. 15 following a high-speed pursuit that started in Tulsa and ended near Sapulpa. He faces multiple charges, including assault and battery upon a police officer, DUI – second offense, eluding a police officer, and transporting an open container of liquor, court records show. A trooper had to ram Corley's vehicle to get him to stop along Interstate 44 into Creek County after he evaded stop sticks and headed toward a construction site with workers present, according to an arrest report.

  • Sports on TV: Tuning in for Wednesday, February 10

    Compiled by Todd Schoenthaler, Staff Writer, tschoenthaler@oklahoman.com | Updated: 45 min ago

    NBA 7 p.m. — L.A. Lakers at Cleveland — ESPN (Cox 29)  9:30 p.m. — Houston at Portland — ESPN (Cox 29) NHL 7 p.m. — New York Rangers at Pittsburgh — NBCSN (Cox 251) MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 5:15 p.m. — Tulane at East Carolina — ESPNews (Cox 254) 5:30 p.m. — Butler at Seton Hall — FS1 (Cox 67) 6 p.m. — Memphis at Houston — ESPNU (Cox 253) 6 p.m. — LSU at South Carolina — ESPN2 (Cox 28) 6 p.m. — Texas A&M at Alabama — SECN (Cox 275) 6 p.m. — Providence at Marquette — CBSS (Cox 249) 6 p.m. — Wake Forest at Georgia Tech — FSOK (Cox 37) 7:15 p.m. — Baylor at Kansas State — ESPNews (Cox 254) 8 p.m. — Missouri at

  • Twitter announces 'trust and safety' panel to police content

    Published: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    Twitter on Tuesday announced the formation of a new “Trust and Safety Council,” which will work to develop policies censoring speech on the site. The group will be comprised of more than 40 organizations from 13 regions around the world. “With hundreds of millions of tweets sent per day, the volume of content on Twitter is massive, which makes it extraordinarily complex to strike the right balance between fighting abuse and speaking truth to power,” Twitter said in a statement. It requires a multi-layered approach where each of our 320 million users has a part to play, as do the community of experts working for safety and free expression,” the statement added. The announcement is the latest by Twitter in a string of moves aimed at improving its public image. Both the Obama administration and members of Congress have been calling on social media sites, and particularly Twitter, to do more to assist in the fight against terrorism. A California woman filed suit against Twitter in December, claiming that propaganda spread by the Islamic State on the site contributed to her husband’s shooting death in Jordan.

  • Senate panel kills bill that would allow use of religion to discriminate

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    A Senate panel on Tuesday killed a measure that would have allowed religion to be used as justification for discrimination. Senate Bill 1328 by Sen. Joseph Silk, R-Broken Bow, failed the Senate Judiciary Committee by a vote of 4-5. Members of the LGBT community sought to have the measure killed. LGBT stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. Dubbed the “Oklahoma Right of Conscience Act,” the measure would have let individuals refuse service based on religious beliefs or conscience concerning marriage, lifestyle or behavior.

  • Double homicide reported in northwest Oklahoma City

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Police investigators are at the scene of a reported double homicide near NW 122 and North May.

  • Listen: The history of mental health care in Oklahoma

    Jaclyn Cosgrove | Updated: 1 hr ago

    For decades, Oklahoma has spent little on its mental health system, a trend that has resulted in thousands going without needed care, a recent Oklahoman story found. I recently sat down with Michael Cross from KOSU Radio to talk about "Epidemic Ignored," a yearlong investigation that I'm doing, focused on Oklahoma's mental health and substance abuse system.  You can listen to the KOSU Radio interview here or here: Additionally, you can listen to our podcast, "Let's talk about Oklahoma's mental health system," a piece that complements KOSU's interview. If you have any questions or comments regarding "Epidemic Ignored," please feel free to contact me at

  • Argument over phone prompts dog attack

    By Matt Dinger Staff Writer mdinger@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    An argument over a cell phone spurred what its owners consider a freak dog attack. Wesley Hudson, 33, was taken to a hospital with multiple dog bites on Sunday. He was back in the emergency room on Tuesday from complications with his right arm, which was mauled in the incident, his wife said.

  • WPX Energy announces sale of Colorado assets, plans for staff reduction

    BY CASEY SMITH, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    WPX Energy announced Tuesday a $910 million sale of its business line in Colorado's Piceance basin and plans for staff reductions, including some layoffs in Tulsa, company spokesman Kelly Swan said. "We will be a smaller organization this year, but the process is just beginning," Swan said during a phone interview Tuesday morning. WPX CEO and President Rick Muncrief announced the asset sale and staff reductions to employees in an email sent early Tuesday morning titled "Our Industry's Changing Environment."

