• Edmond schools make progress on shelters

    By Steve Gust For The Oklahoman | Updated: 17 hr ago

    EDMOND — Plans have been finalized for two more permanent storm shelters, as the school district continues its quest to make sure all 24,000 students have access to protection during the most powerful twisters. Edmond School Board members on Monday approved plans for a 7,250-square-foot media center and storm shelter at Orvis Risner Elementary, 2801 S Rankin. Chief Operations Officer Christina Hoehn said the center will hold 700 people, which would include 591 students plus staff. The room would also be used as a computer lab, but have movable furniture and access to restrooms. The board expressed some concern over the use of glass in the center. Hoehn said a minimal amount of glass will be used to give the room

  • Q&A with Adam Childers

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    Employers should be cautious about labor laws, free speech Q: A Yelp employee recently was terminated for writing a critical blog post about low pay. What are the details? A: Recently, a disgruntled Yelp employee by the name of Talia Ben-Ora became famous, or perhaps infamous, for penning a 2,500-word scathing “open letter” on social media to Yelp's CEO Jeremy Stoppelman, complaining about her low wages as an entry-level worker at the company, and the corresponding struggles she has experienced living in San Francisco with a paltry salary. Not long after her rant went viral, Ms. Ben-Ora's employment at Yelp was terminated.

  • The state of disunion in America

    Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    WASHINGTON — The 2016 presidential race already counts an extraordinary accomplishment: It has made the 2000 election seem like the good old days. Before Bush v. Gore became a Supreme Court controversy, the contest seemed to demonstrate that American politics was modernizing in a hopeful direction. Clintonism had helped Democrats come to terms with what was right about Reaganism, particularly on crime, trade, welfare and basic economics. George W. Bush was Reagan-like on taxes and trade, but set out to compete with Clintonism on domestic policy — proposing conservative and free-market methods to improve educational outcomes for minority children and provide prescription drug coverage in Medicare.

  • Projection issues don't erase need for new roads

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    OFFICIALS with the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority have been getting an earful from residents in eastern Oklahoma County over plans to build a turnpike in that part of the metro. New reporting about faulty traffic and revenue projections with previous toll roads is likely to raise the decibel level a bit. The Oklahoman's Randy Ellis found that in the 66 years that turnpikes have been built in Oklahoma, only one has met the five-year revenue projection the OTA used to market bonds for new toll roads. That was the Turner Turnpike, which runs from Oklahoma City to Tulsa. Many of the other 10 toll roads in the state have come up far short of projections.


    By Dave Cathey Food Editor | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    For mom's sake Mother's Day is Sunday, and if this is news to you and you have a living mother to thank, it's time to hustle. Reservations go fast for Mother's Day, but don't let that stop you from calling around. Some places not normally open for Sunday brunch will be offering special services this Sunday. J. Bruner's at The Haunted House will open for brunch, offering special menu items until 3 p.m. when it switches to normal Sunday service. Musashi's is usually open Sunday evenings, but will fire up its teppanyaki grills at noon for Mother's Day. Regardless of your price-point or preference in cuisine, mom will find a place to dine out this Sunday.

  • Right on ’Cue

    By Dave Cathey Food Editor dcathey@oklahoman.com | Yesterday

    To properly prepare for National Barbecue Month, we launched the year's first Open Flame event at American Propane a couple of weeks ago in order to share the wit and wisdom of some of Oklahoma's most accomplished pitmasters. American Propane owner Jim Grigsby was a proud papa as he watched Paul Schatte, David and Levi Bouska, and Russ Garrett regale audiences with stories from the competition circuit and tips from the pits before sharing hearty portions of chicken, pork and beef compelled to yield the best of their flavors by low heat and pervasive wood-derived smoke. As for me, I kept quiet and provided some new turns on familiar sides and a dessert in honor of one of Oklahoma City's most celebrated barbecue

  • Community

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Register for Safety Town NORMAN — Registration is open for Safety Town classes at Sooner Mall. Safety Town, a 39-year tradition, teaches children 5 and 6 years old the importance of bicycle, fire and personal safety.  The free classes are 50 minutes. Safety Town classes are held in a “safety village” on the northeast corner of the Sooner Mall parking lot. Instructors are Norman police, firefighters and emergency services personnel. Class sessions are held mornings on June 6-10, June 13-17, June 20-24 and June 27-July 1.  Evening classes are held the weeks of June 6 and June 20. To register, go to soonermall.com and click on events/safety-town. To participate, children must be 5 years old by June 1.

