• Widow of slain Labor Commissioner Mark Costello files for protective order

    BY KYLE SCHWAB Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    The widow of slain Labor Commissioner Mark Costello has requested protective orders against their son, Christian Costello, and his girlfriend. Christian Costello, 26, is accused of fatally stabbing his father Sunday night at a north Oklahoma City ice cream store. He is being held in the Oklahoma County jail. The widow, Cathy Costello, has asked a judge for protection from her son and his girlfriend, Ginger R. Rogers, on behalf of herself and her 16-year-old son. Her adult children also are requesting protective orders against Christian Costello and the girlfriend.

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  • Death row inmates' final appeal of execution method denied by Supreme Court

    BY GRAHAM LEE BREWER Staff Writer gbrewer@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    A final appeal to stop the state from using its current three-drug cocktail method for executions was denied Friday by the U.S. Supreme Court.  In July, the court ruled against a group of inmates who challenged that Oklahoma's lethal injection process as unconstitutional, citing the state's use of the controversial drug midazolam. While the decision was split and generated some heated debate between the justices, the court concluded there was not substantial evidence to bar the state from using the sedative.

  • Caitlyn Jenner effect: College orders 'gender neutral' language on campus

    Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    In the boldest endorsement of a growing national trend, the University of Tennessee is urging incoming students and teachers to junk references to he, she, and them, in favor of gender-neutral ze and xe. With the new semester beginning and an influx of new students on campus, it is important to participate in making our campus welcoming and inclusive for all. One way to do that is to use a student's chosen name and their correct pronouns, blogged Donna Braquet, director of the school's Pride Center. We should not assume someone's gender by their appearance, nor by what is listed on a roster or in student information systems. Transgender people and people who do not identity within the gender binary may use a different name than their legal name and pronouns of their gender identity, rather than the pronouns of the sex they were assigned at birth, ze wrote.

  • Scrimmage notebook: Mustang run game shows promise

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Updated: 4 hr ago

    The backs got a good amount of use in Mustang’s annual Pigskin Preview scrimmage Thursday night at Bronco Stadium.

  • Shiny "Chicago" takes the stage at Jewel Box

    Review by Anna Holloway | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Shimmer and sass fill the Jewel Box Stage with "Chicago"

  • Love "Always...Patsy Cline" at the Pollard

    Review by Anna Holloway | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Brilliant renditions of classic songs and great acting open season 29 at the Pollard

  • Holiday and Fall Hair styles by Jennifer McCharen---Parties Extra!

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: 5 hr ago

    [brightcove]4448950083001[/brightcove] Jennifer McCharen with Rutz Salon talks about the hottest hair style trends for fall and the holidays on Parties Extra! Paige Dillard, Jennifer McCharen, Dave Morris at The Oklahoman's video studio for Parties Extra! (Photo by Helen Ford Wallace).

  • Tim Beckman dismissed as Illinois football coach

    Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    The University of Illinois has dismissed head football coach Tim Beckman, citing "preliminary results of an external review into allegations involving the program." Offensive coordinator Bill Cubit has been named interim head coach by the university. Illinois opens the season at home against Kent State on Sept. 4. "The preliminary information external reviewers shared with me does not reflect our values or our commitment to the welfare of our student-athletes, and I've chosen to act accordingly," University of Illinois Director of Athletics Mike Thomas said in a statement on the school's website. "During the review, we have asked people not to rush to judgment, but I now have enough information to make this decision in assessing the status and direction of the football program." Beckman will not be paid the remaining $3.1 million on the last two years of his original five-year contract. Beckman, a former Oklahoma State defensive coordinator, went 12-25 in three seasons at Illinois, with one bowl game appearance. More from NewsOK : Carlson: Ordeal with Illinois coach Tim Beckman shows it doesn't pay to be mean in college football

  • Gov. Bentley's wife seeks divorce, says marriage is broken

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama first lady Dianne Bentley has filed for divorce from Gov. Robert Bentley, saying their 50-year marriage has suffered an "irretrievable breakdown." The complaint, filed Friday, says that attempts at reconciliation are futile and that the couple has been living apart since January. A lawyer for Dianne Bentley wrote that her client says "there is such a complete incompatibility of temperament that the parties can no longer live together." The complaint says the couple's personalities conflict. The Bentleys have been married since 1965 and have four adult sons. In July, the couple marked their 50th wedding anniversary. The office for the 72-year-old Robert Bentley didn't respond to an

  • Alabama First Lady files for divorce after 50 years of marriage

    Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    First Lady Dianne Bentley has filed for divorce from Governor Robert Bentley, according to court documents filed on Friday.

  • Oklahoma Senior Lives with Stitches

    Keith Dobbs | Updated: 6 hr ago

    One stitch at a time...and then sometimes she undoes it!

  • High school football: Week Zero brings curiosity, new opportunities

    BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Updated: 5 hr ago

    The traditional opening week of the high school football season is still a week away, but thanks to a new rule adopted by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association, we’ve got real football kicking off Friday night.

  • Adam Wilmoth column: Pipeline safety is essential for the industry and the country

    By Adam Wilmoth Energy Editor awilmoth@oklahoman.com | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Pipeline failures today are more damaging and more costly to repair. Increased regulations can mean pipelines could be shut down for months or years after an incident, clogging up transmission throughout the county’s pipeline system.

  • From experts to newcomers, there's something for all football fans on NewsOK

    Alan Herzberger | Updated: 12 hr ago

    I’m a sports fan. I read all our sports stories. The Oklahoman's sports coverage team does a great job. I read everything I can. I watch all the Press Row videos from our studios. I listen to the roundtable discussions and the podcasts produced by that award-winning group. Because I’m interested in sports, I also will listen to sports radio on my commute home in the evening. (For the record, Berry Tramel is entertaining on the radio, but there’s much more of that entertainment and insight in the pages of The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. He doesn’t have to share time when he’s writing his columns.) On Thursday afternoon, however, I spent my commute listening to someone who is not

  • Juvenile prisoners in Michigan allege rape, abuse

    Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    He figures there is no way corrections officers didn't hear his screams. Normally, at least one guard was stationed outside Kinross Correctional Facility's shower area, no more than 20 feet away. But he said no one came to help, and the rape of the 17-year-old continued.

  • A special night celebrating Oklahoma basketball

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 7 hr ago

    John Hudson is a lawyer by day and commissioner of the Sooner Athletic Conference by night. And he’s got a passion for old-school small-college basketball. So Hudson last year organized a reunion of former small-college coaches and referees, and Thursday was the second annual event, which has blossomed into more of a reunion for anyone with Oklahoma basketball ties. Hudson hosted the event at Iron Star barbeque, 36th and North Shartel, and it was a total delight seeing all kinds of familiar faces and new friends. Joe Holladay, who played at OU, coached in high school, then joined Roy Williams’ staff at Kansas and followed Williams to North Carolina, was in town for the OU basketball reunion this weekend.

  • VIDEO: OKC Fire Department's Project Life Run set for Sept. 19

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    OKC Fire Department's Project Life Run set for Sept. 19

  • APTOPIX Serbia Migrants

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    Migrants sleep on a bench at a park in Belgrade, Serbia, Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. Over 10,000 migrants, including many women with babies and small children, have crossed into Serbia over the past few days and headed toward Hungary and the EU Schengen Area, a zone with no internal border checks between member countries.