• Album Review: D'Angelo and The Vanguard, 'Black Messiah' (RCA Records)

    | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Album Review: D’Angelo and The Vanguard, “Black Messiah” (RCA Records)

  • Oklahoma band Q&A: Paul Benjaman Band

    By Becky Carman
    For The Oklahoman |
    Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Becky Carman talks to Tulsa’s Paul Benjaman about lightening bolts, that Tulsa Sound and performing on “The Tonight Show.”

  • Future Sounds

    | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Future Sounds

  • '2075: A Christmas Story'

    | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Editor's note: The holidays might be coming to a close, but there's always time for a good Christmas story. This is somewhat of an experiment, but I teamed with Blackwatch Studios and Fowler Volkswagen of Norman when I heard they had a full-length radio play sitting on the shelves of the recording studio. Recorded and crafted by a handful of local musicians at the studio earlier this year, this futuristic story from the year 2075 is about a girl named Lulu who tries to get to the bottom of a robotic Christmas mystery. I like to think of this as Cartoon Network's “Adventure Time” meets the Flaming Lips' “Christmas on Mars.” I'd give it a PG rating if I worked at the

  • Washington crosses Delaware — again

    By The Associated Press | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    TITUSVILLE, N.J. — George Washington made his Christmas Day trip across the Delaware River — with considerably better weather than the first time. Re-enactors playing Washington and his troops crossed the Delaware River in the 62nd re-enactment of his daring Christmas 1776 crossing of the river — the trek that turned the tide of the Revolutionary War — between Washington Crossing, Pa., and Titusville, N.J., on Thursday afternoon. As opposed to the severe weather, including snow and freezing temperatures, that Washington and his troops faced in 1776, the re-enactment was done under mostly sunny skies and 50-degree temperatures.

  • Crashes kill four in Oklahoma

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Three people, whose names have not been released, died Wednesday after a two-vehicle collision in Norman, and Morris Eugene Rimes, 62, of Hobart, died after a single-vehicle crash in Jackson County, authorities said.

  • Thousands pour into Cox Convention Center for Red Andrews Christmas Dinner

    By Robert Medley
    Staff Writer |
    Updated: 4 hr ago

    A large donation of toys just before Christmas ended any worries there would not be enough to go around for children at the Red Andrews Christmas Dinner in Oklahoma City. More than 7,000 people were expected by the end of the day Thursday.

  • Murder defendant's incessant pleadings have created mountains of paperwork

    By Jennifer Palmer
    Staff Writer |
    Updated: 4 hr ago

    For years, judges have been telling Alvin Parker, 56, that he’s run out of chances. But the convict hasn’t given up.

  • New OT rule in minor-league hockey generating buzz

    By PAT GRAHAM
    AP Sports Writer |
    Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    DENVER — This rookie just may be called up from the American Hockey League after catching everyone's attention in an impressive debut. Sorry, though, it's not the next Sidney Crosby, but a new overtime rule that should allow players like Crosby to showcase their skills even more with the game on the line. The minor-league organization has long been the place to experiment with new directives, just to see how well they work — or don't work — before the NHL takes a look. Some (oversized blue lines) weren't popular. Others (not being able to change players after an icing call) have been promoted. The new OT rule possibly could be coming soon

  • White Christmas this year comes to Western states

    By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    NEW YORK NEW YORK — If it's a white Christmas you're after, you'd better follow this familiar advice: Go West. Snow was falling in the western U.S. on Thursday, with anywhere from 2 to 6 inches in the valleys, up to a foot in higher elevations in northern California, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana, according to the National Weather Service. The Dakotas and Minnesota already had accumulations of several inches from Wednesday's storm. Weather service spokesman Patrick Burke said gusty winds were expected in states such as Indiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania — but not the snowy weather for which some holiday-minded

  • State could tighten rules for court translators

    BY GINNIE GRAHAM
    Tulsa World |
    Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    To be a translator in Oklahoma courts, the bar is getting higher with a process being put into place by the state's Supreme Court. For years, advocates have been asking for a court credential to make sure everyone interpreting languages meets a certain quality. The first formal request to the judicial system was made in 2007 by the Governor's Advisory Council on Latin American and Hispanic Affairs. Tulsa resident Sebastian Lantos, who has been a member of the Oklahoma Board of Courtroom Interpreters and the Translators and Interpreters Association of Oklahoma for at least a decade, has been pushing for this change.

