Updated: 19 min ago

    COMING SUNDAY Barry J. Sanders is following in the footsteps of his legendary father at Oklahoma State. But why? Discover the answer with an exclusive in-depth feature in Sunday's edition of The Oklahoman, which examines the factors that ultimately led Sanders back home.

  • Midwest City mayor concedes general election

    By Josh Wallace, Staff Writer | Updated: 37 min ago

    Midwest City Mayor Jay Dee Collins, who drew fewer votes than challenger Matt Dukes in this week's primary and recall election, has decided to drop out of the race.

  • 113 bodies pulled out from Taiwan quake rubble; 4 missing

    Updated: 37 min ago

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Rescuers have pulled out 113 dead a week since a powerful earthquake struck Taiwan's oldest city of Tainan, leaving only four missing in the rubble of a collapsed 17-story residential complex, authorities said Saturday. All but two of the dead were found at the ruins of the Weiguan Golden Dragon complex, which toppled when the 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck last Saturday during the Lunar New Year holiday. A total of 327 people in the building survived. According to Taiwan's Interior Ministry, workers extracted scores more bodies on Friday and Saturday morning. Four are still listed as missing.

  • Budget crisis could put Oklahoma City school district's suspension programs at risk

    By Tim Willert Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.com | Updated: 56 min ago

    An Oklahoma City school district program that offers academic instruction and counseling services to students facing long-term suspensions could be eliminated by impending budget cuts.

  • Infant at Children's Hospital Colorado receives hemp oil for epilepsy

    Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    Children's Hospital officials say they do not prescribe or recommend medical marijuana, but they will care for patients who take it

  • OKC Thunder: Why signing a one-year contract with the Thunder mightmake the most sense for Kevin Durant

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    TORONTO – Kevin Durant touched down in Toronto early Friday morning. Before noon, he was seated in front of an international contingent of reporters, facing the media feeding frenzy that is All-Star weekend. Kobe Bryant, in advance of his final appearance, drew a bigger crowd. But perhaps no one's answers, whether from direct or indirect questions, were and will be more dissected than Durant's. New York writers wanted his opinion on the Derek Fisher firing. Toronto reporters asked for his thoughts on the city. A D.C. TV station had him look into the camera and give Wizards fans a free agency message. Everyone is mining for even the slightest hint of an answer on a decision he's yet to make.

  • Thunder journal: Kevin Durant has 'never thought' the Thunder might entertain trading him

    By Anthony Slater, Erik Horne and Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    In his initial meeting with the All-Star Game media, Kevin Durant was asked plenty of the same free agency questions that he’s been asked the past couple weeks. But he was also asked a new one: If he doesn’t give the Thunder an assurance that he’ll be back, is he at all worried that OKC will trade him before next Thursday’s deadline?

  • Edmond North’s BALTO breaks citywide record

    By Steve Gust For The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    History was made Friday as Edmond North High School concluded its fundraiser, Bring A Light To Others, by announcing it had raised a grand total of $708,748.

  • Dual state wrestling notebook: Westmoore falls short of upsetting No. 1 Sand Springs

    By Jacob Unruh Staff Writer junruh@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    The top-ranked Sandites held on for a 28-25 victory over Westmoore in the Class 6A dual state wrestling quarterfinals at Firelake Arena.

  • What Makes People Reply to One Email Over Another?

    Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    You want to write messages that are short and sweet—but not too short or too sweet.

  • Watch 1,400 people learn their jobs are moving to Mexico

    Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    The employees erupted into anger upon hearing the news, and it was all caught on video.

  • Oklahoma senators' proposed bill seeks Veterans Affairs fixes

    By Chris Casteel Washington Bureau ccasteel@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    Oklahoma Sens. Jim Inhofe and James Lankford introduced legislation Friday to give regional Veterans Affairs networks more authority to remove top hospital staff members.

