• Norman library events

    Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    ‘Nighttime Ninjas’ to visit library The Oklahoma City Zoo is bringing some of its “Nighttime Ninjas” out during the day for a visit to Norman Public Library Central, 225 N Webster. They’ll be at the library’s Lowry Room for programs at 2 and 6:30 p.m. Monday as part of the 2015 Summer Reading Program. The programs are for all ages. Those who come will get to meet several nocturnal creatures and learn about their homes, habits and how they survive. It’s part of a series of outreach events made available thanks to a grant from the Oklahoma City Zoological Trust. Registration is not required in advance, but space is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, visit

  • Fatal crash on Interstate 44 reported Tuesday

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 7 hr ago

    A fatal crash has been reported in Oklahoma City. The crash is on Interstate 44

  • Metro holiday events are set

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Independence Day celebrations in the Oklahoma City area include: LibertyFest, Edmond, ongoing through July 4 Featuring Oklahoma’s largest hometown parade, LibertyFest in Edmond offers a variety of family friendly events, including a free watermelon feed, live entertainment and a road rally. Information: http://www.libertyfest.org/ Red, White & Boom!, Oklahoma City, July 3 Enjoy a free concert at 8:30 p.m. at State Fair Park with fireworks at dusk. Maestro Joel Levine and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic — along with guest soloist Emily Drennan — will perform patriotic favorites. Bring your chairs and blankets.

  • #MyOklahoma

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    We asked our community of readers to show us why they live in and love Oklahoma. We received more than 52,000 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.

  • Problems with ACA remain

    No byline | Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Despite the Supreme Court decision to uphold the subsidies for private insurance in King v. Burwell, the fundamental problems with the Affordable Care Act remain. Ironically, it is the growing government centralization of health insurance at the expense of private insurance that must be addressed. The 107 million people on Medicaid or Medicare in 2013 will increase to 135 million by 2018, a growth rate tripling that of private insurance, according to projections by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. At the same time, private health care insurance premiums are expected to skyrocket in 2016, many by more than 30 percent. This will not improve American health care. Private insurance is superior for both access

  • Birthdays

    Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Wednesday’s birthdays Actress Olivia de Havilland, 99. Singer Deborah Harry (Blondie), 70. Singer Fred Schneider (The B-52’s), 64. Actor Dan Aykroyd, 63. Actress Pamela Anderson, 48. Rapper Missy Elliott, 44. Actress Liv Tyler, 38.

  • Horoscopes

    Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    ARIES (March 21-April 19): Seeking things that have substance and meaning leads to happiness. Something doesn’t have to be serious and heavy to be meaningful, though. Meaning can be as light as a laugh. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): It’s said that truth doesn’t blush. It’s the tension between what we’d like to project as true and the deeper truth that is that causes pink cheeks and shy smiles. GEMINI (May 21-June 21): You’ve worked hard to get where you are, but you don’t think that makes you better than anyone else. You believe all people are equal regardless of their station in life, and you treat everyone the same. CANCER (June 22-July 22): To have compassion for others, you have to have it for yourself.

  • Boyfriend's teen escapade should be regarded as past

    Universal Uclick | Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    DEAR ABBY: I have been with my boyfriend for a little over two years. He recently mentioned that when he was younger (19), he had a threesome (two guys, one girl). We are both over 35, so I realize this happened many years ago, but the fact that it was two guys is hard for me. I can’t seem to get it out of my head. I keep seeing the images. I try to tell myself my boyfriend is a different man today than the teen he was. I don’t understand why it’s bothering me so much. How can I find a way to get past this? Please give me some direction. — Can’t Get it Out of My Head DEAR CAN’T: I respect your boyfriend’s honesty and openness. Because you can’t get this out of your head, talk further

  • Restaurant memories sought for book, video project

    BY DAVE CATHEY Food Editor dcathey@opubco.com | Updated: 14 hr ago

    Time for me to write another book, but this time I need your help. This food-loving dude’s summer will be spent writing a book about the history of Oklahoma City restaurants. I’ve written enough about them to write a book, but the book I want to write needs the fingerprints of those who’ve been living and dining in Oklahoma City much longer than me. The NewsOK video team and I also plan to produce video to share on newsok.com about the project. We’ll be covering the entire history of local restaurants, so I’d like to hear from those who worked in restaurants as well as from diners. I’m looking for memories, anecdotes, names and photographs of eateries of the past. I also would love to hear from you about the

  • Rack 'em Up!

