November 9, 2013 |
He's baaaack! "And at guard, 6-3 from UCLA, No. 2, Russell Westbrook !" Chesapeake Energy Arena was rocking last Sunday night when Oklahoma City's second-best player was unexpectedly the last starter introduced, an honor usually reserved for Kevin Durant . That Westbrook was playing at all was an even bigger surprise. The star point guard was expected to be sidelined four to six weeks after knee surgery but in fact missed only four days, returning to lead the Thunder to victory over Phoenix.
November 8, 2013 |
What do executions, joining the military and naming your son “Junior” have in common? They're all more common in the South and the West, researchers found, and they're all tied to a “culture of honor,” where reputation is at the core of how people see themselves. In a study published online this week in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin , University of Oklahoma researchers tracked the most popular names for boys and girls in 1960, 1984 and 2008, checking whether the same names popped up from generation to generation. When it came to naming boys, some states were much more likely to recycle the same names than others, they found.
November 7, 2013 |
Those who have waited years to see how Oregon's lightning-quick offense might match up against old-school Alabama in a national title game are going to have to wait at least another year. Stanford, though, might have already provided the answer. For a second consecutive year, with the same man-powered game plan, Stanford knocked Oregon out of the national title race. Last November it was a three-point, Saturday night squeaker in Eugene. This November it was the No. 6 Cardinal toppling the No. 2 Ducks with a 26-20 win on Thursday night at Stanford Stadium.
November 6, 2013 |
How and why college football jilted Saturday for Thursday is a question for another time. Short answer: Give blame or credit to the rise of cable networks, ratings, greed, financial survival, the gush of television money and the insatiable desire for stand-alone attention. And so it is with some intelligent forethought - and some luck - that a late-week doubleheader featuring four schools in the Bowl Championship Series top 10 has become the most anticipated Thursday in the history of the sport.
November 4, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The legal push in some Republican-controlled states to restrict abortion rights suffered a setback Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear Oklahoma's appeal seeking to reinstate a law that effectively banned the use of abortion-inducing drugs. The court's decision delivered a surprise victory for abortion rights groups and was seen as a sign that while conservative justices may be open to giving states new powers to restrict abortion, they are not ready to impose sweeping new limits that would significantly interfere with women's constitutionally protected rights.
November 4, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - In a surprise victory for defenders of abortion rights, the Supreme Court on Monday dismissed Oklahoma's appeal of a state law that would have effectively prevented doctors from prescribing two drugs commonly used to induce abortions in the first nine weeks of a pregnancy. The court's one-line order suggests most of the justices are not willing to even consider a state law that goes that far. In June, the high court had tentatively agreed to hear Oklahoma's defense of the 2011 law, which restricted how doctors could prescribe the abortion-inducing drugs.
October 30, 2013 |
Mark this down as we whitewater-raft through the final weeks of the final BCS rapids: Something is going to happen, give, buckle or burst. Some team is going to be robbed and maybe ripped off. Grownups are going to scream, sulk, petition, lobby and sweat the small stuff because, as unpopular as the Bowl Championship Series has been, nothing will ever replace its lunacy. Fifteen champions have been crowned in this zany BCS system, with a dozen other schools thinking it should have been them.
October 29, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Oklahoma's high court on Tuesday set the stage for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether states can restrict doctors from prescribing two drugs used to induce abortion in the early stages of pregnancy. The case could be the first test of whether the court's conservative majority will uphold a string of new state laws across the country that seek to strictly regulate legal abortions. In the last three years, Republican-led states have passed laws to limit abortion without banning it outright.
October 28, 2013 |
Two Oklahoma inmates were captured Monday, but two other escapees remained on the loose after the men broke out of a county jail through the shower room crawl space over the weekend. Police said they caught up with Dylan Ray Three Irons, 21, and Prime Tounwin Brown, 23, looking wet and dirty, at a convenience store in Chickasha, where they attempted to make a run for it before they were arrested, according to a news release. Officials said Three Irons and Brown, along with Triston Cheadle, 32, and Anthony James Mendonca, 24, had escaped from the Caddo County jail in nearby Anadarko early Sunday morning.
October 26, 2013 |
CONCHO, Okla. - Darren Black Bear and Jason Pickel hadn't even planned to send invitations to their upcoming wedding. They're small-town people, they said, and planned an intimate, no-frills celebration of their love. "I intended to tell people, 'Hey, we're getting married. Come on down and have dinner,'" Pickel said, laughing. Then, during an interview in his Oklahoma City apartment, his cellphone vibrated: yet another media request. And then came another. Since word about their upcoming nuptials spread, Pickel and Black Bear have been thrust into the spotlight over one of the most hot-button issues in this state.