  • Sports TV listings for Oklahoma City area: Friday, Dec. 26-Sunday, Dec. 28

    | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    SUNDAY NBA 7 p.m. Charlotte at OKC FSOK (Cox 37) NBATV (Cox 256) WWLS-AM 640/98.

  • Volunteer birders participate in citizen survey

    By Hannah Grover
    The Daily Times, Farmington, N.M. |
    Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    FARMINGTON, N.M. — A group of approximately a dozen volunteers gathered at the Chaco Culture National Historical Park visitors center Monday morning and looked over maps before dividing up into teams of between three and five people to go count birds throughout the park. The volunteers were part of the 115th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count, started as an alternative to a traditional bird hunt. It since has become the longest-running citizen-science survey in the world, according to the Audubon Society.

  • Oklahoma news briefs

    From staff reports | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Oklahoma news briefs, Dec. 26, 2014

  • Friday's college football bowl games

    | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    HEART OF DALLAS BOWL Illinois (6-6) vs. Louisiana Tech (8-5) When: Noon Where: Dallas TV: ESPN (Cox 29) Line: Louisiana Tech by 6. Series Record: Louisiana Tech leads 1-0.

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Steven Parker, Jordan Thomas still adjusting

    BY JASON KERSEY AND RYAN ABER | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    The Sooners have started true freshmen Steven Parker and Jordan Thomas at safety and cornerback, respectively, several times this season.

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners' offense should be at full strength for Russell Athletic Bowl

    BY JASON KERSEY | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    The 2014 season will be seen as tremendously disappointing, win or lose Monday. At the very least, though, the Sooners should get one more game with all of their top offensive playmakers healthy. Facing Clemson, which leads the nation in total defense, the Russell Athletic Bowl could be a good measuring stick to see what Oklahoma’s offense could look like entering next season.

  • Former NBA All-Star Marbury fan favorite in China

    By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN | Updated: 5 hr ago

    BEIJING (AP) — After a roller-coaster NBA career, Stephon Marbury has found peace in basketball-crazed China. The two-time all-star is thriving on the court with the Beijing Ducks while becoming one with his adopted hometown away from basketball. He is so entrenched, he wants to one day coach China’s national team. “I plan on living here for the rest of my life,” the 37-year-old point guard and Brooklyn native said in an interview in the lobby of his plush apartment building in the heart of Beijing. “I think they respect me enough to be able to give me the opportunity.” China is a world away from Marbury’s life in the U.S., where he endured a string of disappointing stints with several NBA teams.

  • In year of odd bounces, reality bites at World Cup

    By FRED LIEF , AP Sports Writer | Updated: 5 hr ago

    Gothic folklore met modern dentistry, with the whole world watching. This was the World Cup and the Bite of Brazil — a mouthwatering, open-jawed, succulent chomp on an unsuspecting victim that would have done proud any vampire worth his cape. Perhaps odder things happened in sports in 2014, but for sheer audacity, and on a global stage no less, the bite by Uruguay’s Luis Suarez takes the (temporary porcelain) crown. Uruguay was playing Italy in June, each looking to reach the round of 16. Suarez, one of soccer’s top scorers, nuzzled up to Giorgio Chiellini late in the game and suddenly, inexplicably sunk his teeth into the shoulder of the Italian defender as if he were a dish of veal piccata. The two

  • Former TE Ben Utecht delivers musical message

    By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    Concussions drove Ben Utecht out of pro football five years ago. He fears that the effects from the hits he took as a tight end for four NFL seasons, and for four years before that at the University of Minnesota, will have a significant impact on his future health. Now a singer-songwriter and in-demand speaker, Utecht wanted to ensure that his family will always remember him as a bright, clever and insightful person. What better way than through a song? “It was the hardest song I have ever had to co-write,” the 33-year-old Utecht says. “It came down to doing something I had not done yet in my life after my football career ended: writing that love letter to my wife and daughters.