    BY DAVE CATHEY Food Editor dcathey@opubco.com | Updated: 14 hr ago

    This weekend we celebrate independence and freedom for two days instead of one, which means you have the perfect opportunity to set aside the usual quick-and-dirty grill fare and express your culinary muscles with pork ribs. Burgers and hot dogs are commonly cooked over hot coals or propane-fueled flame to go along with a battalion of potato chips, cold salads and scoops of ice cream. But with many businesses observing the holiday Friday, you'll have the perfect opportunity to prepare for something memorable. Pork ribs are to the barbecue world what the Rolling Stones are to popular music: They draw a large crowd, young and old, whether they're at their best or not. With a little attention to detail and fine-tuning,

  • Child’s bike-riding dream is granted

    BY QUEILA OMENA Staff Writer qomena@oklahoman.com | Updated: 16 hr ago

    With a desire to create mobility and independence for people with disabilities, the Edmond AMBUCS chapter realized a young’s boy dream and donated to Brandon Shields a therapeutic tricycle known as an Amtryke. Brandon’s passion to ride a bike caused his physical therapist to apply for an AMBUCS scholarship, and his name was placed on the wish list. “He’s been just dying to ride a bike, and that was one of his goals for a long time. He was so excited to be riding it,” said his mother, Tiff any Shields, of Moore. Last summer, Brandon, 4, had the opportunity to borrow a hand- operated therapeutic tricycle and soon felt confident he would be able to bike as any other kid. But the cost was a factor, his mother

  • State senator is sentenced

    BY JENNIFER PALMER Staff Writer jpalmer@oklahoman.com | Updated: 8 hr ago

    WOODWARD — A state senator who was found sleeping in his parked pickup and smelling of alcohol in December pleaded no contest last week to a misdemeanor. Sen. Bryce Marlatt, R-Woodward, was charged with actual physical control of a vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicating substance.  Under a deal with prosecutors, Marlatt agreed to pay a $250 fine, about $1,000 in court costs and $150 in restitution. He also was ordered to complete a drug and alcohol evaluation within six months. Marlatt, 38, received a deferred sentence. Following the Dec. 2 arrest, Marlatt’s attorney issued a statement noting the senator had taken a prescription sleep aid, and had a mixed drink earlier in the evening.

  • Berry sweet summer memories ahead

    BY DAVE CATHEY Food Editor dcathey@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Summer is in full swing, so fresh berries are in season. So are sweets, with kids home from school. This month’s recipes include Minco Chocolate Cake, Kolache Cookies and Blueberry Biscuit Pudding with White Chocolate Sauce. As usual, the recipes use ingredients from local food manufacturers, including Shawnee Milling Co., Hiland Dairy, Prairie Wolf Vodka, Garden Club and Griffin’s. For more recipes like these plus restaurant recommendations and an app to find both on your mobile device, go online to the Made in Oklahoma Coalition website, miocoalition.com. Minco Chocolate Cake 1 box (18.