  • The Land That the Internet Era Forgot

    Published: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    Traveling the highways of America's least connected state.

  • Proposed mental health cut would affect some children getting therapy through SoonerCare

    BY MIKE AVERILL, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    Mental health professionals are feeling just how painful upcoming budget cuts could get. The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse has proposed eliminating Medicaid reimbursements to individual therapists serving children on SoonerCare. The move is expected to save the state about $1.2 million the rest of this fiscal year and as much as $17 million the next; however, that amount would most likely be about $8.5 million.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Blake Griffin suspended four games by the Los Angeles Clippers

    darnell mayberry | Updated: 2 hr ago

    When the Thunder and Clippers meet twice in a seven-day span in early March, it looks as though Los Angeles definitely will be without the services of All-Star forward Blake Griffin. The Clippers announced Tuesday afternoon that they have suspended Griffin for four games for his fight with a team employee. Griffin currently is sidelined for multiple weeks while recovering from surgery due to a broken hand he sustained in the altercation. The team released the following joint statement from owner Steve Ballmer and President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Doc Rivers: The L.A. Clippers announced today that forward Blake Griffin has been suspended without pay for four games for striking a team

  • Misdemeanors re-filed in sex case against OHP trooper

    BY RHETT MORGAN, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    SAPULPA — Two misdemeanors were re-filed Tuesday against a former Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper accused of sexual assault and inappropriate behavior against three women motorists. Former OHP Trooper Eric William Roberts, 43, of Bristow, entered a plea of not guilty Tuesday to charges of soliciting an act of lewdness or prostitution and embezzlement in connection with a traffic stop of a then 36-year-old woman on June 15, 2014. Special Judge Richard Woolery scheduled Roberts' next court date in the matter for April 5, court records show. As a legal housekeeping measure, the charges were re-filed Tuesday under a misdemeanor heading after prosecutors withdrew a felony sexual battery charge against Roberts in November. 

  • Obama unveils record $4.1 trillion election-year budget

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday unveiled a record $4.1 trillion, election-year budget that finances Democratic priorities like education, health care and climate change with new taxes on crude oil, the wealthy and big banks. The progressive wish list, which comes as the nation's long-term fiscal outlook is deteriorating, underscores the initiatives pushed by Democratic candidates, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, who hope to succeed Obama. Republicans dismissed the proposal as a tax-and-spend exercise.

  • Jury begins deliberating in cop's stairwell shooting trial

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Jurors began deliberating Tuesday on whether a rookie police officer who shot an innocent man in a dark public housing stairwell accidentally discharged his weapon, as he says, or whether he acted out of recklessness and did little to help the dying victim, as the prosecution contends. New York Police Department Officer Peter Liang faces up to 15 years in prison if he's convicted on manslaughter and other charges in the death of 28-year-old Akai Gurley, who was taking the stairs down with his girlfriend rather than wait for an elevator at the Brooklyn complex. Liang, 28, testified this week that he didn't know anyone was in the pitch-black stairway on Nov. 20, 2014, when he unintentionally fired his drawn gu

  • Tulsa World Editorial: Oklahoma Senate leader offers bold plan for schools

    Published: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    Bingman is showing courage and leadership in making his proposal, and we admire him for taking the first step. It's not surprising that the forces of inertia were waiting to attack him from the start. Those who have a vested interest in keeping the state's education system weak won't give up easily. If the do-nothings are going to fight rational reorganization of the school system, we might as well do things the best way possible. That way we were less likely to need to do it again later, and we can have a faster positive impact on the school children of Oklahoma.

  • Homeless dogs to be flown to new homes

    Adam Kemp | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Air Bud, eat your heart out.  On Saturday morning, 80 homeless pets will board a flight out of Oklahoma City in hopes of finding  a new home in Seattle and a new leash on life. Wings of Rescue, a non-profit of volunteer pilots dedicated to saving homeless pets, will airlift more than 80 at-risk dogs from over-crowded animal shelters in Oklahoma City. To date, Wings of Rescue has saved 17,252 shelter pets. The pets will be loaded at 6:30 a.m. at Will Rogers World Airport  before taking off at 8 a.m.  Check out the video below for more information on Wings of Rescue.

  • UPDATE: Firefighters contain wildfire near Deer Creek school

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Fire crews have contained the fire near Deer Creek Elementary School. Battalion Chief Benny Fulkerson said the fire burned 20 to 30 acres Tuesday afternoon.