• Horse Thief joins Okie Christmas album cast (Middle of Nowhere Debut)

    Nathan Poppe | Updated: 14 min ago

    Snap out of your Thanksgiving food coma and put down those Black Friday shopping bags. It’s time to get on board with one of my favorite holiday traditions. Fowler Volkswagen of Norman announced the release of its fifth Christmas record on Friday. The vinyl collection features nine songs and hits shelves on Dec. 11. Here’s an exclusive debut of Horse Thief’s contribution, a cover of the Hawaiian holiday gem "Mele Kalikimaka.” Oklahoma City-based Horse Thief frontman Cameron Neal said he chose the song because of his appreciation for “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” It’s a family tradition for him to watch the 1989 John Hughes classic.

  • OKC strip club closes during insurance fight

    By Nolan Clay Staff Writer nclay@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    A longtime south Oklahoma City strip club has shut down due to water damage that the property owner blames on the May 31, 2013, tornado. Outlaw Restaurants Inc. is suing an insurance company for money to make repairs and reopen. The XXXtasy Ranch Gentleman's Club had long been one of the most visible strip clubs in Oklahoma City because of its location along Interstate 35 just south of downtown and its distinctive outdoor sign. The strip club was insured by Century Surety Co. at the time of the storm. The insurance company is based in Michigan. Outlaw Restaurants is complaining in the lawsuit that the insurance company has breached its duty to deal fairly and act in good faith.

  • Deaths

    Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    ARDMORE Ellis, Harold "Dean," 71, retired police officer, died Nov. 23. Services 2 p.m. Saturday, Maranatha Free Will Baptist Church (Harvey-Douglas, Ardmore). ATOKA Teasley, Clara Deloris Sweet, 68, clerk, died Nov. 25. Services 2 p.m. Friday (Atoka, Atoka). BARTLESVILLE Liggitt, Cordelia Dennis, 88, died Nov. 24. Memorial services 2 p.m. Saturday, St. Luke's Episcopal Church (Stumpff, Bartlesville). BRIDGE CREEK Klark, William Robert "Billy," 34, security guard, died Nov. 21. Services 2 p.m. Sunday (Eisenhour, Blanchard). BROKEN ARROW Coble, Vicky Byrd, 61, died Nov. 24. Services pending (Williamson-Spradlin, Wetumka). EDMOND Ashcraft, Jerry Walter, 68, died Nov. 22.

  • School districts consider suing over funding miscalculations

    By ANDREA EGER World Staff Writer andrea.eger@tulsaworld.com | Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    Leaders of as many as 60 school districts are reportedly contemplating legal action to force the Oklahoma State Department of Education to recoup state aid funds that were erroneously paid to other school districts since 1992. Ponca City Superintendent David Pennington said the total impact of the state aid calculation error on his district alone is $13 million and that the statewide total could be upwards of $300 million. Pennington is the one who discovered the state's error, and state education officials acknowledged it in December 2014. And while $16.

  • What we're talking about

    AP | Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    FAST FOOD-KILLING: Authorities say a Louisiana man killed his father and stabbed his mother after they ordered fast food but didn't get any for him.   CHINA-CANADA- MISS WORLD: Canada's outspoken Miss World candidate Anastasia Lin is denied entry to China to compete in the Miss World Pageant.    AVALANCHE ESCAPES: Brothers survive two avalanches while backcountry skiing near Telluride, Colo., after each thought the other was dead.    SEATTLE POLICE-SETTLEMENT: Seattle will pay $100,000 to a University of Washington geography student who suffered broken bones in his face when he was arrested in 2012.

  • Nation and world news briefs

    By The Associated Press | Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    UNITED STATES D.C. | WASHINGTON — A man draped in an American flag climbed over the fence Friday at the White House, prompting a lockdown as the first family celebrated Thanksgiving. The man was immediately apprehended and taken into custody pending criminal charges.  FLORIDA | MIAMI — Hurricane Sandra weakened slightly Thursday but remained a powerful Category 3 storm in the eastern Pacific off Mexico's coast. Maximum sustained winds Thursday afternoon were 120 mph. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said rapid weakening is expected. OHIO | COLUMBUS — A student who jumped into a lake at Ohio State University as part of an annual event probably died of a broken neck, the county coroner said Thursday.

