• 'Tis the season to volunteer: Holidays are a good time to make service a priority

    By Dave Cathey Food Editor dcathey@oklahoman.com | Updated: 3 min ago

    The holiday season is a good time to make service a priority, writes Food Editor Dave Cathey.

  • OKC Dodgers hosting 5K, Fun Run on Dec. 19

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: 4 min ago

    The Oklahoma City Dodgers are hosting the inaugural OKC Dodger Dash 5K and Fun Run on Saturday, Dec. 19 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Entry fee for the 5K is $30 and $25 for the Fun Run per runner. Registration will be available the day of the race, but for $35 for all runners. Registration, which includes a long sleeve shirt, running bib and time chip, is available at www.okcdodgers.com. For an additional $10, runners will also have special access to the OKC Dodgers Snow Tubing Winter Festival that morning.

  • $5,000 reward offered for info in slaying of Beggs woman

    FROM TULSA WORLD STAFF REPORTS | Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    The Okmulgee County Sheriff’s Office has announced a reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction in the murder of a Beggs woman. Up to $5,000 will be offered to anyone who can provide information that will help solve the case and convict the murderer. Rebecca Hamilton, 62, was killed Oct. 17 after finding an intruder in her home in the 5000 block of Herreld Road in Beggs.

  • Woman leaves newborn with umbilical cord still attached at Tulsa urgent care facility

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    An unknown woman left a newborn whose umbilical cord was still attached at a midtown urgent care facility Tuesday night. Tulsa police were summoned at 9:14 p.m. to Access Urgent Care, 1623 S. Utica Ave., on a report of an abandoned infant. Dispatchers reported the newborn’s umbilical cord was still attached. A nurse told officers a woman approached her holding an infant wrapped in a towel, saying she was homeless and unable to care for the child. The woman handed over the baby and left, police said.

  • Tulsa County deputy takes cover as man fires 10 shots at him during traffic stop

    BY COREY JONES, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    A Tulsa County sheriff's deputy ducked for cover behind his patrol SUV to evade a barrage of bullets fired by a passenger of a vehicle he had pulled over early Wednesday southwest of downtown. Capt. Melissa Tapper said Deputy Leighton Boyd avoided injury and the gunman escaped on foot despite a perimeter being established, along with a Tulsa police helicopter and K-9 units attempting to locate the man. The encounter unfolded just after midnight in the 1700 block of Southwest Boulevard. Tapper said Boyd initiated the traffic stop after he spotted a Ford Escape with a license plate and tag that didn't match the vehicle.

  • OKC Dodgers pitching coach Scott Radinksy named Angels' bullpen coach

    Jacob Unruh | Updated: 20 min ago

    Oklahoma City Dodgers pitching coach Scott Radinksy is moving back to Los Angeles, but not for the Dodgers. Radinsky joined the Los Angeles Angels as the bullpen coach, the Angels announced Wednesday. His exit completes a total shakeup of the OKC staff. The Dodgers did not retain OKC manager Damon Berryhill or hitting coach Franklin Stubbs following a season in which Oklahoma City posted the best record in the Pacific Coast League during the regular season. The only coach that remains is Johnny Washington.  No replacements have been named. Radinsky spent the past three seasons as a minor league pitching coach for the Dodgers. He pitched 11 seasons in the big leagues with the Chicago White Sox,

  • Ukraine stops buying Russian gas, closes airspace

    Updated: 30 min ago

    MOSCOW (AP) — Tensions between Russia and Ukraine escalated Wednesday as Ukraine decided to stop buying Russian natural gas — hoping to rely on supplies from other countries — and closed its airspace to its eastern neighbor. Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in March 2014 and its support for separatist rebels in the east has brought relations between the two countries to a post-Soviet low. Ukraine has since been trying to cut its dependence on Russian gas. Russia's state-controlled gas company, Gazprom, said Wednesday that it stopped sending gas to Ukraine on Wednesday morning and will supply no more because Ukraine has not paid in advance for more deliveries.

  • Norman running back Dionta DeFreeze selected for USA Football under-18 team

    scott wright | Updated: 43 min ago

    Norman running back Dionta DeFreeze has been selected to play for the U.S. under-18 national team of USA Football, it was announced this week. DeFreeze, a 5-foot-9, 205-pound junior, will get to compete in the 2016 International Bowl against Canadian national teams in February at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. USA Football fields teams in five different age groups, from under-14 to under-19. Players practice together for a week prior to the games, which begin Jan. 31. DeFreeze and the under-18 team will play Feb. 3.

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Talking Bedlam, the College Football Playoff with SI's Andy Staples

    Jason Kersey,Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: 54 min ago

    Welcome to the home of "The Non-Fiction Writers," NewsOK.com's college football podcast from beat writers Jason Kersey, Ryan Aber and Kyle Fredrickson. The podcast's name is a nod to legendary former OU football coach Barry Switzer, who has famously referred to reporters as "fiction writers."  The Non-Fiction Writers is presented by Edward Jones. You can click on the link below to listen and download the podcast to your computer, or you can subscribe on iTunes by clicking here. The Non-Fiction Writers: 11/25/2015 (Andy Staples interview) -- Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples joins Kyle Fredrickson and Jason Kersey to talk about this weekend's Bedlam matchup, Oklahoma State's rise in the college

  • MAPS 3: City reaches deals for convention center land sales

    William Crum | Updated: 55 min ago

    The Oklahoma City Council has reached its first two deals to buy land for the MAPS 3 convention center. The council agreed to pay Hazel Roberson just over $1 million, plus closing costs, for adjoining lots at 712 S Broadway and 1 SW 7 Street. The Broadway address is the old brick warehouse occupied by B&B Sales. An attorney with the city attorney's office, Amanda Carpenter, told MAPS 3 advisory groups that sales prices matched the appraisals. The properties are in the "east park" site recently chosen by the city council for the convention center.