  • Course of nature

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Martin Park Nature Center, 5000 W Memorial Road, held an Earth Fest party for the planet. Kids and parents took part in loads of eco-friendly activities on Saturday while learning about nature and conservation.

  • For Mother’s Day, consider an epically delicious roast bird

    By MEERA SODHA Associated Press | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Ever since my parents came to England in 1972, my mum has had a wild love affair with roast chicken. The only thing she loves even more is her family, and unfortunately for her, my dad is a vegetarian. So for 41 years now, her opportunities to turn the oven on, throw caution to the wind and put a beautiful bird in to roast have been limited. She's simply too loving a wife to torment my dad like that. That's why every Mother's Day, there is only one thing that we will cook: tandoori roast chicken. But this isn't just any old roast chicken; it is one worthy of a feast. It has all the merits of a normal roast chicken, flavorful crispy skin, butter-soft meat and largely fuss-free prep, but it is much more elegant and


    By Melba Lovelace mlovelace@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    MOM'S TOUCH IS HARD TO DUPLICATE DEAR MELBA: Your readers were so nice to send my mother birthday cards for her recent birthday. Please thank them. She was 101 on April 26. When you asked us to share our favorite recipes that our mothers used to make, I immediately thought of her Chicken and Dumplings and her Cranberry Salad. They are both very good, and we grew up on them. However, we ate lots of fried okra growing up, and I still love it today. There is no one who can fry okra like Mom. She doesn't cook anymore, and how I miss her fried okra. She hated breading food, and fried okra has to be breaded. I absolutely cannot duplicate her fried okra. We also ate a lot of fried bologna. Yum yum. Mom always managed to

  • Man abused as child may need to confront it as an adult

    Universal Uclick | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    DEAR ABBY: I have been in a serious relationship with my boyfriend for two years. He shared with me that he was sexually abused by a cousin for years as a child. He told me he has never disclosed it to anyone but me. My boyfriend says he has come to terms with the abuse and his abuser, but I'm not sure it's true. He became really upset when he spoke about it the one time, and we haven't discussed it since. I'm afraid to pry, but I think he may need help. His abuser is still present in his life. What do you think I should do? — Only Trying to Help in Ohio DEAR ONLY TRYING TO HELP: Your boyfriend may not have discussed what happened because of fear or embarrassment, or because his abuser made him feel it was

  • Horoscopes

    Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Mingle, interact with others and gather information. While socializing or networking, you will discover valuable information that will prompt personal change. Love is on its way. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Stick to the truth. Exaggeration and excess will be your downfall. Work hard to nurture important partnerships. Don't be fooled by someone's bravado. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Reconnect with people you have worked with in the past. Melding the old with the new will help you define your strategy. Don't be afraid of being different. Love is encouraged. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Consider how well you get along with colleagues and how you can improve your position.

  • Birthdays

    Birthdays | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Wednesday's birthdays Surf guitarist Dick Dale, 79. Country singer Randy Travis, 57. Actress Mary McDonough (“The Waltons”), 55. Comedian Ana Gasteyer (“Saturday Night Live”), 49. Actor Will Arnett, 46. Singer Lance Bass (‘N Sync), 37.


