• Long-time Haunted House owner, Marian Thibault, passes away

    BY DAVE CATHEY
    Food Editor |
    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Marian Thibault, long-time owner of The Haunted House Restaurant in Oklahoma City, died May 22 at age 89. The restaurant, which closed in April, was auctioned to a new owner who will determine whether he can reopen The Haunted House by mid-May.

  • Sweeping legislation in Oklahoma can be difficult to sustain

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Priorities change over time

  • Carson's showing at SRLC: What's it really mean?

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    AFTER the 13 declared or potential Republican candidates for president had made their pitches to GOP activists in Oklahoma City, either in person or by videotape, Dr. Ben Carson emerged as the winner of a straw poll that capped the Southern Republican Leadership Conference. What does that mean exactly? Perhaps not much. One of those potential candidates who didn’t come to town, Donald Trump, dismissed the results Monday morning on Fox News, saying straw polls can easily be manipulated by any one candidate’s turn-out-the vote efforts. Indeed Bill Shapard, whose company conducted the Sooner Poll, said he had heard Carson bought a large number of tickets for the conference. On the other hand, Shapard said of Carson

  • Michael Gerson: Religious conservatives' shifting role

    By Michael Gerson | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON — The Roman historian Tacitus described Emperor Nero's persecution of Christians: “In their very deaths they were made the subjects of sport: for they were covered with the hides of wild beasts, and torn to death by dogs, or nailed to crosses, or set fire to, and when the day waned, burned to serve for the evening lights.” In spite of what you may have read or heard, the recent Pew Forum Report, “America's Changing Religious Landscape,” was better news for Christians than this. “Is Christianity in America Doomed?” asked one headline, about a faith with which 71 percent of Americans still identify.

  • Taco Bell, Pizza Hut are giving the boot to artificial ingredients

    By CANDICE CHOI
    Associated Press |
    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    NEW YORK — Taco Bell and Pizza Hut say they're getting rid of artificial colors and flavors, making them the latest big food companies scrambling to distance themselves from ingredients people might find unappetizing. Instead of “black pepper flavor,” for instance, Taco Bell will start using actual black pepper in its seasoned beef, says Liz Matthews, the chain's chief food innovation officer. The Mexican-style chain also says the artificial dye Yellow No. 6 will be removed from its nacho cheese, Blue No. 1 will be removed from its avocado ranch dressing, and the bright pigment carmine will be removed from its red tortilla strips.

  • Sweeping legislation can be difficult to sustain

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    THE 2015 legislative session featured mostly small accomplishments. Perhaps that was to be expected given the budget realities — lawmakers had $611 million less to spend than a year ago — but it's also true that sweeping legislation, especially if there's a price tag attached, can be tough to come by and to sustain. The most recent example is the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, approved in 2012 and signed into law. It was intended to generate a wholesale shift in the way Oklahoma handled some areas of criminal justice, with the ultimate goal of slowing prison population growth. It quickly lost steam and support, although it's now the subject of possible rejuvenation efforts by the

  • Political correctness is flowering among GOP

    | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON — Scott Walker insists that when he changes his positions, he is not engaged in “flips.” “A flip would be someone who voted on something and did something different,” the Wisconsin governor explained last week on Fox News. His altered views on immigration don't count because he is not a legislator. “These are not votes,” he helpfully pointed out. Sheer brilliance! Other than former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Walker's major rivals at the moment are Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. They have all cast lots of votes.

  • Is it time to reconsider investments in Oklahoma?

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Time to reconsider? Minnesota and Oklahoma are as different as can be. One state is Northern, the other Southern. One is liberal, the other conservative. And their approaches to state funding and services represent opposite philosophies. Minnesota’s tax system is progressive. Those above $35,000 pay at graduated higher rates; no one pays sales tax on food or clothing. Oklahoma’s tax system is regressive. Almost everyone above poverty level pays the same rate; almost everyone pays tax on food and clothing. Conservatives have used Minnesota to frighten others about the doom and gloom of burdensome taxation. But how does Minnesota invest its tax revenues? Historically, it has invested heavily in its human resources — schools,

  • Amtrak trains are not going fast enough

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    After the Amtrak crash near Philadelphia, I was shocked that newscasters acted as though 106 miles per hour was fast for a train. The accident occurred on the Northeast Corridor, where the Acela travels those same rails at 140 mph. The accident occurred because the train was going that speed on a sharp turn, not because the speed was too fast in general. The government has operated most U.S. passenger trains since Congress created Amtrak in 1971, because private railroads no longer wanted that unprofitable burden. Congress has kept Amtrak on a starvation budget since its inception, providing a pittance in subsidies compared with the highway and airline systems.