  • Walk-On Wednesday: Running back Tion Grant grew up a Texas fan in Tulsa

    Jason Kersey | Updated: 57 min ago

    NORMAN — Tion Grant grew up in Tulsa and has always loved football, but admits that when he was a youngster, he wasn’t much of a Sooner fan. “I actually grew up a Texas fan,” Grant said with a laugh. “I was a kid; I guess I wasn’t very intelligent. “By the time I was in high school I had come to my senses.” Grant, now an Oklahoma sophomore running back, is the latest Sooner to be featured in The Oklahoman’s Walk-on Wednesday series, which features a different non-scholarship OU football player each week. Grant (5-foot-11, 171 pounds) played high school football at Tulsa Edison and accepted a scholarship offer from Southwestern College, an NAIA

  • Top five pies from Pie Junkie

    Adam Kemp | Updated: 58 min ago

    We spent part of the week with Pie Junkie, a local sweet spot in the Plaza District, as they prepared 1,200 pies for Oklahoma Thanksgivings.  The following are the five most ordered pies from the shop for Thanksgiving. To check out the full story, pick up a copy of The Oklahoman or visit Oklahoman.com No. 5: Apple Crumble Pie  No. 4: Pecan Crumble Pie No. 3: Original Pumpkin Pie  No. 2: Drunkin Turtle Pie [pagebreak] No.

  • Big 12 efficiency rankings: Baylor offense, OU defense cream of the crop

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Time for the weekly Big 12 efficiency rankings, and the numbers are getting interesting. Remember, we’re measuring an offense’s frequency to score. Not yardage. Scoring. And a defense’s frequency to get off the field without allowing points. Points per possession is the best measure of an offense and defense. What we’ve learned is that TCU’s offense and OSU’s defense aren’t quite as good as we thought. That Texas Tech’s offense is better than the already-high opinion we had of the Red Raiders, and Tech’s defense is worse than the already-low opinion we had of the Red Raiders. OU’s defense and Baylor’s offense are the cream of the crop.

  • Oklahoma City man dies after being stabbed in early November

    From Staff Reports | Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    An Oklahoma City man has died from injuries suffered in a stabbing that happened earlier this month. About 6:20 p.m. on Nov. 6, officers responding to an assault call at 320 NW 29 found Darryl Eugene Hillard, 56, with stab wounds. Hillard was taken to a local hospital and died Wednesday, police said. Officers investigating the incident said Hillard had been in an argument with Gary Clodfelter, 71, of St. Louis, Mo., and Clodfelter stabbed Hillard. Clodfelter was arrested at the time on a complaint of assault with a dangerous weapon. He  remains in the Oklahoma County jail pending the district attorney's decision on whether to amend the charge, police said.

  • For many employees, there will be no bonus over the holiday season

    By Paula Burkes Business Writer pburkes@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    Nearly 40 percent of employers aren't planning to award bonuses, according to survey results released last week by Oklahoma City-based Express Employment Professionals national franchised staffing company.

  • Video: Week in Review - November 25th 2015

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    The Oklahoman's Phil O'Connor, Don Mecoy and Berry Tramel discuss holiday travel, Bedlam and Black Friday.

  • OKC-based winter markets offer alternative for holiday shoppers

    By Brianna Bailey Business Writer  bbailey@oklahoman.com  | Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    With three winter markets events this year in downtown Oklahoma City, many shoppers are ditching the mall this holiday shopping season in search of local wares.

  • The Latest: UK envoy: Jet downing must spur end to Syria war

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The latest on the war in Syria, including a Russian warplane shot down by Turkey. All times local: 10:20 p.m. Britain's U.N. ambassador says Turkey's downing of a Russian fighter jet must lead to redoubled efforts to end the Syrian conflict. Matthew Rycroft told reporters in New York on Wednesday that the longer the conflict goes on, "the more scope there is for these sorts of incidents to happen, and they are very dangerous." He said the way to end the conflict is by implementing the 2012 Geneva communique calling for a transitional government in Syria — and the way to speed this is through the Vienna talks involving about 20 key parties which have spurred "some momentum.

  • OU football: Lincoln Riley nominated for Broyles Award

    Ryan Aber | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley is one of 34 nominees for the Broyles Award. The award honors the top assistant coach in college football. Riley, 32, took over the Sooners' offense this season after serving as East Carolina's offensive coordinator for five seasons.  Oklahoma is averaging 44.6 points per game this season in Riley's wide-open system. Five finalists will be announced Monday with the winner announced Dec. 8 in Little Rock, Ark. The award is presented by The Rotary Club of Little Rock and Delta Dental. Ohio State's Tom Herman won the award last season.

  • Thunder's Kevin Durant on the improved East: "The West is superior"

    Anthony Slater | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Starting Wednesday night against the Brooklyn Nets, the Thunder begins a string of four consecutive games against Eastern Conference opponents, closing with the Pistons, Hawks and Heat. In year's past, that's been a welcome relief for Western Conference powers, a break from the gauntlet and a chance to pack together some wins against an inferior conference. But this season, surprisingly, the East has more than held its own. Entering Wednesday night, the East was 39-33 against its cross-conference foes and had nine teams above .500, compared to only five in the West. The Thunder is 3-4 against the East, including home losses to the Celtics, Raptors and Knicks. So, Kevin Durant, is there more balance within the