  • Billy Graham

    Tribune Content Agency | Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    DEAR DR. GRAHAM: I started selling drugs to get out of debt, thinking I could do it quietly and not get in trouble. Now I’m in prison, and I’ve wrecked my life and my marriage. Please warn people not to do what I did. I wish someone had warned me.  —  D.K. DEAR D.K.: Thank you for your letter; I hope God will use it to warn others who may be tempted to go down the road you took. Not only have you destroyed your life and your family, but you’ve also brought untold harm to countless others by providing them with drugs. The devil uses all kinds of lies to deceive us and put us on the wrong path in life, but the lie he uses almost more than any other is that we can do something wrong and still get by with it. For

  • U.S. court agrees Apple violated antitrust law in e-book entry

    By The Associated Press | Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    NEW YORK — A federal appeals court in New York says Apple violated antitrust laws by colluding with publishers to raise electronic book prices in 2010. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled 2-to-1 Tuesday that a lower court judge was right to find Apple violated the laws to upset Amazon.com’s control of the market. The court also agreed that Judge Denise Cote was right to order injunctive relief to ensure the Cupertino, Calif.-based company didn’t violate additional antitrust laws. An Apple lawyer did not immediately return a message for comment. Cote ruled against Apple after a civil trial in summer 2013.

  • Your Views

    Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    No more tears Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that the Affordable Care Act is still law, perhaps our governor can stop crying her crocodile tears over the 18,000 Oklahomans who will be disenfranchised from health insurance if Insure Oklahoma goes away, since she apparently didn’t mind about the 87,000 Oklahomans who would have been disenfranchised from health insurance if Obamacare had gone away. And perhaps Gov. Mary Fallin can direct Attorney General Scott Pruitt to stop misspending our scarce public funds suing to overturn Obamacare, and put this money to better use expanding Medicaid to get the Insure Oklahoma people covered under the ACA after all.

  • Who won, who lost? Court redefines marriage

    By Paul Greenberg   | Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    The hopes and fears of all the years met last week in Obergefell v. Hodges, the narrow but sweeping decision of the U.S. Supreme Court that proclaims homosexual couples have a right to marry anywhere in the country. Congratulations to them. At first glance, they’ve scored a significant victory, even if the score was just 5-4. On equally cursory reading, the states have been handed a significant defeat. The whole, general idea of federalism — that states get to determine their own laws when it comes to a variety of intimate issues, like marriage and divorce — has been undermined. Our condolences to those who still believe in that separation of jurisdictions under our Constitution, with some powers reserved to the states and

  • City schools deserve the attention of all

    BY JENNIFER MONIES | Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    I didn’t grow up in Oklahoma City. I don’t have memories of a desolate downtown after business hours or neighborhood whispers about brothels that apparently once existed walking distance from my house in the Gatewood Historic District. I only know an Oklahoma City with an NBA franchise, a bustling downtown park and a diverse local restaurant scene. Oklahoma City rivals any place I would want to raise my family. Almost nowhere else in the nation could I live within the urban core for the price and space we have. I live, work and play largely within a 5-mile radius. But everything Oklahoma City has going for it is at risk. There is one more critical piece to Oklahoma City’s renaissance and our continued success and growth

  • Michelle Obama's evolution

    Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    WASHINGTON — First-term first ladies are often shadows to their more important husbands, dabbling in lite fare to avoid criticism and picking safe projects to shield them and their families from the inevitable slings and arrows. The safest bet has been to keep interests close to hearth and home — the universally approved place and role of women. Thus, first lady Laura Bush, who had been a librarian, focused on reading programs and, with the Library of Congress, created the first National Book Festival. Similarly, Michelle Obama focused on subjects close to home.

  • Story a reminder that bills can have unintended fallout

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    KYLE Gillum had a business idea he felt would benefit downtown Oklahoma City — opening a day care for dogs. He was whipsawed by an ordinance that a previous Legislature no doubt felt made perfect sense when it was approved, but instead serves an example of the unintended consequences of feel-good legislation. Lawmakers decided in 2008 that no new dog kennel should be allowed within 2,500 feet of a public or private school or licensed day care center in Oklahoma City or Tulsa. The bill was offered after patrons and nuns at a private preschool in south Oklahoma City expressed unease over a pit bull terrier kennel about a quarter mile away. The nuns said they were concerned about the safety of their children, although no