  • Leaders of France, Russia to work together against IS

    By SYLVIE CORBET and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV Associated Press | Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    RUSSIA | MOSCOW — The presidents of France and Russia agreed Thursday to tighten cooperation in the fight against the Islamic State group, although they remained at odds over their approach toward Syrian President Bashar Assad. IS has claimed responsibility for deadly attacks against both of the countries' citizens in recent weeks: Nov. 13 shootings and suicide bombings in Paris which killed 130 people, and the Oct. 31 bombing of a Russian passenger jet over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula that claimed 224 lives. French President Francois Hollande has been on a diplomatic drive since the Paris attacks to increase cooperation in tackling IS, which holds swathes of territory in both Syria and Iraq.

  • Trump called out for appearing to mock reporter's disability

    AP | Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON — Donald Trump denied Thursday that he mocked a reporter with a disability in a South Carolina speech, despite appearing to imitate mannerisms of the “poor guy” and make fun of him. A statement posted on his Twitter account said Trump doesn't know the reporter personally or what he looks like and was only mocking his journalism. The New York Times reporter, Serge Kovaleski, “should stop using his disability to grandstand,” the statement quoted Trump as saying. Kovaleski has a congenital condition that affects joint movement. In a speech Tuesday in South Carolina, Trump said, “Poor guy, you oughta see this guy,” and gestured in a jerky

  • Media bias is evident in campaign coverage

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    AMONG the national media, journalists routinely deride suggestions of liberal bias and slanted news coverage. People might take those denials more seriously if national outlets stopped providing evidence to the contrary. The latest example comes from news coverage regarding GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson's comments on the Syrian refugee issue. Several outlets implied that Carson equated all Syrians to rabid dogs. But any credible reading of his comments, in context, simply shows Carson was noting the importance of preventing violent jihadists from being granted refugee status. At a campaign event in Alabama, Carson said the United States needed leaders who “are not only smart but who care about other people.

  • VA is finding new ways to make life tough for vets

    Washington Examiner Editorial | Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    IF you thought you had seen the full extent of perfidy at the Department of Veterans Affairs, think again. This week, the Washington Examiner reported that the agency is once again stalling veterans who seek to claim the benefits they were promised, once again in an effort to game the metrics by which agency performance is measured. The agency is now refusing to answer Congress' questions about its backlog of benefit applications from military veterans. It is unclear at this point how extensive this new problem is, but in just one office in Atlanta, the agency has put 1,833 applications from combat veterans in limbo. Veterans Affairs is claiming that these applications are incomplete because they do not include the applicants'

  • Your Views

    Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    Hold them accountable In college, I had a good friend named “Navid” with whom I shared dorm life and many classes. Navid was Iranian, Muslim and a person to whom I would entrust my life. His sister was also a student there. She was gorgeous, personable and as sweet as anyone I had met. I always thought Navid and his sister must have had wonderful parents. Also at my school were several of the “Death to America” types who never attempted to make an American friend and, while allowed to attend my university, participated in on-campus protests denouncing the U.S.  I question whether I would survive a day living among this group. Children tend to believe what they're taught. Even when they grow older, the effects of what

  • #MyOklahoma

    Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    We asked our community of readers to show us why they live in and love Oklahoma. We received more than 63,000 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.

  • Trying to erase the past

    Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    A history degree from Princeton University may not be worth much anymore. The Ivy League school would devalue its reputation if it caves in to campus radicals who want to erase parts of history they find objectionable. Princeton President Christopher Eisgruber agreed to discuss whether the school should remove former U.S. and Princeton President Woodrow Wilson's name from campus. The progressive movement has discovered that Wilson, one of its intellectual founders, was a horrible racist. Wilson promoted segregation and attacked the concept of racial equality. Wilson's disgusting philosophy was shared by Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, but liberals are still giving out awards with her name.

  • Thanksgiving and the discipline of gratitude

    Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON — Thanksgiving is about gratitude, which is a disposition, a virtue and a way of thinking all at once. We often trivialize gratitude as little more than a passing feeling that gets expressed on greeting cards or in quick thank-you notes (although I'd make a strong case for thank-you notes, which I do not write enough of). We tend to cite courage, honor, compassion, truthfulness, loyalty and a long list of other attributes as being far more important in the panoply of admirable moral traits. It can also be argued that gratitude is a privilege of those who have their health, enriching personal and family relationships, wealth, and the opportunity to live in peaceful and prosperous nations or neighborhoods.