    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Cooking classes Wednesday Chef Knife Skills — Vera Cheek, Francis Tuttle, 6:20 to 9:20 p.m., $49. Thursday Garnishing Made Easy! — Dennis Moran, Francis Tuttle, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., $36. Saturday Macaroni & Cheese — chef Wesley Compton, Uptown Grocery Co. (Edmond), 1 to 1:45 p.m., free. Grilled Chicken with Asian Pear Slaw — Uptown Grocery Co. (The Village), 1 to 1:45 p.m., free. Strawberry Short Cake — chef Nicole Perry, Buy For Less NW Expressway, 1 to 1:45 p.m., free. Monday Grilling American Meat — Vera Cheek, Francis Tuttle, 6:20 to 9:20 p.m., $39. Tuesday Sukiyaki — Michiko Dowling, Francis Tuttle, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., $45. Chef Knife Skills

  • Edmond dentist likes getting to know patients

    By Jim Killackey For The Oklahoman | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    EDMOND — Dr. Scott Waugh, 70, has greeted more than 24,000 patients through the years at his dental clinic in Edmond. The national and state honors he's received are nearly too many to count; so are his tall tales. “I did have a 300-pound ex-pro football player come in. He listened to what I had to say as I explained that he needed two restorations. He quietly stood up and backed me into a corner and said, ‘When we do those fillings, we are not going to hurt each other, are we?' ” As a U.S. Army combat medic in Vietnam, he was awarded the Silver Star. He started his dental practice in Edmond 42 years ago.

  • Norman Girl Scout earns Gold Award

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    NORMAN — Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scout Gold Award with a ceremony at the Skirvin Hotel, particularly honoring Hannah Porter, of Norman, this year's Gold Award recipient. The Gold Award is the highest accomplishment a Girl Scout can receive. Working through a seven- step process, girls must identify an issue, investigate it thoroughly, get help and build a team, create a plan, present the plan and gather feedback, take action and finally educate and inspire others. The project must have a level of sustainability, delivering a lasting impact on the community.

  • Free youth fishing classes offered at metro-area lakes

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Boys and girls ages 5-15 are invited to the Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation “Hooked on Fishing” program, which starts Saturday. The free program offers hands-on instruction in knot tying, casting, fish identification, fishing safety and regulations. Fisheries staff from the H.B. Parsons Fish Hatchery and volunteers from Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation teach the classes. Classes run from 8 to 10:30 a.m. on the following dates and locations: Saturday: Edwards Park Lake, 1515 N Bryant Ave. May 14: Metro Tech Springlake, 1900 Springlake Drive. May 21: South Lakes Pond (East), 4302 SW 119. June 4: Dolese Youth Park Pond, 5105 NW 50. June

  • Putnam City Arts Festival kicks off Saturday

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    Young artists from Putnam City schools will entertain the community and display their artwork on Saturday during the 35th annual Putnam City Festival of the Arts. The festival will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the commons area at Putnam City North High School, 11800 N Rockwell Ave. The community is invited to attend the festival and see hundreds of pieces of art created by students from every school in the district, from prekindergarten through grade 12. Visitors to the festival also will see performances by students in vocal music groups, dance troupes, orchestras and bands. For the second year in a row, the arts festival will offer Putnam City's original cinnamon rolls for sale, made by district bakers.

  • Crooked Oak community rallies around student with cancer

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    The Crooked Oak school district will hold a fun run and carnival on Tuesday to support one of its students who has cancer. Laura Knight, assistant principal of Central Oak Elementary School, said the district is raising money to help Cynthia Grant, 12, who has brain cancer. Knight said Grant was diagnosed in March. “We are a small independent district in Oklahoma City, but it's like we're a small community here. Cynthia came with us through our elementary years, and it's definitely a districtwide effort,” Knight said. More than $3,000 has been raised so far. “We're just trying to raise as much as possible.

  • Little purpose served by piece of the Oklahoma Constitution

    The Oklahoman Editorial | Published: Wed, May 4, 2016

    OKLAHOMANS will have the opportunity this year to repeal a section of the state constitution that generates lawsuits against sensible government programs due only to alleged, indirect benefit to people of religious faith. A lawsuit based on a similar provision in Missouri's constitution demonstrates why repeal would be a good thing. Article II, Section 5 of the Oklahoma Constitution declares, “No public money or property shall ever be appropriated, applied, donated, or used, directly or indirectly, for the use, benefit, or support of any sect, church, denomination, or system of religion” or for the benefit of “any priest, preacher, minister, or other religious teacher or dignitary, or sectarian institution as