  • How to Teach a Non-Conforming Child

    Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    How teachers and parents can identify and cultivate original thinking in children who may not fit into the conventional classroom

  • Man allegedly chokes Owasso police dog after crashing during high-speed pursuit

    BY KYLE HINCHEY, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    OWASSO — A Claremore man who reportedly tried ramming Owasso police vehicles during a high-speed chase also is accused of choking a police dog as officers attempted to arrest him Thursday night. Owasso police dog Samson appears to have no serious injuries or lasting effects from the encounter, Deputy Chief Jason Woodruff said in a news release. The suspect — Myron Dee Sanders, 51 — was treated for minor injuries at a hospital before being taken to the Owasso Jail. Woodruff said an officer tried to pull over a blue sedan driving more than 80 mph in a construction zone on U.S. 169 about 11 p.m. The driver, later identified as Sanders, increased his speed, exceeding 90 mph.

  • New York Red Bulls waive Deer Creek's Shawn McLaws

    Chris Brannick | Updated: 4 hr ago

    The New York Red Bulls announced on Friday the club has waived defender Shawn McLaws. McLaws, a former star at Deer Creek, never appeared in a match for the Major League Soccer club last season after being drafted in the third round of the MLS SuperDraft last January. He did however get regular minutes for the Red Bulls II, New York’s United Soccer League team. McLaws played in 21 matches, starting all of them and scored one goal. He added one assist as well. At Deer Creek, McLaws earned a spot on The Oklahoman’s All-City team in his sophomore, junior and senior seasons as well as earning All-State honors. He scored more than 20 goals in two different seasons.

  • Former Oklahoma court reporter, family start scholarship

    From Staff Reports | Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    The family and friends of Ken Sharpe and the late Mary Owens Sharpe gathered Feb. 3 at Wayland Baptist University in Texas to dedicate a new scholarship in their name. Ken Sharpe, who lives in Edmond, served 42 years as a court reporter for the state of Oklahoma. Mary Sharpe spent 40 years as the pastor’s secretary at Village Baptist Church in Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma State women’s basketball Q&A: Sydney Walton thankful for OSU's loyalty after tearing ACL as high school senior

    By Kyle Fredrickson Staff Writer kfredrickson@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    “As soon as I went down, the first thing that went through my mind is: I might not have my scholarship anymore,” said Walton, a 5-foot-8 guard.

  • Two 15-year-old girls fatally shot at Phoenix-area school

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Two 15-year-old girls died Friday in a shooting at a suburban Phoenix high school that initially caused panic among parents who could not reach their children but later emerged as a murder-suicide. Police announced that a suicide note was found at the shooting scene near the cafeteria area of Independence High School in Glendale. They said the girls each were shot once, were declared dead at the scene and a weapon was found near the bodies. "Information gathered by detectives reveal the two girls were very close friends, appeared to also be in a relationship," Glendale police spokeswoman Tracey Breeden said in a statement Friday afternoon. Breeden said it is believed nobody witnessed the shootin

  • Oklahoma basketball: 'Buddy Mania' spread nationwide after first Sooners-KU game, now it's time for the rematch

    By Ryan Aber Staff Writer raber@oklahoman.com | Updated: 5 hr ago

    That performance against the Jayhawks thrust Hield into the National Player of the Year race. Now, entering Saturday’s home game against Kansas (1:30 p.m., ESPN), which comes exactly one month before Selection Sunday, Hield is the prohibitive favorite to win the award.

  • The BAM's Blog 9th annual Valentine's Day movie list

    Brandy McDonnell | Updated: 4 hr ago

    For lovebirds who prefer not to get roped into a Valentine's Day at the multiplex a veritable flock of romantic movies is just a DVD, Blu-ray or streaming video away. From a new and improved live-action version of a classic fairy tale to an excellent adaptation of a Jane Austen favorite, here are a few of my favorite picks for a romantic night in with a movie. Way back on Feb. 14, 2008, I posted my very first entry on the newly launched BAM's Blog: a list of my favorite films appropriate for Valentine's Day viewing. Some traditions are worth keeping, so I update the list every year to include a few new films that I'm loving on this day of devotion. The list now numbers more than 50 recommendations, including some