  • The Syrian immigration cul-de-sac

    Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON — The Syrian refugee debate has become a national embarrassment. It begins with a president, desperate to deflect attention from the collapse of his foreign policy, retreating to his one safe zone — ad hominem attacks on critics, this time for lack of compassion toward Syrian widows and orphans. This, without a glimmer of acknowledgment of his own responsibility for these unfortunate souls becoming widowed and orphaned, displaced and homeless, in the first place. A quarter-million deaths ago, when Bashar al-Assad began making war on his own people, he unleashed his air force and helicopters. They dropped high explosives, nail-filled barrel bombs and even chemical weapons on helpless civilians. President Obama

  • Service funding that Oklahoma needs

    By Joseph L. Parker Jr. | Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    Congress is making decisions about the federal budget. Proposals under consideration include cuts that would drastically reduce funding for national service programs in Oklahoma and across the nation. Proposed legislation calls for a minimum cut of 20 percent or $211 million to the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the small federal agency that funds AmeriCorps programs. The cuts would jeopardize organizations that are important to Oklahoma, including Teach for America, City Year, Communities in Schools, Reading Partners, Habitat for Humanity and the American Red Cross, among many others. These reductions would result in the loss of at least 20,000 AmeriCorps members nationwide, as well as more

  • Turkey, Russia escalate spat over downed jet

    By SUZAN FRASER and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV Associated Press | Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    TURKEY | ANKARA — A tug-of-war over a Russian warplane downed by a Turkish fighter jet at the border with Syria escalated Thursday, with Moscow drafting a slew of economic sanctions against Turkey and the Turkish president defiantly declaring that his military will shoot down any new intruder. Turkey shot down the Russian Su-24 military jet on Tuesday, insisting it had violated its airspace despite repeated warnings.  Russian President Vladimir Putin denounced the Turkish action as a "treacherous stab in the back," and insisted that the plane was downed over Syrian territory in violation of international law.

  • Balloons, heavy security seen in NYC

    By KAREN MATTHEWS Associated Press | Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    NEW YORK  — Americans paused Thursday to celebrate their blessings despite terrorism fears and racial tensions. A record number of police officers patrolled the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, while St. Louis resumed its annual parade, canceled last year amid protests over Michael Brown's death. At the White House, President Barack Obama spent a quiet holiday with a traditional meal. Here's a look at how other Americans celebrated: Tight security Spectators at the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York noted a stepped-up police presence, with officers perched on buildings like Radio City Music Hall and watching from helicopters hovering overhead.

  • Hansard worked for his fame old-fashioned way

    By Chrissie Dickinson Chicago Tribune  | Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    Glen Hansard was 13 when he quit school and began busking on the streets of Dublin in 1983. In the years since, he's picked up an Oscar and been nominated for a Grammy. The Irish singer-songwriter credits his years as a street performer for all his greatest lessons. “I haven't learned anything on the stage that I didn't learn on the street,” he said in a phone interview. Funny and spontaneous in conversation, Hansard is known for his thoughtful, brooding songs in a couple of projects including the long-running Irish band the Frames. In 2008, he and Marketa Irglova — his partner in the Swell Season — won an Academy Award for best original song in the movie “Once.” Both starred in that indie film.

  • Life imitates art for director of ‘Creed’

    By SANDY COHEN AP Entertainment Writer | Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    LOS ANGELES — “Fruitvale Station” writer-director Ryan Coogler is sending a love letter to his father in the form of the latest “Rocky” film. “Creed” was inspired by his dad, who showed him the “Rocky” movies over and over when he was growing up. And as Coogler told a story about a father-son relationship between Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone, of course) and Adonis Creed (“Fruitvale” star Michael B. Jordan), the young filmmaker and his cast found themselves being coached off-screen by Rocky himself. “There was a lot of art imitating life,” said Coogler, 29. “The same way Rocky has this advice for Adonis, (Stallone) would kind of treat (us) the same way.