  • Michael Gerson: Religious conservatives' shifting role

    By Michael Gerson | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON — The Roman historian Tacitus described Emperor Nero’s persecution of Christians: “In their very deaths they were made the subjects of sport: for they were covered with the hides of wild beasts, and torn to death by dogs, or nailed to crosses, or set fire to, and when the day waned, burned to serve for the evening lights.” In spite of what you may have read or heard, the recent Pew Forum Report, “America’s Changing Religious Landscape,” was better news for Christians than this. “Is Christianity in America Doomed?” asked one headline, about a faith with which 71 percent of Americans still identify.

  • Oklahoma City attorney: Let the feathers fly at high school graduation

    BY COURTNEY R. JORDAN | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Recently, Caney Valley Public Schools and Moore Public Schools denied graduating Native American students’ requests to wear a sacred eagle feather on their graduation caps during commencement ceremonies. Both students sued their school districts asking the court to enjoin the schools from denying the students’ requests. The Moore student voluntarily dismissed her case citing intervening causes that rendered the matter moot. This isn’t the first time an Oklahoma school district has prohibited a Native American student from demonstrating this form of cultural and religious expression during one of life’s most significant occasions. To American Indian students, receiving an eagle feather or plume in honor of graduation is as

  • E.J. Dionne Jr: Political correctness is flowering among GOP

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Conservatives need to start calling it out on their own

  • A different country today

    | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    They said yes in the cities, they said yes in the towns, they said yes in rural communities. They said yes in 42 of Ireland's 43 electoral constituencies. After it was confirmed that 62 percent had supported same-sex marriage, hundreds of people gathered for hours on Dame Street and on the steps of Dublin city hall, cheering and waving rainbow flags. … No country had been ever been tasked with the decision that Ireland faced (last) week. For months, polls had pointed to a strong majority in favor of same-sex marriage, but a tradition of close referendums on cultural issues and the defeat of the Prop 8 in California in 2008 tempered expectations.

  • Long-time Haunted House owner, Marian Thibault, passes away

    BY DAVE CATHEY, Food Editor | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Marian Thibault, long-time owner of The Haunted House Restaurant in Oklahoma City, died May 22 at age 89. The restaurant, which closed in April, was auctioned to a new owner who will determine whether he can reopen The Haunted House by mid-May.

  • OKC Thunder: What they're saying about Mitch McGary

    Compiled by Darnell Mayberry | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Michigan coach John Beilein: “His motor is what stands out to me and just about everybody else. That is one thing that is extremely important for him going forward. And when he's in great shape, he can play all day long.” Utah guard Trey Burke: “He's definitely a hard worker, first and foremost. With his ability to move without the ball and set screens and catch and shoot the little 7-foot, 8-foot jump shot that he can hit, I think he brings a lot of versatility.” Thunder forward Nick Collison: “He wants to listen. He wants to get better. Everybody loves him. He's

  • OKC Thunder: Mitch McGary's rookie season by the numbers

    By Darnell Mayberry | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Mitch McGary didn’t get a chance to get too comfortable in his rookie season. But he showed flashes of the potential that has made the Thunder think so highly of him.

  • Setting it straight

    | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Setting it straight

  • 13 Oklahoma couples win free engagement rings this month due to wet weddings

    By Brianna Bailey
    Business Writer |
    Updated: 7 hr ago

    A rainy May means flood of winners in Oklahoma City jeweler’s rainy wedding day contest.

  • Tornado in southeastern Oklahoma kills woman, destroys homes

    By Silas Allen and Adam Kemp
    Staff Writers |
    Updated: 7 hr ago

    A person who died as a result of a tornado Monday in Bryan County, Oklahoma, has been identified as 48-year-old Sandra Marsha Swinney, a spokeswoman for the state medical examiner confirmed Tuesday.

  • OKC Thunder: Grading Mitch McGary's rookie season

    By Darnell Mayberry | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Mitch McGary’s rookie season was cut short by the injury bug. But when he got on the floor and played significant minutes, more often than not he was a force that teams had to account for. It resulted in an encouraging rookie campaign.




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